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    dbminn got a reaction from wabene in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Nothing makes a manager look better than a great bullpen. Regardless of how one feels about Rocco, he didn't have the arms this season. A moribund bullpen. 🤫
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    dbminn got a reaction from h2oface in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Nothing makes a manager look better than a great bullpen. Regardless of how one feels about Rocco, he didn't have the arms this season. A moribund bullpen. 🤫
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    dbminn got a reaction from h2oface in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    You win the Most Concise and Biting Comment Award! Hard to argue too...
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    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler were all under 25 and on the Twins in 2016. Berrios, Pressley, Duffey and May were all on the big league team. They had won 83 games in 2015. Ryan et al had drafted Kirilloff, Baddoo, Rortvedt, Balazovic and Miranda in 2016. 
    Yes, the draft sucked for three years. The only player to develop, Garver, is thanks to the current front office. But I just named 14 players that have had a positive impact from the Ryan years. That is not a roster moribund and in despair. 
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    dbminn reacted to bean5302 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Keeping Pineda on the roster and pitching is totally defensible. The Twins already have 3 rookies in the rotation and 2 of the 3 are long shots to stick. They honestly don't have any MLB caliber starting pitcher candidates who aren't in the rotation right now. When Ryan is ready after his return from Tokyo, I expect he'll get a look. Thorpe will probably get a look if his velocity is there, Dobnak will probably be available at the end of the month. There aren't any legit options waiting for their shot right now.
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    dbminn got a reaction from gunnarthor in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    You win the Most Concise and Biting Comment Award! Hard to argue too...
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    As someone said above, it didn't matter who he brought in earlier this year, they'd fail. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Nothing makes a manager look better than a great bullpen. Regardless of how one feels about Rocco, he didn't have the arms this season. A moribund bullpen. 🤫
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    dbminn reacted to bean5302 in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Oh yeah, the way they had Garver play 1/2 to 1/3 of his games in the minors at utility positions and didn't give him a legitimate shot until they failed to protect Stuart Turner from the rule 5 draft, Jason Castro got injured, and their ill-advised free agent signing, Bobby Wilson, played like crap. The front office didn't defend Garver, instead allowing Molitor and Glen Perkins, among other pitchers, to take a nasty public swipes at the future starting catcher in 2017-2018.
    By the way, Garver made the call to a catcher framing coach, Tanner Swanson, not the Twins front office, and Garver spent the time working to improve himself. So Falvey does get credit for hiring the coach Garver reached out to for training, but it was Garver who was trying to seek an avenue of improvement.
    If it weren't for Garver's initiative and hard work while being publicly humiliated and largely ignored by this front office, he certainly wouldn't be starting for the Twins. This front office did just about everything they could to miss Garver's talent.
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    How much do you think a manager matters? I mean, a FA player gets about $7-8MM per win......and only a handful of managers make even $5MM.....I can't see that they matter that much. Probably 2-3 wins, making them underpaid relative to players. I could be wrong, maybe they are worth a lot more, but then I'd think they'd be paid a lot more.
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    dbminn got a reaction from Mike Sixel in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Pretty bad is better than "near death" and "in despair". 
    The change needed to be made. Falvey and Levine should get credit for convincing the Pohlad's to provide needed investments in the farm system and analytics. But they had six top-100 prospects on the roster, all under 25. They had a great draft class entering their first year. It's not like the rebuilds of the Astros of the past or the Tigers of the present. 
    Like I continue to say, Falvey and Levine have done okay - great in some spots, questionable in others. I agree that 2022 is a pivotal year for their regime. I just get tired of the hyperbole.
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    dbminn got a reaction from sjunisu in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I generally agree with your comment, I have not called for Falvey or Levine's head.  I disagree that the system was moribund, which was Nick's summation:
    "This reassembled baseball ops department has been working ahead of schedule basically since they took over a moribund franchise in despair."
    That's a bit much. The org was behind in the times but the system's roster was not "near death".
    And... they inherited a 23 year old Berrios who had pitched well at both AA and AAA but only had 14 MLB starts to his name. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from gunnarthor in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler were all under 25 and on the Twins in 2016. Berrios, Pressley, Duffey and May were all on the big league team. They had won 83 games in 2015. Ryan et al had drafted Kirilloff, Baddoo, Rortvedt, Balazovic and Miranda in 2016. 
