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    dbminn got a reaction from brvama in Article: Reasons For Optimism   
    After four years of home-team horrors, it is fun to watch the Twins again. Three keys:
    The starting rotation has provided a decent proportion of quality starts.  I no longer cringe when our outfielders have to make a play. Generally smart, aggressive base running. This is a flawed team with a bright future. Prospects at nearly every position, potential trade chips and a solid corps at the major league level. There will be another year of growing pains as the youngsters gain experience, but from here on out, I'm going to enjoy the ride.
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from blairpaul715 in Article: Reasons For Optimism   
    After four years of home-team horrors, it is fun to watch the Twins again. Three keys:
    The starting rotation has provided a decent proportion of quality starts.  I no longer cringe when our outfielders have to make a play. Generally smart, aggressive base running. This is a flawed team with a bright future. Prospects at nearly every position, potential trade chips and a solid corps at the major league level. There will be another year of growing pains as the youngsters gain experience, but from here on out, I'm going to enjoy the ride.
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from birdwatcher in Article: Reasons For Optimism   
    After four years of home-team horrors, it is fun to watch the Twins again. Three keys:
    The starting rotation has provided a decent proportion of quality starts.  I no longer cringe when our outfielders have to make a play. Generally smart, aggressive base running. This is a flawed team with a bright future. Prospects at nearly every position, potential trade chips and a solid corps at the major league level. There will be another year of growing pains as the youngsters gain experience, but from here on out, I'm going to enjoy the ride.
     
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    dbminn got a reaction from Squirrel in Article: Reasons For Optimism   
    After four years of home-team horrors, it is fun to watch the Twins again. Three keys:
    The starting rotation has provided a decent proportion of quality starts.  I no longer cringe when our outfielders have to make a play. Generally smart, aggressive base running. This is a flawed team with a bright future. Prospects at nearly every position, potential trade chips and a solid corps at the major league level. There will be another year of growing pains as the youngsters gain experience, but from here on out, I'm going to enjoy the ride.
     
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    dbminn reacted to USAFChief in Torii's Defensive Metrics   
    It depends which metric you chose.
     
    According to Fangraphs, 2015:
     
    By DRS, tied for last among 24 RFers
     
    By UZR, 10th of 24
     
    By "DEF" (a rather undefined combination of factors), 10th of 24, right between Heyward and Harper.
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    dbminn reacted to Cris E in Article: What To Make Of Eddie Rosario?   
    I think they'll keep Rosario in LF, Arcia at DH and Vargas in AAA until either Buxton or Vargas forces their hand. Then we'll send Rosario down and bring up the one that can't be denied.  The improved defense is a huge part of the recent improvement in pitching, which is a huge part of the improvement in record. I think Molitor knows that and is trying to find a polite way of getting it without knocking Arcia's glovework directly.
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    dbminn reacted to tobi0040 in Article: What To Make Of Eddie Rosario?   
    And this is exactly the way it should be.  The guy doesn't just get handed a spot out of spring training.He wasn't put at the top of the order. He comes up, sees how his game compares.  Gets his feet wet and the nerves out.  Then goes back to AAA with a few things he needs to work on.
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    dbminn reacted to HitInAPinch in Article: What To Make Of Eddie Rosario?   
    A tranquilizer shot in the butt would help :-)
     
    Paul Molitor has been quoted many times on how much he likes the way Rosario plays the game.  On May 15: 
     
    “He’s obviously trying too hard,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I’ve watched him play and have a lot of at-bats in the minor leagues. I haven’t seen him swing and miss as much as he has here, particularly as of late.”
     
    Rosario now has a rep:  throw him ANYTHING and he'll swing at it.  I think Molitor really wants a chance to work with Rosario a bit longer.  He still most likely will be sent back down.
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Lee Dominates   
    I wondered if they would just have him go to the bullpen, but he told me a few weeks ago that he was going up to 6 innings in EST games. It's really remarkable what he has been able to come back from. I hope he does well. One of the really good people.
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    dbminn reacted to jimmer in Article: Clutch Joe Mauer Is Suddenly An RBI Machine   
    For his career, Mauer bats .333/.457/.480 with RISP. Those numbers are better than his career slashline in every category.
     
    Yes, this year his numbers with RISP are even better, but it's not like he's always been a slacker in RBI situations.  RBI is a stat this is dependent on opportunities.  Dependent on other players getting into scoring position. His clutch numbers are also very good across the board for his career, for those who talk about how clutch he has or hasn't been in his career.
     
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.cgi?id=mauerjo01&year=Career&t=b
     
     
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    dbminn reacted to HitInAPinch in Article: Kepler Shows Breakout Potential   
    Wow, a potential keeper who weighs less that 250! 
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    dbminn reacted to JB_Iowa in Are you ready to change your win prediction?   
    I've always felt this team was totally unpredictable.
     
    There are too many younger players who can progress -- or regress.  Plus, there are a plethora of minor leaguers who may get a chance to make an impact.
     
    Just sit back and enjoy the ride.  You'll have plenty of time to dissect whether they will finish the season with a winning record.
     
