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    RJA reacted to Dman in Matt's Top Prospect List (June) + Explanations   
    Nice list and really enjoyed your descriptions of how players were performing.  Also nice to see a list out of the mainstream.  I would have had Rodriguez a head of Miller mainly because his bat played so much better and looks to have star potential.  While I think Millers hit tool is going to be good he has been struggling for a while now.  Still a fun read.  Thanks!
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    RJA got a reaction from SwainZag in Kyle Garlick Is Outslugging MVPs   
    Great article!  While it is a small sample size, he does unquestionably crush left handed pitching.  It will be interesting to see how his numbers end up this year.
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    RJA got a reaction from TwerkTwonkTwins in Kyle Garlick Is Outslugging MVPs   
    Great article!  While it is a small sample size, he does unquestionably crush left handed pitching.  It will be interesting to see how his numbers end up this year.
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    RJA reacted to Dman in Kyle Garlick Is Outslugging MVPs   
    This was a great read!  Thanks!  It is a SSS so regression is likely coming.  Pitchers will be throwing him tougher stuff to hit in the zone.  Things are about to get harder. We will see if Mr. Garlick can handle the changes that will be made.
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    RJA reacted to theBOMisthebomb in Pastor/Former Twins pitcher Tom Johnson's perspective on baseball, church   
    One of my sayings is that Iove Jesus Christ, baseball, and rock 'n rock. Which makes me quite a dinosaur. And, that makes me sad. I'm assuming we aren't supposed to get into religion on TD, although this post leads us down that path. If the lockout would have been 30+ days, it might have killed baseball, so good on the players and owners for only delaying a week. 
    I can understand why the youth of today are not interested in baseball or church. They've had an entertainment system in their hands their entire lives with unlimited entertainment options instantly available 24/7. My two brothers and I fought over one television. The attention span of humans has been cut significantly in recent years. Baseball and church require concentration and patience. Now, why the kids don't like rock 'n roll over the garbage they listen to today is beyond my comprehension.
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    RJA got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Happy Opening Week- An Ode to Target Field   
    I love Target Field for all the reasons you list.  It is one of the best fields in MLB.  The Dome--not so much, but who can forget the World Series wins.  I even have fond memories of the old Met Stadium that looked like it was built with an adult erector set, and you could see cows and corn fields from your seats, not to mention Killebrew, Oliva, Kaat, Versalles, Tovar, etc.  
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    RJA got a reaction from Melissa Berman in Happy Opening Week- An Ode to Target Field   
    I love Target Field for all the reasons you list.  It is one of the best fields in MLB.  The Dome--not so much, but who can forget the World Series wins.  I even have fond memories of the old Met Stadium that looked like it was built with an adult erector set, and you could see cows and corn fields from your seats, not to mention Killebrew, Oliva, Kaat, Versalles, Tovar, etc.  
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    RJA reacted to tonderk in Happy Opening Week- An Ode to Target Field   
    Kids running the bases on Sundays after the game.  Red Cow Bacon Burgers.  MN Brews.
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    RJA reacted to tony&rodney in 2022 AL Central Division Projection   
    "If there’s a team that could go up or down more than almost any other in baseball it could be Minnesota."
    Agree wholeheartedly with this. The Twins could be pretty good or pretty bad.
    I'm feeling that the other teams in the AL Central will be better than they have been in the past. Chicago will be healthier and have a strong bullpen. Detroit picked up some solid experience to go with their youth and their young pitchers are getting ready to win. Kansas City has youth and a few vets. Greinke in 2022 profiles as better than any Twin starting pitcher and his choice and enthusiasm to return to KC brings excitement and experience to the team. Finally, the Guardians have a top 10 farm system of players who have plenty of minor league experience and will now get their chance. The Guardians with their pitching and Terry Francona could really surprise a bunch of people. It is a sorry situation where the owner won't spend just $20-30 million more to buttress this young team. The Twins need to click in order to win enough to make the playoffs and this AL Central has zero resemblance to those weak teams from 2019-2021. I believe the division will be much better.
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    RJA got a reaction from Heiny in Melissa's Musings on the Correa Signing   
    I am a retired guy.  I need my rest, so I didn't find out until morning.  It was a huge shock, but a wonderful one.  I just hope we trade for one excellent arm.  Then I will be VERY happy.  He will be gone after this year--I know that--but if we could add Montas or another quality starter, we could have a Cinderella type year.  Wouldn't that be a hoot?
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    RJA got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in What are we waiting on to complete our roster?   
    As much as this FO likes spin rates, they always seem to be behind the curve. IF they had acted last fall to sign a top pitcher, Ray just as an example, we would now have two top pitchers in Ray and Gray, to pair with Ryan and Ober.  So, if they were to add Montas, the rotation would be in excellent shape and maybe even better if a couple of young guys proved themselves.  And, you would have the top 3 pitchers for two years and Ray for more.  But, they wouldn't move until they unloaded Donaldson's contract, and now it is too late to sign anyone.  If they assumed a little more financial risk, we could have an excellent starting rotation, Donaldson, Kiner-Falefa, Polanco and Sano/Kirilloff in the infield with Arraez filling in, and Jeffers and Rortvedt at catcher.  We could have rotated at DH between Sano, Arraez, Donaldson, Miranda, and others, had Buxton, Kepler and Kirilloff, in the outfield, with a fourth outfielder to found internally or in free agency.  Even if we were to add Story, I would prefer that lineup to what we will be fielding.
