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    Teflon got a reaction from Squirrel in Saddest sports city   
    Being the worst sports "city" should be a blessing for sports blogs, though, right? A  cornucopea of content from the discontented.
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    Teflon got a reaction from glunn in Saddest sports city   
    Being the worst sports "city" should be a blessing for sports blogs, though, right? A  cornucopea of content from the discontented.
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    Teflon reacted to Squirrel in Saddest sports city   
    The Lynx won the championship in 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017 ... so, no, it hasn't been since 1991.
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    Teflon reacted to yeahyabetcha in NIck Gordon Sent to AAA - Is He a Long Term Player?   
    Has Gordon played any SS since being called up?   I don’t recall.  That would be the main reason.
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    Teflon reacted to IndianaTwin in Who Owned Whom? Notable Opposing Players Versus Twins Greats   
    So from what I can tell, if you take out the stats against Tanana, Kusick’s .235/.342/.392 goes to .230/.334/<=.382. I didn’t track down all of his at bats, so I treated the 12 non-homers as singles. If some of them were extra bases, his slugging percentage is even lower. 
    I’ve never looked at this, but it has to be pretty rare for someone with that many plate appearances to have their stats affected in such a positive way by hitting against a particular pitcher, particularly a good one like Tanana. 
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    Teflon got a reaction from mikelink45 in Developing players   
    Even if the Twins were to suddenly reach an Astros-like competence in player development by Tuesday, the front office's derailed build-from-the-draft strategy will take how many more seasons now? 
     
    For at least two good reasons, the Twins should be doing everything possible to win in 2019 - not 2022. 1 - The AL Central is pure crap at the moment and the Twins get 76 games against it. 2-  If ticket sales drop any more, the Twins will start ripping out seats from the upper deck like Cleveland.
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    Teflon got a reaction from Miles Death in Game Length Isn't the Reason for the Decline in Attendance   
    The advanced analytics that have led teams to limit pitchers' exposure in games and employ stifling defensive shifts have, in turn, led to batters increasing launch angles in attempts to to maximize their declining contact. While these may be effective measures / counter measures to optimize for wins, they do not optimize for entertainment value. Quite the opposite. At-bats become bloated with more pitches. Fewer at-bats result in the ball being put in play, and so on and so on.
     
    It's time for there to be some measures to save baseball from itself. Why not a rule that two infield defenders have to be stationed on each side of 2B at all times? Football mandates 7 men on the line of scrimmage and basketball prohibits defenders camping inside the lane. Why should baseball NOT have positioning rules to maintain similar balances between offense and defense in THEIR games?
     
    Baseball has also demonstrated that the ever increasing number of pitchers on a staff has to be limited to something like 10. That would cut down the number of pitching moves managers could make, would force pitchers to pitch to more batters, (could potentially lessen arm injuries as pitchers pace themselves once more), would lead to fewer pitches per at-bat, would remove the worst pitchers in the league, would add more bench batters to negate righty-lefty pitching changes, ultimately lead to more balls put in play - all good things. Restrictions would need to be put in place to keep teams from running an underground railroad of fresh pitchers back and forth to the minors - exposing a player to waivers if he's had more than X number of call-ups and demotions in a year would seem to solve that.
     
    These are both simple changes that don't alter the fundamentals of the game a bit. Just the aesthetics.  I get that for the 30 GMs and Managers an unwatchable win is a preferred outcome to an entertaining loss - but the capital they need to operate flows through the fans, and if the fans go way - what was the point?
     
     
     
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    Teflon reacted to djvang in Twins Games Don't Just SEEM Long...   
    The Twins could knock 15 minutes off each game by starting Mauer and Grossman out with 3-2 counts since that's where they always end up anyway.
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    Teflon reacted to ashbury in The Politics of the New Minnesota Twins   
    When I play Out Of The Park baseball on my laptop, I join a team as GM the day after the World Series, and in the first day I trade away ALL the aging and overpriced talent and bring in younger players with promise. I have this sneaking hunch, though, that it's not quite as simple as this, in the real world.
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    Teflon got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon in Ranking: Methods of Speeding Up Baseball   
    I believe that great fielding plays made by the hometown ballboy or ballgirl should be counted as outs at the umpire's discretion and scored U-2.
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    Teflon got a reaction from Jon Marthaler in Ranking: Methods of Speeding Up Baseball   
    I believe that great fielding plays made by the hometown ballboy or ballgirl should be counted as outs at the umpire's discretion and scored U-2.
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    Teflon got a reaction from Platoon in The Path To A Competent Rotation: A Shorter Trip Than You May Think   
    I don't think the Twins are done with Murphy either and I believe Falvey and Levine signed Castro for exactly the reasons you highlighted. On to shortstop!
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    Teflon got a reaction from Platoon in Is Paul Molitor Defensible For The Twins?   
    Tom Thibodeau spent his year away from coaching traveling around the league observing a dozen other NBA franchises in operation and teaching himself new ways to build, prepare, and coach his team.
     
