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  1. I begrudgingly agree with your point that the crowding of fielders lessons the value of the better fielders. But I’m longing for the sure to come day when hard bunts into the opposite field correct this abominable aberration we call “the shift”. And maybe we should be prepared for it.
  2. 100% this. Staying off the barrel is the objective for pitchers learning the craft. The best ones become starters. Starters might face the same guys 3 or 4 times in a game. Their command of the strike zone is key. Their margin for error is reduced due to the hitters familiarity. The bullpen guys face hitters once during the game. They can be sporadically fantastic with velocity at the expense control. Everyone is looking for the guys that throw 100mph and paints the black. The Yankees buy all them guys.
  3. One of my favorite Tony Larussa comments came after a Cardinal WS game pitched by Chris Carpenter vs Roy Halladay. I don’t even remember who won, but it was low scoring. I think both pitchers went the distance. After the game Larussa was asked for his take on the fantastic pitching performances witnessed. He commented (my memory fails me for the exact quote so this is paraphrased) “Just a couple of pitch to contact guys doing their thing.”
  4. Sad that Simmons has fallen so far. I was a huge proponent of his. But now I agree he’s done. If Cruz would return as the hitting coach I’d have him in a heartbeat with a lifetime contract. But when his eyesight catches up with his age that precious clubhouse dynamic he brings will shift directions. As much as I love him I say no. But the club needs to find that cohesiveness he created somewhere. I’m sure, like the rest of the country, there’s division in that clubhouse. The teams that conquer that will have an edge. Pitching. Good pitching costs lots of money. Good pitchers have figured out how to be successful with life’s normal distractions and noise. Good pitchers on good teams have proven they’re not a significant negative on the clubhouse dynamic. Those are the ones I would target in free agency. I don’t know yet if Wes is the guy yet, but he has a proven record in college. He figured it out there. So odds are good he’ll figure it out here.
  5. Sano is a middle of the order bat for any baseball team on this planet.
  6. Do both sets of these numbers compare Simmons to league average or SS average?
  7. Many years ago I was playing through the pain of a pulled groin muscle. It went on for about 6 weeks. It would improve and I would tweak it again. It was very frustrating. After an especially bad tweak, a teammate recommended a calcium/magnesium product. It seems your body needs sufficient calcium to utilize the magnesium. I went to his place after a game and his wife hooked me up with this stuff. The pulled muscle healed in about a week. It was like it never happened. I was a little freaked out with the results. I would recommend it to anybody.
  8. The company line at the time was they wanted more speed from the position. That didn't smell right at the time and I don't think that was the real reason. I don't know of any other reason but I can speculate. What makes sense to me is this. I know Gardy was a shortstop growing up. He was a star in HS. He was a national college star for the Texas Longhorns. I speculate that he gave SS instruction to Hardy, who was consistently among the top 3 fielding shortstops in the ML. I further speculate that Hardy, as was his bent, wasn't very accepting of the perceived criticism. And probably had somewhat less than a generous response. This is entirely speculative on my part, but is the only thing I can imagine that fits the circumstances.
  9. I see what you did there. Clever. Truth be told I've been pissed since the twins fired J.J. Hardy and gave the job to that kid Nishioka, who played SS the "Japanese" way. I couldn't be more pleased they want to reinstall an elite defender at short. A major impediment to a championship caliber team is a subpar defender at SS. It's too easy for bean counters to underestimate how SS play, good and bad, affects his teammates emotionally.
  10. I think it's way worse. I believe Gardy's treatment of Hardy, the trade, and putting Nishioka on the field lost him the clubhouse. And a championship caliber team turned into doormats for almost a decade.
  11. I love Gardy, but I think it was his dislike of, and inability to find acceptable common ground with, shortstop JJ Hardy that set the team on their slide.
  12. "the Twins used robot umps in the summer ramp up. And the opinion of the players is that it was not accurate." We're talking about a fairly mature technology. Electronic sensing has been around for some time and can be extremely accurate. It's relied on millions of times daily for personal protection in manufacturing facilities around the world. It senses what it is set to sense. I think the players were witnessing the sensing of a strike zone unfamiliar to them. "Every batter technically has a different strike zone plus they are constantly moving around and some stand upright while others crouch more. I can't imagine how the electronic box can be 100% accurate either since no two boxes are the same." It seems to me every player could be easily measured and an agreed upon zone established for that player
  13. I was a SS and Zoilo was my idol. I remember saving my money to buy the same high end model Rawlings glove Versalles used. There was a sporting goods store in downtown Mpls, I think called A&B Sports, where I went to purchase the glove. I remember the salesman told me when Versalles made an error he would throw the glove away. He said Versalles was only given 2 gloves a year from Rawlings, so he came in often to buy new ones. He said he spent a lot of money there. Apparently his superstition got the better of his common sense.
  14. On the first pitch most good hitters who recognize the pitch early (this most definitely includes Mauer) and hitters who try to outguess the pitcher, both pick a zone and/or the type of pitch. If they're right it gives them an advantage that surpasses the advantage that Houston was recently experiencing. This is what you see. Here's an anecdote to illustrate. Back in the dome Verlander threw a first pitch 98 MPH fastball, out of the zone, up and in to Mauer. Mauer turned on it and deposited it in the upper deck for a HR. Verlander said after the game that he threw the pitch exactly where he wanted and no other batter could have done what Joe did with that pitch. Obviously Joe was looking there for that pitch. Look up Mauer"s stats for first pitches he swung at. They're off the charts good. But to say because first pitch swings are so productive players should swing at them more often is misguided.
  15. I lost the Twins with Dishnet. Seems to me that Sinclair desires a certain return to justify their purchase price. It also seems to me that carriers have drawn a line. It seems the logical conclusion is the rights contract with MLB will expire and Sinclair will expire with it. Or, Sinclair will aquiesce.
  16. In my opinion the biggest error in the chain was Gardy dumping Hardy for a kid who could throw hard but not pitch. The Twins lost one of the better defenders in the league at the SS position. And a guy who was better than an average bat for a SS. And played amateur ball with Mauer since they were preteens. I think this act, and awarding that guy from the Rays the position, and how they chose to respond to in house criticism of it, lost them the clubhouse. And the slide began. I'm still pissed about it!
  17. To objectively understand the current Twins situation it's important to not underestimate what the new FO considers their number 1 task. I've read it stated many times and ways in numerous interviews with them. In their words: "Change the culture" "Get everybody on the same page" Reach out to everybody" etc. The current situation has its genesis in whatever transpired in the clubhouse in 2011. It was apparent to me that the clubhouse was lost. When that happens it's almost impossible to get back without changing either the FO or the majority of the players. The player roster is almost completely turned over from then but, the residual effect continues to contaminate every player to a degree. Countering this effect was Torri's contribution in "15". Without a leader with his charisma they finally realized the FO had to be overhauled. The new guys are focused and working hard on this. This could improve fast. With everyone pushing in the same direction this year could be shocking to a lot of people.
  18. Respectfully disagree. I've never seen this kid pitch but, the thing Glavine did best was spin a baseball. According to the article they do share the ability to command though. And if this kid can keep from hanging the breaking pitches and hit the corners or run 'em off the plate, maybe he can be something special like Glavine.
  19. "playing baseball games is a poor way to condition and a poor way to develop MOST baseballskills" THIS exactly. If he's gonna play the OF he's got a lot of drilling ahead. I listened to a souhan interview with Radcliff. The guy has like 30+ years scouting experience. Radcliff said Sano is the best foreign player he has ever seen. Souhan asked who was the 2nd best. Radcliff responded Cabrera. As in Miguel
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