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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from big dog in Who is your favorite Twins player of all time?   
    #3 for me.  Above all his baseball talents, he was a squeaky clean, class guy who took pride in signing memorabilia and never said a negative word about anybody. 
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Longdistancetwins in Who is your favorite Twins player of all time?   
    #3 for me.  Above all his baseball talents, he was a squeaky clean, class guy who took pride in signing memorabilia and never said a negative word about anybody. 
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    Bigfork Twins Guy reacted to Unwinder in Who wants to be the Rays?   
    I kind of admire the Rays for how they use the money that they do spend, even though I also think it's bad that they don't spend more. Would love to see a team with Rays level shrewdness without the Rays arbitrarily low budget.
    One thing I wonder about when people talk about emulating the Rays is how possible it is to replicate what they do. It seems like the Rays occupy a particular niche in the baseball ecosystem, and their methods would yield diminishing returns if more teams did them. The Rays gain an advantage by ruthlessly cutting bait and trading star players for prospects when they start to get expensive. What would happen if ten more teams in baseball all decided to try this Rays strategy all at once? The market would be flooded with star players up for trade, the Rays would have to settle for worse prospects due to greater competition, and big-spending teams would be able to vacuum up more star players cheaper and earlier. The competitive advantage of operating like the Rays would dry up, and star players would have to settle for lower salaries as there would be more cheapskate teams refusing to pay star salaries.
    Would baseball be significantly thrown off balance if one more team duplicated the Rays strategy? What about two more teams? What about five more teams? What about the 15 smallest market teams all becoming 10% more like the Rays? I'm not sure where the line is before it stops working, but I don't think the overall outcome of being like the Rays is good for baseball.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Will we have a season in 2022?   
    I'm going with half a season because that's how the usual negotiation strategies/errors/dumbness, whatever, play out. As an experienced contract negotiator my goal was to always hold the other side (I've worked for both sides) down to what they want. The first few rounds of negotiations will be "pie-in-the-sky" talks; each side will try to get everything they can imagine into the talks whether or not they really want each "improvement" they're asking for. That will take a couple of weeks. The secondary rounds will evolve into demeaning the other sides' "unreasonable" position. That will also take several weeks, maybe a month, as each side will leak stuff about the other side in an attempt to win the public relations battle. That will add another 2-4 weeks in order to do a little polling to see how their story is playing out in the press. Then both sides will want to break off talks, "officially" in order to cool down but in reality to tamp down the hard-liners on each side who are still insisting on shooting for the moon. That's the third step. We'll know when they reach the fourth step, actually negotiating, when each side names a few key members that will be taking the lead in the talks. Plenty of stories will surface in the press how these guys are secretly very good friends and actually play golf together, have lots of respect for each other, hell, even had picnics at each other's homes over the past few years and how they all love baseball, apple pie and America.
    These heretofore unknown "good friends" will hammer out a deal over a couple of Bud Lights, a steak at Mannie's and a massage. But then they have to take the deal back to the rest of the owners and players for approval. That means they have to give the hard-liners time to display their "toughness" and vent their nonsensical objections while the reasonable guys have to sit and pretend to listen to them while they cut their fingernails and nod wisely.
    Another week or two of that and then each side will finally get around to a vote. If both sides are ready to admit they're losing money without an agreement and if they're taking hits in the press and from their season ticket holders they'll vote to approve.
    Upshot: two months from the date they announce their first official meeting they will approve the new contract, both sides claiming they gave up the most in order to save baseball, apple pie and America and those were the only reasons that guided their decision to concede to an unfair contract.  Oh, and season tickets and your favorite player's jersey are now available, but at a higher price than last season. Hot dogs and beer? Well, they'll have to go up, too. You know, only because of the coronavirus.
    So watch for that first public announcement and set your calendar accordingly.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from wabene in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from chpettit19 in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Mark G in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Danchat in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Hunter48 in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from roger in Twins Future Position Analysis: Relief Pitching   
    I would keep Dobber in the starter role. He does not look comfortable nor performs well as a reliever.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Karbo in The Twins Need to Spend…On This Bat?   
