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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from nicksaviking in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to ashbury in Do you have the right stuff to be the top contributor in our community?   
    We all need to click Like on this blog post of Brock's so that he can keep the prize he so clearly esteems.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to jgfellows in Do you have the right stuff to be the top contributor in our community?   
    This is the greatest idea in baseball history!!
    Wait… breaking the race barrier in the major leagues was better.  
    But still, GREAT IDEA!!
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from sjunisu in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from darwin22 in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Aerodeliria in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Mark G in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Minny505 in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from mike8791 in Improving Pen?   
    Other than signing Buxton long-term (which is the #1 task of the Twins off-season) #2 is adding 3 veteran arms to the starting rotation.  A   #1, #2 and #3 either thru FA signing or Trade/Trades.  The 3rd most important task is to fortify the bullpen.  Indeed, a closer needs to be acquired, either thru FA (which WILL be expensive---think Kimbrel) or thru a trade, a younger arm, identified as closer material that can anchor the back end (think Joe Nathan trade result).  Rogers is best as an 8th inning guy and occasional closer.  Tampa Bay and Oakland are two good examples of teams that are able to identify these types of guys and go out and get them at a reasonable cost.  The final task is to find a "bridge" SS.  A Freddy Galvis/Jose Iglesias type to play 2022 as the regular SS, allowing Polanco to remain at 2B and giving Lewis and Martin time to further develop.  Also, one or two of the young arms currently being used as starters could have an impact in the BP (Duran, Colina).  I just don't want the mind-set for 2022 to be one of submission to the White Sox.  They could suffer some misfortune in 2022 opening the door to possibly compete.  Who in the heck thought the Giants would be in 1st place in the NL West on 9/4 ??  Everything was Dodgers, Dodgers, Padres, Padres.  Who on TD would have predicted the kind of season SEATTLE is having ??  We are a horribly under achieved 2021 season removed from being the 2019 & 2020 division champs.   The Twins are not devoid of talent.  The FO squandered the seasons of 2019 and 2020 by not making a significant IN-SEASON move to put the Twins over the top either year.  2022's off season will be the biggest test ownership and the Twins FO has had.  Are they up to the challenge ??
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to mike8791 in Improving Pen?   
    Brandon, glad you brought up this relatively unnoticed positive trend.  Twins bullpen has definitely improved in August, and is probably the number one reason Twins finally had a month over .500.  Looks like Thielbar, Coulombe and maybe Gant and Minaya have a good chance of making next year's bullpen.  I suppose Rogers, Duffey and Alcala are locks although the latter two have to show some solid improvement over this year's performance.
    The bottom line is that this club has to add a genuine closer and if affordable one other late inning arm.  No one in the rest of this list looks like likely candidates for clutch situations on a contending club.
    One more thing.  My personal favorite metric for analyzing relievers is the % of inherited runners scored.  That stat is a true measure of a reliever's effectiveness.  I believe the Twins' 2021 pen ranked dead last in this category.  Guys like Rogers and Duffey were particularly poor in this stat, which is why the need for two additional back-end studs.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Greglw3 in Can The Twins Fill a Rotation for 2022?   
    All I can say about that rotation is Yuk. They should make an all out play for Robby Ray and as a #2, Danny Duffy. That shouldn’t break the bank but would bring two of the best ERA pitchers to the Twins. Then re-sign Pineda for stability. Final two Joe Ryan and Bailey Ober. Also sign Brantley for LF so the OF is Brantley, Buxton, Kirilloff. Miranda, SS, Arraez, Sano with Donaldson moving further toward the DH told. Jeffers/Garver and Nick Gordon (U). This would all be affordable and show that Twins really want to win. Syndergaard could be a backup for Ray.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Tim in Can The Twins Fill a Rotation for 2022?   
    Yes. Will the Twins field a good starting rotation? probably not. Definitely not actually.. The only starter I would consider paying "ace money" to is Kevin Gausman. So if that means 5/115 or whatever it is, sure. Other than that, pass on the stromans, rodons, etc .. Could see them dealing Polanco, Arraez, or Jeffers / Garver for a young starter .. Marlins? We'll see .. I like Kwang Hyun Kim as a fit in the more mid tire of starters.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to 4twinsJA in Can The Twins Fill a Rotation for 2022?   
    Going to be tough, before Maeda went down was thinking one FA starter, Maeda, Ober, Ryan Dobnak, with Jax and Barnes as 7,8 type starter. #6 Winder with first opportunity after opening day. I think Twins should be done with Smeltzer and Thorpe. I like Duran in relief for a year. Strotman has not had much success at St. Paul yet. Balazovic and other  prospects need to start in minors. With Maeda potentially out next year, will likely need to sign another FA starter. Would like to see an 1-2# FA and a middle of rotation starter FA. Besides extending Buxton, spend all money on pitching in offseason, will need a couple of relievers as well.
