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    In My La Z boy reacted to rv78 in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    I will give him an F.... Using Colome as closer at the beginning of the year as much as he did even after he continued to fail was inexcusable and set the tone for the rest of the season.... losing. His constant changing of the lineup verses Righties or Lefties is laughable. Injuries aside, a good Manager plays his best players every day regardless of matchups and has a lineup that is constant with a leadoff guy, #2 hitter, #3 hitter, cleanup guy and so on. He not only changed by player everyday but also where they batted everyday. It's can be tough for hitters to get in a groove when they don't even know if they'll be in the lineup much less where they will bat if they are. Giving guys days off after scheduled off days is another joke yet he did it all the time. I also can't count the number of times he pulled a decent hitter for a defensive replacement when he was behind in the game. Or he would do the exact opposite and pull his better defensive player for a pinch hitter when he was ahead. Makes no sense. After the trade deadline I was hoping to see a look to the future mentality on using the bullpen but he continued to use Colome as his closer. Why not throw Alcala into that role the last month of the season to see if he can be that guy in 2022 and beyond? Didn't happen until the last game of the season, It's as if someone told him to do it. 
    Before the season started we were all expecting to compete for the division. Supposedly there was more talent on the team at the beginning of the year then after the trade deadline when they lost Cruz, Berrios, Robles, etc, etc. Yet the team had a better record after those guys left. I'd say it must have been Management that blew it and that rests squarely on Rocco's shoulders.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to TwinsDr2021 in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    I give Rocco a F, I thought he was bad when the team was winning the last few years, and I think he is still bad during this season.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Nine of twelve in And the season comes to an end.   
    Each year has two seasons: baseball season and waiting for baseball season.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to DocBauer in And the season comes to an end.   
    Not going to blow smoke, but I'm pleased the team didn't throw in the towel and give up. I'm pleased I saw the initial development of several young players that should only get better with their ML experience.
    I am bummed a handful of guys like Kirilloff and Larnach weren't able to finish the season healthy and strong.
    I am, of course, very bummed about how disappointing this season turned out.
    I am excited for the off-season as I think it will be interesting and maybe even exciting with FA and trades.
    I am just really bummed the season is over, no matter how disappointing it was. Having baseball just makes the world a better place. I can't wait until ST!
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    In My La Z boy reacted to TwinsDr2021 in What Happens to the Twins Emerging Star?   
    So am I understanding correctly, The Twins should trade a 3B with a 3.2 WAR in in 132 games, and 3.6 in 160 games and eat millions and millions of dollars , for salary relief and hand a spot to rookie 3B?
     
     
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Brandon in What Happens to the Twins Emerging Star?   
    Miranda can try LF.  Its not like Larnarch or Rooker have claimed it yet.  But those three can vie for LF next spring.  Also someone can get hurt giving Miranda an opportunity and he can also be a super utility player and play LF, 3B DH and 1B and since he has options can spend some time in the minors.  He may not get 500+ AB in the majors but 400 between the majors and minors is possible with close to 300 of those appearances in the majors.  
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Nashvilletwin in What Happens to the Twins Emerging Star?   
    Ted - I think you nailed all the issues. I’ll go first. 

    The 2022 Twins are a going to be about the future - not the present. The team is not likely to be in the position to realistically compete given the projected staff and ownership’s probable (and justifiable) reluctance to go all in again (particularly after possibly losing a boatload of cash over the past two years). 
    Consequently, Josh should be moved for whatever salary relief we can get. I liked the move when we signed him, but the window that made that deal a decent bet has closed. Use the savings to redeploy into singing Buxton, a new SS and pitching (I’d add Kepler to the move list too with the same target use of proceeds)
    Miranda plays 3B, Polanco 2B, Kiriloff 1B and Sano is DH. Luis plays LF and Larnach is RF. The new SS and Buxton provide strong defensive chops up the middle. Resign Pineda (to a lumber deal between a 2x4 and 2x6). Let the young guys start and build a shutdown pen. That team could play competitive ball, be within realistic payroll expectations, and build for the start of a new window in 2023. 
     

