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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Tim in The Man, The Beard, The Legend: Jake Cave.   
    Jake Cave is pretty bad and has been for a while now. Obviously it stings more to know the Twins gave up Luis Gil for him and Lamonte Wade was essentially given away to keep him around.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to mrkarbo in When Is it Time to be Concerned?   
    Although I dont have the stats on this, it seems to me over the years some of the Twins best seasons have come after some pretty terrible ST records. So I put little to no stock in ST results.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to amjgt in PECOTA Projecting a Three-Peat   
    Seems to me that generally, PECOTA dislikes young players. So that's one thing going against Chicago. 
     
    I can't say that I know Chicago's depth very well, but that tends to be a big variable with PECOTA based on how they dole out playing time. IP or AB isn't a variable that they consider in their percentile outcomes. Maeda pitches 150 innings in his 5th percentile season and 150 innings in his 99th percentile season (or whatever his IP number is). It's a flaw that if they had a great answer for, they would've implemented it. This indirectly forces depth to be more of an issue than it might be. So, if your depth is young guys and PECOTA doesn't like young guys.... that's one way to get the CWS to 83 wins
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Matt Johnson in The Eddie Rosario Almanac   
    I don't know what's up with the formatting.
     
    Also, I fixed like five typos. Good thing I'm not a high school English teacher or anything. 
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from mikelink45 in Baseball has a special connection to Black Lives Matter   
    Respect. Some things are bigger than sports. 
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from glunn in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from Vanimal46 in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from KFEY93 in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from h2oface in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from G Lee in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from Platoon in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from Squirrel in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    "We live in the greatest country on earth."
     
    I love my country, but statistics just say that isn't true and in many cases it is not close. Here are some rankings to check out from a 2019 study/ranking published in US News & World Report that ranked 80 countries in 75 different metrics (from a survey of 20,000 across the globe) https://www.newsweek.com/worlds-best-countries-us-not-top-five-1300813:
     
    Perceptions of Trustworthiness by other countries - 27
    Healthcare - 10
    Food - 11
    Wine - 7
    Citizenship - 16
    Quality of Life - 17
     
    Ranked outside of top 20 in: Heritage; Best Countries for Solo Travel; Best Countries to Invest in; Best Countries for a comfortable retirement; Best Countries to start a career.
     
    The only things the USA ranked one in are military strength (of course, when your military budget equals that of the next seven total, it should probably be good); and number of citizens in prison. 
     
    It's important to have pride in your country, but the statistics show the United States of America has a lot of room for improvement.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Hosken Bombo Disco in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    My take on it, in one sentence, is that Max Kepler accidentally stepped in dog s*** and then did a bad job of cleaning it off his shoe before coming back into the house.
     
    Kepler should have looked to what Baldelli said as a better response. Kepler will probably be asked about it again at some point. This is going to be a long, long national conversation.
     
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Platoon in What's wrong with Nick's column   
    >>>>>>" Our community is broken. Our country is broken."
    We live in the greatest country on earth. Our community/country is not broken. You are stating your opinion as fact. A tragic death lead to a protest which lead to planned riots and anarchists coming to Mpls and many large cities throughout the nation."  
     
    There are things wrong with Nicks post, but "Our community is broken. Our country is broken.", isn’t one of them. The assertion that a tragic death led to this protest is somewhat simplistic. It disregards the totality of not only the last three months of news stories related to this issue, but the last 400 years as well. Toss in the Covid, and the resultant financial crisis, and you have far more than a "tragic death" in play here. 
     
    We do live in a great country, but it’s not quite as great as we like to believe. Members of this site love metrics. And a precursory dive into a list of metrics that quantify  our standings in the issues that define "great country" isn’t as pretty as some seem fo believe. 
     
    Nicks piece and your response do have some positive points, and do have some of which I disagree with, But, until we all take a deep unvarnished look at what has and is happening in this country, we will never have the wherewithal to make it what we, in our wishful thinking, believe it now is. 
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to David HK in COVID-19 Threatening Baseball Next   
    Sorry, there is not little to worry about. So maybe if you fall out of the range of the critical danger zones age or health-wise, you are still in contact with many other people in your daily life who aren't. This is where the greatest spread has been where I am in Hong Kong- family or business gatherings. It is far better to over-react at this critical time, than minimize the danger. It's colleagues, parents, grandparents, anyone in your social circle.  
     
    You did qualify your response, but please, there is no one who has no reason to worry, and to not be protective and proactive.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from DannySD in Minnesota Twins: 5 reasons for caution (the hay isn't in the barn yet)   
    6) The ball. We saw in the playoffs what the Twins offense did with a different ball than what was used in the 2019 regular season. A lot of hits that would have been homeruns in the regular season were caught on the track by the Yankees (and two I can remember specifically in Game 3 by Judge in right.) Yes, every team hit the same ball last season, and the Twins hit it amongst the best. Twins hitters will have to contend with not just hitting "bombas" in 2020 to score their runs if the ball goes back to the less-aerodynamic version pre-2019.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Strato Guy in A Tortoise or the Rake? Minnesota’s Final Player   
    There is a chance both players make the team because there may be a player injured to begin the year. Remember, there were few times throughout last year where everyone was available. There will probably be ample playing time for both. A trade is also a possibility which could impact whom is on the team.  
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to stringer bell in A Tortoise or the Rake? Minnesota’s Final Player   
    I agree with the comments above. For the role of 13th position player, Astudillo is the better fit, although he's not the better player.
     
    Most likely, both guys will be in the majors more than the minors due to injuries. 
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from Dome Dogg in The New Homer Hankies   
    Twins thought they were getting contracted in the early-2000s, so they just didn't care about MLB's rules. (Maybe.)
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Rosterman in A Look at the Twins Hitters Who Have Set Career-high HR Totals in 2019, and Who is Still to Come   
    I'm hoping Cave gets enough time to join the 10-homer club in Twins Territory 2019 and set a new record there for the team. It is possible!
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from mikelink45 in Harmon Killebrew - our classic home run hitter   
    I remember faking an illness in high school when ESPN played a marathon of these back in the day (late-90s, pre-OnDemand days.)
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from mikelink45 in The greatest games ever   
    Last game at the Dome of the 1987 regular season. Bert Blyleven put runners at the corners with no outs in the first. George Brett hits a hot-shot to Gaetti; to Newman at second for one; Newman ignores all baseball logic and throws home for the atypical 5-4-2 double-play. Then Puckett, Gaetti, and Hrbek all go yard in the bottom of the first, and the Twins clinch a tie for first in the AL West. (Maybe that's just the greatest inning in Twins' baseball?)
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaFsAboGwfM
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Squirrel in The greatest games ever   
    The game we played against Cleveland in PR last year was a great game. I’d say both game 163’s were amazing, even though we lost one of them. Greatest comeback game has to be the game against Detroit a couple years ago, right before the ASG where we scored what ... 7 runs in the bottom of the 9th? What game was it ... was it against Detroit in 1987 where they picked off the runner at 3rd? Was that the game
    That clinched the AL championship, or am I blurring everything?
     
    Getting too old to remember, but what constitutes ‘greatest’?
     
    But, like you, game 7 in 1991 ... one of the greatest games ever, of any team. And, yeah, okay, I’m biased.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Dantes929 in The greatest games ever   
    Solid list.   "Carlos Gomez scores on a Luis Castillo hit"   It was Alexi Casilla with the game winning hit.   This one makes my list.

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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from Peter Wall in Phoenix Ascending: A Look Back at the 2016 Twins   
    I both dread and anticipate the rest of this series...
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