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Just Dreamin'   
    GREAT topic mike8791 !  Sorry I'm finally seeing this on a Saturday (as opposed to Wednesday when you posted it ).  
    Your plan is also my plan with of course some subtle differences.  My plan is also contingent on the idea that Jim Pohlad actually WANTS a competitive team and is willing to pay for it in 2022.
    My #1:  Sign Buxton to an extension.  Tie lucrative bonuses to "games played.'  If Buxton PLAYS he will be productive.  Take care of HIM and protect the Twins in case of injury.  This is not a difficult concept and should already have been done.
    #2  Sign a #1 SP.  I'm cooling on Thor.  Him not being able to throw breaking pitching for the rest of this year has me a little nervous.  I've targeted Rodon in previous posts.  Watching him this season it looks to me like he's figured things out.  Kind of like when Johan Santana started to figure things out.  The Twins FO had their behind's battered by the White Sox last season.  Just steal him away from the CWS.  Strengthen the Twins rotation while weakening the primary division competitors.  PLUS, I think Rodon would be cheaper than Thor and a better option.  Failing that, a Robbie Ray/Kevin Gausman option is an absolute necessity.  Especially with Maeda a possible question mark.  a "Pineda" type is also necessary to slot in behind Rodon and Alcantara while Ryan/Ober/Dobnak and others fill out out #4 & #5.  If Maeda is O.K. then you have a potential:  Rodon, Alcantara, Maeda, "Pineda type" and Ober/Dobnak/Ryan/etc... for #5.  Compare THAT starting staff to the junk we fielded this season. 
    I had already posted a trade with Miami for Sandy Alcantara that was a slight overpay for the Twins.  Alcantara for Jeffers and Kepler.  Miami has LOTS of young pitching.  They're already playing Jorge Alfaro in LF.  He's not their answer at catcher.  Jeffers gives Miami a solid defense catcher (which they desperately need) who will eventually be a decent hitter.  Kepler gives the Marlins a solid defensive OF'er who with a change of scenery and instruction, may just return to the promise he showed just 2-seasons ago.  As I said, it's a slight overpay for the Twins but something they should certainly pursue.   I'm willing to give up a solid young catcher like Jeffers because we NEED a SP like Alcantara, and I'm fine with Garver, Rortvedt and even a journeyman like Tomas Tellis to be more than adequate behind the plate.
    Having a bona fide CLOSER is a MUST.  Maybe the Twins would be in a little better position in the Central standings if they (Colome) hadn't blown so many darn games to start the season.  The whole "vibe' of the season was damaged by that miserable start that the Twins never recovered from.  And our bullpen went from a team strength to an albatross that dragged us down all season.  This needs to be corrected.  I've mentioned signing a Rosenthal/Yates type but your suggestion of Kimbrell caught my eye.  He's healthy.  He's a proven closer.  And he's been unbelievably GOOD this year.  My fear is that he would regress.  But we're talking about an elite closer throughout his career.  He's a gamble worth taking.
    But your suggestion of signing ANOTHER high-leverage BP arm is something I agree with.  Who it is, and how much it costs is something that should become clearer this winter.  But a BP that has Kimbrel, Taylor Rogers, "mystery addition," Tyler Duffey, and Jorge Alcala has some juice and goes 5 guys deep.  A couple of other arms could come from Jhoan Duran or some other young, promising arms that could be brought along slowly in low leverage situations.  The potential is there for the Twins to once again have a dominant BP.  Is the will and the strategy in place to address this ??
    One area I agree but disagree is SS.  I'd rather invest in PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING, than Trevor Story, Javier Baez, Cory Seager or Carlos Correa.  However, I'd bring in an affordable vet with a solid glove and acceptable  offensive skills so I could leave Polanco at 2B and Arraez as my leadoff hitter and super utility guy.  I would sign either Jose Iglesias or Freddy Galvis.  Each is a defensive upgrade from Polanco and they are NOT  Simmons.  Iglesias/Galvis is my 1-2 year bridge to finding out if Lewis is my SS of the future or not.    
    I believe Kiriloff will hit.  He could be in RF (probably, with Kepler in a package for Alcantara) or possibly 1B (although that's where Sano would be if Kepler is traded).  Donaldson and Mirada/Arraez man 3B (Josh also DH's a lot).  Larnach his potential but he doesn't just get handed LF.  A RH option is needed.  I've been impressed with Refsnyder's hustle and production this season, but I'm willing to concede a better option is needed. 
    Garver  C  Sano 1B  Polanco 2B  Iglesias SS  Donaldson 3B  Kiriloff RF  Buxton CF  ?? LF and  Arraez DH is not a bad lineup.  especially when you field the possible starting rotation and bullpen listed above.  That team could CONTEND.  And a BIG SPLASH at the trade deadline at a position of need could be VERY intriguing.  Last off-season while the White Sox were building a winner, we sat on our behinds.  The failure of this FO was simply EPIC.  What's it gonna be in 2022 Jimmy Pohlad ???   
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Rosterman in Improving Pen?   
    I can't get excited about MOST of the minor league free agents the Twins signed and have been shuffling thru the pen. They were minor league in-season free agents for a reason, and more than likely will remain so once all teams start cutting players and adding prospects.
     
