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    Blake got a reaction from Dozier's Glorious Hair in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from KFEY93 in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from miracleb in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from Dakota Diver in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from Kelly Vance in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake reacted to bighat in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    So when I was fresh out of college, I got my first sports writing gig as the Sports Editor at a small, local weekly paper in the horsey suburbs of Orlando, Florida.
     
    It was 1999, I was 24 years old and I thought I'd hit the big time. It just so happened that my first week on the job, there was a big MLB dust-up regarding the umpire strike. I was young, watched ESPN all the time, and I figured it would be great for me to write a full-page opinion piece for the paper about this topic. After all, I was a big time sports writer now! I wanted my voice to be heard alongside the big name reporters and networks.
     
    As you can probably guess, absolutely nobody who read the local newspaper gave a rat's behind about my opinion. And my publisher chewed me out. Why? Because that was a national story and I was supposed to be reporting on hyper-local topics, like the local swim meets and park board meetings. If our readers wanted to read national news stories, they'd buy the USA Today and turn on the network news.
     
    I think you get where I'm going here, Nick: there are a million places we can go online to fight/squabble/preach/complain about the situation going on in Minneapolis and around the country. I'm not saying you don't have a right to voice your opinions here - it's your site, your choice, and in some ways the whole point of this topic is to make yourself heard. That said, we can find other places to go down this wormhole.
     
    Most of us come here to talk Twins, to talk baseball. And we are very loyal to this site because we LOVE the Twins discussion topics here. We have a very diverse set of political opinions here, but the cool thing is that we don't get into that on TD. We can all be on the same team - when we fight, it's about Eddie Rosario and where he should hit in the batting order, rather than about political stuff, which can run deep and hit some toxic levels on all sides.
     
    Just some food for thought.
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    Blake got a reaction from dcswede in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from jjswol in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from Mill1634 in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from spanman2 in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from sloopjont in Max Kepler and the Cost of Silence   
    Well, Twins Daily has had a nice run.
     
    I watch baseball, and hang out at Twins Daily, because I get enough political nonsense elsewhere.
     
    This isn't needed here, because there is enough politics on other sites throughout the web.
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    Blake got a reaction from Platoon in Get to know each other   
    Gunnarthor is referring to himself in the third person?
     
    You know who else did that? Herschel Walker.
     
    Gunnarthor is Herschel Walker!?!?
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    Blake reacted to JDubs in Wes Johnson Assigns Homework   
    It's Spring Break and this guy's doing homework?!? He everyone, check out the neeeerrrrrrrrrrddddd!
     
    (In all seriousness, this was pretty cool)
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    Blake reacted to Parker Hageman in Wes Johnson Assigns Homework   
    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson assigned homework to the local media this week.
     
    'I’ll challenge you with this, then,' he told no one specifically in the media scrum. 'Go back and watch what [Dakota] Chalmers did. He didn't throw one over 96. We've had a couple other guys hit 100. There's one big, distinct difference between those three guys. I'll let y'all find that one out.'
     
    Here’s what we found.First, some background.
     
    The “couple other guys” Johnson referenced were Jorge Alcala and Jhoan Duran. All three were optioned to the minor league side this week but all are highly touted arms in the organization. Chalmers, who was acquired in the Fernando Rodney trade in 2018, impressed in the Arizona Fall League. He flashed a mid-90s fastball and, what one American League scout told Baseball America, the best curveball in the fall league. He has swing-and-miss stuff, the critical lifeblood to becoming a successful modern pitcher. In 17.2 innings facing the game’s most promising prospects, Chalmers struck out 25. That said, he also walked 12 in that same time.
     
    Johnson referenced velocity when comparing Chalmers to Alcala and Duran. The latter two have seen their fastballs touch triple-digit territory while Chalmers has not. Johnson says there is a mechanical reason for this.
     
