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    Dantes929 reacted to awmonahan in Former Twins Cooperstown Case: Joe Nathan   
    Joe was great, but I think he is just short, sadly. It's tough for a RP to make it into the HOF. There seem to be three types enshrined: 1) those that redefined what a reliever does, 2) those that have held the saves record or 3) those that had signature moments in the playoffs. Joe does not comfortably fit in any of those spots. Maybe after some the coming decade plus, voters will place more value on relievers. For now though, he think he's on the outside looking in. Too bad. He was underappreciated outside MN. 
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Get Ready for the Opposite of Joe Mauer   
    "Working through revisionist history, detractors will often suggest a desire to have let Mauer walk and watch larger markets pay him more."   
    That is a great line.    I think I followed the Strib reporting more back in the day but am guessing much of what I saw there played out on the TD pages as well.   If you go back in the archive I am guessing at least 95% of posters demanded the Twins sign Mauer to the big deal and I would bet I am low with that 95%.    Of course, in the years after, the percentages of those saying they had been against the signing in the first place came in around 95% also..   Of course for that to be accurate, those posting in favor of extending Mauer never posted again after the contract was signed and those posting afterwards claiming they were against the deal never posted their views before the signing.   At the time, I and one or maybe two others were dissenters and were really only mildly doing so.    I just pointed out that extending after his MVP year was the definition of buying high since he probably wasn't going to win the MVP and batting title each of the next 8 years.   I thought it was a bad baseball decision (they could have just paid market the following year for likely the same amount or less if he had an off year)   but a good marketing decision so maybe part of his contract should have come out of the advertising budget.   I can also say I never criticized the signing in the 8 years after, mainly because as Ted points out, the Twins had already got a huge amount of value out of him before the extension.     
    With Buxton its less logical but more simple.   He's by far my favorite player on the team.    When the team was down I still watched because of him.   With the team down and Buxton out I lost a lot of interest in the current year.   He just brings so much excitement to the team, I would hate to see him go.   I was more on the fence with Tori Hunter.   I liked him, he was good and more reliable but didn't have nearly the wow factor that Buxton has.
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    Dantes929 reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Get Ready for the Opposite of Joe Mauer   
    Sports fans in particular and people in general are notoriously short-sighted. This long-term blindness allows them to complain no matter what happens with Buxton so we shouldn't be surprised when the second-guessing starts.
    Players get millions, Fans get something to complain about and Front Office types get ulcers. American baseball; something for everybody.
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    Dantes929 reacted to bdodge22 in All Eyes on Free Agent Target Jon Gray   
    Bottom line is, the Twins need arms. Sign Pineda and Gray, both are reasonable money and steady production with some upside. Even if they go hard after one of the top line guys history has shown that it's highly unlikely that they would choose Minnesota if money is equal. 
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    Dantes929 reacted to Karbo in All Eyes on Free Agent Target Jon Gray   
    Fill the rotation with #2's and #3's with a solid pen and this team WILL compete.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from KFEY93 in All Eyes on Free Agent Target Jon Gray   
    Honestly, the idea that we will sign two top free agent pitchers is floated every single year in memory and its just a fantasy.    Resign Pineda and sign a guy like Gray and a good bullpen arm and I will be more than satisfied because it is more than what history and probability says we will end up doing.   
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from PDX Twin in All Eyes on Free Agent Target Jon Gray   
    Honestly, the idea that we will sign two top free agent pitchers is floated every single year in memory and its just a fantasy.    Resign Pineda and sign a guy like Gray and a good bullpen arm and I will be more than satisfied because it is more than what history and probability says we will end up doing.   
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from roger in All Eyes on Free Agent Target Jon Gray   
    Honestly, the idea that we will sign two top free agent pitchers is floated every single year in memory and its just a fantasy.    Resign Pineda and sign a guy like Gray and a good bullpen arm and I will be more than satisfied because it is more than what history and probability says we will end up doing.   
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    Dantes929 reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in Houston, Does the Central Have a Problem?   
    I don’t think it’s an AL Central problem. If the Twins has pulled their weight and won 90+ games, the Central would have looked like several other divisions this season. So that’s why I say it’s a Twins problem, not a Central problem.
    As far as the possibility of the White Sox being swept and having this be the fourth consecutive season where the AL Central winner has been swept out of the first round? First, other teams are allowed to be good. But secondly, yeah, that’s a bad look. The Twins have played a big part in that streak. 
    Three different AL Central teams represented the American League in the World Series for 4 out of 5 years recently, from 2012 to 2016. So that tells me that a good team or mid-market team from the Central division can compete just fine. 
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from glunn in One Season-Defining Moment from Each Month of 2021   
    Leads are blown throughout the season.   Its baseball but sometimes its more than just a loss.   Same thing happened a few years ago with Perkins.   Team has a good stretch early in the year in terms of getting the lead and handing it over to the bullpen and the bullpen just gives it up.   Offense starts thinking they have to do more to get bigger leads.   Defense starts to play tight.     Everyone starts to press because they know they should be close to first place and are instead 6 games back.   They might have overcome the Oakland loss if it hadn't been for the 7 close losses out of 16 games that came before it.    Hard to overcome blown leads that come in bunches early in the season.    
