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    spanman2 got a reaction from Longdistancetwins in Finally ... Joe West to retire   
    And Phil Cuzzi...
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    spanman2 got a reaction from big dog in Finally ... Joe West to retire   
    And Phil Cuzzi...
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    spanman2 got a reaction from ashbury in Your best Twins memory   
    My best memory was staying up late watching the games with my dad during the '91 playoffs as a 14 old boy having relocated to Pennsylvania.  My stepmom lets say did not think that was a good call on my dad's part.  When Kirby hit the game winner in Game 6 we nearly put a hole in the floor jumping up and down.  Every time I watch highlights from that time I think of watching it with my dad as much as the outcomes of all the games.  That got me hooked on baseball for life.   When Kirby passed I was back in Minnesota (most unfortunate memory)...I cried like a kid who lost his puppy.  Living in Willmar at the time I nearly drove to Mpls in a blizzard but ended up staying home.  Imagine a Twins team with Joe in the 2 hole and Kirby behind him.  GOOD LUCK pitchers! 
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    spanman2 got a reaction from glunn in Has Miguel Sanó Increased His Trade Value?   
    A HUGE if...but comments are full of if's....Since July, Sanó has hit .243/.340/.505 (.845) with 14 home runs and 15 doubles.   Give us that for 150 games a year TIMES 2 and I would be one very happy Twins fan...do we think they try to bring Cruz back for one last swan song?  Perhaps, if they don't my gut tells my Sano slots in as DH and Kirilloff plays 1B...if they do trade him assuming the NL institutes full time DH please trade him to the NL so he does not go David Ortiz on us!  Here is to hoping we beef up the pitching talent pool this offseason. 
         
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    spanman2 got a reaction from Minny505 in Randy Dobnak and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Season   
    According to Cody's article the most the Twins would be on the hook for is 30 mill...IF they pick up his option years.  If they did that you would believe he would be pitching very well at the time.  Good value for that many years of good performance.  If not you cut the cord if things don't work out and you are out 9.25 in guaranteed $$$...they were probably hoping for him to be a 5th starter type.  If you get league average or so performance out of him in that role that is a bargain.  
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    spanman2 got a reaction from HrbieFan in Randy Dobnak and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Season   
    According to Cody's article the most the Twins would be on the hook for is 30 mill...IF they pick up his option years.  If they did that you would believe he would be pitching very well at the time.  Good value for that many years of good performance.  If not you cut the cord if things don't work out and you are out 9.25 in guaranteed $$$...they were probably hoping for him to be a 5th starter type.  If you get league average or so performance out of him in that role that is a bargain.  
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    spanman2 got a reaction from roger in Randy Dobnak and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Season   
    According to Cody's article the most the Twins would be on the hook for is 30 mill...IF they pick up his option years.  If they did that you would believe he would be pitching very well at the time.  Good value for that many years of good performance.  If not you cut the cord if things don't work out and you are out 9.25 in guaranteed $$$...they were probably hoping for him to be a 5th starter type.  If you get league average or so performance out of him in that role that is a bargain.  
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    spanman2 got a reaction from Dman in Randy Dobnak and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Season   
    According to Cody's article the most the Twins would be on the hook for is 30 mill...IF they pick up his option years.  If they did that you would believe he would be pitching very well at the time.  Good value for that many years of good performance.  If not you cut the cord if things don't work out and you are out 9.25 in guaranteed $$$...they were probably hoping for him to be a 5th starter type.  If you get league average or so performance out of him in that role that is a bargain.  
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    spanman2 got a reaction from glunn in Buxton and Berrios Extensions Becoming Murky   
    I don't see the Twins paying Berrios what he believes he should receive.  For what it's worth I think he wants out and a fresh start with a new team.  Given Bucks injury history if the Twins offer him a 'fair deal' as viewed by both the Twins and the Buxton camp I would get that deal done.  It would likely involve some arbitration type negotiating but I could see that deal getting done.  He is certainly a fan favorite.  We all know the injury history.  If I am the Twins I would be willing to take that risk.  If he happens to shake that bug and start playing a 140 games a year elsewhere that would be painful to watch.  
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    spanman2 got a reaction from USAFChief in On the Minnesota Twins Front Office, Faith and Being Fickle    
    I thought somewhere along the line years ago Jim said payroll should be around the low 50's% range of revenue?  
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    spanman2 got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Game Recap: White Sox 16, Twins 4   
    Good thing there are no longer attendance restrictions so all the fans can rush into Target Field...will be interesting to see what trades do or do not happen moving forward.  
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    spanman2 reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Here is a list of pitchers I don't think the Twins can rely on..   
    It would be easier to list the ones you could trust.
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    spanman2 reacted to D.C Twins in Who’s Responsible for the Twins Failure?   
    The team may have a -1 run differential, but the horrible bullpen and hitting with RISP completely negate this one of many wishful justifications that a bad team's performance will eventually normalize. (
     
    When your bullpen cannot hold leads in the 8-10 innings and your batters aren't clutch hitters with RISP--relying solely on sporadic bunching of home runs-- you are going to lose more 'close' games and the games that you do win will be by a lot of runs which skew the run differential (which is what has happened)
     
    This is not bad luck. Our record very much reflects how we have played. 
     
    My personal favorite is the average exit velocity that some rave about without remembering that you actually have to hit the ball to get an exit velocity. If people want to start factoring in exit velocity, better start averaging in 0s for the strike outs!
     
    The Twins have had great exit velocities this year!*
     
    *when they have actually hit the ball
     
    ....the manager deserves much more blame when an entire team is playing sloppy and without fire.
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    spanman2 reacted to USAFChief in Can the Twins Solve Their Offensive Woes?   
    The offense has NOT been "fine."
     
