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  1. It will be interesting to see how Eddie does in these last 1 or 2 games since the Series is now basically even because the Braves do not want a game 7. No matter, I am sure he will always remember the 2021 season as one that took a nice turn for the better in his career.
  2. Being a hitting coach in the Major Leagues is like a pilot with a private license and a piper cub teaching Chuck Yeager how to fly a supersonic jet. All you have to do is nothing if the player is hot and say "you're due" if he is in a slump. If the offense goes in the tank it gives the brass someone to fire. Remember that 90% of baseball is half mental as some random Hall of Fame catcher once said.
  3. I actually had 4 years of Spanish in high school and 2 more after that but now my vocabulary is shot. I certainly was not being critical and last night he did it again quite possibly keeping the Braves from a game 7 against Sherzer. Easy NlCS MVP.
  4. Oops. Can't believe its been that long since Gardy days.
  5. These are the playoffs and Astros won that game pretty handily so not a bad idea to give the pen rest for the game(s) ahead. It did seem that Rocco had a very short leash on his starters in many games this season and what could have been wrong with letting them try to work out of some trouble. Many games the Twins box score looked more like a football roster than baseball. I think Rocco thinks he can manage his way to a victory. The record kind of refutes that unless he managed the home runs in 2019.
  6. My apologies to Eddie and Ron. Glad you pointed that out. Right now Braves fans could not care less if he gave his interviews in Pig Latin. As Teddy Roosevelt said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick.". I hope he doesn't break that bat that he has become so fond of. If he does, maybe the bat boy has made him another one.
  7. How about Eddie last night. 4-4, 2 homers, game icing 3 run homer in 9th. Eddie said when he hit the second homer needing a double for the cycle, there goes the double. I am surprised he still interviews through a translator. Didn't Gardenhire teach him English?
  8. All I know is that whatever moves are suggested by the would be GMs on this board, the Twins group of researchers will study their spread sheets and do none of the above. Probably sign another "framing" catcher and say "Now the entire pitching staff will improve because the square root of pitches framed and called strikes x pie with a factor of 3x the left fielders ops = 20 more wins depending on which ball parks they occur in.
  9. Last night was a joy to watch and that slide was amazing never mind the walk off hit.
  10. That is coming up with some names for sure. Red of course went on to manage. O'Connel I flat have no recollection. Chuck Cottier and Felix were classic good field (if that) no hit. Definitely a weak spot with Del Crandal, Johnny Logan and Joe Adcock rounding out a hard hitting infield/catcher.
  11. I think the performance level has little to do with metrics and a whole lot to do with athletes in all sports today being bigger, faster, stronger. Plus the days of showing up for an afternoon game with a hangover are long gone. Reminds me of the Mantle story when he showed up at game time totally wasted not planning to play that day but did have to pinch hit. Hit about a 500 foot home run and had no idea how.
  12. I am suggesting that I am having some fun with this. I do have the opinion that all of this reliance on ....metrics garBAGE has gone way too far and overall has not been beneficial to the game or acquiring the best baseball players.
  13. I know it does no good to dwell in the past. My main point is that I was glad to see Eddie in that situation. When Acuna returns to the Braves Eddie will probably be on his way to another team; that team being not the Twins. I do hope he sticks another year with the Braves. The Braves are my favorite NL team. Guess why? It is because when I was a kid they defeated the hated Yankees in the 1957 World Series and had a 3-1 lead in the 58 Series but managed to lose. Those were some teams with Aaron, Matthews, Spahn and the rest.
  14. Great to see Eddie Rosario come through with a big hit for the Braves yesterday and be with a team capable of actually winning a playoff series. Letting him go along with blowing up the pitching staff has the Twins where they are. I can hear the chuckles now; fine. There was something about Rosario in left, Buxton (when available) in center and Kepler in right that just seemed to work. Now the outfield is the result of throwing darts with players names at an outfield on the wall.
  15. I looked further and noticed that they no longer have any scouting positions on their org chart. The head of research position requires a masters in sabermetrics and proven ability to evaluate talent (or not) without ever seeing the player. Only rows and columns of numbers are available for making evaluation decisions. Previous experience necessary does not include having played the game or being knowledgeable about the game in general.
