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    laloesch got a reaction from Bandit34 in COVID-19 Threatening Baseball Next   
    A lot of this is media hype.  The very old folks are the ones succumbing to this virus.  Like 70+ year olds (not 50-60 year olds), but especially people that are immunocompromised. 
     
    Influenza A and B kill over 30,000 Americans a year with over 30 million contracting it from one year to the next.  Of that 490,0000 result in hospitalizations and 35,000 result in deaths.  COVID-19 IS nowhere near that level. 
     
    The CDC put out A LOT of bad data initially about COVID-19.  At first they were claiming 6-8% causalities were possible which is utterly absurd.  The most widely supported number now (compiled by actual medical professionals) is in the range of .75-1% which is bad but not a catastrophe.  In fact it will probably result in far few deaths than the swine flu outbreak a few years back.  
     
    It's kinda like the comparison of the 38,000 car accident fatalities in in USA to one passenger plane crash killing 350 people.  Neither scenario is good obviously, but the media is always going to hype up the plane crash because it's a plane, not typical.  Almost every medical professional I know is just rolling their eyes at this.  This is the first time a corona virus has circulated either, just so everyone is aware.
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    laloesch reacted to Cody Pirkl in We blew that   
    I agree, the organization shouldn't be blamed every time a player doesn't pan out. It happens all the time. Teams spend tons of time developing players but they're human beings, there's no process that you can put in place to make them successful 100% of the time. Arcia played for 4 teams in 2016 and flared out with every single one. Occam's Razor for me is that it's an issue with the player be that mental or physical rather than the organization. Some guys have all the physical tools and end up in baseball oblivion.
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    laloesch got a reaction from mikelink45 in We blew that   
    Not sure i agree on Oswaldo Arcia. I remember him very well in his time with the Twin and he was always a free swinging maniac. IMO he didn't make it as a Twin because of his crazy free swinging, high strikeout, low batting average performances year in and year out.
     
    His problem always stemmed back to never developing a good approach at the plate or an eye for pitches. You might be able to get away with that in the minors but not in the majors against elite pitching. I don't blame that entirely on the Twins. Some guys just don't have it and never make it in the big leagues. It is what it is i guess.
     
    The same might be true of Romero (let's hope not). It's hard to say if his struggles are the switch to being a reliever or him just throwing the ball and not developing an approach to pitching. Some guys are just all gas and no brains which would be unfortunate for him because he has good pure stuff.  
     
    Also illustrates the dangers of hanging on to EVERY prospect instead of making trades when other teams offer serviceable players for prospects who are still just prospects.
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    laloesch reacted to High heat in We blew that   
    baseball is all about adjustments, some guys can make them and make them quickly and some are one trick ponies.  Oswaldo Arcia could crush low pitches, because he dropped his hands and hip.  There was tons of these power hitters in the league and coming up through teams systems.  Pitcher figured out high fastballs and breaking balls away and in the dirt.  Coudnt adjust his swing to catch up to the high heat so he hurried it and was susceptible to the breaking ball.  Very similar to Sano in early 2019.  Sano adjusted hand placement mid season and mashed!!!!!  Arcia never could adjust.
     
    Putting a 280lbs infielder who never played any OF with limited ST time to practice in RF was a terrible idea and a terrible position to put Sano in.
     
    Romero had a ton of late life on his fastball and a very nice slider. Control was always an issue. Not sure if he was trying something different mechanically that just didn't work or an injury or just lost his delivery.  The twins kept him on the 40 so he will have a decent shot to make the team if he has the stuff back and some control. Not completely lost yet but guys out of options with stuff like that are going to stick in your system if you cant keep them on your roster.
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    laloesch reacted to Cody Pirkl in We blew that   
    Fernando Romero seems like a guy who just throws instead of pitches. It's not often that you see a young promising guy's walk rate increase like his has as he developed. I also don't really understand why they've got him throwing a sinker that he can't control. I remember watching him pitch this year and he was throwing 96 with life but it was in the bottom of the zone where guys were just dropping the barrel and hitting lazers. 
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    laloesch got a reaction from Dman in Plan B: Dallas Keuchel and Josh Donaldson   
    Why not? Because you can't win the world series with one player. If the Twins swooped in and offered 35-42 million for 8-10 year to beat the Yankees upcoming offer of 280-300 million they would be Cole poor, kinda like House Poor.   
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    laloesch got a reaction from howieramone2 in Plan B: Dallas Keuchel and Josh Donaldson   
    Why not? Because you can't win the world series with one player. If the Twins swooped in and offered 35-42 million for 8-10 year to beat the Yankees upcoming offer of 280-300 million they would be Cole poor, kinda like House Poor.   
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    laloesch got a reaction from jud6312 in Olney: Phillies Front Runner For Wheeler, Twins Not Mentioned   
    It's not going to happen. They will not sign any of the front line starters available this offseason and they won't make any trades for anything good either. When have they done otherwise? Jack Morris? That was 20+ years ago. Typical Twins. Maybe next year.
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    laloesch got a reaction from dgwills in Pineda and the PED Stupidity   
    I don't understand the commentary in this thread. Diuretics are not weight loss pills. Period.
     
