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  1. "Where are the dingers?"

    "Where are the dingers?"
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    Maybe this is just denial, but with several years...

    Maybe this is just denial, but with several years left on his contract he should still be cheap and dominant in a couple years when, with any luck, the Twins have completed their rebuild, at which...
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    We've become crazy blessed with a great local...

    We've become crazy blessed with a great local brewing in just the last few years. It's important to remember that the new Renaissance of craft beer - both here and nationally - is only possible...
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    This came up some last year as well. I actually...

    This came up some last year as well. I actually don't see why not break down the distinction between "starter" and "reliever". The added flexibility would keep oppoents off-balance in terms of...
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    I think they've worked themselves into a position...

    I think they've worked themselves into a position where not competing next year isn't an option. As much as the baseball mega-nerds on TwinsDaily.com don't care about 80 wins and would happily...
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    I'm a believer in cheering for division-mates in...

    I'm a believer in cheering for division-mates in the post-season when your team doesn't make it. I never understood the thinking behind hoping your geographic copatriots get crushed by the Yankees...
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    You can statistically fluke your way to a high BA...

    You can statistically fluke your way to a high BA for a few months. It seems less likely that you can fake your way to 10 HRs in 22 games or whatever his crazy tear consisted of. A home run just...
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    How is $14M not significant? That's not a...

    How is $14M not significant?



    That's not a sure thing; even if he's good, as we saw this year there's a limit on what you can get for a 3-month rental. I don't recall any top prospects being...
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    The folks pushing for mixing in Parmelee with the...

    The folks pushing for mixing in Parmelee with the other DH/1B starters are not making the most efficient use of our resources. On a team with money and depth and no major issues, then it's really...
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    BABIP luck?

    A lot of people are dismissing his success as low-BABIP luck... however, it's hard not to notice the pitchers you mention as having low BABIP are more less recognized as excellent pitchers -...
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    Darin Mastroianni at 2B?

    There's been some comments on TwinkieTown about moving Mastroianni to 2B, which is actually his original position. Given the glut in the outfield and his fairly impressive season, is this a good...
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    I'm sympathetic to the original poster. On one...

    I'm sympathetic to the original poster. On one hand, the point of a forum like this is so a bunch of baseball nerds can bitch and discuss hypothetical scenarios. Certainly it's boring if it's just...
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    I'd just like to point out that all those people...

    I'd just like to point out that all those people who wanted him platooned were wrong. What a short-sighted waste that would have been, not given him a chance to work it out and turning a former MVP...
  14. Thread: Mastroanni

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    I don't know about his past or projected future,...

    I don't know about his past or projected future, but this year his 104 OPS+ pegs him as a dead-average hitter, which would play pretty well as a starter at 2B - particularly with what we've been...
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    I'd contest that a 3.09 ERA is pretty decent. He...

    I'd contest that a 3.09 ERA is pretty decent. He had a couple of fluky bad outings. I don't think there's any indication he's any less dominant than last year. He's probably as good as all but a...
  16. Yeah, I think Aaron was arguing that the...

    Yeah, I think Aaron was arguing that the variation in Lirano's performance is normal. It's probably a question that could be answered quantitatively, for example, what does the run distribution by...
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    Fun fact: as of that home run, Plouffe is hitting...

    Fun fact: as of that home run, Plouffe is hitting home runs at a higher rate per plate appearance than Jose Bautista. 11th in the AL in home runs even though he doesn't have enough PAs to qualify.
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    This is just frustratingly short-sighted. ...

    This is just frustratingly short-sighted. Morneau isn't some marginal minor-league call-up. He's a former MVP who got creamed in the head and is fighting a long road back. He's made progress,...
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    During the draft there was some of talk - by me...

    During the draft there was some of talk - by me and others independently - about simply sending out three pitchers a day, roughly three innings each, and dissolving the distinction between "starting"...
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    I think this is an interesting take on the whole...

    I think this is an interesting take on the whole "let's scrap the whole works are prepare for 2018" mentality. The fact is, the Twins have ONE problem, not ten. Of course, it is a huge problem. ...
  21. Burton and Perkins' value are artificially low...

    Burton and Perkins' value are artificially low because they're not "closers", even if they have the good stuff.. Move Capps if anyone.
  22. Platooning him would be crazy. The Twins are not...

    Platooning him would be crazy. The Twins are not contenders, so it's much more important to try to get him back up to his former self. And it's going better than anyone could have guessed - the...
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    I think the color vs. play by play distinction is...

    I think the color vs. play by play distinction is reasonable, although I don't mind when he does two innings.

    One of his more excellent moments from last week was when, at the suggestion of a...
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    Dan Gladden haters

    In the spirit of the Jim Souhan thread - and I'm with those who find him boorish - here's the same question about Gladden. Am I the only one who finds his off-the-wall weirdness endearing? I admit...
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    He also seems to be managing third base decently,...

    He also seems to be managing third base decently, which is surprising given that it seemed like most of his defensive struggles involved his arm. That's great news, because he's more valuable at 3B...
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