    Here are the three pitchers from their 2019 season:
     

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    Chalmers differs in his delivery in the use of his lower half, beginning with his feet. This is the critical component of a pitcher’s mechanics as pitchers who have the tendency to get to their toes limit their velocity ceilings. This is something that Jose Berrios' has wrestled with last season using quad-dominant mechanics. Johnson spoke extensively about the subject last spring, noting how having contact into the ground through the heel (but really the entire foot) aids in creating additional hip speed by engaging the gluteus muscle along with the quadriceps muscle.
     
    Here are shots of the pitchers’ feet. Notice that Chalmers’ foot is entirely on his toe while Alcala and Duran maintain more contact throughout. Chalmers gets quad dominant quickly. This leads to reduced hip speed which leads to lower peak velocity. Velocity, it is said, comes from the ground up.
     

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    More issues can spring from these mechanics. When using predominately the quad muscle, less velocity and more stress is put on the arm. It may be one of the reasons Chalmers required Tommy John surgery in April 2018 while with Oakland, placing additional strain on the UCL. Another factor is command. When rotating from a stable full-foot, there is consistency in the mechanics.
     
    The Twins aren’t guessing on all this either. Sure, they can look at the video or watch a bullpen session and see this happening, but with the various array technological devices at their disposal, they can break down exactly what these movements mean to the pitcher.
     
    Starting with the release and working backwards, the Twins have available to them the standard pitch flight data systems available, like Trackman and Rapsodo devices, which measure the velocity and spin rates. They can track release point consistency as well. They have a legion of Edgertronic cameras which isolate all or small portions of the delivery, including how the ball comes out of the hand. These programs have now been widely utilized throughout baseball. Even some high school programs have invested in that equipment.
     
    Here is where things start getting advanced. From the ground up, the Twins recently invested in Newtforce ground plates. These data-collect mounds allows the Twins to capture how much pressure and where during the delivery process it is being created or applied. They can tell a pitcher just how much force they are generating from their back leg. On the field, the Twins have a Simi Motion system installed at Target Field and now at Hammond Stadium. This system can feed the team’s analysts information on components like hip speed, the driving factor in velocity, or valgus stress applied on the elbow (which could be an indicator of potential injury risk).
     
    In short, the Twins are no longer just visually assessing pitchers and telling them to make changes. They come armed with more data than NASA.
     
    The Twins players themselves are not necessarily diving into all the data after every pitch or every outing. Taylor Rogers says that he does not look at the information unless a coach notices something is off. Others have used the numbers to improve. Trevor May spent last season adding to his velocity and cited hip speed as a factor. The key has been having a coaching staff and analytic department that has worked together to identify and deliver the message to the player in ways that can help them understand how it will help them on the field.
     
    The other aspect is implementing the plan that the Twins create for their pitchers. Chalmers, for example, could be told exactly what he needs to do -- i.e. stay in his heel more and engage his glute more -- and be on board with the plan, but that specific movement may require additional physical preparation on Chalmers’ part. A pitcher could lack some hip mobility that would restrict his movements. The Twins training staff assesses all their players to figure out how their bodies move and then creates a plan to help them reach optimal movements. Chalmers told Twins Daily’s Seth Stohs that he had spent the off-season working on strengthening his core and lower half to stabilize his delivery.
     
    Still, given Johnson’s quotes this spring, the Twins haven’t seen Chalmers incorporate those changes in his mechanics just yet. Furthermore, Chalmers will be on an innings restriction so his work this spring has been varied from that of Alcala and Duran. If he does, we may see an uptick in his velocity, command and health this season.
     
    When contemplating the immediate potential of the three arms just sent down to the minor league camp, Johnson says the Twins are looking for swing-and-misses to add to the big league staff. “Those are the guys that impact your bullpen. We don't need ground ball guys coming in out of the 'pen.”
     
    Swings and misses can come from breaking balls, such as on Chalmers’ impressive bender, but velocity always helps play it up. 96 is cool but 99 is really cool.
     
    While this is a story of just one minor league pitcher’s journey, the real takeaway is how impressive the Twins development system has become in a short period of time. With numerous tools and minds at their disposal, the Minnesota Twins could soon be a pitcher development factory unrivaled in the game.
     