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    C- is fair.    I don't love pitch limits either but ultimately its players that have to perform.   I can't picture any other manager coming in and doing anything drastically different that would have an impact on the season.     HIs manager of the year season probably only gets a B from me.    Mostly I think managers are overrated.   
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Danchat in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    C- is fair.    I don't love pitch limits either but ultimately its players that have to perform.   I can't picture any other manager coming in and doing anything drastically different that would have an impact on the season.     HIs manager of the year season probably only gets a B from me.    Mostly I think managers are overrated.   
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from bighat in One Season-Defining Moment from Each Month of 2021   
    Leads are blown throughout the season.   Its baseball but sometimes its more than just a loss.   Same thing happened a few years ago with Perkins.   Team has a good stretch early in the year in terms of getting the lead and handing it over to the bullpen and the bullpen just gives it up.   Offense starts thinking they have to do more to get bigger leads.   Defense starts to play tight.     Everyone starts to press because they know they should be close to first place and are instead 6 games back.   They might have overcome the Oakland loss if it hadn't been for the 7 close losses out of 16 games that came before it.    Hard to overcome blown leads that come in bunches early in the season.    
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    Dantes929 reacted to Major League Ready in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    The Royals have made the playoffs twice in the past 35 years!
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from wabene in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    I believe they have now missed the playoffs 8 times.   To put into perspective though, in that time period, the Indians have missed the playoffs 7 times.   the White Sox 10 times, the Tigers 8 times and the Royals 10 times.   Making the playoffs a third of the time when there are 5 teams trying for it every year isn't really so bad.   The last place finishes are more remarkable.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Mike Sixel in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    I believe they have now missed the playoffs 8 times.   To put into perspective though, in that time period, the Indians have missed the playoffs 7 times.   the White Sox 10 times, the Tigers 8 times and the Royals 10 times.   Making the playoffs a third of the time when there are 5 teams trying for it every year isn't really so bad.   The last place finishes are more remarkable.
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    Dantes929 reacted to USAFChief in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    Concur. 
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Dman in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    I believe they have now missed the playoffs 8 times.   To put into perspective though, in that time period, the Indians have missed the playoffs 7 times.   the White Sox 10 times, the Tigers 8 times and the Royals 10 times.   Making the playoffs a third of the time when there are 5 teams trying for it every year isn't really so bad.   The last place finishes are more remarkable.
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    Dantes929 reacted to Nine of twelve in Game Score: Twins 7, Royals 3   
    I've said a million times not to exaggerate.
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    Dantes929 reacted to RedBull34 in Twins Worst Free Agent Signing Ever?   
    He's not even the worst free-agent signing of this year!  Colome, Happ, and Shoemaker were all worse!
    I doubt he'd even be in the top 50 worst FA signings by the Twins.  It's only a one year deal, it's not like we are talking Albert Pujols or Jacoby Ellsbury.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from theBOMisthebomb in Game Score: Cubs 3, Twins 1   
    I don't know.   8th inning.   Going into the 9th down by 1 instead of two is a pretty big thing.   Duffy made a great catch, a pretty quick turn around and a great throw.       If Arraez doesn't tag and the next guy strikes out are you going to criticize Arraez for not being more aggressive by not tagging?   If the throw had been off target and Arraez scores are you going to say he shouldn't have gone?     If the play had started with no outs I'm right with you.  As it stands I give him a pass.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Mark G in Game Score: Cubs 3, Twins 1   
    I don't know.   8th inning.   Going into the 9th down by 1 instead of two is a pretty big thing.   Duffy made a great catch, a pretty quick turn around and a great throw.       If Arraez doesn't tag and the next guy strikes out are you going to criticize Arraez for not being more aggressive by not tagging?   If the throw had been off target and Arraez scores are you going to say he shouldn't have gone?     If the play had started with no outs I'm right with you.  As it stands I give him a pass.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from FanSince1961 in Luis and the Legends: A Twins Great Coming?   
    His floor is good, productive hitter.   His ceiling is really good, productive hitter.     I'm betting on the ceiling.   Fans get excited when guys like the Turtle come in hot and its not like he's is a bad hitter but you know he wasn't going to sustain what he started.   Arraez has a different feel to him.    I'm always happy when he is up there in a clutch situation.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Dodecahedron in Luis and the Legends: A Twins Great Coming?   
    His floor is good, productive hitter.   His ceiling is really good, productive hitter.     I'm betting on the ceiling.   Fans get excited when guys like the Turtle come in hot and its not like he's is a bad hitter but you know he wasn't going to sustain what he started.   Arraez has a different feel to him.    I'm always happy when he is up there in a clutch situation.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from roger in Luis and the Legends: A Twins Great Coming?   
    His floor is good, productive hitter.   His ceiling is really good, productive hitter.     I'm betting on the ceiling.   Fans get excited when guys like the Turtle come in hot and its not like he's is a bad hitter but you know he wasn't going to sustain what he started.   Arraez has a different feel to him.    I'm always happy when he is up there in a clutch situation.
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