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  1. I kinda hope it isn't Colina. I'd like him to advance as a starting pitcher.
    10 points
  2. It sure would be nice if Alcala turned into something. That Pressley trade really stings and it would be nice to see some return from Alcala.
    6 points
  3. He is 100% a reliever now... no more plans for starting.
    5 points
  4. Trov

    Brian Dozier released

    I think it is he is 33 and most likely his best years behind him. 27 is peak seasons for most players, he is 6 years past that. Very few teams are willing to play veterans these days that play at replacement level output. Teams are changing how they build teams and vets are getting squeezed out, even if they can put up MLB quality numbers. If they can get same output or close to it for cheaper the teams are doing that.
    4 points
  5. 5 Prospects Who Could Be the Next Cody Stashak We're down to 4 now?
    4 points
  6. I'm hoping Alcala can be that guy, though if things go right, he shouldn't be pitching too often. I think it's been rather clear that he's not going to make it as a starter, so hopefully they will work on him as a reliever.
    4 points
  7. As do the rest of us. You are biting off more than you can chew. As stated in the original post, the goal of the Twins panel is to : “to introduce possible job applicants (students and current professionals) to a side of the team they may not know exists.” Please take your concerns to the blog section, the sports bar, or better yet, elsewhere. I have every reason to believe the Twins have their heart in the right place and are what is in their power to do right now to improve this situation.
    3 points
  8. Great read, Matt. I expect, however, that Duffey was in the Twins plans for 2019 and the fact he started at AAA was a disappointment. But he sure as heck turned it around and was great down the stretch. Listened to the Romo interview yesterday. He raved about what to expect from Alcala. Got me as excited as I was last year for that guy who now wears Dodger blue. What was his name again? Will second the comments above that I am hopeful that Colina can stick as a starter.
    3 points
  9. JLease