    With the FA market dried up, I guess this is an alternative. Bring in a FA non-pitcher and then trade an existing player like Kepler or Arraez to acquire a pitcher without giving up prospects with several cheaper years remaining.  My only concern is whether the Twins would pony up to retain a traded-for pitcher when they did not do that with Barrieos.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Dman in Probable Work Stoppage Pushes Free Agent Frenzy   
    I believe that they may be banking on at least two of their young arms (not including Ober and Ryan) making the leap this year. They will make one trade for a #1 or #2 from Miami or Oakland, sign Pineda, and go with that.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from AceWrigley in Probable Work Stoppage Pushes Free Agent Frenzy   
    I believe that they may be banking on at least two of their young arms (not including Ober and Ryan) making the leap this year. They will make one trade for a #1 or #2 from Miami or Oakland, sign Pineda, and go with that.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Mark G in Should the Twins Trade for Athletics Starter Sean Manaea?   
    So trade our young talent for a 1-year rental just to watch the FO trade him for lesser talent as he gets close to free agency or let him go as a FA?  If they were unwilling to pay Berrios for a LT contract, how do we know that they would pay Manaea?
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Karbo in Should the Twins Trade for Athletics Starter Sean Manaea?   
    So trade our young talent for a 1-year rental just to watch the FO trade him for lesser talent as he gets close to free agency or let him go as a FA?  If they were unwilling to pay Berrios for a LT contract, how do we know that they would pay Manaea?
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from heresthething in CBA Musings (11/12): What’s Happening and What’s Next?   
    I like Seth’s hybrid idea as it seems fair to both sides.  I also think for the good of the game they must start to address the length of game issue in this CBA.  I am a long time baseball lover, but my kids cannot stand BB games due to the slow pace of play.  We are losing younger fans and slowly dying compared to the NFL for instance.  In 2020 while games were canceled I watched a replay of the 65 World Series and batters and pitchers were prompt allowing a slightly over 2 hour game.  Playoff games this year were more like 4 hours+ and some times unwatchable for even a BB lover like me.  They must address this issue.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from DocBauer in Can Ryan Jeffers Hit With Consistency?   
    I believe he will come back to the middle and be fine.  I’d like him retained as one of or even our primary catcher.  He needs more MLB at bats.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Jamie Cameron in Can Ryan Jeffers Hit With Consistency?   
    I believe he will come back to the middle and be fine.  I’d like him retained as one of or even our primary catcher.  He needs more MLB at bats.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Squirrel in Suggest a Topic   
    I’d like to see some analysis on fielding. I know that the Twins trend is towards fielding flexibility, but what about getting players locked into a position and letting them master it?  Will we ever see another gold glove candidate with all the shifting of positions?
    Think Gagne, Tori (until the end of his career), Hrbek, Gaetti, etc. the analysis could be on team or individual fielding percentage comparisons by position of “flexible” vs “inflexible” fielders/teams over time.
    My position is to have a few utility players, but the majority being locked into their positions.  I feel it would help the pitching staff and team overall, but it would be helpful to see if the analysis proves or disproves that theory. 
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in Suggest a Topic   
    I’d like to see some analysis on fielding. I know that the Twins trend is towards fielding flexibility, but what about getting players locked into a position and letting them master it?  Will we ever see another gold glove candidate with all the shifting of positions?
    Think Gagne, Tori (until the end of his career), Hrbek, Gaetti, etc. the analysis could be on team or individual fielding percentage comparisons by position of “flexible” vs “inflexible” fielders/teams over time.
    My position is to have a few utility players, but the majority being locked into their positions.  I feel it would help the pitching staff and team overall, but it would be helpful to see if the analysis proves or disproves that theory. 
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from USAFChief in Basking in Buxton’s Season   
    Sign him NOW.  What if the MLB/player negotiations brings free agency one year closer and he is declared a FA and we lose the trade option?
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Basking in Buxton’s Season   
    Sign him NOW.  What if the MLB/player negotiations brings free agency one year closer and he is declared a FA and we lose the trade option?
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in End of the Line for Brent Rooker?   
    I think the FO should send him to winter ball and ask him to focus on defense.  See if he has improved in ST and decide then.
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    Bigfork Twins Guy got a reaction from Minny505 in One Buy Low Candidate to Solve Minnesota’s Shortstop Need   
    The mantra from the FO and the Manager has been a good SS glove helps our weak pitching. We need to rate SS defense highly and go there.  No to this option please!
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