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    PseudoSABR reacted to sorney in Twins Awkwardly Add Max Kepler Back to Group Chats   
    I mean, you could just, not read it
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    PseudoSABR reacted to miracleb in Twins Awkwardly Add Max Kepler Back to Group Chats   
    Please don't waste our time with these.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to mudcat14 in Correa & the Clubhouse   
    So it sure seems to me that C4 made very positive impression and held major sway in the clubhouse last season.  This, in spite of the fact that everyone and his brother knew that Carlos was only here as a 1-year rental.  Now that he has committed to the organization for the long haul, I expect his influence to have an even more significant effect an the roster.   For this reason I think his signing is a much bigger deal than just retaining a component from last year's 3rd place finisher.  I don't think many of the "Talking Heads" I see on the internet are crediting his commitment for the upgrade that it really is.    
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    PseudoSABR reacted to Alex Boxwell in Looking Back on Game 163   
    The best baseball game I have ever attended was Twins vs. Tigers in the Hubert H. Humphery Metrodome in 2009. Game 163. 
    Image courtesy of © Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports The Detroit Tigers led the American League from May 16th to October 6th, when the game was moved from its original date of October 5th because Brett Favre and the boys had a ball game. 
    On September 6th, the Tigers held what seemed to be an insurmountable lead of seven games. They went 16-12 in September but floundered in the early October games, winning one of four. The Minnesota Twins won all four games, beating Cy Young award winner Zach Greinke in the process, thus leading to a tie after the final day to force a "163" for the division crown.
     
    The rosters for both teams are a treat to look back on. The Tiger's notables in the pitching department were Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Edwin Jackson, Armando Galarraga, Dontrelle Willis, Fernando Rodney Joel Zumaya, and Fu-Te Ni. A formidable staff even before they added Max Scherzer. 
    The bats brought some noise, led by Miguel Cabrera, Magglio Ordonez, Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Brandon Inge, Ryan Raburn, and Marcus Thames. A balanced lineup with decent reserves to make up a very formidable opponent.
     
     
    The Twin's roster was steeped in talent as well. It was a potent offense with some sluggers and the famed piranhas. The staff was middling with a rotation of Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins, Kevin Slowey, and Carl Pavano. None had an awe-inspiring season. The bullpen was the strength of the staff in the 2009 season, led by Joe Nathan, Matt Guerrier, Jose Mijares, Jesse Crain, and Bobby Keppel. 
    The lineup was where this team made its hay—led by Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Denard Span, Delmon Young, Carlos Gomez, Jason Kubel, Alexi Casilla, and Orlando Cabrera. One of the more talented lineups the Twins have ever assembled, but it didn't have the starting pitching to match. We parked the Porche in the driveaway with the lack of starting pitching.
     
