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  1. Family and health should always come before baseball. Assuming it is related in someway, I respect Thorpe for leaving, and have no worries that he'll play himself back onto the major league roster, if not in 2020 then in 2021.
    12 points
  2. We're putting a new blue in Blue Wahoos this season.
    6 points
  3. "Banging the drum" might not be the best metaphor to roll out when talking about someone on the Houston Astros...
    5 points
  4. I saw you promoting this this morning, Ted... gotta admit, I assumed that you were going to write about May and Duffey... I like Littell a lot, but does this mean you already think Duffey is there?
    5 points
  5. Wish I could have been there to help boo.
    4 points
  6. 4 points
  7. Dead money is only an issue when you have ownership that imposes tight budgets and sets that as top priority. It’s only a bad thing when it’s a hinderance or opportunity cost, if you will. Nobody is excepting an owner to take a loss due to dead money, but realistically, it never gets to that point if you have competent roster management and development personnel. Dead money isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Cutting unproductive players loose despite their contract isn’t a bad thing (some of the same people applauding the Twins for managing dead money were just ridiculing them for keeping Mauer around not long ago - can’t do that while being intellectually honest). Signing marquee players to significant contract and reaping the benefits early in the contract isn’t a bad thing (we may see it with Donaldson). I’d trade a championship for a bunch of dead money in a heartbeat (the earnings in the championship season more than offset the future loss, anyway, especially when discounted to present value). Trading a highly paid player for high-end prospects and eating some of the contract to facilitate a rebuild isn’t a bad thing. When actually thinking about dead money, there are actually many more benefits in terms of a teams performance than negatives. As mentioned above, dead money may actually make you more money (negating the term “dead money” when netted against revenues). As everyone knows, there is no salary cap in this game. The only thing that $0 in dead money is demonstrating is that you don’t award good players big contracts and go after safe profits over championships, which is an awful thing...,and frankly a slap in the face for fans. See Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Minnesota Twins and others who have a couple of nice years occasionally, only to get throttled by big spenders in the playoffs, offset by decade long rebuilds. This is spun in a very Polad Pocket Protector-esque manor. Nobody, except the Poland’s accountant, should really give a rip about dead money. In fact, fans should welcome it as a sign of aggressive ownership/management that puts high value on winning (in the majority of cases).
    4 points
  8. As an almost 70 y.o I am amazed that these athletes can even see the balls coming in on them yet alone make a micro second decision about swinging.
    4 points
  9. "You can never have too much good pitching."
    4 points
  10. I feel sorry for Severino, but man it’s hard to feel bad for the Yankees.
    4 points
  11. "To who this may concern! I’ve left camp for a week or 2 for personal matters. I’m healthy and excited for this year. I’ll be back shortly. Love you all #MNTwins" I hope all is well with the lefty and his family. EDIT: Adding MLBTR link, since Twitter link looks like it gets blocked in some cases https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/02/pitcher-notes-twins-wacha-mariners-as.html
    3 points
  12. I think it is good to remind ourselves that these players are human beings with families who run into issues much like us. It won't do much good to speculate, but perhaps the distraction of an issue in Australia is more of a disruption that leaving camp to deal with it. Again, like Romero, Thorpe has options remaining and it won't be the end of the world if he is optioned and he could easily pitch himself back to the major league club at some point in the season.
    3 points
  13. that's how Bald Deli does it, yes.
    3 points
  14. And Twins up by 2 with 2 outs and 2 on with our 2nd baseman at bat in the top of the second...
    3 points
  15. We were whelmed. I can't for the life of me remember the coach, (may have been George Wilson of the Lions long ago), whose quote at the end of a mediocre season (5-8-1) went something like this: "We overwhelmed 5 opponents, underwhelmed 8, and whelmed 1."
    3 points
  16. Just 15 more years on Bonilla's Mets contract. I would make that guy show up to spring training every year, just to make him run sprints, shag flyballs, pitch some BP....
    3 points
  17. If May had not given up a few too many hanging curves last year, he would have had an epic season. If he can eliminate those this year, he will command some big money in the off season.
    3 points
  18. Don't be nonchalant about pointing out inconsistencies in the English language. It is better to be chalant.
    3 points
  19. I love the article, and the comparisons to top trios of the Twins' recent past, and I get that in the post-season a team is only going to be using their top 3-4 pitchers, but 162 games is a marathon, and you've got to rely on at least two other pitchers to get you through the majority of your games. Looking at the pitching staffs listed above, the pitching staffs were rounded out thusly: 1991 - After Morris, Erickson, and Tapani, you had: Allan Anderson (22 starts; WAR -0.2); David West (15 starts; WAR 0.6.) 2004 - After Santana, Radke, and Silva, you had: Kyle Loshe (34 starts; WAR 0.4); and Terry Mulholland (15 starts; WAR 0.5.) 2006 - After Santana, Liriano, and Radke, you had: Silva (31 starts; WAR -1); Boof Bonser (18 starts; WAR 1.3); and Scott Baker (16 starts; -0.7 WAR.) I think it is a safe bet (by no means a sure-bet, but a safe one) that - after Berrios, Odorizzi, and Maeda - some combination of Pineda, Bailey, Hill, and Chacin will round out the starting pitching staff and make it overall one of the best the Twins have had in a long time (if not of all time.)
    3 points
  20. It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. And TD had yet to jinx the Twins... Oh right. I need to find a line up...
    2 points
  21. I would like to see the rest of the league turn on these guys. If it means they have to take a lot of beanballs then OH WELL. They were granted immunity and still can't fess up to what it is that went down. No one but NO ONE should talk to an Astros player. No fraternizing, not a word.
    2 points
  22. "Hey Bregman! I hear your sister is going out with Squeaks!"
