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    woolywoolhouse reacted to PDX Twin in Twins Worst Free Agent Signing Ever?   
    I dislike Simmons both because of the selfish covid caper and because his affect on the field is highly unattractive. He never acts like he cares, never seems to smile, and just seems like he's counting the dollars per inning and waiting to get back to the hotel. 
    Maybe it's not fair to judge a guy based on his demeanor, but I suspect that this is one reason that he gets so much flack. He is an aging player who was a great fielder (and is still good) but was never a good hitter (and is now poor). In other words, about what we should have expected. Surely not even close to the worst ever signing.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to strumdatjag in Ranking the Top 5 Least Valuable Twins in 2021   
    Andrelton Simmons certainly deserves to be number one.  Remember, he was the guy who publicly refused to get a Covid vaccine, then he got COVID.   Then a few other Twins players got it too.  Of course, the Twins stuck up for Simmons and claimed he didn’t spread it.   Who knows - but with that attitude I’d like Simmons to viewed as a bigger Super Spreader than Sturgis, Lalapalooza, that big Martha’s Vineyard birthday party and all of last weekend’s college football games combined.  
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to jorgenswest in The Twins Shouldn't Spend (Much) On Starting Pitching This Offseason   
    The Twins have proved false the often stated “There is no such thing as a bad one year contract”.
    The practice of signing stop gap pitchers to the rotation or late inning relief needs to stop. That gap only becomes wider the next year and the decline phase pitchers often found in one year deals are not guaranteed gap fillers.
    This doesn’t mean do nothing. They need to sign a free agent pitcher to a long term contract for the top of their rotation. They can make trades as they did for Odorizzi and Maeda. Instead of signing the Happ’s and Shoemaker’s they need to be better than every other team at identifying pitchers that have failed elsewhere and find that upside.
    They also need to invest innings into their own young pitching. If they can’t develop their own under control pitching they can not sustain success.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to KGB in Randy Dobnak and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Season   
    Leaving Dobnak in the rotation wouldn't been a decision based just in spring training. He earned it based on the prior two years and contract extension. Shoemaker should have been the one who had work out of the bullpen to start.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from Dman in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    Jake Cave believe similarly to Simmons - check his "Likes" on Twitter, and it's all QAnon, anti-vax, and anti-mask conspiracies - but he's at least smart enough to not broadcast it to the world; probably because he knows he's not "good enough" to get away with it. 
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to insagt1 in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    I see getting the vaccine like getting life insurance. You don't buy it for YOU...you buy it for the ones you love. You get the vaccine to help stop the spread the best way you can. And it has helped. Not perfectly...but imagine our situation today if the vaccine wasn't around. Masking has helped too. For those who work around kids for example...many teachers, bus drivers and school workers noted a distinct drop in getting the flu or even colds over the winter. Thats not magic, it is science. Viruses will always be around. But its nice to see when their effects can be lessened.
    I will always believe in helping 'the team'. the greater good. My neighbors. The kids. If getting the shot and wearing a mask helps, then I'll do my part. Its not about me me me I , I, I--its about YOU. And I do care about you.
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    woolywoolhouse got a reaction from wabene in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    Jake Cave believe similarly to Simmons - check his "Likes" on Twitter, and it's all QAnon, anti-vax, and anti-mask conspiracies - but he's at least smart enough to not broadcast it to the world; probably because he knows he's not "good enough" to get away with it. 
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Dman in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    I think I would but then I am not really advocating for Simmons to be fired.  I still would disagree with his opinion and yeah I would lose a lot of respect for Cruz if it were him.  I would never be able to view him the same way if that was his stance.  We have a responsibility to one another to keep those around us safe and the vaccine does that.  If Cruz were against that I wouldn't be able to look up to him anymore as a role model.  Again I don't think he would need to be fired but no matter how well he did from that point on my admiration would never be the same.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to nicksaviking in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    ***Moderator Note***
    We've been over this before here at TD. Covid is dangerous and real, the vaccine is is needed and in society's best interest. That's not an opinion, it's a fact. This is TD's stance and the owners of the site have no desire for their website to linked to any other crackpot agendas about this very real and serious topic.
