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    TheLeviathan reacted to HrbieFan in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    People see $80M over 7 and fail to read about the creative escalators in the contract.  Did the Twins make those escalators too hard to achieve? Or was the money not high enough for Buxton's agent? We will probably never know, but we will keep hearing that the Twins only offered $80M 
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    TheLeviathan reacted to jmlease1 in As Buxton Hope Fades, Front Office Goes   
    I'm hearing this opinion a lot on the boards, but what we're hearing now is that it wasn't the guaranteed money that was the sticking point on the extension, it was something related to the structure of the incentives. So from a reasonableness perspective, the issue is apparently not the guaranteed money at all.
     
    but never let the truth get in the way of calling the Pohlad Family cheap...
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from Squirrel in Whatever happened to Vodka Dave?   
    TROLPO ate him.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Rule Changes: What do we want/not want to see.   
    My opinions can basically be boiled down to "does this rule change speed up the game and/or increase action?" If yes, I'm probably in favor of it. If no, I'm probably against it.
    The easiest rule to change that will make the game better without impacting the on-field strategy/play at all is "the batter cannot step out of the box during a plate appearance". If that's too much, then eliminate the rule where the pitcher cannot pitch if the batter isn't in the box (basically, force the batter to be ready and in the box at all times).
    And then actually enforce the pitch clock, for god's sake.
    Those are rules that have zero impact on game theory/strategy (though players will surely try to claim otherwise) but will keep the game flow accelerated and fans more engaged.
    Because while three true outcomes can be boring, what really drags down a baseball game is watching the batter and pitcher take 25 second breathers between every. single. pitch.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to a-wan in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "What's wrong with Nick's column?"
     
    Not a damn thing.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from Oldgoat_MN in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    I agree, his defense is amazing.
     
    Let's get that other important element working too.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to JaleelWhite FanClub in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    Can't wait for next's week's version of the "Buxton's 2017 was INCREDIBLE!" article.
     
    I appreciate your articles, Ted. But the timing of this one hits a sore spot for me (and expect others - thus the comments above).
     
    We as fans have heard enough about his defense. The team needs him to be an all-around player. I don't need metrics to tell me no matter how great he is in CF, if he's a bottom-5 MLB hitter, then the team will never reach its potential.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to jkcarew in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    His career OPS is 672...and that represents a very clear boundary on his greatness.
     
    If we attribute the difference of 22 DRS to Buxton alone...that amounts to 2 wins.  If Buxton is going to be OPS+'ing 80 (or less), it won't take much for an average defensive player to make up the 2 wins in the batters box.
     
    The defensive stats are cool...they just don't have the value that is often insinuated as part of Buxton conversations.  Even center fielders have to hit some to have value.
     
    Having said that, if Buxton could OPS+ a consistent 90, he'd have a lot of value.  Think somewhere between Gary Pettis and Paul Blair.  And I still think it's realistic that he can do that.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from JaleelWhite FanClub in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    My detraction is based on about 1,000 at-bats.  He had two MVP months, he's had nearly a dozen months as a big leaguer where he was scraping for a .500 OPS.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from adorduan in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    I agree, his defense is amazing.
     
    Let's get that other important element working too.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from adorduan in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    My detraction is based on about 1,000 at-bats.  He had two MVP months, he's had nearly a dozen months as a big leaguer where he was scraping for a .500 OPS.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to diehardtwinsfan in Buxton's Greatness Knows No Bounds   
    29 extra outs per season is great.. It doesn't make up for the outs he gives away at the plate. It won't take much improvement at the plate to turn him into a solid player, and a lot of improvement makes him a star. I hope he figures it out.
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    TheLeviathan reacted to Ted Schwerzler in How long will Sano be suspended?   
    I’d bet pretty substantially that he doesn’t get suspended at all. Doubling down, a small wager on something like 15 games.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from theBOMisthebomb in Will Dozier Maintain His Value?   
    He doesn't need to "fall apart" to lose value.
     
    He just has to do all of these things that are guaranteed to happen:
     
    1) Age
    2) Have less team control
    3) Not have a career year
     
    It's not "if" Dozier will lose value, the only questions are really how quickly he'll lose value and how much he'll lose.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from ewen21 in Will Dozier Maintain His Value?   
    He doesn't need to "fall apart" to lose value.
     
    He just has to do all of these things that are guaranteed to happen:
     
    1) Age
    2) Have less team control
    3) Not have a career year
     
    It's not "if" Dozier will lose value, the only questions are really how quickly he'll lose value and how much he'll lose.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from Cory Engelhardt in Will Dozier Maintain His Value?   
    He doesn't need to "fall apart" to lose value.
     
    He just has to do all of these things that are guaranteed to happen:
     
    1) Age
    2) Have less team control
    3) Not have a career year
     
    It's not "if" Dozier will lose value, the only questions are really how quickly he'll lose value and how much he'll lose.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from diehardtwinsfan in My 2016 offseason plan   
    It's a good plan, but this offseason planning is hard because so much hinges on two big trade pieces.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from glunn in My 2016 offseason plan   
    It's a good plan, but this offseason planning is hard because so much hinges on two big trade pieces.
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    TheLeviathan got a reaction from gil4 in Joe Mauer Is Reinventing Meaningful Statistics   
    While it is great he is being extra RISPy this year and true that he doesn't HAVE to hit HR to be productive....
     
    it's still very much true that his production is not what we need from him.
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