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    In My La Z boy reacted to roger in Trevor Larnach's struggles   
    In a normal year, Larnach would have stayed in AAA for at least half the season, if not until September.  So being thrown into the Twins every day lineup was a shock.  It surprised the heck out of me at how well he did the first month or so.  As we have seen with Rortvedt and Celestino, once back at AAA they are hitting very well.  Same would hold for Larnach, who I suspect is going to be a very good major league hitter, perhaps not as good as Kirilloff, but still very good.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to 4twinsJA in Trevor Larnach's struggles   
    Thought Twins should have sent Larnach down to AAA for a month or so to get straightened out in June/July. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to bean5302 in Minor League Report (8/12): Morales Dominates, Saints' Bullpen Bears Down   
    Speaking of OPS .822....
    Palacios has now reached base via hit or walk 11 games in a row and owns an OPS of 1.068 over that span with a 10% BB rate and 12% K rate despite a BABIP of .212. He also has a season line of .261/.350/.472 OPS .822 wRC+119 while playing error free infield for 24 straight games, with 20 of those at shortstop.
    I mean... what do you need to do to replace a negative fWAR shortstop?
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Greglw3 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    One thing I’m sure of is that the White Sox FO has totally, thoroughly and completely drubbed the Twins FO over the last 2-3 years. It’s stunning, really!
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Greglw3 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Not a fan of calling someone a rube if they have the very reasonable opinion that those that have failed spectacularly in the last two years should be replaced.
    I honestly think that coaxing Jim Leyland out of retirement would have resulted in much better in-game decisions than Rocco has made this year (and for 3 years frankly).
    Then there’s the part about the players he had. In my other post I named all the players the FO let go in the last two years that have directly led from 101 wins to one of the worst teams in baseball.
    Another thing the FO has done that I think was a big mistake was firing Molitor and hiring Baldelli. IMO, Molitor was a very good strategic and tactical manager who was aggressive with his bullpen and displayed a burning fire to win.
    Now if you want to compare me to Rube Walker or Rube Marquardt, I might think it reasonable. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to LewFordLives in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Speaking of guys they gave up on......that move was just bizarre.  Littell was actually pretty good in 2019. 2020 was a lost season because of injury and then they just cut him loose, even though they knew they were going to have to find bullpen reinforcements going into 2021. The move was odd then, and it looks downright dumb now. Do they know something we don't?
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Greglw3 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    It comes down to choices. We traded Gil for Cave, so Cave needs to make it, therefore we picked Cave over Wade. We signed Donaldson & Sano, so Cron/Schoop don't make it. We choose not to spend money on relievers (because of Addison Reed) so we let May go and we sign reclamation projects. Not sure what to say on Baddoo - but Terry Ryan would have protected him. Front offices are very partial to their own players. Baddoo wasn't Falvey's. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Starting Burrows last night was simply ridiculous. If you need an opener John Gant has been begging to start, and has starter experience. Not to mention perhaps giving an AAA guy a chance last night?  I noticed Zack Littell got a save the other night for SF - why we give up on him, and don't give up on some others I'll never know? 
    I agree we hired Falvey to completely revamp the org, bring us into the future, and to develop pitching. This cannot be evaluated yet - and we need to stick with them. But it looks to me like we've been slinging a lot of spaghetti against the wall lately. As an observer, I am not seeing a cohesive plan coming together - and why is Simmons still playing shortstop? We very much need to develop shortstops. Why aren't we working on that?
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    It comes down to choices. We traded Gil for Cave, so Cave needs to make it, therefore we picked Cave over Wade. We signed Donaldson & Sano, so Cron/Schoop don't make it. We choose not to spend money on relievers (because of Addison Reed) so we let May go and we sign reclamation projects. Not sure what to say on Baddoo - but Terry Ryan would have protected him. Front offices are very partial to their own players. Baddoo wasn't Falvey's. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to LastOnePicked in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Isn't the wisest roster management to keep players with the most talent and ability - particularly at the moment when you need those talents/skills? I can be fairly accused of trying to make a point with the benefit of hindsight, but I'm hoping that there is an important lesson in here for Falvey/Levine about talent assessment, too.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to joefish in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I am not seeing any improvement in Larnach. Not at the plate. Not on the field. Not running the bases. Not with his defense. Nothing.
