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    Unwinder got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Best current Twins Jersey   
    For the record, I looked up the cream pinstripe uniforms some of you guys are talking about, and I think they look really good. I'm sold.
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    Unwinder got a reaction from Longdistancetwins in Best current Twins Jersey   
    I'm a big fan of the powder blues. I'm too young to see them as a throwback, they seem fresh to me. I dislike the red because I think it feels the least Twins-y.
    The dumbest hill I'm prepared to die on is that I truly believe it would be beneficial if all the MLB teams coordinated with each other to change their colors to stand out from each other. I think the Twins look great in a vacuum, but there are far too many red white and blue teams out there. Take a look at this chart. They all look the same aside from a handful of more adventurous expansion teams like the Mariners, Diamondbacks, Rockies, etc... How did we ever get to thirty teams with only one green team???

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    Unwinder got a reaction from Sconnie in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    I think the Twins' playoff drought has given a lot of us the idea that once the postseason starts, baseball suddenly becomes a completely different game where the better pitcher always wins. Probably because the Twins' approach has emphasized depth over acquiring top-shelf starters, and it's a pretty convenient thing to blame when we haven't won any playoff games.
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    Unwinder reacted to TheLeviathan in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    Sure, but in a large stretch of those failures we were marching out the best pitcher on the planet!
    Think of how many Yankees losses had nothing to do with Radke or Santana and everything to do with a futile offense or the bullpen.  If an ace was enough to feel good about the playoffs, we have very different memories of all those Johan/Twins failures.  
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    Unwinder got a reaction from TheLeviathan in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    I think the Twins' playoff drought has given a lot of us the idea that once the postseason starts, baseball suddenly becomes a completely different game where the better pitcher always wins. Probably because the Twins' approach has emphasized depth over acquiring top-shelf starters, and it's a pretty convenient thing to blame when we haven't won any playoff games.
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    Unwinder reacted to bean5302 in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    It does become a completely different game because 1/2 of your pitching staff isn't used in the playoffs.
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    Unwinder reacted to bean5302 in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    To me, winning in the post season is important and with an ace caliber pitcher, a fanbase should have confidence they have a good chance at winning. Berrios does not inspire confidence if he's asked to start against another playoff team's best pitcher. Since Berrios is not the best starter on the Blue Jays, he probably wouldn't be asked to be #1.
    vs. Cole NYY vs. Rodon CHW vs. Bassitt OAK vs. Eovaldi BOS vs. McCullers, Jr. HOU vs. McClanahan TBR How does Berrios stack up in a one game playoff vs. the pitchers listed above? I wouldn't feel secure to start Berrios in any of those games. I'd be thinking, "I hope Berrios gives a good start" vs. "At least I don't have to worry about whether or not Berrios pitches well"
    That's the difference between Aces. The confidence in them pitching well to the point you're not worried about the starting pitching. You're worried about the bullpen or whether or not the hitters show up. 
     