    The Twins new front office should consider that Ron Gardenhire may have had a similar chance to reinvent himself in his time away.
     
    http://stmedia.startribune.com/images/564*328/16twin021613gal.jpg
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    Teflon got a reaction from Winston Smith in Twins Player Development is Very, Very Bad.   
    Tampa Bay might fit that assessment, but If you look at the offset win totals for teams (1997 -2012, assuming an average of three years between drafting and getting a prospect to the majors) Atlanta is second in total wins but also second on the list in the ROY metric.  Oakland is 6th in wins over that period and 3rd on the list. Boston is third in total wins and 6th . Minnesota ranked 15th in wins over that period. If draft position was a factor, they should be middle of the road, not last.
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    Teflon got a reaction from d-mac in Twins Player Development is Very, Very Bad.   
    Tampa Bay might fit that assessment, but If you look at the offset win totals for teams (1997 -2012, assuming an average of three years between drafting and getting a prospect to the majors) Atlanta is second in total wins but also second on the list in the ROY metric.  Oakland is 6th in wins over that period and 3rd on the list. Boston is third in total wins and 6th . Minnesota ranked 15th in wins over that period. If draft position was a factor, they should be middle of the road, not last.
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    Teflon reacted to David HK in 1987 Gladden Trade   
    Living in the Cities then, after years of following from the plains of ND, I was so incredibly excited that year, and really gassed at that particular trade.  Even in the dark days of 82, and the tease of 84, you could see it coming with that group of kids, and then veteran pieces added, like Gladden, Reardon, and the return of Bert- it was a great mix.  
    I remember the ads posted on the Strib news boxes- pic of Kirby with a caption "How the West is Won"  I thought, walking around town, 'damn straight, here we come.'  
    That was a magical year.
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    Teflon got a reaction from gagu in Twins: Why We Should Say Goodbye to Mauer   
    People - baseball contracts are guaranteed. This is a pointless topic unless you have a time machine - and then only pertinent if you've exhausted all the other time-machine related quests like killing Hitler and buying up Apple stock.
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    Teflon got a reaction from Twins and Losses in Bat Flips: More Controversial Than PEDs and The Wave?   
    I also think middle infielders should get to yank out second base and spike it every time they turn a double play. That would be cool.
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    Teflon got a reaction from James in Be careful what you wish for...   
    The Twins smallest payroll since moving to Target Field is 25% in excess of what they spent their last season in the Dome and their average salary since moving to Target Field is 45% higher.
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    Teflon got a reaction from Richie the Rally Goat in Be careful what you wish for...   
    If the Pohlads truly treated this as a business as you wrote, wouldn't they have been more active in changing managers in a sport where that is a normal course of action? Instead, they gave both Tom Kelly and Ron Gardenhire the managerial latitude to each lose 90 games 4 years in a row - something accomplished only twice in the rest of baseball history. (And one of those other managers actually owned the team.) Also, if they were so concerned with saving money, dismissing Gardenhire with a year left on his contract doesn't make much sense since they now have to eat that money.
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    Teflon got a reaction from Platoon in Be careful what you wish for...   
    If the Pohlads truly treated this as a business as you wrote, wouldn't they have been more active in changing managers in a sport where that is a normal course of action? Instead, they gave both Tom Kelly and Ron Gardenhire the managerial latitude to each lose 90 games 4 years in a row - something accomplished only twice in the rest of baseball history. (And one of those other managers actually owned the team.) Also, if they were so concerned with saving money, dismissing Gardenhire with a year left on his contract doesn't make much sense since they now have to eat that money.
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