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    jimbo92107 reacted to Mark G in Risky Business: The 2023 Twins Will Be a Medical Science Experiment   
    First off, don't base your assessment of the coming year(s) by what this FO or above says; they have never been straight forward with us in their entire existence.  Second, don't try to assume a payroll number going into the season.  The 3 years combined of '20-'22 have produced a total of just under 3.2M tickets sold.  In other words, the last 3 years put together have produced a net loss that JP is not going to take lightly.  So, assume a payroll cut back, while hoping for better.  We will very likely go with the contracts we are bound to pay no matter what, and pull back on new ones, other than low salary deals for existing or new players.  The one exception just might be Correa, since he has publicly declared he would like to stay, but only if a long term deal can be made for market price.  JP might want to invest long term in a player he can point to, ala Mauer, that helps the team and gives good PR when it comes to fan interest.  If not, get used to hoping we can put together a healthy roster that produces above and beyond expectations.
    And, just as an aside, we also have to remember we do not get 57 games against Detroit, KC, and Chicago next year, as it is a balanced schedule.  That has helped keep us afloat for years now, and will be gone from now on.  Can we compete with the whole league from now on?  Just a thought.  
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from ashbury in Prospect Retrospective: Simeon Woods Richardson   
    Another congratulations to another rookie's first cup of coffee. Simeon Woods Richardson. I won't be typing that whole name very often, but he's liable to have half a dozen nicknames in his first season. SWR for now.
    I love his straight over the top pitching motion, with that steep downward plane that Uncle Bert talks about. He'll get tons of ground outs, plus an occasional titanic homer hit off that delivery. When an uppercut swing hits a downward plane baseball, that's how a ball goes into low earth orbit.
    It'll be fun to see what his stuff does to mlb hitters.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Reevaluating Minnesota’s 3 Young Outfielders   
    I could see an outfield of Larnach, Martin/Celestino and Wallner. Strong arms in the corners, fast CFs improving at the plate. 
    Infield: Urshella the rock at 3rd, Lewis SS, Araez 2B, Miranda 1B. All good hitters, the latter three working to improve their defense.
    This would mean that Buxton and Correa go elsewhere, but youth movements are pretty constant in baseball. 
    And I haven't even mentioned Brooks Lee, who will probably force his way onto the mlb lineup sometime next season...
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from RpR in Reevaluating Minnesota’s 3 Young Outfielders   
    I could see an outfield of Larnach, Martin/Celestino and Wallner. Strong arms in the corners, fast CFs improving at the plate. 
    Infield: Urshella the rock at 3rd, Lewis SS, Araez 2B, Miranda 1B. All good hitters, the latter three working to improve their defense.
    This would mean that Buxton and Correa go elsewhere, but youth movements are pretty constant in baseball. 
    And I haven't even mentioned Brooks Lee, who will probably force his way onto the mlb lineup sometime next season...
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    jimbo92107 reacted to GNess in Austin Martin is Finishing a Redeeming September   
    Celestino has played a lot as a 4th OF type. Martin is likely a big upgrade over Celestino at minimum. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from darwin22 in Twins 4, White Sox 0: Ober Dominates as Wallner Slugs First Target Field Home Run   
    Roy Smalley said it - Bailey Ober's performance was important because it gives the young pitcher a huge boost of confidence going into off season workouts. He knows now that his stuff is good enough to get multiple whiffs and swinging K's. Now he can shore up his strengths and work on eliminating his weak points. 
    It would be nice to see a bit more velo on the heater, so he can use that as a K weapon, not just as a decoy. Otherwise, if his command remains good and his health is good, Ober looks like a very successful mlb pitcher.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Twins 4, White Sox 0: Ober Dominates as Wallner Slugs First Target Field Home Run   
    Roy Smalley said it - Bailey Ober's performance was important because it gives the young pitcher a huge boost of confidence going into off season workouts. He knows now that his stuff is good enough to get multiple whiffs and swinging K's. Now he can shore up his strengths and work on eliminating his weak points. 
