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  1. mnfireman

    Importance of defense
    This years team has been terrible defensively; a lot of errors (physical and mental), misplayed balls that could have been called errors, throws to the wrong base, missed cut-off men, etc... This then makes me wonder if the pitchers are unable to relax on the mound, trying to be too perfect, not pitching "loose." Constantly throwing from the stretch, having to throw extra pitches, trying to make the perfect pitch to get the strike out, etc... could be hindering their development. We are seeing a lot of bad pitching seasons here. 
  2. mnfireman
    I had really hoped the Twins had signed him, turns out to be a good non-signing.
     
     
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/03/tyler-clippard-shut-down-six-weeks-with-capsule-sprain.html
  3. mnfireman
    https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/more-than-dozen-children-rescued-georgia-sex-trafficking-bust/OHEHJUSWWRBQRHQMBQPGQPORAI/
     
    I have not heard one professional athlete make a statement on this subject (human trafficking), but they are all over the news supporting BLM.
  4. mnfireman
    It is commonly accepted that one manager is not worth more than another manager - that the results would be the same no matter who is at the helm.
     
    However, if one looks at the standings over the last few years, it appears to me that a manager might make quite a bit of difference.
     
    Bob Melvin in Oakland, Buck Showalter in Baltimore, Terry Francona in Cleveland, John Farrell in Boston, Clint Hurdle in Pittsburgh to name a few have turned teams around over the last couple of years while Mike Scioscia in Los Angeles, Bobby V. in Boston, and Charlie Manuel in Philadelphia to name a few have had major regressions over the last few years.
     
    So my question is: Can one manager make more of a difference than another?
  5. mnfireman
    Anybody else love the fact that Morneau was directly involved in the play that clinched the Pirates first playoff berth since 1992?
  6. mnfireman
    [TABLE=class: tablehead]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=align: left]RK[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]TEAM[/TD]

    GP
    W
    L
    ERA
    SV
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    QS
    ER
    R
    BB
    SO
    BAA[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-6]
    [TD=align: left]1[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Detroit[/TD]

    71
    35
    18[TD=class: sortcell]3.46[/TD]

    0
    2
    4
    447.2
    --
    172
    184
    109
    472
    .239[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-7]
    [TD=align: left]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Kansas City[/TD]

    70
    20
    25[TD=class: sortcell]3.64[/TD]

    0
    3
    5
    442.1
    --
    179
    199
    133
    327
    .263[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-2]
    [TD=align: left]3[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Boston[/TD]

    75
    32
    22[TD=class: sortcell]3.69[/TD]

    0
    2
    4
    451.1
    --
    185
    202
    177
    409
    .243[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-4]
    [TD=align: left]4[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Chicago Sox[/TD]

    70
    20
    27[TD=class: sortcell]3.90[/TD]

    0
    3
    4
    417.1
    --
    181
    198
    124
    358
    .244[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-10]
    [TD=align: left]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]NY Yankees[/TD]

    72
    27
    26[TD=class: sortcell]3.93[/TD]

    0
    2
    4
    433.0
    --
    189
    197
    118
    345
    .260[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-12]
    [TD=align: left]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Seattle[/TD]

    74
    26
    29[TD=class: sortcell]3.93[/TD]

    0
    4
    9
    451.0
    --
    197
    209
    101
    356
    .260[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-13]
    [TD=align: left]7[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Texas[/TD]

    73
    26
    25[TD=class: sortcell]4.01[/TD]

    0
    0
    5
    432.2
    --
    193
    207
    134
    405
    .254[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-11]
    [TD=align: left]8[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Oakland[/TD]

    75
    31
    27[TD=class: sortcell]4.12[/TD]

    0
    2
    5
    457.0
    --
    209
    221
    117
    333
    .250[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-5]
    [TD=align: left]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Cleveland[/TD]

    71
    26
    29[TD=class: sortcell]4.32[/TD]

    0
    2
    9
    410.1
    --
    197
    208
    164
    367
    .252[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-3]
    [TD=align: left]10[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]LA Angels[/TD]

    73
    24
    30[TD=class: sortcell]4.51[/TD]

    0
    2
    5
    435.1
    --
    218
    232
    143
    332
    .273[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-30]
    [TD=align: left]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Tampa Bay[/TD]

