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  1. Granted, you weren't born yet, but the 1970 Twins had a strong rotation, top to bottom: Jim Perry (24-12, 3.04 ERA), Jim Kaat (14-10, 3.56), Bert Blyleven (10-9, 3.18), Louis Tiant (7-3, 3.40), Bill Zepp (9-4, 3.22). Unfortunately, they ran into an Orioles team with even better pitching (and at least as good hitting) that won the World Series 4-1 over a very good Cincinnati team. That rotation was Palmer (20-10, 2.71), Cuellar (24-8, 3.48), McNally (24-9, 3.22), Hardin (6-5, 3.53) and Phoebus (5-5, 3.07). Imagine winning 20 games and having the third most wins in the rotation!
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  2. Some more Semien analysis for anybody interested:
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  3. I think Simmons is the better option depending on price
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  4. To be clear. I would like to upgrade SS defense. Semien, Profar and Hernández would do that. However, the Twins claim Royce Lewis looked great in St Paul last year, they should not sign anyone longterm that blocks Lewis.
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  5. I don’t have any interest in Profar. Hernandez is a decent option, but only if the price is right
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  6. I’m intrigued if the terms are 2 years or less. He’s no sure thing, but I like that he’s made significant strides defensively and broke out offensively in 2019. I say 2 years or less because the 2021/22 free agent class at SS is loaded. Lindor, Corey Seager, Correa, Baez, and Story are all set to test free agency.
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  7. However this shakes out it is encouraging that the FO is thinking big. Semien would be a solid addition as would Simmons or Hernandez. Any of these three noted above would provide more quality, depth and flexibility to make other moves.
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  8. Do I think that Polanco should start at SS? NO. Do I think that Polanco should be the utility? NO. Do I think that Polanco should start at 2B? Yes Do I think that the Twins should sign Semien? Dunno? I believe that the Twins are looking for a SS & they've stopped in to let Semien know that they are interested & if he would accept $xxxxxxxxx/ year, they are just kicking the tires. I believe Semien wants much more than the FO is offering. As far as FAs go I'm more interested in Hernandez because as a utility player he'll be much cheaper. He be the full time SS and is available to help out CF. He's motivated to prove that he can start full time + he has fire, which Twins need. He's also a clutch hitter w/ a lot of PS experience
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  9. I'm interested in this, but i need to have an idea how much better Semien is at SS than Polanco defensively. I KNOW Andrelton Simmons is superior, how much better is Semien than Polanco. Jorge's future with the twins or any other team that acquires him as their SS for 2021 is either at 2B or as a "super utility" with an above average bat. But with the exception of Donaldson, the Twins are distinctly "below average" on defense in the infield. This needs to improve.
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  10. I think your priorities are right Tony&Rodney. But if we have to choose between Hernandez and Profar it's clear to me that Hernandez is the much better fit. Tom Kelly always had a philosophy that he wanted his bench players to be able to play defense. Hernandez is head and shoulders better than Profar and he's very strong in areas we would need him most: CF, SS & 2B. Hernandez also has better power and an abundance of post season experience. I'd rather trade for Ketel Marte and have a "regular" player with the ability to play CF, 2B, SS & 3B (and I'll bet he could play a corner outfield as well). But Hernandez is clearly their best bet for "Super Utility." That said, I'd like to see a better defensive SS and either move Polanco to 2B and Arraez to super utility (or trade Arraez---he's in HIGH demand for good reason). OR, trade Polanco. With a $4.33 million dollar salary for 2021 and an affordable contract going forward, Polanco would have trade interest as well.
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  11. I can see him being the shortstop, but if Donaldson goes down, maybe Polanco goes back to short and Semein to 3B. I think he might be a better fit at 3B than Polanco.
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  12. I think a lot of FA will be signing 1 to 2 year deals. They may not want to but will need to settle for it. For him he will may want to sign the 1 year deal try to have another good offensive season away from Oakland and then try to get long term deal when fans can sit in seats again. This actually would bode well for Twins if they think Lewis can be long term SS. They have buy low short term deal with little risk. If he crushes they throw the QO on him get a pick, if he is ehhh they let him walk. If he is below mehh, depending on other moves they fill his spot internally.
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  13. from NY Times - Aug. 16, 1984 "... Pohlad purchased Calvin Griffith's 52-percent share of the Twins for an estimated total of $32 million, marking the end of an era for Griffith, the last big-league owner to make his living solely on baseball ...." "... Pohlad bought an additional 42 percent of the club's stock from H. Gabriel Murphy through the Tampa Bay Baseball Group, an organization of businessmen who agreed to sell Pohlad, for a reported $11.5 million, the shares they purchased from Murphy last April." According to Forbes - In 2020, the franchise had an estimated value of 1.3 billion U.S. dollars. The Twins original investment was $5 million down, the remainder financed. MLB is an invite only club. Why do we care? The history of communities funding the costs for stadiums across the United States is well documented. The economic system of our country has a long history of such expenditures. Nobody needs to support the Pohlads, They are doing just fine. Nobody needs to attack the Pohlads. It is pointless. What Odorizzi is looking for is some semblance of a contract which will either set him up to pitch for a team that both pays him well and gives him the support to be successful, or he would look to sign a multi-year contract for a substantial figure, say about $40-50 million. The Twins have to decide whether Odorizzi is going to be one of their major signings this offseason. In the meantime, the team is poking around trades and potential fits like Kluber. All of baseball is held back by the specter of a reduced schedule, a change in public policy to allow for full stadiums, continued improvements in the Covid world, and general owner-player peace. Meanwhile, winter hot stove arguments should continue and we can all keep the dreams alive for next season. Odorizzi, like us, is waiting for some solutions to the current situation.
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  14. The theme of the piece is patience - this would not be patient. The Twins of old (and several other franchises) have messed up young pitchers via the baptism by fire. Let them gain their experience in the minors - pitching wasn't the Twins' problem last year, and my guess is there will be enough this year as well without leaps of faith with the young pitchers mentioned.
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  15. No. Jorge Polanco is the shortstop. Unless... unless, there is bad news concerning his most recent injury and recovery.
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  16. The nice thing about baseball in the winter is that we can dream anything we want. Keep dreaming - I enjoyed the article.
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  17. Here's another way to look at an investment, My goal in my retirement accounts is to have my money double every seven years. That's a pretty nice return, but for the most part it has pretty much played out that way over the years. I'm sure most businesses look to have their investments pay off even better. Take Pohlad's original investment of $36M and double that every 7 years. What do you get? Way more than the projected current value of the Twins at $670M.
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  18. Might there be some new year optimism sprinkled in here? I don't care, I hope this is accurate and the Twins soon have a solid 1-5 rotation for maybe the first time in my life (and I'm nearly 50).
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  19. Danchat

