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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Major League Ready in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Actually, there is no denying it went very poorly but blowing it suggests there were much better options.  I have asked twice now for those who are calling out the pitching acquisitions to articulate a plan (in hindsight) that would have put this team in contention.  Pitchers that were actually traded and free agents we could have signed.
    Were we going to get Wainwright away from STL?
    James Paxton pitched 1 inning
    Garret Richards’s has a 5.22 REA and a WHIP of 1.65
    Drew Smyly has been decent with a 4.5 ERA / 1.45 WHIP / .6 WAR
    Corey Kluber pitched 50 innings and is now on the 60 day IL
    Charlie Morton has been good but his geographic preference is well known so that was not going to happen.
    Mike Minor has an ERA of 5.39 and .3 WAR
    Jake Odorizzi was a popular choice here.  His 4.95 ERA and 0 WAR would not have helped.
    The guy I wanted (Taijuan Walker) has been good but he got no support here when I floated him as an option.
    We could have traded for Blake Snell like so many here insisted was a no brainer.  We could have given up a bunch of prospects for a replacement level player.
    The same is true for a lot of the BP options.  Rosenthal / Clippard / Romo / Etc
    There was nothing wrong with the Simmons signing.  He has had a bad year or is in decline.  We should not sign most free agents if the possibility of decline makes it a bad decision.  Sometimes reasonable decisions don't pan out in baseball.  There is a credible argument that the choices that were popular here would have left the team in worse shape going forward.  
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to wsnydes in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Fact of the matter is that ownership has never shown themselves to be impatient.  This FO started to rebuild the organization from the top down and there's been every indication that ownership is onboard with that and will allow them the time to do so.  One year certainly isn't going to change that.  So, this FO is going to be here to help clean up the mess unless they decide to bail on it themselves.  
    There are plenty of reasons to dislike what was done in the past year.  I imagine if you could get a candid response from the FO, they'd have a list of their own.  For a FO that has had pretty good success, I'm now interested to see how they react and deal with some adversity.  To me, that's the real test.  Things aren't always going to go as planned.  How they react is a good barometer of how fit they are for their jobs.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to lecroy24fan in We can't have nice things, episode 1739: Alcala to the IL   
    i can do it in one word.
     
    Uffda
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Thegrin in Fact or Fiction: The Twins Way Didn't Work for Matt Shoemaker   
    Come to think of it, Glen Perkins earned his share of headlines by complaining about the Twins and how they handled him, and that turned out OK. 
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to AceWrigley in Fact or Fiction: The Twins Way Didn't Work for Matt Shoemaker   
    Interesting stuff. Lets hope he works it out and makes his way back to the major league roster and pitches well, then we can say "The Shoe" fits. 🙂
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Mark G in Fact or Fiction: The Twins Way Didn't Work for Matt Shoemaker   
    I think Shoe took responsibility merely by taking the AAA assignment and, at the same time, is attempting to show the Twins that he can still pitch, just not their way.  A lot of players would have left and signed a minor league contract with another team, then publicly blamed the team they left once they settled back into a groove.  He stuck it out here, and would actually like to pitch again; to me that is taking responsibility as well as explaining why it didn't work out.  You know, sometimes the fans deserve to hear these things; they are the ones paying to see the stuff we all saw and they wonder why it all went south.  Good luck, Shoe, and don't ever again let a computer tell you how to play baseball. 
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Matthew Lenz in Fact or Fiction: The Twins Way Didn't Work for Matt Shoemaker   
    I don’t agree that he was never good. His career numbers were better than Berríos coming into this season. Health was an issue  for him from 2017-2020 but when he was healthy he was good.
    I want to see him back here too. Very curious to see his pitch usage and effectiveness, or lack thereof.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to LastOnePicked in Fact or Fiction: The Twins Way Didn't Work for Matt Shoemaker   
    Excellent write-up, Matthew. Well-researched and fair-minded. A home run.
    I think this story hit some of us hard because it fits one of the fear narratives we have about this organization under Falvey/Levine and Baldelli/Johnson - that they've got a dogmatic approach, they think they're the smartest people in baseball, and they pay more attention to numbers than to players.
    Plus, us fans have been hit hard by the reality that the team we had dreamed of seeing win a championship is now breaking apart and sinking to the bottom of MLB. "We had a 100-win pace ballclub for two years and all I got was this lousy AL Central Division Title T-Shirt."
    But, as some cooler heads have posted here, it is possible that the Twins can adjust quickly. It is possible that some of the problems are internal, but some are maybe from the new players themselves and some are just a matter of terrible luck with regard to injury and recovery. And as you note here, in the case of Shoemaker, maybe it's all three.
    That said, the Twins better be very open to criticism. They've traded away top players, they've given away new young stars for absolutely nothing, and, outside of Cruz, their FA signings performed terribly. They've got a lot of fair criticism coming this offseason - from fans and from players within the organization. Time to listen and to learn some hard lessons now.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to prouster in Sign Byron Buxton! (Buxton rejects initial extension offer)   
    Lol, I strongly disagree. 
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to jmlease1 in Sign Byron Buxton! (Buxton rejects initial extension offer)   
    So far, all we know is what the Twins have offered (7/$70M + incentives and 7/$80M + incentives), but nothing about what Buxton's camp has put out there. Is he demanding shorter years, more base salary, fewer incentives? What did the Twins offer look like with incentives? Were they incentives or escalators? How easy would it have been for Buxton to get over $20M?
    I'm not loving this either; he's one of my favorite Twins to watch all-time...but I can't blame the franchise for trying to get a little insurance against injury/poor production since Buxton is one of the most injury-riddled players we've had. It's been 5 years since he played a healthy season. Tony Kornheiser isn't wrong when he says "the best ability is availability".
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to USAFChief in Sign Byron Buxton! (Buxton rejects initial extension offer)   
    Also, if he gets hit by a falling Russian satellite. 
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Sign Byron Buxton! (Buxton rejects initial extension offer)   
    Numbers don't say what I "want" them to say. They say Buxton is an elite level player if he's on the field.
    And I have NOT said Byron Buxton is the best player in baseball. Argue what I've actually said, not what you think I've said.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Sign Byron Buxton! (Buxton rejects initial extension offer)   
    This is a rather foolish approach. I understand being wary of extending Buxton but he's literally the most valuable player in baseball when he's on the field (highest WAR per game played since the start of the 2019 season). Trading that guy for "whatever we can get" is poor asset management. If Buxton is to be traded, the responsible thing to do is to try to trade him at a point when his value isn't bottomed out, probably this offseason.
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    VivaBomboRivera! got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Game Score: Angels 3, Twins 2   
    If Polanco learns from it we can forgive him.  The guy's playing his heart out in a losing season.  
    Sending Larnach in the bottom of the 2nd might have seemed reasonable as he was coming into third, but when watching how the play developed on video it was clearly a bad decision - Celestino's hit into the left corner was well fielded. When Upton came up throwing it was time to brake. Diaz should have seen that the relay would beat Larnach and Stassi was well-positioned up the line to take the throw.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to LaBombo in Cleveland to change its name to Guardians   
    "Cleveland, city of light, city of magic..."
    - Randy Newman, 'Burn On'
     