    So on October 6th, 2009, these two very talented ball clubs would clash in a wild (mid)west showdown in the giant inflatable toilet, and I got to sit with my butt touching the back of the dome in the third deck. I was as far away from the field as humanly possible, and it was the best fan experience of my life.
    We enter the dome to the familiar scent of peanuts, dome dogs that you can almost taste while you walk the concourse, and spillage from the trough. It's an aroma that I can smell to the day, and if I could get it made into a candle, I would. 
    We meander to our seats, doing the awkward dance of not wanting to divert our path to a stranger then it ends up being a classic midwest exchange of "ope, scuse me." After taking in the smells and midwestern hospitality, we got to our seats to see the dome's bright lights and the place humming. The fans, the music, and the players getting ready for a win or go-home ball game, the excitement was palpable.
    The game started slow, contrary to the energy draped all over the Metrodome. The first two innings were scoreless until the forever underrated Magglio Ordonez ripped a single to center field. Then one of the most memorable sports moments of my life took place. Twins fans capitalized on the energy in the building and the controversy that surrounded Miguel Cabrera that season. 
    The crowd slowly started chanting. I couldn't understand what was being said at first, but then the crowd noise began to swell, and the entire state of Minnesota was chanting "Alcoholic." The crowd grew louder and more confident until the future first-ballot hall of famer blasted 430 foot no-doubter off the chairs in right-center field. The dome was deflated, and the score showed 3-0 in favor of Detroit.
    The Twins did what all great ballclubs do in the bottom of that inning. They didn't get all three back, but they responded. Matt Tolbert and Span hit back-to-back singles. Tolbert advanced on a fly ball out, and then on an errant pick-off attempt to first base, Tolbert scored. In true piranha fashion, the Twins responded and kept the crowd alive.
    The game stayed at three to one in Detroit's favor until the left-handed bat of Kubel deposited a homer of the future Cy Young Award winner Porcello to end his evening. The Twins then loaded the bases but failed to cash in again in the bottom of the sixth.
    Baker walked the leadoff hitter in the 7th and was relieved by big Jon Rauch , who ended the threat. The little guys struck again in the bottom of the seventh. Fan favorite Nick Punto singled to start the inning, then The OC- Orlando Cabrera, dug in. One false pick-off move, then a hanging breaking ball... 
    From my vantage point, it looked like he popped up to shortstop. The crack of the bat was almost on delay. The crowd noise was like a tidal wave that built up and crashed into our row in the back. The left fielder was moving back, and the ball kept floating and found the seats in the first couple rows in left field. 
    Pandamonium. Cabrera immortalized himself in the hearts of Twins fans with one swing and sent Minneapolis into a frenzy. Homer hankies enveloped the sea of fans.
    It felt like the game was in hand, and our bullpen was our strength. Nathan and Guerrier were waiting in the wings. Each with a sub-three ERA. 
    Guerrier, with the double braided Phiten necklace, the mark of a good baseball player back then, was not sharp. Ordonez pumped a homer to left field to tie the game, and then Guerrier followed it up with two walks. 
    Ron Gardenhire had to pull his best setup man and go to the closer. The game was hanging on by a thread, with our last big-time arm taking the hill, but we had our stud on the mound. Nathan fell behind 2-0 to Brandon Inge and induced an infield fly on a borderline pitch. Nathan and all his twitchiness got the backward K with his big curveball and recaptured the momentum.
    The closers ruled the ninth inning. Rodney and Nathan both hung zeros, and we headed to extras. Crain entered the game and promptly hit Aubrey Huff with a pitch, and the pinch runner scored on a Inge double. Former Twin Clete Thomas was the defensive replacement for Ordonez in the outfield for the Tiger's attempt to close the ball game.
    Cuddyer led off with a looper to right field. Ryan Raburn made a sliding attempt at the dying quail that made it to the fence in right field. Delmon Young couldn't cash in with the ground out. Brendan Harris then was able to work a walk, but the double play was in order. The Twins were one grounder away on the Metrodome's turf to getting a jump-start on the off-season. 
    Tolbert tapped one back up the middle, but on this day, the turf giveth. Tie game. Redemption was spelled Raburn however. Punto lined a ball to left that was caught, and Raburn hosed the pinch runner Casilla at the plate. More baseball.
    The 11th went quietly, but the dome was ready to burst. Thus began the inning that may have given me gray hair as a 13-year-old. Bobby Keppel was on to pitch and intentionally walked Raburn to load the bases. 
    Keppel threw his first pitch to Inge, and he at least thought the pitch hit him. To this day, I still couldn't tell you if that was the case. After the game, Jim Leyland said that the replay confirmed the pitch hit Inge. What matters is that the home plate umpire kept Inge at home that day. 
    The conclusion of all the hoopla was Inge hitting a tweener ground ball similar to Tolbert's, but Casilla made an excellent play and got the force out at home, two outs, bases still loaded. Keppel then struck out Gerald Laird to close the inning, immortalizing another player in Twins' history.
    The bottom of the 12th felt inevitable. If Keppel can show that heavy of a sack, we can snag one run with the bottom of the order. Go Go Gomez led off with a single and made it to second on a ground out. Leyland put Young on to get the double play back in order, with Young's run not meaning anything. 
    That brought Casilla to the dish, along with his .202 batting average with zero home runs. The slap hitter got his barrel out front and shot one through the right side. We all knew who was on second base. All I could think was "don't fall." Mauer got gobbled up by the turf monster earlier in the game on a fringe double. 
    Gomez flew around third, and the team met him in a pile of dust after the celebratory slide. The top of the Metrodome flipped its top. We were hugging people we didn't know, and the blur of homer hankies took over the stadium.
    It may not have been perfect, but it was our moment. The season wasn't galvanized by a World Series or even a post-season win. It was just a beautiful baseball game. The game had everything a lover of the game could dream of; much like a heavyweight title fight, the teams traded punches until finally, in the 12th round, someone hit the canvas. It's a game I will look back on and remember the beauty of a crap stadium and group that wouldn't be denied on October 6th, 2009.
    And to cap off the night of baseball, we got blasted by that famous gust of Hubert Humphrey Metrodome air, trailed by the scent of dome dogs you could taste, peanuts, and urine. On that night, it was perfect.

