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    shimrod got a reaction from roger in Game Recap: Cleveland 5, Twins 3   
    Sano has looked great - today 4 Ks. 
    By the time I got home from work they were in extras - so I only saw one Sano AB. The second strike (called) was both low and outside and it wasn't even close. The third strike (swinging) was also low and outside but hell, if the ump called the first one a strike who's to know the second won't be as well? No player in the league could do anything productive with either of those pitches. The umpires are either crooked or incompetent (and I'm not ruling out "both"). The electronic strike zone can't arrive soon enough. 
    Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if the umpires are opposing the electronic strike zone due to the impact it would have on their off-the-books income. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from Aerodeliria in Game Recap: Cleveland 5, Twins 3   
    Sano has looked great - today 4 Ks. 
    By the time I got home from work they were in extras - so I only saw one Sano AB. The second strike (called) was both low and outside and it wasn't even close. The third strike (swinging) was also low and outside but hell, if the ump called the first one a strike who's to know the second won't be as well? No player in the league could do anything productive with either of those pitches. The umpires are either crooked or incompetent (and I'm not ruling out "both"). The electronic strike zone can't arrive soon enough. 
    Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if the umpires are opposing the electronic strike zone due to the impact it would have on their off-the-books income. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from adjacent in Game Recap: Cleveland 5, Twins 3   
    Sano has looked great - today 4 Ks. 
    By the time I got home from work they were in extras - so I only saw one Sano AB. The second strike (called) was both low and outside and it wasn't even close. The third strike (swinging) was also low and outside but hell, if the ump called the first one a strike who's to know the second won't be as well? No player in the league could do anything productive with either of those pitches. The umpires are either crooked or incompetent (and I'm not ruling out "both"). The electronic strike zone can't arrive soon enough. 
    Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if the umpires are opposing the electronic strike zone due to the impact it would have on their off-the-books income. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from bighat in Game Recap: Cleveland 5, Twins 3   
    Sano has looked great - today 4 Ks. 
    By the time I got home from work they were in extras - so I only saw one Sano AB. The second strike (called) was both low and outside and it wasn't even close. The third strike (swinging) was also low and outside but hell, if the ump called the first one a strike who's to know the second won't be as well? No player in the league could do anything productive with either of those pitches. The umpires are either crooked or incompetent (and I'm not ruling out "both"). The electronic strike zone can't arrive soon enough. 
    Frankly, I wouldn't be surprised if the umpires are opposing the electronic strike zone due to the impact it would have on their off-the-books income. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from PDX Twin in Game Recap: Athletics 6, Twins 1   
    Wasn't able to watch the game last night, but it sounds as though they played the same game(s) I watched last week so I guess I didn't miss anything. Looking for a silver lining here....Can we credit this team for at least being consistent?
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    shimrod got a reaction from D.C Twins in Game Recap: Athletics 6, Twins 1   
    Wasn't able to watch the game last night, but it sounds as though they played the same game(s) I watched last week so I guess I didn't miss anything. Looking for a silver lining here....Can we credit this team for at least being consistent?
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    shimrod got a reaction from operation mindcrime in Game Recap: Athletics 6, Twins 1   
    Wasn't able to watch the game last night, but it sounds as though they played the same game(s) I watched last week so I guess I didn't miss anything. Looking for a silver lining here....Can we credit this team for at least being consistent?
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    shimrod reacted to Aerodeliria in Game Recap: Athletics 6, Twins 1   
    It was easy to laugh about some of those Twins' teams in the past because we knew they were bad and everyone predicted they would be bad. This team was supposed to be a division winner or at the very least a wildcard team and yet, they don't play fundamentally sound baseball, which aggravates the level of exasperation. They've frequently made mental as well as physical errors in the field and on the base paths. The mentality of the pitching staff is troubling. How can all of these pitchers be having their worst seasons simultaneously? Opportune hitting has been non-existent. Maybe too many players trying to be home run heroes? (I was stunned in yesterday's game when Donaldson rolled one through the right side of the infield to drive in two runs because it seemed like the first time that someone had done anything like that in a month.) There must be internal issues that need some resolution. The team, on paper, is not this inept.  Someone mentioned that this team will win again this year, but when? I would have said this weekend if the Twins had scratched out even one win against the Pale Hose, but I would not bet on the Twins in either of the next two games.
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    shimrod got a reaction from Heiny in 5 Players the Twins Can Deal Before the Trade Deadline   
    I'll go with all of the above. See what we can get for Falvey and Rocco while we're at it. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from DocBauer in In Defense of La Tortuga   
    I like watching La Tortuga play, but it's frustrating to see his bat-to-ball talent and think what a productive hitter he could be with a smidgeon more discrimination at the plate. 
     
     
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    shimrod got a reaction from mikelink45 in In Defense of La Tortuga   
    I like watching La Tortuga play, but it's frustrating to see his bat-to-ball talent and think what a productive hitter he could be with a smidgeon more discrimination at the plate. 
     
