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    dex8425 got a reaction from Karbo in If Selig Is In, They Should All Get In   
    I appreciate that you drew a line between serving a suspension and, well, everyone else, who has varying levels of suspicion. I don't think the writers intended the character clause to be used to keep out players with poor, questionable, or unpopular off-field choices or worldviews. That said, if you cheated on the field, that's a fair line to draw. 
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    dex8425 reacted to DJL44 in Gardenhire, Gladden, and Tovar to Twins Hall of Fame   
    Radke was inducted in 2009. Allison was inducted in 2003.
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    dex8425 reacted to mk in Remaining free agents - are the Twins in?   
    I read that article and had the same thoughts. It's obvious the author doesn't think about the Twins needs/payroll as much as anyone on this message board. Rather, I'm guessing the teams listed had more to do with tags to get clicks from larger market readers.
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    dex8425 reacted to old nurse in Rosenthal out at MLBN   
    His contract was not renewed. The timing was due to whenever he started with yearly contracts
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    dex8425 reacted to notoriousgod71 in Rosenthal out at MLBN   
    I always respected mlbn for being allowed to criticize mlb but I guess those days are over. Tow the company line, fellas.
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    dex8425 reacted to Sconnie in How are you passing the offseason abyss?   
    Plenty of winter left!
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    dex8425 reacted to GNess in Note to Falvine: Please DON'T Make a Trade This Offseason   
    Acquiring a proven, solid starting pitcher with at least two seasons of control for a few prospects is not that risky.
    It gives the team a better chance to contend in 2022 and play meaningful games after the All-Star break. Those meaningful games would be hugely important in the development of the prospects still on the Twins. Then in 2023 said starting pitcher holds down a key spot in the rotation for an even better team.
    Yes, this presupposes the Twins can score enough runs and pitch out of the pen reasonably well - based mostly on the present roster. (Figuring they will add an arm or two to the pen) If you except this premise as possible the Twins almost have to make at least one big move for a SP.
    It would be riskier to do nothing.
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    dex8425 got a reaction from Sconnie in Royce Lewis: Trade Chip?   
    Oh, should have been more clear. I was referring to when you said the last time he played was in summer of 2019, which technically isn't true because he played in the AFL and then ST the next year. No, I don't think he's ready, and he may not be a regular until 2023. But he has the dedication and tools to eventually play every day SS in the bigs. His plate discipline and approach is not exactly refined yet but neither was Buxton's until 2020. 
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    dex8425 got a reaction from lukeduke1980 in Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?   
    For me, his case isn't crystal clear even if you remove the PED tag. Only 55 WAR, and primarily DH. Only other primary DH in the HOF is Edgar, who has 68 WAR and also started his career late.
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    dex8425 got a reaction from Sconnie in What Player Made You Fall in Love With the Twins?   
    Doug Mientkiewicz was easily my favorite player growing up. 
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    dex8425 reacted to Vanimal46 in Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer?   
    If you think there has been an era in baseball where “cheaters” didn’t exist, I have ocean front property in Kansas to sell to you. 
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    dex8425 reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    The Brewers scored six runs in four games. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what you're getting at here but how is that series win not the result of hitting, or lack thereof?
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    dex8425 reacted to chpettit19 in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    Bad pitching is still bad pitching. That will never change. But the role starters play in MLB has changed drastically over the last 5+ years. And the Twins are talking about possibly being even more dramatic with their approach to pitching in 2022. 
    I mean if you want to get into it, the quote is actually "momentum is only as good as the next day's starter" and it was Jim Leyland quoting Earl Weaver back in 1985. In 1985 Bert Blyleven lead the AL in innings pitched at 293. In 2021 Robbie Ray lead the AL in innings pitched at 193. Oakland had their starters throw 892 innings in 2021. That lead the league in 2021. That is good for the 828th most innings by starters since 1985. Out of 1068 team seasons. Houston was second at 878 innings good for 877 out of 1068. If you take out the 86 team seasons from the 94, 95, and 2020 strike and covid shortened seasons there were only 982 team seasons. So the team with the absolute most innings pitched by starters in 2021 was good for 828th out of 982 seasons.
