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ashbury

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ashbury last won the day on December 17 2021

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  1. I'm no longer sold on the concept of Opener, as a particularly desirable outcome for a pitcher's career trajectory. However, it might prove to be a valid waypoint along that trajectory, while deciding what his best use will be. "One time through the lineup, and now and then we'll allow you to try to prove you can do more," would for example constitute a plan that I could see catching on better than "one inning... next!" Doesn't have to come at the beginning of a game, for that matter, nor be literally exactly 9 batters faced - bring someone in to oitch to the bottom third of the lineup, say, and keep him in until goes all the way through again to the #9 hitter, relieving him of course if he struggles.
  2. Garcia earned 0.1 WAR in his stint with the Twins. Extrapolated to a full season of starts, that would be 3.2, well above average. Even more encouraging, his BABIP while with the team was an unsightly .421, relative to his career rate of about .300, suggesting even better results if his luck had been closer to normal. All in all, it's high time the Twins retired Number 24 (maybe a co-retirement recognizing Ryan LaMarre). Oh yeah, my favorite Jaime Garcia moment has to be that one time, it is very, very fair to say.
  3. All men are immortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore Socrates is immortal. By coincidence, I was talking to Socrates, just the other day. He said to watch out for false premises. Doesn't matter whether the rest of the logic is sound or not; the conclusion can be ignored. When you say we're in danger of missing the opening of the season because of the players, in a situation that's manifestly a lockout, none of the rest bears close examination. When you suggest the players are uniquely fortunate, it's an omission and half-truth that likewise invalidates the argument. It's not worth going through point by point. "Look what YOU made me do." That's the mating call of the abusive partner. The owners had the choice whether to initiate a lockout or not. You're in too deep and it's probably too late in your career to reexamine your own allegiances, but your biases can be called out whenever they affect the discussion.
  4. I think you're right. We need to get a major league team situated there, pronto!
  5. You complain that posters have biases. Yet you use your own evident anti-labor bias to continually frame the discussion. I'm not having it. As for missing part of the season, bear in mind that it's a lockout, not a strike. You want to see the world through a funhouse mirror, fine. I'll call it out when I see it, but I'm not engaging in some pointless back-and-forth. We're very aware of management's position.
  6. Each generation of owner is far more fortunate than the previous.
  7. Hrbek's a guilty pleasure, and is my first instinctive answer as he was emblematic of the spirit of his teams, but the big goofy galoot is difficult to justify to anyone outside of the circle of Twins fans who read this. Kirby would be an easy choice for me, above Kent, except for what came out after his career ended. For me, that counts, for a ranking so lofty. I ... just... can't. The big stars who predated my arrival in the Twin Cities in 1978 just aren't eligible for my personal vote. I think, so far, Byron Buxton's career has been easy to root for, and I don't hold his injuries against him, so I think he's my answer.
  8. His days as catcher probably are numbered. Unless the Twins think he's capable of developing into another Nelson Cruz, a rare commodity indeed, once relieved of catching duties, I'd say no to an extension.
  9. I'm pretty much on the pessimistic side with regard to this injury. I expect it to be chronic and to flare up occasionally.
  10. No minor league signing is going to move the needle. Needle-movers get major league contract offers, usually multiple offers from teams wanting their needle moved. And yet, every organization sign minor leaguers every year. Every organization. Every year. This guy, at least, is still a bit young and could be a decent substitute if he starts out hot and a roster vacancy occurs. He's 25 and may be just a later bloomer. He's not some 30-year old with no remaining upside.
  11. Check your numbers again. What you mentioned for his SS defense was across 73 innings in Philly, ignoring 573 innings in Baltimore. Looking at the best possible sample size is even more key for defense than for offense. For 2021 as a whole his SS Rtot/y on bb-ref.com is -4, statistically indistinguishable from average. I'll stand by my previous characterization, which amounts to damning with faint praise. "Nearly average." As in, not even. Yet better overall than who we ran out there in 2021, and may end up with again.
  12. I was lazy on my last post and left it to visualize the current teams. Here I've blotted out 30 locations. The remainder stands out. Nashville or Memphis wouldn't be crazy, and New Orleans has the population but never really has supported baseball. Apart from the US south, Montreal could be given another go. (Not sure what the diffused blob of light in west-central Canuckistan is - Regina isn't that large - maybe NASA picked up some kind of fire raging at the time?)
  13. By coincidence I ran across this old NASA map. It is quite (*ahem*) illuminating. Visualize where MLB teams are scattered, and decide what population centers are not currently well served. Las Vegas for instance looks about as large as other low-end cities, but where are the outlying areas they can draw from? I think the Carolinas look more promising in this (*ahem*) light.
  14. I haven't seen Brooklyn mentioned as a possible expansion location, and I think it makes a lot of sense. The NYC market is more capable of supporting a third team than a lot of the AAAA cities being mentioned. And they already have a ballpark, for the minor league Cyclones, which has a footprint for additional seating.
  15. A salary floor disincentivizes the practice of accepting very low revenue (bad attendance, reduced jersey sales and concessions, Nielsen ratings of 0, etc) while tanking. Since I view low fan interest as bad for the game, I'm in favor of the floor. Teams should work constantly to build their fan base, not simply "ride out" waves of apathy W-L records may be a zero-sum game among the teams, but interest in the sport is not. Teams today should be routinely drawing 3 million attendees a year when they're winning, and not drop off by more than a few hundred thousand when they're down. A decades long view should be taken, to market their players and the beauty of the game, and not simply the prospect of a World Series crown during a short window of contention. So much of the discussion here reminds me of the old saying about a miser who knows the price of everything but the value of nothing.
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