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  1. For a guy who suddenly can't pitch, he sure chirps at the ump and gets into it with the opposing team a lot. That kind of mouth running is better left to players who can back it up with good pitching...ironically, the best pitchers don't feel the need to act like that. By the way, did anyone laugh out loud like I did when Celestino stole 2nd base today??? I mean the guy or any of our players, havn't tried to steal a base all year when it mattered, but now that we are out of contention, he steals?? wtf? I know a lot about the game, but the back office stuff I'm not as clear on...is there any possible way they will fire Rocco? Or will he survive because of all the injuries we had? Is that an excuse for him? How much accountability is there on the coaching staff and managers for the constant hamstring and groin (and other avoidable) inujuries that helped knock us out of contention? #RoccoMustGo
  2. Would have been nice to see him pitch again...not sure what the thought is behind waiving him, he's got a lot more going for him than most of them.
  3. I suggest the AAA version of the Twins just get on the plane and go home; this is embarassing. Rocco just keeps throwing random players on the field, but doesn't actually adjust to anything. No bunts, no steals, and he still manages to ef up the bullpen choices. Can't stand that guy or his fake serenity. The Twins may want to revisit their approach in the off season; scrap the "analytics or die" approach, especially when you are not playing with your stars; play small ball like most small market teams do to get to the playoffs...a couple of guys name Kelly and Gardenhire could tell you about it. On the injury front, the majority of these injuries we have been saddled with are not bad luck, just poor conditioning and training. Time to clean house and that includes Rocco, all strength and conditioning staff including the trainers, Pete Maki and Popkins...goodbye. I hope Wes is happy down in the Bayou.. btw, what a shitey thing to do. Players? bye Pagan, maybe quit praying on the mound for 10 minutes before your starts or find a different higher power that actually helps you pitch better. Lopez has lost all trust, next topic. Might as well have kept Duffey. Miranda is overrated, but he's just a rookie,not his fault..he hits into inning ending double plays on a regular basis...and he's too short to play 1st base. Nick Gordon is a defensive liability no matter where he plays in the field, cocky and entitled...also, he is not good enough to be arrogant. A little humility might serve him well. Kepler wasn't hitting long before his "injury". Just beating the ball into the ground game after game; zero adjustments made on a consistent basis, Might be time for Buxton to retire, talent beyond comparison, but his body was not built for this game...I like Urshela, hope we keep him. Correa will not want to come back after this disaster and I don't blame him...my season ticket package includes the last games with the Sox, I'm fairly sure those wont be meaningful games..
  4. Not sure what players would outwardly admit they don't like how Rocco manages.....but those that make negative comments about Rocco and his analytics on steroids have a point regarding pitching switches and especially batting order chaos. A lot of teams are yanking the starting pitcher after 5 or 6 innings becasue the data does show that teams will hit after facing a pitcher a couple of times. Unfortunately for the Twins in past months, the long relief and other bullpen guys were not good. So now the starting pitching and relief is good enough (accept for Pagan, he is a lost cause) that leaves us with hitting and the batting order/s. I have not missed a game this year; I have season tickets and when I don't go to the game, I watch them. I'm not an MLB player, but I have heard from every single guy that does commentary (Hawkins, Perkins, Smalley, Morneau, etc) that players typically excel and relax when they know where they are in the batting order and in the field on a consistent basis. Analytics only go so far when you art talking about hitting and batting orders...there is such a thing as overthinking it and taking the human element out of the equation. Whatever your opinion may be, analytics are not cutting it for this Twins team and I don't think Rocco is the right guy for the job if he can't be less rigid about analytics. The talent is above average on this team, and the season is blowing up before our eyes... and at some point, the responsibility is with the hitting coach and particularly, the manager. By the way, are we ready to admit that the Pagan and Paddack trade for Rogers was so bad? WTF
  5. Emjay

    Buxton

    All Star game and its subsequent "all stars" is a bunch of krap anyway; it is a popularity contest; especially for large market teams/players. Why was Buxton there? I have no idea; ironic that he did hit the winning homerun, but of course, small market, so no MVP. It's all a joke
  6. It's the Tampa Bay way...nothing remotely like the Twins way of the past...anyone missing Terry Ryan yet?
  7. Be that as it may, you can't just assume that he is going to be injured again in 2022 and make decisions based in that...in fact, I would argue that I saw a difference in the way he played when he came back at the end of last season. He was still brilliant, but he smarter about diving and crashing into the wall. He is a once in decade caliber player, you just don't give up or throw the towel in on that kind of talent.