     
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    shimrod got a reaction from Danchat in Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield and Wallner Shine   
    "...were two for thirteen with runners in scoring position."
     
    Still a little high. Get that down to 0 for 13 and they'll be ready to fit in with the big club. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield and Wallner Shine   
    "...were two for thirteen with runners in scoring position."
     
    Still a little high. Get that down to 0 for 13 and they'll be ready to fit in with the big club. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from wavedog in Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield and Wallner Shine   
    "...were two for thirteen with runners in scoring position."
     
    Still a little high. Get that down to 0 for 13 and they'll be ready to fit in with the big club. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield and Wallner Shine   
    "...were two for thirteen with runners in scoring position."
     
    Still a little high. Get that down to 0 for 13 and they'll be ready to fit in with the big club. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield and Wallner Shine   
    "...were two for thirteen with runners in scoring position."
     
    Still a little high. Get that down to 0 for 13 and they'll be ready to fit in with the big club. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from h2oface in Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Dobnak Day, Whitefield and Wallner Shine   
    "...were two for thirteen with runners in scoring position."
     
    Still a little high. Get that down to 0 for 13 and they'll be ready to fit in with the big club. 
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    shimrod reacted to jkcarew in Game Recap: Cleveland 7, Twins 4   
    It so easy to manage when your club is hitting 307 home runs. Beginning last year, Rocco actually had to start the process of learning how to manage in the majors. It hasn’t really gone well. He’s gone from anything works to nothing works. Most of this predicament is on the players (and FO). But, Rocco...oh my!
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    shimrod reacted to PDX Twin in Game Recap: Cleveland 7, Twins 4   
    But, but, but ,,, we had such great exit velocity!
     
    Maybe this team is built to maximize "advanced statistics" but not to win baseball games? 
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    shimrod reacted to bighat in Game Recap: Pirates 6, Twins 2   
    Bloggers and Tweeters keep telling us that "It all evens out" - no, it doesn't. There is a reason some teams are 100-62, and other teams are 62-100.
     
    The bullpen, fundamental defense, and offense have been godawful. If things continue the way they are going, the Twins won't even come close to making the playoffs - in fact they will field one of the worst MN teams in years.
     
    Bloggers and Tweeters can dig around and find obscure stats that the Twins are excelling in (ie: from the 3rd-5th innings their XFIP + BABIP x WAR Squared is ranked 14th in baseball). Means nothing. I mean, I can probably find something positive about the Ice Capades but it doesn't mean it's a good production.
     
    Five games is a small sample size. 20 games is not. This team is getting smoked by good teams and is barely able to compete with bad ones. They are vastly underperforming and deserve all the criticism they've been getting and then some.
     
     
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    shimrod reacted to Aggies7 in Game Recap: Pirates 6, Twins 2   
    was james rowson the greatest hitting coach of all time or what?
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    shimrod got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Game Recap: Twins 2, Pirates 0   
    "Was I the only one expecting Rocco to pull Happ after 5 innings?"
     
    No.
     
    He's supposed to be a smart guy - if he can learn from his mistakes and repeat them less he could be fine.  I've been critical of him; he's formulaic and with the recent troubles it appeared he was flailing as much as the players. Still, he's a relatively inexperienced manager. His first year the bats exploded and he was probably thinking the job isn't that hard. Last year was a cluster for everyone, hard to conclude anything. This year we'll find out what he's made of. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from papabobnd in What was Rocco Baldelli Thinking?!   
    "Baldelli is still the best manager for this ballclub..."
     
    I saw no justification for this statement. Why? Because he's the guy under contract? I want his job. He gets the credit for success and every failure is someone else's fault. 
     
    Rocco was touted as a genius from the day he was hired. It's time to earn the accolades by turning this club around, pronto. 
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    shimrod got a reaction from Heiny in What was Rocco Baldelli Thinking?!   
    "You only have to read a few posts up to see he gets little credit for the last two years....somehow. Really, all I see on this board is that the players won the last two years, despite Rocco, so I don't know what you are reading....."
     
    There are plenty of posters who say Rocco either was dealt a bad hand or isn't responsible. "MLB players need to hit and make plays - the manager doesn't hit or field" condenses the sentiment. Those are the folks I was responding to. 
     
    If you manage people - not just baseball, but if you've ever supervised employees - you know you're responsible for the results. You can't point at the folks who work for you and pass the blame. You're getting paid to get them to do the job properly. It doesn't matter why they're failing - poor training, poor attitudes, poor working conditions - it's on you to make it work. Right now it's not working and it aggravates me when I read posts absolving Rocco of most or all of the blame. Yes, there are plenty of people criticizing the manager right now. I was addressing the others. 
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    shimrod reacted to ashbury in Here Come the First-Rounders   
    Prepare for another shocker.
     
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