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  1. Why is all the talk of moving all these great 2019 SSs off of SS? they all were better defensively than Polanco. It's because of the success of Polanco and Semien had at 2B. It'd make a lot of more sense to keep them and move Semien back to SS than forcing Polanco back to SS. Moving Polanco back to SS we not only lose at SS & 2B defensively but also a huge digression offensively for Polanco. I'd also I'd like to state that our improvement in the infield made a lot of difference but poor management decisions on pitching (SP &BP) and OF (LF & CF back up) from the beginning of the season negated all that. Our infield kept us in the game only having it lost by the SP, BP and OF. We did not lose in 2121 because of our core, we still have an excellent core of players. To think that it was the core's problem and that we have no chance to compete in 2022, so it doesn't matter what we do at SS is a terrible mistake. Yes we have no rotation, no SS and no real back up at CF. But we have an abundance of redundant players & prospect we need to trade and FA options to fill those positions. If we don't go for it this season don't think they'll ever go for it with this FO. Moving Polanco back to SS doesn't only tremendously hurts the team, it also hurts tremendously Polanco as a player.
  2. The Twins did not win their division in 2019 & 2020 because of Polanco was at SS and Arraez at 2B it was in spite of. We no longer have those conditions that existed back then. The main focus of any team shouldn't be on what they got by with in the past but how to better the players that impact them to win the most games as possible. 2019 & 2020 .
  3. I see it as a ploy, for MLB to shake-up the player base. They don't want to shorten the season anymore than the players.
  4. Most pitching prospects I believe shouldn't be designated as a BP arm until they are ready to make that MLB jump. They should be groomed as SP as long as possible. But in agreement to your idea, that most pitching prospects should be exposed to some BP role (whether opener or long relief) on the MLB level before they are ready to go a full 5+ innings.
  5. In the beginning of this off season, I thought I'd start a debate between "Stats" and "Baseball Savvy", but I've been too busy. Now I'm going to give it a shot. I remember when 2 baseball movies that came out about the same time, "Moneyball" and "Trouble with the Curve". Both were great movies but they had contrary themes. "Moneyball" portrayed analytics as everything and scouting evaluations and baseball savvy as worthless, and contrary "Trouble with the Curve" portrayed scouting evaluations and baseball savvy as everything and analytics as worthless. In real life both are important. Analytics has revolutionized Baseball, any team that ignore analytics will be left behind. At the same time teams that only look at stats only and not have proper evaluations and baseball savvy do not know how to properly utilize the stats that are available. Some cherry picks certain stats to present a certain player over another also IMO some stats are developed to favor certain players over another. Also general stats don't indicate factors and conditions that were present. Factors and conditions need to be considered to adequately evaluate players and prospects. For example, the short 2020 season, I don't really put a lot of stock in (whether a player had great production or poor) because some had difficulty adjusting to it and other did well because it was a short season. The real evaluation should be on regular full seasons. Other considerations are ""live/ dead ball", stadiums and teams when looking for trades. Again both are needed but which one do you think is more important?
  6. I get excited about Lewis & Martin because of their ability to be able to be true super utility players which we haven't had since Caesar Tovar. Super utility players add so much depth at critical positions much like LAD had with Chris Taylor and Kiki Hernandez. Still this season if they get called up, it probably won't be until at the end. One player I'd like to see get a chance to be called up earlier is Palacios (who isn't even on your list). IMO he has the ability to play SS and he's shown that he can be a hitter in the Twins organization. He has paid his dues and that we can better evaluate where he sits with the organization. The problem is that he's not on the 40 man roster. Our 40 man is very tight, so for him to be put on the roster he needs to be very good. It's a shame that our 40 man is so tight. So worthy players like Palacio don't get that opportunity
  7. Great story David! I dearly remember him. I didn't know he was a MN native until later. He was my younger brother 1st favorite Twin. I recognize him and Al Worthington as the Twins original "closers".
  8. If the Twins don't have courage to go for it this year, I don't ever see them going for it. I'm not in favor of depending on prospects & throwing them out there in diverse situations & see if they sink or swim, I think that's counter productive. Nevertheless, IMO a lot of prospects will get an opportunity to get their feet wet this season. Through a AAAA rotating system the hot ones will get the most time. Joe Ryan has the 1st spot, of course but I see Duran has the next call up, if he's healthy, in the BP. I also see that SWR has a very good chance at the end of the season. I'd rate him a little higher than you.
  9. Yes indeed it would be a easy answer. We wouldn't need to sign a big $ FA, No blow back from small but loud fan base to sign a bounce back candidate Simmons or a poor FA SS candidate or FO wouldn't have to trade for a true SS (which they hate to do). But is it the sane thing to do? Why would this FO negate the best move they have ever made? SS isn't his natural position, he's confused how to throw to 1st base (which causes throwing errors) and physically his ankles can't take it (with every game shows digression). Bad ankles directly effects his hitting which negates the advantage of his hitting prowess. 2B you need someone who has range and Arraez has none. It pains me to see GBs that bleed through the infield when he plays there, 2B is his worse position. Many times in life the easiest solution isn't the best. I'd rather go the less easy routes. Trade for a true SS or Sign Story or Simmons or even Goodrum and let him, Palacio and Lewis fight it out. The last has a lot of ?s and is risky but is better than the recipe for disaster which is putting Polanco back at SS. This is a good debate for "forever Arraez no matter what" fans, which can't get over their sentiment for Arraez. Although it's entertaining to watch his ABs, his best value for the Twins is what he can give us via an injunction trade for frontline SP. Putting Polanco at SS and Arraez at 2B is no viable option that should be entertained.