    It would be nice to see a bit more velo on the heater, so he can use that as a K weapon, not just as a decoy. Otherwise, if his command remains good and his health is good, Ober looks like a very successful mlb pitcher.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins 4, White Sox 0: Ober Dominates as Wallner Slugs First Target Field Home Run   
    Roy Smalley said it - Bailey Ober's performance was important because it gives the young pitcher a huge boost of confidence going into off season workouts. He knows now that his stuff is good enough to get multiple whiffs and swinging K's. Now he can shore up his strengths and work on eliminating his weak points. 
    It would be nice to see a bit more velo on the heater, so he can use that as a K weapon, not just as a decoy. Otherwise, if his command remains good and his health is good, Ober looks like a very successful mlb pitcher.
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    jimbo92107 reacted to ashbury in Royals 5, Twins 2: Wallner Delivers, but Twins Falter Again   
    I'm starting to lose faith in our chances of winning the Central.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Jerr in Lopez is a hot mess...is Rocco's job secure?   
    Lopez was right about the pitch that set him off, but still, a pitcher's life is full of minor injustices, at least until Robo Ump takes away the human error factor. A closer cannot afford to let anybody see that he's getting ruffled. 
    For Lopez, coaching is not what's needed. He needs a sports psychologist. I say this will all due respect and good intentions. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Wallner in Twins 4, Guardians 11: Gray Injured, Henriquez Debuts in Ugly Loss   
    Speaking of the Pagan virus...
    I'd like to ask every Twins Daily fan to go out and get vaccinated, whatever the current nasty virus is called. Much as we are frustrated by the Electric Pagan Sacrifice, we cannot honestly blame him for the pandemic. 
    Can we?
    Whatever. Go get the jab; don't wind up on the slab.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Lopez is a hot mess...is Rocco's job secure?   
    Lopez was right about the pitch that set him off, but still, a pitcher's life is full of minor injustices, at least until Robo Ump takes away the human error factor. A closer cannot afford to let anybody see that he's getting ruffled. 
    For Lopez, coaching is not what's needed. He needs a sports psychologist. I say this will all due respect and good intentions. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from TopGunn#22 in Lopez is a hot mess...is Rocco's job secure?   
    Lopez was right about the pitch that set him off, but still, a pitcher's life is full of minor injustices, at least until Robo Ump takes away the human error factor. A closer cannot afford to let anybody see that he's getting ruffled. 
    For Lopez, coaching is not what's needed. He needs a sports psychologist. I say this will all due respect and good intentions. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Twins 4, Guardians 11: Gray Injured, Henriquez Debuts in Ugly Loss   
    Speaking of the Pagan virus...
    I'd like to ask every Twins Daily fan to go out and get vaccinated, whatever the current nasty virus is called. Much as we are frustrated by the Electric Pagan Sacrifice, we cannot honestly blame him for the pandemic. 
    Can we?
    Whatever. Go get the jab; don't wind up on the slab.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Mark G in Lopez is a hot mess...is Rocco's job secure?   
    Lopez was right about the pitch that set him off, but still, a pitcher's life is full of minor injustices, at least until Robo Ump takes away the human error factor. A closer cannot afford to let anybody see that he's getting ruffled. 
    For Lopez, coaching is not what's needed. He needs a sports psychologist. I say this will all due respect and good intentions. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from wabene in Game Thread: Twins @ Guardians 12:40CT 9/18/22   
    There you have it. Joe Ryan's last two starts reveal definite "Ace" potential, and that's against a very good hitting Cleveland team. If and when he gets a little better command of his slider, he'll be shutting teams down on a regular basis. 
    Here's a question to mull over the winter: Having seen how good a closer / setup man Jhoan Duran is, would you indulge his preference to be a starter in 2023? Obviously he's a great closer, but if the young man can get similar results over 5 innings as a starter, isn't that more valuable? Imagine a young Roger Clemens as a closer. He would have been great, too. But what a waste!
