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  1. How about if one is a bunting and positional hitting coach instead of a hit-it-500-feet coach?
  2. Only slightly less disappointing than every year the Yankees don't win the World Series...
  3. You mention the labor agreement (or lack of one). That has hardly been discussed lately. Is that because there is some sign that it might be easier to work out than had been thought. Or is everyone just ignoring it. I remember at the beginning of the season being quite confident that there would not be a normal season in 2022. Maybe one of TD's experts could put up an article summarizing the current state of affairs and the timetable for talks.
  4. Looks as though Kansas City might get to give their bullpen pitchers one last appearance.
  5. Domes in Seattle and Toronto, but what if it rains all day in Washington and New York? Kind of messes up the scheduling.
  6. You're choice of metaphor is ironic. It's Portland Marathon day and our street is blocked at both ends of our block for six hours today. We had to park the car three blocks away last night to get downtown to hear Mahler this afternoon.
  7. And if the Red Sox have to worry about no DH in the final series, they have had to worry about it for three fewer games earlier in the season.
  8. Given that catcher is probably the most injury-prone position (except centerfield on the Twins), we really need three catchers. Can Astudillo or someone from the farm be the third if you trade one of the top three?
  9. It was in Seattle, where he had never performed well. Seattle is a couple of hours' drive (plus an hour waiting for US Customs) from his home in BC and he always had lots of family in the crowd there. We all have our issues with Gardie, but he was a decent "man manager," at least on this occasion. He got Justin to relax and not try to hit every pitch 500 feet. So many prospects look great and then flame out, lose confidence, and drop out of sight. That day set Justin on a course for the Twins' HOF.
  10. But does he really deserve Minor League Pitcher of the Day when he's pitching for the Twins? I guess that at this point of the season the Twins vs. Cubs might qualify as minor league ...
  11. Kepler came up through the Twins' system during the Terry Ryan era. My recollection is that the Twins were much more focused on hitting the ball hard to all fields in those days, which explains the high average in the high minors. But now he seems to have bought totally into the "hit it as hard as I can to right field" philosophy and it has (IMO) ruined him at the plate in exchange for a few extra HRs each year. Can he go back to his foundations? Should he?
  12. In my (very limited) experience, the slowness varies a lot by team, as well as by player. My two least-favorite AL teams (those furthest east) seem to relish their time "on stage" and stand around posing for the camera as long as possible. I attribute that to pure ego-centric arrogance, but maybe there is another reason. Games between these two teams often last ~4 hours.
  13. Except for Cruz, all are pitchers. If the Twins had a terrific pitching staff, one could say they had dealt from strength. In real life, not so much.
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