    Yes, the draft sucked for three years. The only player to develop, Garver, is thanks to the current front office. But I just named 14 players that have had a positive impact from the Ryan years. That is not a roster moribund and in despair. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Rigby in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    Buxton, Rosario, Sano, Polanco and Kepler were all under 25 and on the Twins in 2016. Berrios, Pressley, Duffey and May were all on the big league team. They had won 83 games in 2015. Ryan et al had drafted Kirilloff, Baddoo, Rortvedt, Balazovic and Miranda in 2016. 
    Yes, the draft sucked for three years. The only player to develop, Garver, is thanks to the current front office. But I just named 14 players that have had a positive impact from the Ryan years. That is not a roster moribund and in despair. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    I generally agree with your comment, I have not called for Falvey or Levine's head.  I disagree that the system was moribund, which was Nick's summation:
    "This reassembled baseball ops department has been working ahead of schedule basically since they took over a moribund franchise in despair."
    That's a bit much. The org was behind in the times but the system's roster was not "near death".
    And... they inherited a 23 year old Berrios who had pitched well at both AA and AAA but only had 14 MLB starts to his name. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    The Twins weren't exactly "moribund" when Falvey and Levine arrived. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from In My La Z boy in In Defense of the Twins Front Office   
    The Twins weren't exactly "moribund" when Falvey and Levine arrived. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from wabene in Reasons for optimism   
    I'm optimistic that:
    At least a couple of the long list of SP prospects will become very good major leaguer pitchers. It can take time for them to develop and there have been a lot of injuries, but by sheer numbers, at least a few will succeed.  Rortvedt will eventually hit major league pitching. Catchers are two-way players, so it can take some time for both tools to develop. His defense is so good, he'll get multiple chances to improve his hitting. Miranda will become (at least) a very good major league hitter. He has upped his power a lot, added walks and still doesn't K  much. That's a great combination. I'll continue to attend both Twins and Saints games. The latter to watch all the prospects, the former because major league baseball is great. Once I enter the stadium, I tend to forget about the team's record. It's all about that day's game.
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    dbminn got a reaction from Dman in Reasons for optimism   
    I'm optimistic that:
    At least a couple of the long list of SP prospects will become very good major leaguer pitchers. It can take time for them to develop and there have been a lot of injuries, but by sheer numbers, at least a few will succeed.  Rortvedt will eventually hit major league pitching. Catchers are two-way players, so it can take some time for both tools to develop. His defense is so good, he'll get multiple chances to improve his hitting. Miranda will become (at least) a very good major league hitter. He has upped his power a lot, added walks and still doesn't K  much. That's a great combination. I'll continue to attend both Twins and Saints games. The latter to watch all the prospects, the former because major league baseball is great. Once I enter the stadium, I tend to forget about the team's record. It's all about that day's game.
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    dbminn got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Reasons for optimism   
    I'm optimistic that:
    At least a couple of the long list of SP prospects will become very good major leaguer pitchers. It can take time for them to develop and there have been a lot of injuries, but by sheer numbers, at least a few will succeed.  Rortvedt will eventually hit major league pitching. Catchers are two-way players, so it can take some time for both tools to develop. His defense is so good, he'll get multiple chances to improve his hitting. Miranda will become (at least) a very good major league hitter. He has upped his power a lot, added walks and still doesn't K  much. That's a great combination. I'll continue to attend both Twins and Saints games. The latter to watch all the prospects, the former because major league baseball is great. Once I enter the stadium, I tend to forget about the team's record. It's all about that day's game.
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    dbminn reacted to Major League Ready in How confident are you in the FO to turn this around?   
    Yes.  However, the FO is accountable for the other units of the organization.  If the proper development does not take place, it is up to them to institute new practices or replace the personnel who are failing.  The staff was pilfered by other teams which speaks well of the people they put in place.  Did the departures hurt.  Probably at least in the short-term.  We are going to be in a much better position to evaluate the organization by the end of next year.
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    dbminn reacted to prouster in How confident are you in the FO to turn this around?   
    Do you have any recent examples of guys going from college to MLB in their draft year? I can only think of Chris Sale, who isn’t that recent anymore. And how does your idea explain pitchers like Scherzer and DeGrom?
