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    joefish reacted to PatPfund in Sano related moves.   
    Time to bury the Sano/Ortiz connection forever. The Twins have stuck with Sano longer by two seasons now than they did with Ortiz, and Sano is NEVER going to be Ortiz. (In Sano's age 29 season, he has never had even 80 RBI in a season, in Ortiz's age 29 season, he was on his way to hitting 47 HR, and a career high 147 RBI, the third of 5 straight seasons over 100.)
    And that's okay. All he needs to be is a healthy, engaged Miguel Sano to possibly provide a spark for an offense that gets shut out A LOT. If it doesn't work, move on.
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    joefish reacted to tarheeltwinsfan in Twins prospects that I was wrong on   
    When you go to San Francisco, wear some flowers in your hair.  How's that for opaque? LOL
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    joefish reacted to ashbury in Twins prospects that I was wrong on   
    Though we never thought that we could lose, there's no regret.  If I had to do the same again, I would, my friend,.
    Fernando!
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    joefish reacted to Murph in It Don't Sano in July   
    Garlick is not helping the Twins.
    The Twins need pitching.  A month ago, I might have said BULLPEN pitching.  Now, I'll just say pitching.
    We saw Sanó play in St. Paul earlier last week.  Sanó is not, by a long shot, the Twins' biggest problem.  He smashed 2 HR in the game we saw, and hit 2 more balls on the ground in the game we saw.  No K's.
    Maybe the FO needs to get their eyes off the computer and watch the players on the field.  JUST MAYBE.
     
     
     
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    joefish got a reaction from RpR in Be Aggressive - A Twins Blog   
    It's hard to tell who is hot when they don't keep the lineup consistent
     
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    joefish reacted to tony&rodney in Twins Positioned for Deadline Creativity   
    Why would the Twins take on a contract of a struggling pitcher and give up their most consistent outfielder? It seems the Twins were already very charitable towards San Diego this year, no need to be so gracious twice in one season.
     
