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Chachi

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  1. It hurts we have been cheated out of perhaps an all-time home run call... "Its hit well, its deep....its Yaba Da Baddoo!!!" (thank you Scooby)
  2. I think I understand what you are saying - but they are quite effective at operating in the world they live in. I can't say for sure they would remain as good at or committed to their development machine if given different resources. This trade restocks and augments their 'next wave' we'll be admiring soon. Let's say they sign Snell to a massive contract and he flops for whatever reason - the odds are they then face the same difficult reality of the MLB middle-class revenue teams that suffer the noose of a massive and non-productive investment and don't have the +4 prospects they just acquired to fall back on. Would that make baseball so much better?
  3. If we trust the analytics as much as we say we do - the discrepancy between regular season performance and playoff performance needs to be addressed! It would be similar to pulling one of your top pitchers after 5 innings regardless...well...cause analytics. We don't need a re-load, re-tool or re-build... I propose we have a 'regular season manager' (Rocco) and pull him for a 'post-season manager' with better analytics in games and series that count extra with a different brand of pressure to perform.
  4. Does Kiriloff's inclusion on the playoff roster impact his service time clock in any significant way beyond what was accrued with his status on the taxi squad over the summer? I'm all for any longer-term benefit he might gain from an early playoff exposure - but hope a year of team control isn't lost in tradeoff?
  5. Perhaps my eyes deceive me, but it seems to me that Encarnacion is one of the biggest "Twin Killers" around (especially true now that we have hired Donaldson and won't face him anymore). My guess is that if Encarnacion played the Twins every game he's be a runaway MVP....at the very least we have to be his favorite team to hit against in the AL? Maybe he's just a guy I enjoy not liking.
  6. I don't have the science to back this up - but any team with Encarnacion on it is capable of splitting a season series with the Twins.
  7. Baseball has nearly always been an indelible reflection of our society, long before recent events and far before advanced stats dominated much of the attention. I don't consider baseball in a bubble to be considered only its own lane regardless of the rest of what we are dealing with as a society. Pick an era, pick a contention, pick an attitude, baseball has been affected and created effect, in context. There's beauty in that if you squint and look at it. I'm also in the camp that really finds tremendous value coming to this site for the escape from the day-to-day grid it has earned and provides. However, baseball is, (and hopefully always will be) part of the ongoing story of our imperfect advance as a nation and a valuable part of each of our lives. To tell a story about baseball, while pretending a national context doesn't exist misses many significant points of the journey. Sounds preachy, I admit. But for me and my family, in so many ways, baseball has been important on and off the field. We can listen to how others incorporate or interpret baseball lessons outside the white lines - and maybe we'll be better off for it? That said, I hope all of you, your families, teams, and those you support are well during this time.
  8. Seems like he'd be a great fit as a coach in some capacity once he's done playing. I hope he and the Twins are considering it.
  9. The only way the Twins add a front line pitcher will be if they build yet another new bar at Target Field and name it "Front Line Pitcher"
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