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    gil4 reacted to dex8425 in Buxton's Offense Is Launching... Or Has It Launched?   
    I predict he silences the haters and leads the 2020 Twins in WAR.  He will be the best 9 hole hitter in the league.
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    gil4 got a reaction from mikelink45 in The Blue Jays seem to be figuring it out   
    Some folks around here mentioned 3 years / $75M as an expected contract for him, so the extra year and extra $5M aren't issues. The issue is do you want him at the top of your rotation?
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    gil4 reacted to darin617 in The Blue Jays seem to be figuring it out   
    All i can say is 4 years is too much for Ryu and hope he has fun pitching in that division. Balls have a tendency to fly out of all those parks.
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    gil4 got a reaction from Brandon in Hate losing Davis....   
    If he continues on the path he was on, he will be on OK player for someone.
     
    I'm not sure what I believe, his .950 OPS this year or his .740 OPS the previous two years.  Granted, almost half his PA the two previous years were in the FSL, but he's 25 and just got to AAA. He's almost as old as Buxton. 
     
    His stats and career path remind me of Marty Cordova, including a MiLB breakout year at age 24. If he continues on that path, I'd say that's a success. Cordova was better than I thought he'd be and was 7.7 bWAR for his career, which has been surpassed by all three of our current OF. 
     
    I hope he does well and helps the Giants beat the Dodgers a few times while they spend the next couple of years rebuilding. 
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    gil4 got a reaction from Hosken Bombo Disco in Update: Carrasco stepping away from baseball for health   
    I hope that is right. Depending on the type, the road with leukemia can have many bumps and twists and turns. Praying for a full recovery.  Baseball has had its share of tragedies and inspirational stories. I hope this becomes the latter, not the former. 
     
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    gil4 reacted to terrydactyls in Twins Fans, Dallas Keuchel is Not Worth the Hype   
    Jimmy Kimmel is a late show host. Maybe you're thinking of Craig Kimbrel?
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    gil4 reacted to james2334 in Who Gets the Axe ?   
    It is a nice problem to have when you can look at your roster and there is literally not a single player on the club that deserves a demotion or DFA. I can remember years when I wanted every player on the team to be DFA'd !!!
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    gil4 reacted to DocBauer in Retrospective: Why 2018 Makes Sense in Hindsight   
    I argued repeatedly in the past that with everything that went wrong in 2018, that team should have list at least 90 if not a 100 games. The fact that they actually went 78-84 is a testament to how much talent and potential was still on that club.
     
    IMHO, I felt the baseline for a healthy, (at least mostly), 2019 Twins team was about 85 wins with the potential form 95. I didn't like every move the FO made, or didn't make, but was happy overall.
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    gil4 reacted to Andrew Gebo in Max Kepler (And the Belated Breakout)   
    If Buxton can reach his full potential and be the type of player that earned him the title of baseballs #1 overall prospect then Kepler is likely the “worst” OFer on the team. Now, before you get mad at me, that’s not a knock on Kepler. That more so speaks to the overall potential of this teams core.
     
    Kepler, as you outlined in your post, is showing signs of breaking out and becoming a very good player. It would be hard to argue that an OF consisting of Rosario, Buxton, and Kepler is anything but one of, if not the best OF in baseball.
     
    His low BABIP is head scratching for sure. The only theory I can think of is that defensive shifts are impacting his BABIP. Balls hit up the middle or to the pull side are being turned into outs more frequently due in large part to the shifts. There could be other factors involved but defensive shifting likely plays a role in his low BABIP.
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    gil4 reacted to goulik in The importance of Castro   
    Another thing I like about having Castro is it gives us the ability to use Astudillo at other positions when he is not behind the dish. If Garver is the starter and Castro is gone, Astudillo has to sit on the bench in case there is a Garver injury.
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    gil4 got a reaction from DocBauer in The importance of Castro   
    Catching 4 of Berrios' 5 starts probably accounts for most of the difference in catcher ERA.
     
    Missing the 2018 team (with bad versions of Dozier, Buxton, and Sano) probably helped the W-L record
     
    Numbers lie all the time. As the saying goes, there are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
     
    I'm not saying the Twins should dump Castro. The money is already spent, he's a good defensive catcher, and he may still work off the effects of injury and inaction to once again become an adequate hitter (although good is probably too much to hope for at his age.) 
     
    I'm not ready to put all my chips on the Tortuga phenomenon or on Garver's concussion recovery (and marginal defense), but I would like to ride their current performance a bit more heavily for now.
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    gil4 got a reaction from Thiéres Rabelo in The importance of Castro   
    Catching 4 of Berrios' 5 starts probably accounts for most of the difference in catcher ERA.
     
    Missing the 2018 team (with bad versions of Dozier, Buxton, and Sano) probably helped the W-L record
     
    Numbers lie all the time. As the saying goes, there are three kinds of lies: Lies, damned lies, and statistics.
     
    I'm not saying the Twins should dump Castro. The money is already spent, he's a good defensive catcher, and he may still work off the effects of injury and inaction to once again become an adequate hitter (although good is probably too much to hope for at his age.) 
     
