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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. Wish we hadn't traded for Maeda. A Hansel and Graterol bullpen that got eaten by the rest of the AL would have been fun.
    25 points
  3. Some thoughts: 1. I want a bullpen full of guys who throw 95 plus, not 83. I don't want reclamation projects and waiver wire pickups to be "brights spots" for a month or two in the pen. I want weapons. Do you think the Yankees or Dodgers would be trotting out Sergio Romo in the 9th inning of a post season game? Caleb Theilbar? For all the talk about how Falvine have improved the Twins pitching, this part is a failure. Not getting bullpen help at the deadline this year was a brutal mistake, and we see the results. Late runs off the bullpen cost both of these games. This becomes even more im
    25 points
  4. Now they can sign Cruz to play left. Surrounded by Donaldson, Simmons and Buxton, he’d only have to cover about 20 square feet.
    24 points
  5. I’m a bit surprised Berrios didn’t go out for the seventh but have no problem with Rocco being cautious in April. There’s a lot of baseball left to play and Berrios is a key to success this season.
    23 points
  6. Hard not to be happy for Akil from my perspective. He would have been behind Rooker, he would have been behind Kirilloff, and if he wasn't already he likely would have found himself behind Larnach, Wallner and Sabato in short order. Due to injury and Covid he hadn't played in nearly two years and never above A ball. The Twins are winning and have a talented roster. Detroit is rebuilding and doesn't. He would have been buried on the Twins roster. This is EXACTLY what the Rule V draft was created for.
    22 points
  7. 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
  8. Somebody's gotta say it: GAME OBER
    21 points
  9. seems to me if it's unwatchable, you have an easy fix.
    21 points
  10. Well, I'll say it if nobody else will - I am proud of our Twins.
    21 points
  11. I think if 5/$80 would get it done, it would already be done.
    20 points
  12. Who's going to trade a good reliever in early May? Nobody. Very unlikely. The front office completely blew the offseason, and it can't fix it right now. I can't claim to have predicted the pen would be THIS bad, but it wasn't hard to predict the pen wasn't going to be good enough.
    20 points
  13. All of that may be true, but "phasing out" a core veteran team member in the middle of a pennant race seems like an awful idea. I would like to see the prospects live though too. Wish they still expanded the rosters.
    20 points
  14. Who would have thought coming into the year that Thielbar would be getting the 7th in a tie game (and picking up the "W") with Wisler collecting the save?!
    20 points
  15. I don't want to make this too long. I'm an old white guy. I live 7 blocks from where George Floyd was murdered and 3 blocks from the carnage on Lake St in May. I have suffered a loss because of the riots. I also enjoy baseball. A lot. Herb Carneal was the background noise of my summers growing up. I also roll my eyes at some celebrities who have spoken out about some cause. (Movie stars testifying before Congress? Really?) To me this is different. If the players haven't experienced racism personally, they know who has. Players, who if they are not black or brown, are living and playing b
    20 points
  16. Never understood how anyone could hate Astudillo. Especially a Twins fan. Sure, maybe you don't like his stats, or don't think he's super talented. But honestly, I'm shocked to see folks here who literally despise him. It's like hating Muggsy Bogues or Spud Webb. I can see being critical of their value, but how could you hate them? Willians had a great spring, hitting .361 with tons of ABs. His numbers speak for themselves. He did what he needed to do, give the guy credit. Yes he's is prone to make a gaffe or two, but the guy hustles and does the best with what he's got - most people with bo
    19 points
  17. Why waste his service time if the guy is in a slump or needs a little time you have other options who are playing really well. We are only a week out from opening day start him in AAA/alternate site and let Rooker and or Garlick platoon with Cave
    19 points
  18. Things I've learned from this weekend: Pitchers are having a hard time staying healthy (Verlander, Kluber, Kershaw, Odorizzi, two pitchers in today's game, a whole bunch of other pitchers on the IL) early on. Perhaps from ramping things up too quickly? The White Sox have a legitimately good lineup The White Sox defense is quite awful Cruz does not look like he's 40 and I think it's safe to say his regression due to age isn't happening this year Arraez is going to hit above .300 again this year, I'd seriously consider hitting him leadoff
    19 points
  19. Option 1: Press "Like This" on this comment (or voice your support below) if you want us to start Blake Snell on full rest in Game 163.
