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  1. Great story and I’m very glad to have the chance to read more of Tom’s stories. But we’ll certainly miss him editing. TD dealt with a lot over the last 3 years, and Tom showed a steady hand but also the passion that the community shares. We are forever in debt. So please join me in thanking Tom for all his efforts and congratulate him on all his accomplishments.
    26 points
  2. I don't know, you have to wonder if the Twins aren't developing a pathology that basically says: "You are either injured, or you are going to get injured, and so, we are going to play you in a way that will prevent you from being injured which means we are not going to play you." It's maddening. And of course, Baldelli, he spent his entire career dealing with injuries and it eventually ended his playing days early. Not sure where this ends, but it will never be with a World Series title. Can we get back to having passion for playing the game?
    21 points
  3. Somebody's gotta say it: GAME OBER
    21 points
  4. I think if 5/$80 would get it done, it would already be done.
    20 points
  5. Heck of a night for Refsnyder! Him making the potential final out would have been the cherry on top. I have zero expectations he’ll keep it up, but his contribution now is needed and appreciated.
    18 points
  6. I guess I am showing my age again, but the kid is 25 and in the prime of his physical life, and he can't throw more than 63 pitches??? There is a reason we can't keep players on the field; they baby them so as not to get hurt, and, as such, they are not in good enough condition to not get hurt. Sounds like a Yogi Berra commercial. Baldelli has a managing philosophy that says Plan A is to use anywhere from 3 - 5 pitchers a game, depending on how long he allows the starter to go. That plan is in place 162 games a year. No such thing as a complete game, that would mean facing the lineup a 4t
    17 points
  7. Look, Maeda is NOT himself right now. He may or may not be the pitcher we saw in 2020. But career numbers and his ST performance and injury would tell you he's going to rebound. Berrios has been a rock, despite some ups and downs. For the 100th time, he's still 27yo plus and is a 2 time All Star. Again, for the 100th time, he and the Twins have changed his work out routine to allow for a full season of endurance and performance. And we haven't seen the results yet after the weird season that 2020 was. He may or may not ever achieve the ACE status that so many wish for. Me included. But de
    15 points
  8. I just cannot stand Rocco's handling of SP. Let him pitch the fifth, let him qualify for a win, it was an easy game for him, stretch him out. Instead we bring in Thielbar who has been injured - he could have waited another inning. I understand why giving him a chance when we have a big lead is a good idea. Colome on the other hand, yuck, one inning, two hits, one run, one wild pitch, no Ks!!!??? He is just awful this year, put him in the Happ/shoemaker bin. Move on. Using Rogers and Alcala in this game made less sense. If Ober had one or two more innings they would not have been neede
    15 points
  9. Houston is the best hitting, and hardest to strikeout, team in the league and he struck out 7 over 5 against them. Certainly not anointing him the ace of the future, but his last 3 starts have been him doing what he should against bad hitting teams (8 innings, 1 earned, 10 Ks against KC and Sea) and looking quite good against a very good hitting Hou team (5 innings, 2 earned, 7 Ks). I wouldn't list that as blowing people away necessarily, but it is definitely noteworthy and should give a little hope for the future in this bleak mess of a season. Hard to wrap our heads around, and get exci
    14 points
  10. Steve: Although a rough night for Saint Paul, CR and Fort Myers, I'm pleased to report that I was able to witness the Wind Surge's 13-4 thumping of Springfield tonight at a VERY warm Riverfront Stadium in Wichita. First of all, for any fans considering making the trip to Wichita, its definitely worth the time. The ballpark is spectacular! As many might know, Riverfront Stadium was built with intention of being the Miami Marlins AAA team in 2020. Whoever designed this ballpark did a tremendous job. Not a bad seat anywhere in the park. As with most minor league teams at AA level, box seat
    14 points
  11. June 6, Royals: 4 K, 0 BB, 1 ER June 11, Astros: 7 K, 1 BB, 2 ER June 16, Mariners: 6 K, 0 BB, 0 ER There probably are not many pitchers who pitched better than Ober over the past couple of weeks. It's OK to celebrate what he has done so far and not worry about his future. In any case, let's give him credit for being more than just OK.
