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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Melissa in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Nothing but plusses.  Cruz earned every cent with his performance, attitude and leadership.   He helped us to a couple titles and now has got us a couple good prospects.    The guy is amazing but no one wins the battle against time.   I would be just fine bringing him back on a one year contract next year.
     
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from MABB1959 in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Nothing but plusses.  Cruz earned every cent with his performance, attitude and leadership.   He helped us to a couple titles and now has got us a couple good prospects.    The guy is amazing but no one wins the battle against time.   I would be just fine bringing him back on a one year contract next year.
     
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Dennesey55347 in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Nothing but plusses.  Cruz earned every cent with his performance, attitude and leadership.   He helped us to a couple titles and now has got us a couple good prospects.    The guy is amazing but no one wins the battle against time.   I would be just fine bringing him back on a one year contract next year.
     
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Don't Feed the Greed Guy in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Nothing but plusses.  Cruz earned every cent with his performance, attitude and leadership.   He helped us to a couple titles and now has got us a couple good prospects.    The guy is amazing but no one wins the battle against time.   I would be just fine bringing him back on a one year contract next year.
     
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from glunn in Twins Trade Nelson Cruz to the Rays for Two AAA Starting Pitchers   
    Nothing but plusses.  Cruz earned every cent with his performance, attitude and leadership.   He helped us to a couple titles and now has got us a couple good prospects.    The guy is amazing but no one wins the battle against time.   I would be just fine bringing him back on a one year contract next year.
     