    The Twins need to make decisions on Stashak, Smeltzer, Dobnak (who can be designated off for #'s sake and still stay a Twin as it is doubtful anyone would pick up his contract - remember Nick Blackburn). Also, Gant, Thorpe, Garcia, Jax, Barnes, plus Astudillo, Cave and Gordon. These are tried and true organizational talent. Not stunning, but developed and you know what to expect, or not.
    I' m an arm chair general manager, have a couple of open roster spots. Am I salivating if any of these names appear on the waiver wire: Albers, Thielbar, Farrell, Law, Colome, Minaya, Coulombe, Gibaut, Vincent, Garza Jr., Barraclough, Burrows (we know no one cared already), Garlick, Refsnyder...not to mention Gilmartin, Shepherd, Leyer, Nunn, Nittoli, Boyd, Burt, Manoah, Johnson, Koch, Garcia, Harvey, Maggi. Vasquez.
     
    Would we rather find spots for: Hamilton, Moran, Kerrigan, Contreras, Miranda, Winder, Cano, Mason, Sammons, Ryan, Cabbage, Lewis, Schulfer, Sands, Enlow, Vallimont, Gore, Lujan, Funderburk, Beck and Waner Javier? Granted, we don't need to worry about a bunch of these as they are lower in the minors, but if any of the above are gone, they are gone. But the minor league free agents are still sustainable to be kept if you pay them enough and convince them to sign a minor league invite to camp. 
     
    The bigger question is, of ALL the names that I listed in this post - who makes the Twins a better team, a more competitive team in 2022, and would actually take the playing field and contribute at what salary cost. How many are solid placesetters. Who has real value to a rebuilding team in the shortterm  How many are longterm assets.
     
