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    nicksaviking reacted to Brock Beauchamp in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    I appreciate the ability to be awarded an F- in this grading.
    ”You were so bad, we created a new bottom rung for you to occupy.”
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    nicksaviking reacted to TopGunn#22 in No, Top FA Starters Are Not Risky   
    You make a great point.  The Twins have always spent for "QUANTITY" not "QUALITY."  It's like Slick Rick of the Vikings always trading back to accumulate more and more 6th and 7th rounders instead of just drafting Tyler Johnson (#3 WR spot SOLVED) when he was sitting there.
    I   GUARANTEE  the Twins, if they spend the money on bringing Max Scherzer here,  he will be worth every penny !!  Now I get that Max would be crazy not to just stick with the Dodgers who will pay him more and give him a better chance for a World Series ring, but that's not my point.  The point is, when you spend on QUALITY you lessen the risk.  The wins and innings that kind of SP/RP give you add up to tremendous value for what you spent.  Honestly, I don't know why this FO doesn't understand that.  I thought they were brought here to replace the antiquated thinking of the Terry Ryan regime.  Maybe this is a Pohlad "thing."  It's hard to understand how the Twins have never figured this out.
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from Dman in Kirilloff’s Confusing Decision   
    Since it seemed to be a competition between he and Rooker and team could also just as easily manipulate Rooker's service time, I don't think there's anything malevolent here.
     
    Kirilloff is going to get way more personalized instruction and see more live pitching in extended spring training than he would being the last man on the bench seeing one spot start a week and being last in line for the batting cages.
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from jkcarew in Kirilloff’s Confusing Decision   
    Since it seemed to be a competition between he and Rooker and team could also just as easily manipulate Rooker's service time, I don't think there's anything malevolent here.
     
    Kirilloff is going to get way more personalized instruction and see more live pitching in extended spring training than he would being the last man on the bench seeing one spot start a week and being last in line for the batting cages.
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from SweetLou! in Twins Tunes #2: "Kitty Kaat"   
    Very talented. Keep 'em coming!
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from SweetLou! in Twins Tunes #1: "Randy Bush"   
    That was excellent! I get a Beach Boys vibe from that one!
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from Channing1964 in Minnie and Paul Changing for Twins?   
    I've always thought the logo was pretty hokey anyway. They can do better.
     
    I don't think the Twins need to have a caricature of anyone in their logo, but if for some reason that's essential, why not Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield holding up HOF plaques and looking smugly across the river to the West at a forlorn Kent Hrbek?
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    nicksaviking reacted to Squirrel in Minnie and Paul Changing for Twins?   
    Parker, you hit every, single point exactly correct. It's not about being offensive or offending ... it's clearly not that at all. It's about being inclusive. The offense seems to come into play when anyone suggests being inclusive ... even in the most minor ways. That baffles me. If you think the logo is no big deal, then how is it a big deal to change it in the most minor way possible that could be impactful?
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    nicksaviking reacted to Parker Hageman in Minnie and Paul Changing for Twins?   
    Why is requesting a "subtle yet very significant update that honors and reflects the team’s players and its fans from different backgrounds" a false sense of need?
     
    Inclusion is a very real need. As I read Crutchfield's statements, he is using that as an opportunity for a discussion on what that looks like, not a condemnation on the existing logo. 
     
     
    Nobody said that the logo was offensive.
     
    Crutchfield never mentioned being offended about the logo or the logo itself being offensive. In fact, he said that he has "always loved Ray Barton’s original ‘Minnie and Paul’ logo design" in his statement. 
     
    He provided updated version of the logo he provided on his Facebook page. In addition to being a seamless transition, the Black person on the St. Paul side not only provides a level of diversity to the logo, but it could also serve to honor Roy Campanella who became the first African-American to play in the American Association when he joined the Saints in 1948. 
     
     
    There is certainly room for both in this game.
     
    The sport honors Jackie Robinson one day a year by having every player wearing 42 or black and white jerseys. Some teams choose to use Negro League uniforms on turn-back-the-clock days.
     
    This is imagery. 
     
    You can have both discussions about how images are perceived AND work toward actionable changes. 
     
     
    Again, no one said the logo was offensive. 
     
    Still, we know that former owner Calvin Griffith said 'I'll tell you why we came to Minnesota. It was when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here. Black people don't go to ball games" and while he was making that decision, he was likely deciding on logos and branding. The 1961 designed logo could have been a reflection of that mindset -- or it could have just been an misguided reflection of the state's demographics at that time. 
     
    Either way, it does not take much for an organization to reflect on that past and that future. 
     