    0-16 baby

    That was the main ingredient, but Harrison Smith, Anthony Harris, and Jeff Gladney (rated as an elite tackler by PFF) were all whiffing on tackles that they normally make. I'd like to think that they aren't pathetic at their jobs...
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  20. He should either be the everyday SS or not on the roster.
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  21. Good lord I hope Cody is right....
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  22. He was MVP of Arizona Fall League. Some noise around how good he was this summer. His tool set is unmistakable, but you do make a good point - his production to date doesn't = his tools.
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  23. OP: “For reference, Hernandez has appeared at every position except for catcher and pitcher.“ Hernández actually pitched to four batters, recording one out, in one appearance against the Phillies in 2018.
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  24. I think Arraez is more stretched at SS than Polanco and is, if not a better offensive player, at least a more vital offensive player. Yes, the Twins used him at short, third and left, but I think Polanco would be better suited to a utility role.
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  25. Can someone explain what about the performance of Royce Lewis would indicate he is ready for the majors? He was good in Low A. He was mediocre in his first year at A+ with an OPS of 726. He was worse in his 2nd year of A+ with an OPS of 665. He was promoted to AA in spite of his lack luster performance. The sum total of his experience at AA is 33 games with a 649 OPS. How does this track record indicate he is ready for the majors? It makes me question if he will ever be an impact player. I still maintain hope but I want to see some sustained success at AA or above before he gets a shot for more than a couple games. Ideally, he performs the 1st half of this season. Then, they can move him to St. Paul and take advantage of our AAA team being local to get a look at him at the MLB level.
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  26. Record revenue the last 5 years before this, while payroll actually dropped last year......so, it's pretty easy to see if the teams are spending more or less on players. Oh, and teams in all sports keep selling for record amounts, including the Mets just in the last month or so.....and how many analytics people would need to be hired to equal on real FA at 5-10 million? Lots and lots.......Also, more teams are building businesses and parking lots and other things THAT LITERALLY only exist as extensions to the team, and that revenue doesn't count in MLB revenue......
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  27. dxpavelka

