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  1. If they can extend him, great. It'd be nice to have him another 5-7 years. I would caution the FO to map these years/costs against our young talent (Kirilloff, Miranda, Lewis, etc.) as they work through their ARB years to FA. I.e. we should not sign CC to a contract that forces us to lose our young talent down the road.
  2. Good to see Smith get out of HIS jam. He does not look like the same pitcher than he did earlier in the season. Good to see Gordon unleash one. Nice scoop at FB by Miranda on the Theilbar throw. I also was shocked to see Duran pulled in favor of Theilbar. This time that strategy worked but 10 time out of 10 I would prefer to have Duran face even left-handed hitters then switch to Theilbar.
  3. They are not in full free fall yet but recent results are not looking good. They are inconsistent both offensively and pitching, especially relief pitching. I think the pen is wearing down due to over use. We should consider getting at least 1 more inning out of each of our starters or start bringing up a few long relievers for the pen or move Smeltzer to the pen. Maybe try openers. We need something different other than 4-5 innings of relief pictures each game.
  4. Rocco tried stealing last night with Gordon who got caught. Then a big hit which would have scored Gordon did not because he was not on base. I also would like to see more stealing but we need coaches who can properly instruct runners the art of stealing a base in addition to coaches instructing pitchers in how to hold them on and catchers in throwing them out. Maybe if we get the computer balls and strike calls it will get catchers to stop the one leg on the ground to help with framing pitches and allow them to be in a better position to throw out the runner. I.e. we can't blame the players if they've not been coached up.
  5. I also like the rule as long as we do not see too many games with position players pitching. Those are not enjoyable to watch IMO. Seems that the Angels have an advantage as when I look at their roster Ohtani is NOT listed as a pitcher, rather as their only DH. This allows them to in-effect have 14 pitchers (13 plus Ohtani). In that light, how many at-bats would we need to give one of our pitchers in order for them to count as a position player even though we could pitch them? Could the Twins circumvent this rule to get Rocco 14 pitchers and would we even want to endure one of our pitchers actually getting enough at-bats to qualify?
  6. I like enhancing the BP idea put forward here better. With starters going shorter innings a quality BP would have a higher impact IMO.
  7. You did not mention that even Carew has been closely watching him and roots for him and has mentioned similarities like his crouch at the plate. I like that he fouls off a ton of pitches while waiting for one to hit. Rod did the same. I recall watching him have like 12, 13, etc. pitch at bats just fouling them off and then punching one to left field. This also helps the rest of the line up as they get to see the pitches plus he wears out the opposing pitcher. I am loving this small ball BB this year and he is a huge part of it for the Twins. I hope he can hold on for a batting title this year. Love his energy. Keep up the great work Luis!
  8. Don't trade him, try to sign him to a mid-term (like 4-5 year) contract. If he does not want to take that, and decides to opt out, let him walk and wait for Lewis . I'd prefer we try to keep him if possible. You don't want to send a message to other FA's that if they sign here we will just dump them when convenient for the Twins, but the price needs to work within our budget.
  9. I would not trade Miller. I know he is a long way away, but if CC opts out after this year and with Lewis's injury history we only have Palacios remaining for true SS's. I also agree with a few others that we should beef up the bullpen this year to help the current starters. Let those young starters develop and see what we have next year for a rotation.
  10. I do dislike how Josh has acted in the past but he is not the one who requested a trade so no need to boo him. Why do we boo X-players who did nothing against the Twins?
  11. For those of us who cannot get into Apple TV what’s the score and inning?
  12. He needs to be afforded more time. I see him as a 2B replacement for Polanco down the road. That said, the Twins need to definitely trade some prospect capital or risk losing them for nothing in the Rule 5 draft.
  13. We've got to go by what the experts on the team say as we do not have the medical information available to us that they have nor the medical knowledge to make an educated decision. We are only going by his stats and what we see on the field which is mostly "gut feel". I fully trust that team management and medical personnel have/will make the best decision here in Buck's best interest and in the team's best interest. Let's trust that these guys are making the right decision because there is no way we can know how it would work out going the other way.
