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  1. After that rude display of fist-pumping from Donaldson, expect a brushback pitch next time he faces Thorpe.
    6 points
  2. im not sure Keuchel would even crack our rotation. Certainly not if Pineda were available from day 1. Maybin? Im not saying he's not a good player i just dont see where he would fit in our organization. Any of the players I would mention such as Grandal, or Encarnacion just dont fit in terms of the fact that we already have viable home grown options already in place. Unless you could pry Hader away from the Brew Crew as a Lh set up man or someone like Baez from the Cubbies, who is really better than the guys we already have? They will have to get on the field and just DO IT.
    3 points
  3. OK, here's the thing. Its really tough to predict what will happen over a 162 game season, much less a 60 game season. (Guessing Vegas is going nuts about now)! One thing to consider is, barring Covid, most teams are physically healthy right now, including the Twins. I have wondered at times about the short season and not playing top teams like the Yankees, Astros, Dodgers, etc. Does that make you less prepared for BIG BOY competition when the playoffs start? And then I not only remember how deep and good this roster is, but I also reflect how "easy" the Twins schedule is supposed to be. I'm sorry, but I just don't buy in to the Dirty Sox for 2020. Cleveland has enough talent to be scary. And even though the NL Central is supposed to be down/easy, and we play them far less than our own division, I find them to be a worry. When is the last time the Cardinals didn't field a competitive team? They always seem to have pitching and defense and enough offense to be dangerous. The Cubs have a lot of good talent on hand still. The Brewers were in the post season last year. The Reds are a mystery team, but could be dangerous if a few things break right. This is NOT some insurmountable gauntlet, to be sure. And on paper, the Twins should be the better team vs any Central team they play. But other than Cleveland, I'm more worried about the NLC than I am the ALC. Stumbling against the NLC could be disastrous. Not saying it will happen, only saying this "weak schedule" may not be as easy as some say. You still hàve to go out and play and win. But I keep thinking about the report of Cruz standing in front of his teammates and asking them to look around and asking, "why not us?"
    3 points
  4. In a short 60 game season, who knows what could happen. I would also take Hill over Keuchel at this point. I liked Cron and just wish he hadn't been hurt late in the season. But I will take Donaldson and Sano all day! Maybin would have been smart and nice. Never quite understood the Twins not making a move there. Or did they? Maybe they did and he just wanted a starting job? Or did the Twins just like what they had? I actually like Cave, but I would have gladly traded him for a season of Maybin were he interested. No reason to sign Smoak after Donaldson.
    3 points
  5. I really like the Twins offseason. I’d take a healthy Rich Hill over Keuchel. I’d take Donaldson over any of the hitters, clearly. I may take Rooker/Kirilloff/Larnach over any as well. I see very little room for someone like Smoak. The argument for Maybin is sound as an insurance policy in center. But, he wanted to be an everyday player....and he’ll likely be available via trade.
    3 points
  6. I admit Cron is good, but he is no Josh Donaldson, offensively or defensively.
    2 points
  7. And then both benches will clear for a socially-distanced brawl!
    2 points
  8. This is so much a crapshoot and an unknown entity. We already know we have a great looking team on paper. We can pat ourselves on the back for two more weeks but the bottom line is whoever sticks together, stays healthy, and takes care of business like professionals is gonna win this sprint. I love our management team and it sure looks like we are favorites, but this is a year where ANYTHING can(and probably will) happen. I just trust in Rocco and his staff to make sure we are as good as we can be.
