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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Parfigliano in On interleague play and interstate realities...   
    I cant see MLB ever putting same city teams in the same division.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Greggory Masterson in If Luis Arraez were to be traded, my new favorite stat would be in jeopardy   
    Missed '64 Allison and Oliva as an oversight. I started in 1964 because that was the first year Oliva won a batting title, and I'm a good-for-nuthin' cherry picker.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from Game7-91 in It Don't Sano in July   
    I had this long, rather esoteric response filled with wisdom and humor. Alas, you just summarized every approach to a comment I may have had.
    Nicely done.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from roger in It Don't Sano in July   
    I had this long, rather esoteric response filled with wisdom and humor. Alas, you just summarized every approach to a comment I may have had.
    Nicely done.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from Florida Flash in It Don't Sano in July   
    I had this long, rather esoteric response filled with wisdom and humor. Alas, you just summarized every approach to a comment I may have had.
    Nicely done.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from TwerkTwonkTwins in The Twins are Bad At Baserunning - But Does It Matter?   
    An interesting article about a stat that appears to have nearly zero impact on wins.
    We all know that there are times when baserunning wins or loses a game. Pretty hard to see it in these stats, though.
    Odd stuff. Thank you
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to mnfireman in Situational Bashing   
    This is generally a league-wide problem since batters have fallen further into the 3 true outcome tidal pool. The big $$$ come from HR & RBI, not advancing the runner from 2nd to 3rd and letting the next guy get the RBI, and the pitchers know this.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to IndianaTwin in Pastor/Former Twins pitcher Tom Johnson's perspective on baseball, church   
    I found it a thought-provoking article on a number of levels. For context, as I mentioned, I'm an ordained minister. I no longer serve in congregational ministry, but serve as a denominational consultant in one particular area of ministry, where I relate to several hundred congregations, primarily through their pastors.
    The article barely mentions COVID, but my sense from conversations with these pastors is that many of them are struggling. Already facing the challenge of how to be "relevant" in a highly polarized world, in the last couple of years pastors have needed to face that challenge in a new context that they felt woefully ill-prepared to navigate. The cultural/political/social polarity they were working amidst was compounded by strong polarities on if, how, and when to worship in a gathered fashion amidst COVID, when worshipping in a gathered fashion is seen as a central premise of the faith they are seeking to promote. I spoke with a congregational leader this week who spoke articulately about how the nature of worship in his denominational tradition, which places a particularly high value on "community," is dramatically different when worshiping via Zoom compared to worshiping in a gathered space.
    Additionally, while the church has always sought to be "relevant" to the issues of the day, whether in the time of the early church, the Reformation, or any significant movement, the reality is that the church's central narrative is a story that's 2000 years old and its central writings are more than 1900 years old. (Note: I'm referencing the tradition Johnson is a part of, which is also the one I'm part of -- I can't speak to other faith traditions.)
    Added to that, my experience with pastors is that we are often a group that values tradition -- we're committed to that centuries-old story told through centuries-old writings, after all. Unfortunately, those of us who value tradition in this way (and I count myself among them) often don't have the "agility" Sconnie references among our primary skill sets as leaders. And, we're leading in an institution (the church) not known for its agility. A greater ability to be agile is probably a primary reason that the churches which ARE growing tend to be non-denominational churches.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Platoon in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    >>>>>>" Our community is broken. Our country is broken."
    We live in the greatest country on earth. Our community/country is not broken. You are stating your opinion as fact. A tragic death lead to a protest which lead to planned riots and anarchists coming to Mpls and many large cities throughout the nation."  
     
    There are things wrong with Nicks post, but "Our community is broken. Our country is broken.", isn’t one of them. The assertion that a tragic death led to this protest is somewhat simplistic. It disregards the totality of not only the last three months of news stories related to this issue, but the last 400 years as well. Toss in the Covid, and the resultant financial crisis, and you have far more than a "tragic death" in play here. 
     
    We do live in a great country, but it’s not quite as great as we like to believe. Members of this site love metrics. And a precursory dive into a list of metrics that quantify  our standings in the issues that define "great country" isn’t as pretty as some seem fo believe. 
     
