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What to do with Lewis Thorpe?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:04 PM
Lewis Thorpe is out of options. The Twins either need to keep him on the MLB team as their 5th starter or as a reliever out of the bullpe...

Nelson Cruz wants 2 years

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:54 PM
https://www.mlbtrade...-year-deal.html

2020 MLB (non-Twins) Postseason Discussion Thread

Other Baseball Today, 11:46 AM
Feel free to chime in here about any of the (non-Twins) 2020 MLB postseason games!

Not to add more doom and gloom

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:47 AM
This is interesting and sort of concerning. Article snippet comes from the incomparable Jayson Stark of The Athletic (Which is must read...

Target Field Tax Status

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:04 PM
Been reading about all the losses (alleged or not) that MLB has (and maybe will again) taken with the pandemic, and wondered how the tax...

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Seeds of Truth

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 11 September 2020 · 2,234 views

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It is universal that you have to beat everyone to win the World Series. I get that. But is there a playoff seeding that might be more preferable than even one or two seeds higher? That is the question.

As it stands (games through September 10, roughly 15 games to go), the AL standings show:

Rays
A's
White Sox
Twins
Blue Jays
Astros
Indians
Yank...


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Bullpens, usage, options, and rosters

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 05 June 2019 · 1,053 views

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There has been a steady drumbeat in Twins Territory regarding upgrades to the bullpen. The purpose of this article is not to disagree with them, so much as it is to discuss reasons why delaying such a move is best for the club over a long season.

First, the facts: Twins have 5 pitchers on their existing 25-man roster who have options remaining. Berrio...


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Playing The Game: CBA and Competitive Balance

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 03 March 2019 · 1,438 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 · 1,178 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 · 1,504 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...