    2 points
  9. He reminds me so much of two great Minnesota athletes a generation ago. (And sorry that I've stated this before). He reminds me of Robert Smith of the Vikings and Torri Hunter. Smith learned from Tony Dorsett that you have to preserve your body for a full season because your team needs you for that full season. And sometimes fighting for that extra yard just isn't worth what you give up later if you aren't out on the field. His career took off after that, co-incidence or not. Hunter learned to conserve his body after a few early injuries early on in his career as well. I may be wrong but after harping for some time now that I wished Hunter would work with Buxton to offer perspective and tutelage, I believe he did so at some point late last year, this last off-season or during ST 1.0. Buxton can be outstanding while still pulling up here and there. I know he loves being great defensively. But he can still be great 8 or 9 out of 10 plays by NOT risking himself physically. And I would gladly have him NOT make 4-5-6 outstanding plays over the course of a season to keep him on the field and in the lineup on a mostly daily basis. Offensively and defensively, a healthy and productive Buxton would more than make up for those handful of plays he "could have made" if he had risked injury.
    2 points
  10. I'm not so sure this isn't one of the most impressive thing I've heard about Johnson. He does "nothing" but remind a talented pitcher who and what he is and what he can do. Reminds me a bit of Viola back in the day when he was finally convinced how talented he was and that he was a power pitcher with good stuff and didn't have to be a nibbling LH. This is awesome.
    2 points
  11. The chances that they play 0 games in Canada is probably 80%. The chances that they don’t have a field that they call home is less than 10%. That scenario would involve stadium sharing. But I think Dunedin or Buffalo are far more likely than that.
    1 point
  12. TheLeviathan

    BYTO roll call

    I thought all of TROLPO's brilliance was lost to the sands of time. This was wonderful, thank you sir.
    1 point
  13. 1 point
  14. I am rooting for Byron! I am sure i'm not alone...
    1 point
  15. really, really great article, Seth! Each and every moment forward, I am just so much more impressed with Baldelli.
    1 point
  16. Until I read the article I spoke of at beginning of thread I did not know. I actually find it interesting that they never would say it was his award. Most other sports will say the name of the person they are honoring for the award.
    1 point
  17. I did not know, or, just as likely, I had run across it somewhere but forgotten.
    1 point
  18. So you are disputing he was brought in as commissioner to save baseball (MLB) from the Black Sox Scandal and rampant gambling? I didn't know that was up for debate, it seems every site that talks about him says that even ESPN in their article about removing him. Wasn't he the first person to suspend a professional athlete for racism? I have said in at least three posts I am fine with removing him from the MVP award, what I was pointing out the he did some good and probably some bad, and others need to decide which is most important. If he didn't restore trust in MLB, there might not be MLB now, which means no MN Twins and no Twins Daily website to discuss MLB baseball. Now one could argue that letting MLB crash and burn might have turned out a better product, but that would be pure speculation.
    1 point
  19. He didn't save baseball, he just saved the MLB. Or rather, he saved the MLB owners from having to pay players much money. He was a judge before he was a commissioner. He had no problem calling Standard Oil a monopoly and busting up the company but only a couple of years later a new baseball league (The Federal League) was trying to compete with the AL and NL, and sued on the basis that the Reserve Clause was illegal. Of course the AL and NL wanted to claim the rights to the players for eternity even though the Federal League was offering the star players more money. Landis basically told The Federal League to screw off, and don't mess with my favorite sport. He was particularly upset that the Federal League team in Chicago, the Whales, was encroaching on the Cubs and White Sox territory. So not only did he prohibit integration, but he also set the precedent that players would never have control of their destiny for the next SIXTY years. Yeah, this was the guy who ensured there would be no free agency until 1975.
    1 point
  20. So the link you added, explained Veeck's story, but also had this tidbt - "Subsequently, the article was strongly challenged by historian Jules Tygiel, who refuted it point-by-point in an article in the 2006 issue of SABR's" I think my definition of pretty well accepted might differ from yours. Again not saying he wasn't a racist, but people seem to be looking real hard to prove he was and overlooking he saved baseball.
    1 point
  21. question, don't mean to be argumentative, but haven't people been creating statues for almost all of history? I think the oldest statue is 30,000-40,000 years old.
    1 point
  22. In the end, does this mean I have to return my awards in education because I once hit a teacher in the back of the head with an eraser?