     
     
     
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from glunn in The Uncertain Future of Twins Catching   
    I agree it makes sense to trade either Garver or Jeffers if it helps the team rebuild quickly. We need to either sign and/or trade for 4 quality starting pitchers somehow. I love Rortvedt's defense and his arm, and am all for giving him a shot. We can get our offense from other positions. I do think Garver could bring back a nice return.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to tony&rodney in The Uncertain Future of Twins Catching   
    Miami needs catching and has pitching - the Twins and Marlins line up for a major trade. Rortvedt is a good catcher and can hit .225 and works in a platoon situation. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Unwinder in The Uncertain Future of Twins Catching   
    I agree it makes sense to trade either Garver or Jeffers if it helps the team rebuild quickly. We need to either sign and/or trade for 4 quality starting pitchers somehow. I love Rortvedt's defense and his arm, and am all for giving him a shot. We can get our offense from other positions. I do think Garver could bring back a nice return.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to mike8791 in Where Do the Twins Depth Arms Stand?   
    Ted, understand importance of depth, but for a contender, it must be quality depth - pitchers who can step in and at the very least, give the team at least a reasonable chance of a W.  Unfortunately, there is not one on this list who seem able to do this, at least based on their minor league /brief major league performance.  At best, these are all AAAA players who will do nothing to move the needle.  #6-10 "starters" will have to either come from the bargain basement bin or from our strong current prospect list, e.g, Winder, Woods-Richardson, Balazovic, even Varland.
    With that said, if August/September performance is a decent indicator of future performance, Ober and Ryan look like pretty good bets to at least be #4/#5 starters next year, and Pineda should be resigned to slot in the middle.  I for one have a little more confidence now in next year's rotation than I did at the trade deadline, even though the loss of Maeda is huge.  The big question is whether this FO has the chops to lasso two top starters?  They have the payroll space to add one of the top FA starters and excess positional players/top prospects to land a #2 starter via trade.  With an improving pen and a couple of astute moves, I feel contending in 2022 is more of a possibility now than 2 months ago,   but relying on the names above should not be in the plan going forward.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Sconnie in Where Do the Twins Depth Arms Stand?   
    With Ober, Ryan pretty much chiseled in stone for the opening rotation and a likely Gant as well, Depth in AAA as well as at least one swing man is going to be critical. I’d release Thorpe but the rest should be kept in the organization
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    In My La Z boy reacted to chpettit19 in Who will win the 2021 AL Wild Cards?   
    I came here to say exactly what Brock said so I'll just say I agree with Brock.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Who will win the 2021 AL Wild Cards?   
    I want the Jays and A's but that's a bit of a longshot. First and foremost I want to see Toronto make it because of their young, exciting team and it'd be fun to see Berríos in the postseason again.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Clutch Gordon, Baseball Superstar   
    This has been one of the most fun things to follow that doesn't involve Joe Ryan's hair. Nick Gordon has suddenly become... a good baseball player? I mean, we all knew it wasn't technically impossible for this to happen given how much time he missed over the past couple of years but it's still unexpected.
    His OPS+ now sits at 97, which I definitely didn't see coming. He's still a flawed player; he's not great up the middle, his plate discipline isn't great, and he misses the ball too much for a player with his profile... but if he can hit somewhere close to league average while playing (sometimes kinda badly) around the entire diamond, I think he's basically a lock for making the 2022 roster as a tenth man. Which is an upgrade because my hope was that Gordon could become the eleventh man, which is far less of a sure thing on modern rosters.
    But hey, something good happening at the end of this crap season is still fun to watch!
    Gordon's splits:
    Season Totals Split G GS PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB ROE BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+ 2021 Totals 65 46 189 175 18 46 9 1 4 21 10 1 11 48 .263 .317 .394 .712 69 6 3 0 0 0 2 .341 100 96 Last 7 days 5 5 20 19 3 9 2 0 2 8 2 0 0 4 .474 .500 .895 1.395 17 0 1 0 0 0 1 .538 285 271 Last 14 days 11 9 35 32 4 12 2 0 3 10 4 0 2 8 .375 .429 .719 1.147 23 0 1 0 0 0 1 .429 218 202 Last 28 days 19 14 56 52 5 17 4 0 3 13 5 0 3 13 .327 .375 .577 .952 30 1 1 0 0 0 2 .389 165 155 Last 365 days 65 46 189 175 18 46 9 1 4 21 10 1 11 48 .263 .317 .394 .712 69 6 3 0 0 0 2 .341 100   Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
    Generated 9/24/2021.  
