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#1 Vanimal46

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:05 AM

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ANNND Welcome back! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line: The Dating Game Edition! That game wasn't very fun yesterday! I'm going to tell you a little white lie... Things will be better today! It's the last game of the series in the TropiDome between our Twins and Tampa near a Bay. Before we find the next pitcher to love, let's talk weather and lineups. Intern, take it away!

 

Van, don't you remember from yesterday that they play in a dome? We don't have to worry about weather!

 

Oh yeah...

 

Minnesota Twins (8-7):

 

 

P - Phil Hughes -- If you can't say something nice about a person don't say anything at all. So here's my recap of Hughes:

 

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Tampa near a Bay Rays (7-13):

 

 

 

P - Yonny Chirinos (R ) - They're going with a 'bullpen game' in April. Now I've seen everything.

 

 

Alright! Enough baseball talk!! As you may know, your host has been dating to find the next Miss Vanimal... I'm ALSO looking for another pitcher besides Jose Berrios to love! I can't think of a better way to find a pitcher than playing 'The Dating Game!' Without further ado, let's pass the mic to our next host, Jim Lange!

 

 

Thanks Van, and welcome to the show! Van is looking for love, and we have 3 eligible bachelor pitchers that can fit the bill... Let's introduce them now! Good luck gentlemen.

 

A former hot dog eating contest champion in Marion County, Indiana. Bachelor A also enjoys throwing lots of fastballs, sometimes for strikes! In addition to enjoying cocktails, he also spends time picking up pennies from fountains at parks around the city... Lance! Good luck bud.

 

Our next contestant is constantly smelling baseballs. Not because he enjoys the scent, but for superstition. In his spare time he enjoys moving his fingers gingerly so he can throw a slider again... Ervin! Good luck sir.

 

Finally, our last bachelor is currently spending time in Rochester, NY throwing lasers by players. In his spare time he enjoys the fine art of staring into nothing... Fernando! Good luck everyone.

 

Van: Bachelor A, how are you going to make me a happy fan?

Lance: Well, I'll throw lots of fastballs! If you want to see a curve ball you're not going to see it often! I want to go FAST.

Van: Yeah... I get that. But will they be strikes?

Lance: At least 45% of the time!

Van: I'm needing more than 45% in my future pitcher love... Sorry Lance, you're out.

Jim: Too bad Lance. There's complimentary hot dogs backstage if you want some.

 

Van: Bachelor B, you've been quite loveable before... How do you feel now? Can I love you again?

Erv: I think so! Look at this peace sign I can do to you!

Van: That's with your left hand... What about your pitching hand?

Erv: How do you KNOW I'm right handed? And why does that matter? I'm coming back very soon!

Van: Are you sure?

Erv: Suuuure... You know, once I can throw, have an extended rehab session, and beat father time again.

Van: Not very promising, Jim. Let's move on.

Jim: You heard the man. Get off the stage! That only leaves Bachelor C... Let's hope this works.

 

Van: Bachelor C, I don't know much about you. What's a unique fact that I can tell all of my friends and family about you?

Fernando: I love sunrises. It's the beginning of every day, and I don't know... It's just really nice and beautiful. I also throw 95 MPH.

Van: I love it! Sunrises make me smile too. I want to love you... Will you love me?

Fernando: If that helps me get called up over Gibson and Hughes, then yes.

Van: I'm head over heels!

Jim: What are these 2 crazy kids going to get into? We'll never know because we don't follow up on the dates we arrange! They look pretty happy right now though, don't they?

 

And that will do it for our show today... Let's try to win a game Twins!

Edited by Vanimal46, 22 April 2018 - 07:13 AM.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:21 AM

It might be time for an intervention from my favorite superhero of all time:

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:22 AM

Didn't know Lance was from Indy... 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:23 AM

 

 

 

 

Minnesota Twins (8-7):

 

 

P - Phil Hughes -- If you can't say something nice about a person don't say anything at all. So here's my recap of Hughes:

 

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all of this, and Hughes will pitch a gem today.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:27 AM

 

all of this, and Hughes will pitch a gem today.

 

We certainly need that today... Crazier things have happened. 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:37 AM

Good job, Van! Registered an 11 on the Weird-0-Meter and the scale only goes to 10!

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 07:51 AM

Great job with the game threads this weekend Van!
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:20 AM

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:20 AM

Sano with a much needed day off today.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:24 AM

It's also flabbergasting that Grossman appears so high in the batting order every game.
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:32 AM

Interesting to look back on Hughes now.I was very much pleased with the signing when we first got him.I can remember getting an alert on my phone that the Twins signed him.I was actually impressed with Ryan and thought that these were the types of risks we needed to take rather than the dumpster diving that was so emblematic of what we did.Signing Hughes to a three year deal at that time was a respectable deal and a good one.

 

When he just missed the performance incentives for innings he became a very sympathetic character in my mind.I was upset for him that he was not given the chance to make it.What the Twins did instead puzzled me.We had him for two more years anyway.Why did we extend him?Were we THAT confident?I know I wasn't.

 

Then during our nightmarish season in 2016, I completely flipped on Hughes.I was watching a national broadcast of a game the Twins were playing in Cleveland on a weekend afternoon in May.CJ Nitkowski was doing an in game interview with Hughes.When Hughes was asked about how hard it is to approach his job when things get away so early in the season, Hughes said:

"It's like we are playing with house money now"

 

What the HELL is that?Playing with house money in May.

There you have it.

 

No need to even read into a remark like that.If he is simply misusing and misapplying the term he is (at best) a moron.If he REALLY looked at it that way then he is part of the problem.Having players like him who adopt a "playing with house money" mentality when the season is already shot in MAY is a problem.We can't afford to have veterans with that mindset.

