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  1. Easily Rod Carew, who in my opinion is one of the few greatest pure hitters of all time. His 1970s run had him dominating his peers with the .350, .359, .333, .364 and .388 batting averages. He won the 1977 batting title over his teammate Lyman Bostock by 52 points. Stole as many as 49 bases in a season and stole home 7 times in one season. He was IMO also the best bunter in Twins history. He might be the only player since divisional play started to win the MVP award on a 4th place team.
  2. I like the informative analysis of the Twins assets. I’m wondering why Miranda is so low? We’ll see how those Twin .345 batting averages and 30 homers translate to MLB. My OOTP baseball experiment saw him hit ~ .285 with 14 HR and 82 RBIs. I’m actually optimistic that he can be a big boost for the Twins in 2022. The jury is out!
  3. Yes, I’m going to try to play some of the games with myself managing the Twins and then maybe a combo of simulation and me managing the Twins for the rest. The cool thing is the minor league games always get simulated so you can know which player is ready to help the major league team. When I got the game, it was set up to play the 2021 season, so I made some of the trades and simulated 2021 based on real life 2021 stats. What was cool was that the offense was really strong. Miranda hit around .285 with 14 HR and 82 RBIs, not bad for a rookie! Iglesias hit ~.303 with 11 HR, a pleasant surprise. The Twins finished 85-77 and then I made the Bryant, Rodon, Cueto acquisitions after. Now I’m set up to play the opener of the 2022 season with the roster I was able to put together.
  4. Frustrated by Falvey and Levine’s approach the last two offseason and with the lockout in effect, I bought OOTP baseball for $4.99 in order to build the Twins my way using trades, free agent signings and keeping the up and coming pitching. I set the trade slider a little more to the hard side the the easy side. It seemed to carry over to free agent negotiations but I’m not sure. Prime example: I offered Byron Buxton basically the same deal the Twins signed him for and he came back and said, "I’m only entertaining serious offers"! It seemed he ignored the $8M per year for an MVP award and AB bonuses. He was so tough that to get him signed, I had to average over 20M yr. plus he wanted a 9 year deal. I got away with 8 but I had to have him. When trying for free agents or making trades, I eschewed any player that I knew had been signed in real life or traded to a new team. I got messages along the way from Jim Pohlad and at one point, he said that I was having such a good offseason that he was raising my allowance from $203M budget (all expenses, not just payroll). At a budget of $203, the player payroll was $160M but he raised the budget to $210M and a player payroll of $170M. He must have seen quickly that I was going to be very aggressive striving to build a 2022 contender. Some of the trades and signings saw me moving Max Kepler for Taijuan Walker. Signing Jose Iglesias, attempting to sign Michael Pineda and Danny Duffy over extended negotiations (especially with Pineda) only to be spurned by both. Trading Bailey Ober and Luis Arraez for Chris Bassit. Releasing Dylan Bundy. Signing Billy Hamilton to a very reasonable deal to be insurance for Byron Buxton. Signing Carlos Rodon, which went surprisingly smoothly. Yes, I did offer him a fair contract. Signing Ken Giles was exciting, knowing how it would solidify the bullpen. The toughest one was attempting to sign Kris Bryant. I think he had me up to $173M and strung me along, then said the Cubs had a better offer. I ended up cutting it off but after a decent period of time passed, he came back and I was able to sign him at a bargain $15M yr for 5 yrs. After spring training had ended, Johnny Cueto, having cut off negotiations, came back to me on the eve of the season opener and said he’d like to try again. I offered him more than he asked for 1 yr plus an option year and he signed in time for the season opener. After all the moves, I decided to promote Cole Sands to work out of the bullpen, a job he earned in OOTP baseball’s spring training. Here are some graphics on your new, shiny, division contending 2022 Minnesota Twins!
  5. It's actually kind of exciting. I learned something new when Buxton was hitting about .160 a few years back but in my mind he was a big net plus because of his off the charts defense!
  6. Good call on Corbett. I followed him as a Twin and he was a real gem! As I recall this was after they let Bill Campbell walk but still came up with Corbett and Tom Johnson. Corbett was probably one of the best Twins relievers ever (just for a short time similar to how I refer to Lyman Bostock as one of the best Twins hitters ever (I’d rate him 5th). That first year for Corbett was a doozie!!!