    73
    27
    22[TD=class: sortcell]4.56[/TD]

    0
    0
    7
    426.1
    --
    216
    231
    136
    367
    .260[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-18]
    [TD=align: left]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Houston[/TD]

    74
    21
    30[TD=class: sortcell]4.63[/TD]

    0
    0
    2
    404.1
    --
    208
    223
    154
    282
    .281[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-1]
    [TD=align: left]13[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Baltimore[/TD]

    73
    28
    22[TD=class: sortcell]4.76[/TD]

    0
    0
    4
    413.2
    --
    219
    226
    141
    284
    .271[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-14]
    [TD=align: left]14[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Toronto[/TD]

    71
    19
    24[TD=class: sortcell]4.84[/TD]

    0
    0
    5
    387.0
    --
    208
    225
    148
    273
    .274[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-9]
    [TD=align: left]15[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Minnesota[/TD]

    69
    22
    26[TD=class: sortcell]5.11[/TD]

    0
    0
    3
    377.0
    --
    214
    228
    96
    197
    .318[/TR]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=colspan: 2, align: left]LEAGUE AVERAGES[/TD]

    GP
    W
    L
    ERA
    SV
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    QS
    ER
    R
    BB
    SO
    BAA[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]American League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]26[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]25[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]4.23[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]1[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]426[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]199[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]213[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]133[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]340[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].263[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]National League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]24[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]25[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.92[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]429[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]186[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]203[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]131[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]342[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].253[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]Major League Baseball[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]25[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]25[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]4.07[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]427[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]193[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]208[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]132[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]341[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].258[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
  7. mnfireman
    [TABLE=class: tablehead]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=align: left]RK[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]TEAM[/TD]

    GP
    W
    L
    ERA
    SV
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    QS
    ER
    R
    BB
    SO
    BAA[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-7]
    [TD=align: left]1[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Kansas City[/TD]

    67
    14
    11[TD=class: sortcell]2.82[/TD]

    19
    0
    0
    175.1
    --
    55
    60
    72
    169
    .222[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-9]
    [TD=align: left]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Minnesota[/TD]

    69
    11
    10[TD=class: sortcell]2.84[/TD]

    21
    0
    0
    240.2
    --
    76
    83
    78
    212
    .221[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-11]
    [TD=align: left]3[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Oakland[/TD]

    73
    12
    5[TD=class: sortcell]2.98[/TD]

    18
    0
    0
    223.2
    --
    74
    80
    70
    189
    .232[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-14]
    [TD=align: left]4[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Toronto[/TD]

    71
    16
    12[TD=class: sortcell]3.00[/TD]

    18
    0
    0
    264.1
    --
    88
    105
    94
    229
    .226[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-13]
    [TD=align: left]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Texas[/TD]

    73
    15
    7[TD=class: sortcell]3.30[/TD]

    23
    0
    0
    226.1
    --
    83
    91
    85
    191
    .235[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-10]
    [TD=align: left]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]NY Yankees[/TD]

    70
    12
    7[TD=class: sortcell]3.56[/TD]

    27
    0
    0
    212.1
    --
    84
    87
    72
    232
    .252[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-1]
    [TD=align: left]7[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Baltimore[/TD]

    73
    14
    9[TD=class: sortcell]3.75[/TD]

    28
    0
    0
    240.0
    --
    100
    109
    80
    215
    .241[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-4]
    [TD=align: left]8[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Chicago Sox[/TD]

    67
    9
    14[TD=class: sortcell]3.83[/TD]

    20
    0
    0
    207.0
    --
    88
    99
    97
    196
    .247[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-30]
    [TD=align: left]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Tampa Bay[/TD]

    73
    11
    13[TD=class: sortcell]3.84[/TD]

    16
    0
    0
    225.0
    --
    96
    100
    95
    236
    .215[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-3]
    [TD=align: left]10[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]LA Angels[/TD]

    71
    9
    10[TD=class: sortcell]3.91[/TD]

    19
    0
    0
    225.2
    --
    98
    105
    95
    220
    .233[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-6]
    [TD=align: left]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Detroit[/TD]

    69
    5
    13[TD=class: sortcell]3.99[/TD]

    16
    0
    0
    198.1
    --
    88
    89
    80
    211
    .238[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-2]
    [TD=align: left]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Boston[/TD]

