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oregontwin

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  1. One problem with trading him would be what would we really get in return? If it was top of the rotation pitching, though unlikely, that might work, but getting a slew of near MLB ready, or put another way, near 40 man roster ready prospects would also cost us players already on the 40 man shortly thereafter. That seems probaly less than OK.
  2. While I dislike losing multiple prospects to trades, it might open up roster spots for other needs. Probably have to lose some anyway if we sign free agents.
  3. Tough question. I would like more position players on the bench, as in the old days, but with the current practice of changing pitchers every other batter that has become impractical. Increasing the active roster doesn't help unless you are also limiting the pitching staff. Limiting the pitching staff would also shorten the games. But then, I'm the guy who, in the old days, showed up at 11:00 for a 1:10 game and watched both teams take batting practice, and who loved having a double header run from noon till after midnight. Ok, didn't need to say that, but I wanted to get it in. Being able to shift players from the minors to the show and back again so quickly is a problem. It is sort of like having a grossly expanded roster that doesn't work during the games and since it mostly impacts the pitching staff also exacerbates the perceived problem of long game times with endless pitching changes and new guys coming up tomorrow to continue the practice. Maybe they should just go back to the higher mound. :-)
  4. I'm not sure we've ever had a good baseball commissioner; which may say more about it being a miserable position that no one should accept than it does about the character of the men who do.
  5. Old guy fondly remembers 4 man rotations. I kind of like the idea of using a starter for 5 innings so he can get the win and regular work, and then turning it over to a long guy for the next 3-4 innings. Rotate who the starter is and who the long relief will be. Might keep games more in control and reduce the number of true relief pitchers a team would need to carry.
  6. I don't know of any either, but the last time I was there I stayed at the Hyatt Grand. So did the players. The Taphouse is only about a block away from the hotel. Likely where I'll be before and after the Twins games this spring.
  7. While the outcome of the season is what counts the most, what we are grading would be the effort to make that a positive outcome. No matter who they signed or how much money was spent that would still be true.
  8. Payroll is far from the only expense incurred in operating a major league ball club and the supporting minor league system.
  9. Maeda will be a nightmare wherever he ends up. I know it would scare the bejesus out of me as a hitter to see him on the mound about to let one go toward me with his eyes squeezed shut like that. :-)
  10. The worry is that strikeouts mean more pitches thrown, and more pitches thrown means more wear and tear, and more wear and tear means shorter careers and more searching for replacements. Maybe less of a problem in the era of free agency. Sigh
  11. Old guy kinda wishing for old days as a fan. Reality bites, no matter who's ass is under the teeth.
  12. I'm apologizing at the start. I have no idea where I should post this, or how. So it is pretty much completely off topic, but....As an old guy my late onset retardation grows daily. For years I have complained to my friends that the Twins didn't have a pitching coach who was worth paying for the position. For the record, I love what Wes Johnson has done with the staff, and I hope the Twins lock him up for a long time.
  13. Bowman is fun at night. Actually, if you go up the island and onto Captiva there is a great beach there, and a Doc Fords within walking distance.
  14. Yes. The beaches on Sanibel and dinners at Doc Fords (I prefer the one on Sanibel, but whichever you go to you can't go wrong ). I never make it past the 6th inning before the call to the beach becomes too strong to ignore.
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