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    Karbo got a reaction from jun in Can The Twins Fill a Rotation for 2022?   
    I can see the Twins with Ober, Ryan, and Dobnak after that they need to sign 1 top end starter and 1 mid tier starter. Then they give the kids a little more time to prove themselves in the minors. I don't have much confidence that Dobnak will perform well enough to stay in the starter role and we all know Twins pitchers can't seem to stay healthy enough for an entire season. After all that is the bullpen. What a mess! 
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    Karbo got a reaction from DocBauer in Can The Twins Fill a Rotation for 2022?   
    I can see the Twins with Ober, Ryan, and Dobnak after that they need to sign 1 top end starter and 1 mid tier starter. Then they give the kids a little more time to prove themselves in the minors. I don't have much confidence that Dobnak will perform well enough to stay in the starter role and we all know Twins pitchers can't seem to stay healthy enough for an entire season. After all that is the bullpen. What a mess! 
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    Karbo got a reaction from RpR in Can The Twins Fill a Rotation for 2022?   
    I can see the Twins with Ober, Ryan, and Dobnak after that they need to sign 1 top end starter and 1 mid tier starter. Then they give the kids a little more time to prove themselves in the minors. I don't have much confidence that Dobnak will perform well enough to stay in the starter role and we all know Twins pitchers can't seem to stay healthy enough for an entire season. After all that is the bullpen. What a mess! 
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    Karbo 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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    Karbo got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Just Dreamin'   
    You lost me when you said move Polanco back to short. I'm glad it was only a dream, because what I read was a bit more like a nightmare. lol. I agree with some but I think you're giving up way too much in your trade, would need more back in return. Also, I think we can find another shortstop that wont break the bank out there since there will be so many high priced guys flooding the market. I do like your plan for the back end of the rotation and the bullpen. A good bullpen can cover a mediocre rotation with a good lineup. Look no further than 1987.
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    Karbo got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Just Dreamin'   
    You lost me when you said move Polanco back to short. I'm glad it was only a dream, because what I read was a bit more like a nightmare. lol. I agree with some but I think you're giving up way too much in your trade, would need more back in return. Also, I think we can find another shortstop that wont break the bank out there since there will be so many high priced guys flooding the market. I do like your plan for the back end of the rotation and the bullpen. A good bullpen can cover a mediocre rotation with a good lineup. Look no further than 1987.
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    Karbo got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    I certainly agree with replacing Rocco. A likable guy but not what is needed for a young team. Frankie is right, This team has gotten away from the fundamentals of the game. Its up to the field management to bring them back. Rocco was OK for a veteran team when you had a guy like Cruz that was respected enough in the clubhouse to be followed. Now we have a younger team. Who is going to lead them? It sure doesn't seem that Rocco is that guy. 
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    Karbo got a reaction from Greglw3 in A heavyweight name weighs in on Twins FO and organization   
    I certainly agree with replacing Rocco. A likable guy but not what is needed for a young team. Frankie is right, This team has gotten away from the fundamentals of the game. Its up to the field management to bring them back. Rocco was OK for a veteran team when you had a guy like Cruz that was respected enough in the clubhouse to be followed. Now we have a younger team. Who is going to lead them? It sure doesn't seem that Rocco is that guy. 
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    Karbo reacted to Squirrel in Let's Realign the Divisions to Create Regional Rivalries   
    I said this to you in a thread, but the Twins are in the same time zone as Chicago and Milwaukee.
    Cubs and Sox are already heated rivals. It would make things even worse if they were in the same division.
    I'd make it 6 divisions, though ... and you can still have 12 teams in the playoffs ... 2 from each division.
