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  1. My guess is Colome is kept at $5.5M. The buyout is $1.25M. So the question is can they get better numbers for $4.25M? Given his turnaround since he sucked the oxygen out of the room at the start of the year I suspect they'll keep him. I wish they wouldn't just from a psychological standpoint but ...
  2. Charlie Finley suggested it. Finley came right out and said allow every player to be a free agent after every season Plenty of Finley in The Lords of the Realm by John Helyar which is a terrific book about MLB and the owner/player (and owner/owner) conflicts. I can't recommend it enough.
  3. With a salary floor I believe top salaries will probably just get that much larger. Yes, the lower numbers will go up, but the higher numbers will outpace them by quite a bit. I have no actual numbers to back that up, but I suspect if you look at the NBA right now it would be a good indicator. The top salaries are extraordinary. I don't mind extraordinary salaries (I'd love to be in their position) but I doubt a salary floor would benefit anyone except the top tier. ... and a lower salary cap? Never going to happen.
  4. I'd have a problem with that if Gonsalves, Jay, Stewart and Romero had gone on to do great, or even good, things for another organization. So far it hasn't happened.
  5. Given that the previous FO was given effectively 20 years (1994-2016) to not produce a championship I'm surprised that people seriously think this FO is going to be wholesale canned after 5 years with one of those years being during a pandemic. Even though it is a different set of people I believe loyalty is still one of the basic tenets of the Twins organization as evidenced by how they treated their employees during the pandemic. I don't doubt that there will be changes on an individual basis but it is silly to think they'll throw out the entire regime because they haven't produced a playoff win or they haven't produced a top line starter in the 5 years they've been here (how many other organizations have produced a top line starter in the last 5 years? It's hard to do.) My suspicion is they'd love to be similar to Tampa Bay as an organization but that means they'd have to generate talent and trade away expensive quality players. Which is going to be painful sometimes. I just don't see the organization wanting to start over with another FO any time soon. Falvey has, imo, more or less corrected the direction of this organization. It absolutely is not perfect and there will be more corrections going forward both organizationally and personnel-wise. But where we were 5 years ago vs where we are today is markedly different (again, imo, for the much better). Yes, it's been a bit of a roller-coaster and this year especially has been really disappointing on all fronts but no way would I want to go back to what it was before this FO. My biggest question has been about roster construction and in a standard organization that would fall on the shoulders of the GM, in this case Levine. But in this FO, it's a bit murky as to who is ultimately responsible for it.
  6. You didn't bring up Nolan Ryan another commenter did. Their point seems to be that the greatest of all time didn't need days off or get taken out of ball games to lessen the load therefore why should <pampered player>. So, in that context it does relate. Also, you say that quantity isn't a question then proceed to mention the quantity of innings difference between Berrios and Ryan. Again, Ryan is one of the greatest pitchers ever somewhat due to the fact that he could just keep throwing the ball pitch after pitch, batter after batter, inning after inning, year after year. Why can't Berrios do that? How about, why can't anyone in today's MLB do that? Personally, I think your original question has been answered by spycake... "That means we've given 5 days off total to healthy regulars, as far as I can tell -- and two of those (Kepler vs LHP) were for platoon reasons, one was for an extreme slumping Sano in a doubleheader." How about you reply to that comment instead?
  7. In general using Cy Young and Nolan Ryan to make a point doesn't equate to a good argument. You might as well ask the question, why can't the average pitcher today be as good as the greatest pitchers that ever threw. They're in the HOF for a reason, they were better than everyone else in all aspects (quality and quantity).
  8. With no context I find this comment rather random and highly amusing. I suppose I'll find context by clicking somewhere at which point I'll be less amused by it. What to do, what to do...
  9. I'd guess one tangible benefit to the player is that they are required to be on the MLB roster the entire season, therefore, they get paid MLB league minimum which for some of the rule 5 guys may be the only time they get paid.
  10. I believe the Twins will seriously evaluate all of these guys. That doesn't mean they like these pitchers or like what they are recovering from but it isn't unlike when they signed Pineda to a 2 year deal knowing the first year was a recovery year from TJ surgery.
  11. Maybe this is obvious but if he is still throwing 2 distinct off speed pitches, a slider and a curve, the key then would be to figure out why they now look the same. Personally I'd set up statcast cameras and start throwing until I could get it to see a distinction between the two. But then, I don't have a coaching staff to analyze my mechanics. If he has ditched the slider, maybe the question needs to be ... why?
  12. If Cruz got to bat behind himself he'd have a lot more RBI. He's on base 40% of the time.
  13. So far I wouldn't lump Maeda into the 4-5 inning group. He's has thrown fewer than 6 innings twice this season (one predictably being his first start). The other 4 starts were 6+ with one of those being 8 (after which he predictably threw 5). At this point I'd expect a solid 6.
  14. In the technology world using video to find rectangles is actually pretty easy to do. Even moving rectangles are pretty easy to deal with. Big rectangles driving down the road are found every day by video. I'm not really sure what's all that difficult about it. Radar guns have been able to pick up baseballs for decades now. Combine the two at a fixed position and it seems like it should be something they could dial in in a short amount of time. On the other hand, I'm not the one implementing it. My best to them. Initially I guarantee a large number of batters will think they know how to game the system by dancing/crouching/etc. It'll look like Don Knotts is up there. Could be fun.
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