    Brian Dozier released

    He may be best served to take this goofy year off and see if his body can recover from the grind he's put it through and take one more shot in 2021. Maybe a full year off with proper therapy can get his knee right and keep any other nagging injuries from laying him out and he can find a renaissance. I'm rooting for him, he's always seemed like a good dude. That said, it's not like he was bad for the Nationals last year (even if he didn't get much run in the playoffs) so it's not like he couldn't help a team even now. But he didn't make the majors until he was 25, which shortens the shelf life in MLB. I would not bring him back if I'm the Twins, though. Arraez deserves the starting job and Nick Gordon is probably ready if he goes down, and Polanco can certainly play there. Adding a 33 year old 2B in decline is not a great fit, even if he was one of ours. He had a great 4 year run with us, and we moved on at the right time.
    3 points
  10. I just registered. Really looking forward to listening and learning... I've had some good chats with both Sean Johnson and Deron Johnson. Great people. This should be a great event!!
    3 points
  11. This Tuesday, the Twins will kick off a series of roundtables featuring underrepresented minority groups from the Twins. The goal is to introduce possible job applicants (students and current professionals) to a side of the team they may not know exists.The event will kick off with a zoom webinar featuring five Black members of the Minnesota Twins Front Office: Sean Johnson - Director of Amateur ScoutingDeron Johnson - Senior Advisor, ScoutingJosh Ruffin -Analyst, Advance ScoutingNavery Moore - Fellow, Pro ScoutingThe roundtable will be moderated by Noah Croom, former Assistant GM of the Timberwolves and current General Counsel & Partner at Beautiful Game Group. The event will also feature an introduction from General Manager of the Twins, Thad Levine. If you’re interested in attending, you can register here. Click here to view the article
    2 points
  12. I am always curious about trades – do they work in the short run, long run or not at all? How do we judge the Twins trades? I am not interested in the end of the career moves of Killebrew and Thome, but rather the movement of players who will have a career that goes on for a few years after the trade. Most likely the balance between good and bad will even out after a number of years, although David Ortiz will always be a thorn in the Minnesota Twins field. But then Ortiz was not traded - we cut him (and you still think Kelly was a good manager?) and so we got nothing for him. Lucky Boston. So I will ignore that stupid move and look at real trades. And the Twins can always counter with - Liriano, Nathan and Bonser for Pierzynski. Joe Nathan is our greatest closer and he was with us for seven years accumulating 260 saves and 18.4 WAR. Liriano was also with us for seven years and was 50 – 52 with 4.33 ERA. For one year he was the best, but then injuries took him from HOF to great potential. He had 9 War for the seven years. Boof gave us our best name and played for us for three years. 18 – 25 with 5.12 era and -0.1 WAR. The three of them gave us 27.3 WAR. Pierzynski was with us 6 years and played 13 more after leaving us. He had 9.5 WAR with us and 14.3 after he left. I know we consider this a big Twins victory and it is, but maybe not as large as we like to claim. In 1989 we acquired Tapani and Aguilera for Viola. Tapani played seven terrific years for the Twins and was terrific. 75 – 63 with 4.06 ERA and 19.1 WAR. Aguilera was with us 11 years 40 – 47 and 254 saves with 3.50 ERA and 15.5 WAR – that is 34.6 total WAR. Frank Viola was a stud for us for 8 years, but his career was not long after leaving. A total of 15 years with 64 – 57 record in his years with the Mets, Red Sox, Reds, and Blue Jays. His WAR was 11.4 with us, 11.8 with the Red Sox and Mets and -1.1 his last two years. We won that trade for sure. Milton and Guzman and Buchanan for Knoblauch in 1998. Knoblauch was with us seven great years and is second to Carew in our 2B rankings. He accumulated 38 WAR in those year and then in 4 years with the Yankees he had 7.5 WAR until the yips ended his career. With the Yankees he also posted great post season numbers. Brian Buchanan was with us three years and had 0.3 WAR. Christian Guzman was with us 6 years and was one of the fastest and most exciting players we have had. He had 7.6 WAR before being traded. Eric Milton was with us six years and posted a record of 57 – 51 with 4.76 ERA. His WAR for us was -0.6. Put it all together and it is a wash, but NY was happy to have Knoblauch on their championship teams. 1976 Smalley, Singer, Gideon, and Cubbage for Blyleven Of course Bert would come back to the Twins and Smalley would go away and come back too. In all Smalley would play 10 years for us – seven after this trade and three more to end his career. He had 18.7 WAR in his seven years after this trade and 2.1 for his last stint with the team. Bill Singer was 9 – 9 in his one year with the team and had 0.4 WAR. Gideon did nothing for us or anyone else – he had one year in Texas. Mike Cubbage had five years with the Twins and 6.6 WAR. Blyleven had 11 years with the Twins out of 22 and seven came before the trade and 4 more in his last stint with us. He had 49.1 WAR with the Twins – 10.5 in his return so 38.6 before the trade. He had 47.1 WAR with other teams which would mean that we lost that trade! In 1979 thanks to Calvin Griffiths big mouth we had to trade Rod Carew for OF Ken Landreaux, C/OF Dave Engle, RHP Paul Hartzell, LHP Brad Havens. Rod had 63.8 WAR with the Twins when we traded him and 17.4 with the Angels afterward. Ken Landreaux was with the Twins for two years and had 1.8 WAR. Dave Engle played five years for us and had 3.9 WAR. Paul Hartzell was with us one year for 0.4 WAR. Brad Havens was with us three years for 0.3 WAR. We lost that one. In 1963 we pulled off one of our best trades – Jack Kralick for Jim Perry. Kralick pitched five years for Cleveland and had a 6.6. WAR. Jim Perry pitched for us for 10 years and won 128 games. He had a 26.3 WAR. That was a steal! In 2008 we got OF Carlos Gómez, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Philip Humber, RHP Kevin Mulvey for Johann Santana. Yes we lost this one. In the four years before his injuries ended a HOF career he had 15.3 WAR with the Mets. Gomez in his two years was exciting and posted 2.6 WAR. Guerra did not pitch for us. Philip Humber had no wins or losses in two years and a WAR of -0.1. Kevin Mulvey had -0.2 in his one year. Yes we lost that one. And if you are thinking – we traded Gomez for J J Hardy so we won, think again, we kept him one year and traded for Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. If you are keeping track, we are 3 – 3 – 1 in the trades so far. 1969 we got RHP Luis Tiant, RHP Stan Williams for 3B Graig Nettles, RHP Dean Chance, RHP Bob Miller, CF Ted Uhlaender! Tiant had a 2.84 ERA in six seasons with Cleveland before the trade, and Williams was thought of as an ace reliever. Tiant, only threw 92 2/3 innings with the Twins because of a shoulder issue and was released after the season. Williams had a 1.99 ERA in 68 relief appearances in 1970 but was traded to the Cardinals the next year. Tiant then caught