    1 point
  23. Isn't that the whole point of this article? It's spent the entire time telling us how we should explain to our children that, contrary to all evidence, the police are out hunting down people due to the color of their skin. In 2019 police officers fatally shot 1,004 people, most of whom were armed or dangerous, 234 of which were Black Americans. That share of shootings is LESS that what would be expected of Black American crime rates. In 2018 (last complete statistics we have), Black Americans made up 53% of known homicide offenders, committed 63% of robberies, and all that despite the fact they make up only 13% of the population. And honestly it's mostly young males from the Black American population so that 13% is too large. Black women are not typically the ones committing the crimes. According to the Washington Post, police fatally shot 9 unarmed Black Americans and 19 unarmed White Americans in 2019. The Post defines "unarmed" so broadly that one of the suspects had a loaded handgun in his car at the time of his interaction with law enforcement but they still put him in the unarmed category. In 2018, there were 7,400 Black American homicide victims. Assuming a comparable rate of police involved fatalities of unarmed Black American, that's 9 out of 7,400. That's 0.1%. Now maybe I don't understand statistics, but it's pretty easy to figure out that a 0.1% rate doesn't equal systemic racism. And finally, on Memorial Day, 10 Black Americans were killed in drive-by shootings in Chicago. I haven't heard a peep about that from you or anyone on this board. "Complicity by silence" perhaps?
    1 point
  24. Well considering the person everyone thinks of as a "kneeler" was a guy who praised Fidel Castro, had no problem wearing a t-shirt with Che Guevara on it, and owns socks with pigs dressed up as cops... Sorry, Brees is a better role model.
    1 point
  25. Per arrest, more whites are killed by police than blacks. There may be systemic bias in law enforcement, but there's no empirical evidence that it extends to the use of deadly force. It's just a fiction that Americans are now required to accept or be denounced, fired from their jobs, etc.
    1 point
  26. I could really care less what I "look like". Victim blaming? How about people start to take responsibility for their actions. Floyd losing his life was wrong. Chauvin committed an errounious act. But Floyd was drunk, high, passing bad cash and resisting arrest. He obviously hadn't learned. This is the guy who in 2009 held a gun in the abdomen of a preganant woman during a break in. I'm not holding this guy up as a martyr or a hero. If you don't like my opinion delete them then.
    1 point
  27. Can anyone post a link that confirms the incident was racially motivated. If all this is based on unconfirmed assumption, any suggestion of a superior understanding or superior intellect is rather ironic. Taking such a hard position without full confirmation of fact and validation of assumptions is simply not consistent with advanced critical thinking skills or even an good understanding of problem solving practices. Sorry, it's just another example of people without any credentials thinking the problem is what other people don't understand.
    1 point
  28. Again he said "he will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country" So he doesn't get the right to think kneeling is disrespecting the flag or country? But you get the right to tell him that is is wrong for thinking that . And we wonder why our (and by our I guess I mean your country because you are the one(s) that tell others what to believe and think) is completely divided. I guess I thought I could have my opinion if kneeling was disrespecting the flag or not disrespecting flag, regardless of what others thought or said. I just hope Trump doesn't say people should start kneeling because peoples heads will explode.
    1 point
  29. thanks, you proved the point, his opinion doesn't matter because it differs for yours. His problem is I quote "He’s a white guy who’s way too comfortable in his bubble and refused to listen and learn from other" I always forgot if you disagree with the righteous you are ignorant (your word) and need to open up his eyes. Or maybe, just maybe we could accept that it is his feelings and his opinion and also respect the people that have different feelings and opinion.
    1 point
  30. Where is the outcry over David Dorn? Blue Lives Matter. Rest in peace David. You will enjoy the rich reward you have earned. God bless and comfort his family.