 

I've done a complete 180 on the guy.I liked the deal for him coming over a lot.Was pissed that the Twins didn't see clear to allow him to pitch another 0.2 of an inning to reach his performance incentive.Then I was mystified by the extension.Not against it, but kind of puzzled by it.At this point, I would rather not see him pitch.Especially when you consider he has thoracic outlet syndrome and TJ.Why recovers from having both of those??

 

Hughes should just walk away with the "house money" and be satisfied.  


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:16 AM

It's also flabbergasting that Grossman appears so high in the batting order every game.


I’m sure Brian will have another word for Grossman playing at all and not LaMarre
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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:19 AM

 

Interesting to look back on Hughes now.I was very much pleased with the signing when we first got him.I can remember getting an alert on my phone that the Twins signed him.I was actually impressed with Ryan and thought that these were the types of risks we needed to take rather than the dumpster diving that was so emblematic of what we did.Signing Hughes to a three year deal at that time was a respectable deal and a good one.

 

When he just missed the performance incentives for innings he became a very sympathetic character in my mind.I was upset for him that he was not given the chance to make it.What the Twins did instead puzzled me.We had him for two more years anyway.Why did we extend him?Were we THAT confident?I know I wasn't.

 

Then during our nightmarish season in 2016, I completely flipped on Hughes.I was watching a national broadcast of a game the Twins were playing in Cleveland on a weekend afternoon in May.CJ Nitkowski was doing an in game interview with Hughes.When Hughes was asked about how hard it is to approach his job when things get away so early in the season, Hughes said:

"It's like we are playing with house money now"

 

What the HELL is that?Playing with house money in May.

There you have it.

 

No need to even read into a remark like that.If he is simply misusing and misapplying the term he is (at best) a moron.If he REALLY looked at it that way then he is part of the problem.Having players like him who adopt a "playing with house money" mentality when the season is already shot in MAY is a problem.We can't afford to have veterans with that mindset.

 

I've done a complete 180 on the guy.I liked the deal for him coming over a lot.Was pissed that the Twins didn't see clear to allow him to pitch another 0.2 of an inning to reach his performance incentive.Then I was mystified by the extension.Not against it, but kind of puzzled by it.At this point, I would rather not see him pitch.Especially when you consider he has thoracic outlet syndrome and TJ.Why recovers from having both of those??

 

Hughes should just walk away with the "house money" and be satisfied.  

 

I think you misunderstood him? The asked him if it was hard to do his job in a season where everything was going wrong and he said it was playing with house money. To me that's him saying that it can only get better from here? It's a bit clunky but I don't think I'd hate a guy over an offhanded comment in an in-game interview that doesn't mean what you think it does.

 

I've never heard anything other than Hughes being a great teammate who has busted his ass trying to get back to the team. 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:21 AM

 

I’m sure Brian will have another word for Grossman playing at all and not LaMarre

 

Grossman is now the "hot bat" after his 2-4 performance yesterday!

 

Also, right hander. Though I can't get a sense of his splits in the minors. Last year they were pronounced in favor of lefties but before that it was kind of a reverse split? Not sure how much it being the low minors changes things?

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:23 AM

 

Was pissed that the Twins didn't see clear to allow him to pitch another 0.2 of an inning to reach his performance incentive.  

 

Gardy offered him the shot. Hughes turned it down, saying that it wasn't right to manufacture that # of innings - he should have done it earlier in the season in any number of starts. One of the classiest things I've seen in baseball for a while. No one would have objected to him pitching that inning but he took a moral stance.

 

Another reason I think your disgust for Hughes is a bit much. I get hating watching him pitch because it's been rough of late but as a person, he seems the consummate professional.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:26 AM

I don't know anything about Phil Hughes as a person or a teammate. I just don't like watching a broken player attempt to pitch for my favorite team. And he's been broken for the last 3 years.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:26 AM

Also, Chirinos is now the Rays 4th starter, don't think this will be a bullpen game. Though he may not go 100 pitches, not sure how stretched out he is. He did throw 89 in his last game so maybe he's scaled up to 100?

 

Might see Ryan Yarbrough midway through this game with the lineup so lefty-focused. 

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:29 AM

Also, Chirinos is now the Rays 4th starter, don't think this will be a bullpen game. Though he may not go 100 pitches, not sure how stretched out he is. He did throw 89 in his last game so maybe he's scaled up to 100?


Ah, fair enough. I just saw he's listed as a RP on the team website.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:33 AM

 

I don't know anything about Phil Hughes as a person or a teammate. I just don't like watching a broken player attempt to pitch for my favorite team. And he's been broken for the last 3 years.

 

But aren't you kind of excited to be rooting for him? In the same way it's been fun to see LaMarre get some hits, wouldn't it be great for Hughes to have some success after working so hard to get back?

 

He's going to be the guy to go when Santana gets back in the next month so you're really only looking at 4-5 starts at most anyways. I'm excited it's Hughes. It'd be a fun little plot line if he can have a mini hot stretch before he goes to the pen.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:47 AM

But aren't you kind of excited to be rooting for him? In the same way it's been fun to see LaMarre get some hits, wouldn't it be great for Hughes to have some success after working so hard to get back?

He's going to be the guy to go when Santana gets back in the next month so you're really only looking at 4-5 starts at most anyways. I'm excited it's Hughes. It'd be a fun little plot line if he can have a mini hot stretch before he goes to the pen.


Excited isn't the right word... It feels like this has been forced upon us since March.



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