on with the Red Sox as one of their star starters and Nettles went on to play 19 years. Tiant had 1.2 WAR with the Twins out of 66.1 for his career and was 7 -3 before his injury and went on to win 229 games. We lost because we could not wait for his injury to heal. Stan Williams was 14 – 6 with 19 saves. He was a terrific relief pitcher but we only kept him 2 years and he had 2.3 WAR for us.Craig Nettles would play 22 years. He had 1.1 WAR in three years with the Twins, but as an excellent glove man and power hitter he would amass 68 WAR in his career. Chance was terrific for us with 13 WAR in three years but had a total of zero war his last three years. Ted Uhlander played only three more years for 1.1 WAR. Bob Miller pitched 17 years – nine after we traded him. He gained 5.7 WAR in that time, but served as a valuable relief pitcher. With Nettles alone we lost this one. And with our impatience for Tiant we doubly lost. 2007 OF Delmon Young, INF Brendan Harris, OF Jason Pridie for Matt Garza, Jason Barlett, and Eddie Morlan. Young was such a disappointment it would have been a good trade if we had given up only Eddie Morlan (who?). Delmon was here 4 years and teased us with his potential each year. His WAR for those years totaled – 1. He played 10 years total. Jason Barlett totaled 10.4 WAR for Tampa. Do I need to go on? Well we did get Brendan Harris and for three years he played for us and accumulated -0.6 WAR. For his career he ended with -0.3. Jason Pridie was with us 2 years and had -0.2 WAR. And then there was Matt Garza who won 93 games in 12 years and had 13.5 WAR after leaving us. WE DEFINITLY LOST THIS ONE. In 2010 there was the trade of Wilson Ramos to the Washington Nationals for Matt Capps and we also through in Joe Testa. I believe this was an unpopular trade! So far Ramos has 15.4 WAR. Matt was with us three years – I forgot that – and somehow got 1.9 WAR. So we lost that one too. THAT BRINGS THE RECORD TO 3 – 6 – 1 Now we come to the Centerfielder trades. Aaron Hicks for John Ryan Murphy – do I have to go into the details? We lost. Denard Span for Alex Meyer – okay, let’s move on – we lost that one too. Ben Revere for Vance Worley (not good) and Trevor May – great! We won. It just took a while. Recently Eduardo Escobar was traded for Jhoan Duran and outfielders Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad. Escobar has been a stud for AZ and the minor leaguers are not here yet. Duran looks like he could be special and is listed as our number 5 prospect by MLB.com. Maciel is listed at number 27 and Tinidad is not on the list. Too early to judge, but AZ is happy! What about relief pitchers. Ryan Pressly traded for Acala (25) and Celestino (15). Both great prospects, but I think we would have liked to have Pressly in the pen. He was a star for Houston. Still too early for a final judgment. Nick Anderson for Brian Schales – Tampa Bay would do this trade any day. Anderson had 1.4 WAR last year and 3.32 era for Tampa as a rookie. Liam Hendriks was not really a trade but we DFA’d him so we could sign Phil Hughes. I suspect we would like him back too since he is now one of the best of all RPs. So I treat that as a default loss. The tally as I have it is 4 – 10 – 3. Maybe the desire to make trades is something we might want to think about.
    2 points
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  14. Just registered. Looking forward to learning!
    2 points
  15. By Fangraphs, Dozier was about a league average player in 2019, but by B-Ref, he was 1 win below average. And he was also about 1 win below average at both sites for 2018 too. At age 33 now, right-handed, and having not playing a position other than 2B in 8 years, I'm not sure how helpful that is to any team. There will be worse performers in MLB this season, but contenders like the Twins want to aim for better production than that; and rebuilding clubs want to give the playing time to someone younger, or someone more flexible -- someone with a future or at least with more potential to be flipped to a contender in trade.
    2 points
  16. The Twins definitely view Duran as a long-term starting pitching option for them. That's not to say that he couldn't get called up as a reliever for part of this season, but they want him to be a starter for sure.
    2 points
  17. Hopefully this talk honestly addresses real issues and concerns, with real, practical plans to resolve any issues noted. What I’m really running out of patience for is public figures that are doing nothing more than virtue signaling and stirring up animosity by shifting bigotry (a lot of anti-white and anti-Semitic garbage being spewed that is called an illegitimate concern right now - very frightening). It’s doing the opposite of helping. Throwing stones from their literal ivory towers (gated communities, personal security, etc.). It’s further dividing and inciting violent/politically charged exchanges, not bringing people together. It’s creating standoffs, not open discussion. We’re seeing racial divides increase, not decrease. Crime is skyrocketing around the country, and insane politicians and political figures are condoning/enabling it because they’re scared to death of being called a racist and being cancelled by extreme left Twitter mobs (mostly comprised of privilege, white suburbanite twenty-somethings trying to cover their own rear end). People are calling out peoples addresses, children’s names, etc. How long have people been marching in streets (some peacefully, some violently)? Have we heard one honest, real solution or plan? Honestly, give me one. I’m sorry, but it’s nothing but political/corporate public relations opportunism. The legitimate gripes are being drown out by corporations, politicians, and disingenuous celebrities virtue signaling in an attempt to leverage a moral high ground for self-gain. Shame on these sick, sick people. Once we’re done addressing this, why don’t we also make sure we get Asian, Native, Latino, and White players proportionately represented in the NBA and NFL. I’ve never felt the need to go down that road, but you can’t have it both ways. You can’t push these initiatives to set race quotas only when they benefit you or your “group,” or it’s a fraudulent cause. You can’t only let certain “groups” have a say. It’s counter productive. It’s for your personal gain, a power grab, not a righteous cause. It’s replacing one broken system with another. People’s willingness to listen is waning. The nation’s attention was captured. It was decided that yelling, chiding, accusing, canceling, was the best approach. You aren’t keeping anyone’s attention by constantly insulting them (no matter the veracity of the claim). Do you think some broke, white guy working two jobs to feed his kids is going to “change” as a result of billionaire Pharrell Williams from his cabana telling him he’s so awful, ignorant, and racist that he can’t see how much more “privileged” he is? The time of the perversion of these serious race-based issues for PR purposes has to end now. It’s sickening. Wake up. Grow up. Make real, constructive change.
    2 points
  18. I'd rather see Nick Gordon as the heir apparent if something happens to Arraez. Dozier had a good run, holds the record for most HRs by an AL second baseman, and got a ring. He can retire a happy man.
    2 points
  19. GCTF