    1 point
  31. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you aren't spreading the message. Seriously, scientifically, you are not. At least not the way that you want. You are only "spreading" your message by making people more resistant to it. The kind of things that you are doing (blocking traffic, attacking people who do things differently than you want, using inflammatory language - and check the comments, clearly your language was inflammatory, whether or not you meant it to be) have been proven to have a negative effect on both changing minds and also enacting societal change. You will not change minds based on how you are acting, and in fact you are making it less likely that people will do the things that you want. If someone doesn't like speaking out, then they will be even less likely to consider speaking out as a result of your tactics. If someone is neutral for speaking out, they will be less likely to speak out as a result of your tactics. The only thing that you might do is make someone that was already leaning toward speaking out somewhat more likely to speak out even more. Also you will feel better about yourself (as you hurt what you are professing to try to help). Here is a source on that: https://www.psypost.org/2020/05/new-psychology-research-finds-extreme-protest-actions-reduce-popular-support-for-social-movements-56906?fbclid=IwAR0dXw0ft4J_iu-o33nxd0jzC5Dq6i6ARBhSQFHkDAFEqDa8yJVVUd8UKFw For a particularly relevant example, the article spells out how democrats push people away from, e.g., voting for democrats because of the way that they attack Trump. Did you know that lots of democrats are actually helping Trump by the way in which they attack Trump, by making independents not want to associate with the democrats? That's a heckuva backfire. You aren't changing the mind of anyone who thinks differently than you do. To do that, you need to humbly think about the views of other people, not attack them, and respect their viewpoints, even while you point out why you strongly strongly disagree. Look to MLK and how he talked to various white pastors who told him to be more "patient" as he waited for social change. A (in retrospect) despicable thing that they were asking, to be clear. Yet in his replies he was always overly courteous, going to great lengths to emphasize how he did truly understand what they were doing what they were doing and asking what they were asking. If a black man born in Georgia in 1929 can respect the viewpoints of opponents, so can you. What you are doing is purely being done for your sake, so that you feel good about yourself. And that is fine! It's good to take care of yourself, and make yourself happy in life. If you want to do that by pretending that you are helping a cause by insulting people that disagree with you such that you actually hurt this cause, well, there are worse ways to spend your time. That said, if you ACTUALLY want to convince people, then you need to do so respectfully, and you need to truly try to empathize with people that think differently rather than you do. If you want to ACTUALLY make a difference, then start humanizing businessmen, bankers, suburbanites, the highly religious, rural white uneducated voters, or other people that are frequently on the opposite sides of the debate from you. Try to understand these groups of people. Try to understand and truly *feel* their hurts and fears and dreams, rather than dismiss them and ridicule them. Once you understand these people that you disagree with, approach them on their level, rather than attacking them from yours. I know that it feels better to just attack the viewpoints of people who believe different things, and to take fantastically bold actions to show just how strongly you feel (such as blocking traffic on I-35). But you are actively making the things that you want to happen LESS likely to happen by what doing things in this way.
    1 point
  32. You want people to act. In my opinion, that is good. You want people to think deeply about what they do. In my opinion, that is very good. But think deeply about what you would have done if you, Nick Nelson - writer, were instead Nick Nelson - baseball player. You post a selfie about something loosely connected to COVID (remember when that was important?), you find out instead of a mask you were actually wearing a beehive, so you quickly take it down. What do you do next? Remember now, you're a 27 year old baseball player. Do you call PR right then? Or do you say "whoa. sorry everyone with strong opinions. i'd rather not fight." Because that's what he did. THEN, the firestorm continues (because that's what firestorms do) and he called PR, because he knows he's walking on a thin sheet of ice and there is fire everywhere. And PR writes a well thought out, yet obviously PR written statement. Then he posts it. Isn't that what you would have done? Or are you telling me that you, Nick Nelson - 27 year old baseball player, would have silently reflected and penned a beautiful heartfelt essay on the tragedy of life, the state of racial inequality, and the unjust violence associated with interactions between black men and the police, and the whole time, you would have found the right balance in your essay to make sure that you didn't say anything that would further ruffle the feathers of the thousands and thousands of people that follow you because they like the way you can hit and run and throw. Think of how unlikely that is. You, Nick Nelson - writer, are an excellent writer, and you were unable to write an essay that didn't ruffle feathers of at least some of your audience, and you had time to think about it. I have no idea if Max Kepler is a good writer or not, if he's brilliant or dumb as a bag of hammers, but if you couldn't do it, then what chance did he have? As long as we're playing the empathy game, let's all think about all the main characters in our little stage and put yourself in all of their shoes. Some of you probably have already done this. Put your self in George Floyd's shoes, Derek Chauvin's shoes, the shoes of each of their families, the shoes of young black men everywhere, the shoes of cops everywhere, the shoes of the commenter who had a relative recently killed, even the shoes of the rioters, and on and on. Put yourself in Nick's shoes. It is plainly obvious that many people have already done this for George Floyd, as is evidenced by the protests, and that is good. I'm not suggesting that anyone needs to come up with some certain outcome of whether, if in another's shoes you absolutely would have done the same thing. But I think it's a good exercise, and it challenges our own thinking. It also helps us delineate in our minds what truly is right and what truly is wrong, without deceiving ourselves that the position we hold is the right one simply because we hold it. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That's what we all get and we are guaranteed nothing more. If you see somebody getting screwed out of one of those, I think you should speak up. If you don't, hey. Do you.