    74
    12
    9[TD=class: sortcell]4.02[/TD]

    13
    0
    0
    217.0
    --
    97
    100
    92
    235
    .250[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-5]
    [TD=align: left]13[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Cleveland[/TD]

    69
    10
    6[TD=class: sortcell]4.07[/TD]

    11
    0
    0
    214.1
    --
    97
    108
    92
    220
    .242[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-12]
    [TD=align: left]14[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Seattle[/TD]

    70
    6
    13[TD=class: sortcell]4.51[/TD]

    18
    0
    0
    213.1
    --
    107
    111
    96
    229
    .250[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-18]
    [TD=align: left]15[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Houston[/TD]

    74
    7
    16[TD=class: sortcell]4.59[/TD]

    17
    0
    0
    253.0
    --
    129
    149
    101
    202
    .274[/TR]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=colspan: 2, align: left]LEAGUE AVERAGES[/TD]

    GP
    W
    L
    ERA
    SV
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    QS
    ER
    R
    BB
    SO
    BAA[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]American League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]71[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]10[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.67[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]19[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]222[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]91[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]98[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]87[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]212[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].239[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]National League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]71[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.65[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]18[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]220[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]89[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]95[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]80[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]197[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].247[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]Major League Baseball[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]71[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.66[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]19[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]221[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]90[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]97[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]83[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]205[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].243[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
  8. mnfireman
    [TABLE=class: tablehead]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=align: left]RK[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]TEAM[/TD]

    GP
    AB
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    TB
    RBI
    AVG
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-2]
    [TD=align: left]1[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Boston[/TD]

    75
    2571[TD=class: sortcell]376[/TD]

    686
    162
    18
    83
    1133
    370
    .267
    .343
    .441
    .784[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-1]
    [TD=align: left]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Baltimore[/TD]

    73
    2567[TD=class: sortcell]360[/TD]

    703
    161
    5
    98
    1168
    346
    .274
    .325
    .455
    .780[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-6]
    [TD=align: left]3[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Detroit[/TD]

    71
    2526[TD=class: sortcell]350[/TD]

    709
    132
    9
    73
    1078
    341
    .281
    .348
    .427
    .775[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-30]
    [TD=align: left]4[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Tampa Bay[/TD]

    73
    2482[TD=class: sortcell]349[/TD]

    644
    133
    12
    85
    1056
    332
    .259
    .328
    .425
    .754[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-11]
    [TD=align: left]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Oakland[/TD]

    75
    2591[TD=class: sortcell]348[/TD]

    643
    148
    11
    76
    1041
    324
    .248
    .329
    .402
    .730[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-3]
    [TD=align: left]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]LA Angels[/TD]

    73
    2517[TD=class: sortcell]332[/TD]

    674
    130
    14
    80
    1072
    315
    .268
    .331
    .426
    .757[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-5]
    [TD=align: left]7[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Cleveland[/TD]

    71
    2400[TD=class: sortcell]329[/TD]

    607
    134
    10
    83
    1010
    317
    .253
    .322
    .421
    .742[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-14]
    [TD=align: left]8[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Toronto[/TD]

    71
    2470[TD=class: sortcell]325[/TD]

    622
    122
    11
    91
    1039
    306
    .252
    .314
    .421
    .734[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-13]
    [TD=align: left]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Texas[/TD]

    73
    2510[TD=class: sortcell]319[/TD]

    659
    118
    14
    89
    1072
    301
    .263
    .324
    .427
    .751[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-9]
    [TD=align: left]10[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Minnesota[/TD]

    69
    2358[TD=class: sortcell]291[/TD]

    582
    123
    9
    63
    912
    279
    .247
    .321
    .387
    .707[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-18]
    [TD=align: left]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Houston[/TD]

    74
    2478[TD=class: sortcell]285[/TD]

    597
    123
    7
    75
    959
    271
    .241
    .298
    .387
    .685[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-10]
    [TD=align: left]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]NY Yankees[/TD]

    72
    2409[TD=class: sortcell]279[/TD]

    574
    97
    12
    73
    914
    259
    .238
    .301
    .379
    .681[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-7]
    [TD=align: left]13[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Kansas City[/TD]