    Baseball's audience is overwhelmingly white. According to Bloomberg in 2019, only 9% of the television-viewing audience is black. I cite James Clear's Atomic Habits a lot because of the main points he makes in his book is that small changes can have significant impacts later on. If making small change to the logo could help improve the perception of the organization to more people, it would be foolish not to take it into consideration. There is A LOT more that needs to be done to grow the game in that regard, to be sure, but making small strides when possible should be on the table. 
     
    It may seem like a minor thing to us, but the impact could be felt down the road.
     
    Finally, just to reiterate, there are many reasons to consider making changes to a logo but let's be clear here and understand that no one is outright offended by this logo. That is not a part of the conversation.
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from glunn in UCL Reconstruction Techniques   
    Great education heezy.
     
    Anyone else in the mood for some chicken wings now?
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from wabene in UCL Reconstruction Techniques   
    Great education heezy.
     
    Anyone else in the mood for some chicken wings now?
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from Heezy1323 in UCL Reconstruction Techniques   
    Great education heezy.
     
    Anyone else in the mood for some chicken wings now?
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Please Stop Telling Me How To Be A Fan   
    I'm willing to part with big time prospects, but I don't see any Cliff Lee-in-his-prime types available this year. The Twins find themselves contending in an unfortunate year where nearly all the best pitchers are already on playoff contending teams. Of the rumored starters available, only Syndergaard gets me thinking happy front of the rotation thoughts.
     
    I'd still like to figure something out. I like but don't love Bumgarner, but getting a big name (even if he doesn't provide big results anymore) may have a positive even if incalculable psychological impact on the club.
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    nicksaviking reacted to h2oface in Please Stop Telling Me How To Be A Fan   
    And the original post even said "please" and capitalized as the first word in the title!  
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    nicksaviking reacted to Dome Dogg in Please Stop Telling Me How To Be A Fan   
    Thanks for making my point. "Uninformed fan" is exactly the kind of comment I was talking about in my post, and you led off with it. Well played. 
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from tarheeltwinsfan in Surveying the 2018/19 Free Agent Relievers at the Quarter Pole   
    Yeah, nice list Diehard.
     
    At one point I wanted just about everyone on that list. Funny thing though, of the top tier guys, the two I least wanted were Ottavino due to his long history of control problems and Britton as he had fallen back on what I felt was an outdated sinker and was putting the ball in play too much. I usually laugh at myself when i'm completely wrong, but it stings a bit when it ends up being the Yankees who somehow had it right.
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from birdwatcher in Surveying the 2018/19 Free Agent Relievers at the Quarter Pole   
    Yeah, nice list Diehard.
     
    At one point I wanted just about everyone on that list. Funny thing though, of the top tier guys, the two I least wanted were Ottavino due to his long history of control problems and Britton as he had fallen back on what I felt was an outdated sinker and was putting the ball in play too much. I usually laugh at myself when i'm completely wrong, but it stings a bit when it ends up being the Yankees who somehow had it right.
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    nicksaviking reacted to Ted Schwerzler in Is the Twins Narrative Really “Punting on 2019?”   
    Those numbers are based off of contracts shed and buyouts more than likely. The Twins began the year with a $128MM payroll.
     
    By the way, revering Sid and downplaying Gleeman in the baseball realm at this point probably isn't a credible stance.
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    nicksaviking reacted to mikelink45 in Tyler Austin Just Visiting Minnesota?   
    Last year the Twins struck out 8.2% of their at bats. 
    Sano 38.5% 
    Cron 25.9 %
    Austin 35.4 %
    Imagine that as the middle of the lineup!  I can't.  
    All stats from Fangraphs. 
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from Miles Death in Fox Sports North Falsehoods of 2018's First Half   
    Yeah, with Latroy, Justin and Torii he seems to both lob some easy opportunities for the recently former players to provide anecdotes and connect with the younger men. 
     
    With Jack and Bert he alternates between catering to and needling the curmudgeons. It's gotten a bit stale.
     
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    nicksaviking reacted to drbob524 in Fox Sports North Falsehoods of 2018's First Half   
    I dont mind Dick that much, depending on who he is working with. With Bert, he is pretty bad. With Jack, hes awful. With Latroy and Justin, hes pretty good. He definitely can change depending on his partner. 
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    nicksaviking reacted to gil4 in Fox Sports North Falsehoods of 2018's First Half   
    Honorable mention? That should be #1. That "very good" team is on pace to go 51-111. 
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    nicksaviking reacted to gil4 in The Matt Magill Improvement Story   
    1. Molitor hasn't seen your charts.
    2. Pressly's arm hasn't fallen off yet.
     
    That's all I have.
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    nicksaviking got a reaction from David Bohlander in Johan Santana and the duel at the Dome   
    I like these small scope past reflections. Good stuff David!
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    nicksaviking reacted to crapforks in Johan Santana and the duel at the Dome   
    Hey! I was at that game! Nice writeup!
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