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  1. Top Gun's Avatar
    Gardy!
  2. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN
    Glad I stumbled across this.
    Very fun. Thank you Brad.
    You are very welcome; I'm glad you enjoyed it!
  3. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Glad I stumbled across this.
    Very fun. Thank you Brad.
  4. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Piranha
    No offense, but the Central is open and shut the Tiger's to lose this year. Between a lineup that has Jackson, Cabrera, Fielder and VMart, and a rotation with Verlander, Sanchez, Scherzer and Fister, they have almost as much top-end talent as the rest of the division combined. The only thing that will keep Detroit from winning the Central is injuries.

    That being said, the Tigers better win soon, because they're about to enter 9 kinds of payroll hell. Verlander only has two years left, at which point he'll want 30m per year, Cabrera only has three years left, and then he'll want 30m per year. The Tigers will have to either let one of those two walk (at least), or in 2016 they'll have 100m tied up in 4 players (Fielder, Sanchez, Verlander, and Cabrera), and that's right around the time Jackson and Scherzer will exhaust their arbitration eligibility. Unless Detroit can re-tool their farm system quick, they will go downhill in a hurry, with no money for free agents, and no prospects to fill holes/trade for needs.
    I can't disagree with your assessment of 2013, but I felt the same way last year and the Tigers just didn't dominate as I thought they would. Their lineup does look pretty monstrous. I just have an odd feeling about Kansas City. Anyway, that will almost certainly prove to be wrong.

    Detroit's long-term outlook is really frightening. I don't think they can re-tool their system, unless they get really lucky in the draft. The caps that exist now really limit the ability to spend more money than other teams. Detroit needs to win now, but I don't see them as a World Series team in 2013. I hate their defense, and that has to bite them at some point.
  5. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson
    I like Bauer a lot. I think he could develop into something special, but yes, last year he was unimpressive. I think KC's rotation is better, but I'm not sure it is good enough.

    The Central should be interesting.
    No offense, but the Central is open and shut the Tiger's to lose this year. Between a lineup that has Jackson, Cabrera, Fielder and VMart, and a rotation with Verlander, Sanchez, Scherzer and Fister, they have almost as much top-end talent as the rest of the division combined. The only thing that will keep Detroit from winning the Central is injuries.

    That being said, the Tigers better win soon, because they're about to enter 9 kinds of payroll hell. Verlander only has two years left, at which point he'll want 30m per year, Cabrera only has three years left, and then he'll want 30m per year. The Tigers will have to either let one of those two walk (at least), or in 2016 they'll have 100m tied up in 4 players (Fielder, Sanchez, Verlander, and Cabrera), and that's right around the time Jackson and Scherzer will exhaust their arbitration eligibility. Unless Detroit can re-tool their farm system quick, they will go downhill in a hurry, with no money for free agents, and no prospects to fill holes/trade for needs.
  6. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer
    Bauer reminded me of Oswalt a little bit. Not as fast, but just as flat

    edit: Ok looking at his velo charts he might be as fast. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong about him.
    His fastball is definitely flat, but that is likely due to his height. He has a lot of pitches, and if he can be efficient with his repertoire, he could be excellent. If he nibbles and pitches like Kevin Slowey, he'll be a disappointment. His fastball will look better if he can change speeds and command those off-speed pitches consistently.
  7. Willihammer's Avatar
    Bauer reminded me of Oswalt a little bit. Not as fast, but just as flat

    edit: Ok looking at his velo charts he might be as fast. I don't know, maybe I'm wrong about him.
    Updated 02-04-2013 at 10:10 AM by Willihammer
  8. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Willihammer
    For as much as we like to complain about the Twins MI, the White Sox should have cut the cord on Beckam after the last two seasons, in my opinion. And they brought in Keppinger for 3b, that will be... interesting, at best. But, I like their bullpen and starting 5. Their lineup is spotty but everyone's is in this division. KC still doesn't have enough starting pitching to do anything, I think. What a waste of a really strong bullpen. I don't like anything Cleveland's done this offseason. Bauer did nothing for me, in what little I saw of him last year. Tigers are still topheavy, short an arm or two in the bullpen. The divisions up for grabs again, I think.

    edit: also, with Scherzer's wild fluctuation in velocity last year, he looks like a possible TJ-type candidate
    I like Bauer a lot. I think he could develop into something special, but yes, last year he was unimpressive. I think KC's rotation is better, but I'm not sure it is good enough.