    I'm not ready to put all my chips on the Tortuga phenomenon or on Garver's concussion recovery (and marginal defense), but I would like to ride their current performance a bit more heavily for now.
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    gil4 got a reaction from Matthew Lenz in The Early Returns from Michael Pineda   
    Timely warning about his performance.  He gave back that "looks good up front" pretty quickly.  Obviously, the return is a process, and hopefully that was just a bump in the road, not the start of a trend.
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    gil4 got a reaction from Thiéres Rabelo in March Madness - how did current Twins did in college?   
    Does that mean English is not your first language? You write well if it is, but if it's not, that's doubly impressive. 
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    gil4 got a reaction from Longdistancetwins in The Best Third Baseman in Minnesota Twins History   
    A few weeks ago, someone mentioned a Gene Mauch quote about Glenn Adams - "He plays bat." That could easily have applied to Killebrew. Few have "played bat" better. I just don't think he played enough 3b to beat Gaetti or Koskie. 
     
    I'd have to go with Killebrew as a utility player - it's either him or Punto*, and while Killer didn't demonstrate hustle by diving while being thrown out at first very often, I'd much rather displace LNP at Ut than Hrbek at 1B. (I'd leave Carew at 2b.) 
     
     
     
    * - The Punto thing was a joke - Caesar Tovar is miles ahead of him, but I'd still put Killebrew here and maybe call it multi-position players.
     
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    gil4 got a reaction from mikelink45 in The best First Baseman in Twins history   
    I started 1st grade in 1970. My first baseball memory was being home sick one day and watching a Pirates-Orioles World Series game. I didn't become a Twins fan until the following year. My experience was "when your team is mediocre when you're a little kid, and you think it's going to be that way every year"  That 1977 team was a lot of fun, but 1971-1986 sure made me appreciate 1987 and 1991.
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    gil4 got a reaction from mikelink45 in The Best Third Baseman in Minnesota Twins History   
    A few weeks ago, someone mentioned a Gene Mauch quote about Glenn Adams - "He plays bat." That could easily have applied to Killebrew. Few have "played bat" better. I just don't think he played enough 3b to beat Gaetti or Koskie. 
     
    I'd have to go with Killebrew as a utility player - it's either him or Punto*, and while Killer didn't demonstrate hustle by diving while being thrown out at first very often, I'd much rather displace LNP at Ut than Hrbek at 1B. (I'd leave Carew at 2b.) 
     
     
     
    * - The Punto thing was a joke - Caesar Tovar is miles ahead of him, but I'd still put Killebrew here and maybe call it multi-position players.
     
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    gil4 got a reaction from mikelink45 in Two sport stars - more than Kyler Murray   
    Bud Grant was good enough at 3 sports to earn 9 letters in college, but baseball was the one he didn't play professionally. He was a back-up for the Lakers for two years before switching tor football, which was the only sport one could make a case that he was a star as a player. 
     
    According to Wikipedia, he was a DE his first year and led the Eagles in sacks (an unofficial stat at the time.) The following year he switched to receiver, which might have been more impressive than switching from the NBA to NFL, especially since he was 2nd in the league in receiving yards.  He then jumped to the CFL for more money, and he was one of the top receivers there for about 5 years until he became a coach (at 30). 
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    gil4 got a reaction from Respy in MLB Confirms that Wider Batters should not have Wider Strike Zones   
    Some things never change.
     

     
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    gil4 reacted to DocBauer in Emergence of Arms   
    It's weird, but I feel better about the rotation in 2019 than the pen. Berrios will only continue to get better. Gibson is quite good and solid. Early returns have me excited about a healthy and solid Pineda. Work beating 1-3? Nope. But solid, especially if Berrios takes the next step. Romero belongs, even with some ups and downs. He has the stuff to be better than Berrios, perhaps as early as sometime in 2019. I like Mejia, but I like the potential of Gonsalves even more. And I think Thorpe could be better than both of them, eventually. And there is some depth behind them coming up. Lewis could surprise, Littell could be solid, and Graterol could be the 2019 version of Romero.
     
    I always thought May should get another shot in the rotation. But healthy again, his own suggestion to pitch out of the pen thjs season, and his returns thus far, I think he may have found a home.
     
    Here's hoping Reed can find his stuff again. Despite some recent struggles, I believe in Hildenberger. And I agree Rogers is GOOD. that's a start. How about Moya? Could Mejia become a top RP?
     
    We talk about the Rochester arms and getting auditions. Maybe they still will. But this pen needs at least one more big arm, especially with Pressly gone. I would love to see Odorizzi re-invent himself as a top set-up man or closer. Everything about his results scream to me he should be in the pen instead of pitching t innings and then falling flat the 3rd time through.
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    gil4 reacted to slash129 in The Price of Doing Business   
    I'm not sure what you mean in the second sentence of the second paragraph.
     
    1) Twins fans were down on Sano this offseason.
     
    2) Sano made poor decisions during the offseason.
     
    If it's #2 and is an allusion to the allegations, that's simply untrue.  Alleged events supposedly took place in 2015.
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    gil4 got a reaction from NASCAR Steve in Jake cave   
    I will bet a good chunk of money on the under.  That's 26 HR per year, and I would bet the under if 26 was line for his single-season high for his career. 
     
    He's having a pretty good year this year, and he has 3 HR.  I see his upside as adequate 4th OF.
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    gil4 got a reaction from Oldgoat_MN in Fools Gold   
    I'm not ready, either, but the clock is definitely ticking.
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    gil4 got a reaction from laloesch in Fools Gold   
    I'm not ready, either, but the clock is definitely ticking.
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    gil4 got a reaction from nclahammer in Fools Gold   
    I'm not ready, either, but the clock is definitely ticking.
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