  7. I agree. As the song says, I don’t care if I (n) ever get back! No clocks in baseball, please!
  8. I agree up to a point. I honestly think the Twins offense needs a lot of work with holes in LF, RF, SS and question marks at 1B and even Catcher. I'd go with Bryant or Castellanos in LF, Buxton/Billy Hamilton in CF and Kirilloff in RF. Donaldson at 3B, Iglesias at SS, Polanco at 2B and Sano at 1B. Miranda would get 500 AB playing 3B, 2B, LF, 1B and DH. With injuries maybe he could take a regular position. Rooker is in the mix if he can start putting it together, which I think he will but should start out as a bench player. From my bitter history as a Twins fan during the 17 year drought, as Herb Carneal called it, I learned the hard way that great hitting teams like the 1977 Twins, with little quality pitching have a ceiling of 84-77. Even if a great hitting team with mediocre pitching gets into the playoffs, it will fail (see 2019 Twins). The saying I grew up with is good pitching stops good hitting. So I do want to improve the offense as much as you do but sign Pineda and maybe trade for Montas or Manea. By the way, that 1977 team with Rod Carew at .388, Lyman Bostock at .336 and Glenn Adams at .338 plus Hisle over .300 with 119 RBIs was fun!!! And had virtually no pitching.
  9. I have to disagree with the premise that the Twins don’t have holes in the corner outfield slots. LF was a disaster with Larnach and Cave taking up a lot of at bats. Kepler in right is stuck in a rut in thinking nothing but pull, which he usually does to the 2B in short right field often. In my 50+ years of following baseball, all with the Twins, I’ve never known a hitter with a .211 BA who was an asset. A team of .211 hitters will lose 100+ games unless they have the Jim Palmer/Mike Cuellar/Dave McNally/Pat Dobson all 20 game winners staff. Roy Smalley called Kepler out multiple times on the broadcasts about his losing pull, pull, pull approach even mentioning the word stubborn, which I agree with. Kepler’s averages of .235 ..243 .224 .252 .228 .211 do not indicate the kind of player that is a winning player. I would trade him, if possible. The ideal OF would be Castellanos or Bryant, Buxton and Kirilloff with Sano at 1B. Iglesias .271 average and defense at SS and Miranda getting 500 AB at 3B, 2B, LF, 1B, DH. If Mark Contreras is still around, I like him as a 4th OF as he’s got speed and power and can play cf. I’d also take a shot at Billy Hamilton as a 5th OF/ Byron Buxton Insurance policy due to his dominating defense and stolen base speed, which could be used late in games for a possible winning play.
  10. As legend has it, when Arraez’s Knees are at the peak of balkiness, they also become bulky with swelling.
  11. Greglw3

    My Twins HOF vote

    Bostock signed a free agent contract with the California Angels, regrettably.
  12. I think this is an excellent idea. The offense needs to be stronger on its face plus the suspect pitching factor. I’d be happy with Bryant in LF Buxton in CF (with a newly signed Billy Hamilton as the Buxton insurance policy) and Kirilloff in RF. I would move Kepler.
  13. I’d put Dave Goltz in the #4 slot instead of Radke (moving Radke down to 6th at least) and flip flop Mauer and Puckett. Goltz, when you study it, was significantly superior to Radke and the staff ace for years. I calculated his 8 year Twins ERA as 3.48 where Radke was 4.22. Goltz averaged 204.75 IP and his 1st year was in the low 90s. He had 5 consecutive years of 243, 249.1, 303, 220.1, 250.2 and carried the starting staff on his shoulders in the 1977 season when Carew and Bostock finished 1-2 in the batting race. Mauer is an historic player of a great magnitude in winning 3 batting titles as a catcher when no other catcher in AL history had won even one! That’s super special. With those two changes, overall, I think you have a good list. Goltz is arguably the second best pitcher ever drafted by the Twins.
  14. It seems extremely highly likely that Miranda is ready. ~.345 at AA and ~.345 at AAA with 30 HR in a shortened season may be unprecedented in Twins history. Barring further trades, I’d see him playing 3B, 2B, 1B and DH and possibly even some LF. The Twins need to give a full chance to this special talent. I believe that even though the Twins need pitching, there seems no way they’ll have a championship caliber staff at this point. As Nick Nelson mentioned, the Twins could sign Pineda and one more and then rely on Ryan, Ober, Sands, Duran, Balazovic, etc. The one thing I’m convinced of is the Twins likely can’t win with that kind of pitching staff and not significantly improving the offense. The offense has question marks in LF, RF, SS, 1B, C. LF is the highest priority. Castellanos would fit well. If not, bring back Eddie Rosario. He never should have been booted out of town. RF is a problem too with Kepler stuck in a looooong spell of too much pulll, pull, pull and very low batting averages. I’d put Kirilloff in RF and Sano at 1B with Kepler 4th OF. I’m quite sure Kirilloff would have a better season than Kepler’s last 2 seasons. So Miranda could be very important since you don’t like having 4 or 5 question marks in an offense. One mitigating factor could be if Sano clicks from the start instead of a prolonged deep freeze.
  15. I think you’ll get that look at Balazovic. He looked at times like he was ready with that big breaking ball but was disappointingly erratic. The clips I’ve seen of him pitching well look like a guy who’s ready but his overall performance in AA contradicts that. That said, I’m still hopeful he’s a high upside guy.
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