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  1. (I'll respond to this one, though several folks have named a variation on this.) But we did... Correa has missed one game since July 8 and just three since coming off the IL on June 8. Miranda has missed two games since June 11. He's started every game since the All-Star Break. Arraez has missed six games since June 9 and 11 since being out a week in early May. Urshela has played every game since August 15. Though primarily a catcher, Sanchez has missed only one game since Aug. 20 (which was essentially when Buxton was lost for the year), though some of those have been as a DH and some as a PH. Gordon has missed only seven games since June 22 and only two since Aug. 20. Aside from an IL stint from June 12-28, Polanco missed two games between May 27 and when he went on the IL and was lost for the season on Aug. 27. Who else that was healthy did we want playing every day?
  2. Agree on keeping Urshela. At the least with Sanchez being a FA is that he can be taken off the 40. Can someone clarify how a contract like Dobnak's fits in here. Does having a guaranteed contract mean they have to put him back on the 40?
  3. I'm calling this getting there on a technicality, since it was still at one page at game end.
  4. Well, folks. We seem to have made it. An entire Game Thread packed on to one page.
  5. 1. Babe Dahlgren. 2. No limit, because walks and errors don't count as hits.
  6. The Twins appear to be making history today with Simeon Woods Richardson on the mound. He’s believed to be the first person in MLB history to have a 16-letter name on the back of his jersey. The 13-letters of former catcher Jarrod Saltalamaccia pales in comparison. As Twins go, my understanding is that the record for longest surname was set in the mid-1970s, and I found out the hard way. When I was a kid, the radio station in Cedar Rapids had a baseball trivia question each afternoon at 4:30, with the winner getting two tickets to the Cedar Rapids Astros/Cardinals/Reds/Giants or whoever they were affiliated with at the time. My school bus got me home at 4:20, and I was regularly calling in for tickets. I think I won about 70 tickets over the course of a few years, though that wasn’t 35 winnings. Sometimes they gave more than two tickets, particularly for special events like the Midwest League All-Star game. (Memorable questions that got me seats: 1. Who replaced Lou Gehrig at the end of his Iron Man Streak? 2. What is the most amount of runs that can be scored on six hits? Answers in comments.) At any rate, early in 1977, on the day after the question was, “Who has the shortest name in baseball?” (Ed Ott, at the time, which I won as the result of having his baseball card), the question was, “Who has the longest surname in baseball?” The DJ gave the clue of it being 12 letters. I thumbed through my trusty April issue of Baseball Digest and confidently called in with Claude Westmoreland, who was listed on the 40-man roster of the Dodgers. I was shocked when he told me I was wrong. I was even more shocked to find that Paul Thormodsgard had made my favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. Apparently he was in camp as a minor league invitee, because he wasn’t listed on the 40-mans in the magazine. He’d go on to throw 218 innings that year, starting 37 games and finishing with an 11-15 record and a 4.62 ERA. His ERA was still under 4 after his Sept. 5 start, but he gave up 26 runs in 24 innings over his last five starts. The next year he started 12 games before being sent down to Toledo. He must have gotten hurt, since he only threw four games there. He spent most of 1979 in Toledo before a September callup, where he gave up three hits and a run in an inning. That winter he was traded to Philadelphia for Pete Mackanin. Thor pitched one year in the minors for Philadelphia, but didn’t get called up, and hung it up after his 1980 season. For his career, he was 12-21 with a 4.74 ERA and an 84 ERA+. Though Thormodsgard is the first Twin I’m aware of with 12 letters, we’ve also had Trevor Hildenberger. Are there any others? But lest you think Woods Richardson is anywhere the world record for longest last name, that pales in comparison to the world record as listed by Guinness. Though good old Hubert Blaine Wolfe­schlegel­stein­hausen­berger­dorff Sr. passed away on October 24, 1997, in Philadelphia, that wasn’t his full name. His full named totaled 