    All I'm saying is the game isn't played the same and starters don't matter like they used to. Especially in the playoffs. Which was brought up in the debate (difference between 162 and the playoffs). Teams are smarter and more creative and can find their way around a bad starter. The quote isn't as relevant anymore.
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    dex8425 reacted to chpettit19 in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    The debaters coming at things from 2 different perspectives lead to some good conclusions. And people in the thread have added to it. There's a big difference between the regular season and playoff pitching staffs. To the point that Roger's quote of TK is now less relevant than anytime in the history of the sport. I don't have the numbers in front of me right now, but I know the Astros were averaging about 3 innings a game from their starters for most of the postseason. And that wasn't because they were using relievers as starters. They were using their regular starters and still couldn't get through 4 innings, yet almost won the World Series.
    Front offices have realized you need 25 arms to get you through 162, but then you need 6 or 7 to get you through the postseason. Those aren't exact numbers, but with extra off days in the playoffs you can use your elite bullpen arms every game so don't need a full 13 man staff.
    I voted that building a strong offense is more important because you need both pitching and hitting to survive 162 games (ask Jacob deGrom how elite pitching with no hitting goes for winning games), but you can scheme your way to good pitching in the playoffs when you can get away with using so few guys. Or you can be Dave Roberts and scheme your way out of elite pitching by using your elite starters as relievers, but that also goes to show that you can use strategy to affect your pitching outcomes in the postseason. But if you have a Brewers-esque lineup of guys who just aren't that good of hitters you can't scheme your way to better results so easily.
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    dex8425 got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Royce Lewis: Trade Chip?   
    Oh, should have been more clear. I was referring to when you said the last time he played was in summer of 2019, which technically isn't true because he played in the AFL and then ST the next year. No, I don't think he's ready, and he may not be a regular until 2023. But he has the dedication and tools to eventually play every day SS in the bigs. His plate discipline and approach is not exactly refined yet but neither was Buxton's until 2020. 
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    dex8425 reacted to LA VIkes Fan in The Twins Probably Need an Outfielder. What's Available?   
    Thanks for the article. Well thought out and it's got to be tough to put out content in a lockout. Having said that, the choices in our price range - Yuck. No reason not to have Kirilloff play LF with Sano at 1B, Donaldson at 3B and all of them rotating through the DH spot with Arraez.  Larnach and Rooker start in AAA and if, and only if, one comes up big there he gets a call up. Same with Contreras. Celestino is the 4th OF. Miranda has played some OF in AAA. If he looks good in ST, he gets a shot. Same for Martin if he looks ready. By the way, we need a spot for Arraez to play. He's not horrible in LF and with Buxton in CF and Kepler in RF we can stand a "not horrible" LF. 
    My point is there's no need to go out and get a mediocre vet to play LF given our internal options, and the good ones are out of our price range. Stand pat on the OF.  If we want to spend money on a position player, spend it on a SS. Better result -  spend the money on Rondon and/or trade for Montas/Bassitt/Lopez and spend the money on a contract extension .  
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    dex8425 reacted to old nurse in The Twins Probably Need an Outfielder. What's Available?   
    A club depends on a steady stream of new talent coming up. Despite a rocky 2021 that talent is Kiriloff, Larnach, Rooker and Celeatino.  You could even add Contrera, Martin and late in the season Lewis to that mix.  Utility players like Gordon and Arraez can be the 4th, Outfielders or 1B is well covered. A steady starter, an interim SS, shutdown relievers ate more pressing needs short term. The trade of am OF for a starter shifts the paradigm, but that is no certainty of happening. 
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    dex8425 got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in HOF controversy revisited   
    I hate cheaters too, but how do you define cheaters? Bonds and Clemens never failed a drug test. Clemens trainer (who had reason to lie) says he used. Clemens says he didn't.