    An athlete in the MLB, the NFL, NBA, NHL taking a diuretic is not trying to lose weight but trying to cover up something else they've been taking. Diuretics cause excessive urination and purging of fluids from ones system which no professional athlete in their right mind would subject their body too.  
     
    This whole debate is phony baloney. The guy was likely cheating and taking something else. Diuretics are in fact quite dangerous and are typically taken by people with edema (excessive fluids) due to liver failure, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, etc. 
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    laloesch got a reaction from MMMordabito in Pineda and the PED Stupidity   
    I don't understand the commentary in this thread. Diuretics are not weight loss pills. Period.
     
    An athlete in the MLB, the NFL, NBA, NHL taking a diuretic is not trying to lose weight but trying to cover up something else they've been taking. Diuretics cause excessive urination and purging of fluids from ones system which no professional athlete in their right mind would subject their body too.  
     
    This whole debate is phony baloney. The guy was likely cheating and taking something else. Diuretics are in fact quite dangerous and are typically taken by people with edema (excessive fluids) due to liver failure, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, etc. 
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    laloesch reacted to Ted Schwerzler in Pineda and the PED Stupidity   
    He took a masking agent, and believing it was for the reason he suggested seems thick to me. The ONLY reason you don’t run that by the Twins staff is because you don’t want the answer.
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    laloesch got a reaction from jz7233 in Clearing space - decisions about pitchers   
    I'd like to see more of Thorpe and Smeltzer in Gibson's absense possibly Perez slot too if he continues to falter.
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    laloesch got a reaction from mikelink45 in Clearing space - decisions about pitchers   
    I'd like to see more of Thorpe and Smeltzer in Gibson's absense possibly Perez slot too if he continues to falter.
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    laloesch got a reaction from nclahammer in Rebuilding? Really?   
    It's hard not to be bummed with this lineup but these war rankings were absolutely damning evidence of what needs to be done to get moving in the right direction and the list seems long.
      
    Key observations based on your war ratings.
     
    1. Our bullpen is bad. Tyler Duffey, Alan Busenitz, Matt Magill and John Curtiss left a lot to be desired. How Jake Reed was once again not called up last season with as bad as the BP was is anyone's guess.
     
    I find it puzzling that the FO did so little to try and stabilize the BP situation when it became apparent how bad they really were. I also think that Molitor made a bad situation worse with his mishandling of the pen. That said, it's hard to work with junk and some of the failure falls on the pitching coaches, BUT Paul's usage of BP guys was head scratching at best.
     
    The Twins HAVE to upgrade the pen in order to have a shot at competing in 2019 if you ask me.
     
    2. No doubt the Catcher position was a weakness on this team but it was probably the least of our problems. Jason Castro being down for almost the entire season certainly hurt, but let's not get carried away. I've never been overly impressed with Castro. I did like what Garver was able to do in limited at-bats down the stretch and the games he caught. Astudillo also provided some interesting moments as well but the Twins could and probably should be looking to upgrade at catcher if possible in my humble opinion. That said, I would still like to see what Garver can do with more playing time and experience.    
     
    3. DH. This one really hurts. Logan Morrison was an absolute disaster last season and no-one stepped up and picked up the slack. This guy finished his Twins career with a .186 BA! It doesn't get much worse then that. I had hoped at some point that Vargas would figure things out and develop offensive consistency at the MLB level but we've been wishing that for several seasons and it never happened. An upgrade is definitely needed at DH although it's possible Tyler Austin sees time there.  There's also a good chance that Sano ends up at DH in a few years but probably not next season.
     