    70
    2387[TD=class: sortcell]275[/TD]

    616
    117
    17
    37
    878
    262
    .258
    .313
    .368
    .680[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-12]
    [TD=align: left]14[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Seattle[/TD]

    74
    2518[TD=class: sortcell]261[/TD]

    593
    113
    4
    79
    951
    252
    .236
    .300
    .378
    .678[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-4]
    [TD=align: left]15[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Chicago Sox[/TD]

    70
    2367[TD=class: sortcell]254[/TD]

    571
    101
    6
    68
    888
    245
    .241
    .292
    .375
    .667[/TR]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=colspan: 2, align: left]LEAGUE AVERAGES[/TD]

    GP
    AB
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    TB
    RBI
    AVG
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]American League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]2477[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]316[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]632[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]128[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]77[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]1011[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]301[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].255[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].319[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].408[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].727[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]National League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]2455[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]293[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]615[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]120[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]67[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]961[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]279[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].250[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].313[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].391[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].704[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]Major League Baseball[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]2466[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]304[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]623[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]124[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]72[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]986[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]290[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].253[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].316[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].399[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].715[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
  9. mnfireman
    Just throwing the stats out there, no analysis or deep reaching comments, yet! I may delve deeper into these as the season wears on, but for now I figured I would just post them and let the commentors read into and say what they want about them.
     
    My first thoughts are that even though the offense and starting pitching have room for major improvements, the team is doing quite well and should not give up this season as no one is running away with the division yet. However, if they need to keep relying on the bullpen they will run into major trouble. Willingham, Dozier, Hicks, Parmalee, Plouffe and Doumit have provided almost zero help so far, but Arcia, Escobar and Florimon have been pleasant surprises.
     
    Look at the stats, form your own opinions, state your own comments, etc...
     
    Good luck Twins!
  10. mnfireman
    [TABLE=class: tablehead]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=align: left]RK[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]TEAM[/TD]

    GP
    AB
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    TB
    RBI
    AVG
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-5]
    [TD=align: left]1[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Cleveland[/TD]

    34
    1177
    174
    318
    71
    8
    49
    552
    168
    .270
    .334
    .469[TD=class: sortcell].803[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-6]
    [TD=align: left]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Detroit[/TD]

    34
    1257
    185
    358
    63
    8
    36
    545
    182
    .285
    .351
    .434[TD=class: sortcell].785[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-2]
    [TD=align: left]3[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Boston[/TD]

    37
    1260
    177
    337
    82
    10
    39
    556
    173
    .267
    .343
    .441[TD=class: sortcell].784[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-13]
    [TD=align: left]4[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Texas[/TD]

    36
    1223
    158
    323
    57
    10
    45
    535
    146
    .264
    .330
    .437[TD=class: sortcell].767[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-1]
    [TD=align: left]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Baltimore[/TD]

    37
    1280
    184
    337
    78
    1
    42
    543
    175
    .263
    .324
    .424[TD=class: sortcell].748[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-10]
    [TD=align: left]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]NY Yankees[/TD]

    35
    1178
    153
    300
    51
    7
    45
    500
    137
    .255
    .321
    .424[TD=class: sortcell].746[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-30]
    [TD=align: left]7[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Tampa Bay[/TD]

    36
    1208
    171
    309
    57
    5
    42
    502
    159
    .256
    .328
    .416[TD=class: sortcell].743[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-11]
    [TD=align: left]8[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Oakland[/TD]

    38
    1315
    186
    320
    80
    6
    38
    526
    174
    .243
    .332
    .400[TD=class: sortcell].732[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-3]
    [TD=align: left]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]LA Angels[/TD]

    36
    1274
    152
    328
    60
    7
    40
    522
    143
    .257
    .318
    .410[TD=class: sortcell].728[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-9]
    [TD=align: left]10[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Minnesota[/TD]

    33
    1127
    156
    280
    62
    6
    26
    432
    149
    .248
    .324
    .383[TD=class: sortcell].708[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-7]
    [TD=align: left]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Kansas City[/TD]

    33
    1132
    142
    297
    54
    9
    25
    444
    139
    .262
    .315
    .392[TD=class: sortcell].708[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-18]
    [TD=align: left]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Houston[/TD]