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    Blake reacted to Cap'n Piranha in Major League Baseball Expected to Suspend Spring Training, Delay Season   
    Or it could be like China, which is now (if Chinese sources can be trusted, which I'll grant is a big if) in steep decline--only 24 new cases for the entirety of mainland China yesterday.  China had to keep things under lock for about 6 weeks to get this result, but it's a good result--80k total cases and 3.2k deaths; the US equivalent would be 19k cases and 760 deaths.  That would be a 0.005% chance of a US citizen being infected, or one out of every 17k people, and a mortality chance of 0.0002% (1 out of every 434k people).
     
    The coronavirus should certainly be taken seriously, and suspending sporting events is part of that, but from an infection/death standpoint, the coronavirus is likely to be of far less impact than the annual winter flu is every single year.
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    Blake reacted to DocBauer in Pick Your Pitcher: Who Should Get the Twins' 5th Rotation Spot?   
    I believe Thorpe is going to be part of the Twins rotation and fairly soon. I eliminate him from the #5 spot right now simply because I think he's too far behind with the time he missed.
     
    Love Smeltzer, his guts, his story, and I think he can be solid. A return to form by Chacin could be a huge steal. But I'm rooting for Dobnak. He's got a chance to be pretty good and around for a while. It would be nice if "a while" began now.
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    Blake reacted to sampleSizeOfOne in Spring Training game threads...   
    How long has it since the Twins won a ST game?
     
    How long has it been since we tried to have a game thread?
     
    Pure coincidence, i'm sure.
     
    But here is a thread what can serve as a game thread for those too lazy to start one.
     
    Right now St. Louis has them on the ropes 6-0...
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    Blake reacted to Seth Stohs in Twins 5, Tigers 1: Dobnak Dazzles, Gonzalez Debuts and More   
    Thorpe is back in camp, though he's clearly behind the competition for that spot at this point. 
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    Blake reacted to jimbo92107 in Twins 5, Tigers 1: Dobnak Dazzles, Gonzalez Debuts and More   
    I'm a big Dobsie fan. Downward plane, works fast, late break on his spinners, and built like a horse. But here's a key:
     
    "Dobnak is still working on things: “Today I was trying to get more depth on my slider. I've been working on that lately.” He added,“The changeup’s been working pretty well for me. Threw a few today that were pretty nice. I'm pleased with that. Next step will be the slider. Then I'll work on the sinker."
     
    Notice what's missing from his self-eval? Throwing strikes. Dobs is past that in his development. He's already got command of the zone; now he's working on how to exploit the zone with new tricks. To me, Dobnak is simply going to continue getting better. Might even wind up being an ace. 
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    Blake reacted to twinsnorth49 in In The Best Shape of Their Life!   
    Bi lateral leg weakness is no laughing matter Van, for shame my friend...
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    Blake reacted to Riverbrian in Comparing Kenta Maeda to the Free Agent Starters   
    The contract puts Maeda over the top.
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    Blake reacted to stringer bell in Rocco Baldelli and the Three-Batter Minimum   
    Using the rules as they existed last year, the Twins’ bullpen was very durable and more effective as the year progressed. I would expect Rocco to continue to make moves that keep everyone fresh. If the current bullpen stays healthy , they should be effective, no matter what rules are in place.
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    Blake reacted to Jimv in Spring Training Game Thread: Twins @ Rays 2/26/202020ad   
    Larnach has right shoulder soreness.  I haven't heard anyone express serious concerns, though.
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    Blake got a reaction from Sconnie in Spring Training Game Thread: Twins @ Rays 2/26/202020ad   
    I only noticed a few minutes ago.
     
    I blame the long and dreary winter and old age.
     
    Mostly winter, though.
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    Blake reacted to USAFChief in Spring Training Game Thread: Twins @ Rays 2/26/202020ad   
    that's how Bald Deli does it, yes.
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