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Parker Hageman last won the day on July 8 2020

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  1. 26 and 39? Oh boy. WCCO's Cory Hepola and Parker Hageman discuss the current state of the Minnesota Twins. Topics include: What are you hoping to see right now? If the Twins stayed 50% more healthy this year - what’s their record right now? Managing a Bullpen? WALK OFF WIN: Are you able to enjoy the moment? What needs to be done for the Twins to compete in 2022? Watch ⬇️
  2. Let me add something here: Because the sampling sizes are so small, it's sometimes difficult to decipher if this is an actual approach change by pitchers/opponents or a glitch in the data. For instance, in the first stretch, Kirilloff saw 14% cutters and 15% sliders (29% total). Post-IL, he saw 3% cutters/26% sliders (29% total). MLB's data center buckets cutters as fastballs and sliders as breaking balls. (There was a good thread by a Driveline researcher that showed how sliders/cutters are sort of blending together.) So this may be a product of teams wanting to give him some run an
  3. In 2016, Refsnyder was a 25-year-old floating between Triple-A and the New York Yankees. The Arizona State alumni -- a former College World Series’ Most Outstanding Player to boot -- had yet to make an impact on his club. He had a brilliant idea: He would add power to his game. His idea involved mirroring the approach of Minnesota Twin Brian Dozier. He noted that Dozier’s short, compact swing provided him with a high pull rate. The spray-to-all-fields approach wasn’t going to give him the requisite direction to hit home runs in bunches, he believed. So, over the next few years he tried
  4. Rob Refsnyder has been so damn hot at the plate he’s practically glowing. This stretch has been the intended results of a plan he devised nearly six years ago. After a short yet productive rookie season with the Yankees, Refsnyder stated that he was going to add the element of power to his game. “I’m going to try to hit home runs next year,” Refsnyder told Fangraphs’ David Laurila in September 2016. “I’ve had a lot of good conversations with people and I’m going to try to completely change my game. I think it will help my career.” While he might have tried, he did not hit a hom
  5. There hasn't been a publicly provide update on the attack angle (or other swing data) since 2017 so it is difficult to say if there has been a significant league-wide shift on that. It's possible it is a factor in combination with the trend of higher velo, higher located fastballs. In regards to Max Kepler, in 2017 Kepler had one of the lowest attack angles in baseball at 4 degrees. The "optimal" attack angle for fastballs was around 8-10 degrees. By comparison, Joe Mauer was 11 degrees and Nelson Cruz was 12. It makes sense about Kepler considering coaches said that they felt he was to
  6. Byron Buxton, a father who happens to play center field for the Minnesota Twins, was asked how he approaches working with his young son on his game. On the Sports Info Solutions podcast with Mark Simon, Buxton said that he lets his kid hit anyway he wants. “When we go out to hit, before we do anything, he’ll hit like any player he wants to hit like. He wants to hit like Max Kepler or hit like Cody Bellinger. Anybody he wants to hit like, that’s what I let him do,” Buxton says. “For him, he likes Mookie Betts’ leg kick but he likes where Cody Bellinger’s hands are at. I’m not going t
  7. WCCO's Cory Hepola and Parker Hageman discuss the current state of the Minnesota Twins. Topics include: More depressing: 2011 or 2021 Twins? How is this happening? Should we have seen this coming? What’s worse: Pitching or Defense? What do you do with Miguel Sano? Give me ONE positive? Who does Trevor Larnach remind you of? Can this team save this season?
  8. I can’t believe I didn’t even consider the possibility that someday there would be a brand new stadium in downtown St. Paul. so stupid of me.
  9. Went to the Saints game last night with @John Bonnes and @Nick Nelson

    Amazing atmosphere. Started to feel normal again. 

    While the game was dull (if you were rooting for the Saints), we did get to witness the first Saints home run (Tomas Talis) hit in St. Paul by a Twins' affiliated player. Also, I-Cubs' 31-year-old Robert Stock was humming 102-mile per hour darts at the end of the game. 

    CHS Field is a beaut.

  10. As Parker Hageman and I watched the Saints' debut as the Twins' AAA affiliate last night at CHS field, he reminded me that one of the first stories he ever wrote for GameDay Program and Scorecard concerned the challenges the Twins face in getting their minor league parks closer together. I dug it up for us old-timers. It was originally published in September of 2008. That's how long we've been talking about this. - JB This past offseason, the Atlanta Braves announced plans to terminate their 42-year minor-league relationship with the city of Richmond, Virginia. The plan is to relocate th
  11. Similarly, the Philadelphia Phillies recently moved their top affiliate from Ottawa to Allentown, PA, a nice complement to the organization’s Double-A affiliate, also located in-state in the city of Reading. With these teams grouped so closely, in theory a Phillies fan can spend a weekend and just two hours and forty-five minutes in the car and watch three levels of Phillie talent. On the opposite side of the Manifest Destiny, the Seattle Mariners have nursed a pair of 13-year relationships with both the Class-AAA Tacoma Rainiers (33 miles south of Safeco Field) and the Class-A Everett AquaSox
  12. Really enjoyed reading your Griffin Jax article. Good luck at CHS tonight!

    1. David Youngs

      David Youngs

      Thank you! Looking forward to it! Will be sure to get some good pics of the ball pig. 

  13. Left-handed hitters have decimated Twins’ pitching to the tune of .301/.377/.563, leading to the worst OPS against in baseball. Essentially, they are turning every hitter on the left side into Bryce Harper. In fact, if the season ended today, that .940 OPS against left-handed hitters would be the worst on record dating back to at least 1990. Only three teams have finished the season with an OPS above .900 against left-handed hitters -- the 1999 Colorado Rockies (.917), the 1994 Texas Rangers (.907) and the 2000 Houston Astros (.903). Fortunately for the Twins, the season does not e
  14. Last month I wrote that the Twins’ lineup was poised to make life difficult for left-handed pitching. Since that post, the Twins own the second-highest slugging percentage and OPS versus lefties in baseball (.539 and .844, respectively). Unfortunately, there is another lefty problem: their own pitching staff cannot get left-handed hitters out. Left-handed hitters have decimated Twins’ pitching to the tune of .301/.377/.563, leading to the worst OPS against in baseball. Essentially, they are turning every hitter on the left side into Bryce Harper. In fact, if the season ended
  15. Ted Williams wrote in The Science of Hitting that the “slightly upward swing is the ideal path.” It took years for Williams’ theories to be embraced but he has largely been vindicated in the modern era: Hitting the ball in the air has proven to be more impactful than driving it into the ground. (If you think otherwise, you can yell at me on Twitter.) Understanding a hitter’s swing path is one way to tell if they are capable of getting the ball in the air on a regular basis. Experienced coaches will be able to tell from swings what a hitter’s path is (up, down or level), h
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