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ashbury last won the day on July 31

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  1. Don't you think if Ryan goes that extra inning, Minaya is the one who is bypassed, and the late innings are covered exactly the same as it played out?
  2. I want to believe this would help, but I think the FO has a philosophy in place for both hitting and pitching, and a coach who tries to go against it wouldn't last very long. It goes beyond any one coach.
  3. I clicked Like even though I didn't like any of these outcomes. Please bring us better news next time.
  4. Tuned in just in time to enjoy an entertaining top of the ninth. Yeah, didn't enjoy the wasted out by Jeffers quite as much. But speed kills, and that insurance run was fun.
  5. Yeah, just to be clear, while the AFL website finally has the schedule posted, the Rosters tab still seems to reflect 2019, unless Luke Raley and Dakota Chalmers are being brought back to the Twins organization somehow. They haven't named the players yet, so if I were in charge I'd take down the outdated website material; the Twins aren't even Salt River anymore, they're Scottsdale. Indeed the linked article is still the one dated July 21, and it's only the schedule that is new. This one is more up to date, and contains the info I was looking for: fans are welcome under whatever Covid protocols they have in place. Gonna give this some serious consideration.
  6. Classless and clueless is in the eye of the beholder. AL East opponents of the Jays might say it is classless to pinch hit a career minor leaguer in the ninth inning, for instance. I was initially puzzled by the lack of game action, but the timing worked against Maggi (as can probably said every step of his career); he could have been a pinch hitter instead of Tortuga yesterday, with different luck. Maggi understands where he is in the team depth chart, even with Simmons underperforming, so that when the bona fide major leaguers come back he goes down. Snubbing Simmons this late in the season might be viewed as classless and clueless, from other vantage points. The point being that Rocco and the FO deal with variables that we may not fully be privy to. Crossing fingers Maggi gets another callup when we're playing the non-contenders.
  7. At first I was guessing this was purely an artifact of his era. If so, expect the record to be broken within a few short years, by someone already well on his way. Perfect use for baseball-reference.com's Stathead tool. So I asked for a list of active players with 1000 or fewer SO, to see who might be a candidate. Everyone near the top of that sorted list already had more than the 660 games Sano has. So then I asked it to show me such candidates who also had fewer than that number of games. Joey Gallo has 868 SO in 613 games - he's not going to make it at that rate. Aaron Judge has 772 in 558 - slightly better rate but that's not going to cut it. Yoan Moncada with 671/525 - nope. The tool doesn't (to my knowledge) let me sort by a ratio, but a quick scan of the list sorted by SO doesn't reveal a viable candidate with any kind of track record. As with any negative milestone of counting stats (e.g. 20 losses by a starting pitcher) you have to be pretty good to achieve it. The truly bad never make it that far. Congratulations, Miguel. Your record may stand a while.
  8. What would you say to Baez instead? He's not signed to an extension yet, is he?
  9. I feel I understand the motivation for pitchers and batters alike to try to "slow the game down", in the mental sense, so as to provide absolute top-notch performance. But that implies that to force them to speed up the game is approximately an equal burden to both adversaries. The batter may not have quite as much time to focus on the strategy of the next pitch, the pitcher likewise may not be able to concentrate on precise mechanics (and max-effort may not be as advisable, as already has been pointed out), but the net result may not be any diminishment of the competition, and the same approximate quality of play should result. Or maybe better - or at least more entertaining - because optimality can be awfully dull when viewed over and over. Good competition comes from mistakes on both sides.
  10. At this point I am on board with giving Gordon many starts at SS, not because I want to see his defensive stylings at a position I expect him to be overmatched at, but to get some peace from the voices who advocate that the Twins' talent evaluators must have missed something at AAA that will reveal his arm and range to be suddenly sufficient at the MLB level. I suspect he's not going to get more than one start against Toronto, though, because the latter is in a pennant race and there's an unwritten law about not tanking in such situations. Maybe against the Cubs, maybe in the final two series too.
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