    There's quite a bit of young talent available -- majors and minors.  It depends on who gets hot AND whether the Twins harness that heat.
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    dbminn reacted to jokin in Article: Tommy Milone: Making A Statement   
    Spot on.   Geez Chief, you're already on your game, at what?  5:28 AM?
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    dbminn reacted to nater79a in Article: Tommy Milone: Making A Statement   
    What about a scenario #5: Dangle Milone on the open market and see what you can get? A lefty starter  has to to be attractive to some pitching starved clubs.
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in Article: Is Trevor May Paving the Way for Alex Meyer?   
    The thought that a guy who looks completely lost right now can just suddenly come up to the Major Leagues and succeed is baffling to me. If he's frustrated that he wasn't called up last year or didn't start the season in the big leagues this year, he needs to get over that. (Note - I don't think this is it at all. Meyer is a good, smart person) But, the thought that a guy who gave up seven consecutive hits in AAA would get called up to the big leagues and get hitters out makes no sense. 
     
    He needs to work through his issues right now. Confidence might be a big part of it. Mechanics might be another. I think that the likelihood of him getting sent to Extended Spring Training to work through mechanics for a few weeks is much more likely than the odds of him getting called up right now. 
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    dbminn reacted to nater79a in Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/13): La Máquina Gun Walkoff Funk   
    I agree. If you just look through the prism of their performance today and ignore their backgrounds, Milone edges out Berrios, if only so slightly. Both very solid efforts though.
     
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    dbminn reacted to Shane Wahl in Travis Harrison or Adam Brett Walker?   
    Not to merely complicate things, but I will . . . what about choosing between Harrison, Walker, and Kepler? Just like I think only one of Arcia, Vargas, and Pinto will remain with the Twins after Aug. 1 2016, I think only one of this minor league trio has a future with the Twins.
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in What to do with Arcia?   
    At some point, one or two of Vargas, Arcia, and Pinto are going to have to be traded. I hope they all succeed and the Twins can get some value in return for them.
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    dbminn reacted to diehardtwinsfan in Article: It's Time For Aaron Hicks   
    I think we need to be a bit careful about determining what character flaws Hicks may or may not have.  I have no doubt that there's a mental component here (there is for everyone), and I'll even go as far as saying it weighs a bit bigger with Hicks than it does for other players, but to say he's an air head, stubborn, has attitude issues, etc. goes a bit too far in my opinion (and I should that as a moderator, there's a policy on this too), so please let's try to keep this toping going without personal shots at Hicks.
     
    I get the point that this is a flawed BB team that's in contention.  You're absolutely right, but as others have pointed out, this is still in SSS territory.  Granted Hicks never had a stretch like this in the last two years in the majors, but he did have some nice spring training stretches.  I also think you're right in that there's probably some sort of personality conflict between Him and Gardenhire, but we are talking about 20 games here.  I think there's something to letting him get comfortable.  I'd rather not bring him north a 3rd time so he can turn out to be no better than the guys he's replacing.  Let's see if he can repeat it. 
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Article: It's Time For Aaron Hicks   
    I see the Twins being forced to move one or more of Vargas, Pinto, or Arcia in the next year or two. The Twins have three players who profile best as DH and a slew of outfield prospects that are better defensively. Something has to give.
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    dbminn reacted to TheLeviathan in Article: It's Time For Aaron Hicks   
    What, exactly, makes you so sure he is better?  Hicks has had two shots and has been as bad as Schaefer has both times while playing some pretty subpar defense to boot.  
     
    I always targeted June 1st as the time for Hicks unless he forced the issue.  His problem is consistency and bringing his A game no matter what else is going on.  Can that be shown in a month of AAA?  To me, the answer to Hicks' readiness isn't going to be found in the boxscore.  It'll be from the coaches reports on his attitude and approach.  
     
    But let's be clear about things, the last option year is not a reason to jump now.  If anything, it's more reason to get it right this time.  There is only one chance to salvage Hicks as part of the future, rushing to judgement out of fear of options only adds to that pressure.  
     
    Also, the fact of Schaefer's age and similar production as reasons for promoting Hicks are a non-factor.  Schaefer has zero chance of being a part of the future.  Hicks still has a slim chance.  This has nothing to do with a comparison of career production and everything to do with Hicks having only one more shot to get it right.  I don't find that argument particularly compelling yet, not unless his coaches down there see him as a changed man.
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    dbminn reacted to Linus in Article: It's Time For Aaron Hicks   
    It's not about the major league club it's about doing the right thing for Hicks which would be to let him master AAA.
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    dbminn reacted to birdwatcher in Stick a fork in Hunter, he is done.   
    I'm getting so darned confused. A few days ago I was digesting the fact that the Twins were losing games because of Hunter. Now I'm hearing a contradictory fact that they're winning games in spite of Hunter.
     
    I agree with Brock. Given the coming transition to Buxton, Rosario, Arcia, and perhaps Hicks, and the overwhelming likelihood that Hunter is replaced no later than next spring and probably earlier, this is a problem that has an eventual solution and that is hardly a devastating one.
     
    Hell, I'm going to concentrate my disgust on how terrible Boyer is.
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    dbminn reacted to Blake in Santana's Defense   
    A couple of years ago, I cringed every time a ball was hit to Trevor Plouffe. 
     
    Now, Plouffe is not only making the plays he should, but he's making a few very good plays. In other words, Plouffe has turned into a solid third base. A position the Twins have had trouble with for the last few years.
     
    Brian Dozier wasn't good at SS and was moved to Second Base, which had been another black hole for the Twins. Enough said.
     
    Escobar isn't the future and, based on the results of Dozier and Plouffe, maybe cut the organization some slack in regards to Santana. 
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