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  1. How does this work with injured minor leaguers? Do they still have to be added to the 40-man at the same time if they're currently injured or is there some sort of exemption for long-term injuries at that level?
  2. I live out-of-market now, but I wish everyone the best on this and hope that however you choose to get TV/streaming, the Twins are fully available to you wherever you are soon. For those discussing buying just the streaming option, I think it's even cheaper than $20 per month if you buy the annual plan. It definitely is for me, but I get the veteran's discount. Worth looking into it.
  3. The bankruptcy is irrelevant to this particular issue. MLB isn't claiming that the Twins are owed something, they are claiming that Bally is stealing from them. The analogy is that someone agrees to buy your house and on the appointed day, doesn't pay you. They arrive and say they filed for bankruptcy last week, so you can't ask them for the money but you still have to let them have the house. Don't give them the house, nothing requires you to continue to do business with them at that point.
  4. Man, you don't get into the spring training spirit at all. :) Regardless, name a team since 1991 that was deeper. And remember that depth includes call-up depth in the minors that is actually major league ready. I see two big flaws in your reasoning. Do you really feel there isn't a single decent hitter to follow behind Correa? And what does contract status have to with depth? Bringing up free agency in another season seems to indicate you're looking for reasons not to believe.
  5. Regarding the last point, this may be the deepest Twins squad since the 91 World Series winner. Somebody will say something about the squads over the 2000s until 2011, but those teams always had deep bullpens, but a couple of starts with no business in the major leagues and several AAAA fielders. Everyone on this squad is a clear major league player. The only players anyone could argue may not be ready are Larnach (due to experience) and Pagan (who actually had a better second half after being pulled out of the closer role). Even better is that there are major league caliber players at AAA at every section of the roster. I know there is some heartburn over Ober, but we haven't had a ready starter at AAA to start a season in decades, let alone three. But with Ober, which of the five starts would you dump for him on opening day? People mention putting Maeda in the bullpen, but he was so dissatisfied with relief that he asked the Dodgers for a trade and was an outstanding starting for us. He deserves the right to try to start again after the injury. Not letting him try is disloyal and would have ramifications for morale and our desirability as a landing place for pitchers in later years. Players remember and word gets around.
  6. Does anybody know the status of the BSN contracts with the Wild and Timberwolves? That would have to play into this in terms of making their own network work.
  7. Bleacher Report is referring to him as a 3B. I don't know, in good faith. I guess he could play either, based on how things play out with Correa or another FA. Could also free up 3B for Lewis in two years.
  8. Regarding the crime issue and the impact on attendance. I don't live in Minnesota anymore and I miss having the ability to go to the games, but as a result, I have no idea whether crime is actually up in the city and even what kind of crime may be occurring. But I have a lot of experience with understanding crime and how people respond to it and can tell you that there are actually two different things here. There is crime and then there is the media coverage of crime. The second plays a much greater role in how people view an area and it lasts years. For instance, when the LRT discussion came up, I imagine that people remember how there were a bunch of Strib stories about robberies and assaults on the trains, usually during the overnight. But those stories were pre-Covid, if I remember. But they stick. It is irrelevant to attendance whether people are safe, what counts is whether they feel safe. Regardless, Go Twins! Wish I could be there with you in person.
  9. The Twins once fielded a squad with five Hall of Famers on it. The fielders were Killebrew, Oliva, and Carew, who were three very different types of hitters. Carew scored 50% more runs than he batted in, It's because he was constantly on base when people like Killebrew and Oliva drove him in. Takes all types to put together a good team.
  10. In the words of the Daily Norseman website, this Twins team is a Buy. Great write-up, solid reasoning. I do think KC deserved a mention, they're improved from last season and did take a series from us as the winning streak began.
  11. Oddly enough, for all the gnashing of teeth last week, we are half a game out of first place and one game out of the wild card race, Long season. Looking forward to watching it.
  12. Neshek always struck me as one of those situations where Gardy just didn't like certain players who didn't fit his view of the game and he got run out, never really getting the chance to work all the way back from the injury. The Twins during this period had a solid history of screwing with their pitchers and either losing them or having them find success elsewhere after the Twins gave up. Regarding Neshek's popularity, the sidearm delivery was cool, but Neshek was from Wisconsin and really bonded with our fanbase. Beyond that, he was simply fun. It was a shame how that played out, he was pretty clear that his hope was to stay with the Twins for the long term.
  13. MLB has been reducing the time between innings as part of the pace of play issue, so maybe there? Great point about the nature of soccer stoppages.
  14. Interesting point about tradition and the nature of the buttons on the front of the shirt. If you look back on the 70s and early 80s, the uniforms absolutely lost a lot of tradition. Most teams wore pullovers, looked awful. The White Sox tried out shorts at one point. There was a real snapback to tradition in the mid-to-late 80s. So if you don't care for the patches, there is hope.
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