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  • Birthday 05/28/1948

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    Grumpy, old, politically-correct hippie.
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  1. His age of 34 is an issue. Holding the right to submit a qualifying offer ($20 mil) gives a little bit of a leg up in negotiations. Three years, $45 million?
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    Royce Lewis: ROY?

    Why not hype Royce Lewis as AL rookie of the year? Rookies with a full year (or nearly so) in the league have a certain advantage, but none of the familiar names have numbers approaching Royce. Royce is number one in average, slugging, HR/AB, RBI/AB, and OPS. Rankings by OPS w 200 minimum AB: Royce Lewis .302/.365/.545 202 AB 14 HR 50 RBI and .910 OPS Tristan Casas (Bos) .263/.367/.490 429 AB 24 HR 65 RBI and .857 OPS Zach Gelof (Oak) .268/.335/.516 213 AB 11 HR 25 RBI and .851 OPS Yanier Diaz (Hou) .285/.309/.536 330 AB 21 HR 56 RBI and .845 OPS Edouard Julian (Min) .266/.379/.454 293 AB 13 HR 27 RBI and .833 OPS Gunnar Henderson (Bal) .257/.327/.496 502 AB 26 HR 76 RBI and .823 OPS Josh Jung (Tex) .274/.323/.489 427 AB 22 HR 67 RBI and .812 OPS
  3. If memory serves, two of his recent home runs were off position players. If that is correct, that skews his numbers even lower.
  4. 2, 4, 6, 8. Following this series with Cleveland, the Twins lead will be one of those numbers.
  5. There are undoubtedly multiple reasons for the Twins ineptitude with the bases loaded. Yesterday, it was over aggressiveness. The Dodgers' reliever didn't throw a single pitch in the strike zone to the first two hitters, Polanco and Solano. Nevertheless, Polanco swung four times at pitches outside the zone and Solano three times.
  6. All three Twins runners in the 9th screwed up. Why was Larnach standing on 2nd on a liner over the right fielder's head? If had been halfway, he would have scored easily, but he ended up held at third. Sano then forced the issue by heading toward an occupied 2nd base. He could have retreated because no fielder was at first. Instead, Urshela headed toward occupied third. Of course a horrific lob from the catcher allowed the baserunners off the hook.
  7. Agreed. He is a professional. Some of his jokes are stale, but I like him much better than Gladden or John Gordon. I loved the guys in the early days--Ray Scott, Herb Carneal, and Halsey Hall.
  8. The second out at the plate on the "contact" play did not cost the Twins a run. Three straight hits to follow meant that the runner who reached first during the play at the plate came around to score.
  9. The above comments suggest Kepler as Larnach's competition for playing time. I think it is Sano. If Sano doesn't hit, Kiriloff moves to first and Larnach to left field. Or, if Sanchez doesn't hit, Sano becomes DH and the Kiriloff and Larnach moves occur. These scenarios also improve the right-handed imbalance in the lineup.
  10. FWIW, ESPN+ gives the Yankees a B on this trade and a B+ to the Twins. Their rationale assumes further moves based upon freeing up significant salary space this year and into the future.
  11. FWIW, ESPN+ gives the Yankees a B on this trade and a B+ to the Twins. Their rationale assumes further moves based upon freeing up significant salary space this year and into the future.
  12. I was there at the '65 game. No, I didn't catch the home run, but I was in the left field stands near where it landed. I was in town because we had tickets to the all star game two days later. The Mpls paper headline the next day was "Forever Harmon," and we prepared a banner that said the same thing. We waved it from our right field seats after he hit a homer in the all star game also. I don't remember that the Yankees were that far back in the standings. I thought they were in second place, and the win meant the Twins went into the all star break with a five game lead rather than a three game lead. There was a collective exhale in Twins land in recognition that the Twins might actually win the pennant.
  13. Tony O and Joe Mauer introduced themselves by hitting .400 in the Appy League. Kirilliloff is approaching select territory. I just checked to make sure my memory was correct, and I was surprised to see that Tony was 22 years old at the time, and he was 25 during his MLB rookie season.
  14. Biggest criticism is that it is only one game for the wild card playoff. Two out of three would be better and wouldn't push the playoffs back that far.
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