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  1. For me the ideal 40 man has 3 catchers: a really good one if you can, an experienced backup who perhaps complements the starter in some specific way, and then a young guy who is promising but hasn't established himself but has minor league options so you can stash him at AAA in readiness for when one of the older guys is injured. A fourth veteran on a minor league contract, break glass in emergency, completes the preparation for the season; having that guy as your third catcher is begging for roster trouble since you can't send him back down at will. IMO we're missing the first two guys. It's a leap of faith to think Jeffers is your number one, especially in the absence of another prospect knocking on the door. He's ideally my number three, and let him fight his way back up. The FO is going to have to give up salary and/or prospect capital, to cover catcher next season unless they want to admit they're not really contending.
  2. That 11 am starting time for the third game of the home stand definitely ensured crowd noise would not be a factor. And people do like the seats behind home plate since you don't often get those at a major league game. So that photo just before the bottom of the first does present an unusual look that I didn't particularly notice until I posted it.
  3. The Twins are jointly owned by brothers Jim, Bill, and Bob. Jim has been the managing partner of the Twins, while Bill is better known for working in the movie industry, and Bob seems to have concentrated on overseeing the family's other holdings. They seem to own some things individually and other things (such as the Twins) jointly. I'm sure this is a vast simplification of their approaches to the various businesses. Joe is Bob's son. I doubt very much that he can summarily decide to spend in a way that doesn't show a profit. Nothing in the announcements seemed to indicate a change in ownership share either. I don't think I've ever seen mention of whether the offspring of Carl's three children have some kind of official stake; that may come down simply to the respective will when the three pass away, and if they have unequal numbers of offspring then things may eventually become uneven. For the present, an owner's son now has a highly responsible job in the organization.
  4. Conversely he and his agent will know a lot more about his market value. If you still want him a year from now it could cost millions more.
  5. The incentive clauses in his contract more or less spell out the definition of success for any of his seasons to come.
  6. The Glendale Desert Dogs had several representatives from the Twins' farm system. Denny Bentley, Francis Peguero, Jon Olsen and Ryan Shreve were the pitchers, and the position players were Alex Isola, Austin Martin and Edouard Julien. Here's a few photos from my trip in late October. For two of the three games I was joined by the illustrious USAFChief. Driving there meant going through some dusty desert miles. Here is one of the denizens of the town of Beatty NV where I quartered for the night at the picturesque Atomic Inn. I arrived in time for the evening game on the 27th. Unfortunately the game itself wasn't much, from a Twins fan's point of view. Austin Martin played CF and led off, but his 0-4 ledger was redeemed only by a walk. I don't recall him really being tested on defense, but he handled the routine plays (which mainly involved picking up the ball after base hits). Denny Bentley and Francis Peguero both appeared and neither one really shone - Bentley went 2 hitless innings while walking 4 and striking out 4, while Peguero gave up 3 unearned runs in his inning of work, striking out 2 but also surrendering 3 hits that "didn't count" for earned runs in light of the third baseman's error. I didn't take any photos of that 9-6 loss to the hated Salt River Rafters. Probably just as well. Friday's game was more entertaining, and I devoted myself to snapping some shots. Jon Olsen had a very fine afternoon on the mound, going 4 innings against the hated Surprise Saguaros and giving up only 1 hit while striking out 4 and walking nobody. Olsen's had some bad luck with injuries after his college career and thus is a bit of a late bloomer as a 25-year old at high-A Cedar Rapids, but hopefully may have opened some eyes with his AFL showing. Here he is in a couple of shots. Edouard Julien batted leadoff and played second base. He got a hit and scored, and also later drove in a run. I don't recall any particular plays of note in the field for him. Here's a pretty representative example of his swing. While Austin Martin was not in the lineup, he did coach at first base some of the time. Here he is with his ubiquitous head scarf underneath the helmet. Alex Isola was catcher in this game. He had an annoying habit of lobbing the ball back to the pitcher. I would love to know the details on that, such as whether it was just a temporary expedient for some reason. He did throw out a runner at second base during the game. Here's a shot of his leg kick when at bat. On to Saturday's game, which was an 11 am affair to allow AFL fans to move from ballpark to ballpark and see a triple-header. The hated Mesa Solar Sox won this one 10-3. In this game Martin and Julien hit leadoff and second, and were the double play combo. So I was very interested in watching them interact. Here they are getting ready for their turns at bat. Here they are in the field getting ready for a play. Unfortunately the only interesting play was a routine double-play ball. Martin bollixed up the throw so that Julien was pulled off the bag and did well to get even the single out at second base. No photo of that. Back to the hitting. Here's Julien taking a cut. Were any batters hit by a pitch in this game, you ask? Why yes. Here is one. No damage done, though. Peguero got another inning of work in this game. I neglected to get any photos of him this time either. Unfortunately, he gave up another run on a walk and a hit. So not a good showing by him. Ryan Shreve did not appear while I was there. Well, that was my weekend. A nice excuse for 3 days of great weather instead of the colder snowier conditions in northern Nevada.
  7. Year 6 of this FO's tenure, and "poor mechanics" is still in our vocabulary? Quick, better hire an Assistant Director of Elbow Flexion!
  8. Joe seems to be 40 years old. I wouldn't rule out that the round-number age explains the move and that the move has been planned for some time. The "effective immediately" part would be to avoid undercutting any decisions made before or after. Business-as-usual and continuity.
  9. I didn't read behind the STrib's paywall, but Joe's been the EVP of Brand Strategy and Growth according to the team's front-office directory page on mlb.com. If he's in charge of the M on the new caps, I think they should have looked outside the family.
  10. If Abreu had been on the 2022 Twins with those stats, he'd be just another guy we'd be complaining about not coming through. And rightly so. The Twins for the season got 83 RBI from the #3 spot in the batting order. The vaunted Abreu got 75, in almost as many chances; his RBI rate was lower. (The Dodgers, if you want to aim high, set the 2022 benchmark at 110, while the average team got just shy of 90.) He's the wrong guy to be making a righteous stand about.
  11. The projections at FG and b-r.com are for 20-22 HR this coming season, with of course no defense to sweeten the package. I don't think I spend 8 figures a year on that.
  12. Phillies were apparently pretty desperate at shortstop in 2022, to give him even what playing time he got. "Break glass in emergency" in any case, but especially so at SS.
  13. Cleveland barely had anybody digging anything, with total attendance of 1,295,870.
  14. Beware of the "buy 2, get 1 free" offer on Jaime Garcia game-used Twins jerseys, whatever the bargain price you see in the ad.
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