    37
    1261
    147
    313
    71
    5
    36
    502
    137
    .248
    .306
    .398[TD=class: sortcell].705[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-14]
    [TD=align: left]13[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Toronto[/TD]

    38
    1264
    142
    296
    54
    6
    46
    500
    136
    .234
    .299
    .396[TD=class: sortcell].695[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-12]
    [TD=align: left]14[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Seattle[/TD]

    37
    1228
    129
    288
    52
    4
    38
    462
    125
    .235
    .306
    .376[TD=class: sortcell].682[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-4]
    [TD=align: left]15[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Chicago Sox[/TD]

    34
    1134
    117
    257
    42
    2
    39
    420
    110
    .227
    .278
    .370[TD=class: sortcell].649[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=colspan: 2, align: left]LEAGUE AVERAGES[/TD]

    GP
    AB
    R
    H
    2B
    3B
    HR
    TB
    RBI
    AVG
    OBP
    SLG
    OPS[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]American League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]36[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]1221[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]158[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]311[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]62[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]39[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]503[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]150[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].254[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].321[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].411[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].732[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]National League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]36[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]1207[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]147[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]300[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]60[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]35[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]476[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]140[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].249[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].315[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].394[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].709[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]Major League Baseball[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]36[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]1214[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]153[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]305[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]61[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]37[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]489[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]145[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].251[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].318[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].403[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].721[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
  11. mnfireman
    [TABLE=class: tablehead]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=align: left]RK[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]TEAM[/TD]

    GP
    W
    L
    ERA
    SV
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    QS
    ER
    R
    BB
    SO
    BAA[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-1]
    [TD=align: left]1[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Baltimore[/TD]

    37
    9
    4[TD=class: sortcell]2.73[/TD]

    16
    0
    0
    118.2
    --
    36
    41
    41
    105
    .212[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-5]
    [TD=align: left]2[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Cleveland[/TD]

    33
    4
    0[TD=class: sortcell]2.88[/TD]

    7
    0
    0
    106.1
    --
    34
    41
    46
    116
    .214[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-9]
    [TD=align: left]3[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Minnesota[/TD]

    33
    5
    4[TD=class: sortcell]2.91[/TD]

    9
    0
    0
    117.1
    --
    38
    44
    39
    103
    .230[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-11]
    [TD=align: left]4[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Oakland[/TD]

    37
    6
    0[TD=class: sortcell]3.02[/TD]

    6
    0
    0
    125.0
    --
    42
    47
    44
    109
    .226[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-13]
    [TD=align: left]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Texas[/TD]

    36
    7
    1[TD=class: sortcell]3.06[/TD]

    12
    0
    0
    100.0
    --
    34
    35
    26
    82
    .247[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-7]
    [TD=align: left]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Kansas City[/TD]

    31
    6
    5[TD=class: sortcell]3.13[/TD]

    10
    0
    0
    86.1
    --
    30
    35
    27
    93
    .235[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-4]
    [TD=align: left]7[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Chicago Sox[/TD]

    34
    4
    9[TD=class: sortcell]3.29[/TD]

    11
    0
    0
    101.1
    --
    37
    44
    49
    94
    .239[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-10]
    [TD=align: left]8[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]NY Yankees[/TD]

    34
    7
    3[TD=class: sortcell]3.62[/TD]

    15
    0
    0
    104.1
    --
    42
    44
    31
    110
    .247[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-14]
    [TD=align: left]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Toronto[/TD]

    38
    8
    9[TD=class: sortcell]3.66[/TD]

    11
    0
    0
    137.2
    --
    56
    64
    55
    110
    .250[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-6]
    [TD=align: left]10[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Detroit[/TD]

    34
    3
    5[TD=class: sortcell]3.81[/TD]

    7
    0
    0
    104.0
    --
    44
    44
    51
    124
    .210[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-12]
    [TD=align: left]11[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Seattle[/TD]

    36
    3
    3[TD=class: sortcell]3.92[/TD]

    10
    0
    0
    108.0
    --
    47
    47
    40
    112
    .233[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-3]
    [TD=align: left]12[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]LA Angels[/TD]

    34
    6
    6[TD=class: sortcell]3.96[/TD]

    7
    0
    0
    122.2
    --
    54
    58
    60
    116
    .228[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-2]
    [TD=align: left]13[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Boston[/TD]

