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    Jack Dupp reacted to mikelink45 in One Fan's Opinion: Cleaning the Clubhouse in Three Steps   
    I enjoyed this, but would not bring Cruz back.  I have proceeded through the misery and disappointments that aging creates and I think we have enough history to know that Cruz is on the downward slide - as much as I loved to see him in the lineup, it is time to more on.  
    So glad you stuck a pin in the Simmons is an elite fielder balloon!  No more needs to be said.
    Pitching is everyone's guess.  I really want the stress on our young prospects - not Jax, Gant, Barnes - they are not in my SP rotation thoughts, but there are many others in the minors who are ready and need to grow in the bigs.  Old pitchers like Greinke, Kershaw are not my wish.  I want a young steady player with years ahead of him - kind of like Berrios.  Oh well.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to LastOnePicked in Reliving the Twins' Most Embarrassing Moments of 2021   
    Ahh, fun.
    Kinda amazed that the doubleheader loss in Detroit - where Gordon missed a fly ball in CF that had a 0.0% chance of being a hit - didn't make the cut.
    But to me, the most embarrassing experiences of 2021 where when Akil Baddoo tore the Twins apart at the plate and in the field. Salt in the wound on a huge roster error that just should not have been made.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to Original_JB in Reliving the Twins' Most Embarrassing Moments of 2021   
    Baldelli pulling Berrios at 84 pitches with a no-hitter going comes to mind. (and yes, I realize it's early in the season after a shortened season and he wants to be 'careful' with his pitchers, but still).
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    Jack Dupp reacted to D.C Twins in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    Rocco seems like a nice and knowledgeable dude. I think he works hard, prepares, and takes his job seriously. 
    BUT, he is not great at making snap decisions in the moment during games and is prone to overthinking things. 
    He is also not a great 'leader of men.' There is no fire or passion displayed or nuanced variance in his player approach to adjust to what his team may need at a given time (In response to the inevitable "you are not in the locker room," there has been absolutely no indication from media/players that he is any different behind closed doors)
    Unfortunately those are important traits for a successful manager. He was exposed by the tragic loss of Bell and the departure of his initial hitting coach.
    I'll give you all a thought experiment... when Rocco is eventually fired (and he will be).... do you think he will ever have another MLB manager job? If the answer is 'no' then he probably isn't the best choice for us now.
    What Tony L did with Chicago this year is no accident. A good manager shows up in results.
    I think Rocco would be fantastic as a bench coach or leading an analytics department, just not as an MLB manager
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    Jack Dupp reacted to LastOnePicked in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    Baldelli's work is hard for me to assess from where I sit as a fan. On one hand, he always seems respectful and talks in supportive ways of his players in postgame conferences. By all accounts, he seems like a decent and sharp guy, and I have to admit that I genuinely like what I see of him as a person.
    But I do wonder why he only started to emphasize fundamentals drills after Cruz was traded. Did he defer to the established veterans too often? Did he let them set the agenda and tone? Is he too afraid to rock the boat or to take the reins?
    Morneau's Twins HOF induction speech included a few comments made about Ron Gardenhire that I thought might be vague critiques of Baldelli. He talked about the importance of Gardy pulling him aside as a young player and telling him that much more was expected of him, that he needed to be more professional and accountable to his teammates and to the fans. He then highlighted the way Gardy would show emotion on the field in order to relieve the tension his players faced: "I have a vivid memory off you tossing your hat up in the air, kicking dirt on home plate, because you always had our back."
    Can anyone imagine Baldelli doing this?
    Do I want Gardy back? Nope - there were facets of the modern game that Gardy couldn't incorporate. But do I think that some of the things Gardy did had an impact on the emotional component of the game. And however .500-ish the team may have played after this year's trade deadline, there was no pressure on them whatsoever. When the pressure is on a Baldelli team, they simply do not play well at all. They choke. They choked at the end of 2019 when something was expected. They choked again down the stretch in 2020 and also against Houston. And when the team was expected to come back strong at the start of 2021, they fell flat on their faces.
    I'm not upset that he'll be back, but I'm hoping that he's learning. And quickly. I'd give him a D+ in 2021 ... and tell him that much more is expected of him as the skipper.
     
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    Jack Dupp reacted to Seth Stohs in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    I would go with like a B or B-... I agree with the "Good" point. This team could have gone really bad, but I think Rocco's management of people is plus-plus, and that has to help over the course of a long season. To end the season strong after the trades, the injuries, the pitching issues, is pretty impressive. 