    13 points
  12. I agree that Ober still has a lot to prove but he looks WAY better than I expected. 2-3mph more on the fastball than previous seasons while retaining that excellent control and command. Add in his absurd height advantage throwing to the plate and he could stick for a few seasons, provided he doesn't fall into the tall guy trap of losing his mechanics constantly... but given how he has such a track record of control over his pitches, I think that's maybe less likely to happen than it would be with other guys of his height.
    13 points
  13. This fascination with someone to blame is an interesting phenomena ..... there may or may not be someone to blame, but this idea that firing a person or two will fix things is really interesting. They won the division two years in a row....maybe that tells us something too....maybe this year is just a bad year, where everything goes wrong and unlucky and there is no fault or reason other than stuff happens. Most things in life don't have A cause, or meaning. They just are. Our human need for their to be a reason for things happening is really interesting to me.
    13 points
  14. 5 most disappointing things is slightly accurate but you should have made it a top 10. Miquel "He's just a K machine" Sano who is 2 for his last 25 with 14 K's, 43 K's in his last 90+ at Bats. Mr. Swing and Miss is hitting 100 lbs less than his weight. Rocco Baldelli would be on this list for penciling in Sano on a daily basis. My goodness his game management is not great. Buxton, where has he been? Oh that's right, in the medical tent once again Hitting Coach? Do the twins have anyone on the payroll that knows what they are doing? Maybe Cruz and his clubhouse leade
    13 points
  15. Five runs in 4 and a third is a "solid outing" for Shoemaker? Perhaps that's one of our problems.
    13 points
  16. Seems irresponsible on Reusse’s part to report someone might be unhappy. “Might” isn’t news. You can say that about anyone. This lapse in responsibility gets magnified when others cite Reusse’s report and soon the “might” part gets lost in the noise. Reusse knows that. This same article could have been written without citing Reusse’s empty report. I am confident there exists a number that the Twins can offer in an extension that Buxton will be happy to sign. Are the Twins willing to find that number? Would they be wise to do so? I am not certain. If Buxton leaves it will have noth
    12 points
  17. Besides Rod Carew interview, Celestino's first hit and two jacks from Polanco, most memorable thing about this game is a quote from Dick Bremer:
    12 points
  18. It was close until the 1st inning.
    12 points
  19. Great content, Tom! Glad you're providing that for us here. Regarding Simmons, it's amazing to see that in his 2nd month as a Twin, he's posting a career high in monthly strikeouts. What's this team doing to its hitters? I often joke that the hitting coaches just tell players "close your eyes and swing as hard as you can", but maybe that's true? If so, it's not funny. The Twins struck out 14 times again yesterday. That's more than 50% of their outs. And 12 the game before. They're not facing Max Scherzer, they're going against below average starters for the Royals and Orioles.
    12 points
  20. They literally signed Donaldson and Simmons.... Two players whose value is tied a good bit to their defense. It might not be working as we hoped, but that's part of why they are here. They moved polanco off short for a reason. Why do you think defense doesn't matter to them?
    11 points
  21. Good to see that everyone is catching up to the reality that Buxton and Berrios do not want to be here and 100% will leave in free agency. It's FO malpractice not to trade before the deadline to maximize return. Again, I WANT to keep them... but often time in life your options unfortunately do not include what you want
    11 points
  22. I already had forgotten about Littell, when thinking about this debacle of a season. They simply dropped him from the 40-man by outrighting him to AAA last season, and he opted for free agency instead of agreeing to a minor league renewal with the Twins. His good numbers this year are definitely Small Sample Size as yet, and last year was a disaster for him due in large part to the longball which oftentimes will correct itself. But he seems like a good example for consideration. So, was it fundamental talent evaluation, marking him as simply not good enough to keep on the 40-m
    11 points
  23. Very hard to keep the faith in an organization that has kept Matt Shoemaker on the roster over the past several weeks.