  10. Good article Andrew. I have a good feeling about Cotton. I think he'll surprised a lot of people with his upside. He a good pick up. He's at the right place where he could get a uptick in his fastball if it doesn't effect his movement too much and perfect his slider to go along with his change up.
  11. Thanks Mike, I'm nostalgic also for when baseball was king. Not only for the sport but also the way of life. Baseball was a family sport, when we played in baseball games, the whole family would show up. During tournaments it was a weekend family outing. I loved the "Purple People Eaters" Fran Tarkenton, the "Baby Bull" and Vikings. Now other sports aren't as important but I'm still hanging onto the Twins. Maybe because of the family ties I had growing up. I believe as the family importance has diminished so has baseball. Baseball has become more complicated (more business like and political than a the love for the sport) and so has life.
  12. We have to go with the hand we're dealt. It'd be great to have 5 SP that can give you 5-6 quality innings. For many years we've had only Berrios and now we don't have anyone. So our best option is BP games w/ openers. We should have focused on long relief for a long time but has been neglected. Too much attention has been given to extending SPs longer than their limits and overusing short relief which results in melt down and injuries. Again I'll state that this isn't necessarily my preference but this is what we to have work with. Maybe later some pitchers will rise up and show us that they can be another Berrios but until then we are stuck with this.
  13. Nice article, 2 different but great players in their own right. Carew was a better hitter, base runner and baseball ambassador but Puckett had more power, better defense and more intensity. I pick Carew because of his longevity, breaking the home stealing record and his loyalty to Oliva.
  14. I myself was slightly down on Lewis after ALC tear. But then I remember his drive, athleticism, optimism and baseball saavy; so I say they are definitely too harsh. IMO he'll bounce back and prove them wrong by playing in the MLB before they have a chance to correct their misevaluation.
  15. I agree with wsnydes Lewis getting back on track is the most crucial for the team.
  16. I just remember how well Jamie Gomez seemed to fit with the Twins, IMO his pitching looked better than his stats. And how sad I was when they traded him, because #1 I liked Gomez and #2 it was a premature white flag. Looking at Atlanta this year and how they reacted at the trade deadline. They were below .500 club yet they went for it. They went out and filled their holes, with players that on paper were rejects. But with them they were able to turn it around and win the World Series. It's hard to foresee how well Ynoa and Gill would turn out. But IMO we could've used Gomez down the stretch and into the that post season.
  17. Garver is a late bloomer so I think he still has a few good years in him. He's a student of the game and he'll adjust to any situation. Yet I think we don't have to be in a hurry to extend him
  18. and Larry Macphail's great-grandson. Larry and Lee are both in the baseball HOF as commissioners. Commissioners who loved the sport, what an archaic idea.
  19. Thanks Jamie, a great article on exceptional Petty. He seems to do everything right and has a lot of upside. I hope and should stay relatively healthy.
  20. I was intrigued when I saw Drew Macphail name, wondering if he's related to Andy. He is, he's a younger son. Would assume that baseball saavy would rub off on him and possibly be valuable to the Twins
  21. I'm a big fan of Celestino and Alcala. We've desperately needed for a long time a true CF to back up Buxton, our hope is on Celestino. Celestino was the main focus on that trade. Unfortunately due to mismanagement Celestino was prematurely rushed up to MLB this has set him back some. Once he gets his confidence back, he'll come & fulfill his MLB role. Alcala has been the surprise, lately, he has looked fantastic against RH hitters and now with his 3rd pitch, he can challenge LHs. IMO he could be used now as a SP or at least a high leverage RP. Even though, Losing Pressly was painful. He has been and still is a great reliever for the Astros with years still ahead of him. Although we've had good BPs, Pressly could've stayed off their eventual meltdown. Hindsight w/o Celestino and Alcala on the 40 man, we should've been able to keep Baddoo. His LH platoon w/ Buxton last year would've been invaluable. Although I like Celestino & Alcala, I'm not ready to call this trade a success.
  22. I'm sorry Nash I don't see any reason to extend him right now. Why do we extend anyone before his time? Are we afraid of losing Arraez, when his time is up? Why are we desperate on keeping an around average utility player with 0 upside and increasing downside? Where we have better players to occupy those positions. We need to look beyond our sentiments and see reality and look at what's best for the team. Arraez's best value to us is his trade value to obtain much needed upside SP.
  23. I like all three. I've always been intrigued by Stratton's spin rate and why he hadn't had more success. Last year he was pretty good, so maybe w/ better coaching his future is looking up. But I like a trade with either Sulser (BAL) or Trivino (OAK) because we could also add a SP to the trade Means (BAL) Bassitt or Montas (OAK)
  24. Great article Nick. Hope a lot from Kepler and Sano' but at this point they're a big ?. How well we do this season will depend how they perform along with how well FO fills our holes. Agree with your assessments of how to approach our necessity of who to trade.
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