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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from darwin22 in Scouting Twins Prospects: RHP Ben Gross   
    I got to see him a couple weeks ago in Iowa. Sitting down near home plate, he got a lot of swings and misses. He looks very sturdy and athletic on the mound. The defense let him down and he gave up a couple home runs, but after 5 innings, I thought at the least the Twins has a bullpen candidate in Gross.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Dman in Scouting Twins Prospects: RHP Ben Gross   
    I got to see him a couple weeks ago in Iowa. Sitting down near home plate, he got a lot of swings and misses. He looks very sturdy and athletic on the mound. The defense let him down and he gave up a couple home runs, but after 5 innings, I thought at the least the Twins has a bullpen candidate in Gross.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from bighat in I guess the game has changed, but it's not better   
    Was looking at the MLB team hitting stats tonight, curious where the Bomba Squad sat in homers, because that seems to be the one thing they continue to do well, and I found they are #4 in MLB with 168, after only Atlanta, Toronto and leader SF with 176.
    What surprised me was some of the other sortable stats. 
    #9 in OPS
    #18 in Ks, #14 in BBs.
    This was the one that stunned me - the Twins, with all their Medoza lines, are 12th in MLB in batting average at .244. I was expecting near last.
    The Rays, Yankees, A's, Mets, Indians all have team batting averages in the .230s.
    For reference, the 91 team honored tonight led the AL in BA with a team average of .280. They were 6th in the AL with 140 Home runs.
    The game has changed.
     
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from DocBauer in Game Score: Twins 12, Rays 0   
    Taking away pressure and expectations can do that sometimes.
    Even better, maybe they have a chip on their shoulders.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from glunn in Game Score: Twins 12, Rays 0   
    Taking away pressure and expectations can do that sometimes.
    Even better, maybe they have a chip on their shoulders.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from glunn in I guess the game has changed, but it's not better   
    Was looking at the MLB team hitting stats tonight, curious where the Bomba Squad sat in homers, because that seems to be the one thing they continue to do well, and I found they are #4 in MLB with 168, after only Atlanta, Toronto and leader SF with 176.
    What surprised me was some of the other sortable stats. 
    #9 in OPS
    #18 in Ks, #14 in BBs.
    This was the one that stunned me - the Twins, with all their Medoza lines, are 12th in MLB in batting average at .244. I was expecting near last.
    The Rays, Yankees, A's, Mets, Indians all have team batting averages in the .230s.
    For reference, the 91 team honored tonight led the AL in BA with a team average of .280. They were 6th in the AL with 140 Home runs.
    The game has changed.
     
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in Game Score: Twins 12, Rays 0   
    Taking away pressure and expectations can do that sometimes.
    Even better, maybe they have a chip on their shoulders.
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    Monkeypaws reacted to Unwinder in Austin Martin HBP   
    Unwritten rule against having luscious curls
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Game7-91 in I Hate the White Sox - But That Game was Awesome   
    Hope MLB will allow me to watch the condensed version.
    Having been there years ago, it is pretty to see the dreams come true. 
    Corny yes, but don't all sports rate high on the cross grid of corny and awesome?
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from wsnydes in 2021 MLB (non-Twins) Season news   
    Go back to the Squirrel's post, #2 in the thread, and listen to the sound of that home run. Rare and beautiful.
    I was very lucky to have seen Ohtani rip one at Target Field in July.. 
    This guy is baseball crack to us fans.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Kanonen80 in I Hate the White Sox - But That Game was Awesome   
    Hope MLB will allow me to watch the condensed version.
    Having been there years ago, it is pretty to see the dreams come true. 
    Corny yes, but don't all sports rate high on the cross grid of corny and awesome?
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Squirrel in 2021 MLB (non-Twins) Season news   
    Go back to the Squirrel's post, #2 in the thread, and listen to the sound of that home run. Rare and beautiful.
    I was very lucky to have seen Ohtani rip one at Target Field in July.. 
    This guy is baseball crack to us fans.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in 2021 MLB (non-Twins) Season news   
    Go back to the Squirrel's post, #2 in the thread, and listen to the sound of that home run. Rare and beautiful.
    I was very lucky to have seen Ohtani rip one at Target Field in July.. 
    This guy is baseball crack to us fans.
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    Monkeypaws reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in 2021 MLB (non-Twins) Season news   
    A thread for news from around Major League Baseball.
     
    Tonight in L.A., the Angels will forego their DH in order to let Shohei Ohtani both hit and pitch in the same game. Ohtani is starting pitcher and will bat second.
     
    I think this is his first time in a true two-way role? Has an American League team voluntarily given up their DH in a game, since the rule change in 1973?
     
    https://www.mlb.com/news/shohei-ohtani-pitching-batting-second
     
    So far hitting in 2021, Ohtani is 2-13 with a Homer and 6 K’s.
     
