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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from operation mindcrime in The Question: To Tender or Not To Tender   
    Echoing others here. Not sure I would lock in all 6 bullpen arms. Falvey and Levine need to think ahead and assume there will be some surprise non-tenders around the league that will be worth pursuing. 
     
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Hunter48 in Your Top MLB Rule Change   
    Universal DH and electronic strike zone are my top answers. It’s kind of insane that we’re heading into 2022 and still solely rely on the eye sight and judgment of a middle aged man calling balls and strikes. 
    Everything mentioned so far gets a thumbs up from me. The runner on 2nd base starting in the 10th is the dumbest rule implemented in sports since the shootout rule in hockey. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Sconnie in Your Top MLB Rule Change   
    Universal DH and electronic strike zone are my top answers. It’s kind of insane that we’re heading into 2022 and still solely rely on the eye sight and judgment of a middle aged man calling balls and strikes. 
    Everything mentioned so far gets a thumbs up from me. The runner on 2nd base starting in the 10th is the dumbest rule implemented in sports since the shootout rule in hockey. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Sconnie in CBA Musings (11/26): What’s Happening and What’s Next?   
    I hope we see a couple more signings before the lockout to end on a positive note. Because very soon all fans will have to read for baseball news is the lockout. I don’t expect much progress to be made on that front until March. It’s going to be a long winter… 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Danchat in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    Good debate, @Danchat! I think we came to the same conclusion by the end. Offense and pitching are important in the regular season, but when runs are at a premium in the postseason, offense comes out on top 😊
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    Vanimal46 reacted to TheLeviathan in Your Top MLB Rule Change   
    Universal DH.  There's no good argument against it beyond sentiment.
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    Good debate, @Danchat! I think we came to the same conclusion by the end. Offense and pitching are important in the regular season, but when runs are at a premium in the postseason, offense comes out on top 😊
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    Vanimal46 reacted to Rosterman in Off-season, non-Twins, baseball news 2021   
    Eduardo Escobar signs for two years and $20 million with the Mets. Often felt he was the realiable guy that did get away, and at time wondered how the Twins would've fared with him at third instead of Sano, and even Donaldson now, for a fraction of the price.
     
    One of those "maybe too expensive" selloffs, and he felt he was appreciated a tad more in Arizona than Minnesota and resigned right away.
     
    I hope he likes New York.
     