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Game Thread x 2: Twins @ Guardians, 12:10 & 6:10 CT   
    The Pagan Sacrifice. Somehow the opponent will get two runs. It's Emilio's albatross. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Guardians 5, Twins 1 Wallner Debuts as Twins Drop Game One of Doubleheader   
    Wallner: Nice homer for your first hit. Now, please shave off that scuz fuzz. You don't need to look like a tired 30-something daddy.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from bean5302 in Guardians 5, Twins 1 Wallner Debuts as Twins Drop Game One of Doubleheader   
    Wallner: Nice homer for your first hit. Now, please shave off that scuz fuzz. You don't need to look like a tired 30-something daddy.
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from bighat in Randy Dobnak put on waivers   
    Yeah, it's possible he could be claimed, but I don't see why. The fact the Twinks cut him loose today means they think he's not ready for a comeback yet. Which other team is so desperate that they'd throw a partially healed pitcher out there, possibly to aggravate the injury again?
    Watch him clear waivers, then sign with the Saints. Best outcome for all concerned. With a winter of TLC and careful exercise, Dobbie might just get another shot at the bigs. Lots of us would love to see it. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from DocBauer in Randy Dobnak put on waivers   
    Yeah, it's possible he could be claimed, but I don't see why. The fact the Twinks cut him loose today means they think he's not ready for a comeback yet. Which other team is so desperate that they'd throw a partially healed pitcher out there, possibly to aggravate the injury again?
    Watch him clear waivers, then sign with the Saints. Best outcome for all concerned. With a winter of TLC and careful exercise, Dobbie might just get another shot at the bigs. Lots of us would love to see it. 
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    jimbo92107 reacted to PatPfund in Randy Dobnak put on waivers   
    Nobody is going to claim him with that contract, and his rehab performances (he's been beaten like a rug to use an old-timer's phrase). He'll get a chance to heal up, and try to come back next year. Gonna be a lot more of this type of move before December (the 40 man including a LOT of 60 Day ILers are full of deadwood/fungible/marginal talent).
    (Archer, Bundy, Cotton, Coulombe, Enlow, Megill, Romero, A Sanchez, Stashak, Sands, Caleb Hamilton, Léon, G Sanchez, Sanó, Cave, Urshela, Contreras, Garlick, and Billy Hamilton are all names that might not be here next year, or might be resigned after waivers/release. I'd probably add Pagán, but I doubt the Twins would.)
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from DocBauer in What’s Next for Twins Manager Rocco Baldelli?   
    If Baldi's win percentage is .533, half a point higher than Gardy , Kelly or Molitor, even with all the injuries, doesn't that make him one of the team's all-time great managers?
    What he has done this season is almost the equivalent of an NFL coach losing his entire O line, then coaching up a bunch of rookies to play just about as well as his starters. Sure, you could simply state, "Well, he didn't win the division," but that's pretty ignorant. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Is It Too Early To Start Dreaming About 2023?   
    When I think of all the talented young players either coming off the IL or emerging from the minors, it looks like the Twins are in for a tsunami of talent in 2023. In no particular order: Winder, Sands, Maeda, Paddack, Buxton, Jeffers, Larnach, Lewis, Balazovic, Canterino, Wallner, Martin, Varland, Alcala, Richardson... and of course Brooks Lee might just bash his own path through the minors faster than expected. 
    2022 looked like the Twins were loaded, until they weren't. 2023 looks like a big overload. 
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    jimbo92107 got a reaction from DocBauer in Minor League Report (9/8): Austin Martin Homers, Brooks Lee Dazzles at Short   
    That play by Brooks Lee showed a very high level of athletic ability. Most mlb-quality players can throw from their knees, their butt, etc. But Lee's throw was dynamic, whirling his torso while it was still in motion, yet able to nail the 1B's glove with remarkable accuracy and decent velocity. How many mlb SS can do that? A handful, maybe.
    This guy is a future star, and his stardom is not very far in the future. I'd invite him to spring training, and get his butt to AAA in a hurry. You never have too many position players that can really hit, and really field.
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