    1 point
  33. If I were to make a list of people who reacted poorly to this tragedy, Max Kepler’s actions are too far down that list to be given a second thought. My first disappointment is that the MPD did not review the video and make an arrest within a few hours. That just might have defused this, at least a little. I recognize that it takes time for the proper review. However, I just can’t imagine it too long to verify this was a criminal act. The explosiveness of this situation should have been recognized. Every hour that went by without an announcement to arrest / prosecute fueled the rage. In the grand scheme of things, Max Kepler’s unwillingness to take a stand is not even on the radar for me. I find it far more disconcerting that anyone could assess the actions of various people in this tragedy and conclude Max’s failure to take a stand worthy of concern. The actions of thousands of people were nothing short of criminal and barbaric. People were literally burning down the city and some of you want to defend singling out Max Kepler for not taking a stronger position. God help us! I have not spoken to a single person who did not find the actions of office Chauvin reprehensible. Of course, there are still plenty of people who hate based on some form of ethnocentrism. That’s a problem. The thinking that leads to singling out Max Kepler while ignoring thousands of people performing criminal acts is also a problem. I suggest we call out those who advocated violence and those who reacted with violence. Where is the outrage for not dealing with this tragedy in a civil manner? We should be much more concerned with a society that reacts this way than Max Kepler’s unwillingness to take a stance. We should also be concerned that there are those who find moral superiority in attacking Max Kepler while somehow ignoring the thousands of people whose actions were not consistent with a civil society.
    1 point
  34. Tell me what I care about. Tell me what I do in my daily life. Tell me about how I've responded to this wretched event. Tell me what I should do tomorrow to appease you, or Nick, or others, to convince you that I care as much as you do or as much as Nick does. Tell me how I can show that I am properly educated on the right way forward to get us out of this mess we are in. It is certainly baffling.
    1 point
  35. Well on the bright side, at least this means Covid-19 isn’t a thing anymore. Haven’t heard a single complaint that these riots could lead to a second wave outbreak. That a relief.