     
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    In My La Z boy reacted to LastOnePicked in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    That's probably conventional wisdom, yes. But what is Baddoo's actual "position" this year? Who appears more capable of contributing to a MLB team - Baddoo or Cave? I want the FO to be able to make those kinds of assessments with accuracy - not just to rely on general conventional wisdom.
    I fully realize I'm being additionally tough on the FO here. But like all of you, I love this team, and I want to see them at their best with the most effective talent assessment possible. That's the only way we can build a winner here. And winning a championship is fun - I'm old enough to have seen two of them.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Karbo in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Starting Burrows last night was simply ridiculous. If you need an opener John Gant has been begging to start, and has starter experience. Not to mention perhaps giving an AAA guy a chance last night?  I noticed Zack Littell got a save the other night for SF - why we give up on him, and don't give up on some others I'll never know? 
    I agree we hired Falvey to completely revamp the org, bring us into the future, and to develop pitching. This cannot be evaluated yet - and we need to stick with them. But it looks to me like we've been slinging a lot of spaghetti against the wall lately. As an observer, I am not seeing a cohesive plan coming together - and why is Simmons still playing shortstop? We very much need to develop shortstops. Why aren't we working on that?
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    In My La Z boy reacted to LastOnePicked in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I wish I could, but I just can't. They somehow had room for Jake Cave and others on the roster. Baddoo hit .390 in Spring Training. He was clearly ready to go, and any series of offseason workouts/assessments could have told them so. He was the third player drafted in Rule 5. In other words, other teams knew what we didn't know. That's just .... very bad.
    Plus, they also exposed their breakout 2021 Minor League Player of the Year, Jose Miranda to the Rule 5 draft. Ugh.
    Yes, it's tough on FO staff, but the only way to evaluate a transaction is by the results. We can give people some grace for understandable mistakes, but teams like the Twins don't have a lot of wiggle room for these kinds of mistakes. These mistakes build - they compound. A Twins team with Baddoo has less to worry about if Kiriloff goes down again or if we end up losing Buxton. Or he could have been a great young trade chip while trying to bring in pitching. More gaps need to be covered now, and all the expense of drafting and developing is a lost investment.
    This FO is going to get more chances here, and maybe that's as it should be. But I think the team would be fine if they decided to look for other bright young minds from other organizations who are looking for a chance to build a winner. This FO doesn't appear to be anything particularly special.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Greglw3 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I agree with you Brock. I think they’ve had enough time and it’s not just one bad year.
    The bad decisions started after the 2019 season. Would the Twins have been better with Schoop and Cron this year? Yes. It’s all the unnecessary attrition which reminds me of the attrition the year JJ Hardy, Orlando Hudson, Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch and a 5th player were let go and the subsequent attrition-driven drop.
    So we’ve forfeited Schoop, Cron, Wade, Badoo, Rosario (I’m a fan, others aren’t), Odorrizi (still better this year than Happ or Shoemaker), Zack Littell, Romo, Kyle Gibson, Trevor May, Matt Wisler, Ryne Harper (ouch!),  Rich Hill, Pressley, Eduardo Escobar, Tyler Clippard in two short years.
    Is the above acceptable for a list of players willingly let go by Falvey in 2 years?
    Further, with a glaring problem of Byron Buxton’s chronic missed time, they failed to obtain a proper backup for cf. 
    The continued acquisition of bargain basement gambles seems a way to being the worst team in baseball rather than the best. That Burrows start was a real head scratcher.