     
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to DocBauer in Improving Pen?   
    Your exuberance is fun, fine, and even warranted to some degree. I just can't understand a shot for Gibaut in any way unless it's a temporary filler before being dropped again for someone else.
    And I understand the want to promote some younger arms from AAA. I want to see that as well. And I'm frustrated! But I CAN understand taking a look at these handful of arms to help make better off-season decisions. These guys are 25-31yo, for the most part, and 1 or 2 could be kept. Also, a couple could end up being smart milb signings to bring back. So I get it.
    The lack of an expanded September roster hurts teams like the Twins. But there is room TOMORROW to still drop a couple of these guys and add/promote a couple of the milb arms for September for auditions. 
    Right now, just forgetting the rotation needs for a moment, the Twins really, really need to add a couple quality arms for 2022. We all know this. It's no mystery. But it's also OK to be taking a look at the guys on hand to help decide who to bring back in various degrees.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Lonestar in Just Dreamin'   
    I think Falvine could have taken names and kicked butt if you would have given them $10M more to spend in 2021 (with Berrios, Maeda, and Pineda in place).
    I love the Rodon signing, but I suspect your salary is low.
    I would sign Alex Wood instead of Pineda. 
    Have you noticed how much Kimbrel inhales for the ChiSox. My point is: You have too much tied up in a closer not name Liam Hendrick. Sign Andrew Chafin and save $6M+. Use the money for a real shortstop, like Freddie Galvis. And a real MIF like Endire Adrianza.
    Hand, Rosenthal, and Yates are past their Use By dates. Rosenthal will still  belong to the .Athletics and is coming of TJS. Yates is also coming off TJS.  For the same or less money, sign 2 semi-proven relievers like Tepera and McHugh.
    The question is: Does all of this put the Twins in position to justify Jeffers and Larnach for 3 years of Alcantara?
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from Greglw3 in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    greglw3...I could only "rec' you one time.  Consider my "rec' 1000x.  This FO has completely spit the bit TWICE in 5 years.  The first time for Molitor after Molly had led the twins to a playoff appearance and THIS off season.  The question for me, is did the Pohlad's doom this season with payroll considerations or did our FO just massively miscalculate ??  The "company line" is that the Pohlad's said "Do what you feel you need to for us to win the division and while we're doing that, hey, let's win at least ONE playoff game...O.K." ??  That's the "company line."  Assuming that's true, just for the sake of discussion, the current FO shouldn't even be allowed this off season.  40% abject failure is not what we, as fans were sold when we helped fund Target Field, nor when we hired the current geniuses to "build a pitching staff equal to the Cleveland Indians in philosophy and execution."  So is this the Pohlad's willing to accept mediocrity or worse ?  Or is it the current "brain trust" in charge of talent judgement and procurement ?  Or is it Rocco, unable to manage without a team capable of hitting a Major League record 307 HR's in a season ?   Because when I look at what the White Sox did this off season and the "moves" the twins made to counter.  or I look at what the S.F. Giants are doing this season (both their FO and their Manager) I see a night and day difference.  Again, I say "are the Pohlad's "satisfied" with where their team is and how this off season and season of 2021 has turned out??"  
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    TopGunn#22 got a reaction from RpR in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    greglw3...I could only "rec' you one time.  Consider my "rec' 1000x.  This FO has completely spit the bit TWICE in 5 years.  The first time for Molitor after Molly had led the twins to a playoff appearance and THIS off season.  The question for me, is did the Pohlad's doom this season with payroll considerations or did our FO just massively miscalculate ??  The "company line" is that the Pohlad's said "Do what you feel you need to for us to win the division and while we're doing that, hey, let's win at least ONE playoff game...O.K." ??  That's the "company line."  Assuming that's true, just for the sake of discussion, the current FO shouldn't even be allowed this off season.  40% abject failure is not what we, as fans were sold when we helped fund Target Field, nor when we hired the current geniuses to "build a pitching staff equal to the Cleveland Indians in philosophy and execution."  So is this the Pohlad's willing to accept mediocrity or worse ?  Or is it the current "brain trust" in charge of talent judgement and procurement ?  Or is it Rocco, unable to manage without a team capable of hitting a Major League record 307 HR's in a season ?   Because when I look at what the White Sox did this off season and the "moves" the twins made to counter.  or I look at what the S.F. Giants are doing this season (both their FO and their Manager) I see a night and day difference.  Again, I say "are the Pohlad's "satisfied" with where their team is and how this off season and season of 2021 has turned out??"  
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to mike8791 in Just Dreamin'   
    Good point!!  Forgot to add that I was offered joint titles😁!  It was a truly wonderful dream!
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Greglw3 in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    I think Viola is a Twin in good standing. He’s been in the booth in a very affable manner with Dick and xxx and been very personable, showing no sign of any bitterness. I read his tweet as a criticism of management and manager, frankly deserved. How do you manage to pull off taking a 101 win team where Schoop and Cron contributed greatly to the Hr record to a 90 or so loss team.
    How do you take a pitching staff good enough to win 101 games and totally decimate it in two years. How do you make signings as bad as Happ, Shoemaker, trade away Pressley for insufficient return, cast aside 30 HR hitting Eduardo Escobar, just let Trevor May go for nothing, Wisler for nothing, Clippard for nothing, shed Rich Hill, sign Hansel Robles and Colome to replace the relievers they kicked away. They blew it by not signing a legit  cf backup for Buxton. And not signing a LF to replace Rosario.
    The only way I see to fix the mess with Falvine still in place is to sign Robby Ray and Danny Duffy and re-sign Pineda, hope Ryan is the real deal and use Ober. They still have 5 poisitions that are shaky or subpar, LF where Kirilloff may need to play, RF with Kepler with  a .211 average. I admit he’s been better lately but he’s had low averages most of his career. Sano has rebounded nicely but will he slump mightily next year before recovering. I hope he’s turned the corner. Buxton’s a question mark only because he rarely plays a half a season. I’m hoping he plays the rest of this season well and stays healthy and they can come together on an extension. Larnach needs to figure out how to handle breaking balls.
    I think Frank Viola cares about the Twins and is dismayed. I love the Twins. They’ve been the love of my life since I was 8 yrs old in 1964. That didn’t stop me from being at my wits end when Calvin Griffith let Bill Campbell, Tom Burgmeir, Lyman Bostock, Larry Hisle, Dan Ford, Rod Carew, Gary Ward, Dave Goltz all leave in about a four year period. Admittedly that was worse than this.
     