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    RJA got a reaction from LastOnePicked in What are we waiting on to complete our roster?   
    As much as this FO likes spin rates, they always seem to be behind the curve. IF they had acted last fall to sign a top pitcher, Ray just as an example, we would now have two top pitchers in Ray and Gray, to pair with Ryan and Ober.  So, if they were to add Montas, the rotation would be in excellent shape and maybe even better if a couple of young guys proved themselves.  And, you would have the top 3 pitchers for two years and Ray for more.  But, they wouldn't move until they unloaded Donaldson's contract, and now it is too late to sign anyone.  If they assumed a little more financial risk, we could have an excellent starting rotation, Donaldson, Kiner-Falefa, Polanco and Sano/Kirilloff in the infield with Arraez filling in, and Jeffers and Rortvedt at catcher.  We could have rotated at DH between Sano, Arraez, Donaldson, Miranda, and others, had Buxton, Kepler and Kirilloff, in the outfield, with a fourth outfielder to found internally or in free agency.  Even if we were to add Story, I would prefer that lineup to what we will be fielding.
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    RJA got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in What are we waiting on to complete our roster?   
    As much as this FO likes spin rates, they always seem to be behind the curve. IF they had acted last fall to sign a top pitcher, Ray just as an example, we would now have two top pitchers in Ray and Gray, to pair with Ryan and Ober.  So, if they were to add Montas, the rotation would be in excellent shape and maybe even better if a couple of young guys proved themselves.  And, you would have the top 3 pitchers for two years and Ray for more.  But, they wouldn't move until they unloaded Donaldson's contract, and now it is too late to sign anyone.  If they assumed a little more financial risk, we could have an excellent starting rotation, Donaldson, Kiner-Falefa, Polanco and Sano/Kirilloff in the infield with Arraez filling in, and Jeffers and Rortvedt at catcher.  We could have rotated at DH between Sano, Arraez, Donaldson, Miranda, and others, had Buxton, Kepler and Kirilloff, in the outfield, with a fourth outfielder to found internally or in free agency.  Even if we were to add Story, I would prefer that lineup to what we will be fielding.
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    RJA got a reaction from Dman in What are we waiting on to complete our roster?   
    As much as this FO likes spin rates, they always seem to be behind the curve. IF they had acted last fall to sign a top pitcher, Ray just as an example, we would now have two top pitchers in Ray and Gray, to pair with Ryan and Ober.  So, if they were to add Montas, the rotation would be in excellent shape and maybe even better if a couple of young guys proved themselves.  And, you would have the top 3 pitchers for two years and Ray for more.  But, they wouldn't move until they unloaded Donaldson's contract, and now it is too late to sign anyone.  If they assumed a little more financial risk, we could have an excellent starting rotation, Donaldson, Kiner-Falefa, Polanco and Sano/Kirilloff in the infield with Arraez filling in, and Jeffers and Rortvedt at catcher.  We could have rotated at DH between Sano, Arraez, Donaldson, Miranda, and others, had Buxton, Kepler and Kirilloff, in the outfield, with a fourth outfielder to found internally or in free agency.  Even if we were to add Story, I would prefer that lineup to what we will be fielding.
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    RJA reacted to Dman in What are we waiting on to complete our roster?   
    I think those remaining pitchers are waiting to see who loses out on Montas to see if they can up the dollars teams might be willing to spend to add them to the roster.  If the Twins are in on Montas and Pineda would like to pitch for the Twins then he likely has to wait and see if the Twins do manage to get Montas.  If they do then my guess is big Mike signs elsewhere if they don't then I assume he will be looking for another multi-year deal.  Probably the same for the other pitchers as well.  When the Montas trade is done things should start moving real fast for the rest of the free agent pitchers left on the market.
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    RJA got a reaction from cjm0926 in A Trend With Twins First Basemen   
    Great contibution. Thanks for the article.  It would be great to see Kirilloff at first, and I suspect we will some of the time this year, and probably full time in 23 once Sano is gone (assuming Sano doesn't have a huge rebound year).  I really hope his wrist is not going to be a nagging issue his whole career.
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    RJA got a reaction from MGM4706 in Bundy Signing Isn’t from the Same Old Twins   
    Ted, you must be a "glass is half full" guy.  I like that in people, and you are right about this not being a bad signing IF they had done something in the free agent market.  But, they didn't.  So, to say we should be thankful they signed a Bundy rather than a Happ is rather like asking us to be grateful that you are only going to cut off one of our fingers instead of our whole hand ;).  Frankly, they totally misread and mishandled the free agent market and I am not sure what they can do other than trading away a bunch of prospects in order to have even a decent starting staff for 2022.
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    RJA got a reaction from GNess in Bundy Signing Isn’t from the Same Old Twins   
    Ted, you must be a "glass is half full" guy.  I like that in people, and you are right about this not being a bad signing IF they had done something in the free agent market.  But, they didn't.  So, to say we should be thankful they signed a Bundy rather than a Happ is rather like asking us to be grateful that you are only going to cut off one of our fingers instead of our whole hand ;).  Frankly, they totally misread and mishandled the free agent market and I am not sure what they can do other than trading away a bunch of prospects in order to have even a decent starting staff for 2022.
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