    Stay on topic. If your feelings on the matter cannot be represented due to this stance, sorry, there are plenty of other sites for you to post those takes.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Unwinder in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    The worst thing about this pandemic has been figuring out how to work with, support, and love people in my life who I think are harmfully, passionately wrong about a life-or-death matter that affects others as well as themselves. People who I otherwise want to keep close in my life.
    Fortunately, Andrelton Simmons is not my mother-in-law, and he hasn't done anything for me lately.
    I support rewarding Maggi with a few months of major league paychecks for his good work, I support giving Gordon another shot, and I support shuffling things around in any way that will bring Miranda up.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    No, it doesn't. The first amendment is protection from the government restricting individual speech, not a private organization telling an employee/contractor "you're a pain in the ass and bad at your job, now get lost".
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to gunnarthor in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    First amendment has nothing to do with his future with the Twins.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    Well, there comes a point where headaches no longer become worth it. Simmons, with his anti-vax stance, sidelined a significant portion of the team when the Twins were still in contention for the season. The wheels completely came off after that point and Simmons has been a terrible baseball player as it unraveled.
    There's nothing wrong with letting "you're a pain in the ass and have been a negative influence on the team and season" factor into the decision whether to release a bad baseball player. This front office prioritizes character and frankly, benching a portion of the roster because a player doesn't believe in science and other things way above his pay grade to the detriment of the rest of the team is a slight on his character.
    But for the record, I'd be very wary of firing someone ONLY for refusing the vaccine.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to SotaSports in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    I can appreciate the intent of this article - seemingly just to give you whatever thought process may develop.
    I thought it was such an interesting situation when Simmons hit the team with Covid, because at the time it was believed his production would be mostly irreplaceable. If he were to infect everyone at a time that we were still trying to contend (and his production was this bad), I think he'd be gone (trying to convey a hypothetical, hope it worked).
    On a serious note, I think it's ridiculous to say that athletes (or anyone) can't have an opinion and voice it like the rest of us (even though Simmons opinion here, and that of others of similar mind, is absolutely bat**** and dangerous).
    Get your dang vaccine and stop endangering others with selfishness (goes for everyone, seriously!)
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to mikelink45 in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    Athletes are too prevalent in press and public - not only should every person be vaccinated, but athletes should help set the standard.  Good thoughtful article. 
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to PopRiveter in Andrelton Simmons Isn’t Good Enough to Get Away with This   
    There is a total “boy who cried wolf” effect when RandballStu posts something. I buckle up for a good laugh and the journalist accuracy of an Onion article. As I read this, I kept thinking, it just feels too plausible this time. Not quite ridiculous enough, so I checked Simmon’s twitter. 
    Holy mackerel. (Jaw agape)
    Have all RandballStu articles been true, fair and accurate this whole time?
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Dantes929 in Game Recap: Twins 6, Rangers 5   
    Who has said that and why I wonder.   8.5 SO/9.   2.73 ERA in his career in 129 innings..  Tonight he gave up a walk and a double but didn't let them score.     I'm not saying he's great but major leaguers do give up runs.   This year he has 1 bad outing in a blow out loss.   That's it, against 8 good outings.   
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Dantes929 in Game Recap: Twins 6, Rangers 5   
    I am probably alone in seeing more positives here.   Twins can't win all their games by 5 or more.    They haven't just been losing games late because of bad relief pitching.  They have also lost because of bad fielding and not adding runs on late.      I had a great high school coach that used to say you don't learn much in blow out wins and blowout losses.   Its the close games, win or lose, that test you and help you figure out how to play in those games.  .   The Twins need to have close games to figure out how to win close games.    Give credit to Duffy for limiting one run in the 8th.  Give credit to Rogers for closing out the game despite the error and despite bending with the two run homer.  Give credit to Polanco for driving in the much needed insurance run.  I've seen the Twins fans be down on the pen before many times and then certain guys step up and right the ship.     Winning a close game is more important to this team right now than winning a game by 5.  Just my opinion.  