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    Unwinder got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    I think the Twins' playoff drought has given a lot of us the idea that once the postseason starts, baseball suddenly becomes a completely different game where the better pitcher always wins. Probably because the Twins' approach has emphasized depth over acquiring top-shelf starters, and it's a pretty convenient thing to blame when we haven't won any playoff games.
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    Unwinder reacted to TheLeviathan in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    Two things, quibbles I guess because I largely agree with the analysis:
    1. Part of why people hear "he's not good" is because the term "ace" is often weaponized against good pitchers to diminish them.  I often feel "ace" is defined in such a way that it is purposely unattainable.  Even when we had Johan we didn't fully appreciate how great an "ace" he was.  For the record, I don't think this is done with malice or intent, but nevertheless the effect in discussion has a an unfair slant IMO.
    2. I'll note again - in the postseason the idea that you win with aces is overstated.  Some of the best pitching performances of the last 20 years in the postseason were by dudes who were in street clothes or struggling to keep a job only a few years later.  
    Take 2019: Cole and Scherzer were great....but so was Mikolas and the Great Anibal Sanchez.  2018?  Joulys Chacin, Wade Miley, and Nathan Eovaldi.  You can look at every postseason and see that often it isn't the "ace" that pitches like one in the postseason.  I've long felt we put far too much emphasis on one dude who pitches three times in a series vs. a deep pitching roster that can flexibly pitch in every game, in many situations.  (Think...the Brewers in 2018 or the Royals deep bullpen, etc)
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    Unwinder reacted to bean5302 in The Athletic: 15 second pitch clock cuts *21 minutes* off MiLB game times   
    The regional anchor, blackout policy and their impacts on streaming is like when Best Buy didn't consider Amazon to be a competitor like 7-8 years ago. Worked out real well as Best Buy narrowly avoided bankruptcy. At least they caught on in time, just barely to avoid insolvency. MLB has no clue how stunningly damaging their broadcast rights situation really is and I suspect they won't figure it out in the near future.
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    Unwinder reacted to TheLeviathan in The Athletic: 15 second pitch clock cuts *21 minutes* off MiLB game times   
    Baseball's unwillingness to sever the regional anchor is killing the sport on multiple levels.
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    Unwinder reacted to Brock Beauchamp in The Athletic: 15 second pitch clock cuts *21 minutes* off MiLB game times   
    This drives me ****ing bonkers. I work from home, often with a TV or iPad running within eyesight of me.
    The fact I can't turn on a game at noon and watch through midnight pretty much every day is so short-sighted of MLB. But, yet again, the problem boils down to regional broadcast rights. Every single market is trying to maximize their local revenue to the detriment of the sport as a whole.
    Hell, I used to regularly find myself watching total **** games like Arizona @ Pittsburgh because it's baseball, yet in roughly half of all days in the baseball season nowadays, there are no games before 3pm at the earliest. This reached peak absurdity in 2020 when literally 80% of the population was trapped at home during the day, yet baseball still didn't push for more day games.
    Take today, for example. There's one day game (yay!) at noon CST but then absolutely nothing else until 5pm CST.
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    Unwinder reacted to Sconnie in The Athletic: 15 second pitch clock cuts *21 minutes* off MiLB game times   
    Exactly, the whole point is to see who wins at the end. If the game isn’t worth watching, I don’t tune out after 3.5 hours, I don’t watch it at all. Increase the pace and the percentage of impactful plays and there is a better sport to watch, which brings higher advertising dollars. Sports are the only shows left to watch live. MLB should be raking in the dough
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    Unwinder got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    1. A pitcher good enough to be the #1 starter on most teams. Based on usage, I'd say maybe a top-15 pitcher. Someone good enough that you could trade them for any other pitcher and it wouldn't meaningfully improve your playoff chances.
    2. It's also completely OK to call the team's #1` starting pitcher the team's "ace" regardless of how they stack up against other teams' pitching. Even if you wouldn't say "Kenta Maeda is an ace," you can still say "Kenta Maeda is Minnesota's ace" and it's completely appropriate.
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    Unwinder got a reaction from glunn in A 32-Year-Old Rookie, Twins Promote Drew Maggi   
    I like Drew Maggi a lot and really wanted this for him. He's earned it.
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    Unwinder reacted to Nine of twelve in Best current Twins Jersey   
    My favorite jersey does not currently exist. The best home uniform, which should be worn 81 times every regular season, is the cream pinstripes of the original team except that the very ugly 1960's script would be supplanted by the 2010-vintage "Twins" script that is currently used on the white pajama home uniforms.
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    Unwinder reacted to Brock Beauchamp in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    Berrios actually averaged a healthy number of innings per start under Baldelli. He was 15th in IP in 2019 and 35th in IP in the weird 2020 season.
    The "Baldelli has a quick hook" crowd's complaints aren't really based in reality. The Twins are mid-pack in starter innings pretty much every season.
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    Unwinder reacted to Vanimal46 in How do you define "ace" and is Jose Berríos one?   
    My position is he’s a top 30 pitcher in baseball. Is he the best pitcher on the Dodgers? Absolutely not. But he would be on probably 20 teams. And he’s young enough to still progress to the level of Scherzer and whoever else you consider a true ace. 
    The question is how do you define an ace? It’s more difficult to define now more than ever. Are there only 5 true aces? 10? Regardless, Berrios is very good. I’ll take him on my team all day every day. 
    Martin better be good to great. I have no confidence SWR is going to contribute anything at the MLB level in the next calendar year. If ever. 
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    Unwinder reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Aaron Sabato finishing on a high note   
    Many have been critical of the front office's first round picks and for good reason: they have yet to draft a player that rushes through the system and succeeds at the highest level. Early this season, it appeared Aaron Sabato was yet another name that was going to end up on the disappointment list. Thankfully, the first baseman has turned it around in the past month, slugging as was expected of him against lower minors competition... it makes sense that he scuffled early, given that he was drafted over a year ago but didn't play a MiLB game until May of this year.
    It's against lower minors competition but the extra good news is that he has continued to rake against higher competition after being promoted to Cedar Rapids in late August. Here are his season splits:
    2021 Player Batting Splits Split G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Total 105 459 357 67 71 18 0 19 57 1 0 91 149 .199 .370 .409 .779 146 2 8 0 3 1                                                 May 23 107 80 10 11 4 0 2 7 0 0 24 40 .138 .355 .263 .618 21 1 3 0 0 0 June 25 107 82 19 19 5 0 1 10 0 0 24 27 .232 .411 .329 .740 27 1 1 0 0 0 July 22 94 76 9 14 4 0 1 9 1 0 18 30 .184 .340 .276 .617 21 0 0 0 0 0 August 20 85 69 15 15 5 0 9 19 0 0 11 31 .217 .353 .681 1.034 47 0 4 0 1 0 September 15 66 50 14 12 0 0 6 12 0 0 14 21 .240 .394 .600 .994 30 0 0 0 2 1 Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 9/19/2021.
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    Unwinder got a reaction from MN_ExPat in A 32-Year-Old Rookie, Twins Promote Drew Maggi   
    I like Drew Maggi a lot and really wanted this for him. He's earned it.
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    Unwinder got a reaction from darwin22 in A 32-Year-Old Rookie, Twins Promote Drew Maggi   
    I like Drew Maggi a lot and really wanted this for him. He's earned it.
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    Unwinder reacted to Monkeypaws in A 32-Year-Old Rookie, Twins Promote Drew Maggi   
    Betsy's piece sent me here as well. Very happy for Drew.
    Sitting in a major league dugout in a major league stadium, playing on a major league diamond against the best, if he were British he'd be "chuffed to bits."
    At the least he'll be able to show his grandkids, should he have any, his Twins MLB jersey, the ball that was his first hit, etc. : trophies beyond compare for us fans.
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    Unwinder reacted to nicksaviking in A 32-Year-Old Rookie, Twins Promote Drew Maggi   
    If I’m honest, my first thought was “Ugh, just get the real prospects up already.”
     
    Then I read Betsy Helfand’s piece and this one, cried a bit and realized I still love this game.
     
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    Unwinder got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in A 32-Year-Old Rookie, Twins Promote Drew Maggi   
    I like Drew Maggi a lot and really wanted this for him. He's earned it.
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