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Showing content with the highest reputation on 03/05/2021 in all areas

  1. 10 points
  2. 2020 was just . . . inconceivable.
    9 points
  3. I remember watching him last year at the plate and wondering why he could look pretty good some games and then become the proverbial 97 pound weakling the next. This explains that. It would be great if the Twins could get him back to the 2019 form - decent speed and power with an .800+ OPS in the Twins lineup gives them a lot more depth and options from 1-9.
    4 points
  4. This is a really nice article about Brian Dozier learning Spanish in order to communicate better with his teammates. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/03/05/brian-dozier-spanish-baseball/ A couple of select quotes: “I think we, as Americans, need to take it upon ourselves to say, ‘Hey, these guys are going to be playing for a championship just like us, and you need real camaraderie to make that happen, and in order to have that, we need to take it upon ourselves to learn Spanish,’ ” Dozier said.During one of his offseasons in the minors, he played winter ball in Venezuela. Around
    3 points
  5. I see Buxton as a "bet on myself" type. It seems impossible to me that the FO would offer a contract sufficiently lucrative, in view of the greater than normal risks, to entice him to commit long-term in exchange for being set for life.
    3 points
  6. Wait. I have just been informed that this article was Satire. ZOMG! This is the greatest article on Twins Daily ever! Please extend my subscription 1000 years, payable in advance! The writing is sublime! The nuances are so... so... nuanced! I am literally not worthy to write this praise, and I have already deleted it, then typed it again, and deleted it, and finally this! RandBalls Stu is a stu-pendous human being whose boots I would gladly lick clean until holes wore through my tongue, a man who is so totally and utterly wonderful that I would rather be sealed in a pit of my own filth than
    3 points
  7. If, his ankle is healed I expect Polanco to have an amazing year. * in the past his lack of range and inaccurate arm didn't play that well at shortstop. But at second base his underhand throwing style will actually be an asset to help him quickly turn double plays. Physics dictates that the shorter throw will make him more accurate especially with someone long at first base like Sano. * When healthy Polanco drives the ball by taking powerful swings but those take a toll on his ankle. When he misses he often falls back out of the batting box and limps a bit. So, he will have an amazing sea
    3 points
  8. To me this is the best move the Twins has done in recent history. Polanco became an all star at SS because of his bat and because of his bat many fans wanted him to stay there. But this move will be easier for for him to stay healthy and accomplish his full potential as an all star, gold glove and even as a MVP in 2019 he was projected.
    3 points
  9. 3 guarantees in life: Death, taxes, and Max Kepler breakout articles every year on TD.
    3 points
  10. The world of sports has changed over the years. As a result, leagues have adapted roster sizes to allow for more active players, reserve players, taxi squads, etc. Baseball, always slow to adapt, finally increased roster size to 26 in 2020. A small change a small improvement, but a smart and necessary one. With covid, the plan originally for a 30 man roster, followed by a downgrade to 28 before finally settling to the proposed 26 man limit. For once, MLB was out front with adaptation and realized the 28 man roster made sense for the compact season. So now, with an expected full schedule for
    2 points
  11. It is Spring Training, but the clips serve as a reminder of exactly how good Joe Mauer was at 1B. Each of those plays was totally routine without any effort displayed when Mauer was at the bag. This is not a dig at Sano, but a reminder of how talented and valuable Mauer was to the Twins.
    2 points
  12. The Twins will need to make some difficult decisions in the next couple of years deciding who they can afford to keep, or trade to get some value before they leave. I think Buxton will be in the latter category. His skill set that makes him so dangerous right now (speed, defensive chops) likely won't continue into his 30's, and the bat has never been good enough to increase his value.
    2 points
  13. This is the worst article on Twins Daily ever! Please cancel my subscription, and refund all membership fees dating back to 2012! The article was penned by a hack writer who wouldn't know how to avoid a trite cliche or mix of metaphors if it bit him in the butt! A remedial English 101 student would churn out better insights than this! The author should be optioned to a website one minor-league classification down, IF THERE WERE ONE! There are two ways of disliking baseball; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read RandBalls Stu!
    2 points