    36
    4
    6[TD=class: sortcell]4.29[/TD]

    9
    0
    0
    105.0
    --
    50
    51
    47
    124
    .249[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-30]
    [TD=align: left]14[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Tampa Bay[/TD]

    36
    5
    7[TD=class: sortcell]4.67[/TD]

    5
    0
    0
    90.2
    --
    47
    50
    40
    94
    .251[/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-18]
    [TD=align: left]15[/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Houston[/TD]

    37
    1
    9[TD=class: sortcell]5.24[/TD]

    5
    0
    0
    146.0
    --
    85
    98
    61
    99
    .289[/TR]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=colspan: 2, align: left]LEAGUE AVERAGES[/TD]

    GP
    W
    L
    ERA
    SV
    CG
    SHO
    IP
    QS
    ER
    R
    BB
    SO
    BAA[/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]American League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]35[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.61[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]111[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]45[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]50[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]44[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]106[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].237[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]National League[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]35[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]6[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.68[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]110[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]45[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]48[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]40[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]99[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].244[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]Major League Baseball[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]35[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]5[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3.64[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]9[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]0[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]111[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]45[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]49[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]42[/TD]
    [TD=align: right]103[/TD]
    [TD=align: right].241[/TD]
    [/TR]
    [/TABLE]
  12. mnfireman
    [TABLE=class: tablehead]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=align: left]RK
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: left]TEAM
    [/TD]

    GP

    W

    L

    ERA

    SV

    CG

    SHO

    IP

    QS

    ER

    R

    BB

    SO

    BAA
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-6]
    [TD=align: left]1
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: left]Detroit
    [/TD]

    34

    17

    9
    [TD=class: sortcell]3.27
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    2

    211.2

    --

    77

    87

    51

    224

    .248
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-13]
    [TD=align: left]2

    [TD=align: left]Texas
    [/TD]

    36

    16

    12
    [TD=class: sortcell]3.40
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    5

    217.1

    --

    82

    88

    73

    222

    .230
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-2]
    [TD=align: left]3

    [TD=align: left]Boston
    [/TD]

    37

    18

    9
    [TD=class: sortcell]3.49
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    1

    3

    224.2

    --

    87

    98

    89

    231

    .229
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-7]
    [TD=align: left]4

    [TD=align: left]Kansas City
    [/TD]

    33

    12

    10
    [TD=class: sortcell]3.59
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    2

    4

    208.1

    --

    83

    95

    60

    165

    .254
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-4]
    [TD=align: left]5

    [TD=align: left]Chicago Sox
    [/TD]

    34

    10

    11
    [TD=class: sortcell]3.60
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    2

    202.1

    --

    81

    88

    58

    178

    .239
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-10]
    [TD=align: left]6

    [TD=align: left]NY Yankees
    [/TD]

    35

    15

    10
    [TD=class: sortcell]3.73
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    1

    2

    209.2

    --

    87

    92

    56

    175

    .264
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-30]
    [TD=align: left]7

    [TD=align: left]Tampa Bay
    [/TD]

    36

    13

    11
    [TD=class: sortcell]4.02
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    5

    226.0

    --

    101

    112

    73

    216

    .247
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-12]
    [TD=align: left]8

    [TD=align: left]Seattle
    [/TD]

    37

    14

    17
    [TD=class: sortcell]4.11
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    1

    5

    221.1

    --

    101

    107

    47

    172

    .252
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-5]
    [TD=align: left]9

    [TD=align: left]Cleveland
    [/TD]

    34

    15

    15
    [TD=class: sortcell]4.67
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    1

    5

    194.2

    --

    101

    105

    80

    171

    .243
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-1]
    [TD=align: left]10

    [TD=align: left]Baltimore
    [/TD]

    37

    13

    11
    [TD=class: sortcell]4.81
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    1

    211.1

    --

    113

    118

    87

    141

    .262
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-3]
    [TD=align: left]11

    [TD=align: left]LA Angels
    [/TD]

    36

    8

    16
    [TD=class: sortcell]4.96
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    2

    2

    210.1

    --

    116

    125

    81

    147

    .284
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-9]
    [TD=align: left]12

    [TD=align: left]Minnesota
    [/TD]

    33

    12

    12
    [TD=class: sortcell]5.04
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    1