    I was annoyed by the Maggi thing, but that isn't going to alter my grade. 
    I actually like his bullpen usage. I think that he gives everybody opportunities is a good thing long-term, and also helps keep the regulars from being over-used. This year that didn't look great because some of the pitchers were just unable to perform. I think he stuck with Colome as closer at the beginning of the year an appropriate amount of time for a guy who had been very good for 8-9 years... but then he moved to Robles and Rogers. 
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    Jack Dupp reacted to mikelink45 in Grading Rocco Baldelli’s First Losing Season   
    Your grade is fair and accurate.  The fact that we played 500 ball for the second half does not rescue Rocco.  With the expectations that we had for the team beginning the season we would have been upset with a 500 team, but this team was not 500, that was half a season when all the pressure was off them in the worst division in baseball.
    I do not like the way he handles his starters, and the artificial limit on pitches which is well below 100 - and I always thought that was an artificial number.  Colome is part of a bad bullpen management.  He said he did not use designated closers yet he continued to use Colome in that role.  Combine the SP going to few innings with a poor BP that was then expected to cover over half of every ball game and we have the mess that presented itself this year.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in A Big Takeaway from the Twins 2021   
    The manager and coaching staff have also under-whelmed. Rocco’s total ineptness was on full display on a fateful afternoon in Oakland. Allowing Colome to throw damn near 50 pitches in an inning with a mishmash defensive substitutions was embarrassing. Other blunders included not establishing Arraez as the everyday lead off hitter, stubbornly penciling JD into the two hole instead of the team’s best hitter (Polo), eschewing naming a closer, not replacing Mike Bell, enabling Rudy Hernandez and Edgar Varella to keep their jobs when nearly every hitter has regressed significantly since 2020, relying solely on sabermetrics and numerical data, keeping Diaz and Watkins when the base running and fielding has been laughably bad at times, or getting himself tossed to try to fire-up his often-lethargic team. Hard to believe things will be better anytime soon based on the enormous amount of work that needs to be done. Best of luck, Mr. Falvey.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from Aichiman in A Big Takeaway from the Twins 2021   
    The manager and coaching staff have also under-whelmed. Rocco’s total ineptness was on full display on a fateful afternoon in Oakland. Allowing Colome to throw damn near 50 pitches in an inning with a mishmash defensive substitutions was embarrassing. Other blunders included not establishing Arraez as the everyday lead off hitter, stubbornly penciling JD into the two hole instead of the team’s best hitter (Polo), eschewing naming a closer, not replacing Mike Bell, enabling Rudy Hernandez and Edgar Varella to keep their jobs when nearly every hitter has regressed significantly since 2020, relying solely on sabermetrics and numerical data, keeping Diaz and Watkins when the base running and fielding has been laughably bad at times, or getting himself tossed to try to fire-up his often-lethargic team. Hard to believe things will be better anytime soon based on the enormous amount of work that needs to be done. Best of luck, Mr. Falvey.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from Platoon in A Big Takeaway from the Twins 2021   
    The manager and coaching staff have also under-whelmed. Rocco’s total ineptness was on full display on a fateful afternoon in Oakland. Allowing Colome to throw damn near 50 pitches in an inning with a mishmash defensive substitutions was embarrassing. Other blunders included not establishing Arraez as the everyday lead off hitter, stubbornly penciling JD into the two hole instead of the team’s best hitter (Polo), eschewing naming a closer, not replacing Mike Bell, enabling Rudy Hernandez and Edgar Varella to keep their jobs when nearly every hitter has regressed significantly since 2020, relying solely on sabermetrics and numerical data, keeping Diaz and Watkins when the base running and fielding has been laughably bad at times, or getting himself tossed to try to fire-up his often-lethargic team. Hard to believe things will be better anytime soon based on the enormous amount of work that needs to be done. Best of luck, Mr. Falvey.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from darwin22 in A Big Takeaway from the Twins 2021   
