Jump to content
  • Create Account

Dantes929

Verified Member
  • Posts

    3,052
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    4

Reputation Activity

  1. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Keep Your Unwritten Rules, Let the Kids Play   
    "Bunting late in a game solely to break up a no-hit bid is one I think should draw some ire."   I might agree with this if your team is up by 15 with 2 outs in the 9th...Maybe.   Otherwise, absolutely not.   Why should a team care about the opposing pitcher's no hitter aside from trying not to be the team he no hits?   What value is a no hitter if the opposing team doesn't use every way at their disposal to get a hit?  I've been a fan of baseball for 50 years.   I didn't grow up with this kind of BS.
  2. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Platoon in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    Thanks, during the last three months I think of this clip often.  There is nothing wrong with having problems to fix. There is something wrong with refusing to admit it. 
     
     
  3. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    I have not read the above commentary yet, but I will. And I will probably disagree with a lot of it. I just want to say I appreciate coming to the blog and willing to speak your mind and think out your thoughts without resorting to quick and easy mud slinging in the other thread.
  4. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Total Bases   
    Seems like walks should be part of the equation in the first place.  
  5. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to mikelink45 in Total Bases   
    Good post - Hank Aaron - my hero had 1402 walks which meant his total bases would be 8258 for his career.
    Babe Ruth in his best single TB year had 457 TB and 145 BB which meant 602 TB or and average of 3.9 bases per game in a 154 game season.  
    Those are figures that blow me away!
  6. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to jkcarew in Total Bases   
    I like total bases, as well. Having said that, it's a stat that isn't kind to Killebrew. Poor Harmon had too many PA each season where the pitcher simply refused to throw the ball over the plate.
     
    Got me to thinking...
     
    In 1969, Killebrew had 324 total bases. But, his 145 BB that year give him 469 TB+BB. Killebrew had several years where his TB+BB were over 400. Oliva has the one year over 400...the year you reference (his rookie year!)...when he had 374 TB + 34 BB for 408.
     
    (Carew's 1977 was 351 + 69 = 420; Pucket's 1986 was 365 + 34 = 399 and his 1988 was 358 + 23 = 381; Dozier's 2016 was 336 + 61 = 397 and his 2017 was 307 + 78 = 385; Morneau's 2008 was 387 and his 2006 was 384; Mauer's 2009 was 383)
     
     
  7. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Ted Schwerzler in What If Jake Odorizzi Is Minnesota’s Impact Arm?   
    Far too much emphasis is put on this. In 2019 the average starter went 5.4 innings per outing. Jake Odorizzi averaged 5.3 innings per outing. Suggesting you'd want to see diminished performance in exchange for length is ultimately suggesting a desire for less positive outcomes.
     
    Shutdown bullpens are a thing because specialization in high leverage matters, and hitters are good enough to hurt you seeing your stuff three times in a night.
  8. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from spanman2 in The Best Two Words In Baseball: World Series   
    Nah,  best two words in baseball are Opening Day.    Granted I am always more of a journey than a destination guy.    You can't win the World Series in March.  You can't win a playoff game in March.  You can't even qualify for the playoffs in March.   It may have been an abstract goal in 87 and 91 but no one was saying it out loud.   They went about their business and it just developed.   I remember them talking about it in ST of 2010 for all the good it did them.    Its great to be confident and have goals but why put the pressure on yourselves.   Its enough pressure just to make the playoffs.   Win one playoff game, then start shooting higher.  Can;t do that in March or April.
  9. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from DocBauer in The Best Two Words In Baseball: World Series   
    Nah,  best two words in baseball are Opening Day.    Granted I am always more of a journey than a destination guy.    You can't win the World Series in March.  You can't win a playoff game in March.  You can't even qualify for the playoffs in March.   It may have been an abstract goal in 87 and 91 but no one was saying it out loud.   They went about their business and it just developed.   I remember them talking about it in ST of 2010 for all the good it did them.    Its great to be confident and have goals but why put the pressure on yourselves.   Its enough pressure just to make the playoffs.   Win one playoff game, then start shooting higher.  Can;t do that in March or April.
  10. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from David HK in Cheating   
    Of course Joe was a former ASTRO!    Awesome, though it probably means we need to vacate the 87 crown as well.
  11. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Cheating   
    Of course Joe was a former ASTRO!    Awesome, though it probably means we need to vacate the 87 crown as well.
  12. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to jkcarew in Comparing the 1927 Yankees Lineup to the 2020 Twins   
    In other news, every pitcher on the Twins current staff has better stuff than Walter Johnson because their k/9 is significantly better than his was.
     
    This is going to be a GREAT year!
  13. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Tomj14 in Why all the questions about Twins pitching?   
    "Why all the questions about Twins pitching?"
     
    To me the answer to that question is how does the first two months go, last year the Twins started out Hot and pretty much stayed that way, but if they don't start out Hot do they have the pitching to play catch up?
    Last year at the end of May here is what their 5 starters looked like.
    Gibson: 5 - 2 - 4.08
    Perez: 7  -2 - 3.71
    Odo: 7 - 2 - 2.16
    Berrios: 7 - 2 - 3.27
    Pineda: 4 - 3 - 5.34
     
    Can the fans expect that from the current projected starting rotation?  No
    Hope? Yes
     
    That is the thing when looking at the 2019 season, things started out so well on the pitching side and they got out to such a big lead they were able to live with Perez and Gibson not being good in the second half. Odo comparing down closer to earth, Berrios struggling for a while and Pineda not being on the team.
    If they don't start out hot again, do they have to the pitching to make a run at the end of the season?
     
