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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Ebby Calvin Laloosh in The Next Dance: 4 Twins-Related Docuseries That Would Be Must-Watch Television   
    I'd watch a series about the Contraction Kids. If Brad Pitt can be in a movie about the A's, why not a series about the team who ended their streak and season?
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Musk21 in The Next Dance: 4 Twins-Related Docuseries That Would Be Must-Watch Television   
    How about this one? 
     
    'The 2002 Minnesota Twins: From Contraction to Contention."
     
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to ashbury in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    Outwit, Outplay, Outlast.
     
    I can't quibble with your approach, but I somehow think that either Josh Donaldson, Sergio Romo, or Jorge Polanco would survive and take top honors.
     
    I don't know enough about Homer Bailey to rule him out, on these subjective grounds, though.
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Halsey Hall in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    Homer Bailey would never win.  Zero social skills.  He'd go out quickly.  I'd Take Max to win it all.  Nice work, by the way!
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Teflon in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    I think a better test of survival skills would be if they could find decent toilet paper anywhere.
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to TFRazor in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    This is easy. Turtle power. He might not win, but he'll be entertaining for however long he lasts.
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to The Wise One in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    Jake Cave or Tyler Duffrey. It is usually the under the radar people who used to win.
     
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to The Wise One in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    These are the times that what is fake and what is real becomes a legitimate question. 
    Sometimes it all boils down to what you want to believe.
    If someone is watching entertainment programming on television and are entertained by it, good for them. Nobody should be assailed for watching it.
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Bomba2026 in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    My fav show after Sports....Well Max Kepler would have all the women wanting to be in his alliance...Buxton would win all the challenges unless he bangs his head into a coconut tree on day 2...and can I toss Kent Hrbek on the island cuz that guy can fish!!
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Halsey Hall in Which Minnesota Twins Player Would Make the Best Survivor Contestant?   
    Wednesday night marked the finale of the long anticipated “all-winners” season of Survivor. As I was watching last night’s finale, I couldn’t help but think to myself, which current Minnesota Twins player would make the best Survivor contestant? Let's figure it out.If you’re not a Survivor fanatic like I am, let me quickly run through how the smash hit reality show works. The game starts with 18-20 castaways, divided into two tribes. Over the course of 39 days, the players work to provide food, fire and shelter for themselves. Additionally, the players compete in challenges where they can win rewards or immunities. Throughout the 39 days, they players use social and interpersonal skills to form bonds and avoid being voted out by their fellow contestants in a voting ritual called tribal council. The game proceeds until all contestants have been voted out and only one “sole survivor” remains.
     
    In order to figure out which Minnesota Twins player would make the best Survivor contestant, we’ll lay out the attributes that the ideal Survivor contestant must possess. These attributes will be laid out in the form of a tribal council. The three worst performing players in each attribute will be voted out in that tribal council.
     
    Starting off our “season” of Survivor will be the 18 best current Minnesota Twins players, according to 2019 fWAR. The 18 players will be split into two tribes of 9, the pitchers and the batters. Let’s begin Survivor: Twins at War!
     
    Our castaways (18): Josh Donaldson, José Berríos, Max Kepler, Nelson Cruz, Jake Odorizzi, Jorge Polanco, Mitch Garver, Homer Bailey, Miguel Sanó, Byron Buxton, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Luis Arráez, Taylor Rogers, Eddie Rosario, Tyler Duffey, Trevor May, Rich Hill
     
    Tribal Council #1 (Batter Tribe): An ideal Survivor contestant must be in good physical condition.
    Criterion: Sprint speed
     
    The physical aspect of Survivor is critical to the success of a contestant. The physical part of the game wins challenges which win reward and immunity challenges that would get our players far in our game. The criterion used to determine physical condition in the case of our game will be sprint speed. The strongest physical players in our game are Byron Buxton (30.3 ft/s) and Jorge Polanco (28.2). In Survivor, it’s typically the weakest players who get voted out first. In Survivor: Twins at War, the weakest players who the batter tribe will vote out will be Nelson Cruz (25.3), Josh Donaldson (25.8), and Mitch Garver (26.3). Nelson, Josh, Mitch...the tribe has spoken.
     