    Twins DH

    And by logjam you're really talking about 3 guys. History says that in that situation what generally happens is that MAYBE one of the 3 meets expectations, one ends up being an average big league player and one fails miserably. Letting your top two run producers walk and HOPING the guys you have waiting in the wings are ready to perform at their level from day one is a potential recipe for disaster.
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  28. Royce Lewis may well be ready for this role this season. If so, resources can be used for other positions - SP, RP, DH, SS....
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  29. I feel more confident in the acquisitions that Falvey/Levine make, along with letting players go, than I do with the previous regime. I feel their success rate has been much higher.
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  30. twinfan

    Pitching Changes

    Part of the reason pitchers are babied today goes back to those A's teams whose pitchers were ineffective after another year. Some believe it was because they threw too many innings. Well, tell that to Bob Gibson or Don Drysdale, etc. That's bunk as far as I'm concerned. Today's pitchers also throw pitches with various grips and arm twists that start in Little League and carry through the minors and just don't have the arm or leg strength to go very far. Finally, they don't know how to pitch so they can't get through a lineup the third time. All they know if how to throw 95+ mph. It's disgusting just like all this bull talk of launch angles and mph off the bat by the hitters. Who gives a darn? That's not baseball. The Twins can't win in the playoffs because they have no clue how to move a runner from second to third with no outs or how to drive in runs. That's the problem with a Bomba squad.
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  31. Well, yes. Putting a player on the roster should be based 100% on how the front office thinks the player will perform and 0% on how the player has performed in the past.
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  32. Did you have a better baseball career than Falvey? Just curious. I guess to avoid being a "nerd," Falvey should intentionally make incorrect decisions, to show that he's above concepts like "due diligence" and "logic"?
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  33. To me there’s not much to be baffled about with this decision. The staff transformed Wisler into a one pitch wonder, and he saw immense success. The league always adjusts, and they’re probably not betting him repeating what he did in a larger sample size. For now, they’re paying lip service in case if their other options don’t work out and he’s still available later this winter. I’m more confident that the FO can identify more reclamation projects and transform other players just like Wisler. I think yearly bullpen turnover will continue to be a trend in the future. Especially with how many in game pitching changes there are, and the volatility of the position group as a whole.
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  34. yes, he's a Hall of Famer. I suspect he won't get in on the first ballot, in part because there's still a bundle of voters that haven't been purged yet that believe in not voting for guys on the first ballot unless they meet some other undefinable characteristics for being in the "inner circle". I wish he'd gotten that deserved Gold Glove for one of his seasons at 1B; that last piece of hardware would have sealed it for some voters, especially because it's one of those things that doesn't happen, guys winning a GG at 2 different positions. But the hardware is there, the batting titles are there, the MVP & all-stars...the decline was sudden, but he was still productive at 1B. It wasn't like he stopped contributing, and the 2018 season was pretty darn good. The only thing guys like Bill Dickey or Mickey Cochrane have on Joe is rings; the only thing Gabby Hartnett has on him is longevity (and Mauer's peak was definitely higher) and all of those guys are deserving Hall of Famers. Piazza was a bigger slugger, but Mauer did everything else as well if not better, making them about equal as well. Heck, Mauer was right in the same lane as the immortal Yogi Berra excepting post-season heroics. Mauer is in the same class of players as Dickey, Cochrane, Hartnett, and Piazza. That's an easy Hall of Fame player. If the rule is you don't get in unless you're Johnny Bench or Pudge Rodriguez...then you're not electing another catcher for a very long time, if ever. Mauer was fantastic by any test and should go in first ballot. I can't penalize him for not having the rings; that was a team failure. Mauer did everything that was asked of him and was a wonderful player. He even turned into a terrific clubhouse leader in his later years mentoring a young team. I'm on Team Joe, always will be.
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  35. Jaffe presents the case for anyone to understand and see - Mauer is a first ballot HOF player. Jaffe and Jaws aside, Mauer is a first ballot Hall of Fame inductee. Phenomenal athlete and baseball player, he was underrated by too many.
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