  8. Next to trading Buck, this is the worst idea I have ever heard....at some point, you need to just stop trading away homegrown talent and build around somebody for cripes sake.
  9. I was thinking the same think...they talk a lot and say nothing; just like their manager Rocco. Blah blah blahhhhh
  10. I'm not sure what they are trying to accomplish aside from giving the fans the middle finger and insulting Buck and our entire homegrown cluster of talent. I like JD and I understand why they made some of the moves they did at the time they did, but now it has blown up into the most pathetic hot mess and outright failure of any front office in the league...who does this crap? You gamble away Berrios....outch, you toss away Cruz like he is yesterday's trash...but okay, we will recover...but Buxton??? Neither this team or the fans will recover from that move anytime soon. They dynamic duo has failed and so has their manager and most of his coaches. Hey guys, take your season tickets and shove 'em.
  11. The Twins organization has gambled enough with their penny pinching...sign Buck, give him what he wants. or we are going to have another Big Papi outcome to haunt us forever. How many players can play at his level??? 15 Million just for showing up at the field. Bonus incentives if he doesn't end up injured for more than 30 games
  12. I would say TL is a bit overrated. he is below average speed in the field and on the bases below average fielder and not exactly showing a high Baseball IQ... he may start hitting again but those other things aren't necessarily going to change drastically, so that makes him a backup or AAA...
  13. Well you could knock me over with a feather I must say I'm a bit surprised but then again he is probably the player I am the least familiar with.... whiIe I appreciate you saying he's not good enough for this, no athlete is good enough for this not unless they have a PhD behind their name with an extremely high IQ and about twenty years of higher education and research under their belt... it's real simple keep your job and your personal life separate especially when it comes to Pro Sports if you're going to be on social media and want to express your opinions then you need to make your account private... the thing I love the most about the MLB is that it seems to remain safely out of this kind of crap... that being said it kind of reminds me of the phrase dumb jock
  14. Let's face it, this is how it is and how it always will be in small market pro sports; especially MLB/Twins. Great farm system, develop them, bring them up and then you gotta sell them because you overspent on a has been rock star with a 1-2 year obscene contract and now, you gotta go buy some real pitchers....again! We develop players like Berrios and Buxton and put together what looks like a competing team, so we put all of our small market eggs into 1 basket and if we lose, like we did this year, then it's a **** show because we have left ourselves out in the cold. Every once in a while, the stars align and you get a 1987 and a 1991 result. I think TL and DF are fine, but they blew it with the pitching...no way in hell Gibson or May should be gone, but that's life as a Twins fan and season ticket holder, they don't want to spend the money to compete.
  15. Sorry, my post sounds negative...just frustrated with this organization
  16. While that's good news about the fire sale, they would only have to give up 1 or 2 more players in addition to Cruz and the negative impact would be felt. Think about the combined outs made by Berros/Donaldson. Fact of the matter is, we don't have anyone that can play 3rd base like JD. While were on the topic of competency...I don't like Larnach in left field, he is too slow and his arm sucks...so if you don't have an Eddie Rosario strength arm from left field, for pete sake, hit the cutoff man!! Oh, and speaking about Baseball IQ or the lack thereof...Sano running to 3rd lastnight in extra innings. Enough said
  17. He is surely the fastest player we have ever had and he is certainly in the top 3 of all time centerfielders along with Kirby and Hunter...BUT, it was not that long ago that Buck couldn't consistently get hits, where he struck out and popped up. While it's true he has turned a corner, we can't possibly know his true value. or any players true value, unless they can play well at this level for a full season. This is not the year for Buck to be demanding a lot of money. The reason we paid JD what we did was because we were supposed to win our division and get to the playoffs in 2021. Don't get me wrong, it killed me to see Cruz go and it would kill me to see Buck go and be Superman for the competition...but at this point, I think we have all gotten accustomed to not having him our team because he hasn't been around. I agree that the ownership should not start tearing down what they only just built, but things did not work out like they planned this season. Buck aside, I think this team was woefully mismanaged by Rocco and his gang. From poor conditioning and injuries to horrible pitching decisions...leave them in too long, taken them out too soon, bring in the wrong reliever and then keep him in until the game is lost, etc, etc. Sano? really? Zero baseball IQ. There is plenty of blame to go around, but it started at the top. There is way too much talent on this team for them to be where they are...that is a team that is mismanaged.
  18. Inconsistent pitching Need a new hitting coach Rocco needs to quit making poor decisions; especially where the late inning pitching is concerned. Kepler, Donaldson and Simmons are....well...meh
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