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    oregontwin got a reaction from Nine of twelve in Baseball America: Pitch clock speeding up minor league games   
    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.
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    oregontwin reacted to Riverbrian in Are the Twins Playing It Too Safe with April Rest Days?   
    When superstar players are given the rare day off... managers frequently plan that day off before an off day for a little extra rest. Monday was an off-day... it's not a surprise that day was chosen.  
    Could Correa have pinch hit for Godoy... as mere mortals... do we know for sure that Jeffers (Who was scratched from the lineup) was good to get behind the plate? Also, we do know that Garlick and Celestino were already used as substitutes so Correa pinch hitting for Godoy and Jeffers putting on the catching gear would have completely depleted the bench. 
    And here's the other thing... and I stress this all the time and I understand that some people just ain't going to buy what I'm selling but here goes anyway. 
    I don't care what anybody thinks about the bench, Garlick, Gordon, Celestino, Godoy. They need to play to stay sharp just like everyone else.  
    All the arguments about players needing work to stay sharp and rest to stay sharp applies to everyone! It isn't something that only the chosen 9 need (whoever they may be). 
    If you want to start the same 9 every day and let the other 4 rot on the bench. When the injury to one or four of that starting 9 occurs and it will occur... now you have to insert the replacement after rotting on the bench. How sharp will they be when you are forced to ask for immediate sharpness? Playing time can be easily managed for a functional 26 man roster.  
    And the other question... Who are our best players? Buxton for sure that's easy but is Correa our 2nd best hitter right now? Correa appears to be struggling a bit so is he our best on April 24, 2022?  Is Kepler clearly better than Garlick? How about Sano?  
    26 guys who can play and do play is absolutely necessary. IF they don't play, they are not necessary. If there is a player on the roster who the manager can't play because he doesn't trust them to contribute... it's real simple...  get them off the roster they are taking up valuable real estate doing nothing. Those roster spots are gold. 
    Carry on Rocco... you are doing fine.  
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    oregontwin reacted to Trov in How Should the Twins Arrange the Top of the Order?   
    I do not want anyone in front of Buxton that will hurt his speed.  His speed is one of the biggest tools he has.  He turns singles into doubles and doubles into triples.  I love Arraez for his .OBP, but I think he is better suited lower in line up because of his ability to hit all over the field.  He is one where you can do hit and runs with runners on, or he will work counts to allow for steals if you have a runner that can steal.  You put him on base in front of Buxton some times you will take extra base hits, or stolen bases away from Buck, which limits his scoring potential. 
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    oregontwin got a reaction from DocBauer in What Impact Does Missed Baseball Have?   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Blyleven2011 in What Impact Does Missed Baseball Have?   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Gustafson53 in What Impact Does Missed Baseball Have?   
    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.
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    oregontwin reacted to LA VIkes Fan in CBA Musings (1/28): What’s Happening and What’s Next?   
    I also have issues with both sides too numerous to list here, but I am amazed how poorly MLB/the owners are handling this negotiation. They seem to have a complete tin ear from a PR standpoint and also appear to have little real interest in a resolution that doesn't include the MLBPA making some significant concessions. I'm now starting to realize that this "negotiation" is going to stretch into the regular season unless someone takes control that actually has some business sense. Manfred is not that guy.
    Monfort's comment if he was quoted accurately both amazing and not amazing at the same time. I'm a lawyer and litigate business cases for companies and wealthy entrepreneurs. I almost NEVER allowed my clients to speak directly to the other side about settling the case. Why not? Because most of them start out with the unbreakable sense that they are the truly aggrieved party and if everybody just understood how truly aggrieved they really were, they would instantly agree and the case would be over. Guess what? Both sides think they are the truly aggrieved party and telling the other side you are the only aggrieved one doesn't help, it makes things worse and marks you as a narrow minded, unthinking idiot. That's why you let the lawyers do the talking. Here, MLB should have a chief negotiator who actually does the union negotiations for a living do all of the talking, not a Billionaire owner who does not regularly negotiate union contracts. Add to that the fact that Monfort runs what is perhaps the most ineptly run of all the current MLB franchises and I am appalled that he is let anywhere near a union negotiation committee, much less the chairman of that committee. Who makes these assignments? There has to be at least one MLB owner that actually understands union negotiations, the necessary PR in negotiations, and actually could add value to the discussions. Monfort absolutely is not that guy, 
    This is incredibly painful to watch. I'll continue to interact with you guys on baseball substance because you are knowledgeable and very fun to talk baseball with, but I'm done with these negotiations. A pox on both of their houses. We are watching the slow and continued disintegration of baseball as an important force in the American life.
     