    My opinion is that Baldelli is in over his head as a manager. I will give him credit for some recent improvement in coming out to get pitchers in a more timely fashion to still give the Twins a chance.
    Then there’s sending Burrows out for a 2nd inning. How many games has he kicked away by letting starters get the Twins so far behind that they have no chance? I would cite a late 2019 game where he left Martin Perez in for 8 runs in the first two innings. Game, set, match. Then Shoemaker for 9 runs in 1 inning. 
    Credit? The Berrios deal is worthy of optimism at this point. Ascension of Arraez is great, not sure who gets credit for that. Kirilloff and Larnach being given a chance. I have high hopes for Miranda.
    All in all, management put the Twins in a deep hole with a series of bad trades and releases, etc.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to PDX Twin in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Maybe it was the talent that got poached that was responsible for the success?
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    In My La Z boy reacted to dbminn in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    The Twins weren't exactly "moribund" when Falvey and Levine arrived. 
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Starting Burrows last night was simply ridiculous. If you need an opener John Gant has been begging to start, and has starter experience. Not to mention perhaps giving an AAA guy a chance last night?  I noticed Zack Littell got a save the other night for SF - why we give up on him, and don't give up on some others I'll never know? 
    I agree we hired Falvey to completely revamp the org, bring us into the future, and to develop pitching. This cannot be evaluated yet - and we need to stick with them. But it looks to me like we've been slinging a lot of spaghetti against the wall lately. As an observer, I am not seeing a cohesive plan coming together - and why is Simmons still playing shortstop? We very much need to develop shortstops. Why aren't we working on that?
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Whitey333 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Where is roster management here?  Don't Twins fans have a right to question moves and non moves?  Why is Simmons still here and taking up playing time for a younger player that is actually part of the future.  Why are the three "pitchers" from last night even on the roster?  Why did they not put Donaldson on IL a while ago?  Perfect opportunity to check out another player while he heals.  He just sits, very seldom plays, and us taking up a spot.  Why aren't we seeing some of these can't miss prospects we keep hearing about?
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    In My La Z boy reacted to joefish in Game Score: White Sox 11, Twins 1   
    I took a Rally Nap in the 3rd inning. Pretty dismal start to this series opener at home. It looked like an early morning get-away day game. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Mike Sixel in Week in Review: New-Look Rotation   
    I'd 100% prefer Thorpe move the bullpen, where he has a much better chance of being a MLB pitcher. Ober, Jax, Dobnak are all as good or better than Thorpe as starters. Give Thorpe a legit shot to be part of the bullpen. 
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Week in Review: New-Look Rotation   
    Oh, and bring Gordon back up and rotate him in at SS and 2nd. Give the kid a real opportunity to prove or disprove he can't play middle infield.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Week in Review: New-Look Rotation   
    Agree. Though I'd go Simmons, Colome, Donaldson, Sano. I'd release Simmons and Colome, move Donaldson to DH, park Sano on the bench for pinch-hitting duty (a la Randy Bush), bring up Miranda to play 3rd, move Polanco back to SS and Arraez to 2nd. Then we'd have a real glimpse at next year's possibilities.
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    In My La Z boy reacted to Number3 in Is Jorge Polanco the current face of the Twins?   
    Same difference. Like I said. Please see yesterday's game that got a series win on the road against a 20 over .500 team. Remains far and away the most reliable day to day player in the lineup.
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    In My La Z boy got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Is Anybody Watching? Twins See Sharp Decline In TV Viewers   
    I'll keep watching. Lifelong Twins baseball fan. Been through a lot of rough ones. This year as rough as they come. My wife of 35 years may be the only one that understands why, but I am a Twins fan, and my job is to show up and cheer. And I do. I did finally last week stop watching Rocco's post game press conference. That is a first. Normally I am 150+ games per year pre-game to post-game. They are wearing me down. Actually skipped pre-game last night. 
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