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    Clare reacted to TopGunn#22 in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Great comments by many posters.  I think I wore out the "Rec" or approval icons.  Our FO needs to do something sooner rather than never for our BP.  Our manager shot to notoriety on the strength of a record setting HR season.  He really isn't very good with situational baseball, whether that's managing a BP or manufacturing a run when all you need is one run to win.  This series is showing the gap between someone like Francona and Rocco.  Give me back Paul Molitor...analytics be damned.  
    It's a long season.  But this stretch is shining a huge spotlight on all this team's flaws, from personnel to the managing and coaching.  "Staying the course" doesn't seem to be an effective strategy.  Some shaking up of the current situation is needed, whether that's trades or other moves.  
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    Clare reacted to Nashvilletwin in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    Well, after watching these two games, I’d say it’s likely we are sellers at the deadline. It’s not because we lost these two games per se - although they both were horrific losses. Rather, it’s because it’s very clear that the Guardians are a better ball club.
    With respect to hitting, the two clubs are probably pretty similar, although the Twins probably have the edge if Buxton is mashing versus flailing.
    The Guardians staff is demonstrably better, with the most significant difference in the bullpen arms. At the moment it’s hard to say if the Twins even have one shut down arm (maybe Duran). The Guardians have several.  The key to a truly contending club is a shut down pen (many of us TDers have been raising this point constantly). The Twins do not have a shut down pen and have no hopes of having one unless they raid their prospects at the deadline. The Guardians pen has had shutdown performance and looks like it has legs for the rest of the season,
    Fielding wise, the last two games show how many little mental mistakes we make. Rocco has never developed a mentally strong fielding team. It was our bugaboo last year and it’s starting to rear it’s head again,  Don’t focus on the actual errors - that stat is misleading. Focus on the little league mental mistakes (Larnach throwing home in the 9th was the sole reason the winning run scored later in the inning) - there are just too many of them day in and day out. And now we are also developing a mental block about finishing off games.
    Finally, Francona is a better manager. That actually counts for a lot - probably 6-12 games a year.  Rocco’s in game strategic decisions are simply too often mistakes. The last two games are just the most recent examples of this blinding statement of the obvious.
    We have a fun team. Love to watch them.  But the Guardians have the better club - pretty much across the board. Hope we turn things around - things can change. But the sad truth is that Guardians are better constructed to contend than the Twins.
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    Clare reacted to DocBauer in Guardians 11, Twins 10: Another Bullpen Meltdown Wastes a Great Offensive Night   
    I haven't even read the OP or anything else at this point. I am beyond disappointed and incensed at the moment. I always try to be even keel and see the big picture. I believe in day by day in a 162 game season. And I have been a a believer in Rocco, even when I've disagreed with him at times. In fact, I've often defended him and shook my head at some of the vitriol sent his way that I think is unwarranted and misguided. 
    But a 13yo little leaguer could have managed Wednesday's game better! Tell me I'm wrong? 
    I actually kinda like Pagan and like the improvements he's made. I just want him in the 6th and 7th, not the 8th or 9th. And while I remain flabbergasted as to the pitch sequence that  seemed to cause the lost lead on Tuesday, I give him kudos for coming out tonight and just dominating the 8th. Retribution!
    But who in their right mind believed Pagan should have been sent out for a 2nd inning after pitching last night? Especially when you had other options, including an already warmed up, veteran arm sitting on the bench presumably ready to go.
    Pagan is done. Jax is thrown in to an almost impossible situation.
    Rocco lost the game. He should be apologizing to his team, and the fans, for how obtuse he was. And he should be explaining to his bosses what the hell he was thinking. 
    This is not a personal attack on Baldelli, especially considering it comes from someone who has largely believed in and supported him. But Wednesday's debacle of mismanagement deserves to be rattled out loud on top of a soapbox.
    (Heavy sigh)
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    Clare reacted to mikelink45 in Minnesota’s Second Coming of Rod Carew   
    Love this article.  Arraez is my favorite Twin - sorry Buxton.  BA is something that still counts for me as well as OBP!  Last night Buxton gets a HR and we get 2 runs because Arraez was on base.  Love it.  
    His bulky knees are like Oliva, his hitting is like Carew, and his positive attitude and desire to play is like Tovar.  A nice combination.
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    Clare reacted to rv78 in Yankees 10, Twins 7: You're Never Gonna Guess What Happened   
    When you play good teams your weaknesses show. Bundy, Sands, and most of the bullpen look pretty weak. Cortes and Cole looked weak too but I'd guess they won't pitch like that in a rematch and the Twins pitchers will, only because overall we know who is good and who isn't. Evidently Rocco doesn't require guys to call for infield popups but just assume the other guy is going to catch it. In todays game of shifts to the extreme, players need to be hollering "I got it" when there are 2 guys playing the same position on the field. A game that should have been won, loss by mistakes and poor play. Looked like they got tight as the game went on and every mistake cost them. You know what they say, you can't give good teams extra outs. 