    Remaining castaways (15): José Berríos, Max Kepler, Jake Odorizzi, Jorge Polanco, Homer Bailey, Miguel Sanó, Byron Buxton, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Luis Arráez, Taylor Rogers, Eddie Rosario, Tyler Duffey, Trevor May, Rich Hill
     
    Tribal Council #2 (Pitcher Tribe): An ideal Survivor contestant must have good luck.
    Criterion: HR/FB%
     
    While many parts of Survivor have to do with skill, there is still a large part of Survivor that is luck. Whether it’s the randomness of a hidden immunity idol or a timely tribe swap, luck plays a huge factor in who advances in the game. The criterion used in Survivor: Twins at War will be for the pitchers tribe and will be HR/FB%. HR/FB ratio is typically a good determinant of which pitchers are lucky. A low HR/FB % means that a large number of fly balls that a pitcher surrendered stayed in the ballpark, which is typically determined more by luck than skill. In our game of Survivor, the lucky will advance. The luckiest contestants on the pitcher tribe in 2019 were Jake Odorizzi and José Berríos who posted an 8.80 and and 12 HR/FB% respectively. Our unluckiest contestants, and the next players voted out will be Rich Hill (22.2), Tyler Duffey (16.3) and Taylor Rogers (15.4). Rich, Tyler, Taylor...the tribe has spoken.
     
    Remaining castaways (12): José Berríos, Max Kepler, Jake Odorizzi, Jorge Polanco, Homer Bailey, Miguel Sanó, Byron Buxton, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Luis Arráez, Eddie Rosario, Trevor May
     
    Tribal Council #3 (Batter Tribe): An ideal Survivor contestant must be patient.
    Criteria: Pitches per plate appearance
     
    Another essential attribute that an ideal survivor contestant must possess is patience. In Survivor, one can’t play too hard too fast or they will be seen as a threat. As a result, players need to be patient and wait until the perfect time to make a big move. In Survivor: Twins at War, patience will be determined by pitches per plate appearance. The strongest remaining players on our batter tribe that possess this quality are Miguel Sanó (4.34) and Luis Arráez (4.06). The least patient remaining players on the batter tribe and who will be voted out will be Byron Buxton (3.5), Eddie Rosario (3.51) and Max Kepler (3.62). Byron, Eddie, Max...the tribe has spoken.
     
    Remaining castaways (9): José Berríos, Jake Odorizzi, Jorge Polanco, Homer Bailey, Miguel Sanó, Kenta Maeda, Michael Pineda, Luis Arráez, Trevor May
     
    Tribal Council #4 (Pitcher Tribe): An ideal Survivor contestant must be versatile.
    Criteria: # of pitches in arsenal
     
    In the game of Survivor, players can’t play with just one style of play but must be versatile in how they play the game. Players need to be honest, sly, trustworthy and deceiving all at the same time. In the Twins at War, versatility will be determined by the number of pitches in the arsenal of our pitcher tribe. Trevor May, Homer Bailey and Kenta Maeda each are versatile with 5 pitches in their arsenal, while Michael Pineda, José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi lack versatility with just 4 pitches in their arsenal. Michael, José, Jake...the tribe has spoken.
     
    Remaining castaways (6): Jorge Polanco, Homer Bailey, Miguel Sanó, Kenta Maeda, Luis Arráez, Trevor May
     
    Tribal Council #5 (Merged Tribes): An ideal Survivor contestant must have experience.
    Criteria: Service time
     
    Survivor just had an all-winners season of Survivor and it was the best-played season in Survivor history. The season showed that experience absolutely matters in Survivor. In order to measure experience in Twins Survivor, we will use service time. Homer Bailey is the leader in this department with 11 years of experience while Arráez (.121), Polanco (3.024), and Maeda (4) all fall short. Luis, Jorge, Kenta...the tribe has spoken.
     
    Remaining castaways (3): Homer Bailey, Miguel Sanó, Trevor May
     
    Final Tribal Council: An ideal Survivor contestant must be able to make social connections.
    Criterion: Career number of teammates
     
    More than anything else, Survivor is a social game. In the game of survivor, a player must be able to make strong connections with the players in his tribe and succeed at forming bonds with as many different players as he can. In the Twins at War, this will be determined by the career number of teammates that a player has had. The remaining player who has connected with the most players in his career will be able to make the most connections and garner the most jury votes en route to a Survivor victory. In 3rd place is Miguel Sanó who has made 140 career connections. In 2nd place is Trevor May who has made 141 career connections. And with 368 career connections, your winner of Survivor: Twins at War is……….Homer Bailey! Congratulations, Homer!
     
    What do you think about how Survivor: Twins at War played out? Do you think Homer Bailey would make for the best Survivor contestant? Leave a comment and start the conversation!
     
