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#61 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 03:26 PM

It`s a reasonable opinion, Which I believe is pretty on. I`m a family man & if I had the opportunity of a ton of money w/ a chance to make close to 100 million. The extra millions would not make me choose a team far from family. I`d love to give tickets away to family to come watch me play on a daily basis. & I`m saying Donaldson is like me for what I`ve see n


So, speculation.
That's fine, I was just checking because your post was stated as if it were factual knowledge.

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 04:55 PM

Thad Levine told Hayes, “The one thing we’ve learned over the years is that you can’t just have a Plan A. Tomorrow’s Plan B becomes the next day’s Plan A.” Derek Falvey went on to suggest he “may rue the day I ever mentioned that (impact) as a singular word.”

 

Talk talk talk. Actions mean something. Talk, not so much. Hurry up and wait. 

I hope, as little as I expect it, that our young pitchers have actually been 'identified' by the pitching experts, and surprise us all, because that is the impact that is left.

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:51 PM

 

First, the narrative was he wouldn't leave the west coast. Then he goes to Toronto and you're telling us this spin job. He went where he got the most money.

 

What would it have taken? A better offer than Toronto, which we never made. There is no evidence we were the highest bidder on any FA we missed on and got turned down because they didn't want to play in MN. If our offers are less, of course no one will sign here. And if they're equal they probably won't either. If you want to play in FA, you have to overpay. 

"the narrative" was not created by me and I am not beholden to it.At no point did I weigh in on Ryu wanting to stay on the west coast, but I can totally see it.It is not "spin job" to say it makes sense Ryu ended up in Toronto. Not to me, at least. There are a lot of Asians in Toronto.I know this.I have lived in upstate NY for almost my whole life and have met my share of Ontarians.Ryu going to Toronto makes sense to me.I don't feel the need to explain it to you any further.

 

As far as overpaying for a free agent, when I am inspired by a particular player that I think fits and makes sense I will call for the Twins to overpay.You have called for them to overpay for ALL OF the five guys discussed this winter.That is your strategy and it makes no sense to me.Battle on, though....I like the emotion.Would have liked to see you join me after the 3-and-out but I guess that didn't upset you quite as much as not signing free agents this winter.That is just odd to me, but I respect the fact that you complain--even if I don't think it makes any sense at all for each of the five guys we did not signNot one bit of sense.


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 06:58 PM

"the narrative" was not created by me and I am not beholden to it. At no point did I weigh in on Ryu wanting to stay on the west coast, but I can totally see it. It is not "spin job" to say it makes sense Ryu ended up in Toronto. Not to me, at least. There are a lot of Asians in Toronto. I know this. I have lived in upstate NY for almost my whole life and have met my share of Ontarians. Ryu going to Toronto makes sense to me. I don't feel the need to explain it to you any further.

As far as overpaying for a free agent, when I am inspired by a particular player that I think fits and makes sense I will call for the Twins to overpay. You have called for them to overpay for ALL OF the five guys discussed this winter. That is your strategy and it makes no sense to me. Battle on, though....I like the emotion. Would have liked to see you join me after the 3-and-out but I guess that didn't upset you quite as much as not signing free agents this winter. That is just odd to me, but I respect the fact that you complain--even if I don't think it makes any sense at all for each of the five guys we did not sign Not one bit of sense.


Not all five, one of the five. Or the money goes to the owners. Players or owners. I'd rather they add players.
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:07 PM

 

So, speculation.
That's fine, I was just checking because your post was stated as if it were factual knowledge.

It's going to be cold tomorrow.THat's speculation, too.

 

HOnestly, man.You seem utterly incredulous too what the guy just said.I tend to believe that if you have 6 or 7 million dollars tucked away and aren't a complete stooge you can write your own ticket. I am willing to bet Donaldson isn't the greedy pig you assume that he is.I am willing to bet his family and his personal desires go beyond just money at this point.The guy has money already.He has a killer pension.What don't you get?

 

 


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:12 PM

 

Not all five, one of the five. Or the money goes to the owners. Players or owners. I'd rather they add players.

 

Let's say we signed Donaldson to the 4/110 deal he wanted and we outbid Toronto and signed Ryu to 4/100.Would that have satisfied you?


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Posted 05 January 2020 - 07:47 PM

Let's say we signed Donaldson to the 4/110 deal he wanted and we outbid Toronto and signed Ryu to 4/100. Would that have satisfied you?


I would not have signed Donaldson if they paid that much for a pitcher
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 08:43 PM

I would not have signed Donaldson if they paid that much for a pitcher


Do you think we should have went higher to get Ryu?

