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  1. 129 AB .. 58 SO .. .163 BA .. Average fielder and below average speed on the base paths.. I swear to god, if Sano shortened his swing and tried to hit line drives he would end up hitting 40 balls over the fence by accident and strike out significant less ..
    6 points
  2. My opinions can basically be boiled down to "does this rule change speed up the game and/or increase action?" If yes, I'm probably in favor of it. If no, I'm probably against it. The easiest rule to change that will make the game better without impacting the on-field strategy/play at all is "the batter cannot step out of the box during a plate appearance". If that's too much, then eliminate the rule where the pitcher cannot pitch if the batter isn't in the box (basically, force the batter to be ready and in the box at all times). And then actually enforce the pitch clock, for god's s
    6 points
  3. My question's are these - Who are the next 6 foundational players? All 6 of these were products of the Terry Ryan era. Does Falvey even have the next 6 in the system? Are any of the current 6 going to be a part of the next 6? I can't believe our window is already closed and we're talking about this. Dammit. I do still think Berrios and Buxton can and should be a part of the next 6. Can we sign them? Do we want to sign them? I have lots of questions.
    5 points
  4. His ability to do what? Strikeout? He's hitting .163 and striking out about 50% of the time. If the guy could actually hit around .225 or so, things would be much different. Right now, he's nearly an automatic out with an occasional homerun.
    4 points
  5. 1] Move the 2B extra inning runner rule to the 12th inning. 2] Enforce a 20 second pitch clock. I can go along with 15 seconds with no-one on base. But you also have to enforce the batters staying in the box as well or you've done nothing. Give the batter 5 seconds to step out and adjust. Your fault if you didn't put enough pine tar on your bat before you stepped in. 3] Eliminate the 3 batter rule. I think it's been proven to have no positive effect. 4] Shifts are fine. Extreme shifts are just boring! Everyone should be required to have TWO players on the dirt on either side of
    4 points
  6. At the end of the day Polanco and Kepler didn’t sign outlandish contracts if they ended up as utility and 4th OF roles. Sano’s contract is turning out to be an issue. Especially if his career keeps trending to Chris Carter territory. Buxton and Berrios both signed significant signing bonuses as draft picks and both are confident in gambling on themselves. Berrios due to his durability so far won’t have an issue getting a long term contract in FA. Buxton will end up being the most complex FA negotiation, potentially ever. There hasn’t been a player entering FA with undeniable talent t
    3 points
  7. I strongly doubt the Twins extend either Berrios or Buxton. Berrios wants to see what he's worth in FA and if the Twins were going to extend him, that would've already happened. Buxton is expecting Betts/Lindor type money, and no way the Twins will pay that. I wouldn't touch extending him with a 20 foot pole with his injury history. Players with injury history in their 20's don't suddenly become healthy in their 30's. Aging is unavoidable, and since Buck relies so much on his speed as an asset, he will decline. I love Buck as much as anybody but you have to face the facts that he will not be a
    3 points
  8. SomeGuy

    Is Nelson Cruz Cooked?