    1 point
  36. This article is irresponsible. Everyone, let’s virtue signal and dox everyone around us as possible racists and supporters of the police (anything but that!). Very productive right now. Honestly, from my point of view there are very few people out there who aren’t agreeing on the issues right now. Who is arguing what happened to this man at the hands of a potential sociopath was/is acceptable? It was absolutely horrific, and absolutely needs to be addressed. Who is arguing peaceful demonstrations are unacceptable? Anyone with a shred common human decency agrees (which is 95% of the population). So, what the heck is this? What’s the point of this article? What does he have to say to satisfy you that he’s not a “Nazi“ and be able to move on to phase 2 of the purge, and at what point does he have to say it? Let’s hear your rules. Or, are you doing this to try to convince yourself that you’re better? “A slap in the face to community?” for not Tweeting. Seriously? Think about that for a minute. How did this become normalized? Our society truly has gone off the rails. I’ve never seen anything like this. A human rights issue that everyone fundamentally agrees on. There was about 24 hours where everyone was coming together and agreeing that this was an abomination of justice. Because we can’t have that for long, we immediately moved into this disturbing cannibalization of each other’s character....like it powers you up a level to call someone else out. Perverse Orwellian Pac-Man. And yes, its been politicized. You’re parading around a symbol of support for the police that’s been around for years as some sort of symbols of hatred? It’s a clear political statement. What message do you think you’re sending that’s productive in that sense? Kepler would be totally justified in not uttering more than a “no comment,” to TD for the rest of his career. I know damn well my legal team would be getting ahold of folks about legal implications in terms of how some insinuations in this article damage my career going forward. Tread carefully.
    1 point
  37. Max Kepler didn't do anything wrong. You are still allowed to support police officers with things like the thin blue line. This doesn't mean you don't want justice for George. I think you will find police officers themselves are baffled and appalled by what happened. And Kepler claims he doesn't know what that mask means (I still don't think he knows what it means) and was just wearing a freebie. That is fine too, he is a foreign citizen after all. The thin blue line has nothing to do with race.
    1 point
  38. We live in wild times. A couple of things about me first, and the way I'm reacting to this story: 1) I knew nothing about it until I came in here about 15 minutes ago. 2) I had no idea that the mask Kepler is shown wearing is a police-supporting facemask. So now, my opinion. This is how Nick's article reads to me: "If Kepler felt the way he should feel, he'd act in the way I think he should act." It is not far from something that is a cliche for arguing husbands and wives, "if you really loved me, you would know what i want you to do." It's a fallacy that defines a feeling as something that can only be achieved through the execution of specific actions described by someone else. Anything other than those specific actions? You don't love me the way you should love me. It's emotional hostage-taking. It's fine to me to have opinion articles here. Hell, the vast majority of stuff on here is opinion articles or predominantly opinion articles. If Nick and others want to post political things, hey, it's your website. Do you. But that might push some people away. From how I read Brock's comments (not picking on you Brock, I just recognize you as a moderator), that's the price to pay for what you believe is right. Again, do you. That's having the courage of your convictions. But it does open a door that you're open to discussing non-baseball societal issues that are complex, and that means you're going to encounter a wide variety of opinions, and the degree to which you (the website) is open to discussion versus shutting down opinions is the degree to which you will have a growing or falling readership. Do you. So what does that mean for me and Twins Daily? Well, if you loved me, you would know what I'd want you to do.
    1 point
  39. Okay, but when did him supporting police turn in to supporting Derek Chauvin? It didn't. The article is out of context. It doesn't mean that he is all of a sudden supporting killing POC because he wore a police mask. Again, it is possible to support both sides. Without police we would not have a functioning society, as seen the last few days.
    1 point
  40. But it clearly turned into him having a stance on the issue. Just because he wore a mask with a blue stripe does not mean that he thought what Derek Chuavin did was right, and I know you're smart enough to figure that out. You can both support police and the protestors at the same time. We need police in our life, but we also need both. It's possible for him to support both, and I am sure that he does. Stop taking things out of context to push an agenda out there.
    1 point
  41. It's a stretch to say that Nick was just "covering" the story. It was an opinion piece. He gave his opinion on both Kepler and the "systemic injustice" in the US. He gave a general call to action. He *could* have written a straight news piece, and should have done so given his inability to write an effective opinion piece. The issue is political, period. It is deceitful to pretend otherwise. Just look at what you're saying - people need to vote. You can't separate the issue from politics. "Politics" isn't a dirty word. The owners of this site have a right to take political positions. I'm fine with people expressing their honest views. It is wrong however to push political views and then claim to be stating universal truths that cannot be disputed . . . it's again within the rights of the site owners to do so, but it is dishonest and disrespectful to forum members.
