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  1. 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
  2. Somebody's gotta say it: GAME OBER
    21 points
  3. I think if 5/$80 would get it done, it would already be done.
    20 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Very hard to keep the faith in an organization that has kept Matt Shoemaker on the roster over the past several weeks.
    11 points
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. I can’t imagine a worse time to try and extend Berrios after what could be a 90+ loss season. He’s given every indication he’s testing free agency, so this article is 1.5 years too early to talk about.
    9 points
  21. 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
  22. An annual IP limit is not a good justification to pull Ober after 12 TB in 4 innings. He faced 22 batters and went 5 innings in his previous start.
    9 points
  23. Read on the game thread that by the 5th inning the Mariners had a 94% chance of victory, the Twins - 0%. I suppose the other 6% belonged to the probability that Mt. Rainier would erupt and cover the ballpark in volcanic flow. Soooo, an inanimate pile of rock had a greater probability of a winning outcome than the Twins. Wonder if it can pitch....
    9 points
  24. Thank you, Griffin Jax! Signed, The Bullpen, the Coaches, Teammates
    9 points
  25. The article neither answers the question nor really gives enough information to draw a conclusion
    9 points
  26. Celestino is called up early because of injuries. Not a good time to make a long term valuation of him.
    9 points
  27. There may be reasons that we will probably never know. But this is one case where I think the FO just blew it. He was relatively young, had some milb success and then a great 2019 in the pen. To me, you discount almost everything negative that happened to a player in 2020. Then you add the elbow issue. You keep a guy like that for a hoped/expected rebound unless you thought his elbow was toast for some reason. I don't expect the FO to be be perfect and hit all the time. But they blew this one.
    9 points
  28. A lot of posters seem to dismiss Rooker as a lost cause. But I would prefer him hitting .200, hitting 20 home runs, and making $600K than Sano hitting .180, hitting 35 home runs, and making $12M. The savings of $11.4M could be put to good use elsewhere.
    8 points
  29. "Paging Mr. Serling, Mr. Rod Serling...you're wanted in the Twlight Room." The Twins have won 3 In a row and have generally been playing much better the past few weeks, even with a few bad losses. They're also get healthy again. Now, it's far too late for any 2/3 of a season "back in contention" miracle, but what a possible .500 finish while building confidence and momentum for 2022? And how about continuing to get experience for Jefffers, Rotvedt, Kirilloff, Larnach, Gordon, Alcala, Dobber, Ober and anyone else we haven't seen yet but will? Three quick thoughts: 1] Despite som
    8 points
  30. I don't know, I may be a majority of one here, but I haven't been impressed since the day the boy wonder computer kids showed up at Target Field. The first thing they did was sell the farm the first two years, for "prospects", screwing Molitor the most, then firing him the first year they can get away with it so they can bring in another computer junkie. They sign a group of free agents in 2019 and virtually all of them over achieve, resulting in a record for home runs. They juggle free agent pickups and drop offs for 2 years, thinking they have all the makings of a roster in their own imag
    8 points
  31. I promise you, the return for either Buxton or Berrios, no matter what it is, will set this franchise back farther than it propels it forwards.
    8 points
  32. This is exactly why the "trade Berrios now" talk makes no sense. Trade for whom? And how do you fill the hole he leaves? Unless the ball club has decided to rebuild from the ground up, or if Berrios and his agent will settle for nothing less than the greatest amount they can obtain on the market, this is the correct approach. Smart management doesn't deal away personnel without knowing whom they will plug in as a replacement. Even if he is only ever a number 2 or 3 arm, having Berrios spend his most productive (or even all) years with the Twins is likely to benefit the club. Everyone
    8 points
  33. Yes, Berrios wants a hefty payday, and no, he isn’t one of the top 10 pitchers in baseball. The three players he’s most closely tied to in this contract situation are Luis Severino, Aaron Nola, and Lance McCullers. The former two got paid prior to the 2019 season. McCullers just got his payday. They are all 27 years old, save for Nola who just recently had a birthday. None of that trio would qualify as top 10 pitchers in the game either. Nola and Severino took four-year deals at $45M and $40M, respectively. McCullers agreed to a five-year deal that starts in 2022 and is for $85M. Jose rep
    8 points
  34. Eeeee, let's put on the brakes a bit on Ober. Remember how Smelzer, Thorpe, and Littell started out? Do the names Kohl Stewart Fernando Romero, Stephen Gonsalves ring a bell? Ober's been OK, but hasn't exactly blown anyone away. Seattle is the worst hitting team in baseball (I think they've been no-hit twice already this season). I think Ober's performance says more about Happ than it does about Ober, unfortunately. Any small chance the Twins had of ridding themselves of Josh Donaldson has likely disappeared. Enjoy Cruz while you can, he's not long in a Twins uniform. But hey, a
    8 points
  35. A few additional nuggets after being in attendance for the Wind Surge's 8-2 win over Springfield. 1. If not for a questionable scoring decision on Palacios' last AB (ruled an error on throw from 2B), he would have been a perfect 5-5 tonight. Still a 4-5 night with a 11 total bases ( single, double and 2 solo HRs) was quite impressive. Palacios' 2nd HR to dead center came on a 3-2 pitch after he spoiled several pitches to keep his AB alive. Add him to the list of hitters that deserve some strong consideration for a long look on the big league roster heading into 2022. Palacios raised h
    8 points
  36. I agree with Dman. There are some players that want to stay with their team even if they don’t get every penny that the free agency process generally yields. A much greater percentage of players can’t wait for free agency and there is no way they are foregoing that process. The whole pay them whatever it takes mantra is patently naïve. Just as assuming we can win a bidding war with teams that have 40, 50 or 100 percent greater revenue. Mid/small market team have to get return for players they can’t resign. We can hate ownership and the front office if it makes us feel better but denying
    8 points
  37. Such a dangerous game to play picking out 1 player and saying "Team X missed on him and should've known better." You can do it for any number of players and every organization. Littell is a bummer because it felt knee jerk to cut him from the 40 man when he was hurt, but let's not forget, as the OP mentions, no other team claimed him. It's not like he was some great prospect or player that had teams knocking down the door to get him. He went unclaimed and then signed a minor league deal. Happens all the time to thousands of players so picking out 1 and saying "look what the Twins screwed up!"