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Nick Nelson in The Show Must Go On: Deadline Decisions   
    Option 1: Press "Like This" on this comment (or voice your support below) if you want us to trade LF Eddie Rosario and SP Jordan Balazovic to Rays for SP Blake Snell, losing a key hitter and our top pitching prospect but gaining an elite starter with extended team control.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Musk21 in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Aichiman in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Sconnie in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from JLease in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from DocBauer in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from nclahammer in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Cody Pirkl in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from ashbury in Goodbye Eddie?   
    In the event of a cancelled season, arbitration eligible players will receive the same salary in 2021 as they were due in 2020.
     
    With a salary of just $7.75M, I would bet that the Twins hang onto Rosario. With the cancelled season, I can’t imagine that the Twins will feel comfortable tossing Larnach/Rooker in as the starting OF. Especially with Marwin walking, the Twins could certainly stand to hang onto Rosario in his last arbitration season. IMO, a cancelled season only increases the likelihood that Eddie remains a Twin.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Matthew Lenz in Quick Hitter: Looking Back at a Twins Pitcher's Unprecedented 2005 Season   
    This was a lot of fun. Nice job, Matt!
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to Nick Nelson in The Show Must Go On: Rising Power   
    Option 1: Press "Like This" on this comment (or voice your support below) if you want to promote Jordan Balazovic into the rotation while moving Randy Dobnak back into the long relief role where he had more success.
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    Matthew Taylor reacted to #1ShaneMackFan in Ranking the Top 10 Moments from the 1991 World Series   
    The Chili home run in game three was one of my favorites, even in a losing effort. That was heart pumping.
     
    I think my "favorite" play of all was the 3-2-3 DP in game 7. Herbie's fist/arm pump give me goosebumps every single time. So mush drama and intensity.
     
    What does it say about this series that the decoy play and Galdden's double aren't even on the list? Then there are the great Braves plays like the end of games 3-4, Mark Lemke, etc... 
     
    Simply amazing.
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    Matthew Taylor got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Ranking the Top 10 Moments from the 1991 World Series   
    Commonly referred to as the greatest Series ever played, the 1991 World Series was full of great moments. From extra inning games, to walk-off hits, to controversial calls, to complete game shutouts, the ‘91 Series was no short on drama. There were ten moments, though, that stood above the rest.Here are the top 10 moments from the 1991 World Series, ranked in descending order of drama and excitement:
     
    10. Game 3 - Chili’s pinch hit home run ties the game
     
    Even though it was in a losing effort, Chili Davis’s home run in Game 3 was monumental at the time. The home run for Davis came in the eighth inning when the Twins were down 4-2. Pitching for the Braves was closer Alejandro Peña who was 13-for-13 in save opportunities since being acquired by the Braves earlier that season. Chili was called upon to pinch hit for the pitcher spot (universal DH please) and blasted a two-run shot to tie the game and eventually force extra innings.
     
    9. Game 2 - Chili homers off Glavine
     
    Chili Davis hit two home runs in the 1991 World Series and both of them proved to be big ones. His first home run of the Series came in the second inning of Game 2 where he hit a homer off of Cy Young Award winner, Tom Glavine. While the Davis home run didn’t come late in the game or win the game, it was huge given the opposing pitcher and the opportunity to set the tone in Game 2.
     

     
    8. Game 1 - Gagne’s three-run Shot
     
    The 1991 World Series started off as a nail biter in Game 1. Through 4 1/2 innings, the Twins were just up 1-0, however that all changed in the bottom of the fifth inning when Greg Gagne stepped up to the plate with two-runners on and knocked a three-run shot. This put the Twins up 4-0 and the Twins never looked back in taking a 1-0 series lead.
     
    7. Game 2 - Leius’s eighth innning bomb secures win
     
    After Chili Davis’s first inning home run off of Glavine, the Twins only managed one more hit off of Tom Glavine up to the eighth innning. In a 2-2 tie game, Scott Leius took the first pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning and hit it over the left field fence to give the Twins a 3-2 lead and secure a 2-0 series lead for the Twins.
     

     
    6. Game 2 - Hrbek “pulls Gant off the bag”
     
    In “the tag heard ‘round the world”, Kent Hrbek fielded a Kevin Tapani throw and placed a tag on Gant’s leg, getting tangled with him in the process. Gant and Braves’ first base coach pleaded with the first base umpire that he was pulled off the bag. For the rest of this series and to this day, Hrbek remains hated by Braves fans. Did he pull Gant off the bag, though? Let’s ask the man himself:
     
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