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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in Reasons for optimism   
    Remember when this was a thread about optimism?
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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 reacted to chpettit19 in Is Anybody Watching? Twins See Sharp Decline In TV Viewers   
    I live in the cities, work in baseball analytics, have MLB.tv and BSN, have Twins season tickets, used to watch or attend 150+ Twins games a year while watching on average 1 other game a day, but have watched maybe a dozen non-Twins games this year to go along with maybe 2 dozen Twins games. Three true outcome baseball with shifts taking away baserunners constantly, the aversion to base stealing, and every AB seemingly taking 8 pitches to get to the inevitable K, BB, or HR is ruining the product. And it feels like there's more plodding corner OFers now that are there for their ability to hit balls 450ft without a care to defense. The athleticism of the game overall feels lesser and that's less entertaining.
    People tune into sports to see people do things the rest of us can't. Like run real fast and jump real high. I'll watch a game featuring Buxton, Acuna, Tatis, Trout, Ohtani type guys even if their team is bad because their athleticism is incredible on it's own. The efficiency of front offices has taken away a lot of the excitement in the game because they've reduced the need for athleticism.
    If the Twins were better I'd watch them more. I'm a prospect watcher so as they call guys up I'll tune in to see how they look at the big league level, and if/when Buxton comes back I'll tune in to watch him. Have a few more games to attend to pretend I'm getting value out of my season tickets, but Twins baseball (and baseball in general) is no longer appointment viewing for me and I'm about as diehard and dedicated to the game as anyone you'll find. The pandemic changed things and any work stoppage over the CBA may be a deathblow to MLB as we know it. It'll still be around, but will be down by hockey in terms of popularity.
    Long post and will end with this, MLB is a regional sport and they're doing themselves no favors by having the Twins play the Brewers only 6 or 7 times a year. Build regional rivalries across the leagues and spread the talent out more. Have to get people to tune into games outside their region and give other franchises a better chance to build a national brand so every ESPN game isn't either a Yankee or Dodgers game.
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    dbminn reacted to Platoon in Is Anybody Watching? Twins See Sharp Decline In TV Viewers   
    TiVo!  Flip through the game. 3/4 of the time you can FF to the inevitable 2-2 count and pick up the action. I just can’t sit and watch a 3:30 game live anymore. Since the vaccine I have also rekindled my interest in amateur ball. Legion, VFW, and some town ball. Needless to say the quality isn’t the same, but there is 3 times the action. Btw, sometimes in Legion ball the outfielders actually hit a cutoff man!
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Is Anybody Watching? Twins See Sharp Decline In TV Viewers   
    I watch about half of the games, less than usual. Part is because the team is bad, the other part is because baseball is bad.
    MLB needs to take action yesterday. TTO baseball with 30 seconds between pitches is boring as **** to watch. 
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Reasons for optimism   
    Oh, I'm very wary of trading a catcher but I'm even more wary of running out another awful starting rotation.
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Reasons for optimism   
    People really make too much of the lineup rotations. This team has had between an average and very good offense for three consecutive seasons and Baldelli has rotated players through the lineup all three seasons.
    Baldelli has done a lot of stuff that makes me cringe this season but the lineup changes don't even register on my radar.
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    dbminn reacted to Brock Beauchamp in Reasons for optimism   
    I agree with most of this, though I'm concerned about a couple of things:
    1. Can Miranda play a useful position or is he going to logjam Sano/Arraez/Larnach/Kirilloff even more? And if he can play third base, how confident are the Twins in moving away from Donaldson? This team can only handle so many corner guys and they already have too many of them.
    2. I love the look of the pitching pipeline... on paper, which I'm sure you agree with.... but I have yet to see any execution of transitioning good prospects into good MLB players, which makes me wary of how much progress we'll see and how quickly we'll see it.
    Which makes me wonder if the team's best option this offseason might be to trade 1-3 of Donaldson, Kepler, and Garver and stack that pitching pipeline even more, preferably returning at least one decent MLB player under control for 1-3 seasons. It's dangerous to loot the offense too extensively to bring back pitching returns but also, I don't see much choice in the matter if this team wants to start competing in April of 2022.
    What makes me optimistic is that unlike most terrible baseball teams, this front office has a lot of talent on-hand, which gives them a bunch of options to improve if they pull the right levers.
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in Reasons for optimism   
    Also, I think Kiriloff is legit, if his wrist can stay healthy, and he looks great at 1B.
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    dbminn got a reaction from birdwatcher in Four Players the Twins Could Trade This Winter   
    There are a lot of players the Twins could trade. Depends on the team's goals. These trade articles should always come with the author's proposed next competitive window.
    If the Twins are looking at 2022-3, they can trade from positional surplus, but IMO only for a quality SP with several years of control. That could include a catcher (Garver/Jeffers), a 2B/UT player (Arraez) or a corner 1B/OF (Kepler/Larnach/Sano/Rooker). They could also add a SP prospect for the right return (heaven forbid they turn out to be the next David Ortiz!).
    Like mikelink said, it's not trading for the sake of trading veterans. They need to be good trades that fit into a plan.
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    dbminn got a reaction from chpettit19 in Four Players the Twins Could Trade This Winter   
    There are a lot of players the Twins could trade. Depends on the team's goals. These trade articles should always come with the author's proposed next competitive window.
    If the Twins are looking at 2022-3, they can trade from positional surplus, but IMO only for a quality SP with several years of control. That could include a catcher (Garver/Jeffers), a 2B/UT player (Arraez) or a corner 1B/OF (Kepler/Larnach/Sano/Rooker). They could also add a SP prospect for the right return (heaven forbid they turn out to be the next David Ortiz!).