747 letters (sans “Sr.”) and was, as verified on January 1, 2021, and found at https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/67285-longest-personal-name, Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorffwelchevoralternwarengewissenhaftschaferswessenschafewarenwohlgepflegeundsorgfaltigkeitbeschutzenvonangreifendurchihrraubgierigfeindewelchevoralternzwolftausendjahresvorandieerscheinenvanderersteerdemenschderraumschiffgebrauchlichtalsseinursprungvonkraftgestartseinlangefahrthinzwischensternartigraumaufdersuchenachdiesternwelchegehabtbewohnbarplanetenkreisedrehensichundwohinderneurassevonverstandigmenschlichkeitkonntefortpflanzenundsicherfreuenanlebenslanglichfreudeundruhemitnichteinfurchtvorangreifenvonandererintelligentgeschopfsvonhinzwischensternartigraum. In other Twins name news, I noticed the other day that the Twins have eight (8) pitchers on their 40-man roster (including the 60-day IL guys) whose first name starts with the letter “J” – Jorge Alcala, Jordon Balazovic, Jhoan Duran, Jorge Lopez, Jovani Moran, Jhon Romero, Joe Ryan and Josh Winder. They are joined on the 40-man by Jose Miranda, Jermaine Palacios, Jorge Polanco and Jake Cave, for a total of 12 out of what is now 50 guys, counting injuries. And there’s also Griffin Jax and Ryan Jeffers. In terms of the pitchers, perhaps it’s a good omen to have this many “J” names, given that this is an organization with Johan Santana, Jim Kaat and Jim Perry in its top seven in bWAR for pitchers since moving to Minnesota in 1961, along with Jim Merritt as the career WHIP leader and Joe Nathan as the career leader in saves. The stuff we come up with trying to come up with a Game Thread intro for a team that has assured itself of not having a winning record... What I’m not able to come up with is the starting lineups, since it won’t be posted before I leave for church. Can someone get those?
  7. Um, that's going to take a while for this old guy to process.
  8. The radio guys were saying that the plan for Monday-Wednesday is Ober, Winder, Varland. So, with Bundy listed for Saturday and a TBA for Sunday, the suspense is killing me. Which day might he fit in?
  9. For El Jucho, see No. 4: https://sfbayca.com/2018/08/16/hits-and-misses-for-giants-players-weekend-nicknames/ “A Dominican slang that appears to have no direct translation in English. It describes a person who is aware of everyone and everything around them at all times and pays close attention to details.” Mainly, I think it means, “six runs in 5.2 innings.”
  10. "...., (Part One)" implies that there will be a "...(Part Two)." I would start that episode with Jhoan Duran. I know they are playing out the string, but last night in the ninth, the White Sox hitters wanted no part of him. Or maybe I'm remembering what the White Sox seemed to be thinking in the eighth against Jax. Make him the next guy in your sequel.
  11. Benetti-ism of the night, so far (I’m watching the DVR version): “The Twins’ blue uniforms next to the Sox’ black ones make it look like someone overbaked a blueberry pie.”
  12. I’m a glutton for punishment, so I’ve just started watching my recording from the beginning after getting home from a work Webinar. Sox broadcast just listed the Twins as having 1997 days of IL activity so far this year. Though 153 games, that’s an average of more than 13 players per game. Yowza.
  13. I just saw that your Twitter handle is raymondwilfong. When I've seen the "rwilfong...", I just assumed it was a reference to Rob. I was always a big fan of him over Bobby Randall.
  14. Or it might say something about what many of us would do when offered a position closer to home, with less travel and at twice the pay.
  15. Half the season? He played 20 games. If you mean that they gave him a chance when he came off the IL, it was a no-brainer to see if he was Good Miguel. He wasn’t, he got hurt, and they didn’t push to get him back.
  16. Um, I didn’t make any comments about putting Kirilloff, Larnach or Kepler in the 3-4 spots. Also, as you mentioned, the stats don’t lie. Myers, 0.5 bWAR, 95 OPS+ Pollock, 0.3 bWAR, 88 OPS+ Duvall, -0.2 bWAR, 86 OPS+ Profar, 2.8 bWAR, 107 OPS+ Pham, 0.9 bWAR, 92 OPS+ Pederson, 0.8 bWAR, 135 OPS+ Given that Profar’s career OPS+ is 93 and given that Pederson must be pretty bad on defense to have such a low bWAR despite such a good bWAR, I’m not that interested in any of these.
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