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  1. A week ago, TD member @CRF said "It ain't Ober...till it's Ober." Well, now it's Ober, and the only pun left is Sugar Ray's breakup song. Image courtesy of Twins Daily Re-live the last moments of optimism from a week ago, lovingly preserved in Hanging by a thread. @Number3 captured a moment in time when it was still possible for the Twins to get back in the race, just before Cleveland cut our last thread of hope. But they can never cut our forum threads! Like how @PopRiveter wants to witness the battle of Arraez vs Evil -my last remaining reason to care. The whole world is watching Aaron Judge but can our own La Regadera ("The Sprinker") spoil his triple crown? The Twins and Yankees not only share batting title competitors, they also share starting pitcher trade deadline disasters, as chronicled by @Brandon in Montas or Mahle, Which pitcher helped his new team the least? Unfortunately, that may be where the Twins and Yankees similarities end, as New York has been preparing for the postseason, while the well-seasoned Twins have been cooking on a post over a Cuyahoga River fire. If you don't care to look backward or suffer the present, look to the future with @cHawk at the 2023 Rotation. There are plenty of arms to consider -- two arms per pitcher, in fact. Over in the Other Baseball forum, @Vanimal46 is still thinking about baseball while watching football in Take Notes, MLB. What would you like to see MLB adopt from NFL broadcasts? If you said "illegal formation penalties," I've got good news for you! Finally, the ballclub may be struggling, but the Minnesota Twins have finally become masters of their own domain. @Rosterman reports how a pair of real-life twins are likely celebrating a financial windfall as Twins.com finds a new home. Would you have sold Twins.com? Or would you have dedicated it to Taylor and Tyler Rogers? Share your ideas in the forums. View full article
  2. Re-live the last moments of optimism from a week ago, lovingly preserved in Hanging by a thread. @Number3 captured a moment in time when it was still possible for the Twins to get back in the race, just before Cleveland cut our last thread of hope. But they can never cut our forum threads! Like how @PopRiveter wants to witness the battle of Arraez vs Evil -my last remaining reason to care. The whole world is watching Aaron Judge but can our own La Regadera ("The Sprinker") spoil his triple crown? The Twins and Yankees not only share batting title competitors, they also share starting pitcher trade deadline disasters, as chronicled by @Brandon in Montas or Mahle, Which pitcher helped his new team the least? Unfortunately, that may be where the Twins and Yankees similarities end, as New York has been preparing for the postseason, while the well-seasoned Twins have been cooking on a post over a Cuyahoga River fire. If you don't care to look backward or suffer the present, look to the future with @cHawk at the 2023 Rotation. There are plenty of arms to consider -- two arms per pitcher, in fact. Over in the Other Baseball forum, @Vanimal46 is still thinking about baseball while watching football in Take Notes, MLB. What would you like to see MLB adopt from NFL broadcasts? If you said "illegal formation penalties," I've got good news for you! Finally, the ballclub may be struggling, but the Minnesota Twins have finally become masters of their own domain. @Rosterman reports how a pair of real-life twins are likely celebrating a financial windfall as Twins.com finds a new home. Would you have sold Twins.com? Or would you have dedicated it to Taylor and Tyler Rogers? Share your ideas in the forums.
  3. The seasons are rapidly changing, both on the calendar and in the TD forums, unless the Twins can find a way back into the division race, and fast. Image courtesy of Twins Daily Firings, fantasies, fu-machus, futures, and football were just a few of the alliterative topics of discussion in the community this week, in the twilight of a Twins season perhaps best described by the letter "F". Is it time for Twins fans to heed the advice of Meredith Brooks, in the bridge of her profanely-titled hit 1997 single? Just when you think you've got me figured out The season's already changin' I think it's cool you do what you do And don't try to save me @RickOShea felt that Rocco Baldelli should have been fired on Monday Afternoon, after getting swept at home by division rival Cleveland. But according to consultant Bob Slydell, "Studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week." Even if Baldelli sticks around, we may have a pitching coach vacancy. @darin617 wants to know if any big-name options might be available to turn things around in Pitching coaches contracts? With apologies to Pete Maki, eight letters combined is presumably not a big enough name. (Fortunately, that also disqualifies a reunion with Dick Such.) In player news, Randy Dobnak put on waivers was brought to our attention by @Rosterman. At first glance, this seems like a fall from grace for the mustachioed hurler, but maybe this is just what Dobnak needs to restore the underdog status that fueled his ascent back in 2019. In the minor league forum, not content to simply look ahead to next year, @Fighting4par asks What will the twins pitching staff look like in 2025. Lots of young arms to think about, but I'd still wager on Andrew Albers making an appearance that year too. Finally, for those ready to completely check out of baseball this year, there's still room on the bandwagon in @Vanimal46's 2022 Vikings Regular Season Thread. The TD Vikings Talk forum features football topics from the perspective of a baseball fan: why 11 players rather than 9? Why are they always colliding instead of providing sliding lanes to each other? At least both sports now share common ground in inexplicable replay decisions. Are you ready to fold on 2022, or are you fighting to the last game? Share your perspective in the forums. View full article