    1 point
  42. I am beyond uncomfortable with the concept of shaming and calling out specific individual people for what they do not want to do based nearly exclusively on the color of their skin. Here is the problem; you are not calling out people generally, you are calling out one person specifically. You mention Kepler a dozen times in this article, and leave no doubt about how you feel about him; rather, the reader knows that you want to publicly shame him for being a bad person in this regard. As you state it, there is no moral ambiguity here. On top of that, you are not calling him out for what he did do. In fact, you largely excused him for what he did do (the tweet with the blue lives matter facemask). Rather, you shamed him repeatedly in this article for what he did NOT do. You only said this because of Kepler's race. You did not shame Sano for not saying anything (and he has not). They are both young budding players from a different country. They both have a large audience both home and abroad, and are both wealthy and successful. The only difference is that one is white. You want Kepler to speak because he is white. You (seemingly) could care less whether or not Sano does because he is not. You are publicly calling out a person for what they did(n't do) for the apparent sole reason of his race. You did not do this because Kepler regularly is in this domain of politics, race relations, or the like, such that his sudden silence might function as disapproval or approval of what others were saying. This could not be further from what Kepler's domain is. This is not equivalent to if the MLB didn't speak on this (as MLB deals with race relations). This is not equivalent to a politician not dealing with this (as politicians deal with race relations). This is not even the same as if Baldelli wasn't speaking on this (as Rocco is, in large part, paid to be a spokesperson for the team, and was hired for his ability to reach across a cultural divide). Kepler was and is employed because of his ability to hit and catch baseballs. This has nothing to do with what Kepler personally or professionally does. You are only shaming him for what he is not doing because of the color of his skin. People have all sorts of reasons for not doing things. I know people that don't like talking about sexual assault because they have been sexually assaulted. I know people that don't want to talk about anything divisive because they want to be a bastion of emotional stability, and don't want people to have literally no place to look in this day and age that does not stress them out and make them depressed and unhealthy. I also know that many athletes that don't want to say anything political as they don't feel informed about the geopolitical landscape of a foreign country and don't want to misstep in an accidental way and offend people who like them or the team. Personally, I do not think that any of these things are a big enough moral failing that they warrant implying that someone is being a bad human for withholding their comments accordingly. Apparently we disagree on this. In a philosophical sense, I agree that all humans should pay attention to the human plights around them, and I also agree that all of us should do this for each of those around us, not only for those that look like us and think like us but also for those that do not look like us and do not think like us. But I can think of few slopes more slippery than implying that an individual person is being a bad person based on the color of their skin and what they do not feel comfortable doing. Call for people generally to speak out based on what their human morals feel, rather than turning the other way if their internal moral compass is telling them something. That's fine and good. However, the minute that we try to force a group of people do what the herd morality wants them to do because of a characteristic of how that person was born (and imply that any person is a lesser and/or worse human if they do not actively do the thing that the herd demands) is the minute that I feel fantastically uncomfortable with the direction in which we are heading.
    1 point
  43. No Nick, our country is NOT broken. No Nick, Max Kepler is NOT a racist. No Nick, Chris Cuomo is a poor example to use. He's the epitome of "do as I say, not as I do." I don't agree with a single thing your post stated. I much prefer your baseball opinions. You guys at TD opened Pandora's Box with this attack, and make no mistake fellow TD readers, this was an ATTACK on Max Kepler. A better target would have been the far left anarchist group ANTIFA. THEY are who are fueling everything bad up in the Twin Cities and across the country now. The bottom line is that ALL LIVES MATTER. Anything less is an obscenity.
