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    Aichiman reacted to h2oface in Revisiting the Shaun Anderson Trade   
    Well stated Cody Pirkl. I am not impressed, either.
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    Aichiman reacted to Mark G in Revisiting the Shaun Anderson Trade   
    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 image.  Well I, for one, have seen the image and I have no idea to this day what it is.  I have said one other time, we have 7 outfielders (counting all the injured), 4 catchers (counting Austidillo) and have switched around our infield every which way you can looking for something that fits.  And don't get me even thinking of the pitching staff (uuggggg).  There is too much talent on this roster for it to be looking this bad.  Quit juggling free agents, lineups, positions, and relief rotations and play your best players where they perform the best.  In the meantime, you have more than enough talent to trade for holes we need filled......NOT "prospects".
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    Aichiman got a reaction from KFEY93 in Game Recap: Yankees 9, Twins 6   
    I'm finished with this team.  I've followed them loyally since 1982, when I moved to Minneapolis.  And I left Minneapolis 23 years ago, but I still followed the Twins.  But I'm done; it's over.  This team will do nothing until ownership changes.  And I'm not willing to wait. I'm going back to my roots.  "Let's Go Mets!" will be my new/old mantra.  I'll use Trevor May to ease the transition.   I could say best of luck; but it'd be an empty gesture.  Instead, I invite you to follow my lead and dump this sorry franchise.
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    Aichiman reacted to Brock Beauchamp in The Baldelli narratives need to die   
    Oh boy...


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    Aichiman got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Game Recap: White Sox 16, Twins 4   
    Here's a quote from Rocco: "This is not OK. We all have to know that, acknowledge that, own it and do what we need to do going forward to make sure that this doesn’t persist, because it was hard. I mean, that was a hard game to get through."

    Well that ought to do the trick.  Thank God we didn't hire a crass guy like LaRussa,  At least in our dugout, everyone feels comfortable!
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from heresthething in Game Recap: White Sox 16, Twins 4   
    Here's a quote from Rocco: "This is not OK. We all have to know that, acknowledge that, own it and do what we need to do going forward to make sure that this doesn’t persist, because it was hard. I mean, that was a hard game to get through."

    Well that ought to do the trick.  Thank God we didn't hire a crass guy like LaRussa,  At least in our dugout, everyone feels comfortable!
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from mikelink45 in Game Recap: White Sox 16, Twins 4   
    Here's a quote from Rocco: "This is not OK. We all have to know that, acknowledge that, own it and do what we need to do going forward to make sure that this doesn’t persist, because it was hard. I mean, that was a hard game to get through."

    Well that ought to do the trick.  Thank God we didn't hire a crass guy like LaRussa,  At least in our dugout, everyone feels comfortable!
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Game Recap: White Sox 16, Twins 4   
    Here's a quote from Rocco: "This is not OK. We all have to know that, acknowledge that, own it and do what we need to do going forward to make sure that this doesn’t persist, because it was hard. I mean, that was a hard game to get through."

    Well that ought to do the trick.  Thank God we didn't hire a crass guy like LaRussa,  At least in our dugout, everyone feels comfortable!
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from peterb18 in Therapy Through Writing: Navigating Through the Twins First Two Weeks   
    The problem with the Twins starts and ends at the top, with the owners.  Imho, they don’t know what they’re doing.  Their thinking seems so simplistic, so black and white: new is good; old is bad.  They follow the latest trends and dump everything from the past, even ideas and techniques that have proven, over time, to work.  Take our manager, for example.  Endorsed (blessed) by Korn Ferry, he embodies all the attributes of the new modern manager as dreamed up by the new modern progressive thinkers.  But this ideal, completely ignores the real human element and group dynamics of an all-male professional baseball team.
     
    Academically and politically, Rocco checks all the boxes. He loves the new technology, and like a Wall Street quant with his advanced algorithms, he puts unquestioning faith into the numbers it produces.  He boasts about how much he cares and empathizes with his players.  Catering to all their needs, he treads ever so carefully to protect them from injury and make them “feel comfortable.”   And he takes great pride in his even temperament.  I don’t know if he’s ever been thrown out of a game.  Maybe once; but I’ve never seen him blow up. 
     
