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  1. I was in the 70-79 wins, now am at 80-89 wins. I believe the pitching will be better. Sure, there are still some concerns about the rotation - but compare some of the veterans obtained this year (Archer, Paddack, Bundy) to last year (Happ, Shoemaker) - while still not top line, that's an improvement. Correa is a breath of fresh air in the clubhouse compared to Donaldson and more productive as well - both on offense and defense. Only item I am still holding my breath on is Buxton's health
  2. Having a ROY and MVP join your club that year (Ichiro) certainly helped ease the loss of Griffey.
  3. I have been convinced that if the order of teams he pitched for were reversed (Mets in his dominant years, Twins for that one no-hitter then the injuries) he would have been in, or at least on the ballot for all 10 years. That he wasn't elected isn't all that shocking, but that he didn't garner the required 5% the first year to stay on the ballot was a travesty. I have been mocked when I counter nay-sayers who say his time of dominance with Sandy Koufax. I never said Santana was as good as Koufax - my point is that Koufax had short period when he was by far the game's best pitcher and if that's enough for him, why wasn't it for Santana, especially when considering that there was much more hitting in the game during Santana's time than Koufax's.
  4. The defense is part of those "hot streaks" as well - both his hitting and his defense are maddeningly inconsistent. If the Braves win the NLCS, I would hate to be a Braves fan every time a ball would be hit to left field and have to hold my breath every time.
  5. He just found better PEDs in Boston than he did in Minnesota
  6. Sadly, there are many "experts" out there who will complain that the Twins, because they are so "cheap", didn't get this deal done.
  7. Until 2020, the New England Patriots. Also, sticking with baseball, a very close second to the Yankees would be the Red Sox.
  8. Something else to consider for his trade value: exactly what is his natural position? He was always going to be the Twins' 3B for at least a decade - then came the signing of Donaldson and he had to move to a new position, with struggles at first. Now, he's serviceable as a 1B, but enough that teams would want to trade for him? I don't think so. As for his streaks of brilliance, I equate him with that streaky shooting basketball player - when he's hot, keep feeding him, but once he goes cold, he becomes a liability.
  9. Even if Ryan's starts have been against the Cubs and Indians, what's wrong with enjoying his success? Yes, the hype has been in overdrive, but it's most likely because there's been little else to cheer about this season. Something else I like about his early success - it quiets the whiners who complained that the Twins didn't get any quality talent for Nelson Cruz.
  10. The only two on this list that bug me not being Twins are Pressley and Hendricks. Pressley, as one noted above, refused to make the same adjustment while with the Twins that he did on the Astros (some say the Twins wouldn't allow it, but I find that hard to believe) and that the Twins never gave Hendricks a true chance - imagine him instead of Colome as the closer...
  11. End result will still be the same - nothing close to a championship for either one. Only difference will be the team in red and blue disappointed us much earlier in their season than the one in purple, gold and white will.
  12. And Jupiter aligns with Mars... (although it is when the moon is in the 7th house...)
  13. While I realize it is only two games so far so we can't call Ryan a star or even a lock for the rotation in 2022, I would like to hear from all of those who were complaining that the Twins didn't acquire any "major league talent" (or similar snarky comments) for Nelson Cruz.
  14. Sorry, but even if Ryan turns out to be at least a serviceable starter (or better) AND if the Rays win the championship, no, the Twins didn't "fleece" the Rays. Not only is it too early to tell if Ryan will be good, it is also to early to determine if the price TB paid for Cruz was worth it, as they are going for it all this year. And I ask the same question here that I ask with every trade - why does every trade have to end with a "loser" and a "winner" like the games? What's wrong if both teams get what they wanted from a trade?
  15. While nothing to do with this article - does anyone else notice in the first picture that the fans in excellent seats are ALL paying attention to something else other than the game? Except maybe the two fans in the front row if the batted ball was hit toward left field. e
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