    176.2

    --

    99

    105

    39

    86

    .319
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-11]
    [TD=align: left]13

    [TD=align: left]Oakland
    [/TD]

    38

    13

    19
    [TD=class: sortcell]5.08
    [/TD]

    [/TD]
    1

    2

    218.0

    --

    123

    133

    63

    178

    .274
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow team-10-14]
    [TD=align: left]14

    [TD=align: left]Toronto
    [/TD]

    38

    6

    15
    [TD=class: sortcell]5.51
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    1

    201.0

    --

    123

    133

    95

    152

    .273
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: oddrow team-10-18]
    [TD=align: left]15

    [TD=align: left]Houston
    [/TD]

    37

    9

    18
    [TD=class: sortcell]5.93
    [/TD]

    [/TD]

    1

    180.2

    --

    119

    125

    87

    135

    .302
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: colhead]
    [TD=colspan: 2, align: left]LEAGUE AVERAGES


    GP

    W

    L

    ERA

    SV

    CG

    SHO

    IP

    QS

    ER

    R

    BB

    SO

    BAA
    [/TR]
    [TR=class: evenrow]
    [TD=colspan: 2]American League
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]36
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]13
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]13
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]4.35
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right][/TD]
    [TD=align: right]1
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]3
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]207
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]--
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]100
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]107
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]69
    [/TD]
    [TD=align: right]173
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    [TD=align: right].261
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    [/TD]
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    [/TD]
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    [/TD]
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  13. mnfireman
    There have been alot of posts on here about all the money coming off the books next year. Let's take a look at the real numbers, as I have done on a couple off occassions this year.
     
    The team currently has 8 players under contract for next year and they will earn $63.8 M
     
    The team team has 4 arbitration eligible players that are estimated to receive $20 M. We are at 12 players and $83.8 M.
     
    The team has 2 players, Matt Capps and Scott Baker, with team options totalling $15.25 M. The smart thing to do would be to decline these, meaning we need to fill 13 spots. Using players that are in the system at the pre-arbitration average we get $9.43 M. We are at 25 players and $93.2 M.
     
    The team loses Pavano, Liriano, Doumit & Marquis (already DFA'd). Declining the Capps and Baker options means the team needs 3 SP's, a closer, and a DH/C. Remember also that Blackburn receives (not earns) $5.5 M and Nishioka $3 M. Removing Burroughs, Thomas and Hughes frees up about $1.6 M, pushing payroll back to about $91.6 M.
     
    I can see the logic that people are using to dream about Greinke, Hamels, Sanchez, etc... but unless payroll goes up to $120 M - $125 M, I only see about $8.4 M to sign FA's.
     
    Beginning to look like they are "Target"ing 2014 when estimated payroll drops to about $75 M, but Morneau, Blackburn, Nishioka, Casilla and Carroll become free agents.
     
    EDIT: I used Baseball-Reference's payroll tool. It estimated the Twins arbitration total at $20 M using 3 year averages. However, Casilla, Duensing, Burton and Burroughs will not get $20 M, closer to $6M. Also I missed Gray being arb. eligible and he probably won't get an offer. These new numbers make me feel that the team picks up Capps $6 M option, putting payroll around $82 M, which leaves $18 M to get to $100 M. I apologize for not being thorough the first time through.
  14. mnfireman
    Figured I would update the slash lines I started last week so as to get a picture of where our 2012 Minnesota Twins are sitting compared to the rest of the American League.
     
    Interesting to note with all the different line-ups that certain positions in the field and certain spots in line-up perform the same, good or bad, no matter who is in there. Anyway, here are this weeks updated slash lines:
     
     
    C - .284/.371/.358 .729 (6)
    1B - .206/.286/.352 .638 (11)
    2B - .231/.280/.288 .568 (12)
    3B - .207/.254/.299 .553 (12)
    SS - .230/.291/.303 .594 (10)
    LF - .281/.385/.519 .904 (2)
    CF - .274/.332/.347 .679 (9)
    RF - .185/.263/.309 .571 (14)
    DH - .291/.392/.595 .987 (1)
    PH - .286/.385/.476 .861 (2)
     
    Overall - .244/.319/.372 .691 (11)
     