    His Ground ball rate has risen quite a bit in May, over 49%. His career is 41.7%. His line drive rate seems to be what took the hit as it dropped to 7% in May down from his usual 20-22% he has been having with the Twins. I believe it is the wrist more than old age. His exit velocity and hard hit% were not off his career marks by this much for the first month. Injuries are way up this year, probably to be expected with the short season last year. League wide offense is also way down this year. I don't think he would fall off this much from old age in so short of a t
    3 points
  9. One of the most ridiculous articles I've ever read in sports. Sano has been babied by the Twins for way too long as it is. Simply put he has been one of the least productive twins in a long time. I don't think the writer watches him at all like the fans do. Most of us cringe when he comes up. It's strikeout time and rally killing time when he steps up to the plate. It's long time to move on Sano.
    3 points
  10. Get rid of the extra innings rule or at least wait until say the 13th inning or later. Maybe its time to start getting serious about an electronic strike zone. I have been against it up until the last couple of years but the current umpires are so far off that something needs to change. Not a big fan of 7 inning double headers either.
    3 points
  11. One of my favorite catches in Twins history is the one that Allison made in the 1965 World Series.
    2 points
  12. Killebrew (62-64), then Jacque Jones (2000-03), then Bob Allison (65-69). Honorable mention to Danny Gladden and Eddie Rosario. I liked the outfield of Bob Allison (lf), Jimmie Hall (cf) and Tony Oliva (rf).
    2 points
  13. Harmon Killebrew. He was the everyday LF from’62-64. Played in 470 games as Twins starting LF. Allison started 472. Harmon averaged 47 hr’s as LF. Of those listed, only Rosario and Allison played more LF.
    2 points
  14. I agree this team needs more pitching, but its not like you can go out in the back yard and pick them off a tree. Todays payrolls are such a headache to balance, and that doesnt take into account if the player wants to be here. In the past many teams have slugged their way to the dance with a weak set of starters but a good bullpen (1987). This year the FO missed on both. I for one dont want to see a total sell off at the trade deadline. Keep Pineda and Berrios. If the kids in the minors come up and show they can do the job, deal then from a position of strength. This has been one of those yea
    2 points
  15. ashbury

    Who is Twins top LF of all time?

    No love for Gary Ward?
    2 points
  16. LF is probably the thinnest position in Twins history. Either had guys cycle through for a season or two or longer tenured players just never being stars. On this list, I'd probably take Bob Allison, even if his best seasons weren't in left.
    2 points
  17. jkcarew

    Who is Twins top LF of all time?

    I don’t think of several of these guys as Twins ‘left fielders’. Turns out, for good reason. I went back and checked...Shane Mack and Larry Hisle, neither put in more than one season where they played LF in even half of the games. They both moved all over the outfield (they both had big-time arm-strength issues)...and put in time at DH. Meanwhile, Bostock played considerably more CF and RF than LF for the Twins. So, to me it comes down to Allison, Rosario, and Gladden (Stewart was good for 2 seasons) Bob Allison was pretty clearly the best player in this list, offensively and defensi
    2 points
  18. Twins won 2 WS with Dazzle Man Dan Gladden in LF..... And if you go back in time HOF Goose Goslin manned LF for the Senators.
    2 points
  19. twinfan

    Who is Twins top LF of all time?

    I have to take Allison though several may never have seen him play. Bostock was a very good hitter with limited power. Mack, Hisle and Rosario are close. Sorry but I don't know much about Stewart's time with us. I must have been sleeping.
    2 points
  20. Yes to trading Happ, Shoemaker and probably Colome, assuming you can get anything for them. (I say probably on Colome as he's been unusually poor but is showing life as of late. Can he build trade value yet?) I don't WANT to trade Cruz but he may have value to a handful of contending teams and couple bring a decent A level prospect or a AA level pitcher with a live arm transitioning to the pen. IMO, nobody will want Donaldson, not because he isn't z fine player, but because of the contract. And by the Twins kick in enough $ to make a trade palatable, I'm not sure the return is better than
    2 points
  21. With Buxton and Kepler due back and Gordon showing (so far) he can handle MLB pitching, and Garver due back in July, I would for sure entertain offers for Cruz and Simmons. I don't think Sano will draw any interest, but DFAing him should also be considered. The everyday line-up could look something like this: C - Jeffers, 1B - Kirilloff, 2B - Arraez, SS - Polanco, 3B - Donaldson, LF - Larnach, CF - Buxton, RF - Kepler, DH - Garver. Bench players would be Gordon, Astudillo, Refsnyder, and take your pick of Garlick/Rooker/Riddle or whoever may have been acquired in one of the trades.
    2 points
  22. He's obviously injury prone. Cut/trade him. /sarcasm
    2 points
  23. ashbury