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    Clare reacted to bighat in Yankees 10, Twins 7: You're Never Gonna Guess What Happened   
    The past two series have shown that the Twins are several pitchers away from being able to realistically hang with lineups like the Jays & Yanks. Duffey and Bundy should be shown the door, but will likely keep their jobs once they get a chance against SEA and ARI next week. Unfortunate.
    Twins are going to lose a boatload of prospects in July if they want to make a run at this thing. Get ready to say goodbye to many of your minor league favorites.
    Appears the new humidor balls are out and the corked balls are back in play.
    Was the umping bad on both sides or was it as lopsided as I feel it was?
    To lose a game like this, where the Twins came out with 3 straight STATEMENT homers against the AL's best pitcher is frankly unforgiveable. Twins made errors and baserunning mistakes, but ultimately this is all on the pitchers. Horrific effort, couldn't rise to the moment. If the Twins get anywhere near the Yankees in the playoffs it's gonna be another sweep and it'll be a bloodbath.
     
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    Clare reacted to USAFChief in Twins 8, Yankees 1: Minnesota’s Offense Routs the Yankees, Even the Series   
    Haiku is an art
    Requiring great precision 
    And the Yankees suck
     
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    Clare reacted to Game7-91 in Twins 8, Yankees 1: Minnesota’s Offense Routs the Yankees, Even the Series   
    A haiku celebrating the dessication of the Empire:
    Why runs totalled nine
    One only one those brazen Yanks
    Scoffed twins from the eights
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    Clare reacted to PopRiveter in Game Thread: Yankees @ Twins 6:40pm 6/8/2022   
    I see you’ve worn pants before.
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    Clare reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Game Thread: Yankees @ Twins 6:40pm 6/8/2022   
    Let's see... trot out to shortstop, smack hand into glove, wait for somebody to hit the ball in his direction, take a half dozen steps in one direction or another IF the ball does get hit to shortstop, field ball, throw ball...
    It ain't like he's going to run a mile, lift heavy weights, wrestle a 300 lb offensive lineman, dig a ditch, play tennis, etc.
    If he's too weak to play short he should still be home resting.
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    Clare reacted to a-wan in Game Thread: Yankees @ Twins 6:40pm 6/8/2022   
    And you know for a fact he didn’t have any residual effects from his illness? No shortness of breath, fatigue, brain fog, vertigo?
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    Clare reacted to PDX Twin in Game Thread: Detroit Tigers vs. Minnesota Twins, 5/24, 6:40pm CST   
    They could replace this plate umpire with a random-number generator!
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    Clare got a reaction from PDX Twin in Game Thread--Twins @ Royals 5-20/22 7:10 PM   
    I have to say that I am getting really tired of the military gear on MLB ballplayers.  Parents take their impressionable kids to the  game to see their team. The military pays MLB to wear the gear to make an impression on the kids. The players have no choice but to wear what they are given.  Enough already.  It ruins the game for me.
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    Clare got a reaction from IndianaTwin in Game Thread--Twins @ Royals 5-20/22 7:10 PM   
    I have to say that I am getting really tired of the military gear on MLB ballplayers.  Parents take their impressionable kids to the  game to see their team. The military pays MLB to wear the gear to make an impression on the kids. The players have no choice but to wear what they are given.  Enough already.  It ruins the game for me.
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    Clare got a reaction from Melissa in Game Thread--Twins @ Royals 5-20/22 7:10 PM   
    I have to say that I am getting really tired of the military gear on MLB ballplayers.  Parents take their impressionable kids to the  game to see their team. The military pays MLB to wear the gear to make an impression on the kids. The players have no choice but to wear what they are given.  Enough already.  It ruins the game for me.
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    Clare got a reaction from bighat in Game Thread--Twins @ Royals 5-20/22 7:10 PM   
    I have to say that I am getting really tired of the military gear on MLB ballplayers.  Parents take their impressionable kids to the  game to see their team. The military pays MLB to wear the gear to make an impression on the kids. The players have no choice but to wear what they are given.  Enough already.  It ruins the game for me.
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    Clare got a reaction from Squirrel in Game Thread--Twins @ Royals 5-20/22 7:10 PM   
    I have to say that I am getting really tired of the military gear on MLB ballplayers.  Parents take their impressionable kids to the  game to see their team. The military pays MLB to wear the gear to make an impression on the kids. The players have no choice but to wear what they are given.  Enough already.  It ruins the game for me.
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    Clare reacted to beckmt in Rocco Baldelli Regaining 'Manager of the Year' Form, to the Dismay of Haters   
    To me the way Rocco is using his bullpen is scary, it works well now, but will it work well when the overused pen starts to flame out later in the year.  Unless management plan is 
    1. Alacla will be back
    2. the rookies starters in Wichita will be in the pen later in the year. 
     
    Both require faith.  This team could still fall apart quickly later in the year.  Good thing is the hitting is not at where it probably wind up.  But the only effect the manager will have is on bullpen usage.  And that scares me.  