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from chpettit19 in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    Agree classless is a little much, but it sure would have been nice - and I think it would have been ok to be nice in this case. I will only hope Rocco gave him a heads up, and told him it would be quite unlikely, barring injury that he would get into a game. Hope we had the class (the nice) to prepare him in this way. I haven't heard of any busloads of parents, family and friends that made the long journey to Toronto, so maybe its all good here. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Otto von Ballpark in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    Maggi indeed did NOT have any family travel to Toronto, according to this:
    https://www.mlb.com/news/drew-maggi-called-up-to-twins-after-11-minor-league-seasons
    Making things tougher is the fact that his dad doesn't have a passport, and the short notice meant his family wouldn't be able to make it to Canada to potentially see him play.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Platoon in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    Whether Maggi ever gets back or not, this was totally  classless and as usual clueless by Rocco. It would almost have to be intentional. And his completely BS statement about how emotional and difficult it was to send him back down just makes him sound more out of touch than most days. I have no personal investment in Drew Maggi, but this was crap. The Twins have been toast since May. For those who think you should always play two win? The Twins should have worked harder on that approach during last winter! 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to tony&rodney in Maggi returned to minors without getting into a game   
    Poor move by the Twins. My position on current management has been mostly supportive but understanding that they did not have the experience of past front office teams. This move was unnecessary and classless, sad to see.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to bighat in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    @big dogI also hope the Twins have completed their evaluation of Jax. He wasn't really a high-ranked prospect, and I think in the end we all saw what we expected: a below-average shuttle bus guy who isn't a full time major leaguer. A shame that in this lost season, the Twins couldn't manage to give any of their home-grown highly ranked pitching prospects a big league audition. Guys like Jax and Barnes sure got a lot of time in the bigs, though. Head-scratcher.
    But every terrible year has a silver lining, this year's might be Nick Gordon, Bailey Ober, and Joe Ryan. I believe we'll see all 3 of those guys on the team next year. I know there are a lot of Gordon haters in Twins Territory, but am really digging this comeback story. From failed prospect to a guy who could be on the 26 man roster next year. Go Nick.
    As bad as the Twins have been this year, I will sure miss them this winter. Looking forward to seeing how the off-season plays out.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Sconnie in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    Victory is more important. Twins are currently selecting 7th in the rule 4 draft. They might pick 8th/9th or they might pick 6th… that won’t change the slot value of the pick, or quality of available prospect much, if at all. The odds are very low to get into the top 5, or get out of the top 10.
    Winning, on the other hand provides those players opportunities to learn and succeed at the highest levels while providing me a fun experience.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to big dog in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    I choose "neither", unless the draft position race is between first and, say, tenth.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to big dog in Game Score: Twins 9, Cubs 5   
    "Fun" fact from the Cubs broadcasters (including former Twin Jim Deshaies): the only two players on the current roster who have not missed time due to injury this year are Jorge Polanco and Alex Coulombe. If you include the earlier trades, I think Berrios gets added to the list. That can't possibly be a regular injury rate for a major league team, can it?
    I've been arguing that we should use these last games to evaluate our younger players, and I still believe that is true. However, I think that the Jax-as-a-starter evaluation is complete and I do not wish to see any more of it. Thank you.
    Unfortunately, we currently need starters and I'm not sure we have any options.
     
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    In My La Z boy reacted to DJL44 in Twins Minor League Week in Review: Playoff Time for Wind Surge, Kernels   
    I think Celestino's stats at St. Paul are quite promising. Don't forget that he's younger than Jose Miranda.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Danchat in Week in Review: September Slide   
    I think the horrid fielding needs to be a talking point in the Lowlights… how did this team go from being one of the better defensive units last year to being a complete train wreck? I know 2020 was a SSS, but they added Simmons and moved Polanco to his natural position, yet the gaffs have been far more frequent. 
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