    11 points
  24. What would Tampa do? Do that.
    11 points
  25. Hey! Let's leave Rob Refsnyder out of this.
    11 points
  26. You don’t give up on your front office after a single bad year. If 2022 goes the same way, then I would entertain the conversation seriously. Falvine’s prospects they’ve been drafting are just starting to come up, and through the next 2-4 seasons they will be debuting and seeing how good they are at drafting and developing MLB talent. The pipeline has been mostly purged of Terry Ryan-drafted prospects, and it would be rash to reboot the system now. I do have problems with how poorly they handled this off-season and what the heck they have Rocco doing (IMO Baldelli is mostly a puppet
    10 points
  27. Yes. But the numbers ended up working in favor of Littell. Twins also gave up on Hendricks, too. Sometimes your best minor league starters will do better out of the bullpen. And players have ups and downs. I always thought Trevor May was the closer option for the future. Deolis Guerra also ran out of options. Could he have been that backend bullpen arm earlier for the Twins? With rosters now at 26, you can carry that extra arm, or funnel them back and forth from AAA ball, as long as options do remain. Of course, we also have the case of Nick Anderson, d
    10 points
  28. All I know is, in a lost season, for a brilliant moment, the Twins won in brilliant fashion. And that's why we love baseball so much. Those moments. Nobody gave up, or has given up. Now, focus on the remainder of 2021 and get ready for 2022.
    10 points
  29. I can only comment that it is just one game, but what a fun game. This is baseball and at this stage lets just enjoy each game we win. And let's hope for better SP than Happ and Shoemaker and Dobnak at some point in the season.
    10 points
  30. Its one thing to have production drop off from starter to replacement, but the sloppiness is quite another. Sure, they have lost games because they simply don't have talent that the other team does. But more often then not, they're losing because the beat themselves by errors or otherwise sloppy play. Little things in close games get amplified and result in losses, sometimes in blowout style. That's not due to injury. The injuries only explain a small portion of what this season has become. I don't mind losing, sometimes the opponent is just better. But it drives me nuts when a team
    10 points
  31. I can't remember the last time I watched a professional baseball team look so... clumsy. Sure, putting Tortuga out at 3B is asking for it, but Simmons has screwed up several routine plays this year, Polanco was supposed to be a plus defender at 2B, but still disappoints even though 2B is easier to play with modern day shifts. This team consistently finds ways to embarrass themselves.
    10 points
  32. All future Weeks In Review can be summarized thusly:
    10 points
  33. We WON a game!!1! Also, Dan Gladden is awesome.. Today's broadcasting excellence: "Sano hits this one deep to left...this could be a no doubter..." Could be a no doubter? Is that like...jumbo shrimp?
    10 points
  34. Anyone else catch the disgust with which Provus described Simmons making an out on the bases, while trailing by multiple runs late? Even the perpetually positive Cory Provus couldn't hide his feelings about the awful play of this team. Speaking of that play...simply terrible baseball. Incredibly terrible. It's one thing to lack talent. But Rocco's team lacks the simple ability to play the game. They lack precision, fundamentals, smarts. They did that even when 300 HRs glossed it over, and it's gotten progressively worse.
    10 points
  35. Also...someone DESIGNED those hats?? Yeesh.
    10 points
  36. My takeaway is simple, you're supposed to beat lesser teams. We did that. It's gut check time for the 2021 Twins. They have a stretch where they can fold or reclaim themselves to be a competitive and quality team. The injuries are massive. Coupled with just bad and unexplainable poor play early leaves 2021 as a probable disappointing season. But there is still a shot to do something. Berrios wasn't in top form. But he battled. Isn't that what a top rotation SP is supposed to do? We can proclaim the Twins are playing a lesser team, and I believe that is true. But this also
    10 points
  37. It’s nice to have confirmation that there are worse talented and performing teams than the Twins. Texas is one of those teams. With more people getting healthier by the day, I’m looking forward to more Larnach-Buxton-Kepler/Garlick OF lineups. Falvey/Levine/Rocco appear to be on the same page playing the young guys more than the veterans unlikely to contribute next year. I’m happy about that. As we head into July, it’s time to move Sano to a bench fill in role and let Kirilloff take over 1B. Maybe Sano can find his way back into the lineup the rest of the year if/when Cruz
    9 points
  38. Ok boys, listen up. You won a game yesterday. You won a game today, that's two in a row. You win tomorrow...that's called a winning streak.