    19 points
  20. 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
  21. USAFChief

    A rant

    I've been on about this for two years now, but Baldelli really needs to get over the idea that his best players need a game off every week. It's unnecessary, and unproductive. It's baseball, for Pete's sake. All it does is intentionally take his best players out of games, which is then of course compounded when the inevitable actual injuries occur. Because players still get injured, whether they play 5 games a week instead of 6, or not. And I suspect it probably leads to a bit of a "soft" team, without much intestinal fortitude, which I admit is speculation on my part.
    18 points
  22. Twins lose on opening day in the 9th to a really good team and it's complain, complain, complain, Twins win against same team in the SECOND game of a 162 season and it's; complain, compla..., I've loved this site since it's inception but I remember a few years back there was a "Rookies and Lurkers" thread where the 1st response mentioned the negativity of this site as a reason they probably won't visit often. I've come to that point; I appreciate all the actual BB reporting and talk but the number of negative micro-managing comments is wearing me thin. I don't have rainbow glasses and critic
    18 points
  23. 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
  24. Goodness ... really? Already saying to send someone down? We've had some good games, it's early. These guys deserve a little leeway 4 games into the season. Especially after two really good offensive games.
    17 points
  25. That fWAR twit bit is a little swayed. If you are going to add Cruz, you first must mark him as a loss, too. Take his 2.4 out that shouldn't really be added, and you have lost 6.4, added, 5.9, for a net loss of .5. That is more representative of the difference.
    17 points
  26. Now go get Trout and Alfredo (Rodriquez)! I've heard Garlick goes well with them.
    17 points
  27. People aren’t frustrated that they didn’t repeat the historic home run numbers. People are pissed that this team can’t win a big game. People are sick of the FOs (two FOs) half-assery dating back to 2001, and a manager who thinks he’s analytically cute I still can’t figure how anyone on earth can think pulling Jose Berrios at 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 R and 75 for Cody freaking Stashak and Kenta Maeda in the middle of 2H shutout in a playoff game is a good idea (but, he’ll let Maeda throw 200 pitches ina meaningless regular season game for a good story). Or, pinch running a visibly ill Byron Bux
    17 points
  28. For those keeping score, Eddie Rosario is costing the Indians $8M this year. He currently has a .603 OPS on a .267 OBP and .337 SLG, with a 68 wRC+. He makes hard contact less than a third of the time, and is still swinging at 42% of pitches outside of the zone, all while being a negative defensively. I think we made the right decision to go to Kiriloff/Arraez.
    16 points
  29. Good for MLB. I'm not going to bother going through a step by step discussion of SarasotaBill's post. Here's a link from the NYTImes that pretty effectively refutes all of those things. I know some pretty good lawyers who work exclusively on voting rights, including several at the ACLU. Every knowledgeable voice agree on the same thing - the law is designed to reduce the voting power of people of color. That really isn't surprising but it's worth remembering and saying out loud.
    16 points
  30. unfortunately, a foreign substance on the ball for Max Kepler would be the bat.
    16 points
  31. Nick, not Tom. I think you should keep expectations in check for a the 26th man on the roster. The hope is that he plays very little. Would say nothing about their ability to compete if he's on the roster compared to some other random bench piece. I don't know why you think he needs to make some dramatic improvement to become a .700 OPS guy given that he has a .750 OPS in the majors with his current approach. He's not going to become discerning and that's fine. Turtle in Spanish is la tortuga. It's not "using the feminine." It's how that language works. I spent far too many years pointless
    16 points
  32. The J.J. Hardy for Gomez trade was not such a bad trade. In the seven years following the trade, Hardy put up 17.3 WAR and Gomez put up 19.8 WAR of which 12.8 was in the 2 years of 2013 and 2014. Over his career Hardy had slightly better WAR 27 to Gomez's 24. All data is from fangraphs. The problem was trading after one year Hardy and Brendon Harris to Baltimore for and Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson.