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    Dantes929 reacted to USNMCPO in Twins Deadline Will Determine Depth of Failure   
    I really think you have to almost throw out the first five years. For whatever reason it just took Buxton a longer time to develop his hitting. Because of injuries it is a SSS but he appears to have it finally put it together. Trading him now would be selling very low. If the owners statement is true that they have the money to sign Buxton and Berrios, then do it and move on. If he continues to get hurt he is still worth more than Donaldson IMO.
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    Dantes929 reacted to bighat in Here we go again.....   
    One thing is a 100% certainty:
    If Buxton gets traded or signed elsewhere, he will become the next Cal Ripken Jr, play in 162 games per year and put up Kirby Puckett-like numbers for the next 10 years.
    Deep down we all know this is fact.
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    Dantes929 reacted to chpettit19 in Could the Twins Trade Luis Arraez?   
    I have no data to back this up, but it feels to me like players of Arraez's skillset are worth more to the team they come up with than they are on the trade market. I can't imagine anyone is throwing a top 100 prospect at the Twins for Arraez. Generally speaking the top 100 guys are guys with a ceiling well above Arraez's and, especially this day and age, teams need to feel they're getting All Star type MLB players in return for giving up a big time prospect with All Star upside. 
    Every player should always be on the block. If the Angels are offered a 3 team trade that returns them Tatis Jr, Vlad Jr, Bo Bichette, Alek Manoah, and Mackenzie Gore for Trout they should take it. Arraez is by no means "untouchable," but what would a realistic package be in return for him? He's a 1 tool player, but he's exceptional at that 1 tool, and it's the hardest tool to find at that skill level. That makes him incredibly useful, and also not worth much on the trade market. If you're trading a controllable young asset who's proven to be an everyday player I think you need to get back more than a team would be willing to give up for Arraez.
    If they get an offer that improves the team they should absolutely take it. I just don't think that its likely.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from glunn in Here we go again.....   
    He's been my favorite player for a while now and he has definitely played at MVP level when he's been on the field.    I've always said, and somewhat believed Ripken was just a badly twisted ankle and a poorly placed hit by pitch from being called injury prone but this Buxton think is getting to be a lot even for an optimist like me.    Too expensive to keep and too many injuries to get a lot of return value.    Same solution I had for Johan Santana.    Play him til the end of his contract and be happy to have a player even for one year at a bargain price.     If he happens to stay on the field for 2022 he might get a return if the Twins are out of contention.   My hope is that he has his monster year in 2022 and becomes legend. for leading the Twins to a  championship.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Dman in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    I don't know why swinging at a 3-0 pitch wouldn't be encouraged in a laugher.   Do you want him walking and prolonging the agony?   If he is swinging at least he has a chance of making an out and shortening the game.    Duffey throwing at him the day after is beyond stupid.   If he hits him it gives the Sox an  advantage for no reason.   He gets on and maybe scores and our great 5-4 comeback maybe becomes a 6-5 loss.   Not worth it on any level.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Cap'n Piranha in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    I don't know why swinging at a 3-0 pitch wouldn't be encouraged in a laugher.   Do you want him walking and prolonging the agony?   If he is swinging at least he has a chance of making an out and shortening the game.    Duffey throwing at him the day after is beyond stupid.   If he hits him it gives the Sox an  advantage for no reason.   He gets on and maybe scores and our great 5-4 comeback maybe becomes a 6-5 loss.   Not worth it on any level.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from twinbythebay in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    I don't know why swinging at a 3-0 pitch wouldn't be encouraged in a laugher.   Do you want him walking and prolonging the agony?   If he is swinging at least he has a chance of making an out and shortening the game.    Duffey throwing at him the day after is beyond stupid.   If he hits him it gives the Sox an  advantage for no reason.   He gets on and maybe scores and our great 5-4 comeback maybe becomes a 6-5 loss.   Not worth it on any level.
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    Dantes929 reacted to mikelink45 in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    http://e.startribune.com/Olive/ODN/StarTribune/Default.aspx Reusse joins us in despising this charade.  "
    Then, on a 3-0 count, Astudillo lobbed another one and Yermin Mercedes slaughtered it for a 430-foot home run to center field.
    Mercedes is Astudillo’s twin with the White Sox — a chubby catcher long buried in the minors, finally given a chance and producing, and with more power than the Turtle.
    The height of silliness followed, with the Twins deciding to be offended that someone had the audacity to hit a 3-0 pastry from Astudillo for run No. 16, rather than wait for a 3-1 pastry to do the same.
    Mercedes was disrespecting the Turtle as a pitcher, and disrespecting a team that had put the Turtle on the mound for the laughs? We have to protect our dignity by having Tyler Duffey throw at this make-believe villain a night later?
    That Twins reaction was more pathetic than the putrid manner in which Baldelli’s club has had to play to overtake the Detroit Tigers for the title of Baseball’s Worst."
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    Dantes929 reacted to Tom Froemming in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    Of course Duffey threw at Mercedes intentionally. 
    Embarrassing. Pathetic.
    You really feel like a guy hitting a 3-0 home run off your position player deserves retaliation? Don't get down 15-4. Don't put in a guy throwing 45 mph.
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    Dantes929 reacted to mikelink45 in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    I loved it - Sano keep hot - I will still criticize you if you go back to being a whiff monster, but what I just saw was a player making contact and that is great. 
    Ober was mediocre - not sure the praise is earned.  Happy to have him try another game against another team, but a 9.00 ERA is not brag worthy even in a year where we are searching for good news.
    Finally, am I the only fan who does not care that Yermin hit the HR off Astudillo.  If we pitch batting practice the hitter has the option to clobber anything any time in any count.  I am so sick of the unwritten rules and the minor infractions that are supposed to be insults to the integrity of the game.  If I am a hitter and can pad my stats, I would do it.  The game is changing with bat flips, joy and excitement starting with the Padres and that is just fine with me. 
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    Dantes929 reacted to jimbo92107 in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    If perfect human happiness is 100 psi, Twins fans have been hovering around 30 psi for the last month. A full-team effort win like this puts at least another 35 psi into the Happiness Tire. 
    Congratulations to Bailey Ober, whose stuff and command looks like it will play in the majors. Time will tell if his command and K/BB rate puts him in the middle or back of a starting rotation. He throws a lot of strikes.
    Congratulations to Miguel Sano. His struggles are well documented, but I don't think his level of effort has ever been in doubt. Today it all came together. May he have many more great days at the plate.
    Congratulations to Jorge Polanco. Like a lot of Twins, he has been struggling to find his game. Lately he has been getting better, and today he crushed a pitch (batting lefty) to win a game. 
    Skol Twins! Pump that tire and plug the holes!
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    Dantes929 reacted to VivaBomboRivera! in Game Recap: Twins 5, White Sox 4   
    "In what is already a lost season..."
    Fat lady has not yet taken the stage.  Enough things can still go right for the Twins to find a berth in October, but they are going to have to claw and bash their way back.  Very nice to see them seize on one of their dwindling opportunities today.  Every out is precious now.
    So write this down, "We’ve got to play them one day at a time.”
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from Dodecahedron in 5 Players the Twins Can Deal Before the Trade Deadline   
    7 games down after 20% of the season.   If we are 14 games down after 40% we can have this conversation maybe.  https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/the-greatest-second-half-comebacks-in-mlb-history-featuring-a-recent-as-team-and-a-memorable-yankees-rally/
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    Dantes929 reacted to roger in 5 Players the Twins Can Deal Before the Trade Deadline   
    Buxton...no, sign him to an extension with heavy incentives for playing more than say 120 games a year.
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    Dantes929 reacted to cHawk in Game Recap: Twins 7, Tigers 3   
    *Polanco, Sanó, Kepler show encouraging signs. The bullpen doesn’t*
     
