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In My La Z boy

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  1. I wonder what he really thinks about our chances to get to a world series in the next 2 years? I think we are in trouble. Correa said this is Buxton's team right from the start. I wonder about the situation we find ourselves in when the guy who's team it is cannot stay on the field? My opinion is - we need players like Correa if we are to ever make a world series. I also wonder what his real take is on Rocco, and our organization? High caliber pitching covers a lot of ills. Let us all hope we redirect Correa's salary into a high caliber pitching staff right from the beginning of 2023. We have talent to cover the infield that isn't the issue. The issue is leadership. Leadership in the front office, leadership from the dugout, and leadership on the field. Correa was unquestionably our on field leader this year.
  2. Agree - not wise to have a $35.1M shortstop with poor pitching - and we knew in March we had a sketchy pitching staff. I am all for keeping Correa if he chooses to stay - but the pressure is on the FO to make sure we don't go into next season with a sketchy potential staff.
  3. Perhaps hype vs results is in play here. Ryan was never given the budget Falvey's been given, and Ryan never had any hype behind his reign. Nostalgia perhaps also in play - old people like me tend to pine for what was vs what is. Human nature. It is ok to be old and have the opinion of an old timer. We're right sometimes, and sometimes not. Ryan also came onto the scene during some of our hardest times as a club, and did indeed make major improvements. And he was a very nice man. Sat and chatted it up with me on occasion. A nobody fan. He didn't have to, but he always did. Very loyal Twins man, and family man, kind to one and all.
  4. I guess I was playing off my earlier comment about missing out on Wheeler and Rodon, after telling us we were in the mix for both. We failed on Wheeler, and signed Donaldson. We failed on Rodon, and signed Correa. I couldn't tell you who may be available this winter either through free agency or in trade - but we've chased those 2 - and we would have been correct in that either one of them would indeed be our #1 today. I assume Falvey could answer your question. My input is - get the deal closed this time whomever you deem as a #1 this winter.
  5. I hope they make better decisions this winter. We supposedly were in the running for Wheeler a couple years ago. We were supposedly in the running for Rodon last year. Things would have turned out very differently if we had closed those 2 deals. We settled for pitchers like Shoemaker/Happ/Bundy/Archer - We signed up Dobnak when we didn't need to - we've gone into the last 2 seasons adding the wrong bullpen guys - no pitching pipeline yet. Looks to me like we have a nice supply for '23 of #3-#5 starters - Ryan, Gray, Mahle, Maeda, Paddock, Winder, Ober - this winter we need to go get a #1 and a #2.
  6. We are in agreement - we want to win. You are correct in that so far no appreciable progress on developing #1/#2 starters and there is NOT much difference in performance between the Ryan vs Falvey regimes - I do like the older brand of baseball, scrappy and fundamentally sound - and my favorite type of field manager is more in the Francona/Gardenhire/Kelly mold. Everyone's perspective is skewed toward their taste's, background and style. This is where we can respectfully disagree on future direction and future staffing decisions.
  7. To clarify - I guess I was speaking of Buxton, Polanco, Kepler, Gordon, Sano, Duffy who were all on the initial 26 man active to start the year. Not thinking of Kirilloff, Arraez who were acquired originally by the Ryan/Smith regime. Just making the point the 1/4th of the 2022 squad were core picks and players prior to Falvey/Levine. Not sure anyone gets credit for Kirilloff. This wrist thing is very bad, and if you read up on the particular surgery he had, it is quite experimental. I worry about him at this point.
  8. No one here is ragging as you put it. I want to win. Your response to me was quite aggressive. I am older than you and have been watching this team since the '60's and I expected Falvey would build a team like the Guardians. He should have, but he is smarter apparently. Sometimes young and cocky isn't the best solution. He blew the last 2 off-seasons totally & Rocco is no Terry Francona. Zen master is getting us nowhere. In-game management is still a problem. Fundamentals are still a problem, but Rocco is a super nice guy with great conversation skills, so we've got that going for us. Cleveland is always right there. Look at the player turnover and they are still right there. Pitching and fundamentals. I tire of hearing about 2019 - that was Molitor and Ryan's team. 2020 was a ridiculous situation. True colors of this organization are on full display in 2021 and 2022. I don't like what I see.