    2 points
  23. Can't wait to see Bauer psych out Bregman...
    2 points
  24. Instead of skills or Dodgeball, get teams of five MLB Legends competing in a game of BASEketball. Psyche-outs included.
    2 points
  25. Feel free to add something about pitch count. A cogent movie reference (Princess Bride perhaps?) would not go amiss. But yeah, in a word, that is how it is done.
    2 points
  26. Dang! They left Smeltzer in too long Is that how it`s done?
    2 points
  27. Sorry, I'm going to take the best baseball player in the world's opinion over yours on the subject of cheating. If Mike Trout, a man who rarely speaks up about much of anything and quietly goes about being the best baseball player to ever walk the planet, blasts the Astros for cheating and says it gave them an advantage, I believe him.
    2 points
  28. Deferred money is a poor investment for the player, not the team. That $1.2 million he's getting this year has far less value then it did when he signed the contract, far less. Investing a huge chunk of money at 0.0 interest is laughably foolish. Or at least I'd think it is, I'm not an economics expert.
    2 points
  29. Several thoughts on this: Bonilla is still being paid $1.2M per year by the Mets, but that is not included in the dead money above (rightfully in my opinion). The Mets total is $9M, which is entirely David Wright. Those details are included in the article linked in the original post.Bonilla's amount is deferred compensation, which I do not think should be included as dead money, because deferred compensation is determined in advance and can be directly planned for.Again, in my opinion, dead money is not something that should be avoided at all costs. Once signed, player contracts are sunk costs, and management should do all they can to not include future amounts owed as a factor when determining roster composition.
    2 points
  30. 2 points
  31. Judging solely on the accompanying picture, I really thought the article was going to be about a Grateful Dead tribute band paying to rent Target Field for a concert or music festival venue or something. I'm not at all disappointed that I was wrong.
    2 points
  32. A tie? I guess we weren't able to overcome the adversity of trailing 4-2. But we didn't undercome it either.
    2 points
  33. I had to double check to see if this was satire or Stu angling for some laughs. The current setup is great as baseball is the only of the four major sports that can present an All-Star game that is very nearly the same as a competitive regular season game. The mini games and competitions talked about bore me. The home run derby is enough.
    2 points
  34. Bauer isn't everyone's cup of tea, but he implies that Pressly's jump in spin rate with the Astros could only be explained by the "application of a foreign substance." Be interesting to see if their bullpen performs differently this year assuming that they aren't cheating as much.
    2 points
  35. I would love to see the Twins take some of the cash they got for selling a pick to the Dodgers and use it for a Trevor May extension.
    2 points
  36. I'm fairly confident that on February 25th, the Twins and NYY are on a collision course for the AL pennant. I can't help but think how beneficial some of these injuries are to helping the Twins secure Home Field, which increases the Twins chances of beating the NYY from .001% to 1%. The author of this post assumes no liability if this post ages poorly.
    2 points
  37. Tommy John recommended for Severino Good Luck, Luis. Get back into form just in time for your Yankee tenure to expire. Well played on the extension.
    2 points
  38. Part of the reason why I wanted to unpack the numbers of that '91 group is what you are pointing out. The Cy-Young finishes are also quite incredible regardless of how flawed award voting can be. I did personally like how good Johan was in addition to Radke being at that higher level as the #2. Thanks for the good thoughts!
    2 points
  39. The best Twins starting pitcher trio has to be the 2006 group of Santana/Liriano/Radke. Before Liriano got injured both he and Santana were legitimate Cy Young contenders.
    2 points
  40. Takeaways... 1.) watching spring training is the best! 2.) Watching prospects play is awesome, especially when the announcers aren't sure who they are (but you have a Twins Prospect Handbook so you know who they are). 3.) Nothing on the field can be taken away from 3 games though...
    2 points
  41. For the second straight year, the Blue Wahoos are in Baseball America's MiLB Pre-Season "Super Teams". They rank all minor league teams on the number of top prospects projected to be on their Opening Day roster. Going to be a fun year!
    2 points
  42. He's scheduled to return just in time to pitch 6.1 shutout innings against the Twins in game 2 of the ALDS.
    2 points
  43. I am in favor of the three batter/end of inning rule. It's a compromise between the era when starting pitchers threw 300+ innings per season vs. 200 innings as it is now. I also think the infield shift should be addressed. Each infield position should be set according to defined parameters. The best defensive players know how to position their opponent which is more valuable and more interesting than calling for the full shift.
    1 point
  44. Fire/cleanup related was my firrst thought too, but then i started suspecting that if it were, he'd have said so. Sounds like something more personal. Now I'm crossing my fingers that it's something happy like birth of a child.
    1 point
  45. “If Polanco has it that day, heh, your troubles are behind you. If Polanco doesn’t have it that day, get the women and children out of the first 4 rows behind 1st base!” - Dark Star
    1 point
  46. Check it out, folks, it’s just a month and a day until Opening Day! Thank goodness this is Leap Year. Otherwise it would be a month and two days.
    1 point
  47. My initial reaction why would we trade Pitching for another OF to clog things up for our young players. You put some effort into your reasoning, but I can't be moved from that original thought. IMO it doesn't make sense to trade Pitching which we need to continue to develop, as you really can never have enough arms. In exchange we get an average OF that will clog the way not only for Cave and Wade, but for our cluster of OF prospects (Rooker, Celestino, Larnach or Kirilloff) to get experience. Now if the Cubs want to trade some pitching for an OF, that's more like it.
    1 point
  48. Wow, sounds like the Twins are hosting the Donaldson and Cruz Academy of Baseball Developement.
    1 point
  49. You have good number of our very best prospects so am happy you will have have a photo blog. I will be following all the players in AA very Closely this year.
    1 point
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