     
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to Rosterman in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    There does seem to be a plan, five years in the making. Year One was just play, because they came on the scene too late and still had Molitor. Year two was to evaluate who they anted for the immediate future from the old regime. Year three was slowly watch their own draft picks, and remake the minor league system and organization as a whole. Year four saw system coaching more collegiate and analytics seeming to be more than a thought or discussion, and watching their own home grown picks in the system and making hard decisions on those given to them by past administrations. We had COVID decimate the minor leagues. Talk about everyone getting a year older but not moving anywheres in the system.
     
    We now need to really see if they will spend money to keep own players, or spend enough to get players here that make a difference, not just guys that are okay, competitive, but not division changers. We need to see prospects play out, replacing the prime ones from the old group who have flattened, sadly.
     
    The Twins will always be hampered by NOT getting the big name (unless they trade their beloved prospects for them). The Big Money just don't want to play here, like we are seeing the future Twin Big Money wanting to try their spin of the wheel elsewhere if push comes to shove.
     
    So you have to be willing to sign guys before they become greedy and dream of leaving home, where mistakes will happen or you might overpay and not get results because with big money doesn't always come commitment to playing one's best in the game.
     
    This will be the year...lots of money to spend, lots of promise to juggle if think they will come to the majors in 2022 and be solid in 2023. 
     
    Rememebr, you throw away the current, you are leaving the idea's of another in the hands of someone else who might not like at all what they have and not see the grand plan, thus replaying what we are complaining about right now.
     
    Player morale has been strange these past two years. Covid, polarized beliefs in the open or hidden, only getting partial pay in 2020 had to be a blow to many used to more. Throw in the contract... Yes, how do you get the players excited to have fun playing ball by playing ball?
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to AceWrigley in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    Doug Mientkiewicz is available to manage.
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    TopGunn#22 reacted to RpR in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    BUT, BUT they run the team with analytics, the miracle cure!
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