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#681 AlwaysinModeration

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 04:29 AM

Apparently the team who pays out the least in arbitration salaries in a given year receives a WWE belt as a prize--the deadspin article links to the original story in the Athletic for those who have a subscription:

https://deadspin.com...eeps-1833663566

The part about the Twins is in the last paragraph.


Wow, that is pretty astounding that MLB does that. I love this quote from the Deadspin article:

“The most striking but also maybe the least surprising thing about all of this is that no one in baseball, at any point, said to themselves, maybe we shouldn’t do this.“
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#682 BrianTrottier

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Posted 02 April 2019 - 07:02 AM

 

Wow, that is pretty astounding that MLB does that. I love this quote from the Deadspin article:

“The most striking but also maybe the least surprising thing about all of this is that no one in baseball, at any point, said to themselves, maybe we shouldn’t do this.“

 

Yeah, the poor judgment is pretty astounding.


#683 Mike Sixel

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 11:37 AM

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1:28 Hi Jay. Thoughts on closer situation in Minnesota and Boston?
AvatarJay Jaffe
1:30 Wrote about Boston/Kimbrel here recently https://blogs.fangra...mbrel-and-th...

Regarding the Twins: my thought is go sign Kimbrel. because he's there for the taking and they don't have the CBT threshold to worry about.

 

https://blogs.fangra...hs-chat-4-4-19/

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#684 Mike Sixel

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 12:26 PM

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2:23 CLE OF looks as bad as we thought.....how close is MN to them, do you think? Thanks
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2:25 I think Cleveland is still ahead by a bit, and we don't want to make too much of the early season, but in a close race, the two games the Twins have early help get things closer. I think there is still a disparity but one major injury to one of about half a dozen Cleveland players would make the division a tossup.

 

https://blogs.fangra...hs-chat-4-4-19/

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Posted 04 April 2019 - 01:01 PM

Looks like rain in Philly tomorrow. Possible PPD unfortunately looming for the Twins/Phillies.


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Posted 05 April 2019 - 03:01 PM

Fun article about the most enigmatic player:

 

https://fivethirtyei...aseball-enigma/

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Posted 07 April 2019 - 01:12 PM

Article on Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson pops up in the NY Times of all places:

 

https://www.nytimes....es-johnson.html

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 02:52 AM

This time from fivethirtyeight.com

 

https://fivethirtyei...aseball-enigma/

 

A few highlights:

 

"He was such an outlier that Minnesota’s own projection system struggled to find comps when the Twins were scouring minor league free agents after the 2017 season."

 

"Astudillo’s grandfather and father were obsessed with baseball. His father had played professionally in Venezuela. Astudillo remembers a drill in which his father would kneel a few feet away and flick corn kernels toward him in their backyard in the coastal city of Barcelona, Venezuela. Astudillo’s objective was to hit the knuckling projectiles with a broomstick. He thinks his rare contact ability is part nature and part nurture."

 

"During their organizational meetings last spring, Twins officials went through the scouting reports on players in their camp. As they looked at Astudillo, they thought he could play second, third, left field and catcher — important versatility in a sport that increasingly requires roster flexibility. A Twins evaluator in the room then spoke up.

 

“‘He can play center, too, just ask him,’” Falvey recalled.

 

The club officials were amused. Center field didn’t seem like a natural fit for the stout player. But Astudillo showed them the proof: video of himself robbing a home run in a 2014 Venezuelan winter league playoff game."

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 06:42 AM

The 538 piece is well worth the ready. If for no other reason other than to see the CF catch.
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TwinsWorld: Did you hear we just updated the Stadium Club?

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 06:54 AM

That was fantastic article really well done.He looks like a player you want to start every game.Hope the Twins find room.Also just goes to show projection systems can only take you so far.

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#691 amjgt

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Posted 08 April 2019 - 07:01 AM

Someone needs to start a “K pool”

I’ll take April 23
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#692 AlwaysinModeration

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 04:32 AM

Someone needs to start a “K pool”

I’ll take April 23


I don’t want it to happen, so I will take tonight, April 9 versus deGrom, who has 24Ks in 13IP this season. (Willians needs to be in the starting lineup tonight...can’t bring a knife to a gunfight!). On his career, he has 3BB and 3Ks.

By the way, that home run he robbed in CF was from Jesus Aguilar.
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Posted 09 April 2019 - 07:16 AM

 

The 538 piece is well worth the ready. If for no other reason other than to see the CF catch.

 

Burger King advertisement on the wall at the point of the catch was so perfect in so many ways.

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#694 Mike Sixel

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 03:24 PM

So fresh I haven't even read it....

 

https://blogs.fangra...bracing-change/

 

It's such an obvious plan, but the dang myth of "establish your fastball" dies as hard as "establish the run to set up the pass" does in football....

Edited by Mike Sixel, 09 April 2019 - 03:27 PM.

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Posted 09 April 2019 - 03:26 PM

I don’t want it to happen, so I will take tonight, April 9 versus deGrom, who has 24Ks in 13IP this season. (Willians needs to be in the starting lineup tonight...can’t bring a knife to a gunfight!). On his career, he has 3BB and 3Ks.

By the way, that home run he robbed in CF was from Jesus Aguilar.


In the lineup.

Batting third.

#696 Mike Sixel

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 12:24 PM

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1:55 I don’t know if he’ll ever hit consistently, but man, watching Byron Buxton break the sound barrier rounding second en route to his triple last night was jaw-dropping.
Keith Law
1:55 And at the plate, he looks like he did for most of 2017, too. I'm optimistic.

https://www.jotcast....11-19-5061.html
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#697 Mike Sixel

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Posted 12 April 2019 - 10:39 AM

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12:36 Hi Eric, thanks for the chat. How would you go about grading Astudillo's hit tool? The feel for contact is obviously incredible, but how do you evaluate "plate discipline" for someone who swings at everything?
Eric A Longenhagen
12:37 he'll be on next week's Twins list and we're dropping an 8 on the bat

 

https://blogs.fangra...chat-4-12-2019/

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#698 Mike Sixel

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Posted 15 April 2019 - 10:42 AM

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12:38 If the Twins signed keuchel, do you think they'd win the division? Thanks
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12:38 No

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:00 PM

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12:38 If the Twins signed keuchel, do you think they'd win the division? Thanks
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12:38 No

After this start, I’m surprised they’d be that dismissive. Cleveland’s offense has the potential to be really pathetic this season. Sure, their pitching should be pretty good but teams still need to score to win baseball games. They’re just 9-7 on the season after playing an incredibly cupcake schedule to start the season (KC, TOR, CWS, DET).
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#700 Mike Sixel

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Posted 16 April 2019 - 01:09 PM

After this start, I’m surprised they’d be that dismissive. Cleveland’s offense has the potential to be really pathetic this season. Sure, their pitching should be pretty good but teams still need to score to win baseball games. They’re just 9-7 on the season after playing an incredibly cupcake schedule to start the season (KC, TOR, CWS, DET).


Agreed. And his answer was just short.

It's IL now, btw, not DL.....