    9 points
  39. If he will do do it for 5/80 I am on board especially given what they got out of Happ and Shoemaker for 10m this year. He is young durable and with slight improvement a potential All-Star type player or just under for the next four years. He takes good care of his body and takes the ball every 5th day. Why not do what you can to keep him especially with good pitching in short supply. With Maeda messed up he might be the one decent pitcher we can rely on next year and hopefully once the other guys come up we can fill out that rotation with more home grown guys. Unless the ask is absolutely
    9 points
  40. Celestino is called up early because of injuries. Not a good time to make a long term valuation of him.
    9 points
  41. Welcome to Twins Daily! Jax came in for the 9th, not the 8th, and with a 2 run lead and only 3 more outs left, the generic Yankees win probability at that point was 93%. And that doesn't factor in that the Twins 6-7-8 hitters were due up in the 9th, or that Chapman would have come in (rather than Wandy Peralta) if the deficit had still been 2 runs. Opposing batters are only hitting .097/.214/.194 against Chapman this year, for an OPS of .409. Would have been nice to keep it close and make the Yankees use Chapman, of course, but Jax getting his feet wet against the weaker part of the
    9 points
  42. Tampa has scored 302 runs, second in the AL, and 3rd in the majors.
    9 points
  43. Celestino certainly fits right in.
    9 points
  44. Agree with all of the above information but I also need to mention some appreciation for Tom and everything he's done to keep the content flowing here at TwinsDaily. He does more behind the scenes than most of us will ever know and is truly just one of the nicest and most helpful dudes you could ask to work with as a new writer. You'll be missed Tom but I'm certainly looking forward to the increase in content!
    9 points
  45. It occurs to me that we could add an additional five disappointing players without much problem. Sanó, Happ, Shoemaker, Duffey, Stashak and Maeda could qualify. The Twins finished 13-16 for the month and the holes in the lineup and pitching staff are pretty deep. Barring the near-miracle of rising to contention, the club is in for at least a major retooling next year.
    9 points
  46. These narratives about Baldelli need to stop. I'm hardly in the mood to defend the guy - I don't think he's done well as a field manager this season - but the hubris in comments and forums are driving me up the wall. Rocco Baldelli knows more about what it takes to play Major League Baseball than anyone on this forum or Twitter. Full stop. He was an above average centerfielder at age 21, for crying out loud. He was on the path to having a really nice professional career before being knocked out of the game by a freak malady. But he "pays more attention to analytics than he does to fu
    9 points
  47. You'd think you'd be sure of your sister's name.
    9 points
  48. Yes, his MLB career line: .228/.313/.313 However, his AAA career line: .295/.372/.437 Of course there are always players who run that kind of disparity between AAA and MLB numbers and never break through in the majors (giving us the shorthand "AAAA guy.") But it seems like there's at least some base of skills to know what he's doing at the plate. Maybe Refsnyder becomes the rare AAA veteran who finally figures it out at MLB, or maybe not, but it seems like there's no reason not to give him some run as long as he's hitting and the roster is still banged up.
    9 points
  49. A Byrd In Hand The Byrds. No, not the Birds, the Byrds, the folk-rock band of the ’60’s. You know, “Roger McQuinn had a 12-string guitar it was like nothing I’d ever heard.” - David Alan Coe lyrics from his song “Willie, Waylon and Me”. I was always envious of Roger McQuinn of the Byrds. He could make a Rickenbacker 12-string guitar jingle-jangle while I had trouble plucking your basic 6-string. That’s how I wound up a bass man. Only had to pluck four strings. It was said I could play the bass by ear, but to be honest, I only ever used my fingers. I had a buddy, our rhythm guita
    9 points
  50. Is it possible that Colome is a sleeper agent sent by Chicago to implode our team? Can we really rule this out? I'm not sure🤨😄
    9 points
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