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Benchwarmerjim

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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Mike Sixel in Eddie Rosario   
    I'm at a loss to understand some people's belief that the Twins should basically never trust a rookie, and keep every veteran, even at a level of pay no other team was willing to come close to. 
    I'm happy he is getting to have some success this year! I don't get why we can't be happy for that, and realize it was time to move on (even if it didn't work......not successful does not mean not correct, anymore than successful means correct).
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    Butera's career is one of the most fascinating things about baseball I've been following for the past 10+ years.
    His career OPS+ is 48.
    He has made $8.4m in his career.
    I fully understand why that has happened and good for Drew but still fascinating.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Unwinder in Griffin Jax, the two-headed monster   
    Jax strikes me as extremely intelligent, methodical, and driven. I don't know if he can stick as a starter, but I expect him to make all the right choices to maximize his chances.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Griffin Jax, the two-headed monster   
    I'm far less confident in the Scott Diamond thing after seeing Jax strike out ten White Sox. Baker is a good ceiling, I think, as Baker was a wildly underrated pitcher who had a Berríos level ceiling but couldn't stay healthy.
    Not that I think Jax will become Baker, only that Baker would be close to his 100% outcome.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to stringer bell in Nelson Cruz traded to Rays   
    They traded for the right thing--near ready starting pitching--now I hope they chose the right players. 
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Vanimal46 in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    Never thought I’d post a Big Sexy baseball update in 2021. He’s now one phone call away!
     
     
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to stringer bell in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    I haven't looked at Kyle Gibson's season since his Opening Day start, in which he allowed four hits, three walks and five earned runs in a third of an inning. Since then, he has pitched very well. In four starts, he's logged 27 innings, allowed 20 hits, three runs (two earned), five walks and 22 strikeouts. 
     
    Gibson pitches today against another ex-Twin, Martín Pérez, as the Rangers entertain the Red Sox tonight.
     
    Gibson was always a personal favorite of mine, stemming in large part from him taking extra time to talk to my brother and me six years ago in Fort Myers when he autographed a baseball. He was a new dad at the time and shared how his personal life had changed.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Rosterman in Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?   
    LaMonte Wade gets recalled by Giants and goes 2-4 with a walk in his debut!
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in GAME THREAD: 4/12/21 (POSTPONED) Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox   
    Yeah, it's not a good look. Either make this call well before fans arrive and players are warmed up or play the game. Frankly, I'm fine with either decision, but make it early and stick to it.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Morneau   
    IMO, Bremer is quite good now that he’s away from Bert. He’s a consummate professional and I really enjoy his announcing. 
    I never thought I’d say that but there ya go.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Nine of twelve in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    It's not 100% certain but IMHO it is at least 95% certain.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Nine of twelve in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    You can frame it as "frankly unwatchable" if you must but I will respectfully strongly disagree. Baseball is not just about action produced by batted balls. Seeing one pitcher at the top of his game is good stuff, and seeing two opposing pitchers both at the top of their games like last night is great stuff. I found it to be highly watchable. I'll admit that it does require actually paying attention to the game but I thought last night's game was much closer to how high level baseball should look than a 10-8 slugfest.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    Remember that time Johan threw a no hitter and went way over his planned workload and was never a good pitcher again*?
     
    That was cool.
     
    *we don’t know for certain that the no hitter was at fault for his rapid decline but we don’t know it wasn’t, either
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Diesel in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    If it was a perfect game, Rocco definitely wouldn't have pulled him. Since Berrios wasn’t going to finish the game, since he was already at 80 pitches, I am OK with finding a better matchup against batters, which Taylor Rogers clearly was. Johan Santana had his career ruined by staying in his no hitter too long, don’t want that to happen
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to prouster in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    96 mph cutters on the black will do that to an offense. Burnes is a legit number 1 pitcher.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in MIN 2, MIL 0: Take a Bow, José Berríos   
    I’m a bit surprised Berrios didn’t go out for the seventh but have no problem with Rocco being cautious in April. There’s a lot of baseball left to play and Berrios is a key to success this season.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Morneau   
    Morneau can be a bit robotic but he’s a good analyst and a hard worker. I’ll take that over the clownish antics and outdated analysis of a certain previous color guy.
     
    Robotic can be fixed. Justin is already much more conversational than he was two years ago.
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    Benchwarmerjim got a reaction from jkcarew in Rule Changes to be Tested in Minors in 2021   
    The infield shifting is an interesting one.
     
    Say you have an left handed batter who is an extreme pull hitter. Would a manager take the LFer and put him in the deep INF position in RF.
     
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Linus in Why Did the Twins Let Liam Hendriks Go?   
    You can’t hang on to players forever. Sometimes you have to decide. The biggest change is his body. He was skinny with the Twins and didn’t throw hard. Now he looks like a linebacker and throws hard.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to theBOMisthebomb in Winter league update   
    I watch the Australian Baseball League at my night shift weekend job. I am pleased to report that old friend Delmon Young has returned for another season with defending champ Melbourne Aces.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Snell to the Padres?   
    Baseball would be so much better if Tampa didn't have to operate within the confines they operate.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to nicksaviking in Wind Surge?   
    Well, before they pursued the AAA affiliate, their American Association team was the Wichita Wingnuts which I always liked. 
     
    Like our game threads, self-depreciating irrelevancy is staple of minor league nicknames; they should have stuck with that.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to Vanimal46 in Arbitration Updates   
    I'm skeptical about Thielbar repeating his success into 2021, but $700k is a drop in the bucket. They can easily dump that contract if things go pear shaped.
     
    And, on a positive note, if he’s anywhere near as effective in 2021 as he was in 2020, $700k is a steal.
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    Benchwarmerjim reacted to nicksaviking in Twins drop Rochester as AAA affiliate, Pensacola also may be gone   
    I wish they would have kept their American Association name though.  The Wingnuts is hands down a better team name than the Wind Surge.
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