    Like mikelink said, it's not trading for the sake of trading veterans. They need to be good trades that fit into a plan.
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    dbminn reacted to Mike Sixel in 40 Man Roster Management For 2022   
    Fangraphs roster resource page is your go to spot for status of players and 40 man and other information.....
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    dbminn reacted to MMMordabito in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    Louie Varland had his turn skipped, and I feared he was hurt.  Lucky for me, he got pushed back to Friday, and I will just happen to be going to that game.  This Quad Cities team has a tough lineup.  Kansas City definitely has the edge in offense at this level.
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    dbminn reacted to Seth Stohs in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    My opinion is that Steer is pretty solid at 2B and 3B... He also is solid at shortstop, though I don't think that he would have great range. 
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    dbminn reacted to mikelink45 in Twins Minor League Report (8/4): Sabato Blasts, Martin’s Heroics   
    I read the new top fifty ESPN prospect list - no Twins on it.  Martin and Lewis were listed in those who were discussed but did not make the list so they will be top 100.  I am always interested in what writers outside MN have to say about our players - just for perspective.  
    I would imagine it is hard for them and our writers to continue to list Royce Lewis as number one after losing two years.  His return will be fascinating. 
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    dbminn reacted to mikelink45 in Four Players the Twins Could Trade This Winter   
    This is the wrong end of the equation - trades should happen when the other team offers more value than we perceive from a player.  Anyone can be traded, not just those listed, but not just for sake of trading them.
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    dbminn reacted to Major League Ready in Four Players the Twins Could Trade This Winter   
    Seems like an extreme reaction to losing one player (Berrios) who was under team control next year.  We need to resign Buxton.  There are a half dozen prospects in the system that could become as good as Berrios.  It's also possible Berrios could be replaced by a free agent.  There might be one (Martin) that could become as impactful as Buxton and that's a big if.
    The guy I could see being traded is Arreaz.  He is one of my favorite players but Miranda is an ideal replacement.  He would get time at 3B/2B/1B/DH.  We would be positioned to move Donaldson if Miranda continues to mash at he MLB level. 
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    dbminn reacted to Vanimal46 in Four Players the Twins Could Trade This Winter   
    It’s actually Twins Minor League Daily. The major league team has been dismissed until 2024 around here lately. 
    Aaron Gleeman tweeted tonight the Twins are 3-43 allowing more than 5 runs, 42-20 allowing less than 5 runs. Dismantling the offense doesn’t sound like a winning strategy to me. 
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    dbminn reacted to Craig Arko in Four Players the Twins Could Trade This Winter   
    I feel as though I logged into White Sox Daily by mistake.
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    dbminn got a reaction from MMMordabito in 5 Free Agent Options for the Minnesota Twins to Replace José Berríos   
    These are all good choices, although I don't think the Twins will sign any of them in the offseason. They may be better off trading prospects or select major leaguers for a young SP who has several remaining years of control.
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    dbminn reacted to theBOMisthebomb in Game Score: Twins 7, Reds 5   
    Yes, great clutch AB from Polanco. Then, of course, I knew the whole time that the Twins closer Colome would slam the door in the 9th and get the save. There's still a lot of entertainment in a lost baseball season like the 2021 version of the Twins. 
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    dbminn reacted to roger in Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month - July 2021   
    Interesting group and we all know how much help the Twins bullpen needs.
    Wondering how Gore has a 1.00 WHIP with 8 hits and 8 walks in 13.0 innings?
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    dbminn got a reaction from greggwarren in Is Jorge Polanco the Veteran Leader for the Twins Turnaround?   
    Polanco is the only leader sure to stick around.
    #2 is Garver, a now experienced catcher who is able to lead a young pitching staff. He is tradeable with Jeffers ready and a need for SP.
    #3 is Buxton. He works as hard as anyone and he's fought through struggles. I hope the Twins pony up and pay him. 
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    dbminn got a reaction from LA VIkes Fan in Is Jorge Polanco the Veteran Leader for the Twins Turnaround?   
    Polanco is the only leader sure to stick around.
    #2 is Garver, a now experienced catcher who is able to lead a young pitching staff. He is tradeable with Jeffers ready and a need for SP.
    #3 is Buxton. He works as hard as anyone and he's fought through struggles. I hope the Twins pony up and pay him. 
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    dbminn reacted to roger in The Twins Bought Low on Austin Martin   
    He has played what, three months of AA ball after sitting out a year following college and some are downgrading his potential.  And he is playing while dealing with an injured hand.  Bah Humbug!
    I am amazed that the Twins were able to pry him away from Toronto.  Why you ask?  Looked at Toronto's draft last year.  They paid this kid $7.0M to sign, which was $820,000 over the allotted slot of $6.18M.  That was the second highest bonus paid last year, which ties to some who maintain he was one of the top two prospects in the draft.  The result was that the Jays ended up around 5% over their allotted pool, ie, they paid a hefty tax.  With everything Toronto paid to get this kid, I doubt their opinion slipped, especially considering he is playing with that injury. 
    So why were the Twins able to get this kid and a top notch young pitcher?  Easy, they traded one hell of a great young pitcher who will help the Jays battle for the playoffs this year and next.  Berrios just may be an ACE, but most of us here have nitpicked his talent apart for the past whatever years.  Why, probably in part because the bloody Twins haven't been able to satisfy our yearning for some playoff success.  
    None of us knows what the future holds for this young man.  But odds are pretty darn good that he is gonna be heck of a good one.
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