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    whatyouknowtwinsfan got a reaction from bighat in The Best Third Baseman in Minnesota Twins History   
    Thanks for sharing. I find the 2007/2008/2009 Twins to be interesting. One of my favorites on those teams was Brian Buscher....... Never really was given a chance but was a decent player. He was a career .266/.343/.356 (.699 ops 8 HR/69 RBI/89 ops+) He was the definition of league average/replacement level, but put up a 0.5 WAR across 164 games. I find it odd given his average performance he was one of my favorites, yet I enjoyed watching him play. Probably would have been a better 1st baseman, but we had a good one at that time.....
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan got a reaction from howieramone2 in A Final Plea For The Signing Of Craig Kimbrel   
    I'm right there with you! I think this would be a great move and doing it now forces Chicago and Cleveland to respond. It also forces Philly to play their hand for Harper (which means no Harper in Chicago) because their back ups are very clearly Keuchel and Kimbrel now. If someone swipes Harper, it all but guarantees at least Keuchel or Kimbrel goes to Philly with the other going to Atlanta in response OR both of them ending up in Philly. In addition to being good strategically, it's just a smart baseball move. 
     
    Think of this bullpen:
    Kimbrel
    Trevor May
    Taylor Rogers
    Fernando Romero
    Trevor Hildenberger
    Addison Reed
    Adalberto Mejia
     
    I think that bullpen isn't only good, I think it's top 5 in the AL and I argue it's 100% better than Cleveland's. I would argue it's better than Boston's, and right up there with Houston's. Think of Kimbrel, Romero, May, and Rogers at the end of a game. GOOD LUCK! It'd be a death wish if you got 6 good innings out of our starters which I think is more than possible. Kimbrel makes the bullpen better and deeper, shortens games, and makes you instantly competitive with the big boys in the AL in terms of bullpen. 
     
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan got a reaction from mikelink45 in The Best Third Baseman in Minnesota Twins History   
    Thanks for sharing. I find the 2007/2008/2009 Twins to be interesting. One of my favorites on those teams was Brian Buscher....... Never really was given a chance but was a decent player. He was a career .266/.343/.356 (.699 ops 8 HR/69 RBI/89 ops+) He was the definition of league average/replacement level, but put up a 0.5 WAR across 164 games. I find it odd given his average performance he was one of my favorites, yet I enjoyed watching him play. Probably would have been a better 1st baseman, but we had a good one at that time.....
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan reacted to howieramone2 in Next Man Up on the Bump   
    I'm guessing Thorpe is the one who rises to the top. We have a ton of flexibility. If we can't keep Thorpe down on the farm, it will be painless to DFA Perez. On the relief side, same with Parker. Neither one is a Hughes type deal, where we need to find, as some unnamed GM was quoted as saying, an insane GM.
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan got a reaction from Philip Burfeind in 2019 Minnesota Twins TV Analyst Conundrum   
    If he wasn't a special assistant for the White Sox or on MLB Network, I think he'd be great, not sure I see that happening.
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Our managers - the Twins through history   
    Great article. I enjoyed reading about the history surrounding a lot of these guys. I think managers get too much credit when they succeed and not enough credit when they fail. Additionally, the staff they have plays almost as much of a role as the manager does in making a decision late in a game. Injuries happen if you don't have good trainers or doctors. If you don't have a good 3B coach, you could be giving away outs at home. A manager is good because they make the right choices based an what the numbers say, but also because they trust their players to succeed in a given situation. It should be expected they have a staff they can trust because the manager can't always handle the problems of 25 different players. For example, Tom Brunansky played a major role in Brian Dozier's success in a way that Gardy or Molitor may not have been able to. All of these guys had their flaws and so will Baldelli, but that's why it's so key to play the game. Analytics help you make ideal decisions, but they're worthless if the players and coaches don't buy in. 
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan got a reaction from mikelink45 in Our managers - the Twins through history   
    Great article. I enjoyed reading about the history surrounding a lot of these guys. I think managers get too much credit when they succeed and not enough credit when they fail. Additionally, the staff they have plays almost as much of a role as the manager does in making a decision late in a game. Injuries happen if you don't have good trainers or doctors. If you don't have a good 3B coach, you could be giving away outs at home. A manager is good because they make the right choices based an what the numbers say, but also because they trust their players to succeed in a given situation. It should be expected they have a staff they can trust because the manager can't always handle the problems of 25 different players. For example, Tom Brunansky played a major role in Brian Dozier's success in a way that Gardy or Molitor may not have been able to. All of these guys had their flaws and so will Baldelli, but that's why it's so key to play the game. Analytics help you make ideal decisions, but they're worthless if the players and coaches don't buy in. 
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    whatyouknowtwinsfan reacted to DocBauer in 2019 Minnesota Twins TV Analyst Conundrum   
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