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Everything posted by oregontwin

  1. Just a question for Parker. Out here in Oregon the Meltdown ticket won't do me much good when I become a caretaker. Can my daughter in St Paul use it?
  2. I don't think they trade him. Lee is too far off to be the 2023 SS and Lewis won't be available till mid year if ever at shortstop. Martin is not a long term solution at that position, but he might be the interim solution we need. If they sign a solution, minimizing Lewis' value, then maybe they package him in a trade. If not they need to keep him.
  3. Trading Polanco would be an error. 9 innings of defense out weight 3-4 ABs in a game where only 1 or 2 of those turn into a single.
  4. Short attention spans and the erroneous belief that all that's worth seeing happens in the space between the mound and home plate. Where, by the way, I have no interest in seeing a batter hit in the face with a 100mph baseball because either/neither he nor the pitcher was in a settled head space when the pitch was delivered.
  5. I would like to be able to side with the players in this, but I can't. They get paid very well to do something that a lot of us would give a great deal to have made a career of if the opportunity had existed, and to do it for much less. They are not only talented, but also very fortunate. For what they get paid they risk little other than injury that ends their career; at which point they can still go out and get a job in the real world. The owners do take investment risk in this process and have their feet in the real world of finance. They expect/deserve a return on that investment; just as we do when investing in the stock market, or our smaller business ventures. The problem is that while the players say these negotiations are for future generations of ballplayers the reality is that it is just for the next five years. At which point they will come back with further demands and use this agreement as a springboard for how much more they want. There is little wonder the owners feel a need to curb the costs. And there is a limit. Unfortunately, neither the owners nor the players know where to place that boundary. And that cost us, the fans.
  6. I don't know if players want to stay with the team so much as wanting the security of a guaranteed period of paydays. It worth noting as well that a team friendly contract can add to the trade value of a player with years left on the contract.
  7. It would be good for a bunch of AAAA players. One new team in each league would kill the excuse for inter-league play during the season. It would mean restructuring the divisions to create, probably, 4 in each league, Some positives there. Portland and Nashville seem reasonable both for geographic and historical reasons.
  8. I think Arraez is valuable as both a player for the Twins and as trade material. I also think both those things will likely be true at the trade deadline as well; by which time we might have a better idea about whether or not we really have a quality replacement.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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. :-)
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Payroll is far from the only expense incurred in operating a major league ball club and the supporting minor league system.
  17. 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. :-)
  18. 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
  19. Old guy kinda wishing for old days as a fan. Reality bites, no matter who's ass is under the teeth.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Looks like McMahon has a little bit of a control issue to work on.
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