    BYTO roll call

    Looking forward to the day when we can all gather together again and enjoy our favourite Beatles tribute band.
    2 points
  20. Hats off to Chelsea! for the courage she has shown to battle skin cancer, divorce, career set backs & last but not least the loss of her dog. The support of a pet dog is so important in coping w/ sufferings plus losing that support is very grievous. On top of that, to battle for the start up independent ball deserves the admiration from all who love the sport along w/ all who participated w/ her. God bless you!
    2 points
  21. Totally agree, he needs to perfect those pitches that`ll make him a great pitcher as a starter. We could use Pressley especially last year but in the near future that trade will pay off nicely, Alcala has my vote also once he gets his control down. Sorry I haven`t forgotten Graterol yet
    2 points
  22. I just registered, too ... looking forward to it.
    2 points
  23. I'm 99.99% sure that Dozier's professional playing career is over. There is no indication that he will ever again be the hitter he was five years ago and he is at best an average fielder who can play only one position. In the current situation with the bare-bones draft it's all the more important to give priority to prospects. Teams can't use a roster spot and any other resources on--sorry to say it--a washed-up player.
    2 points
  24. Celestino is the exciting prospect that came from that deal, but Alcala can be Pressly with a year or so if given that opportunity.
    2 points
  25. Good job Twins. But - Let’s hope there is no diversity of success on the field this year. Let’s hope our players are universally excellent and healthy. I am so pumped for baseball - let me out of the Covid Cage - Play Ball
    2 points
  26. Here are some highlight's from this afternoon's scrimmage. Luis Arraez exited early due to right knee soreness, but it's being considered as a minor issue and is day-to-day.
    1 point
  27. This is pretty similar to the Vikings' Dalvin Cook. They're both incredibly talented, but unfortunately injury prone.
    1 point
  28. I just registered as well. Very excited
    1 point
  29. The raw deal was Pineda cheating. Kind of ironic to want fairness in the punishment.
    1 point
  30. Man, were those hot streaks fun!
    1 point
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  33. The Twins have assembled a great squad for this year. Absent injury or poor performance (by a player who cannot be replaced adequately on the depth chart), the Twins should avoid making trades.
    1 point
  34. Falvey is clearly a bigger fan than me; all this time I always thought they were Australian. In fact, I'd like to call for an investigation. I dare someone to think of a word more Australian sounding than Chumbawamba or Tubthumping.
    1 point
  35. In My La Z boy