    8 points
  38. Hmmm. And just a couple of months ago, by most accounts everywhere, they were a top 5 team in MLB. The adored FO and its manager have sabotaged this team with the crummy parts they added or resigned. Colome, Happ, Dobnak, Shoemaker, the scrap heap pitchers signed and in AAA, Duffey becoming doughboy and ineffective, Maeda becoming himself again (everyone was penciling him in as ace and even took homegrown Berrios opening day start away from him), believing in Sano come hell or high water..... This could have been different, and off season signings been remarkable instead of tragic. This
    8 points
  39. I realize this is dependent on SSS, but I think Arraez' defensive stats show me that he really isn't a super-utility player. However, he may be a guy who is a regular at different positions in different years. If that doesn't make sense, what I am saying is that if Luis is moved around from day to day, starting a game at second, another at third and another in left, he is not as effective as replacing Donaldson for a week or more at a time or claiming second base for a long period. Give him a few days to get comfortable and he can be adequate. Arraez provides very important skills and abi
    7 points
  40. I loved the 2016 draft at the time and now it's looking even better. Kiriloff, Rortvedt, Baddoo, Wells, Jax have already made the majors with Miranda and Balazovic still at AA. I don't know if any of them will have the upside of the top of the 2012 draft (Buxton, Berrios, Rogers) but they should provide some above average MLB players.
    7 points
  41. Any game that Dobnak pitches that we win is a big deal. Any game that Dobnak AND Colome pitch and we win is A REAL BIG DEAL.
    7 points
  42. I think the negotiation starts at 5 years, $100M. He’s asking for market rate money and has been more healthy than McCullers with similar numbers. A month back I was more on the Trade Berrios bandwagon, but with the way our rotation has imploded, I am swinging towards keep Berrios, trade Buxton.
    7 points
  43. He doesn't. He and his agent have educated guesses. But it's still a year and a half out before they can "know". You've seen those hurricane cone maps? It's kind of like that, except probably with even more variance, and without a certainty of "weakening" like a storm will do as its geographic track plays out. We're at Wednesday AM right now. We're trying to pick a price that shuts the door on him finding out where the Monday AM location will be. Some players might accept the conservative offer, to reduce all the risk. Other players are said to "bet on themselves", a
    7 points
  44. The Nola and Severino deals are no longer relevant to Berrios, due to the service time difference. McCullers is close -- he signed for 5/85 just 1 year away from FA. Berrios is still a half-season away from that, but he's also ahead of McCullers by some measures -- McCullers's final arb award was $6.5 mil, but Berrios is already at $6.1 mil in his second-to-last year of arb. (Probably because McCullers missed a year-plus due to Tommy John surgery, and has been on the IL most seasons otherwise.) Also, the McCullers deal takes effect in 2022. So including the 2021 arb award, it's more
    7 points
  45. I doubt the Twins pitching staff is the worst in team history, but they are definitely in the running for having the biggest gap between expectations and results. The most frustrating part is that even though Happ, Shoemaker, Dobnak, and Colome have all been brutally bad they are still making appearances.
    7 points
  46. Had to check the IDK button. My knee jerk rx is both should be gone but I have a few reasons to give them more rope: 1. 2020 and part of 2021 was a lost time for the minor leagues, so they've realistically had only about 3 full seasons to develop draft picks. 2. They have delivered 3 playoff teams in their almost 5 years. How much of this success is due to their savvy pickups like Odo, Maeda,, Cruz and Pineda is subject to question but still, those were big contributions to these 3 playoff berths. 3. They have modernized this moribund organization with new coaches, measureme
    7 points
  47. Under the banner of "expectations versus results" - I'll go off the board and take Kenta Maeda. Went from Cy Young to just Sigh Yes is the poll answer.
    7 points
  48. So: Fried Liver Expired Mayonaisse Undercooked Brussels Sprouts, or Ordering a Sundae and Getting Frozen Yogurt? Ummm....
    7 points
  49. That's a really good question... That said, guys get added to the 40-man from High-A often. Looking back, Polanco and Kepler were added after their full seasons at Cedar Rapids when Cedar Rapids was in Low-A. So I don't think they HAVE TO move him up to AA. The other thing I keep forgetting is that he's only 22. Adding him to the 40-man means three option years. So, in reality that means there is no rush to promote him this year. That said, how 40-man rosters are used now compared to even 8-10 years ago is much, much different. So, they can't necessarily add a guy with more questions about the
    7 points
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