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    joefish reacted to Karbo in Rocco Baldelli's mindset on close games is annoying   
    Here's an idea, How about using a few of the prospects that we are probably going to lose in the rule 5 draft next year in trades to get a couple of relievers that are reliable.
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    joefish reacted to bean5302 in Rocco Baldelli's mindset on close games is annoying   
    I don't know. This feels like a have your cake and eat it too kind of thing. It boils down to this.
    Would you rather have the best relievers available when the Twins are up 6-5 or down 5-6? If the Twins are losing in the 6th, even with their absolute best relievers stepping onto the mound, they're still significantly less likely to win the game. At the top of the 6th, the Yankees were a 65% favorite to win and the leverage index was pretty low. Is that when the very best relievers are the best choice? I feel like they'd likely be wasted in that scenario because the Twins were required to score more runs... and lo and behold, they didn't anyway.
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    joefish reacted to nicksaviking in Situational Bashing   
    There's definitely some room for improvement here, but I'm not sure I like using Miranda, a rookie as an example. After an extremely rough start, the guys has an OPS over 1.100 the last two weeks, he's clearly just starting to figure things out.
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    joefish reacted to saviking in Kyle Garlick Is Outslugging MVPs   
    A pleasant surprise for now .. 
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    joefish got a reaction from Melissa Berman in Shortened Season- A Win for Twins?   
    GO, OPTIMISM!
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    joefish reacted to LanceJS in Did the Twins Fleece Tampa Twice?   
    Sorry, but even if Ryan turns out to be at least a serviceable starter (or better) AND if the Rays win the championship, no, the Twins didn't "fleece" the Rays.  Not only is it too early to tell if Ryan will be good, it is also to early to determine if the price TB paid for Cruz was worth it, as they are going for it all this year.   And I ask the same question here that I ask with every trade - why does every trade have to end with a "loser" and a "winner" like the games?  What's wrong if both teams get what they wanted from a trade? 
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    joefish reacted to MinnInPa in Did the Twins Fleece Tampa Twice?   
    throwing all fastballs wont last long in Bigs...once analyzed he will get shelled  unless he comes up with 2 other go to "miss bats" pitches. 
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    joefish got a reaction from wsnydes in Can Someone Find Tyler Duffey?   
    It's the same question I asked my baseball buddies yesterday. Duffey counts on hitters chasing his first pitch curve balls which are too far outside. From there it's an uphill battle. His catcher must see it.
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    joefish reacted to ashbury in Can Someone Find Tyler Duffey?   
    It's the same as for most two-pitch hurlers. If batters aren't forced to respect a breaking pitch that will just cross the strike zone, then they will simply sit on the heater. If he's leaving those fastballs in the middle of the zone, so much the worse. Command has to be there every outing, or he's just another arm in somebody's bullpen.  Most of baseball is complicated at the major league level, but I think this is one instance where it isn't.
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    joefish got a reaction from ashbury in Can Someone Find Tyler Duffey?   
    It's the same question I asked my baseball buddies yesterday. Duffey counts on hitters chasing his first pitch curve balls which are too far outside. From there it's an uphill battle. His catcher must see it.
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    joefish reacted to TopGunn#22 in Going Forward - Retool or Rebuild?   
    I'm hoping the plan is a re-tool, but still with some major changes.  You've laid the basic premise out nicely Mike8791.  I'm going to go with the easy stuff first:
    Cut bait on Sano.  Either move him at the trade deadline for a bag of baseballs (for salary relief) or simply buy him out for $2.75 million at seasons end and be done with him.
    Look for takers on Max Kepler.  I don't think Max will ever get back to his 2019 form.  I wonder how much of a mirage that was for a LOT of our players.  But he is still a very good defensive RF'er.  He has value and should be moved to a team looking for OF help.
    I would leave our catching personnel alone.  Jeffers and Rortvedt are struggling offensively but should improve.  Garver can be used as a catcher/1B/DH type of bat.
    I'm not averse to moving Donaldson for the right package.  Arraez can hold down 3B and/or Miranda.  
    Cruz COULD be dealt for the right package but I'd be O.K. if we kept him.  It depends what teams would be willing to part with.  I'd be happy to keep Nellie for another year.
    With Donaldson, Sano and Kepler gone that would be about $40-$45 million freed up.  Some of that would be used to re-sign Berrios and Buxton.  The rest, to plug holes.  And there are plenty of holes.
    I don't think Simmons is back with the Twins next year.  I don't think Lewis will be a SS in the future and with him missing the entire season this year he can't be counted on for anything until late next season at the best.  This means serious money needs to be allocated for a long-term SS.  I see Story and Baez as targets.  Polanco belongs at 2B.  If this team hopes to be relevant the next 2-3 years they need a SS !!  
    One other point:  I've finally, after a lot of musing, decided that between Berrios and Buxton if I keep one and part ways with the other, would keep Berrios.  PITCHING is what will make the Twins a playoff-competitive team.  it ALWAYS is.  Look back on Twins history.  In 1962-63 they pitched and finished 2nd & 3rd to the Yankees.  In 1964 they had GREAT hitting, but didn't pitch well and finished 7th !  In 1965 they pitched and won the A.L. Pennant despite missing Killebrew for half the season.  In 1966 & 1967 they pitched and were runner-ups.  In 1969 & 1970 their pitching was good and they won the division.  Fast forward to last year.  They won the division because they pitched much better than they hit.
    We will NOT be better next year, if,  as a team that has pitching issues, we trade Berrios or Rogers.  We could possibly be better without Pineda but NOT without Berrios.
    In the entire time Buxton has been a Twin it seems like he's played in half the games.  We've learned how to play without him and still be good.  Are we better WITH him ??  Clearly, we are.  But if I'm going to make a blockbuster and get an insane return of value for a player, I part with Buxton (who was playing like an A.L. MVP).  We do NOT trade Buxton for anything less than an insane return.  Someone either blows us away, or we give him a 3-year $80 million dollar contract and see what the next 3-years turns out to be.  If we DO deal Buxton, acquire someone like Kevin Kiermaier to play CF if you don't think Celestino will work out.  And you still have Lewis (who I think will end up in CF).
    There has been more disappointment/failure with this front office than successes.  I must admit, I'm not very confident they can turn things around.  The White Sox are crushing the division (as was predicted) despite losing Robert and Jimenez for the entire season to date.  And the White Sox has some young pitchers who are impressive.  Cleveland can flat out pitch.  The Tigers have some very impressive young arms.  This FO has to figure this out or we're looking at another decade of mediocrity.  
    Time will tell.
     
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    joefish got a reaction from Ted Schwerzler in Larnach Leading Rookie for Twins   
    They both have a fairly quiet and confident demeanor in the box.  I am optimistic about them both. 
    Go young guys. 
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    joefish reacted to In My La Z boy in Our foundational players - the big six   
    My question's are these - Who are the next 6 foundational players? All 6 of these were products of the Terry Ryan era. Does Falvey even have the next 6 in the system? Are any of the current 6 going to be a part of the next 6? I can't believe our window is already closed and we're talking about this. Dammit. I do still think Berrios and Buxton can and should be a part of the next 6. Can we sign them? Do we want to sign them? I have lots of questions. 
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    joefish got a reaction from jun in Management Caught Looking....elsewhere...the Continued Over Look of Miguel Sano   
    This story made me laugh, and I am still in bed. 
    It is time to get him out of the lineup. He is a hole in the lineup. I was glad to see his descent in the batting order yesterday. Push him down even more.
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    joefish got a reaction from h2oface in Another MLB Rule Change, Another Potential Set Back for the Twins   
    Leave the game, and the ball, alone.
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    joefish reacted to saviking in Management Caught Looking....elsewhere...the Continued Over Look of Miguel Sano   
    129 AB .. 58 SO .. .163 BA .. Average fielder and below average speed on the base paths..
    I swear to god, if Sano shortened his swing and tried to hit line drives he would end up hitting 40 balls over the fence by accident and strike out significant less .. 
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    joefish got a reaction from In My La Z boy in Management Caught Looking....elsewhere...the Continued Over Look of Miguel Sano   
    This story made me laugh, and I am still in bed. 
    It is time to get him out of the lineup. He is a hole in the lineup. I was glad to see his descent in the batting order yesterday. Push him down even more.
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