    4.  3rd base and CF. Look i know everyone wants to keep the faith with Sano and Buxton but the fact is these two were perhaps the biggest disappointments in all of baseball last season. Sano once again showed up at spring training out of shape but even more disappointing & disturbing was his complete lack of plate discipline a regression from his previous season.
     
    Likewise Buxton was wildly inconsistent at the plate and despite all his defensive heroics was not able to overcome a disastrous start to the season and finished -0.6 war. Fortunately Jake Cave stabilized CF after Buxton went down to Rochester but that's not a permanent solution. These two (Sano & Buxton) HAVE to come back with a vengeance next season or the Twins will be forced into Plan B at some point which likely leads to MORE years of mediocrity and misery for the fan base.  
     
    5. 2nd base. Brian Dozier utterly failed last season. While i admire what he was able to do in 2016 and 2017 he reverted back to his old offensive Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ways in 2018 and was non existent prior to the all-star break. Unfortunately for the team he never showed up at all last season and was traded.  
     
    Heading into 2019 the Twins need to figure out 2nd base and where Gordon fits. Perhaps Polanco moves to 2nd and Gordon stays at short until Lewis arrives. All of this was complicated by Gordon's horrendous season in AAA, Escobar being traded and Polanco's 80 game PED suspension that torpedoed his season for all intensive purposes. Disappointing to say the least. 
     
    6. 1st base. I was never a Joe Mauer Homer but a team -1.6 war stat for 1st base? That can't be right? 
     
    This is a position that Falvey and Levin will no doubt be looking to upgrade and we already have evidence of that in their discussions with the Diamondbacks over Paul Goldschmidt. That said, i think his price will be unbelievably high in prospects and the Twins might settle on Tyler Austin as a stop gap measure until Brent Rooker arrives. This will undoubtedly cost them games next season depending on how quickly Rooker progresses through AAA (assuming he starts there in 2019) and Austin handles a full time job in the meantime. There's also the the outside chance that Sano ends up at first again depending on how desperate they get, but i think Miguel has a greater chance of ending up at DH the way he's going.     
     
    7. Starters. Probably the least of their concerns heading into the off-season which seems hard to believe. Now that Santana is gone, it's Berrios, Gibson, Odorizzi, Romero and Stewart? Pineda is still an option in 2019 along with Gonsalves whom i was not impressed with. There's also an outside chance that Thorpe could be a late season callup if need be. I don't see a reason to spend big here unless it's for someone like Patrick Corbin. For the first time in MANY seasons the Twins have plenty of internal candidates with significant talent to pick from. At times Romero has looked amazing at the major league level and should build on this.  Further down, Thorpe is in AAA and should reach 150 innings this coming season.  He's getting close.  There's also the phenomenon Brusdar Graterol but he's a ways away.  The outlook on starters is so much better than a few years ago.
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    laloesch got a reaction from ToddlerHarmon in Rebuilding? Really?   
    It's hard not to be bummed with this lineup but these war rankings were absolutely damning evidence of what needs to be done to get moving in the right direction and the list seems long.
      
    Key observations based on your war ratings.
     
    1. Our bullpen is bad. Tyler Duffey, Alan Busenitz, Matt Magill and John Curtiss left a lot to be desired. How Jake Reed was once again not called up last season with as bad as the BP was is anyone's guess.
     
    I find it puzzling that the FO did so little to try and stabilize the BP situation when it became apparent how bad they really were. I also think that Molitor made a bad situation worse with his mishandling of the pen. That said, it's hard to work with junk and some of the failure falls on the pitching coaches, BUT Paul's usage of BP guys was head scratching at best.
     
    The Twins HAVE to upgrade the pen in order to have a shot at competing in 2019 if you ask me.
     
    2. No doubt the Catcher position was a weakness on this team but it was probably the least of our problems. Jason Castro being down for almost the entire season certainly hurt, but let's not get carried away. I've never been overly impressed with Castro. I did like what Garver was able to do in limited at-bats down the stretch and the games he caught. Astudillo also provided some interesting moments as well but the Twins could and probably should be looking to upgrade at catcher if possible in my humble opinion. That said, I would still like to see what Garver can do with more playing time and experience.    
     
    3. DH. This one really hurts. Logan Morrison was an absolute disaster last season and no-one stepped up and picked up the slack. This guy finished his Twins career with a .186 BA! It doesn't get much worse then that. I had hoped at some point that Vargas would figure things out and develop offensive consistency at the MLB level but we've been wishing that for several seasons and it never happened. An upgrade is definitely needed at DH although it's possible Tyler Austin sees time there.  There's also a good chance that Sano ends up at DH in a few years but probably not next season.
     