    Allow me to fix that:
     
    “Polanco, Sano, Kepler show encouraging signs. Cody Stashak doesn’t”
     
    Stashak gave up all of the runs, the rest of the pen was solid. That being said, this was all against the worst team in the league, and it’s not close. Robles looked good and Colome was getting more Whiffs with his cutter.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from jkcarew in Game Recap: Rangers 4, Twins 3   
    For me, its the journey rather than the destination.   I really enjoyed the 2001-2010 decade regardless of the playoff failures.    Three of the closest pennant races in the history of baseball (2006, 2008, 2009) including some comebacks from bigger holes than we currently face made that an awesome decade in my book.  .  
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from bighat in Game Recap: Rangers 4, Twins 3   
    Could be.  Though they were 12 games over .500 against the NL Central last year.   White Sox and Indians have winning records against teams out of the division but the other three all have losing records this year..   0-7 in extras and other blown games have been a team effort.   I think the Twins are capable of scoring more in the late innings, especially with a runner on second.  They are capable of playing better defense and they are capable of pitching better.     I haven't given up on them but playing better is up to them.
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from jkcarew in Game Recap: Rangers 4, Twins 3   
    Could be.  Though they were 12 games over .500 against the NL Central last year.   White Sox and Indians have winning records against teams out of the division but the other three all have losing records this year..   0-7 in extras and other blown games have been a team effort.   I think the Twins are capable of scoring more in the late innings, especially with a runner on second.  They are capable of playing better defense and they are capable of pitching better.     I haven't given up on them but playing better is up to them.
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    Dantes929 reacted to ashbury in What Kind of Return Would You Need to Trade Byron Buxton?   
    An incompetent GM could sign him easily. There is no art at all to asking him "how much do you want?"
     
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    Dantes929 got a reaction from dex8425 in Game Recap: Twins 6, Rangers 5   
    9.3 SO/9 supports your comment on stuff.  His 4.7 BB/9 supports your comment on locating.  If you don't have enough command to get the ball to the strike zone, your command in the strike zone probably isn't going to be all that great either which is why his WHIP is so high.   I remember Jesse Crain once saying he had no  idea where his pitches were going.   He was sent down for a little and when he came back he reeled off like 22 appearances without a run and I could see something like that happening if Colome figures it out.    Of course after 22 scoreless appearance, when he did give up a run we immediately saw the Crain wreck comments.  Fans have a long memory for poor performances and often seem to not notice the good ones at all. 
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