  4. Firings, fantasies, fu-machus, futures, and football were just a few of the alliterative topics of discussion in the community this week, in the twilight of a Twins season perhaps best described by the letter "F". Is it time for Twins fans to heed the advice of Meredith Brooks, in the bridge of her profanely-titled hit 1997 single? Just when you think you've got me figured out The season's already changin' I think it's cool you do what you do And don't try to save me @RickOShea felt that Rocco Baldelli should have been fired on Monday Afternoon, after getting swept at home by division rival Cleveland. But according to consultant Bob Slydell, "Studies have statistically shown that there's less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week." Even if Baldelli sticks around, we may have a pitching coach vacancy. @darin617 wants to know if any big-name options might be available to turn things around in Pitching coaches contracts? With apologies to Pete Maki, eight letters combined is presumably not a big enough name. (Fortunately, that also disqualifies a reunion with Dick Such.) In player news, Randy Dobnak put on waivers was brought to our attention by @Rosterman. At first glance, this seems like a fall from grace for the mustachioed hurler, but maybe this is just what Dobnak needs to restore the underdog status that fueled his ascent back in 2019. In the minor league forum, not content to simply look ahead to next year, @Fighting4par asks What will the twins pitching staff look like in 2025. Lots of young arms to think about, but I'd still wager on Andrew Albers making an appearance that year too. Finally, for those ready to completely check out of baseball this year, there's still room on the bandwagon in @Vanimal46's 2022 Vikings Regular Season Thread. The TD Vikings Talk forum features football topics from the perspective of a baseball fan: why 11 players rather than 9? Why are they always colliding instead of providing sliding lanes to each other? At least both sports now share common ground in inexplicable replay decisions. Are you ready to fold on 2022, or are you fighting to the last game? Share your perspective in the forums.
  5. Obviously Gleeman isn't lying. But there is reason to be suspicious of BP's conclusion, without seeing their data or knowing their methodology. Big questions: - Does it account for projected playing time? Maeda has spent the whole year on the IL, but he also should have been projected for few if any innings this season. - Does it do anything to avoid double-counting? For example, if Sano was projected for 1.5 WAR at 1B and then got hurt, then Kirilloff was projected for 1.5 WAR as Sano's replacement, would it count the Twins as losing 3 WAR to the IL? I suspect it may be a simple equation -- number of games on the IL, prorated to a seasonal WAR projection for that player -- in which case it's essentially just restating the total days on the IL without really adding anything meaningful.
  6. Definitely Gordon. Preseason projections had him no higher than a 90 wRC+, and he's at 113. Miranda has had a strong rookie campaign at 123 wRC+, but at least some projections had him in the 108-115 range before the season. Still an achievement, just not quite so unexpected.
  7. The Twins did about as well as Radio Shack stock, but the TD forums were still full of Q's to which the Yankees unhelpfully provided some A's. Image courtesy of Twins Daily Playoffs?1, trade grades, stadium snacks, and intelligence (or lack thereof) were all topics of discussion in the community this week. @Trov leads off with If Twins do not at minimum split with Yankees, should we even care if we make playoffs? Looks like Trov's calendar for October just opened up. Although if you give the Twins a +2 game handicap, perhaps we could consider it a split? Second question goes to @alexlegge: Mahle for Steer/Hajjar/Encarnacion-Strand - How did the Twins blow this one so badly?? Okay, that sounds rhetorical, so I don't think we have to answer it. But Mahle rhymes with Bally so the Twins should have seen this coming. Next question: Is the Twins Pipe lined with ice or sludge? asks @Game7-91. Are those the only two options? Hey, Culligan Man! We may need to hire you as our scouting director. The final question this week comes from @mikelink45: Is Rocco really middle management? Next time you call Target Field to complain about a short start, perhaps you should ask to speak to Baldelli's supervisor. @strumdatjag reports there are No Vendors working the aisles at Target Field anymore. To fill that void, Twins Daily should volunteer to host those vendors in our forum. Instead of walking between rows, they could instead appear between our posts, maybe in the form of banners -- wait, nevermind! Over in the Other Baseball forum, @CRF shares news of likely Rule changes for 2023. I think my favorite might be the pitch glock, although moderns pitchers hardly need another weapon at their disposal. Finally, @ashbury demonstrates intelligence by leading a discussion of Baseball IQ. Is your Baseball IQ high? Or are you just high? Either way, share your knowledge in the forums. View full article
  8. Playoffs?1, trade grades, stadium snacks, and intelligence (or lack thereof) were all topics of discussion in the community this week. @Trov leads off with If Twins do not at minimum split with Yankees, should we even care if we make playoffs? Looks like Trov's calendar for October just opened up. Although if you give the Twins a +2 game handicap, perhaps we could consider it a split? Second question goes to @alexlegge: Mahle for Steer/Hajjar/Encarnacion-Strand - How did the Twins blow this one so badly?? Okay, that sounds rhetorical, so I don't think we have to answer it. But Mahle rhymes with Bally so the Twins should have seen this coming. Next question: Is the Twins Pipe lined with ice or sludge? asks @Game7-91. Are those the only two options? Hey, Culligan Man! We may need to hire you as our scouting director. The final question this week comes from @mikelink45: Is Rocco really middle management? Next time you call Target Field to complain about a short start, perhaps you should ask to speak to Baldelli's supervisor. @strumdatjag reports there are No Vendors working the aisles at Target Field anymore. To fill that void, Twins Daily should volunteer to host those vendors in our forum. Instead of walking between rows, they could instead appear between our posts, maybe in the form of banners -- wait, nevermind! Over in the Other Baseball forum, @CRF shares news of likely Rule changes for 2023. I think my favorite might be the pitch glock, although moderns pitchers hardly need another weapon at their disposal. Finally, @ashbury demonstrates intelligence by leading a discussion of Baseball IQ. Is your Baseball IQ high? Or are you just high? Either way, share your knowledge in the forums.