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  44. So when I was fresh out of college, I got my first sports writing gig as the Sports Editor at a small, local weekly paper in the horsey suburbs of Orlando, Florida. It was 1999, I was 24 years old and I thought I'd hit the big time. It just so happened that my first week on the job, there was a big MLB dust-up regarding the umpire strike. I was young, watched ESPN all the time, and I figured it would be great for me to write a full-page opinion piece for the paper about this topic. After all, I was a big time sports writer now! I wanted my voice to be heard alongside the big name reporters and networks. As you can probably guess, absolutely nobody who read the local newspaper gave a rat's behind about my opinion. And my publisher chewed me out. Why? Because that was a national story and I was supposed to be reporting on hyper-local topics, like the local swim meets and park board meetings. If our readers wanted to read national news stories, they'd buy the USA Today and turn on the network news. I think you get where I'm going here, Nick: there are a million places we can go online to fight/squabble/preach/complain about the situation going on in Minneapolis and around the country. I'm not saying you don't have a right to voice your opinions here - it's your site, your choice, and in some ways the whole point of this topic is to make yourself heard. That said, we can find other places to go down this wormhole. Most of us come here to talk Twins, to talk baseball. And we are very loyal to this site because we LOVE the Twins discussion topics here. We have a very diverse set of political opinions here, but the cool thing is that we don't get into that on TD. We can all be on the same team - when we fight, it's about Eddie Rosario and where he should hit in the batting order, rather than about political stuff, which can run deep and hit some toxic levels on all sides. Just some food for thought.
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  45. Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run. I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere. This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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  46. To Nick and the other contributors, please stick to sports. Throwing Max under the bus when you have no means of knowing what he is thinking or means by a social media post is 100% unacceptable. Burning down cities is not acceptable and will only worsen relationships. If you want to shame athletes for social media posts on here, that is your right, but I will not come here to read that. I will not touch the issue on here or any other sports site I follow.
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  47. Unfortunately there are a lot of bad people out there, which is why a significant number of police are needed in the first place. Police victimize *many* fewer people than non-police criminals do, by a factor of hundreds of thousands. Police misconduct is a legitimate issue, but it is infinitesimal compared to the suffering caused by all other crime . . . it's sad that 99.999999% of victims are treated like they don't matter, since the perp wasn't a cop.
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  48. Have you ever made a mistake? Just asking. There's a proverb or two out there about people in glass houses throwing stones... or perhaps the words of Jesus regarding people without sin casting the first stone. My point is that we all make mistakes. Good Lord I know I'd love to take back a statement or a hundred when I was that age. I'm quite glad that social media wasn't where it is now back then as some of that would be memorialized forever. I think to that extent you need to know what Kepler was thinking. Maybe he has a lot of friends that are cops and was trying to support them... who knows. I don't think that simply saying blue lives matter too is a crime. It shouldn't be at least... It's certainly tone deaf given the situation... but Kepler pulled it away and issued an apology... so I have to ask, what exactly should he be doing in this situation to "earn" forgiveness?
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  49. Max has nothing to apologize for. Nothing. I reject the false narrative -- the notion that supporting law enforcement makes you racist. What a crock. There are many black policemen and women. I support them too. So many people just want to seem fashionably woke. I say that is a different kind of ignorance.Herd mentality. . Police officers go to work every day knowing that they may not come home. In a sense, they stand in my Marine Corps yellow footprints. You just don't know what can happen when you step up, but you stepped up, and now you are in God's hands. That is the deal. Police officers that go bad are few, and fewer than people in other occupations. I encounter many crooked lawyers. I encounter many crooked insurance adjusters. I have encountered only a couple bad police officers. In fact, I have encountered more crooked judges then crooked cops. I see paid demonstrators and Antifa setting fire to police cars. I see thugs burning down businesses in the name of protest. Those business owners are sometimes black people. This is criminal activity masquerading as protest. I support the police and I support peaceful protest. What you are seeing out there today is anarchy. by a bunch of criminal opportunists. I stand with the blues and I am not a bit ashamed of it. As for Chauvin, the charge should be Second Degree murder, not 3rd. He knew what he was doing. He did what he did in a cool and calculated manner What they are charging him with equates to criminally negligent homicide. It was way more than that. But I think the bigger issue is why was this creep Chauvin even on the force? Didn't he have like 18 complaints against him? I think the mayor and police chief need to answer that question. Soon.
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