    Can’t wait to see how he does!
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    Monkeypaws reacted to insagt1 in How Fast The Time Goes By!   
    As the 2021 season is rounding 3rd base, I can't help but look back on the years my team, the Red Wings, was affiliated with the Twins. I still wish they were, frankly; but I completely understand why they aren't anymore. The logic of having your top farm team so close makes perfect sense.
    I have not warmed to the Washington Nats. Apparently either have our fans so far. We are 17th out of 19 AAA teams in attendance this season, which is a position Rochester baseball has never been in....ever. (I am not counting Buffalo because they have played most their home games in New Jersey, while they played host to the Blue Jays...so its not a fair test) Our team is not good either, with Washington pulling players up and down on an almost daily basis. I'm willing to just forget about this season and look to the future (sort of like the Twins this year, right?) But its tough going to a mostly empty ballpark and watching an unidentifiable bunch of players lose pretty regularly. Wings have drawn in the neighborhood of around 3,500-4,500 at best despite perfect spring and summer weather for baseball.
    So I was rummaging thru my archives and found the end of season stats for 2018...just barely 3 years ago. Here is a smattering of what the Wings looked like (for your reading pleasure):
    Polanco had 13 AB's for us with 6 hits. The Turtle was 79-286 (.276 with 12 HR's and 38 RBI) Buxton was 37-136 (.272 with 4 HR's and 14 RBI. Jake Cave was 58-216 (.269 with 6 HR's and 28 RBI) Sano was 8-30 with 2 HR's and 8K's) LeMonte Wade was 58-253 (.229 4 HR 21 RBI) Nick Gordon was 81-382 (.212  2 HR 29 RBI)  Juan Graterol was 33-116 (.284)
    Of interest...Joe Mauer was 0-10!!! and our nemesis Robby Grossman was 5-11. Our 'slugger' was Ken Vargas 111-463 (21 HR's 73 RBI 133 k's .240 BA) Pitchers: Zach Littel 6-6 ERA 3.57 in 106 IP; up and coming prospect Gonsalves 9-3 2.96 ERA 95 K's in 100 IP.but 55 walks; Duffey 4-4 2.90 ERA; Trevor May 0-4 4.00 ERA 25 K's 27 IP; Lewis Thorpe 0-3 3.32 ERA  26 K's 21 IP
    Just a few names you all will remember and not so far removed from AAA. 2018 was the year the Wings had decent pitching but virtually no offense. Twins brought in a bunch of FA's during the season and none of them worked out. One particular failure stood out...Cameron Rupp who was 9-64 with 32 k's. Of the position players who managed to play over 20 games, 17 of them hit under .240, 7 under .200.
    Despite all of that, I miss the Twins!!! And I still follow them day to day.
     
     
     
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    Monkeypaws reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Trevor Larnach's struggles   
    A hitting-obsessed lefty with near daily access to Justin Morneau convinces me he'll be just fine in the long run.
    And probably a lot better than fine.
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    Monkeypaws reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in 2021 MLB (non-Twins) Season news   
    Field of Dreams game is tonight.
    Berrios and Ohtani square off in Anaheim tonight. 
    How fun is that?
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from gunnarthor in 2021 MLB (non-Twins) Season news   
    I enjoy the randomness of MLB : tune in the Giants Dbacks on MLB. Sean Poppen is pitching. The DBacks intentionally walk someone so Tyler Rogers spot comes up and they pinch hit.
    The Twins are a great proving ground of MLB players, not that Tyler has anything to do with the Twins. Just a twin.
    BTW, Tyler has an ERA of 1.83
    EDIT: Now Zach Littel is warming up for SF as McGee is melting down. And he shuts it down with a good K.
    I guess when the bullpen has been a disaster, seeing these "minor" guys have success elsewhere gives pause.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from gunnarthor in Did the Twins build a shaky bullpen?   
    Well, at least you're humble!😀
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from glunn in Should the Twins cut Burrows?   
    Can't we just send him to AAA? Cut seems rather harsh
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    Monkeypaws reacted to LVTwinsfan in Game Thread Twins at Astros 1:10pm cdt 8/8/2021 ad   
    The Houston Cheetahs, has a nice ring to it
     
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    Monkeypaws reacted to RickOShea in Game Thread Twins at Astros 1:10pm cdt 8/8/2021 ad   
    Someone told me, "Take one day at a time".  So I did. I retired the next day.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from USNMCPO in St. Paul to Stardom: Louie Varland is the Real Deal   
    I was in Cedar Rapids the last 2 nights. Varland and Gross really pop the catcher's mitt.
     
    On a side note, the woman I ended up sitting next to and talking baseball with was Matt Wallner's grandma.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from dbminn in St. Paul to Stardom: Louie Varland is the Real Deal   
    I was in Cedar Rapids the last 2 nights. Varland and Gross really pop the catcher's mitt.
     
    On a side note, the woman I ended up sitting next to and talking baseball with was Matt Wallner's grandma.
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    Monkeypaws got a reaction from Seth Stohs in St. Paul to Stardom: Louie Varland is the Real Deal   
    I was in Cedar Rapids the last 2 nights. Varland and Gross really pop the catcher's mitt.
     
    On a side note, the woman I ended up sitting next to and talking baseball with was Matt Wallner's grandma.
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