  14. Phew. Spring is the time for dreaming, but those Zips confidence levels look like the narrow range you'd assign to a veteran player, not a guy who hasn't really proven yet that he can hit a major league yakker in the strike zone yet lay off the breaking stuff that's in the dirt. A projection that says it's hard to fathom him hitting less than .279 right out of the gate is... hard to fathom. I'll be happy if he establishes that he belongs in the major leagues, and go from there.
    2 points
  15. That's not good enough from a corner outfielder, no matter how good the defense. I think a change would be brewing if he performed at that rate for the first half of the season.
    2 points
  16. Maybe he can organize a language instruction class to teach English-only speakers how to speak Spanish
    2 points
  17. If you told me that my dad was the basis of this article, I'd believe it without question or doubt!
    2 points
  18. Wasn't Hansel Robles one of the male supermodels in Zoolander?
    2 points
  19. LOVE the Princess Bride comparisons. Yeah, you could see swinging LH-handed last year something just wasn't right with Polanco. He was stepping in the bucket so badly that now, it makes perfect sense he was looking for a more comfortable way to baby that ankle---and it wreaked holy havoc on his swing. I think he's primed for a big year too.
    2 points
  20. This makes me even more of a Brian Dozier fan, and I'm already a big one. Nothing but class from #2.
    2 points
  21. Since the AAA season opening has now been set back to May, I wonder how that will affect the Twins' decision regarding service time for Alex?
    2 points
  22. NOT going to freak out about Robles at this point. Just a veteran getting stretched out and working on a few things. We should all know this by now. Deliberately not going to debate AK at this point. His future is BRIGHT! Frankly, tired of talking about him. Can't we just let things play out? I don't care it was some B.S. appearance in a ST game, Padulo will NEVER forget the time he got to be on base. KUDOS to Rocco for that!
    2 points
  23. Most prospects do... and I don't think Griffey hit around .600 OPS his first few months at A+. Celestino's bat has a long ways to go to be major league ready.
    2 points
  24. IMO just throw out 2020 and forget about it. Expect a great season from Kepler.
    2 points
  25. Looking back at 2019 (because 2020 stats are of questionable substance) the top 3 offensive teams were the Astros / Twins & Yankees. Their L vs R handed top producers with 200+ ABs is as follows. The Astros top 5 were RH. Coming in 6th was Michael Brantley. They had 3 others with a wRC+ above 100. They are all RHed. Among the Yankees top 9 in wRC+ (included Encanacion w/197 ABs) 8 of 9 were RH. The Twins had 3 players that really stood out in wRC+. Cruz at 163, Garver at 155, and Sano at 137. Of course, they are all RH. The Twins did have a good mix among the rest of the contributor
    2 points
  26. I'm good with 25-27. But I think more off-days and a 154 game schedule would solve more of the games issues. Simply put, they aren't going to use prospects on the bench. More roster slots means more RP. It might help some service time issues and even preserve some careers but it won't improve the underlying quality.
    2 points
  27. If you are one that is concerned with the ugly strikeout numbers (more K’s than hits for the first time in history...3 years running now), the ever-growing length of games, and the alarming deceleration in frequency of balls in play and baserunners...then SMALLER rosters are the answer, not larger. All larger rosters will do is encourage more specialization with regard to how pitchers are used to neutralize hitting, further accelerating the trend toward power as the one and only viable offensive strategy. Would the quality of play in the NBA be (even) better if each team had an active roster
    2 points
  28. This is a terrific post. Thank you for all this information!
    2 points
  29. Byron Buxton is the Twins’ most entertaining, high-upside player. He’s slated to become a free agent after the 2022 season. What would a contract extension to keep him around beyond that year look like? We do have some relevant precedents to consider.Buxton, 27, is as tough a player to compare to any other as can be found in the modern game. He has all of the individual tools to be one of the game’s dozen best players, but has never assembled and demonstrated them all in conjunction over a full season. Moreover, and relatedly, he’s suffered numerous injuries, which have both slowed his develop
    1 point
  30. While it wasn’t a two-touchdown beatdown, the Twins dropped their third consecutive spring training loss on Thursday. Still, there were moments of sunshine for the club on a busy day across the league.Defensive miscues and stranded baserunners plagued the Twins Thursday afternoon as the ball club dropped a 5-2 contest to Tampa Bay. Even though both teams recorded three errors, the Twins’ share just happened to occur accordingly with Rays’ runners in scoring position. In addition, Minnesota left a total of 12 men on base, including nine in scoring position. FINAL: Rays 5, Twins 2 (7 innings)
    1 point
  31. Shaitan