    Woo! Worcester

    There is construction still going on, so that will color my view, for instance of the walk from the train station to the park, because we had to take a roundabout route that I expect will be nicer eventually. (A ten-minute walk from our condo to the train station, then a ten minute walk from grand old Union Station in Worcester to the ballpark, was impossible for us to resist - any baseball fan living along that railway line from downtown Boston to points west should make the trek at least once.) Here's a photo out toward left field, which I took because a train was going past the ballpa
    2 points
  24. I find it interesting that Polanco/ Kepler/ Sano were the 3 to sign extensions early while Berrios and Buxton declined extension to get to free agency. The 3 guys that signed after big years have struggled since, and the 2 guys to not sign have only helped their chances at a large contract. I wonder if those early contracts are really worth it unless you are locking up a top prospect really early. Next core is just starting to get its feet wet, Kiriloff and Larnach look like they will be big middle of the order bats. Lewis will get here at some point, Duran looks legit, Donaldso
    2 points
  25. "When I look at his OWar 9.7 and his DWar 2.1 they add up to 11.8 so someone will have to explain BR math to me." I can try to explain it, but not defend it. B-r.com includes a positional adjustment to both OWar and DWar. Right field isn't a prime skill position, so the adjustment is negative, a fraction of a win each year. But Kepler is a good right fielder*, so his defensive contribution is still positive. Adding OWar and DWar means the adjustment is there twice. War is accumulative, not a rate stat, so the positional adjustment grows as playing time does. Over the course of his c
    2 points
  26. My best guess on the next "Core 6": Byron Buxton, who I think we re-sign next offseason for 5 years, $100 million, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Royce Lewis, Jhoan Duran, and Jordan Balazovic. I also thought long and hard about putting Luis Arraez in here because of how much I love his bat at the top of the lineup. While re-signing Buxton presents a huge risk because of his injury history, his potential is too high for us to give up on; we play so much better when he is manning CF. Kirilloff looks like he'll be the Twins 1B for the next decade or so, with Larnach taking over RF. I am c
    2 points
  27. He doesn't look cooked to me, but he has some interesting splits. In 2021 so far, he played better when the Twins lost. The Twins have lost just a little more than they have won, so overall he is doing well. Yes, he is down in May, but Who the heck wouldn't be down in May on this team? It's not like the bottom fell out and he's hitting like he is in one of Sano's dry spells or something. He is still producing. He had just as many multi-hit games in May as he had in April. Cruz's May looks like a standard, uninteresting slump. Let me know if it lasts another six
    2 points
  28. I hope not. I enjoy watching his at bats even when he is struggling, compared to most of the Twins. However, if true, it would be sad and just more evidence that the team won't be competitive for quite some time.
    2 points
  29. This story made me laugh, and I am still in bed. It is time to get him out of the lineup. He is a hole in the lineup. I was glad to see his descent in the batting order yesterday. Push him down even more.
    2 points
  30. Eliminate the home run. Its time has passed. When my brother and I hit the ball in our backyard as kids, we called anything over the fence an out, because one neighbor owned prized rose bushes and she didn't like us coming over to retrieve the ball, and the other neighbor had an aggressive dog. We should make the batter ring a doorbell and ask the fans in the cheap seats for permission to climb up the wall and get the ball he hit out, then politely hand it to the umpire who registers the out. J/k, but not entirely. The reward for a long fly ball is vastly out of proportion in today's game
    2 points
  31. If the Twins (only) are ahead after 7 innings, stop the game and declare the Twins the winners (ha, ha- I'll bet EVERYONE wants this one).
    2 points
  32. Batters stepping out and then pitchers stepping off. They should definitely enforce the time-limit on pitchers. Some pitchers fiddle around for 20 seconds and in the meantime, the batter steps out right when the pitcher finally gets set. Then, everyone has to readjust again. Then the batter puts his hand up and we have to start all over again. I know their will be a lot of whining by both hitters and pitchers but they will quickly adjust--just like they did in tennis. On the other hand, the notion that a pitcher needs to face three hitters as a time-saving device is somewhat shortsighted.
    2 points
  33. Eliminate the runner at 2nd in extra innings. Eliminate the minimum batter requirement for pitchers. I would like to have the same rules between AL and NL regarding DH. I would prefer no DH for added strategy but I realize that very few people share that view. My desire for parity between the leagues is strong enough to be on board with universal DH. Go back to the previous rules of expanding the roster in September to the 40 man roster. Basically undo the Manfred era rules.
    2 points
  34. I've only been somewhat facetious in saying, "Eliminate batting gloves." With no gloves to fiddle with, stepping out of the box wouldn't be any fun. As I watched games from the '60s and '70s being replayed on MLB Network all winter, that was the single thing that stood out the most as a difference compared to today's games. (Followed next by the immediate chucking aside of any ball that had hit the dirt.)
    2 points
  35. Good article. Seems like Kepler and Polanco are also turning it around, or is that my imagination?
    2 points
  36. Greglw3