  9. Classic 21st century Twins/Yankees matchup! Rumor has it the ghost of Mike Trombley was warming up in case the game went into the 14th inning...
  10. What are the odds of 2 games being broadcast and both ending with walk off walks? I used sabrmetrics and did the math and came up with 1,579,346 to 1. 

  11. Community topics include forecasting, reflection, the dulcet tones of former Twins, the best ballparks to visit before you die, and the worst ballpark to visit while you are dying. Last Friday, @Thiéres Rabelo asked the community for their opinions on Rocco Baldelli's future; the Twins skipper responded by helming 5 consecutive victories. Who would we like to see in Thiéres' crystal ball this week? Instead of the future, @mikelink45 looks to the past, specifically Correa and the SS market from last offseason. Maybe Correa hasn't been the super-duper-star we hoped, but he's still ahead of his free agent competition. If he opts out, will the same hold true next year? What do you listen to during Twins games -- the TV broadcast, or the radio? @peterb18 isn't thrilled about the Twins color announcers, specifically the Justin Morneau and Glen Perkins back-and-forth, aka the "metronome from the Metrodome." Has anyone tried listening to the Twins Daily Game Thread with text-to-speech instead? Rumor has it that @Monkeypaws wished upon their namesake artifact last year, that our Twins wouldn't lose in the postseason again in 2021. Avoiding a curse in the minor league forum this week, they provide an update on the lesser-known players involved in a notable deadline deal from four years ago: Escobar for Duran, Maciel, De La Trinidad. As good as Duran has been, he may never be achieve a first- last-name basis with Nicolas Cage. Finally, ballpark connoisseur @Riverbrian, fresh off documenting an 18-day American odyssey in the Sports Bar (now with photos!), kicks off a lively discussion of Baseball Stadium Rankings. What's your favorite ballpark, and why is it the Metrodome? Share your stadium take or pennant race prediction in the forums!
  12. The Twins gave a sliding lane to the TD forums by completing a successful homestand this week, gearing up for an AL Central grudge match. Community topics include forecasting, reflection, the dulcet tones of former Twins, the best ballparks to visit before you die, and the worst ballpark to visit while you are dying. Last Friday, @Thiéres Rabelo asked the community for their opinions on Rocco Baldelli's future; the Twins skipper responded by helming 5 consecutive victories. Who would we like to see in Thiéres' crystal ball this week? Instead of the future, @mikelink45 looks to the past, specifically Correa and the SS market from last offseason. Maybe Correa hasn't been the super-duper-star we hoped, but he's still ahead of his free agent competition. If he opts out, will the same hold true next year? What do you listen to during Twins games -- the TV broadcast, or the radio? @peterb18 isn't thrilled about the Twins color announcers, specifically the Justin Morneau and Glen Perkins back-and-forth, aka the "metronome from the Metrodome." Has anyone tried listening to the Twins Daily Game Thread with text-to-speech instead? Rumor has it that @Monkeypaws wished upon their namesake artifact last year, that our Twins wouldn't lose in the postseason again in 2021. Avoiding a curse in the minor league forum this week, they provide an update on the lesser-known players involved in a notable deadline deal from four years ago: Escobar for Duran, Maciel, De La Trinidad. As good as Duran has been, he may never be achieve a first- last-name basis with Nicolas Cage. Finally, ballpark connoisseur @Riverbrian, fresh off documenting an 18-day American odyssey in the Sports Bar (now with photos!), kicks off a lively discussion of Baseball Stadium Rankings. What's your favorite ballpark, and why is it the Metrodome? Share your stadium take or pennant race prediction in the forums! View full article
  13. FWIW, the minor league season goes pretty late, so this statement technically doesn’t preclude some rehab appearances there. But if that was the case, you’d think he could appear in the final week of MLB games too.
  14. Would you still roll with him in your playoff bullpen?
  15. No. Anyone on the 40-man or 60-day IL as of that date is automatically eligible for a postseason roster, and the Twins don’t have to submit their postseason roster until just before each round. And anyone in the organization on Sep. 1 can be named as a replacement for a postseason eligible injured player too — so Billy Hamilton could possibly find his way onto our postseason roster this year, even if he doesn’t get added to the 40-man until after Sep. 1.
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