    4.  3rd base and CF. Look i know everyone wants to keep the faith with Sano and Buxton but the fact is these two were perhaps the biggest disappointments in all of baseball last season. Sano once again showed up at spring training out of shape but even more disappointing & disturbing was his complete lack of plate discipline a regression from his previous season.
     
    Likewise Buxton was wildly inconsistent at the plate and despite all his defensive heroics was not able to overcome a disastrous start to the season and finished -0.6 war. Fortunately Jake Cave stabilized CF after Buxton went down to Rochester but that's not a permanent solution. These two (Sano & Buxton) HAVE to come back with a vengeance next season or the Twins will be forced into Plan B at some point which likely leads to MORE years of mediocrity and misery for the fan base.  
     
    5. 2nd base. Brian Dozier utterly failed last season. While i admire what he was able to do in 2016 and 2017 he reverted back to his old offensive Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ways in 2018 and was non existent prior to the all-star break. Unfortunately for the team he never showed up at all last season and was traded.  
     
    Heading into 2019 the Twins need to figure out 2nd base and where Gordon fits. Perhaps Polanco moves to 2nd and Gordon stays at short until Lewis arrives. All of this was complicated by Gordon's horrendous season in AAA, Escobar being traded and Polanco's 80 game PED suspension that torpedoed his season for all intensive purposes. Disappointing to say the least. 
     
    6. 1st base. I was never a Joe Mauer Homer but a team -1.6 war stat for 1st base? That can't be right? 
     
    This is a position that Falvey and Levin will no doubt be looking to upgrade and we already have evidence of that in their discussions with the Diamondbacks over Paul Goldschmidt. That said, i think his price will be unbelievably high in prospects and the Twins might settle on Tyler Austin as a stop gap measure until Brent Rooker arrives. This will undoubtedly cost them games next season depending on how quickly Rooker progresses through AAA (assuming he starts there in 2019) and Austin handles a full time job in the meantime. There's also the the outside chance that Sano ends up at first again depending on how desperate they get, but i think Miguel has a greater chance of ending up at DH the way he's going.     
     
    7. Starters. Probably the least of their concerns heading into the off-season which seems hard to believe. Now that Santana is gone, it's Berrios, Gibson, Odorizzi, Romero and Stewart? Pineda is still an option in 2019 along with Gonsalves whom i was not impressed with. There's also an outside chance that Thorpe could be a late season callup if need be. I don't see a reason to spend big here unless it's for someone like Patrick Corbin. For the first time in MANY seasons the Twins have plenty of internal candidates with significant talent to pick from. At times Romero has looked amazing at the major league level and should build on this.  Further down, Thorpe is in AAA and should reach 150 innings this coming season.  He's getting close.  There's also the phenomenon Brusdar Graterol but he's a ways away.  The outlook on starters is so much better than a few years ago.
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    laloesch got a reaction from mikelink45 in Rebuilding? Really?   
    It's hard not to be bummed with this lineup but these war rankings were absolutely damning evidence of what needs to be done to get moving in the right direction and the list seems long.
      
    Key observations based on your war ratings.
     
    1. Our bullpen is bad. Tyler Duffey, Alan Busenitz, Matt Magill and John Curtiss left a lot to be desired. How Jake Reed was once again not called up last season with as bad as the BP was is anyone's guess.
     
    I find it puzzling that the FO did so little to try and stabilize the BP situation when it became apparent how bad they really were. I also think that Molitor made a bad situation worse with his mishandling of the pen. That said, it's hard to work with junk and some of the failure falls on the pitching coaches, BUT Paul's usage of BP guys was head scratching at best.
     
    The Twins HAVE to upgrade the pen in order to have a shot at competing in 2019 if you ask me.
     
    2. No doubt the Catcher position was a weakness on this team but it was probably the least of our problems. Jason Castro being down for almost the entire season certainly hurt, but let's not get carried away. I've never been overly impressed with Castro. I did like what Garver was able to do in limited at-bats down the stretch and the games he caught. Astudillo also provided some interesting moments as well but the Twins could and probably should be looking to upgrade at catcher if possible in my humble opinion. That said, I would still like to see what Garver can do with more playing time and experience.    
     