    They've scored 3 or fewer runs in 17 of 29 games this year. Almost 2/3rds of the time.
    That's not going to work, even if you manage to throw up a couple 12  run explosions.
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    spanman2 reacted to Cap'n Piranha in Twins Need to Take Bold Action on Bullpen Before It's Too Late   
    The most frustrating thing about Rogers is Rocco's insistence on using him on back to back days.  We have 3+ years of data now that says Rogers is a diminished pitcher when pitching on zero days rest.
     
    2018
    Without rest--12.2 IP, 10 k/9, 6.4 bb/9, .7 hr/9, 3.55 ERA, 4.05 FIP
    With rest--55.2 IP, 10 k/9, 1.1 bb/9, .3 hr/9, 2.43 ERA, 1.75 FIP
     
    2019
    Without rest--15 IP, 12.6 k/9, 4.2 bb/9, 3 hr/9, 7.20 ERA, 6.03 FIP
    With rest--54 IP, 11.5 k/9, .7 bb/9, .5 hr/9, 1.33 ERA, 1.49 FIP
     
    2020/2021
    Without rest--5.1 IP, 8.4 k/9, 0 bb/9, 3.4 hr/9, 5.07 ERA, 6.10 FIP
    With Rest--26.1 IP, 10.9 k/9, 1.7 bb/9, .7 hr/9, 3.08 ERA, 2.23 FIP
     
    The trends are quite clear--with the exception of the 2020/2021 SSS, Rogers' walk rate explodes on no rest.  Even in the 2020/2021 SSS, his HR rate explodes on no rest.  This is supposed to be an analytical team that believes in the benefits of rest--it baffles me that Rogers can even be considered an option on no rest.
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    spanman2 got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Twins Need to Take Bold Action on Bullpen Before It's Too Late   
    Holy cow I did not know that exact 9th/10th inning stat,,,from the you can't make it up department!
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    spanman2 reacted to Winston Smith in Game Recap: Twins 6, Rangers 5   
    A bad bullpen is like having a bad goalie.
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    spanman2 got a reaction from bighat in Fire Rocco? It's not going to happen.   
    I was going to say he is as likely to get fired now as them calling me up to manage the team after they fire him but your realistic line is excellent as well.
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    spanman2 got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Do we need a Bench Coach now?   
    I would say yes we do...TK in my opinion would be a no way.  Gardy not this season...maybe just maybe he would next year.  I could be way off but I think he is too competitive to not be the manager on any team.  Terrible loss in Bell's passing away at such a young age.  Losing Shelton/Rowson also huge loses.  They had some success and other teams wanted a piece of that action.  In the end these guys are big league players for a reason.  They need to look in the mirror and figure out what is going on.  It might be physical or between the ears.  You can't fake your way to the big leagues.  Time to get it together boys!
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    spanman2 got a reaction from bighat in Do we need a Bench Coach now?   
    I would say yes we do...TK in my opinion would be a no way.  Gardy not this season...maybe just maybe he would next year.  I could be way off but I think he is too competitive to not be the manager on any team.  Terrible loss in Bell's passing away at such a young age.  Losing Shelton/Rowson also huge loses.  They had some success and other teams wanted a piece of that action.  In the end these guys are big league players for a reason.  They need to look in the mirror and figure out what is going on.  It might be physical or between the ears.  You can't fake your way to the big leagues.  Time to get it together boys!
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    spanman2 reacted to TKGuy in Week in Review: Languishing Lineup   
    Wow, the knives are out. I know it’s frustrating that the lineup is underperforming, but having Rosario, Gonzalez and Adrianza here wasn’t going to solve this problem. You going to sit Polanco and Arraez for Gonzo and Adrianza? That wasn’t happening. I do believe that it’s time to ride Kiriloff in LF and see what he can do. The biggest player I think we are missing is Trevor May. He was a big cog in that bullpen who was not replaced. I didn’t like the Colome signing and so far he has done nothing for me to allay my fears about that. I have to believe that the lineup will turn around, however, the bullpen seems worrying to me. We finally are getting glimpses of the stars that Berrios and Buxton can become, hopefully we can get this back on track
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    spanman2 reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Week in Review: Languishing Lineup   
    "Willians Astudillo has been an uninspiring replacement."  Nick Nelson
     
    Huh? .289 average, 2 strikeouts?
     
    Garver and Sano added together have only .271 average and 44 strikeouts so the Turtle is better than both players combined.
     
    And then we have Cave at .155 average and 25 strikeouts.
     
    Time to back off criticizing El Tortuga and be thankful he's in the lineup.
     
    Respect the Turtle!
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    spanman2 reacted to mikelink45 in Week in Review: Languishing Lineup   
    I too am concerned 20 games in - essentially 1/8th of the season.  We need to play to a 102 win season rate to get to 95.  Polanco no longer has an ankle excuse, Garver is not showing that 2020 was a fluke, but Jeffers is.  We need to start Jeffers 10 in a row and see if he comes out of this.  Rooker, Kiriloff, Cave have provided us with a where is Eddie performance.  How about Larnach?  Kepler is out, but was not inspiring before he went down and Sano looks completely lost.  
    Then we add in Colome and the BP in general.  Where is the hope?  The inspiration.  Please - 10 in a row.  Relieve our pain. 
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    spanman2 reacted to stringer bell in Garver   
    Garver has been brutal for the short season in 2020 and so far this year. I don’t think he’s a good defensive catcher, so he has to hit and he’s failed to do that since some time in 2019. Perhaps expectations should be more modest than his 2019 numbers, but his production in 2020 and this year has been dreadful.
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    spanman2 got a reaction from cHawk in Game Recap: Pirates 6, Twins 2   
    A very capable team playing incredibly bad ball right now.
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