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    dbminn got a reaction from wabene in How confident are you in the FO to turn this around?   
    I'm slightly pessimistic. I have a few concerns:
    The FO has forced themselves into 40-man roster decisions that didn't have to happen. They could've bolstered the MLB roster through trades of prospects. Instead, they have signed several bargain-basement RP to the 40-man roster at the expense of younger players. This cost them an athletic player in Baddoo. The FO knew him as a person and had monitored his progress but still let him go. Nobody could have guessed he'd already be playing well in the big leagues but they completely missed on his potential.
    They left Baldelli without a bench coach in 2021. Not that this would've changed the season, but there is so much going on these days that a veteran right-hand man should be there. This includes spring training as well as the regular season.
    Like Brock said, they have failed to develop pitchers at the upper levels, including the majors. They have been successful at increasing velo and altering pitch mixes. They haven't improved command/control and in some cases, the pitchers have fallen back. The only success was Odorizzi, who gained a little velocity and kept the rest of his stuff intact.
    OTOH, I liked locking up Polanco, Kepler and Sano to long-term deals. They give the team a chance to retool instead of rebuild. They've also done a good job developing catchers.
    Hard to say if they have been successful in the drafts. There have been injuries and a year off due to covid. I think the 2017 draft looks solid. Time will tell but I think the FO can defend their 2017 choices. The Sabato choice left me shaking my head and Cavaco was a reach. Who knows? Maybe they both become all-stars.
    In any case, the honeymoon is over. 2022 is going to show if Falvey and Levine have what it takes. They will need to be aggressive and set a clear plan for the future, whether to retool or completely rebuild. We'll also see if their system has developed prospects into major league SP.
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from Major League Ready in How confident are you in the FO to turn this around?   
    I'm slightly pessimistic. I have a few concerns:
    The FO has forced themselves into 40-man roster decisions that didn't have to happen. They could've bolstered the MLB roster through trades of prospects. Instead, they have signed several bargain-basement RP to the 40-man roster at the expense of younger players. This cost them an athletic player in Baddoo. The FO knew him as a person and had monitored his progress but still let him go. Nobody could have guessed he'd already be playing well in the big leagues but they completely missed on his potential.
    They left Baldelli without a bench coach in 2021. Not that this would've changed the season, but there is so much going on these days that a veteran right-hand man should be there. This includes spring training as well as the regular season.
    Like Brock said, they have failed to develop pitchers at the upper levels, including the majors. They have been successful at increasing velo and altering pitch mixes. They haven't improved command/control and in some cases, the pitchers have fallen back. The only success was Odorizzi, who gained a little velocity and kept the rest of his stuff intact.
    OTOH, I liked locking up Polanco, Kepler and Sano to long-term deals. They give the team a chance to retool instead of rebuild. They've also done a good job developing catchers.
    Hard to say if they have been successful in the drafts. There have been injuries and a year off due to covid. I think the 2017 draft looks solid. Time will tell but I think the FO can defend their 2017 choices. The Sabato choice left me shaking my head and Cavaco was a reach. Who knows? Maybe they both become all-stars.
    In any case, the honeymoon is over. 2022 is going to show if Falvey and Levine have what it takes. They will need to be aggressive and set a clear plan for the future, whether to retool or completely rebuild. We'll also see if their system has developed prospects into major league SP.
     
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    dbminn reacted to bighat in How did you get hooked on baseball?   
    A World Series Championship during one's formative years will certainly bring in a lot of new fans. I was 12 years old in 1987 and that post-season run cemented me as a Twins fan for life.
    I'd been hooked since much younger, probably since 1984 when my teacher told me to go downstairs and visit the school secretaries' office. Opening the door I saw my grandpa and great-uncle, smiles on their faces and Twins tickets in hand. They were busting me out of school to go see an afternoon Twins game. Crackerjacks, hot dogs with mustard packets, the organ, big announcer voice coming over the PA, the whole nine yards. And this was back during the Metrodome days, which was quite possibly the worst stadium in professional sports. I don't remember the score or even who was playing, but I was captivated. Look what's going on in the world, there's so much more to life than my little classroom in room 301 at Jefferson Elementary School.
    Wanna get your grandkids interested in baseball? Next April or May, show up at their school with a couple of Twins tickets for a Wednesday afternoon game.
     
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