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  1. Prielipp too hign, Varland and Wallner too low.  The last ten are just names to me.  And the second 10 are really a lot of disappointments and question marks. Truly a list that lacks what we are used to, but hopefully they will light things up and suddenly grab attention.  Balazovic is the biggest disappointment on the list along with Sabato ranking so low on a list that has so many unknowns.

  2. I like where you are going, but I have to say I tuned out the all-star team a decade ago.  In the old days of Ted Williams and Willie Mays they played the game to win and it had some classic moments.  Now we just have a turnstile that puts players in and out so they can get their tv moments and when the game is decided it is not the starters but the extras that are on the field.

    If you want a skills contest put a bucket in RF/LF/CF.  Each batter gets six attempts to hit to the bucket - the one that gets the closest to each in the winner.  

    The problem with other skills, like fielding and pitching is the chance for injury and no one wants to lose a player from an all-star injury.  

  3. Jorge Polanco - 273/333/446 14.2 WAR 7.7 WPA

    Max Kepler - 234/320/436 16.4 WAR 3.1 WPA

    Miguel Sano - 234/326/483 8 WAR 2.1 WPA

    Max and Miguel are pretty closely matched until fielding enters the WAR calculation. Over their career Jorge has averaged 2 WAR, Max a little more and Miguel has been a replacement player.

    I had to look at more that HRs since that is not my favorite stat.

    The reality is that we can package all three in a big trade and have someone ready to take their positions while we use a new and good SP. 

  4. I thought it would be interesting to see how other teams rank in drafting, but could not access what I wanted.  
    Here is a bleacher report that ranks the last 15 drafts : This is the caveat for the grading of the drafts - "Rather than simply listing every first-round selection, I’ve included only those players who enjoyed—or are in the midst of—a notable big-league career."

    With that in mind, the Twins had five first rounders in 15 drafts that have made an impact - Joe Mauer 2001, Buxton 2012, Hicks 2005, Revere 2007 and Garza 2005.  

  5. I really liked this article and your analysis.  I have long thought Enlow was not qualified for our top prospect ratings and you seem to confirm that for me.  I also hated the Sabato pick.  Do we need a new Sano? 

    Jeffers can still come around, Larnach keeps working and can be an acceptable part of the line-up. Leach is a complete miss. 

    Wallner feels like he could surprise and do what Sabato was expected to do.

    This is not a very impressive showing for the FO, but I think it is accurate.  

    I am really sorry we traded Petty, but if Gray can stay healthy it is an okay trade. 

  6. The White Sox are still dealing. Kimbrel for Pollock.  And as Twins fans everyone wants to downgrade the Sox.  Don't do it.  They have a lineup that can match ours, pitching in both the rotation and pen that surpasses ours and I think they are driven to win it this year.  So the numbers are too low and they will win 95. 

    The next four are more of a toss up, but I like Detroit.  Their pitching has been maturing and their rookies are stepping in at the right time.  I put them second. 

    Sentiment makes me put the Twins third and KC seems like an obvious fifth.  The Guardians are really a puzzle.  The way they run their team makes me wonder if they ever really want to win.  (I know we got out FO from them).  No team in baseball has screwed up their OF like the Guardians and yet they have Terry Francona and the fact that we are not just ignoring them is because of his leadership. Put them down for fourth. 

  7. I will never lose my enthusiasm for the game - but I have lost my enthusiasm for the structure and leaders who are supposed to preserve the game.  Manfred is not the leader that is needed, but I do not know who is the right person to lead the players either.  I know there are owners, commissioner and staff, team front offices, coaches, players and prospects and agents.  Who has the real power, ultimately the owners, but in many ways the fans and the audiences on TV and radio.  We have no voice at the table, no one representing us.  

