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Article: MIN 18, SEA 4: Sharks Eat Mariners

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:30 AM
Back in 2006, Ozzie Guillen compared the Twins’ lineup to piranhas due to its ability to relentlessly small ball a team to death. This 20...

Is it too early to talk about Twins 2019 All Stars?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:16 AM
The game is almost two months away and obviously a lot can happen in that time. As of now, I would say Polanco and Garver (depending on...

So when do we believe?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:13 AM
This team is 28-15, on the verge of 29-15. They are just +1 in pythag, just +1 in BaseRuns (if you look at the numbers, it's fractional a...

Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/18): Sands, Kernels...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:16 AM
The Twins scored 18 runs. The two Twins minor league affiliates that have been very good this year both got shut out. The Red Wings got a...

Article: Could the Twins Be the New 2015 Royals?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:55 AM
Even though I'm not a Minnesotan, nor do I live in this beautiful state, I've been observing you guys for years. I see a lot of pessimism...

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Playing The Game: CBA and Competitive Balance

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 03 March 2019 · 760 views

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When players and owners put pen to paper on the last collective bargaining agreement, the hope seemed to be that a combination of revenue-sharing and a luxury tax would work in concert to allow all organizations to field competitive teams. The players went along with the traditional formula of underpaying minor leaguers, and locking up younger players...


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Deeper dig into pitching

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 18 December 2018 · 688 views

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There was an effort to discuss this topic awhile ago, but I thought I would pick it up again now that the rumors and suggestions are increasing about what to do with the existing pitching staff, both starters and relievers.

I'm not someone who lives and breathes Baseball Reference, but I think a strong statistical analysis is the best route to take in co...


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45 Cold-Blooded Starts

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 14 August 2018 · 1,080 views

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Means 9 trips through the rotation for each starter, and got me to questioning what would be the best way to appropriate those starts from now - 117 games in - through the rest of the season.
The clear emphasis must be on 2019 and 2020 and what will best serve the club moving forward. That is not to say that you stop pitching Berrios, Odorizzi, or...


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Bux Drives The Bus

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 13 January 2016 · 1,506 views
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The more consideration I give to the 2016 lineup, the more convinced I am that it is falling on the shoulders (fairly or unfairly) of Byron Buxton. Let's look at the ways he impacts the lineup.

1. Lineup with Buxton leading off: Buxton, Dozier, Mauer, Sano, Plouffe, Park, Rosario, Murphy/Suzuki, Escobar.

Without Buxton leading off: Dozier, Mauer, Sano,...


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2016 Lineup construction challenge

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 23 October 2015 · 1,753 views
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How do we keep Trevor and Miguel in the lineup together? How do we find the right catcher? How do we shore up the bullpen? Should Torii Hunter have a role? Do we need another starter, or just swap out some that we have? Can we afford an ace? How do we do all this under a scenario that the F.O. might actually consider, from an economic perspective?...