    The manager and coaching staff have also under-whelmed. Rocco’s total ineptness was on full display on a fateful afternoon in Oakland. Allowing Colome to throw damn near 50 pitches in an inning with a mishmash defensive substitutions was embarrassing. Other blunders included not establishing Arraez as the everyday lead off hitter, stubbornly penciling JD into the two hole instead of the team’s best hitter (Polo), eschewing naming a closer, not replacing Mike Bell, enabling Rudy Hernandez and Edgar Varella to keep their jobs when nearly every hitter has regressed significantly since 2020, relying solely on sabermetrics and numerical data, keeping Diaz and Watkins when the base running and fielding has been laughably bad at times, or getting himself tossed to try to fire-up his often-lethargic team. Hard to believe things will be better anytime soon based on the enormous amount of work that needs to be done. Best of luck, Mr. Falvey.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from mikelink45 in A Big Takeaway from the Twins 2021   
    The manager and coaching staff have also under-whelmed. Rocco’s total ineptness was on full display on a fateful afternoon in Oakland. Allowing Colome to throw damn near 50 pitches in an inning with a mishmash defensive substitutions was embarrassing. Other blunders included not establishing Arraez as the everyday lead off hitter, stubbornly penciling JD into the two hole instead of the team’s best hitter (Polo), eschewing naming a closer, not replacing Mike Bell, enabling Rudy Hernandez and Edgar Varella to keep their jobs when nearly every hitter has regressed significantly since 2020, relying solely on sabermetrics and numerical data, keeping Diaz and Watkins when the base running and fielding has been laughably bad at times, or getting himself tossed to try to fire-up his often-lethargic team. Hard to believe things will be better anytime soon based on the enormous amount of work that needs to be done. Best of luck, Mr. Falvey.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to sjunisu in Let the Learning Commence for Twins Brass   
    Outstanding post.  I will add my additional two cents as well.  In addition to poor drafting at the top (Sabato and Cavaco prime examples), we have yet to see the fruits of the Escobar and Pressley trades (which were made some time ago) and both would be useful pieces to this team now (not needed big Donaldson contract, nor Colome).  Would be remiss to not also add the 2 trades that are having the biggest impact on next year's Twins (Gil for Cave and Ynoa for 1 game of Garcia).  Just imagine if the duo had simply not pulled the trigger on those 2 trades that now look disasterous (would have both and spot in outfield for Wade or Baddoo).  Agreed on Chargois and Reed, but Littell looks like could be a real mistake as well.  Not having much of anything to show for your pitching prowness after 5yrs at the helm is pretty damning.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to Karbo in Let the Learning Commence for Twins Brass   
    As Sweet Music Frankie said, its time to get back to basics. We need a manager more in the line of TK that could call it like it is. This newer generation seems OK with the outcome if they just put in an effort. Not good enough. I am so sick of hearing Rocco say things like he just didn't have it tonight or we really busted it but it wasn't enough tonight or whatever. I can't ever remember hearing him saying we played like crap or that was a bone headed play or whatever. Maybe he calls them out behind closed doors, but with all these youngsters, somebody is going to need to kick some butt once in a while. I can remember seeing some players coming back to the dugout after a stupid play and doing everything possible to avoid TK's stare. Doesn't seem to happen now. Physical errors are unavoidable, but the number of mental errors this season are unforgivable.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to terrydactyls in Let the Learning Commence for Twins Brass   
    While working (I'm retired), I made my living dealing in numbers so I have some appreciation for their value as an analytical tool.  But as Viola so clearly points out, without baseball fundamentals and a passion for the game, you won't have a winning team.  While numbers have their uses, catching, throwing to the correct base, hitting the cutoff man, making contact with your bat, etc. will probably win more games than studying a piece of paper lodged in your cap.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to LastOnePicked in Let the Learning Commence for Twins Brass   
    "For the first time in their tenure, Falvey and Levine fell short."
    I like my fellow Twins fans, I like Twins Daily and I really respect the writers here, but this is an oft-repeated sentiment I just don't understand. The point of a baseball season is to COMPETE and to WIN. IN. THE. PLAYOFFS. That's the ENTIRE reason why professional sports organizations structure their seasons like they do. Falvey and Levine have fallen short every single year so far.
    Of course, many teams are going to fall short of that high bar, and there are many joys of a baseball season for watching individual players and performances. But mid-market teams often have to endure long cycles of losing in order to assemble a competitive team that is ready and able to at least do some damage in the playoffs. We've endured the cycles of losing ... but Falvey and Levine, like Ryan before them, have so far failed to bring the second part into fruition.
    It's okay to have the bar set this high, folks. In fact, it's not even such a high bar. Since 2004, only one other MLB team has won fewer postseason games than the Twins. One.