    1 - .283/.340/.361 .701 (6)
    2 - .204/.284/.282 .565 (12)
    3 - .292/.402/.405 .807 (6)
    4 - .224/.332/.418 .750 (8)
    5 - .304/.396/.652 1.048 (1)
    6 - .201/.247/.293 .540 (14)
    7 - .217/.281/.335 .616 (12)
    8 - .214/.272/.289 .561 (11)
    9 - .253/.304/.331 .635 (6)
     
    SP - 1.57 WHIP (14) 1.94 K/BB (10) 5.16 K/9 (14) .912 OPS (14) 10-25 6.49 ERA (14)
    RP - 1.16 WHIP (4) 2.47 K/BB (8) 6.45 K/9 (14) .663 OPS (6) 5-5 3.95 ERA (10)
    Overall - 1.41 WHIP (12) 2.15 K/BB (9) 5.67 K/9 (14) .818 OPS (14) 15-30 5.49 ERA (14)
     
    Any and all comments appreciated. Thank you in advance.
  15. mnfireman
    Figured I would give this blog thing a try!
     
    First of all, I like most of you, am a fan of baseball and the Twins in particular. It has been interesting reading some of the posts on here as to how to fix the team. I will offer no theories but instead will post some statistics using what have become the standard measuring tools - AVG/OBP/SLG & OPS for batters and WHIP, K/BB, K/9 & OPS against for pitchers. I will also note the Twins ranks among the AL teams.
     
    And now, your 2012 Twins stats and rankings:
     
    C - .264/.342/.336 .677 (9)
    1B - .204/.283/.303 .586 (13)
    2B - .242/.296/.295 .591 (11)
    3B - .172/.214/.255 .469 (13)
    SS - .234/.306/.312 .618 (9)
    LF - .309/.413/.581 .993 (1)
    CF - .278/.337/.340 .677 (11)
    RF - .188/.263/.312 .575 (14)
    DH - .288/.392/.591 .983 (2)
    PH - .353/.368/.588 .957 (2)
     
    Overall - .244/.318/.369 .687 (12)
     
    1 - .288/.346/.356 .702 (7)
    2 - .212/.289/.282 .571 (11)
    3 - .276/.382/.379 .762 (10)
    4 - .239/.335/.458 .793 (7)
    5 - .309/.406/.640 1.046 (1)
    6 - .204/.258/.299 .557 (13)
    7 - .204/.275/.321 .596 (13)
    8 - .216/.273/.295 .568 (11)
    9 - .244/.285/.311 .596 (10)
     
    SP - 1.58 WHIP (14) 1.76 K/BB (14) 4.86 K/9 (14) .910 OPS (14) 9-21 6.48 ERA (14)
    RP - 1.10 WHIP (3) 2.34 K/BB (8) 6.01 K/9 (14) .624 OPS (2) 4-5 3.24 ERA (5)
     
    Overall - 1.39 WHIP (12) 1.98 K/BB (9) 5.31 K/9 (14) .804 OPS (14) 13-26 5.20 ERA (14)
     
    Any and all comments are appreciated
  16. mnfireman
    This may be different by the end of the season, but I think the current offense could use Eddie. His defense is even above average by sabermetrics.
     
    Twins LF - .185/.224/.241 0 HR 5 RBI
    Rosario - .245/.304/.434 2 HR 8 RBI
  17. mnfireman
    How does this guy get selected to umpire in the WS?? And draws HP for Game 1!!
     
    Must be outstanding in the games he umpires other than Twins games
  18. mnfireman
    Love him or hate him, Gardy's fate is not in our hands. There are, as there should be, arguments to be made for keeping him, and for letting him go. Based on the fact that Terry Ryan won't commit either way, I think he is letting Gardy decide. He has a job if he wants one. I would like to see somebody different man the helm, like AAA manager Gene Glynn or, as mentioned in another posting, Dave Martinez. Both have ties to the Rays and, I believe, know how to handle younger players and a roster in constant flux.
     
    Rick Anderson's fate should be a little clearer - don't bring him back. The game has passed him by. Pitching to contact can be a good thing, but doesn't apply the same to every pitcher. Some guys have the ability and the stuff to strike guys out, teach them how to use what they've got. Cuellar is already with the big league club and familiar with working many of the players, and also speaks Spanish. Promote him.
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