    Unlike the old-school managers, like Earl Weaver, Sparky Anderson, and the current skipper of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona, who rarely minced words—or tantrums—our guy never gives a straight answer to anything.  So as not to offend, he chooses his words with excruciating carefulness, and he hedges and dodges like a politician.  And don’t even get me started on his predilection for raising the pitch of his voice at the end of sentences, making every statement sound like a question, as if he’s unsure about what he had just said.  To me, Rocco is the poster boy of the modern detoxified American male. He’s better suited to run the human resources department at a NPO than to manage a group of professional male athletes.  Perhaps he's good for an occasional moral victory, but a real championship? Fuhgeddaboudit.
     
    Now, I don’t mean to be pounding solely on poor Rocco because in all honesty, it’s not his fault; it’s the owner’s fault for hiring him.  And it’s the owner’s fault for hiring Korn Ferry to conduct the managerial search in the first place.  And it’s the owner’s fault for giving the go ahead to erase their own history by throwing Calvin under the bus to support (or appease) the BLM.  It follows the same pattern: “out with the old, and in with the new” with little indication of thoughtful deliberation or any kind of nod to nuance, ambiguity, or uncertainty. 

    Outside the occasional Central Division Championship, I don’t think this team has a chance to win anything of consequence as long the current owners remain the current owners.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from PDX Twin in Therapy Through Writing: Navigating Through the Twins First Two Weeks   
    The problem with the Twins starts and ends at the top, with the owners.  Imho, they don’t know what they’re doing.  Their thinking seems so simplistic, so black and white: new is good; old is bad.  They follow the latest trends and dump everything from the past, even ideas and techniques that have proven, over time, to work.  Take our manager, for example.  Endorsed (blessed) by Korn Ferry, he embodies all the attributes of the new modern manager as dreamed up by the new modern progressive thinkers.  But this ideal, completely ignores the real human element and group dynamics of an all-male professional baseball team.
     
    Academically and politically, Rocco checks all the boxes. He loves the new technology, and like a Wall Street quant with his advanced algorithms, he puts unquestioning faith into the numbers it produces.  He boasts about how much he cares and empathizes with his players.  Catering to all their needs, he treads ever so carefully to protect them from injury and make them “feel comfortable.”   And he takes great pride in his even temperament.  I don’t know if he’s ever been thrown out of a game.  Maybe once; but I’ve never seen him blow up. 
     
    Unlike the old-school managers, like Earl Weaver, Sparky Anderson, and the current skipper of the Cleveland Indians, Terry Francona, who rarely minced words—or tantrums—our guy never gives a straight answer to anything.  So as not to offend, he chooses his words with excruciating carefulness, and he hedges and dodges like a politician.  And don’t even get me started on his predilection for raising the pitch of his voice at the end of sentences, making every statement sound like a question, as if he’s unsure about what he had just said.  To me, Rocco is the poster boy of the modern detoxified American male. He’s better suited to run the human resources department at a NPO than to manage a group of professional male athletes.  Perhaps he's good for an occasional moral victory, but a real championship? Fuhgeddaboudit.
     
    Now, I don’t mean to be pounding solely on poor Rocco because in all honesty, it’s not his fault; it’s the owner’s fault for hiring him.  And it’s the owner’s fault for hiring Korn Ferry to conduct the managerial search in the first place.  And it’s the owner’s fault for giving the go ahead to erase their own history by throwing Calvin under the bus to support (or appease) the BLM.  It follows the same pattern: “out with the old, and in with the new” with little indication of thoughtful deliberation or any kind of nod to nuance, ambiguity, or uncertainty. 

    Outside the occasional Central Division Championship, I don’t think this team has a chance to win anything of consequence as long the current owners remain the current owners.
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    Aichiman reacted to Cap'n Piranha in Notebook: Twins-Red Sox Series Opener Postponed   
    It's political because it clearly assumes a specific narrative.  After all, the game would not have been cancelled had this incident not occurred, even though 2 other people also died in gunfire last night.  Why does the death of this individual, mentioned by name in the press release, matter more than the death of those two other individuals, to the point of warranting postponement of regularly scheduled events?  The answer is clearly because it's assumed that a white cop gunned down a black person for little/no reason whatsoever, a conclusion that (although possible) can't possibly be drawn right now.
     