    BYTO roll call

    I saw Beatlemania in 1991. They were fantastic!
    1 point
  36. Agreed. Too short of a season to "try" someone out. This won't be the best year for breakout rookies. If Arraez goes down, Gonzalez will be the first man up at 2B.
    1 point
  37. We have an opening on the 60 man roster, so no need to cut anyone. Also, I believe the only reason why Tovar is on the roster is because he can play SS, which is something Dozier can't do. But I would much, much rather have Dozier's bat over Tovar's and others like Reinheimer.
    1 point
  38. I am heading to Sioux Falls next week to catch a couple of Saints games. According to the Sioux Falls local newspaper's website there isn't much mask usage or social distancing observed at the games. This confuses me as the infection rate is greater in Sioux Falls than the county in the metro area where I live. I am just going to go and enjoy live professional baseball.
    1 point
  39. especially looking at alternatives in house. Cave (113 wRC+) Wade(98 wRC+), Kirilloff(121 wRC+ in AA) & Rooker (139 wRC+ in AAA) all in house ready to back fill at major league rookie rates, or Eddie Rosario (103 wRC+) at 12 mil or more.
    1 point
  40. Even if having Rosario in the lineup means they don’t upgrade the starting rotation? Keep in mind, Odorizzi is UFA. Where do you think they have a better chance to fill in a hole? Corner outfield or at the top of the rotation?
    1 point
  41. Having been involved with both the Badger hockey and football teams back when, certainly understand that the Badgers own the market. Heck, that was true even when the football team was awful all those years back in the 70's. I know there has been talk of getting Badger baseball back as they are the only BIG school without it. But that isn't going to happen as long as Barry is AD. Add the financial problems all Ath Depts are having right now, the only changes we are going to see in the next few years is schools cutting sports rather than adding.
    1 point
  42. I never meant to start a new thread over it. I simply used those examples to demonstrate how in my opinion, the way Los Angeles handled his usage was straight up a screw over and I think the fact that he just took it all these years is commendable. We all know Maeda's contract ia sweet deal for the owners. I merely meant I don't ever wanna see the Twins pull that back handed kind of crap with Any Players Ever. That's a great way to make sure free agents don't wanna come to Minnesota. nuff said? good.
    1 point
  43. Hypothesis: Madison is a university town, so demographics may skew younger than typical baseball fans. There's also more coming and going in university towns, so there's less opportunity for longer-term allegiances. And having grown up 15 minutes from Iowa City and now living near Notre Dame, I'm guessing that primary sports allegiances in Madison are to the Badgers, which is a very difficult nut to crack. There's also two other major league teams (three, if you count the White Sox ) within a 2:30 drive to compete with.
    1 point
  44. I don't believe modern research necessarily supports this claim. It was once thought of as a pitch that caused injury to the UCL but more studies now conclude that high-velocity fastballs can be more capable of producing injuries. Driveline looked at multiple studies and used Motus to measure stress levels in the elbow and found that sliders did not induce any more stress. One study showed that youth pitchers had higher rates of elbow pain when throwing sliders but the thought was they had improper mechanics and throwing motion of the pitch. In regards to the two specific cases, I will say this about Erickson: He went from throwing 91 innings in college to being drafted and throwing another 78.2 in the Twins' system as a 21-year-old -- 169.2 innings combined -- in the same season. The next year the Twins had him through 214 innings between AA and the majors. No organization would do that to a pitcher anymore. I would bet that his injury had more to do with a workload issue than any one type of pitch. I do believe the method in which Smeltzer describes his slider flowing off of the finger rather than torquing the pitch is also likely less of a stress factor.
    1 point
  45. I have to commend her for writing the "I can't afford to play this game" piece. She took a huge risk to do this. She is already a small set of women in baseball, and to write about how bad the minor leagues get exploited. She took a huge risk, and now it looks like she is getting huge rewards for it. She could have been blackballed by MLB for bringing to light about minor league players disrupting the MLB minor league system. She helped break the gender wall, and she took a risk that many before her never were willing to do. Good for her, and I hope great things for her in the future.
    1 point
  46. To be the ace, you have to be able to get deep into games. Even if you kill it for 5 innings, you still can't be the ace if you're consistently coming out without finishing 6. Part of the responsibility of the #1 pitcher on a staff is turning that outing that saves the bullpen, and I'm just not sure Odorizzi can do it consistently enough. He doesn't finish off guys fast/easily enough. I'm not saying he's not a good pitcher, and I'm very happy we brought him back for another spin. I was happy when we acquired him, and it's definitely paid off. But I think Berrios has better odds of being the ace, especially in a short season. Berrios seems to have some challenges staying sharp/strong during the long grind of the season, having some noticeable dips mid/later in the year. The shorter season may work to his advantage. But regardless, he's shown he has the stuff to be the guy.
    1 point
  47. SkyBlueWaters

    Brian Dozier released

    On some painful Twins teams, Brian Dozier was a bright spot. Gotta love it when a # 8 draft pick comes through for you, becomes an all-star, and hits 167 out of the park.
    1 point
  48. Me too. Of course if the White Sox or Yankees win the World Series this year I will fight anyone who tries to say it "does count".
    1 point
  49. And the Lions take the Superbowl. You heard it here first, folks! How else could a year like this play out? Not just a sign of the apocolypse, but it's been cosigned for as well. (not to go off on a trigonometric pun tangent...)
    1 point
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