#69 Mr. Brooks

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Posted 05 January 2020 - 09:43 PM

It's going to be cold tomorrow. THat's speculation, too.

HOnestly, man. You seem utterly incredulous too what the guy just said. I tend to believe that if you have 6 or 7 million dollars tucked away and aren't a complete stooge you can write your own ticket. I am willing to bet Donaldson isn't the greedy pig you assume that he is. I am willing to bet his family and his personal desires go beyond just money at this point. The guy has money already. He has a killer pension. What don't you get?


Not sure where you got "greedy pig" from anything I said.

I simply asked for clarification on whether he was speculating, or posting something factual that he read somewhere. That's it.
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Posted 05 January 2020 - 10:16 PM

"the narrative" was not created by me and I am not beholden to it. At no point did I weigh in on Ryu wanting to stay on the west coast, but I can totally see it. It is not "spin job" to say it makes sense Ryu ended up in Toronto. Not to me, at least. There are a lot of Asians in Toronto. I know this. I have lived in upstate NY for almost my whole life and have met my share of Ontarians. Ryu going to Toronto makes sense to me. I don't feel the need to explain it to you any further.

As far as overpaying for a free agent, when I am inspired by a particular player that I think fits and makes sense I will call for the Twins to overpay. You have called for them to overpay for ALL OF the five guys discussed this winter. That is your strategy and it makes no sense to me. Battle on, though....I like the emotion. Would have liked to see you join me after the 3-and-out but I guess that didn't upset you quite as much as not signing free agents this winter. That is just odd to me, but I respect the fact that you complain--even if I don't think it makes any sense at all for each of the five guys we did not sign Not one bit of sense.

what does "a lot of Asians in Toronto" have to do with anything?

And for the record, Ryu is Korean. Not "Asian."

But I doubt that had much if anything to do with him signing with Toronto.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 07:47 AM

what does "a lot of Asians in Toronto" have to do with anything?

And for the record, Ryu is Korean. Not "Asian."

But I doubt that had much if anything to do with him signing with Toronto.


Korea is in Asia, Chief. I know that Toronto has a very large Asian population, but more importantly, it also has close to 100,000 South Koreans. He doesn’t speak English. He speaks Korean.

You can doubt the importance of this fact all you want. Why would he not want to be in a place where there is a community of people who can feel at home with and socialize with? Another place that wouldn’t have surprised me is with the Mets. There is perhaps an even larger Korean community in Queens.

You can get on your high horse and insist this isn’t a factor. I tend to be more open to things like this whereas you are a “money talks” kind of guy. I believe in that to an extent, but it’s not EVERYTHING.

You’ll learn eventually.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 08:10 AM

Looking at the relative amount of improvement or lack there of, I'm guessing that without a big trade to get an established starter for the Twins, we're back to the days of brawling with the ChiSox over the division title with Cleveland on the outside looking in.

 

 


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 08:45 AM

 

Korea is in Asia, Chief. 

I know. I spoke Korean for a living in the Air Force. Lived 60 miles south of Seoul for two years. I can guarantee you he doesn't identify with other "Asians." Ask a Korean how he feels about the Japanese occupation of Korea, for example.

 

And per this report, there were 21000 Koreans in MN as of 2014:

 

 https://www.tcdailyp...rean-americans/

 

You're just rationalizing. Finding excuses for why the Twin can't sign any free agents of note. That's your right, of course, but I'm going to point out the holes in your excuses. That's my right.

 

And in this case, I'm willing to wager I know a great deal more about Korea, and Koreans, than you.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 09:03 AM

Ryu is the one top pitcher that the Twins could have signed and they failed to recognize it early enough. Had they gone after him first they might have signed him at better than 4/80 but even late they could have gone 4/90 and signed him.

I get the arguments that It would be a mistake to sign Ryu to 4/90. I don’t buy the arguments that no one would come to Minnesota. The Twins need to do a better job of identifying that player early before they are they have the leverage of the last remaining option in free agency.
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Posted 06 January 2020 - 10:03 AM

Bottom line is we got no "impact" pitching, positive impact anyway. So how about our FO puts their money where their mouths are. We keep hearing about our prospects and how good they are and blah blah blah. Lets see them sign up Lewis, Kiriloff and Larnach for 6 year terms like CWS has done with Jimenez and Robert. If this is what we believe in, then show us. Enough of talk about windows and impact. Enough of shoving BS up ours.