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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from wabene in The Twins Need to be Realistic With Max Kepler   
    I think he could certainly gain more value as an offensive asset by no longer having to play against the shift; then you could deal him at the deadline for a potentially unexpected need, rather than dealing him now for prospects.
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from DocBauer in The Twins Need to be Realistic With Max Kepler   
    I think he could certainly gain more value as an offensive asset by no longer having to play against the shift; then you could deal him at the deadline for a potentially unexpected need, rather than dealing him now for prospects.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to Heistyman in 2023 Twins Top 10 Prospect Rankings: Where Does Jose Salas Fit?   
    I received my Twins Prospect rankings from Prospects Live yesterday and this is how they ranked him. They are not kind to Wallner and Balazovic.
     
    1. Brooks Lee, SS - 55 OFP
    2. Royce Lewis, SS - 50 OFP
    3. Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF - 50 OFP
    4. Edouard Julien, 2B - 50 OFP
    5. Connor Prielipp, LHP - 50 OFP
    6. Louie Varland, RHP - 50 OFP
    7. Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP - 50 OFP
    8. Marco Raya, RHP - 50 OFP
    9. Jose Salas, SS - 50 OFP
    10. Austin Martin, SS - 45 OFP
    11. David Festa, RHP - 45 OFP
    12. Matt Canterino, RHP - 45 OFP
    13. Tanner Schobel, SS - 45 OFP
    14. Yasser Mercedes, OF - 45 OFP
    15. Misael Urbina, OF - 45 OFP
    16. Jose Rodriguez, OF - 45 OFP
    17. Noah Miller, SS - 45 OFP
    18. Jordan Balazovic, RHP - 45 OFP
    19. Alejandro Hidalgo, RHP - 45 OFP
    20. Matt Wallner, OF - 40 OFP
    21. Ronny Henriquez, RHP - 40 OFP
    22. Cole Sands, RHP - 40 OFP
    23. Danny De Andrade, SS/3B - 40 OFP
    24. Aaron Sabato, 1B - 40 OFP
    25. Michael Helman, UTIL - 40 OFP
    26. Blayne Enlow, RHP - 40 OFP
    27. Cory Lewis, RHP - 40 OFP
    28. Sean Mooney, RHP - 40 OFP
    29. Bryan Acuna, SS - 40 OFP
    30. Ben Ross, UTIL - 40 OFP
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from Karbo in The Twins Need to be Realistic With Max Kepler   
    I think he could certainly gain more value as an offensive asset by no longer having to play against the shift; then you could deal him at the deadline for a potentially unexpected need, rather than dealing him now for prospects.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to roger in The Twins Need to be Realistic With Max Kepler   
    I am amongst the few who believe that the shift change will be huge for Max.  And I don't say that because a lot more of his ground balls will become hits.  Rather, it will be a psychological change of how he approaches his at bats.  He will no longer be going to the plate thinking that no matter what he does he is going to be out with what appears as the entire team between first and second.  Yes, he could have, or even should have, learned how to defeat the shift by bunting and going to left field.  But for whatever reason, he didn't.
    Now he will be going into 2023 knowing that defenders need to play where they did historically.  I expect he is going to become more of the hitter we saw in 2019, ie, will be hitting the ball harder and with more elevation.  The results just may, note I wrote may, be surprising.  And yes, I expect Max to be the Twins regular right fielder come opening day.  With their outfield depth, Max and all outfielders will get more time off.  Hopefully, the Manager will be smart about who plays and when?
     