  16. Out of a 162 game season all they needed was 21 more wins to get the Central. This team had the ability to win that many more games but did not because they didn't play like winners (see Tampa, St. Louis) but rather just showed up and played, looked at the scoreboard, went home or to the hotel. Different manager with the same squad would have won those 21 games. Baseball is not an analytics project. It is a hard nosed, refuse to lose game. Please don't bring up 2019 and 2020. The Yankees play off results say it all about those seasons. All Twins should be required to watch the Red Sox - Yankees tonight and see how the Sox handle the situation. Not like the proverbial deer in the headlights.
  17. At least the owner dodged a bullet unless I missed a post. The team has simply declined across the board compared to the past 2 years when the expectations were that they might even take another step forward. Losing leads to blame and winning leads to credit period. If the win loss numbers were reversed the pie charts would reflect the apportionment of credit. Simply put the FO has put an overall less talented team on the field that has been poorly managed and coached and unable to stay healthy. Better luck next year. Don't forget trading away their best pitcher and immediately saying they need better pitching. By the way, it is fair to say that Jorge Polanco and now I will say Miguel Sano have shown that it is possible to just show up every day and play ball through it all.
  18. Per Brock Beauchamp "........But really, ownership across baseball is pretty rotten. ......." Not just baseball. Many pro sports owners seem to regard owning a "major league" franchise as simply another diversion to go with yachts and jets. The huge amounts of money now involved have totally distorted the simple mission of winning games whatever the game is. The win loss record is now nothing but a by product of huge bureaucracies and varying interests that go way beyond what takes place on the field. By the way, Sano played a great first base last night in the second game and I liked Pyrzensky's (sp) commentary. Need a couple like him on the team now.
  19. The Falvey/Levine/Baldelli Twins ARE now 63-81 thanks to yesterday's debacle highlighted by BS Colome a Falvine-Levine trade mark. Today 2 against the Indians. I wonder what the new Twins ARE will be. Really don't understand all of this historical analysis. I remember the 1959 Senators who gave the Yankees fits. Evidently that hasn't carried over and yesterday's blown 5-0 lead says more about this team and management than going back 4 or 5 years can ever do.
  20. Yankees one game out in the WC race. They are the tight team. Just play loose and win.
  21. This thread is all over the place deep in the weeds. As Bill Parcells said, "You are what you are." End of story. The Twins "are" 63-80, .441 well into the Falvey - Levine era. Going back and making comparisons does no good. This team is theirs and theirs alone and they clearly have made a bunch of incorrect evaluations. Maybe as Ron Gardenhire once famously said, "I (in this case "they") know nothing about pitching". I will say that when they set the record for home runs in 2019 and 2020 when they played the easiest schedule in the history of MLB were clearly aberrations. Their playoff results, or lack thereof, were proof of that.
  22. Let me make this perfectly clear. I hope Ryan is a mainstay for the Twins' staff long after Cruz has hung up his cleats. The Odorizzi trade, be assured, is nothing over which Rays brass has lost a second of sleep and if the Twins' pr department wants to highlight that as showing the brilliance of the FO staff, so be it. Meanwhile, how about a sweep of the Indians tonight and go for those 75 wins as a springboard for 2022.
  23. As far as Ryan is concerned, I was paraphrasing the Twins Daily post. They must think that Ryan is still in the minors and averages just over 90mph. I did think that Ryan was on the Twins roster and I do hope he does well tonight. Meanwhile, Cruz is on fire with the Rays so the "fleeced" aspect is bogus. As far as Odorizzi is concerned, I repeat what good did he do them and Twins obviously thought the same as Tampa. This year 6-7 4.28 era. Hardly a fleece job. I just thought the TD post was a feeble attempt to shed some positive light on a mediocre at best Twins FO just as this thread was active.
  24. Twins Daily just came out with a hilarious cya, "Did Twins fleece Tampa twice?" One was getting Odorizzi. Qustion, where is Odorizzi now and what good did he do them? Second was getting Ryan for Cruz. Cruz hit a tying home run for Tampa yesterday who went on to beat the Red Sox. Ryan is kicking around in the minor leagues with his 90mph fast ball so he had better be another Greg Maddox. Tampa is in first place. Twins are in last place. One of the worst cya..s I have ever seen.
  25. A classic example is the Washington Nats who traded their best pitcher to the Dodgers and can't keep their second best pitcher healthy. Yesterday they paraded a bunch of relievers out against the Mets and they all were bringing it a 95-100mph. Never heard of any of them. Where did they come from? Ask their FO. Any more the game is not about the players. Its about Rizzo vs Falvey.
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