    6 division as I'd do it: NE - Boston, NYY, NYM, Phila, Balt; SE - WashDC, Atl, Mia, Rays, Reds; MW-east - Cleveland, T'ronto, Pitts, Detroit, ChiSox (although that makes the ChiSox the only team in the central time zone); MW-west - Milwaukee, Cubs, MN, StL, KC; SW - Houston, TX, CO, AZ, SD; West - LAA, LAD, SF, Oak, Sea
     
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    Karbo got a reaction from FanSince1961 in Assessing the Twins Trade Deadline   
    I agree it was a win for the FO this year. I wasn't surprised they didn't find a buyer for Simmons or Colome considering the contracts and seasons they both have had, I am surprised (but kind of glad) that Pineda is still here, and hope its a sign that they plan to extend or re-sign him. I will miss Jose and Nellie and hope they meet in the playoffs, And maybe pull for one of them to get to hoist the trophy! I will be really thrilled if the FO decides to bring back Nellie next season!
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    Karbo got a reaction from Dman in Assessing the Twins Trade Deadline   
    I agree it was a win for the FO this year. I wasn't surprised they didn't find a buyer for Simmons or Colome considering the contracts and seasons they both have had, I am surprised (but kind of glad) that Pineda is still here, and hope its a sign that they plan to extend or re-sign him. I will miss Jose and Nellie and hope they meet in the playoffs, And maybe pull for one of them to get to hoist the trophy! I will be really thrilled if the FO decides to bring back Nellie next season!
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    Karbo got a reaction from Steve Lein in Wheeling n' Dealing in The West - Dodgers and Padres   
    I would say no to either deal. I'm not in the total rebuild camp and thats what these trades are. Another 2-3 years of bad teams waiting for young pitchers to advance with no experienced #1 to show them the way sounds like long losing summers.
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    Karbo got a reaction from yeahyabetcha in Twins not trading players under team control??   
    This makes the most sense to me.  1 Above avg. starter added to Berrios and hopefully a healthy Maeda and a couple rookies stepping up could make a rotation. Then its the pen the needs a rebuild around Rogers.
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    Karbo got a reaction from mikelink45 in Wheeling n' Dealing in The West - Dodgers and Padres   
    I would say no to either deal. I'm not in the total rebuild camp and thats what these trades are. Another 2-3 years of bad teams waiting for young pitchers to advance with no experienced #1 to show them the way sounds like long losing summers.
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    Karbo reacted to mike8791 in Going Forward - Retool or Rebuild?   
    Bingo!  Resigning Buxton and Berrios are keys.  Without either of them in the L/U next year, this team cannot possibly contend,  which is why trading them this season makes no sense unless ownership wants a complete rebuild.  This is a key test for Pohlad.  He must expand payroll to accomplish resigning both, which is why calls to trade Donaldson for freeing up money is illogical.  He is one of the very few professional hitters on this team.  Who is going to replace him?
    Even if Twins decide they cannot afford to sign B&B, they should still be retained for 2022 to give this FO one last chance to right the ship.  If they don't by midseason at the latest, they should be dumped and B&B traded at the deadline.  If the team does rebound,  Pohlad would hopefully pony up the $ to resign them.  It's all on ownership here.  Prepare to go over budget or tear it down.  There is just no middle ground.
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    Karbo got a reaction from Strombomb in Twins Way to the Top via Excellent Pitching   
    I agree this team needs more pitching, but its not like you can go out in the back yard and pick them off a tree. Todays payrolls are such a headache to balance, and that doesnt take into account if the player wants to be here. In the past many teams have slugged their way to the dance with a weak set of starters but a good bullpen (1987). This year the FO missed on both. I for one dont want to see a total sell off at the trade deadline. Keep Pineda and Berrios. If the kids in the minors come up and show they can do the job, deal then from a position of strength. This has been one of those years that you just need to forget about and move on. Sure make some changes but the core of the team is pretty good. One more quality starter and rework most of the bullpen is where I see the work needs to be done.
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    Karbo got a reaction from Greglw3 in Twins Way to the Top via Excellent Pitching   
    I agree this team needs more pitching, but its not like you can go out in the back yard and pick them off a tree. Todays payrolls are such a headache to balance, and that doesnt take into account if the player wants to be here. In the past many teams have slugged their way to the dance with a weak set of starters but a good bullpen (1987). This year the FO missed on both. I for one dont want to see a total sell off at the trade deadline. Keep Pineda and Berrios. If the kids in the minors come up and show they can do the job, deal then from a position of strength. This has been one of those years that you just need to forget about and move on. Sure make some changes but the core of the team is pretty good. One more quality starter and rework most of the bullpen is where I see the work needs to be done.