    Is suspicion enough to keep someone out of the HOF? Apparently not, because Pudge and Bagwell and Piazza are in already.  The real reason Clemens and Bonds and Schilling and Sosa and Kevin Brown aren't in is because they aren't well-liked. I hate how the character clause is used to keep players out who weren't well liked.  The character clause should be used as a push, not a bar for entry.
    I'm fine with keeping players who failed a drug test or were suspended by the MLB out of the HOF. So, no A-rod, Manny Ramirez, or Nelson Cruz.  
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    dex8425 reacted to Major League Ready in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    I would not call the change to service time drastic but it's certainly enough to be impactful.  The result is that the biggest markets would get the biggest starts another year earlier.  They also asked for a hundred million dollar reduction in revenue sharing.  This combination would be pretty devastating to small markers and eventually baseball as a whole.  The better solution is a salary floor and lottery.  It's far from perfect but much better than widening the already giant disparity between the largest and smallest revenue markets.
    There is an opportunity to funnel the difference between the floor and spending to players.  Again, this is not huge but an incremental gain.  I would suggest distributing at least part of those funds to prearb players.
     
     
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    dex8425 reacted to mnfireman in Would you sign Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $5m contract?   
    So when did they start letting posts go into politics (vaccinations). I've seen threads get shut down for less, but now its the admins and moderators going against community standards so it must be OK.
    Like the guy or don't like guy, that's fine. Keep the politics out of it. 
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    dex8425 reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Would you sign Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $5m contract?   
    The Twins should have so much money available that $5m to Simmons shouldn't change their pitching plans, though.
    After Polanco's monstrous 2021 campaign at second, I think it's foolish to even consider him at short in 2022, especially considering how bad he is at playing the position now.
    The Twins need a shortstop. I'm not sure Simmons is the guy but they need a shortstop and they don't have one. Neither Gordon nor Polanco are really legitimate options as MLB shortstops, or at least the Twins are convinced of that being the case.
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    dex8425 reacted to Mark G in Local Man Angrier at Millionaires than Billionaires   
    Seems to me that the article is saying that if you don't think like RandBalls Stu you are an ignorant rube.  Just kidding.........sort of.  I accept that I am in the minority here, but I can see Browne's point.  The owners may be filthy rich and out of touch with you and I, but they are trying to run a business.  Aren't the players the first to say that sure, it's a game, but it is business for them in the financial realm and the union sure considers this business.  The difference is that the owners put the money out on the table when they purchase the franchise, and take the financial risks every year to either make a profit or lose money.  The players receive money from the first day they sign a contract to the last paycheck of their career; they put no money into the business or the team they are playing for.  The players on major league rosters are paid very well for their services.  What I would like to see is the minor league players get a crap ton more than they are getting now.  They keep the organization running just as much as the major leaguers do, and should be rewarded as well.  But if you or I were to shell out more than a billion dollars to buy a team, we would want to have control over our business too.  The players have to remember they are employees; they are not partners.  If they want to be partners they need to pony up the investment.  Other than that, I do hope they get better benefits, especially the minor leaguers.  
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    dex8425 reacted to howeda7 in Ranking the Top-5 Remaining Free Agent Starting Pitchers   
    I have a huge issue with not even trying in 2022. Especially if there are going to be 12 or 14 play-off teams. This offense is good enough to get a play-off spot and you are wasting a prime year of Buxton, Polanco etc. and the last year of Donaldson. The unwillingness of the front office to be aggressive in pursuit of pitching is maddening.
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    dex8425 reacted to Rosterman in Ranking the Top-5 Remaining Free Agent Starting Pitchers   
    I would've done the 3-year contract the Cubs gave Stroman in a heartbeat. What gives with the Twins!
     
    Hey, Jon Lester is available, right? As well as Matt Shoemaker, Homer Bailey and Vance Worley!
     
    Heck, I would've been overjoyed if the Twins had again signed Rich Hill with the way things are going!
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    dex8425 reacted to Major League Ready in How much did MLB players make?   
    I sure hope they don't budge on team control.  The big markets already have a huge advantage and shortening team control would hurt our team and several others and the game itself.  Why would any Twins fan want shorter control?   
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