    3. DH. This one really hurts. Logan Morrison was an absolute disaster last season and no-one stepped up and picked up the slack. This guy finished his Twins career with a .186 BA! It doesn't get much worse then that. I had hoped at some point that Vargas would figure things out and develop offensive consistency at the MLB level but we've been wishing that for several seasons and it never happened. An upgrade is definitely needed at DH although it's possible Tyler Austin sees time there.  There's also a good chance that Sano ends up at DH in a few years but probably not next season.
     
    4.  3rd base and CF. Look i know everyone wants to keep the faith with Sano and Buxton but the fact is these two were perhaps the biggest disappointments in all of baseball last season. Sano once again showed up at spring training out of shape but even more disappointing & disturbing was his complete lack of plate discipline a regression from his previous season.
     
    Likewise Buxton was wildly inconsistent at the plate and despite all his defensive heroics was not able to overcome a disastrous start to the season and finished -0.6 war. Fortunately Jake Cave stabilized CF after Buxton went down to Rochester but that's not a permanent solution. These two (Sano & Buxton) HAVE to come back with a vengeance next season or the Twins will be forced into Plan B at some point which likely leads to MORE years of mediocrity and misery for the fan base.  
     
    5. 2nd base. Brian Dozier utterly failed last season. While i admire what he was able to do in 2016 and 2017 he reverted back to his old offensive Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ways in 2018 and was non existent prior to the all-star break. Unfortunately for the team he never showed up at all last season and was traded.  
     
    Heading into 2019 the Twins need to figure out 2nd base and where Gordon fits. Perhaps Polanco moves to 2nd and Gordon stays at short until Lewis arrives. All of this was complicated by Gordon's horrendous season in AAA, Escobar being traded and Polanco's 80 game PED suspension that torpedoed his season for all intensive purposes. Disappointing to say the least. 
     
    6. 1st base. I was never a Joe Mauer Homer but a team -1.6 war stat for 1st base? That can't be right? 
     
    This is a position that Falvey and Levin will no doubt be looking to upgrade and we already have evidence of that in their discussions with the Diamondbacks over Paul Goldschmidt. That said, i think his price will be unbelievably high in prospects and the Twins might settle on Tyler Austin as a stop gap measure until Brent Rooker arrives. This will undoubtedly cost them games next season depending on how quickly Rooker progresses through AAA (assuming he starts there in 2019) and Austin handles a full time job in the meantime. There's also the the outside chance that Sano ends up at first again depending on how desperate they get, but i think Miguel has a greater chance of ending up at DH the way he's going.     
     
    7. Starters. Probably the least of their concerns heading into the off-season which seems hard to believe. Now that Santana is gone, it's Berrios, Gibson, Odorizzi, Romero and Stewart? Pineda is still an option in 2019 along with Gonsalves whom i was not impressed with. There's also an outside chance that Thorpe could be a late season callup if need be. I don't see a reason to spend big here unless it's for someone like Patrick Corbin. For the first time in MANY seasons the Twins have plenty of internal candidates with significant talent to pick from. At times Romero has looked amazing at the major league level and should build on this.  Further down, Thorpe is in AAA and should reach 150 innings this coming season.  He's getting close.  There's also the phenomenon Brusdar Graterol but he's a ways away.  The outlook on starters is so much better than a few years ago.
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    laloesch got a reaction from Kelly Vance in Rebuilding? Really?   
    It's hard not to be bummed with this lineup but these war rankings were absolutely damning evidence of what needs to be done to get moving in the right direction and the list seems long.
      
    Key observations based on your war ratings.
     
    1. Our bullpen is bad. Tyler Duffey, Alan Busenitz, Matt Magill and John Curtiss left a lot to be desired. How Jake Reed was once again not called up last season with as bad as the BP was is anyone's guess.
     
    I find it puzzling that the FO did so little to try and stabilize the BP situation when it became apparent how bad they really were. I also think that Molitor made a bad situation worse with his mishandling of the pen. That said, it's hard to work with junk and some of the failure falls on the pitching coaches, BUT Paul's usage of BP guys was head scratching at best.
     
    The Twins HAVE to upgrade the pen in order to have a shot at competing in 2019 if you ask me.
     
    2. No doubt the Catcher position was a weakness on this team but it was probably the least of our problems. Jason Castro being down for almost the entire season certainly hurt, but let's not get carried away. I've never been overly impressed with Castro. I did like what Garver was able to do in limited at-bats down the stretch and the games he caught. Astudillo also provided some interesting moments as well but the Twins could and probably should be looking to upgrade at catcher if possible in my humble opinion. That said, I would still like to see what Garver can do with more playing time and experience.    
     
