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  1. I've said this for years and will continue to do so - I always defended the departure of Ortiz. He was not going to be the player he became in Boston because a) he wasn't well liked by Kelly and coaching staff, b) the styles of developing and using players between the two franchises was very different and c) Ortiz found better PEDs in Boston. I know many go crazy when I say C but c'mon was he really that different than Bonds, Clemens, Pudge Rodriguez and others? He just was so well liked by media and fans that he was a "good guy" and therefore clean whereas the poor personalities of Bonds and Clemens in comparisons cost them PR, which meant HOF support.
  2. I do wish there would be some let-up on the constant criticism of Buxton's injury history. For example, the reason he is currently on the IL - a broken hand when hit by a pitch. Now, would any other player be criticized for being too fragile for an injury like that? Maybe Donaldson, but for anyone else that would just be bad luck or timing. But no, because its Buxton, he's fragile. Or his crashes into the wall - if he doesn't try to catch those, then he's criticized for not trying. I am not trying to minimize the frequency of these injuries, but if he wasn't so "fragile", he would be criticized for being "soft"
  3. "It's hard to win a trade with the Rays." - I absolutely HATE statements like this. Why is it so important to "win" a trade? Why can't a trade work out well for BOTH teams? Okay, with that off my chest, now about the article. The three reasons to love it far outweigh the reasons to hate it - all three "love it" are about improving the team while two of the three "hate it" are about emotion. Yes, Nellie was loved by all but there is a point where that player will not be back. What's the difference if it is now, October, or 2022? C'mon, we'll get over it. Geez, I hated the way the Twins dumped their most iconic player way back in 1974 and guess what? We all survived as well as the team. That will happen with this trade as well.
  4. Even though he's had only one truly good year, I have thought that there would be interest in buyers precisely because of his team-friendly contract. Also given the plethora of OFs the Twins have, this would not surprise me at all.
  5. Could it be there are still some hard feelings about his anti-vaccine status and the subsequent team outbreak in Anaheim? I agree that his on-field performance has lived pretty much up to expectations, but there certainly could be more to this (and his expiring contract) on why Simmons is on the market.
  6. Is Gray really off the table or could the Dodgers be showing him off to potential suitors, like the Twins, if they are going to demand a king's ransom for Berrios? Which I agree with doing. As many others have said, start negotiations at a price that no sane person would touch and go from there.
  7. Another unlikable Twins player - and this was both on-field performance and team bonding was Ron Davis. Those of us who followed the team in the '80s don't need to relive his blown saves. There were plenty of stories from teammates about his surliness. He's certainly more un-likable than Donaldson. Maybe he's not liked because of his contract?
  8. I agree - people love those who called out the Astros, like Aaron Boone, or those who shame PED users, but Donaldson does the same to pitchers and he "might be one of the most un-likable players"????? Criticize Jose Altuve but give a pass to Lucas Giolito and criticize Donaldson for saying something?
  9. My take - after this 9th loss in 10 games, I am very interested to see what Baldelli and the coaching do to make some adjustments. This is the first stretch of bad baseball that a Baldelli-led team has played. Yes, he and the coaches didn't give up the walks, make the errors, etc but as leaders they do have to do something different.
  10. One more thought - why is a 3 game losing streak in May, June, July or even August no big deal but in April, it's the end of the world as we know it?
  11. But how many in '87 already had a ring? Not a meaningful comparison...
  12. Or, and I would hate to think this, is he complacent now that he has signed a long-term contract?
  13. If there is nothing else, this was a good offseason. Hoping to bring back Odorizzi to top it off...
  14. Being a Twins site, think of this, for those who don't know: Harmon Killebrew, who retired 4th on the all-time HR list and was hitting most them in an era when pitching dominated, had to wait until his 4th year of eligibility to get elected. So yes, I understand why a player can be on the ballot longer than just that first time.
  15. As for the other news - I was very happy to see the signing of Simmons. HUGE upgrade defensively and if Polonco can come close to his 2019 offense by playing wherever he has to be plugged in, so much the better.
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