    16 points
  33. jud6312

    Indians no more

    I can't believe people are actually taking issue with them changing their name or chalking it up to "PC culture." Get out of the 1950s - it's actually not that scary here in the present.
    16 points
  34. He earned his money, and we thank him for his contributions, but it's time to part ways.
    16 points
  35. The players are making a statement by not playing to draw attention to what they and many of their fellow citizens (myself included) see as injustice and on-going generations-old , systemic inequality. To affect change, as an early step awareness has to be raised and light needs to be directed at the problem. Bravo Minnesota Twins for their collective action.
    16 points
  36. Dale Murphy suggested that the Braves change to the Hammers in honor of Hank Aaron. I'd be all in favor of that.
    16 points
  37. 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
  38. 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
  39. Covid is no joke. It's not the flu or some ailment with predictable results. It's dangerous. It makes the rounds through people's bodies differently from person to person. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated for themselves and their fellow humans.
    15 points
  40. As bad as Colome was, I believe Rocco letting Shoemaker pitch to Trammell in the 6th was just about as bad a piece of managing as imaginable. And before anyone says "second guess," I said so at the time, on the game thread, before the HR. It was incredibly obvious. I already knew the bullpen isn't up to the task, so it's hard to get too upset about that. Colome's pitch to Seager might as well have been placed on a tee.
    15 points
  41. Before people start screaming about service time, let's all take a breath and remember that the kid has 4-5 ABs above AA to his name. It was always likely 50-50 he's really ready to assume an everyday role in LF on Opening Day. Let's be thankful this is 2021 and the organization has the depth to run out guys like Cave, Rooker, etc., until we know Kiriloff is 100% ready. Let's also be thankful that this team is positioned to once again make a run at an AL Central title and doesn't have the luxury of letting the kid learn on the job in the majors. The glass is far more than half full people.
    15 points
  42. Canterino sitting 97-98 with his fastball should move him up this list, probably to #3.
    15 points
  43. Maeda has pitched 25 times in the playoffs and has a 2.87 ERA. Jack Morris had a 3.80 career ERA in the playoffs. Just saying.
    15 points
  44. Thank you, TD staff, for reaching out to someone who has this kind of in-depth experience, to help us sort out fact from fiction.
    15 points
  45. Compared to what Marcus Semien got, this signing is a steal.
    15 points
  46. Every team makes moves like these every offseason...
    15 points
  47. Good luck signing Berrios to an extension after yanking him 75 pitches into a solid playoff performance. Both games could have been saved if the starter was allowed to go another inning and we didn't have to dig deeper into the bullpen in the 9th...
    15 points
  48. Buxton literally just makes this team wins by nothing more than just being in the lineup. My goodness is he crucial to the team doing anything.
    15 points
  49. Let’s remember some Bert-isms. Dick: “Today is national left handed day. And in honor of that, I’ve done everything today with my left hand.” Bert: “...everything?” Dick: “So did you ever run out of gas while on the mound?” Bert: “Oh I always had gas. My problem is that I never ran out.” Dick: “One of your nicknames was Dr. Hook. Was that because of your curveball!” Bert: “Probably...unless they saw me in the shower.” Dick: “Never have I wanted a Twins player to hit into an inning ending double play more than I do now.”
    15 points
  50. That’s fine, all other sports are doing the same. I did notice one of the other moderators locked a thread because he saw evidence of thinly veiled racism. Just because people disagree with whether or not the games should be played really has nothing to do with racism. The term is really thrown around freely these days. So much that it’s losing its meaning. And the message from the moderator on this site was this: If you disagree with what the players decide to do you must be a racist. Well, I disagree
    15 points
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