    3. DH. This one really hurts. Logan Morrison was an absolute disaster last season and no-one stepped up and picked up the slack. This guy finished his Twins career with a .186 BA! It doesn't get much worse then that. I had hoped at some point that Vargas would figure things out and develop offensive consistency at the MLB level but we've been wishing that for several seasons and it never happened. An upgrade is definitely needed at DH although it's possible Tyler Austin sees time there.  There's also a good chance that Sano ends up at DH in a few years but probably not next season.
     
    4.  3rd base and CF. Look i know everyone wants to keep the faith with Sano and Buxton but the fact is these two were perhaps the biggest disappointments in all of baseball last season. Sano once again showed up at spring training out of shape but even more disappointing & disturbing was his complete lack of plate discipline a regression from his previous season.
     
    Likewise Buxton was wildly inconsistent at the plate and despite all his defensive heroics was not able to overcome a disastrous start to the season and finished -0.6 war. Fortunately Jake Cave stabilized CF after Buxton went down to Rochester but that's not a permanent solution. These two (Sano & Buxton) HAVE to come back with a vengeance next season or the Twins will be forced into Plan B at some point which likely leads to MORE years of mediocrity and misery for the fan base.  
     
    5. 2nd base. Brian Dozier utterly failed last season. While i admire what he was able to do in 2016 and 2017 he reverted back to his old offensive Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ways in 2018 and was non existent prior to the all-star break. Unfortunately for the team he never showed up at all last season and was traded.  
     
    Heading into 2019 the Twins need to figure out 2nd base and where Gordon fits. Perhaps Polanco moves to 2nd and Gordon stays at short until Lewis arrives. All of this was complicated by Gordon's horrendous season in AAA, Escobar being traded and Polanco's 80 game PED suspension that torpedoed his season for all intensive purposes. Disappointing to say the least. 
     
    6. 1st base. I was never a Joe Mauer Homer but a team -1.6 war stat for 1st base? That can't be right? 
     
    This is a position that Falvey and Levin will no doubt be looking to upgrade and we already have evidence of that in their discussions with the Diamondbacks over Paul Goldschmidt. That said, i think his price will be unbelievably high in prospects and the Twins might settle on Tyler Austin as a stop gap measure until Brent Rooker arrives. This will undoubtedly cost them games next season depending on how quickly Rooker progresses through AAA (assuming he starts there in 2019) and Austin handles a full time job in the meantime. There's also the the outside chance that Sano ends up at first again depending on how desperate they get, but i think Miguel has a greater chance of ending up at DH the way he's going.     
     
    7. Starters. Probably the least of their concerns heading into the off-season which seems hard to believe. Now that Santana is gone, it's Berrios, Gibson, Odorizzi, Romero and Stewart? Pineda is still an option in 2019 along with Gonsalves whom i was not impressed with. There's also an outside chance that Thorpe could be a late season callup if need be. I don't see a reason to spend big here unless it's for someone like Patrick Corbin. For the first time in MANY seasons the Twins have plenty of internal candidates with significant talent to pick from. At times Romero has looked amazing at the major league level and should build on this.  Further down, Thorpe is in AAA and should reach 150 innings this coming season.  He's getting close.  There's also the phenomenon Brusdar Graterol but he's a ways away.  The outlook on starters is so much better than a few years ago.
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    laloesch reacted to gil4 in Fools Gold   
    I'm not ready, either, but the clock is definitely ticking.
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    laloesch reacted to Rosterman in No More Rebuilds!   
    Okay, Falvey and Levine need to be given the rope to finish their plan, hopefully a solid 5-year vision that got derailed when they had to keep Molitor and work with some front office guys. You can see that they have started to mess with the front office with some changes in analytics and elsewhere, and the staff down-on-the-farm has done an about face.
     
    I'm hoping they finally have free reign as this season becomes a disaster.
     
    Now something strange happened last season, the Twins came back and actually were a wild card team. Molitor was named Manager of the Year. Did he deserve it? Well, he wasn't fired. That he might've deserved, but got a lucrative contract that will need a payout if he moves on. AAnd he will. Falvey and Levine will have their say in who manages the team, and also get free reign on hiring coaches with a new manager.
     