    Look at 1995 - a shortened season with 144 games.  And it was the first season with extra - Division Series - post season games!!!  Their best asset was the Cal Ripken streak.  Baseball always needs something that a player does to get fan interest which was low until Sosa - McGwire put Baseball interest back beyond the pre-strike levels. "1993 attendance for Major League Baseball was 70,257,938 (Grabiner 1998). In 1995, the year aRer the strike, attendance dropped to 50,464,275 (Grabiner 1998)" 

    I am reading a graduate research paper which includes this very interesting paragraph - "Some comments people had, were very interesting. One person who has been following baseball for fifty years and answered that another strike would lead him to stop spending completely commented that they should "dissolve the leagues and start over." Another comments "F'rior to the strikes of the past few years I used to go to a lot more games ... I have lost my enthusiasm for MLB, I now follow college and minor league baseball." A comment that I could relate to read "I was disappointed with the greed of the players during the strike. It is unfortunate that our society has come to this point.. ." A survey that 1 found very interesting came from a person who goes to 3-6 games a year. This persons answers indicated that the 1994 Major League Baseball Strike had no effect on their spending. This person did however say that another strike would lead them to stop spending on the sport completely."

    Another part of his conclusions (please read the whole report): "Not one person answered that the strike increased their loyalty to the game. This shows that the consumers do not find anything positive about the strike. It also shows that Major League Baseball should expect absolutely no positive outcomes from a strike concerning their customers. Only negative actions should be expected from consumers."

  8. 21 minutes ago, Karbo said:

    I think you have to also take into consideration the balls that are used. Todays baseballs are much different and changed out every time they hit the dirt. 

     

    15 hours ago, Old fox said:

    There are some other variables such the size of the ball park, indoors versus outdoor, the lighting of the park, prevailing winds, humidity, temperature, plus other variables. Thank you for bringing up Warren Spahn because he is the greatest and only 5’8” and his desire to succeed. 

    Ball parks in the 'old days" were also filled with quirks.  Mel Ott got his 511 HRs using a ridiculous short porch, but give him credit he made his swing do what he wanted it to (unlike our shift stifled lefthanders today).  There was the green monster in Boston,  Here is great look at ballpark history.  The fact that there is no standard stadium has always meant that teams had to orient their lineup to meet the stadium opportunities and yet the pitchers maneuvered through all the venues. 

  9. 19 minutes ago, Karbo said:

    I think you have to also take into consideration the balls that are used. Todays baseballs are much different and changed out every time they hit the dirt. 

    I think that changing balls so often is ridiculous - but the eras of Spahn and Radtke were not like the old Cy Young and Hoss Radburne days where a ball was used all nine innings. I do know there were rabbit ball years during Spahn's 21 years of pitching as well, but the Bomba year demonstrated how the ball can change the game.

  10. I really liked this look at historic 1B and how the Twins have used the position.  If we extend the list to Twins history Harmon Killebrew played 1B for 14 of his 21 seasons.   Bats R - throws R.  The trend did not start in the first two decades.  My eye test - back then both eyes worked - said Vic Power (3 years a Twin) was the best fielding and most fun of all the 1B - he was also R/R.  994 Fielding average, 7 gold gloves, 

    Thanks for your new era review!

  11. 1 hour ago, TopGunn#22 said:

    That Manager was Billy Martin, who gave the Twins baserunner's like Tovar and Carew the Green Light to work their magic.

    Martin was amazing - he did great for a short time everyplace he went - of course the players were burnt out when he left, but they had wonderful years until then.   19 years and 48 ejections.  The Twins won 97 games in his one year. 

  12. I loved Tovar, he brought so much to the game, he was a talented Arraez in his time.  So versatile and dependable.  I would have my second vote for Roy Smalley.  He has become an integral part of Twins lore and a great spokesman for the team.  What is interesting to me is whether the Twins will continue to do this every year or is there a cutoff where no one is truly deserving of the honor?

  13. How will this work?  Will you put up a topic or will the topics come from the posters? If I say, and believe, the baseball is sliding down to the level of hockey public support and interest does that constitute the beginning? I am really worried about our sport. I'm sitting in the Portland airport and just talked with Dave bartender here and his response when I said that I was looking forward to the world series tonight was "I do not interested in baseball anymore it's just the pitcher and the batter and nothing else counts. 

    Length of game lack of action, lack of drama, and people are leaving the sport that have watched it as a general interest viewing over the years. I know that baseball is trying to react, but it's too slow and the question is is it too late.  

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