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Cap'n Piranha in Game Recap: Twins 6, Rangers 5   
    For those keeping score, Eddie Rosario is costing the Indians $8M this year.  He currently has a .603 OPS on a .267 OBP and .337 SLG, with a 68 wRC+.  He makes hard contact less than a third of the time, and is still swinging at 42% of pitches outside of the zone, all while being a negative defensively.  I think we made the right decision to go to Kiriloff/Arraez.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to flpmagikat in Game Recap: Twins 6, Rangers 5   
    He hasn't been the same since he became the mlbpa rep
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to kenbuddha in A rant   
    In general using Cy Young and Nolan Ryan to make a point doesn't equate to a good argument. You might as well ask the question, why can't the average pitcher today be as good as the greatest pitchers that ever threw. They're in the HOF for a reason, they were better than everyone else in all aspects (quality and quantity).
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Brock Beauchamp in A rant   
    That's exactly what teams are trying to figure out now.
    To boil it down to a simple question with a pitcher we know, this is the crux:

    "What is more valuable to a team, 140 IP of 3.8 ERA Jake Odorizzi or 180 IP of 4.2 ERA Jake Odorizzi?"
    And there's a ton of questions within that question that need to be answered to come up with a real answer:
    - What are the odds of health at 140 IP vs 180 IP?
    - How good is your bullpen at filling that 40 IP?
    - How deep is said bullpen to cover multiple pitchers doing this?
    - From 140-180 IP, is Odorizzi a 4.6 ERA pitcher or a 4.9 ERA pitcher? Or other?
    Baseball teams haven't solved every one of those questions and the answers change every season but today's MLB front offices are a lot better at asking the right questions (and coming close to the right answer) than front offices of the past.
    One of the things that really irks me about fandom (and society in general, really) is that people assume things that don't make sense to them are due to professional incompetence. If someone is a professional doing their job, some level of competence should be assumed or else they probably wouldn't have that job. Because it doesn't make sense to a layman at a glance does not invalidate the work of professionals paid to do something for a living.
    In short, pitchers don't pitch less because they're soft and/or front offices are stupid. There are underlying reasons for this backed up by data and baseball knowledge; we can and should examine the reasoning behind that and critique it but most layman don't even ask the right questions (because that's hard), much less have the right answers (wrong answers are easy).
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Mike Sixel in A rant   
    When things go well, Baldelli didn't matter? But now, a week or two in, he does? Seems convenient when trying to make a point about him.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Brock Beauchamp in A rant   
    There's a lot of things in play there. We can start with survivor bias. In the past, pitchers either retired or were forced out baseball due to ineffectiveness because TJ wasn't an option. We look at those who remained but the reality is that they had durable enough arms to stay in baseball while the rest faded into obscurity. Are players getting injured more often or did you just forget about all those pitchers that threw 91 one day, felt a twinge, then couldn't throw faster than 85mph and were out of baseball in a year?
    Velocity is really hard on the body. If you go back just 20 years, how many starters regularly threw over 95mph? Four? Six? Not many. Today, a large chunk of starters regularly throw that hard and without looking into it, I'd say no less than half of all relievers throw that hard. As we approach maximum velocity allowed by the human body, each additional tick on the velo chart requires exponential (or something close to it) stress to get there. To add 1% more velocity, it requires a lot more than 1% more effort.
    Past lineups sucked. Anyone who watched in the 70s/80s and accurately remembers what baseball looked like at the time knows that the back half of a lineup was laughable. Pitchers like Blyleven, while great arms, could basically coast through at least 1/3rd of a baseball lineup without trying very hard. After all, Mario Mendoza accumulated nearly 1500 career PAs and his performance, while a humorous thing to chuckle about today, wasn't entirely out of the ordinary for the time. Just look at the sad sacks Gardenhire was putting in the two slot on 90-win teams for pretty much all of the 2000s. And it was a lot worse in the 70s/80s.
    It takes more pitches to retire a single batter in today's game. It took a long time to get here but every MLB team now realizes the importance of plate discipline, waiting for the right pitch, and taking a walk if that pitch isn't offered. When is the last time you saw a seven pitch inning from a pitcher? It's a rarity today but was quite common in the past, particularly from the best pitchers. More pitches per batter means fewer innings pitched.
    I could go on for awhile this way but I'm sure you get the point. The game is simply more competitive, more rigorous, and more exhausting for pitchers than it was in the past and given the huge financial investment and ensuing risk aversion that goes along with the modern game, teams are more cautious with their players than they once were.
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    woolywoolhouse reacted to Tom Froemming in A rant   
    If you're not satisfied with what Byron Buxton has provided so far there's basically no satisfying you.
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