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  1. I believe Gold Caretakers will receive a voice mail from John saying "Annnnnnd welcome.'
  2. Having been on the national club circuit with some 16 & 17U players the last two years, I've had some interesting conversations about Minnesota talent. The two things that people for outside of the state (and usually in the warmer states) say that our teams really can hit and pitch. I think when you break it down, that's where the vast majority of the offseason development time is focused. Minnesotans can get into cages for swings and throw bullpens in gyms, field houses and warehouses. The downside is that the defensive talent is usually 12 months or more behind the warm-weather kids. They just get more reps at a younger age. It takes a while for the northern class to catch up. But the state has been known to produce dudes so more D1 schools are making a swing through the state to look at the high school talent whereas they wouldn't have just a few years ago.
  3. Or Woodbury's Adam Mazur who had nine punchies in six for Iowa on Opening Day while chucking 97 mph darts. (can do this all day so many minnesota contributing across the country right now it's so much fun.)
  4. North St. Paul native and Twins' minor league pitcher of the year Louie Varland recently did a Q&A with KSTP's Darren Wolfson during one of his offseason training sessions at Starters. https://kstp.com/sports-news/minnesota-sports/qampa-twins-minor-league-pitcher-of-year-louie-varland/ Hard not to root for this kid.
  5. Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson visit CHS Field and attempt to catch a homer... with a beer in their hands.
  6. Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson visit CHS Field and attempt to catch a homer... with a beer in their hands. View full video
  7. I think a bench coach adds a lot to the culture and the operations of a team. There was a good MLB Network feature on Derek Shelton from 2019 that demonstrated how valuable a coach can be to a manager. Does it effect the win-loss column much? Maybe. Maybe not. Being prepared certainly doesn't hurt.
  8. This isn't to say that velocity doesn't help. Fastball velo plays. But more teams have recognized that more outs happen on non-fastballs. If you are going to miss bats and chase strikeouts, development begins to focus on movement.
  9. TruMedia. Baseball Savant counts cutters as fastballs. TruMedia doesn't. Given the increased movement of cutters lately, I think that's more accurate to exclude them from the fastball pool.
  10. I think the real question you have to ask is if fastballs even matter anymore. Most competitive teams have started to go away from fastballs. The Rays pitchers threw fastballs in just 43% of their mix. Twins were 49% (up from 43% from last year, thanks Joe Ryan). Dodgers, Yankees, Braves and Astros were all also under 50% fastballs thrown. The future of this organization is not fastballs.
  11. Thielbar is almost a completely different pitcher this second time around. And his time with Driveline and the new pitching development staff with the Twins have unlocked a lot for him. This thread is from August 2020, but it still applies today. Driveline helped him improve his spin rates/spin direction so that the fastball and the curveball now have mirror spin at nearly 100% active rates. The Twins helped him activate more lower half muscles by staying in his glute longer during the delivery process (it's probably no wonder why he's able to generate a little more velo, especially late in the season, when he's not solely generating off his quad and arm). I think this year you also see a little bit better movements out of his top half as well. He get a bit more layback in his shoulders, aiding in that slight velo increase. Credit him and the S&C staff for working on that. He's also moved over to the third base side of the rubber this year, allowing for a more direct path to the plate. As someone with that good 12-6 spin, this provides the best route and maximizes that spin direction.
  12. Wrote about Polanco's 2020 season and how there was a definite change in his swing last year. All of the changes resulted in a longer swing in 2020. This was before we found out that he was playing hurt. And this year he acknowledged that the injury was causing him to alter his swing, which makes sense: His swing got longer because he was likely trying to muscle up more, but the change also made his swing worse. This year's swing looks so much more like his 2019 cut: The output now is very similar to the 2019 juiced ball era: Polanco vs RHP 2019: 40% pull rate / .441 pull-side BA / 334 ft pull-side FB distance 2020: 38% pull rate / .229 pull-side BA / 307 ft pull-side FB distance 2021: 57% pull rate / ,417 pull-side BA / 343 ft pull-side FB distance The one other notable change in-season this year is that he opened his stance more and backed away from the plate, given him much better barrel coverage throughout the entire zone: He's a switch-hitter, obviously, but because he faces more right-handed pitchers, his left-side swing really has to carry him through the season. His performance from the right-side has been almost the same over the last three years so finding his swing from the left-side was much needed.
  13. Is that backed by some data or based off of visual scouting reports?
  14. Jack Morris has drawn sharp criticism after delivering comments in an Asian accent. The Tigers broadcaster later apologized in the ninth inning of the game saying that he did not "intend for any offensive thing" and offered an apology to the Asian community. You can read more on the story on ESPN. Here are some reactions:
  15. One of the things that always gets me about watching games from that era and prior to it is the absolute lack of advertising. Look at Metrodome. There are like three tiny advertisements on the ring between decks. The two scoreboards at the top of the upper deck were flanked by two Winston and Coke ads. I know we are at where we are at as a society in sports* because there is money to be made (by owners) and money to be paid (to players) but I wouldn't mind it if we went away from the constant bombardment of ads at every inch of space in the stadium and during the broadcasts. I was recently watching Game 7 of the 1987 World Series and comparing it to the 2019 ALDS game versus the Yankees. It's absurd how many more direct ("brought to you by...") and indirect (signage at the stadium) advertisements there is between the two eras. Hate sounding like an old man yelling at clouds over here but I got to think there is some effect from all of this. *Not just sports.
  16. Yes! I stream games on AT&T on my Roku device. It just randomly fades out. Wasn't sure if it was my internet or the app.
  17. And music videos. Remember music videos? Wasn't there a channel that used to play nothing but music videos on TV?
  18. For those seeking a little nostalgia: Musical artist and parachute pants enthusiast MC Hammer posted a video of him taking batting practice at the Metrodome, donning a Twins uniform and everything. The former Oakland A's bat boy says he took a trip down to the Dome while he was living at Paisley Park and finishing up his 2 Legit 2 Quit album. The album was released in October of 1991 -- a very good year for the Minnesota Twins -- but the footage must be from the 1990 season. We see glimpses of Randy Bush (25) taking soft toss into a net, Kent Hrbek lurking in the background, and hitting coach Tony Oliva chatting it up with Hammer -- all of whom were on the team in 1991. However, it's not the 1991 squad because John Moses (1) is throwing Hammer batting practice. Moses, who hit .276 in 3 seasons with the team, would become a free agent in November 1990 and would not return to the 1991 World Series run, signing with the Tigers instead (all-time pinch runner Jarvis Brown would acquire Moses' uniform number). Moses did more than just throw the occasional batting practice: he was one of the first iterations of position players to pitch for the Minnesota Twins. He make three appearances between 1989 and 1990 seasons, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks. He did not record a strikeout. Hammer is wearing number 37 -- pitcher Paul Abbott's number. Abbott, who was a rookie in 1990, wouldn't make his major league debut until August of that year. So it's likely Hammer did not have to buy Abbott a Rolex for the use of his number. While we're on the subject, go ahead and throw out your favorite late 1980s/early 1990s Twins' memories. Did you take BP like MC Hammer did? Did you collect empty souvenir beer cups after everyone left? Who was your low-key favorite player? Did you remember a specific game?
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