    Yes, the two recent Division Championships were nice. If we're honest with ourselves, they were won against very weak competition (2019) and in very odd circumstances (2020). But neither team was at all ready for the playoffs, and Viola's criticism seems pretty resonant - they were not (and are not) a fundamentally sound team and for long stretches they do not appear to play with a competitive attitude. Also, deadline trades that should have bolstered the team's chances never happened, and those smaller trades that did happen were ineffective at best.
    And now, despite an offseason of signings and preseason predictions of another division title, they are one of the worst teams in baseball, with the second worst pitching staff in baseball and with virtually no starting rotation in place for 2022. This is abject failure, plain and simple. We're back to crossing our fingers that Andrew Albers has a good night.
    I just continue to be confused as to why the general consensus on the leadership of this team is that it's "time for them to grow," rather than, "it's time for them to go."
    But they will not be fired, that much is clear. And I'll still root for the Twins, no matter what. But I haven't seen much in the way of FO moves from this team, or managerial decisions from Rocco, that inspire confidence that this mess is going to turn around any time soon. I think these folks think they're doing just fine, and have just been a bit unlucky. You can't grow if you can't face your faults ... and your failures.
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    Jack Dupp reacted to bean5302 in Let the Learning Commence for Twins Brass   
    Honestly, it probably doesn't matter much what I think of the front office. I don't expect Jim to give me a call and seek my advice on whether or not he should keep Falvey and Levine employed.
    I don't really understand why people feel 2017 was a big product of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine. The only notable position player they brought in was Jason Castro. They brought in Hector Santiago to the pitching staff and he pitched poorly. It was basically the same team as 2016 with the same manager. It's not like Falvey's name on the plaque outside the GM's office door magically transformed the team. Pythagorean's showed +9 wins between 2016 and 2017 so that's undoubtedly a lot of the improvement, along with steps forward from the younger players inherited from the previous regime(s).
    I expect Falvey and Levine are on a very hot seat right now. Their drafts have been mediocre to poor based on performace so far and next year is likely to be how the ownership views the cast offs they inherited, and what happens with the 40 man roster this year like do they leave Gordon and Palacios off?
    Chargois - 40.2 IP, 2.43 ERA, 8.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9 Reed        -  9.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 Wells       - 47.0 IP, 3.64 ERA, 11.3 K/9, 1.9 BB/9 (could be a starter) Baddoo    - 339 PA, .261/.327/.458 OPS+ 118 (plays adequate center field) Wade       - 261 PA, .248/.317/.521 OPS+ 121 Now, I don't expect guys like Chargois and Reed will be successfull long term, and as relievers, they don't add a ton of value even if they pitch decent. They won't be the players who make or break Falvey. Wells, Baddoo and Wade very well could. So could Palacios or Gordon if they find success at the MLB level on another team. I guarantee you if Palacios or Gordon manage to put together a serviceable MLB season at SS somewhere outside the Twins, Falvey will have his walking papers next year, and if Wells turns into a middle of the rotation starter, Falvey is going to have to rely upon his drafts to save him and as of today, right now, they're looking pretty rough.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Twins Failing Half of Expectations   
    The offense, defense, pitching, coaching/managing, and front office have all contributed equally to the worst record in a terrible division. 
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Twins Failing Half of Expectations   
    Playoff-caliber offense my ass. 
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    Jack Dupp reacted to TheLeviathan in Buck Can Bankroll His Future in Final Month   
    Spoken like a true Minnesota sports fan.
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from chopper0080 in Twins Failing Half of Expectations   
    Playoff-caliber offense my ass. 
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from RpR in Twins Failing Half of Expectations   
    The offense, defense, pitching, coaching/managing, and front office have all contributed equally to the worst record in a terrible division. 
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from lukeduke1980 in Twins Failing Half of Expectations   
    Playoff-caliber offense my ass. 
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    Jack Dupp got a reaction from Mark G in Twins Failing Half of Expectations   
    The offense, defense, pitching, coaching/managing, and front office have all contributed equally to the worst record in a terrible division. 
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    Jack Dupp reacted to purplesoldier4u in Five Takeaways for the 2021 Twins   
    "Trevor Larnach joined Kirilloff sooner than expected, but it’s hard to pick apart much of what he’s done this season. Even while slumping of late, the 24-year-old owns a .322 OBP and has shown plenty of power potential. He’ll run into more baseballs as his career progresses, and the discipline in the box has been a sight to behold."
    Huh? Sometimes he looks, almost, as lost as Sano at the plate.
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