    It's too bad they had to go into this off-season in a spending mode, because above all else the main concern of the Twins braintrust is putting fans in the stands and 2017 gave them a season to market to increase the season ticket base, still play ponzi games with certain seats and games, and hope spending that extra $30 mill will keep the attendance on par with last year when they had a surge and a GREAT year instead of the BAD year that they budgeted.
     
    Y'know. The players are still there. Lots of pieces can be jettisoned. I see the Twins moving guys up faster in the seasons ahead, maybe NOT spending big in 2019, but moreso in 2020 and 2021 when many of the names we salivate around in the minors WILL BE HERE and those that are here now will get their act together.
     
    They don't have a lot of players demanding any sort of return, except maybe Kyle Gibson (still an expensive arbitration season left) and Escobar (who might get them more than they gave for him back when) and then they would have the ability to possibly resign Esuardo for something more realistic than they would if they kept him. You lose a guy to free agency, you don't necessarily get him abck cheap...someone else does that.
     
    Who knows, should the Twins sell high on Eddie Rosario, too. Remember Delmon Young? Can Fast Eddie crash and burn, or is he a true superstar beyond Buxton and Sano and even Kepler in the longrun.
     
    Looking forward to lots of September games with very cheap seats and the concession stand lines short, although season tickets have been sold. Means more fees for StubHub instead of the Twins, who cleaned up selling a lot of full prie tickets in 2017. Same won't be said about 2018.
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    laloesch reacted to jud6312 in Off The Rails: Mauer Raked by Souhan   
    You're gonna get torched for low-balling our hometown hero. Get ready for numbers from 6 years ago and arguments about how Eric Hosmer went Great Muppet Caper on Joe's gold glove.
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    laloesch reacted to jud6312 in Off The Rails: Mauer Raked by Souhan   
    I stand by my previous statement of raw nerves.
     
    Just like Mauer doesn't owe the Twins a "make-good" contract, the Twins don't owe Joe another contract just to keep him around. And that, I think, is what the actual point of the column was.
     
    I'm not sure who overreacts more - the hardcore Mauer detractors or the ones who feel they need to defend him at every turn.
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    laloesch reacted to jud6312 in Off The Rails: Mauer Raked by Souhan   
    Man, your nerves seem a bit raw on this one. When I read Souhan's column, I didn't view it nearly as negatively as you seemed to have, and that's really saying something.
     
    And the part about being a financial burden at the end, I took that to mean - don't give him a $15-20 million contract, not "pay him the league minimum or it's too much."
     
    It feels like you reached a bit to find something to get upset about here. And now I'm upset because I've had to partially defend Souhan
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    laloesch reacted to jokin in Off The Rails: Mauer Raked by Souhan   
    Many of your conclusions drawn in this article are debatable. (And this is coming from someone who shares your opinion that Jim Souhan is anathema to what it means to be a sports journalist.)
     
    I'll address this one for starters:
     
    Greatest Twins list who are better than Joe Mauer, besides Harmon Killebrew, has to include HOFers, Rod Carew, Bert Blyleven and Kirby Puckett. Jim Kaat, Carew and Blyleven all accumulated more WAR value while playing just for the Twins than Mauer can ever realistically reach; meanwhile Puckett's career, which was tragically cut short, still included starring roles in 2 World Series wins.
     
    If determination of greatest Twins player ever is based on quantifiable achievement and impact, all of the players above are clearly greater than Mauer.
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    laloesch got a reaction from howieramone2 in Another Big Move Coming for Minnesota?   
    Well the good thing is the Twins didn't make any bad long term commitments last offseason such as multi-year deals to guys like Lynn and Morrison who are flat out not producing.  They are also one year closer to ridding themselves of Hughes bad contract which will help in addition to Mauer's 24 million a year coming off the books.    
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    laloesch got a reaction from markos in On acquiring Yu Darvish or Gerrit Cole   
    I am highly skeptical of this rumor.        Personally if i was the Twins i would have jumped all over such a deal even with the pending decision on Darvish.  In fact it could have been pitched to Darvish that the Twins are going for it and trying to make a run.  Trading for Cole and signing Darvish would instantly make this team's rotation one of the better ones in the AL.      
     
    Even if Cole is only signed two more years it still gives them a great rotation option at an affordable rate (although he will be arb 1 & 2 over the next two seasons).  Then you make a pitch to extend him at the end of 2019 if you wish.
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