  14. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to USAFChief in Josh Donaldson: How Great Is He Actually?   
    Nitpic: If Josh Donaldson is "entering his age 34 season (and he is,) and signs for 4 years, he'll be 37 "when his contract is up," not 38.
  15. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Rosterman in Are Homer Bailey and Rich Hill Really A Good Idea?   
    The only plus is that the Twins can open the season looking at the future. They don't need five starters every fifth day. And they will be able to get a good hard look at a possible advancement by Dobnak, Graterol, Thorpe or Smeltzer to be a part of the rotation for most of the season and going into 2021 as being viable starters. If you have real pitching arms in the minors, you need to give them a chance. Otherwise, why draft rotation arms. Just buy them each and every season.
  16. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from wabene in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    Yeah, the actual quote ini the MVP article was "Eddie Rosario, last year's Twins Daily MVP recipient, received only one sixth-place vote, despite putting up 32 home runs and 109 RBIs. The misleading nature of his raw totals didn't fool our panel"   Maybe not hate but totally dismissive of his contributions.    I defended him there and will add here that he has an OPS in the playoffs of 1.103.   That wasn't powered solely with 1 meaningless home run.   
  17. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    Yeah, the actual quote ini the MVP article was "Eddie Rosario, last year's Twins Daily MVP recipient, received only one sixth-place vote, despite putting up 32 home runs and 109 RBIs. The misleading nature of his raw totals didn't fool our panel"   Maybe not hate but totally dismissive of his contributions.    I defended him there and will add here that he has an OPS in the playoffs of 1.103.   That wasn't powered solely with 1 meaningless home run.   
  18. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to bighat in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    The best example of Eddie hate I've seen this week was when someone commented "The only thing Eddie did was hit a meaningless homer in the 8th inning of Game 3 against the Yankees".
     
    It was hilarious to me because if Arraez had hit that HR, you just know that poster would have said "Arraez, wow, what heart and grit, he's the only Twin who is trying to win this ball game. RESPECT."
     
    I think some people are turned off at Eddie's personality, and frankly can't get past it.
  19. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Thegrin in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    His OBP was only .300.  He only walked 22 times.  but his arm was accurate (8 assists compared to Keplers 4). and he hits in the clutch. (.340 RISP). I enjoyed each time I chanted "Eddie, Eddie, Eddie!" this past year. 
  20. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to theBOMisthebomb in Why the Eddie Rosario hate?   
    My spin is that if Twins fans are complaining about Eddie Rosario as the main issue among position players then the Twins are really in a position of strength. First world problems are nice after nearly ten years of almost constant struggle. Eddie does need to shore up the lazy defensive lapses and hustle all the time. He's just hitting his prime so it better be quite a haul if the Twins trade him.
  21. Like
    Dantes929 reacted to Kelly Vance in Should We Be Upset With Yasiel Puig?   
    Well, I like hustle players as much as anyone, and probably more, but I think the criticism is overblown. Terry didn't over react and he was borne out by Puig's two doubles later in teh game. No doubt he said something like "I know how you feel, but you are gonna get flak. Do something next at bat and make it up to us."
     
    Rosie, same deal. I didn't see the play, but dropped third strikes are often a surprise to the hitter more than spectators and unless the ball gets away by twenty feet or so you have no chance. 
     
    I'm moving on.  There are better things to talk about. 
  22. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from h2oface in Blown leads   
    Well, as far as blown leads 2006 was pretty memorable.   Twins were down 12.5 at one point and were down 10.5 on August 7th.   Came back to win the division title on the last day of the season.   Helped by the Tigers losing 5 in a row including 3 in a row to the 100 loss Royals at home to end the season.    Just to show how quickly things can change in a week, the Twins were favored by many to win it all that year and the choking Tigers weren't given much chance as the wild card.   Twins got swept and the Tigers smoked the Yankees, swept the A's that had just swept the Twins and then fittingly lost to the 83 win Cardinals in the WS.
  23. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Blown leads   
    Well, as far as blown leads 2006 was pretty memorable.   Twins were down 12.5 at one point and were down 10.5 on August 7th.   Came back to win the division title on the last day of the season.   Helped by the Tigers losing 5 in a row including 3 in a row to the 100 loss Royals at home to end the season.    Just to show how quickly things can change in a week, the Twins were favored by many to win it all that year and the choking Tigers weren't given much chance as the wild card.   Twins got swept and the Tigers smoked the Yankees, swept the A's that had just swept the Twins and then fittingly lost to the 83 win Cardinals in the WS.
  24. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Blown leads   
    Well, as far as blown leads 2006 was pretty memorable.   Twins were down 12.5 at one point and were down 10.5 on August 7th.   Came back to win the division title on the last day of the season.   Helped by the Tigers losing 5 in a row including 3 in a row to the 100 loss Royals at home to end the season.    Just to show how quickly things can change in a week, the Twins were favored by many to win it all that year and the choking Tigers weren't given much chance as the wild card.   Twins got swept and the Tigers smoked the Yankees, swept the A's that had just swept the Twins and then fittingly lost to the 83 win Cardinals in the WS.
  25. Like
    Dantes929 got a reaction from woolywoolhouse in The greatest games ever   
    Solid list.   "Carlos Gomez scores on a Luis Castillo hit"   It was Alexi Casilla with the game winning hit.   This one makes my list.

×
×
  • Create New...