  9. Playoff victories and world championships are the difference - and to this very day Falvey and Rocco are still relying on Terry Ryan's players. Should have gone all the way in '02 - most of our squads between "02 and '10 were very competitive - and again, Macphail and Kelly won 2 championships. Small market Minnesota just isn't going to be competitive for 25 straight years no matter who is in charge. I think we've given the boy wonder duo 6 years now and Rocco 4. So far zero playoff victories. Francona and the Guardians are the kind of team we used to be before the stat masters took over. I like that team from Cleveland. Scrappy. We used to be scrappy. We're still playing bombs away like its 2019. Look at our pitching and catching. Falvey did that. Look at our contact rate - our batting average with runners in scoring position - our lack of a running game - our trades - 3 starters traded for in the last 2 years, all on the DL - after going into the last 2 seasons signing bupkis for starters. Where is the pitching pipeline? Everyone has injuries. I say no excuses. This team fell flat on their face since early June and is still tanking to this very minute. It is certainly someone's fault. I not suggesting anything other than frustration with how this season has gone, and wanting someone held responsible - and a big change to the off-season pattern of the last couple years. Sign an expensive bat, and take a flyer on a couple starters. This is what we've done 2 years in a row. Cleveland still has a far superior pitching staff. This was why Falvey got the job. Where is the pitching development, and adept trading skills we hired him for?
  10. Not sure about this? Smart business people for sure. Smart baseball people? Andy Macphail and Tom Kelly were smart baseball people and were the reason for our late '80's/early '90's success. Terry Ryan and Ron Gardenhire were smart baseball people and were the reason for our early 2000's success. Pohlad's may want to cut bait on this front office and manager in my opinion.
  11. Replacing Zimmer with O'Connell seems to have mattered greatly. Replacing Spielman with Adofo-Mensah seems to have mattered greatly. We've gotten so far away from classic Twins baseball. Where are the piranha's? Love the way the Guardians play/ love Francona and the way he manages. Don't love this Twins team. Don't love Rocco. This Front office totally mis-managed the pitching staff in '22. Firing Rocco, but keeping this front office would be a mistake. Keep them both or fire them both in my opinion.
  12. Kepler should not be batting 5th please. Especially against left handers.
  13. Today is a new day. Looking for a blockbuster. I cannot believe we signed Correa only to throw in the towel, as we sit here in first place on August 2nd. When we will ever have a better chance to win our division, getting us in the playoffs and giving us a chance. Take a chance guys. So you're saying there's a chance?
  14. Seattle starting staff looks fierce. I would agree with the Twins Front office on NOT making this deal. Major haul for Cincy. Got the Mariners top 2 prospects, both Top 50 - and Seattle's #10, and another guy.
  15. Good ideas that don't seem too painful. Angels I agree may be a partner. What a messed up organization they are. Of all the prospects discussed to be potentially moved, I disagree on trading Miranda for anyone. He is our future Jose Ramirez. I am more inclined to move anyone else to make sure this kid plays everyday. He is Arraez with POWER.
  16. In the post game interview, Rocco blames the poor at bats late in the game
  17. I appreciated the "gloomy" write up. We continue to lose winnable games because we can't hold leads. Rocco goes out of his way to never mention it. Must mean major change coming to the pen is my take.
  18. Paddock had an injury history. Dyson had an injury history. I hope we avoid dealing good prospects in the hopes of no more injuries to pitchers with an injury history. Maeda quite different and bum luck. He had no injury history that I remember. I do agree the Marlins are the right team to deal with as well as the Reds.
  19. Agree with this. Balazovic is a perfect example. Trade him 2 years ago and you would have thought "are we crazy?". There are no guarantees in the minors. What we do know right now is this. This division is winnable. And winning the division gives us a shot. I'd take my chances, and try to add some quality arms to this team.
  20. Someone better than the bottom 1/3 of our current bullpen. Both Cave and Beckham can hold their own on a major league diamond. Someone in contention has a middle IF, or OF get injured in late July and needs to plug a hole without giving up too much and has a deep bullpen. (if there is such a scenario that presents itself)
  21. Beckham might be of value to a contender needing middle infield help. Cave/Beckham package for a good arm?
  22. Hard to believe they make the deal without checking with our bench coach (his former mgr). I think we could have gotten better advice, he was on the injured list late last year. This was not a Maeda/Graterol situation. Somehow the Mets knew Paddock wasn't the guy. Falvey hasn't taken the bullpen seriously since his Addison Reed signing blew up in his face. First season on the job, and his big bullpen signing was a mistake. He won't do that again apparently. Do we not have any arms we could bring up for a bullpen shot? Let's see Povich in the pen.
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