    Nicks piece and your response do have some positive points, and do have some of which I disagree with, But, until we all take a deep unvarnished look at what has and is happening in this country, we will never have the wherewithal to make it what we, in our wishful thinking, believe it now is. 
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    I have not read the above commentary yet, but I will. And I will probably disagree with a lot of it. I just want to say I appreciate coming to the blog and willing to speak your mind and think out your thoughts without resorting to quick and easy mud slinging in the other thread.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from dbminn in Rating the prospects - ESPN   
    Surprising account of Kirilloff. His bad start in May and his recovery month of July really didn't sit well with some who make up these lists.
    Then Duran & Balazovic.
    A very interesting mix from what we're used to.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from mikelink45 in Rating the prospects - ESPN   
    Surprising account of Kirilloff. His bad start in May and his recovery month of July really didn't sit well with some who make up these lists.
    Then Duran & Balazovic.
    A very interesting mix from what we're used to.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to nclahammer in Minnesota Twins: 5 reasons for caution (the hay isn't in the barn yet)   
    My Uncle Don always told us he would never feed those round bales to his cattle.   He preferred that his livestock have a square meal.  That being said, it's exciting to have the boys back, and hard not to be optomistic.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to 4twinsJA in Commissioner IQ test   
    Time to move on from Manfred, he's dug himself too deep a hole to get out of. Will never regain respect of players.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from TwinsFan268 in Matching Each AL Team With It's NL Team   
    Sorry. Can't help you.
    Atlanta & Seattle have no neighbors. 
    I'll say I think you did pretty well, given what you have to work with...
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to miracleb in Sounds Like Twins Are Out On Ryu   
    Front office would look like geniuses for 3 out of the 4 years!!

     
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to scottz in Remaining Free Agents (and why they won't sign here)   
    I thought it was obvious how the bit ended that I had no plan at all. But I'll take whatever credit you want to give me.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to lukeduke1980 in Remaining Free Agents (and why they won't sign here)   
    I'm guessing you started with the Kole Calhoun bit and worked around it.  Genius.
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Rosterman in Marco Gonzales: Underrated Target?   
    The Twins need to get better than Gibson, circa 2018. Then they need to be better than Perez in anyway possible. And I will feel much better, then, about the Odorizzi and Pineda signings.
     
    Don't get me wrong. It is probably WRONG to assume that players will consistently get better from season-to-season. The best you can usually hope for is that player declines will offset those that do excel. 
     
    And that it the gamble you sometimes (ofttimes) take on someone like Marco, that he can only get better in the next 1-3 years, rather than sink into oblivion. But you don't know that.
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from alphanumeric in Twins Could Trade for a Former Free Agent Target   
    Darvish came back very strong. His WHIP and OPS allowed were both better than Berrios managed in July, August and September.
     
    It also helps that the Cubs have covered $45M of his $126M contract. Any really good pitcher is going to be expensive and I like the idea of the Twins looking at every opportunity.
     
    If indeed the Cubs are trying to shed payroll (as suggested in MLBTR), this could be a great get for the Twins, depending on who they had to give up, of course.
     
     
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from labcrazy in Twins Could Trade for a Former Free Agent Target   
    Darvish came back very strong. His WHIP and OPS allowed were both better than Berrios managed in July, August and September.
     
    It also helps that the Cubs have covered $45M of his $126M contract. Any really good pitcher is going to be expensive and I like the idea of the Twins looking at every opportunity.
     
    If indeed the Cubs are trying to shed payroll (as suggested in MLBTR), this could be a great get for the Twins, depending on who they had to give up, of course.
     
     
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    Oldgoat_MN got a reaction from Strato Guy in Twins Could Trade for a Former Free Agent Target   
    Darvish came back very strong. His WHIP and OPS allowed were both better than Berrios managed in July, August and September.
     
    It also helps that the Cubs have covered $45M of his $126M contract. Any really good pitcher is going to be expensive and I like the idea of the Twins looking at every opportunity.
     
    If indeed the Cubs are trying to shed payroll (as suggested in MLBTR), this could be a great get for the Twins, depending on who they had to give up, of course.
     
     
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Thegrin in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    Seeing Schoop play 2b made me wonder why he wasn't a Thirdbaseman ?  He has a wonderful arm and seems to be quick enough for the hot corner.  If I was a team looking for a solid hitting 2nd or 3rd baseman, I'd give Schoop a call. 
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    Oldgoat_MN reacted to Ted Schwerzler in Did Schoop Work for the 2019 Twins?   
    It seems that I didn't do a great job of outlining my positioning and this is a solid summary. Schoop didn't distance himself from the low-OBP guy he's always been, and his offense wasn't great overall. He did hold down the position until a long-term suitor emerged, and provided plenty of value on a one-year deal.
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