    Danny Santana

    I'm curious what BOS is up to. Hernandez + Gonzalez + Santana is a lot of utility. I bet one of the latter two doesn't make the Opening Day roster.
    1 point
  32. Yea, but Buxton isn't just fast. He's FAST. Even is he slows down, he's still gonna be one of the fastest players in the MLB. He's a tantalizing player and I wouldn't hate giving him a 5 yr/ 50 million dollar deal. Best case is a 5+ WAR player on a hell of a deal and worst case is an overpaid fourth outfielder who can field and steal bases better then any other OF on your team.
    1 point
  33. Get it done! Then get Berrios done!
    1 point
  34. I put zero stock in literally anything that has happened beyond the physical health of the player (or lack thereof). The last two weeks of ST barely matter. The first two weeks don’t matter *at all*. It’s practice and blowing the rust off.
    1 point
  35. I'm not worried about his hitting! From the little I saw from the game yesterday, he needs to figure out how to make a throw from 2nd. It doesn't help that Sano has issues catching and scooping a throw.
    1 point
  36. I think he’s in for a good year. I’m not sure we’ll ever see the home run production we did in 2019, but it’s not really needed. He’s a key piece to this offense. If you’re in the bottom of the ninth with runners on and need a base hit, not sure there’s anyone else on the club (other than maybe Arraez) that I’d want at the plate - when he’s healthy.
    1 point
  37. I bet on Crualdsano!
    1 point
  38. Agreed, I never take stock in spring training numbers. When I was younger I used too, but after seeing so many do well in spring only to fall flat on face in April, and vice versa.
    1 point
  39. If Kiriloff is a .300 hitter with 30-HR power playing 1B...he's Freddie Freeman. I'd take that in a heartbeat. I also wonder, with the AAA season start being pushed back a month how that will affect the Twins handling of AK. If they wait to bring him up, it will be JUNE. They can't afford to not put the BEST team they can on the field right off the bat with the White Sox having loaded up. This may mean Kiriloff breaks camp with the Big League club.
    1 point
  40. You are absolutely correct that there have been a number of superstars who got to the ML level with less than 1,000 ABS. I would not be shocked if he got some playing time at the MLB level this year much like Polanco did for a few games. However, if you are suggesting it's reasonable to expect the same path for a guy drafted 1/1 who became a 1st ballot hall of famer and a 22 yo that has never been on a top 100 list and has a total of 33 ABs above low A , you are probably reAAAAAAAAly reaching.
    1 point
  41. I tend to agree. The power is there and so is the sweet swing. I call a mulligan first a lot of guys concerning 2020
    1 point
  42. Dope. Love reading stories about this. One of the reasons I find modern baseball so interesting.
    1 point
  43. Otto von Ballpark

    Danny Santana

    And the only time his bat has been good, he was playing everyday for mediocre teams. I would lean towards passing on him now.
    1 point
  44. The SB Nation site, Let's Go Tribe, they're doing some over-unders for their players. Today they discuss Eddie Rosario. I mainly just liked their Tweet about it... https://twitter.com/LetsGoTribe/status/1365315753159843841 https://www.letsgotribe.com/2021/2/26/22301007/over-under-2021-preview-eddie-rosario
    1 point
  45. I've always liked Celestino and have high hopes for him. I expect he'll be called up this year, I'm surprised that I haven't heard any criticism about his few games at high A and his high leg kick.
    1 point
  46. Yeah he didn't appear that interested his first time out. Lots of fairly straight stuff right down the middle. The surprising thing to me though was the absolute rock solid contact that was made. Yeah I know it is his first time out this spring but getting hit that hard in general puts a little fear in your heart even when it is only spring training. Speaking of down the middle despite his three walks every time Sparkman got ahead he seemed to throw it straight down the middle as well. I didn't see a lot of movement on his stuff either. Unless he has another gear in there I don't see hi
    1 point
  47. I think the answer will be, it depends. I expect a far more fluid lineup from day to day. When Arraez is in the lineup, he is a logical choice. Polanco, who has a career OBP of .335 and OBP above .340 during his last two full seasons could find time there. Kepler will undoubtedly see time there as well. Even Garver, if he returns to 2019ish form, could get a shot in lead off against lefties. If the name of the game these days is flexibility, then I expect it will extend to the lead off spot.
    1 point
  48. I would rather they go back to 25. It was a perfect number but unfortunately MLB forgot how to properly manage pitching staffs so even a roster of 30 isn't enough.
    1 point
  49. None of that is true.
    1 point
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