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 10:58 AM

I know. I spoke Korean for a living in the Air Force. Lived 60 miles south of Seoul for two years. I can guarantee you he doesn't identify with other "Asians." Ask a Korean how he feels about the Japanese occupation of Korea, for example.

And per this report, there were 21000 Koreans in MN as of 2014:

https://www.tcdailyp...rean-americans/

You're just rationalizing. Finding excuses for why the Twin can't sign any free agents of note. That's your right, of course, but I'm going to point out the holes in your excuses. That's my right.

And in this case, I'm willing to wager I know a great deal more about Korea, and Koreans, than you.

I defer to your formidable knowledge of Korean, but I must say I’m stunned that you reject the notion that Toronto’s fairly large Korean community had little to do with his decision. If he were a fluent speaker of English I’d not even bring it up. He isn’t.

This is born out of the same notion that urban enclaves form to give immigrant groups an easier transition. All kinds of ethic groups have done this from time immemorial.

Another 10 or 15 million likely wasn’t going to land him. And had we done it that would have proven to be a mistake.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:09 AM

 

I defer to your formidable knowledge of Korean, but I must say I’m stunned that you reject the notion that Toronto’s fairly large Korean community had little to do with his decision. If he were a fluent speaker of English I’d not even bring it up. He isn’t.

This is born out of the same notion that urban enclaves form to give immigrant groups an easier transition. All kinds of ethic groups have done this from time immemorial.

Another 10 or 15 million likely wasn’t going to land him. And had we done it that would have proven to be a mistake.

 

I tend to think Ryu chose Toronto because they gave him the best offer; with his injury history I'd find it quite likely that no other clubs, including the Twins, were willing to match the years they gave him. But if he did happen choose Toronto in part because of non-monetary reasons, I might think their indoor stadium may have played as big or bigger role than whatever we are using to measure the size of various city's Korean communities.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:10 AM

 

Toronto has a HUGE Asian community so that likely helped them in signing Ryu.We have no idea how much of an influence that had on him, but they are excited to have him:

https://toronto.ctvn...1?clipId=104070

 

You seem to be hung up on WE DIDN'T OFFER HIM ENOUGH MONEY.What do you think it would have taken?Also, do you understand he has pitched more than 90 innings twice in the last five seasons?I am kind of mystified as to how you or anyone could be so up in arms about not giving a pitcher like this 100 million dollars.Please explain that one.

That kind of stuff doesn't matter if you blow their doors off with cash. 

 

I can't understand how just NO ONE wants to play in Minnesota for the Twins. However, any time there is a free agent in football that we want, the Vikings have ZERO problem getting them here. That is narrative pushed by the Twins, nothing more.

 

I am not saying throw big money all the time, but if you want someone, give them the very best offer JUST ONCE and see what happens. I bet pretty soon their horses decide they like Minnesota summers and the plentiful alfalfa we have here. 


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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:12 AM

Ryu is the one top pitcher that the Twins could have signed and they failed to recognize it early enough. Had they gone after him first they might have signed him at better than 4/80 but even late they could have gone 4/90 and signed him.

I get the arguments that It would be a mistake to sign Ryu to 4/90. I don’t buy the arguments that no one would come to Minnesota. The Twins need to do a better job of identifying that player early before they are they have the leverage of the last remaining option in free agency.


I’m not saying NO ONE WANTS TO COME TO MINNESOTA. I’ve looked at each FA signing this winter and each FA seemed to have a preference. Minnesota wasn’t one of them.

And that’s no “excuse”
It’s just reality. The way things are set up we are one of the many teams at a distinct disadvantage and it goes further than just money—although money is big factor
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Posted 06 January 2020 - 11:34 AM

 

That kind of stuff doesn't matter if you blow their doors off with cash. 

 

I can't understand how just NO ONE wants to play in Minnesota for the Twins. However, any time there is a free agent in football that we want, the Vikings have ZERO problem getting them here. That is narrative pushed by the Twins, nothing more.

 

I am not saying throw big money all the time, but if you want someone, give them the very best offer JUST ONCE and see what happens. I bet pretty soon their horses decide they like Minnesota summers and the plentiful alfalfa we have here. 

 

I don't think the problem isn't that no one wants to play here, it's that they have other destinations they have their eyes already on.

 

But as far as the NFL goes, they have a salary cap and salary floor, players can't be as particular where they go. But I think equally as important, the Midwest is not significantly behind other regions in producing football or basketball players. It's why the Big 10 is competitive in football and basketball, but they're always a doormat when it comes to baseball. The Pac 12, SEC and ACC kick their butt every time, I don't think it's a coincidence that those are the same regions the pro players also tend to lean towards.

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