I might love the Twins, and defend them even during some of the darkest times, but that also means being honest even when it hurts. That kind of tough love was exactly what came to mind when Tyler Duffey used his relief appearance in a close contest to 'send a message' by throwing behind Yermin Mercedes on only the fourth pitch of his appearance.
Everyone seemed to know it was coming. Tony La Russa, fresh from using his media time all but telling the Twins they *should* bean Mercedes, had a
If you're expected to win, and then fail to do so in spectacular fashion, people are going to have thoughts.
It's also safe to assume that those thoughts don't stay surface level for very long. For the 2021 Twins, the last few weeks have been a long trudge past the acceptance of things as they are, and have begun to approach the next station down the line: Why?
"Why" is an important question that has consumed the game of baseball since its creation. It is a question that drives everyon
Yes, the number in the title is not an exaggeration. The true odds of the moment we find ourselves in at the close of the Twins 2020 postseason campaign, brief as it was, comes to one in 69 billion. Somewhere in the galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox fired up the Improbability drive and Minnesota got caught in the wake. Let's do some math, shall we? Setting a baseline Now, there's a very good chance you've seen the number 262,144 floating around Twins Twitter in the last day or two, and that's beca
Over the past decade, pitch framing has become a hot topic, not only in how we've begun to identify its value, but also in finding methods to quantify it, and coming to grips with its influence on the game. However, I contend that our focus has been far too narrow, and we must look beyond the catcher- in fact, past the backstop, into the stands, up to the media boxes, and directly at the role of play-by-play broadcaster. How the game's on-camera talent describe the action shapes our measurement
Twins FO is most directly to blame for the team's woes this season so far. Granted, some of Baldelli's moves have been questionable to darn right mind boggling, but the FO has done nothing in ways to provide him with any alternatives. It's been like a carousel of pitches from the minors to the majors of young pitchers. And the bullpen put together at season's start proved to be inadequate quite early.
No effort was seen by the fans from the FO to improve the bullpen. No trades or even a signing of a free agent pitcher, not signed during during this past off season. I know, it sounds fruitless to try and find someone, but at least it would show the fans that the FO was trying.