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    Clare reacted to tarheeltwinsfan in Rocco Baldelli Regaining 'Manager of the Year' Form, to the Dismay of Haters   
    I like Rocco's style of management. Laid back, praises the players when appropriate and does not publicly throw anyone under the bus. Articulate. Good manners. Minnesota nice. Rocco has much more info upon which to base his decisions than we do. Some of this info cannot be shared out of loyalty to the particular player or the coach involved and some info cannot be shared because it would give the opposing teams information they could use against the Twins in a game. Through experiences in my life, I have come to admire the man in the arena. Theodore Roosevelt wrote: "It is not the critic who counts; it is not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. " Rocco is the leader on the field and in the clubhouse for the Minnesota Twins, my favorite team from even before the Senators moved to Minnesota.  I admire his persistent efforts to help my all-time favorite sports team achieve goals which we dream about. 
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    Clare reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Rocco Baldelli Regaining 'Manager of the Year' Form, to the Dismay of Haters   
    Hate is a pretty strong word. "Dislike" or "confusion" over some of Rocco's decisions might be more appropriate. Rocco's belief in the mythical "100 pitches" and now the "third time through the batting order" schtick vex us old-timers and some of his batting line-ups defy all baseball logic even for the young-timers. I don't like any of those things. Doesn't mean I hate the man.
    As far as Manager of the Year, bring that up after the All-Popular (Star) game and let's see where the Twins are in the standings. I hope they're on top, or at least in contention. If they are I will have less dislike for Rocco's methods.
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    Clare reacted to TwinsChupacabra in Rocco Baldelli Regaining 'Manager of the Year' Form, to the Dismay of Haters   
    I'm not buying it either.  Their record, I'm afraid, is largely due to the super easy schedule so far.  While the Twins won 2 out of 3 against the Rays, they got killed by the Dodgers and Astros.  All the other teams they played are terrible.  SO, they haven't been tested.  If they can play well against actual good teams, then you can see what you've got in them.  
    Their super easy schedule continues until June.
    If they made the playoffs, they'd be huge underdogs.
    How about letting Rocco get a single playoff game win before calling him great?    
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    Clare reacted to MABB1959 in Twins Fans Ride Out Severe Weather at Wednesday's Suspended Game   
    I purchased tickets to yesterday's game for my daughter and her family (close to $300) for 4 tickets.  Main reason was Correa would be playing against Houston.  I bought a Correa jersey for my 10 year old grandson when he first signed so thought it would be a fun game to attend.  Star Wars night was a plus and the fact that the ownership seems to be investing in the team weighed into my decision.  Well it didn't turn out to be a good night first because Correa didn't play, and then the weather (spent a lot of time in the underground shelter).  They can't go to today's game so hoping getting replacement tickets to another game will be a possibility.  That is a lot of money to pay for a family of 4 to attend less than 1/2 of a baseball game.
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    Clare reacted to mikelink45 in Astros 5, Twins 0, Verlander Dominates Hapless Twins   
    The school was in session - Verlander showed Ryan what a great pitcher does.  In fact, he showed the statheads what is important - it is not Ks - it is outs.  Great game. and the lineup waited for good pitches. They were patient and productive - like the Dodgers this is an important lesson.  For the managers - stolen bases and hit and run still works.
    What a game - thanks Astros.  Like the Dodgers they taught the lesson of quality play. 
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    Clare reacted to PatPfund in Miguel Sano: Boom, Bust, or Both?   
    To answer the final question, Sano has been neither a bust, not has he justified the hype. All you have to do is read through the answers already given to come up with a one word description of Sano's career with the Twins: disappointment.
    I think the talent is there, and I don't "hate" Sano; he seems like a decent team-mate. But for whatever reason (too much pub as a kid, becoming enamored with HR distance, having it too easy early to put in the work, lack of hunger, I just don't know), he has been resistant to advice/coaching (Rod Carew's opinion, not just mine), and I don't think the full potential will ever be met. He is what he is unless the jolt of not being renewed lights a fire.
    And what he is, is thoroughly replaceable; if not during this season, then definitely in the offseason. I think he still gets too much credit here for what is rapidly becoming a distant past. Check his page on Baseball Reference (link below), and you will find of his 7.9 career WAR, he'd earned 5.5 of them by 2017 (aka 5 years ago). He really has only had one good year since, 2019, when he added 2.5. That means in the past three seasons (including what he has played of this season), Sano is a -.1 WAR, or just less than average. And almost all of the positive there was earned in the last half of last season when the Twins were essentially eliminated and dumping players.
    I'm not for cutting/releasing Sano as long as he remains a good teammate; he still could pop a decent hot streak that helps the team this year. But I'm ready to move on, and I expect the Twins are as well.
    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanomi01.shtml
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    Clare reacted to CRF in Miguel Sano: Boom, Bust, or Both?   
    I think everyone could/can see the tantalizing potential, but it just hasn't materialized on anywhere near a consistent basis. As was said earlier...there's been absolutely zero growth and progress with him. At this point, I can't see it happening. Unfortunately, he's stayed exactly the same, or even regressed, since he first came up in 2015. Wow...if he could turn on a switch and somehow figure it out, he could easily be a 40-50 HR, 100 RBI guy, and even if he could hit .240-.250, it would be worthwhile. It's time to let him go somewhere else and become some other teams project. I wish him the best, but I want him gone
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