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  1. I checked out the job description, and other than the first seven pearled items* in the "required" category, I am eminently qualified! *There are only seven pearled items.
  2. Please not Stroman. I'm not sure I can handle several years of TwinsDaily articles arguing whether or not Stroman is an "ace."
  3. I think Chief was using baseball-reference.com, while you were using Fangraphs. Or the other way around, I'm not sure.
  4. I'll also add that Rod Carew has called it the most memorable day of his Twins career. If it was his best day as well, I can't be wrong, right?
  5. Easy. It's 6/26/77, which I recounted in a Game Thread intro a couple years ago.
  6. I just realized that the tag-on day to a work-related trip has me in Ft. Myers on Oct. 19-20. Are there any things that would be happening in the Twins Complex those days that are open to fans?
  7. Looking at his game log on baseball-reference.com, I’m struck by two things. First, including his time in the minors, he has not missed a start since his first outing on May 8. Second, in the majors, aside from one outlier above and one below, he has thrown from 59-82 pitches in every game, averaging 74 per game. This year, he has averaged 4.52 innings over his 24 total starts and averaged 16.4 pitches per major league inning. His first start was on the day of the Twins’ 32nd game, so assume six more starts up front and one remaining for 31 total starts. At 4.52 innings per start for 31 starts, that is 140 innings. If he were to average 10 more pitches per game at the same number of pitches per inning, that would be 10/16.4 * 31 equals 18.9 more innings. (That .9 inning is going to be interesting to see!) That would put him at 159 innings, and assumes health that allows him to make every start. It’s hard to imagine a number higher than that as a goal. The likelihood of missing a start or two makes 140 seem like a more realist number to project.
  8. Mostly tongue-in-cheek and having fun with numbers. Bit in one sense I do hope he makes a run at it, because that would mean he upped his overall production, potentially including his defense, enough to have continued earning playing time rather than following the regression pattern of most of the guys I mentioned.
  9. With that kind of start, one has to look at where he might end up on the career list. The current leader is Reggie Jackson at 2597, prompting two questions — can Sano get there and can anyone beat him to the mark. To the first, with 1,000 strikeouts in 661 games, he’s essentially striking out 1.5 times per game. Continuing at that rate, he’d need to play about 1065 more games. How reasonable is that? On its simplest terms, we have a concern about health, thinking he’s missed a lot of games. However, last year he played 53 of 60. Over a full season, that’s pace for 143 games. This year he’s on pace for about 133. If he averages 133 games per season going forward, he ends up with 200 whiffs. That would mean being able to play eight more seasons to get the roughly 1,600 he needs. That’s to age 36. In the baseball-reference.com “Similarity Scores,” six of the 10 players most like him through age 28 are still active. The other four are Carlos Quentin, Rob Deer, Jay Buhner, and Bo Jackson. Quentin had his last productive year at age 30 and retired at 31. Jackson’s career ended at 31 due to injury. Deer’s last year as a regular (I hesitate to call it “productive,” based on his stats) was at 32, followed by a handful of games a few years later. (I don’t remember that gap — was he hurt?) Buhner’s last year with more than 120 games was at age 32, though he had several part-time years after that. Of the guys whose career stats are similar to Sano, you can add Adam Duvall, Joey Gallo, and Marcus Thames. Duvall is playing somewhat regularly at age 32, Gallo is only 27, and Thames never played more than 120 games on the way to playing 36 games at age 34. The common thread in those is not being a regular past the early 30s. In Buhner’s case, he also relied on his defense for playing time. Those comps don’t paint a rosy picture for Sano playing another eight years. There are two other interesting cases near the top of the list. Adam Dunn is third. He actually played 131 games in his final season at age 34 and had an OPS+ of 115, He well may have had enough in the tank to get the 218 he needed, particularly given that he had 159 whiffs in that age 34 season. The other is Jim Thome, who is second only to Reggie, falling 49 short. Thome played regularly until age 38 and then semi-regularly for two more years and part-time for one. His OPS+ was still above 100 at the end, so it’s conceivable he could have played the remaining games he needed. The difference here, of course, is that Thome was much more effective as an overall hitter than Sano has ever bend. Thome got a slight head start by making it to the majors as a 20 year-old, but he had “only” 882 whiffs by age 28. Thome appeared washed up at age 34, when he appeared in only 59 games and had an OPS+ of 85. Had he retired then, he would have ended with just 1762 strikeouts. However, it was at age 35 that he transitioned to becoming a full time DH. From then on, he played another 805 games, striking out 786 times. Throughout his career, his strikeout rate was much lower than Sano’s, as he struck out only five more times than games played. Bottom line is that he was so productive that he stayed around a long time. Barring Sano turning into Thome, I can’t see him making it to Reggieland. But even if he did, would that be enough? Perhaps not, In my mind, one particular player seems positioned to make a run at Reggie — Giancarlo Stanton. Already fifth among active players with 1543 through age 31, he has whiffed 1.18 times per game. Continuing at that rate, he needs less than 900 more games. He’s on pace to play 137 games this year with an OPS+ of 134, just below his career average. With his overall hitting, he has a much better likelihood of having a Thome-like end to his career. If Thome can play 800 games after age 34, Stanton can easily play 900 after age 31. Finally, I’ll note that if Stanton DOESN’T reach Reggie, it could well be because of the significant time he missed the past two years, with only 18 games in 2019 and 23 in the shortened 2020. In those two years, he probably lost about 200 games. Another 236 strikeouts would put him close to 1800 by the end of his age 31 year, meaning he’d only have to play 675 games going forward at his current whiff rate. That would be five seasons at 135 games, which seems eminently doable.
  10. Buck will be holding down the bench in the solidest and speediest way possible.
  11. Thing is, that's exactly what my friend the White Sox fan said about. "He was pretty effective, but he was maddening to watch. I'm glad he's gone." I think that comes with the territory with him. I, too, am in the camp that says they might well (and maybe even should) bring him back. Even with the start, his ERA+ has actually gotten back to the plus side at 107. I do think that his propensity for walks and soft (bloop) contact makes him particularly ill-suited for the stupid extra-inning rule that has him starting with one of the bases already occupied.
  12. Yeah, I found "abstrusity" a little obscure and hard to understand. Then I looked it up.
  13. Cody, with this title, are you suggesting he spend the offseason hanging out with Liam Hendricks or someone in Australia?
  14. They changed the scoring to an error on Verdugo, followed by an error on Motter.
  15. I've said it before, and I'll keep saying it. The notion of a trade having a "winner" and a "loser" is a false dichotomy. Good trades help both teams. If you get a reputation for screwing the other team, you'll never get the opportunity to make another trade. Get the reputation of wanting to help the other team while improving your own, and folks will gladly take your call.
  16. Let’s see. Would we rather have Sano batting against a lefty with the bases loaded and two outs or against a righty with the bases empty? Trying to score was a bad idea to begin with, but the more I think about it, the worse it gets.
  17. On the bright side, they were able to get the three pitchers’ spots out of the way to roll over the lineup for the eighth.
  18. Said announcers were noting several outstanding defenders for the Twins. Notably, left field was omitted.
  19. We've shared our appreciation for Benetti and Stone, so it's interesting to be listening to the North Siders this time. Your mom isn't wrong, by the way.
  20. From the looks of his travel itinerary, it's probably a good thing he was a geography major!
  21. So I couldn’t but think today was like high school. “Okay, everybody on the plane, in uniform, by 9 a.m. Bring money to stop at Arby’s after the game and we should be back home by 7.”
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