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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to AceWrigley in Cleveland to change its name to Guardians   
    The Cleveland Dealers.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Cleveland to change its name to Guardians   
    My first choice was Spiders but also would have accepted River Fires.
    Guardians is really meh, especially in the wake of the NHL adding a team called "The Kraken".
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Dodecahedron in Cleveland to change its name to Guardians   
    I probably would have gone with the Spiders.
    Used Car Dealerships would have been the second choice.
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    VivaBomboRivera! got a reaction from flpmagikat in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Sometimes it's enough to wish someone well without wishing for anything for ourselves.
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    VivaBomboRivera! got a reaction from Aerodeliria in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Rumor has it the Twins were really after Laloosh, but the Rays are planning to call him up in September.  When asked about this possible opportunity, the young flamethrower replied, "“I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club."
     
    8^p
    But seriously, here's the best possible outcome:
    Nellie gets his ring.  Twins sign him in the offseason as player/bench coach;  MLB and the Players Association agree on a new CBA.  Nellie reaches 500 HRs as a Twin in early 2023 and retires in Minnesota whenever he's good and ready.
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    VivaBomboRivera! got a reaction from h2oface in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Rumor has it the Twins were really after Laloosh, but the Rays are planning to call him up in September.  When asked about this possible opportunity, the young flamethrower replied, "“I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club."
     
    8^p
    But seriously, here's the best possible outcome:
    Nellie gets his ring.  Twins sign him in the offseason as player/bench coach;  MLB and the Players Association agree on a new CBA.  Nellie reaches 500 HRs as a Twin in early 2023 and retires in Minnesota whenever he's good and ready.
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    VivaBomboRivera! got a reaction from Melissa in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Rumor has it the Twins were really after Laloosh, but the Rays are planning to call him up in September.  When asked about this possible opportunity, the young flamethrower replied, "“I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club."
     
    8^p
    But seriously, here's the best possible outcome:
    Nellie gets his ring.  Twins sign him in the offseason as player/bench coach;  MLB and the Players Association agree on a new CBA.  Nellie reaches 500 HRs as a Twin in early 2023 and retires in Minnesota whenever he's good and ready.
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    VivaBomboRivera! reacted to Nine of twelve in Game Score: Angels 3, Twins 2   
    While Eaton made a good play, this was a mistake by Polanco. It was not a difficult play for a major league right fielder to make, it was late in a 1-run game with nobody out, and the situation in right field was clearly in Polanco's view as he ran. The fact that it was not a particularly close play at second bears this out. And this was not lost on Kepler on his single to right in the ensuing at-bat. That would have put runners at the corners with nobody out.
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    VivaBomboRivera! got a reaction from roger in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Rumor has it the Twins were really after Laloosh, but the Rays are planning to call him up in September.  When asked about this possible opportunity, the young flamethrower replied, "“I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club."
     
    8^p
    But seriously, here's the best possible outcome:
    Nellie gets his ring.  Twins sign him in the offseason as player/bench coach;  MLB and the Players Association agree on a new CBA.  Nellie reaches 500 HRs as a Twin in early 2023 and retires in Minnesota whenever he's good and ready.
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