    Who is Twins top LF of all time?

    Goslin was a triples machine and an RBI machine. Very impressive career!
    1 point
  37. My OCD doesn't like MadBum as an example.
    1 point
  38. Larnach exudes so much confidence. I wouldn't say Kirilloff lacks that, exactly, but whenever I see him I feel as though he's wearing his older brother's baseball cap. Larnach somehow fills out his own hat better.
    1 point
  39. As I recall, he fabricated a trade rumor, got mad upon being called out for it, and then vanished into the great beyond.
    1 point
  40. Management is paying him more, by far, than any of the young "core" that they have signed. That is the ultimate sign of not ignoring him. Right now it is totally wasted money.
    1 point
  41. I am sorry, but if management is overlooking him, the fans are not and we do not like what we see. The win-loss records with and without him is a silly comparison - there are 10 players minimum in every game. If one player made a real difference Mike Trout might get into a playoff game. No - Sano is not delivering. If he has a game winning home run in three or four games it does not make up for his other deficiencies.
    1 point
  42. I would ave preferred Semien and was hopeful. I know Semien at SS would be a downgrade at SS, but he would have been solid there, IMO, and still allowed the move of Polanco to 2B. The thing that we just don't know from the above numbers is how Semien's total value might have dropped, in comparison to Simmons, were he at SS instead of 2B. I think the Twins did well to pivot to Simmons and I'm just not sure, were I in charge, that I would have signed Semien for the extra $8M. That just seems like a lot. But if I could revise the off-season, I think I would have done it and spent anoth
    1 point
  43. 1- 15 seconds between pitches with noone on base. 20 seconds with a man on 2- Have a designated runner (only 1 player who cannot bat during the game) that can be used once an inning. 3- Allow managers to change their lineup in the ninth inning (only) if they desire. Example- If the 7,8 and 9 hitters are do up, the manager can choose to start with the #3 hitter then go on from there. 4- Allow catchers to block the plate on throws home. 5- Put the DH in both leagues. 6- Stop the nonsense of position players pitching in blowouts. The last bullpen pitcher needs the work an
    1 point
  44. Totally agree. One move sets up a butterfly effect that channels throughout the roster. You could also say that most of that $7.5M in savings went to another guy... Alexander Colome. He signed for $5.5M with a $1.25M buyout. Maybe the Twins don't sign Colome with Semien in the mix, but we'll never know!
    1 point
  45. It's rarely as simple as Choice A vs. Choice B. For example, what impact did having an extra $7.5 million have in their ability to sign Cruz a week later? If signing Semien meant settling for Jay Bruce as the DH, it's a much different team.
    1 point
  46. Stealing my thunder for tonight eh?!
    1 point
  47. Mill1634

    Let the Kids Play - Relievers

    I agree that none of these names are all that exciting, but I do think Cano can be a successful MR right this second and should be given the chance. Chalmers has closer like stuff as well, but just struggles with the walks. Get him up and see if the stuff plays. As for the top pitching prospects, I see no reason to bring those guys up right now. If the twins were 28-15 instead of 15-28 I would have a different view on the issue, but with a lost season it’s more beneficial for them to continue to develop as starters in the minor leagues.
    1 point
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  49. What effect, if any, would this demotion have on Berrios' future salary and arbitration, and future contracts down the road?
    1 point
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