  14. Bichette, Guerrero, Gurriel Jr, Biggio Is there any team out there with more MLB player's kids on their roster than Toronto? Maybe they can trade for Clemens or Yaz?
  15. Given all the injuries and COVID absences, I think they have overachieved this year and like where this team is going this year and into the future. Lots of positives to look at here.
  16. I don't have anything real special except 87 & 91 homer hankies, and 87 & 91 Wheaties box covers. I do have a few special memories though. I went down to the dome with a friend after the 87 ALCS with the Tigers and it was packed and was a very special atmosphere. Never forget that! I also have one as a child. My Mom worked at a factory and told her boss that she had to go home and lay down. He said OK and she did just that, for five minutes. She then got up and took me and my brother to the Twins game at the Met. They won the game and even turned a triple play. She went to work the next day and after her boss asked her if she felt better after laying down she of course said yes. It killed her to not be able to tell her co-workers that she had witnessed the triple play.
  17. I disagree with this. I consider Greg Maddox an ace. He did not have velo but great control. Ace’s get results and may or may not have nasty stuff.
  18. I also agree with your rankings. I hope Smeltzer continues his run and Gray's injury is minor so he can get back to it. I see Dobnak mentioned in this thread. Not that we need him at this time, but what's the status of his availability? Have not heard anything regarding his rehab.
  19. The issue here is that management does not feel comfortable letting any pitchers go more than twice through the batting order. For that reason, they proactively pull them which causes us to cycle through relievers and stressing out the BP. You could say it is working to a degree as we are in first place but this is not a long-term solution. I see two answers. 1. We need more quality starters that can go more than twice through the batting order to get 7 or 8 innings from them. Think Dodgers or Astros. Not an easy task. 2. The league should permanently expand rosters to 27 or 28 as the hitting is catching up with pitching and not allowing many teams at all to get their starters past 5 or 6 innings.
  20. I am enthusiastic about the Twins and feel they are legit for a few reasons. 1) Good defense does not go through slumps and will keep them in games especially in this small ball era. 2) The division is weak (except Chicago) and with the unbalanced schedule the Twins will do fine during the regular season. 3) For a change this season they have a quantity and quality of depth which helps overcome injuries. If/once they get to the post season, it is anybody's guess.
  21. Nice article Cody. One more experiement to your list and that is "chemistry". For some reason they did not have it last year (Donaldson?) and do have it this year (Correa?). Chemistry seems to be there for all their good/great seasons and most of the time it is missing for those poorer seasons. I do not think management can put together high chemistry teams, but they can try to acquire or develop leadership which I believe contributes to that. Because I think that the Twins have great chemistry this year, I think this experiment will continue.
  22. I agree with many others when I say do not trade him due to the need to have a quality SS who is dynamite in the playoffs and can lead us there when we get in. The ONLY way would be if we dropped out of the division race, AND had no chance at the WC given the strength of the AL East, AND if a contender lost their SS to injury, and if that contender was on Correa's list of teams he would go to, AND we would get an ace starter plus a load of prospects. Remember, he has a no trade clause the second two years of the contract. All that said, those conditions are extremely unlikely to occur and I hope that they do not as I really like CC and what he brings to the team. I hope the Twins sit down with him and draw up an extension. I'd love to see one that is 7-years or less with some incentives like Buck's contract to protect the Twins from down years later on. He was a great signing and I am enjoying watching him every day. Even if we lose him at the end of the year for a compensation draft pick, I'd still be more than fine with that having had one year of his services.
  23. Last year he looked like a deer in headlights while batting. This year he looks confident with quality at-bats. I am on the bus with him.
  24. We’re seeing what great defense can do. They eliminate long losing streaks like we saw last year. Keep up the great defensive work boys!
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