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    Karbo reacted to DocBauer in Rule Changes: What do we want/not want to see.   
    1] Move the 2B extra inning runner rule to the 12th inning.
    2] Enforce a 20 second pitch clock. I can go along with 15 seconds with no-one on base. But you also have to enforce the batters staying in the box as well or you've done nothing. Give the batter 5 seconds to step out and adjust. Your fault if you didn't put enough pine tar on your bat before you stepped in.
    3] Eliminate the 3 batter rule. I think it's been proven to have no positive effect. 
    4] Shifts are fine. Extreme shifts are just boring! Everyone should be required to have TWO players on the dirt on either side of 2B. You can cheat all the way to 2B, but not 3 on any one side.
    5] DH in both leagues. It's time. And I think even those who aren't crazy about the DH realize it's time for uniformity.
    6] A 27 man roster with a cap on 13 pitchers. Similar to 2020. The game has changed. It's time to change with the times. Not everyone has their AAA club across town or a couple hours away. There are still minor injuries that happen but don't warrant an IL stint. Platoons and situational baseball has changed. An extra bench player to provide PH, PR and depth options makes too much sense in today's game. 
    7] Eliminate the STUPID September limited roster roster promotion rule. This was done as a ridiculous "integrity of the game" idea that losing teams, out of contention, wouldn't load their lineup with prospects against a team still playing for a post season spot. How in hell is a bad team that much worse auditioning a player or two at the end of the season? Further, how about a playoff team that wants to audition a player or two for the future and maybe rest a couple guys getting ready for the playoffs to be ready for optomim performance? Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face!
    Maybe I'm just being an experienced and opinionated jerk, but I think all of these points are logical, needed, and easy, and cheap, to implement. And they ALL improve the game.
    A pair of final considerations:
    A] I am not against robot umpires. But you go down a rabbit hole to milb, college baseball, etc. It may happen. And that's fine. But I'd still rather see education, more review and grading and control. MLB and the players union have more control than the umpire union does. I'd rather start with better evaluation and promotion-demotion.
    B] This one is just tongue in cheek and silly and having a bit of an old school love, but since there are so many uniform rules in all sports already, how about some rule where pants have to be so many inches above the shoe, or below the knee? LOL! I know it sounds stupid, but there is still something fun about actually seeing the traditional look of the socks.
    Accept everything posted and give me all the crap you want to about the uniforms.
     
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    Karbo got a reaction from DocBauer in Rule Changes: What do we want/not want to see.   
    Get rid of the extra innings rule or at least wait until say the 13th inning or later. Maybe its time to start getting serious about an electronic strike zone. I have been against it up until the last couple of years but the current umpires are so far off that something needs to change. Not a big fan of 7 inning double headers either.
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    Karbo got a reaction from Aerodeliria in Rule Changes: What do we want/not want to see.   
    Get rid of the extra innings rule or at least wait until say the 13th inning or later. Maybe its time to start getting serious about an electronic strike zone. I have been against it up until the last couple of years but the current umpires are so far off that something needs to change. Not a big fan of 7 inning double headers either.
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    Karbo got a reaction from mnfireman in Rule Changes: What do we want/not want to see.   
    Get rid of the extra innings rule or at least wait until say the 13th inning or later. Maybe its time to start getting serious about an electronic strike zone. I have been against it up until the last couple of years but the current umpires are so far off that something needs to change. Not a big fan of 7 inning double headers either.
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    Karbo reacted to ToeJoe in Dear Twins: Don't Just Play Better, Be Better   
    Look, I call baseball, "tough guy chess", for a reason.  Baseball ain't "woke".  If you don't like the way the game is played by men like Duffey, follow soccer.
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    Karbo got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Dear Twins: Don't Just Play Better, Be Better   
    While I agree that getting bent out of shape over a guy hitting a meatball pitch for a homerun in a blowout game is ridiculous, at least for one of the 1st times in awhile one of the Twins showed they still were playing the game. This team just doesnt seem to care much anymore.
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