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  1. I imagine after Babe Ruth hit more HRs in a single season than many teams did and other teams started adding power hitters many people lamented the fact that no one was putting the ball in play any more. Power hitters are ruining the game! The statheads of the day just ruined it for everyone who loved station to station rounders. Ye statheads shall rejoiceth!
  2. I'm not sure what you think you're accomplishing by telling me that BA is a subset of both OBP and SLG. Everybody knows that. And the rest of your message seems to indicate some grander set of thoughts that I didn't bring up at all but I guess you felt the need to give me as some indicator of why BA is good? Keep to the subject please. While I'm at risk of carrying on a conversation I no longer wish to pursue I'll try again. With respect to Miguel Sano's second half last season, his BA of .250 would tend to tell us it was not a very good second half. However, an OBP of .343 or SLG of .504 or combined an OPS of .847 would indicate that while it wasn't close to his best season it was at least not as bad as we think it was. Again <sigh> a .250 BA doesn't come close to giving a reasonable indicator of how he hit in the 2nd half of 2021 where as any of the other 3 stats give a much more accurate assessment. And with that. I'm done.
  3. Batting average in general. I thought everyone moved past batting average being meaningful long ago. I'm being serious when I say please either show me or point me at a recent article that indicates that BA is making a meaningful comeback. In fact, I'd say OPS is the defacto standard for throwing out a quick evaluator of a players hitting. BA can be "high" and empty (see 1987 Willie McGee). Wrt Sano's numbers that 2nd half BA of .250 is deceptive in relation to his 2nd half OBP/SLG/OPS of 343/504/847. BA just doesn't put his 2nd half into proper perspective. Hence my comment BA is garbage.
  4. Well, his half season splits show a dramatic change. His OBP went from .279 to .343. His OPS went from .705 to .847. Nothing modest about it. Once again, batting average is garbage. We've seen this before but I'm willing to see it again.
  5. I have a hard time believing that anyone still thinks analytics is controversial. After all, baseball has always had more statistics than any sport. As a kid if you were into numbers baseball is what you gravitated to. Analytics is just diving in deeper. With Moneyball it was a realization that as an organization they couldn't just keep doing the same thing they've always done. They had to figure out a different way since the teams with money could hire the best scouts, pay the highest bonuses, sign the expensive free agents and retain their top talent. They had to find an edge other than "baseball savvy" because that's what they had always done and they couldn't compete any more. In today's game, analytics is finally the norm but there's lots of unexplored space in analytics and the today's teams continuing to explore are the equivalent of Moneyball's A's. Finding an edge. Baseball savvy of course still has a place, just not anywhere close to the start-middle-and-end of each organizational decision that it once was. And in my opinion, "Trouble With The Curve" was the equivalent of an old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. Just a big giant dated cliche. And I'm an old man.
  6. Terry Ryan's front office worked really well for a very long time but eventually the old school methods just couldn't compete any longer with the rest of baseball. My complaint at the time was even if you don't believe in the new stats being used you should still do them in order to understand how your competitors are evaluating your players. The rest of baseball was moving to a different paradigm. It was time to change the Minnesota Twins organization and Terry Ryan didn't seem to want to do it, nor do I believe he was the right guy to do it. They needed a revolution, not an evolution. The Falvey front office from day one was tasked with changing the organization. Some of you may not believe it has lead to a better fan experience but that's a baseball-wide issue. The changes that I think are good have to do with diet, conditioning, coaching and yes using new (to MN) technology to help not just evaluate players but to help the players make adjustments in how they play the game. Today's analytics aren't just in evaluating if one player is better than the other for scouting, it's in applying them to help players get better. Does it always work? Nope. But it does put us on an even keel with respect to all of the other organizations. The modernization had to happen and it wasn't going to happen with Terry Ryan due to many things, age, knowledge, drive. Honestly, the analytics thing is a red herring these days. Every team in every sport has moved on to better stats. You may not like it but that's the way world works.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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).
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