     
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Dave The Dastardly in Survival Flexibility   
    I think we all agree 3 true outcomes is boring to watch. I am interested in seeing more studies on the Atlantic League, who moved the mound back a foot in the 2nd half of their season. Unfortunately the results aren’t drastic 
    I would hope if the ball continues to change, the approach at the plate changes too. I wouldn’t mind going back to a deadened ball from the 2011-2014 timeframe. Back when the league average for HRs was 140 instead of close to 200 today. The game is way more interesting when the ball is in the field of play, and teams have different types of batters - the slap hitters, line drive hitters, gap hitters, and power hitters. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Survival Flexibility   
    I think we all agree 3 true outcomes is boring to watch. I am interested in seeing more studies on the Atlantic League, who moved the mound back a foot in the 2nd half of their season. Unfortunately the results aren’t drastic 
    I would hope if the ball continues to change, the approach at the plate changes too. I wouldn’t mind going back to a deadened ball from the 2011-2014 timeframe. Back when the league average for HRs was 140 instead of close to 200 today. The game is way more interesting when the ball is in the field of play, and teams have different types of batters - the slap hitters, line drive hitters, gap hitters, and power hitters. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from TheLeviathan in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    The same can be said about elite pitching and mediocre hitting. The Brewers’ starters ranked 2nd in MLB in ERA (3.13) 2nd in WHIP (1.09) 2nd in BA against (.213) and 3rd in strikeouts (906) with a lockdown bullpen. Yet got swept by the Braves because of their mediocre offense. 
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    Vanimal46 reacted to AceWrigley in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    An interesting study would be to look at game scores of individual performances in the post season. Is it hitting game scores that win the most post season games or pitching?
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    Vanimal46 reacted to AceWrigley in Survival Flexibility   
    As a ball player, what's not to like with the feast or famine approach? I hit the homer, I don't have to worry about running around the bases, having to know situations, run the risk of injury. I can just trot around the bases, hey, look at me I just gave you a souvenir of my wonderfulness, thump my heart, kiss my fingers, point to the sky, cross home plate, bump elbows and celebrate with all the guys and have a seat. If I strikeout, hey, no problem. At least I didn't hit into a double play and again, I don't have the fuss of having to run again. Back to the dugout and my bag of seeds. On defense, the other guy hits a homer and I can just stand there and marvel at its majestic trajectory and watch the fans scramble for the ball . . . very entertaining. Of course if the other guy strikes out . . . awesome. One down . . . two down, three and were outta here and I didn't have to run around chasing the baseball, risk injury or exert myself. Home run derby baby. Who needs athletes.
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    Vanimal46 reacted to chpettit19 in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    The debaters coming at things from 2 different perspectives lead to some good conclusions. And people in the thread have added to it. There's a big difference between the regular season and playoff pitching staffs. To the point that Roger's quote of TK is now less relevant than anytime in the history of the sport. I don't have the numbers in front of me right now, but I know the Astros were averaging about 3 innings a game from their starters for most of the postseason. And that wasn't because they were using relievers as starters. They were using their regular starters and still couldn't get through 4 innings, yet almost won the World Series.
    Front offices have realized you need 25 arms to get you through 162, but then you need 6 or 7 to get you through the postseason. Those aren't exact numbers, but with extra off days in the playoffs you can use your elite bullpen arms every game so don't need a full 13 man staff.
    I voted that building a strong offense is more important because you need both pitching and hitting to survive 162 games (ask Jacob deGrom how elite pitching with no hitting goes for winning games), but you can scheme your way to good pitching in the playoffs when you can get away with using so few guys. Or you can be Dave Roberts and scheme your way out of elite pitching by using your elite starters as relievers, but that also goes to show that you can use strategy to affect your pitching outcomes in the postseason. But if you have a Brewers-esque lineup of guys who just aren't that good of hitters you can't scheme your way to better results so easily.
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    Vanimal46 reacted to ashbury in My Take On The Twins' Byron Buxton Conundrum   
    Signing Buxton opens the potential for two extreme outcomes (of many): getting nothing for a lot of money, or getting a superstar level of performance for the length of the contract.  A trade likely splits the difference in terms of some blended outcomes.  I suppose we'll learn some more about our FO's tolerance for risk, from this episode as it unfolds.
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    Vanimal46 reacted to Trov in D-Day is Coming for Twins and Buxton   
    What is his fair market value?  You say the Twins need to pay above market, but what is his market?  His side will point to what he did last year, and in some short periods in prior years as to what he can be.  However, the GM's around the league will point to how many games he has played over the years.  He has only played 1 season where you could say he has played a full season, that was 2017 where he played 140 games.  
    Outside of that season, he has played 92, 28, 87, 39(out of 60) 61.  I did not include his first season.  Those are terrible numbers of games played.  Some were due to injury, some where due to production in the early years.  We have 0 evidence he will ever play a full season, and we have no clue what his production will look like as he ages.
    He is hitting his prime now, and he may put up MVP type numbers when healthy for the next 3 seasons, but what about after that?  As his speed starts to drop off, how will that affect his defense, his offense, his overall value?  Will he get more injuries that may cut his career short? 
    His market is so hard to judge because he will be a huge gamble for just about any team.  When healthy for the next 3 years he may be MVP level guy, maybe that goes into his mid-30's, but most players that does not happen.  Maybe he falls off the cliff in his young to mid-30's.  
    I would like to see him signed, but I can understand the risks of paying him huge money for long term.  I wonder what teams out there will be willing to pay him huge money for long term based on his history.  The next CBA may really affect things too.  If teams cannot just absorb his contract when he is in the trainers room teams may not want to bring him in.
    I would also say you always need a back up plan for CF when he is your starter.  However, you cannot justify paying big for two CF, so you need to pay big for a corner guy that can slide over to CF when Buxton is out, because he will be.  You can hope that a young CF is ready to fill in on the cheap.  
    The point is, you cannot just sign him to 7 years and say our CF position is filled for 7 years now, because history will say it is filled for about half a year for next 7 years and you better have a back up ready to step in. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from Brock Beauchamp in Debate No. 3: Building a strong lineup vs. building a strong pitching staff. Which is more important? (Debate concluded/thread open)   
    The same can be said about elite pitching and mediocre hitting. The Brewers’ starters ranked 2nd in MLB in ERA (3.13) 2nd in WHIP (1.09) 2nd in BA against (.213) and 3rd in strikeouts (906) with a lockdown bullpen. Yet got swept by the Braves because of their mediocre offense. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from whosafraidofluigirussolo in Off-season, non-Twins, baseball news 2021   
    I guess we’re going to have to change the script to “What would the Rays do”. They sign generational players to long term deals now. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from cHawk in 2021 Season Thread   
    Really sad to read the stories about him this morning. My bigger concern is what he’s going to do when he moves on with life after football. I hope the Vikings or NFL continues to provide him access to mental health professionals so he can live a long life. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from TheLeviathan in 2021 Season Thread   
    Really sad to read the stories about him this morning. My bigger concern is what he’s going to do when he moves on with life after football. I hope the Vikings or NFL continues to provide him access to mental health professionals so he can live a long life. 
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    Vanimal46 got a reaction from nicksaviking in 2021 Season Thread   
    Really sad to read the stories about him this morning. My bigger concern is what he’s going to do when he moves on with life after football. I hope the Vikings or NFL continues to provide him access to mental health professionals so he can live a long life. 
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    Vanimal46 reacted to Mike Sixel in 2021 Season Thread   
    I hope he gets the help he needs. Also, maybe buying a gun for someone with his history isn't a great idea.....
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    Vanimal46 reacted to nicksaviking in 2021 Season Thread   
    Yeah, this sucks. I'm glad that it sounds like law enforcement, the team and the fanbase are all supportive. I hope he's able to  get help.
    Less consequential, last time he had an issue, the team did NOT react well on the field.
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    Vanimal46 reacted to Seth Stohs in Former Twins Cooperstown Case: David Ortiz   
    True, but Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens not being first ballot guys also just isn't right. 
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    Vanimal46 reacted to sorney in Former Twins Cooperstown Case: David Ortiz   
    Between steroids, greenies, spit balls, scuffing the ball, corked bats, etc....they are all forms of "cheating".  There are a plenty of players in the Hall for all of those but steroids.  I think the steroids crew absolutely deserves to be in the Hall....unless we are going to kick out all the HOF'ers who did other forms of "cheating"
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