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from Dman in The Twins Need to be Realistic With Max Kepler   
    I think he could certainly gain more value as an offensive asset by no longer having to play against the shift; then you could deal him at the deadline for a potentially unexpected need, rather than dealing him now for prospects.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Area Cranks on High Alert with Mauer Hall of Fame Candidacy   
    Heh. I actually learned this last night while reading a novel.
    Always fun to realize you've been doing something wrong for about 35 years.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to SwainZag in Twins Will Win the Division (An Overly Optimistic Post)   
    The Twins pitching staff on paper is MUCH stronger than it was a year ago and it's not even close.  That's in both the staff and in the pen.  I don't even know how anyone can even think it's a push with how much it should be improved.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to ashbury in The Twins can NOT trade the player they're going to trade next!   
    We should attempt to trade the player while his value is still high, while also being careful not to sell low.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to Brock Beauchamp in The Twins can NOT trade the player they're going to trade next!   
    *stares menacingly at Max Kepler and smiles*
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    PseudoSABR reacted to Fire Dan Gladden in Twins Front Office Testing an Unsustainable Rotation Solution   
    I must be missing something here... They have traded very little in the way of top pitching prospects to acquire these current pitchers.  If they were clearing the cupboard to acquire these assets I would see the argument, but that is not the case.

    Keeping your top 3-5 prospects in the system and trading everything else is very sustainable IMO.  Especially when you receive assets that are not rentals.  There are only so many pitching spots to be had on the 40-man roster...
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from kmeyer14 in Twins Acquire Gold-Glove Outfielder from Royals   
    Is this right? Found at MLBTR
     
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from cjj td in Twins Acquire Gold-Glove Outfielder from Royals   
    Is this right? Found at MLBTR
     
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    PseudoSABR reacted to chpettit19 in Spend on Bats, Bank on Arms: This Front Office's Strategy Is Clear   
    Kenta Maeda had no injury problems in LA. Not sure what the complaint is here. Graterol has never even struck out 9 per 9. Relievers that don't average at least 1 K per inning are not "the highest upside pitching prospects." Even missing an entire season to TJ Maeda has provided more value to the Twins than Graterol has to the Dodgers. By a significant margin.
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    PseudoSABR reacted to h2oface in Spend on Bats, Bank on Arms: This Front Office's Strategy Is Clear   
    They also like to trade the highest upside pitching prospects for quesionable arm health, instead of developing them. Graterol was MLB ready, and developed in-house all the way from a MiLB free agent!
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    PseudoSABR reacted to miracleb in Twins Make Boring, Necessary Trade for Michael A. Taylor   
    Terrible trade!  If you liked Pedro Florimon's bat and Andtrelton Simmon's bat...you will love this guy.  Both players we gave up will pitch in the majors.  Sisk this year and Cruz in 2-3 years(6'7"...he will figure out the strike zone in a few years.)  Everyone will be complaining about why this guy is getting playing time when Walner, Larnach, etc should be playing.  Heck...this guy makes Gordon look like a stud!
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from GeorgiaBaller in Rumor: Twins in on Yuli Gurriel   
    Heck, bring back Sano if this is on their radar.
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from weitz41 in Twins Acquire Gold-Glove Outfielder from Royals   
    Is this right? Found at MLBTR
     
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    PseudoSABR got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Twins Acquire Gold-Glove Outfielder from Royals   
    Is this right? Found at MLBTR
     
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    PseudoSABR reacted to PatPfund in Twins Acquire Gold-Glove Outfielder from Royals   
    AJ Alexy was DFA'd to clear a 40 man spot. 
    It cracks me up a bit to hear Taylor compared to Celestino. One has a World Series ring, a Gold Glove, and leads the majors in CF defensive runs saved over the last three seasons. The other is a raw in-over-his-head player whose hitting pales even to 'light-hitting' Michael Taylor, and whose sometimes passable defense is often wrecked by his trouble remembering how many outs there are, or where he should throw the ball. (Not to mention the dreadful base-running.)
    Not sure Gilberto will ever be ready for MLB, but for sure he needs a chance to develop his game in St Paul, and both he and the Twins will be better for it.
    Taylor will be great in the field, and as electric wheels coming off the bench. Solid move.
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