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    oregontwin reacted to chpettit19 in The Case Against the Twins Trading Luis Arraez   
    I don't see the depth so many people see and agree trading Arraez isn't a necessity and shouldn't be done simply because there's a "surplus." As the OP states injuries will happen. They do every year for every team. Going into a season with your starting 9 and saying everyone beyond that is surplus doesn't make sense to me. And as of today Arraez is in the opening day starting 9 without a question.
    Who is starting in LF for this team come opening day? It's not going to be Larnach, he's starting in AAA unless there's injuries in ST. Are they still ok with Kirilloff in the OF with Sano at 1B most of the time? I think they'd prefer Kirilloff at 1B where the defense is much better, but in order to get JD DH ABs they'll need to be willing to play Kirilloff in the OF still. I'd guess Kirilloff and Arraez are the primary LFers as of today.
    Did Miranda have an incredible season last year? Yes. In the minors. I'm excited to see what he can bring to the Twins, but I'm not building my team assuming he's going to be as good as Arraez next year, or ever. I'm a "prospect lover" and want the Twins to build through the system, but that doesn't mean you open holes in the lineup for prospects before they've shown they can do things. We traded Hicks and Span to clear a place for Buxton and he was awful for years to start.
    JD has 2 years left. He's not exactly a long-term solution. What happens if Miranda had a 1 year blip season at AA and AAA and isn't seamlessly stepping in at 3B for the next 6 or 7 years? We've traded Arraez and now have no 3B. Sano is likely gone after this year. Kirilloff moves to 1B fulltime. Kirilloff has wrist issues. Are they done or is he cursed to a career of wrist problems and never becomes the All Star he's capable of being? Who's DHing after Sano leaves?
    I don't see surplus anywhere in the Twins organization. People pushed and pushed for OFer trades before last year because of the "surplus" of OFers in the system. Now the Twins have Buxton and Kepler and ??????. Would people prefer Rooker in LF over Arraez? I just don't see this surplus. The Twins have a really nice starting 8 (need a SS), but beyond that they have nothing but question marks and unproven players. If you get a great deal for a young, ML starter with years of control left by all means trade Arraez. But don't be shopping him, or anyone, at this point. The offense is good, but certainly not overly deep.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Kal Lis in MLB Expansion   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Squirrel in MLB Expansion   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from roger in MLB Expansion   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from roger in Could the Twins Weather the Blowback of a Luis Arraez Trade?   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from chpettit19 in ROSENTHAL: Byron Buxton Trade “Likely”   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Doctor Gast in ROSENTHAL: Byron Buxton Trade “Likely”   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Doctor Gast in 3 Things the Eduardo Rodriguez Signing Taught Us   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from Mike Sixel in 3 Things the Eduardo Rodriguez Signing Taught Us   
    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.
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    oregontwin reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Notebook: Andrelton Simmons Arrives   
    Disagree. The Uber Driver is the epitome of the American Dream; a little guy works his fanny off, takes advantage of whatever opportunity he can get and makes it to the Bigs. It's the modern version of the Natural. Inspirational for the millions of "little guys" out there and the sort of story that draws fans to baseball. Given the poor job MLB has done attracting new fans over the last dozen years they should pump this story for all its worth.
     
    Hell, I'd create a TV ad for it; Do a windshield shot of Dobnak behind the wheel, picking up some young couple, schmoozing with them on the drive to the stadium; he drops the couple off at the ticket window, drives around to the player's entrance and climbs out of the car in his spikes and Twins uniform, picks up his glove, tugs on his baseball cap and winks at the camera and says "Baseball. America's game."
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    oregontwin reacted to Dave The Dastardly in Don't Sleep On Brent Rooker   
    Twins fans in the past have complained about the club dumpster-diving, signing players on the downside of their careers hoping they might squeeze another semi-productive year out of them. And Twins fans have also bemoaned the club leaving prospects in the minors until they're almost old enough to qualify for social security before they get a major league tryout. And now we have Rooker, who is in his prime baseball age, has proven he can whack the ball at the major league level, and some are now suggesting he's "too old" for the major league club and is therefore only trade bait?
     
    I must contemplate this. Perhaps with a hot toddy or two.
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    oregontwin reacted to jkcarew in What Makes a Shortstop a Great Defender?   
    The Twins moved from Washington in 1961...not 2001 .
     
    The guy with two world series rings was pretty good out there.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from IndianaTwin in Offseason Status Update: Final Grades   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from mikelink45 in Offseason Status Update: Final Grades   
    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.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from mikelink45 in Grading Each Team in the Mookie Betts Trade   
    Payroll is far from the only expense incurred in operating a major league ball club and the supporting minor league system.
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    oregontwin reacted to Major League Ready in Grading Each Team in the Mookie Betts Trade   
    I appreciate you using a trusted source. However, we should include the level of profitability (16M) report by Forbes. The norm is to use generalizations about what percentage of payroll the team can spend which is a poor practice. Profitability is not only a better measure of spending capacity, it’s an indicator of willingness to spend. The Twins were far below league average in terms of profitability. In other words, they were more willing to spend and take less profit. Yes, their revenue increased in 2019. Given the increase in spending, it would appear that once again they are willing to spend a greater portion of their gross margin that almost any other team.
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    oregontwin got a reaction from nokomismod in This Ain't Your Dad's Starting Rotation   
    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
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    oregontwin got a reaction from mikelink45 in This Ain't Your Dad's Starting Rotation   
    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
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