    As such, the Twins organization is supporting a specific narrative that millions disagree with, and has largely metastasized along party lines--it is clear which side of the line the Twins have chosen to be on, as is their right as an organization.  That said, it is political, and a non-political path could easily have been taken, for example if the release was something along the lines of the below;
     
    "The Minnesota Twins are aware of an incident between an office of the law and a citizen that ended in the citizen's death.  We are further aware of reactions to this incident, as well as the ongoing trial of Derek Chauvin, that we believe have created an unsafe environment for our players, staff, and fans.  We urge everyone to demonstrate respect for the justice system, and to allow a full investigation of the incident to be conducted before any conclusions are formed."
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    Aichiman reacted to AZTwin in Notebook: Twins-Red Sox Series Opener Postponed   
    These statements make it seem like it was a political choice 1st and a safety issue 2nd. Getting old and making the product unwatchable. Just cancel the season already
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    Aichiman got a reaction from D.C Twins in Why You Should Believe in Buck   
    Please Twins, don't give him a post-MVP-season Joe Mauer type contract. The money Buxton is going to command is too much and the injury risk is too great. Either let it ride out for this year and next, or trade him next year and get something in return.  We've got Celestino primed and ready to take over full-time in two years.  He probably won't be as good as Buck; but the bucks saved will certainly work to make the team better.
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from denarded in Why You Should Believe in Buck   
    Please Twins, don't give him a post-MVP-season Joe Mauer type contract. The money Buxton is going to command is too much and the injury risk is too great. Either let it ride out for this year and next, or trade him next year and get something in return.  We've got Celestino primed and ready to take over full-time in two years.  He probably won't be as good as Buck; but the bucks saved will certainly work to make the team better.
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from TL in Why You Should Believe in Buck   
    Please Twins, don't give him a post-MVP-season Joe Mauer type contract. The money Buxton is going to command is too much and the injury risk is too great. Either let it ride out for this year and next, or trade him next year and get something in return.  We've got Celestino primed and ready to take over full-time in two years.  He probably won't be as good as Buck; but the bucks saved will certainly work to make the team better.
     
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    Aichiman reacted to Dman in MIN 10, SEA 2: Twins Treat Returning Fans With Dominant Victory   
    Pretty much everyone with a hit tonight even Sano so not much to complain about there.  Buxton was in the 4 spot and hit one out.  I can't believe I am saying this but I like him in that spot.  I used to cringe when he came to bat and now I can't wait to see him up there.  I know we have a long ways to go but I am loving Simmons eye at the plate and his bat.  His offense has been a much needed boost early this year.
     
    Astudillo with another hit to get to a 500 BA.  He looks better at the plate this year.  Garlick has looked much better than Rooker at the plate and much more productive as well. Arraez and Garver with HR's it was a good night for the bats.
     
    Berrios pitched well but man they scorched some of his balls. He gives up a lot of hard contact but he did get 8 K's and almost made it 6 innings. Alcala was efficient with a 9 pitch inning but gave up hard contact as well.  Waddell got to debut under favorable conditions with an 8 run lead.  He looked a little shaky at times but he got the job done without giving up any runs.
     
    A fun home opener to watch and if this team continues to hit well and hit for power they could be pretty scary. I can get used to games like this. Next up is Pineda and hopefully the bats carry over the momentum to the weekend.  
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    Aichiman reacted to VivaBomboRivera! in MIN 10, SEA 2: Twins Treat Returning Fans With Dominant Victory   
    Governor Walz has announced that the whinging and the hand-wringing can stop now (even though it was just the Mariners).
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    Aichiman reacted to nicksaviking in Looks like Waddell is on the 40 man   
    If there's one thing this organization is good at, it seems to be turning nobody relievers into very useful bullpen pieces. I'm not sure if that guy will be Waddell, but I'd guess the odds are that one of their three waiver claimed relievers ends up being pretty good this year.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from mikelink45 in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    I couldn't have said it better.  Our manager is not a leader.  He's got no fire.
     
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    Aichiman got a reaction from glunn in Willians Astudillo Might Be Here to Stay   
    The intangibles: the heart, the soul, the smile, the heft, the Turtle!  He's our mascot.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Willians Astudillo Might Be Here to Stay   
    The intangibles: the heart, the soul, the smile, the heft, the Turtle!  He's our mascot.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from PDX Twin in Willians Astudillo Might Be Here to Stay   
    The intangibles: the heart, the soul, the smile, the heft, the Turtle!  He's our mascot.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Willians Astudillo Might Be Here to Stay   
    The intangibles: the heart, the soul, the smile, the heft, the Turtle!  He's our mascot.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from JDubs in Willians Astudillo Might Be Here to Stay   
    The intangibles: the heart, the soul, the smile, the heft, the Turtle!  He's our mascot.
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    Aichiman got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Willians Astudillo Might Be Here to Stay   
    The intangibles: the heart, the soul, the smile, the heft, the Turtle!  He's our mascot.
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