    The Central should be interesting.
  9. Willihammer's Avatar
    For as much as we like to complain about the Twins MI, the White Sox should have cut the cord on Beckam after the last two seasons, in my opinion. And they brought in Keppinger for 3b, that will be... interesting, at best. But, I like their bullpen and starting 5. Their lineup is spotty but everyone's is in this division. KC still doesn't have enough starting pitching to do anything, I think. What a waste of a really strong bullpen. I don't like anything Cleveland's done this offseason. Bauer did nothing for me, in what little I saw of him last year. Tigers are still topheavy, short an arm or two in the bullpen. The divisions up for grabs again, I think.

    edit: also, with Scherzer's wild fluctuation in velocity last year, he looks like a possible TJ-type candidate
    Updated 02-02-2013 at 11:14 PM by Willihammer
  10. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN
    Excellent. Truly excellent.
    Thank you Brad. Great laughs here.
    You're welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
  11. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
    Excellent. Truly excellent.
    Thank you Brad. Great laughs here.
  12. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by PopRiveter
    Your posts are far and away my favorite on this site. I'm anxious to see 7-1!

    Jacque was a favorite of mine too. I refuse to reassess my old favorite players in the light of modern statistical findings/measures. One of my favorite Twins moments was Jacque leading off the 2002 season w/ a home run against KC. I just looked it up to find the year and saw all the other stuff I forgot about that game. Twins won 8-6. Jacque hit a second (3-run) homer and Ortiz, Buchanan, and Hunter all homered as well.
    Sadly, Radke pitched 4 1/3 innings of 5 run ball. I'm not going to look too close at his line as I don't wish to contradict your claim that he only threw 2 balls in his career.
    For me, that game alone was worth using Jacque at lead-off all season. After all, a lead-off hitter is only guaranteed one bases-empty-at-bat per game.
    Thank you, that is very kind. I really do appreciate the kind words. I have the rest of the list posted at my own blog:

    Kevin Slowey was Framed!: My Top 10 Minnesota Twins (with pictures!)

    I'm just too lazy to add the rest here.
  13. PopRiveter's Avatar
    Your posts are far and away my favorite on this site. I'm anxious to see 7-1!

    Jacque was a favorite of mine too. I refuse to reassess my old favorite players in the light of modern statistical findings/measures. One of my favorite Twins moments was Jacque leading off the 2002 season w/ a home run against KC. I just looked it up to find the year and saw all the other stuff I forgot about that game. Twins won 8-6. Jacque hit a second (3-run) homer and Ortiz, Buchanan, and Hunter all homered as well.
    Sadly, Radke pitched 4 1/3 innings of 5 run ball. I'm not going to look too close at his line as I don't wish to contradict your claim that he only threw 2 balls in his career.
    For me, that game alone was worth using Jacque at lead-off all season. After all, a lead-off hitter is only guaranteed one bases-empty-at-bat per game.
  14. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    Thanks, I really appreciate that!
  15. mnfanforlife's Avatar
    Hilarious!
  16. johnnydakota's Avatar
    d-overall
    i think curly ryan did a good job of sifting threw the rumbage heap to find some arms for the pen , he needs 3 more for 2013 B

    however in his accountability he fired the guy whos main job is to answer the phone and repeat what the manager says ....hey perkins get warmed up, but let the real culprite keep his job, F i was thinking of giving curly an incomplete, because i think if you fire the b.p coach you got to fire the pitching coach as well

    as for integrety i give curly a F+ you know when he is lying , his lips move....
    overall the twins need to fire the 3 stooges and start over...
    i see tampas cross checker was just promoted to be an assistant (huff)
    in what area do we need the most help in drafting and developing players?
    i think we lost an oppertunity in not hiring him first....
  17. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    I guess AJ and Knoblauch were just kind of jerky. Hunter always stayed a pretty cool bro.

    Jason Tyner was roughly my size, so I always kind of liked him.
  18. Brad Swanson's Avatar
    The Scientific Method often leads to sadness and disappointment. It is much more fun to manipulate research, but alas...
  19. PopRiveter's Avatar
    I was rooting against the Lee trade at the time. I didn't like the idea of getting rid of longer-term assets for a one-and-done guy.
    I get the World Series or Bust angle, but I don't subscribe to it. What makes baseball superior to all the other sports for me is that there are sooooooooo many games that every team, every year will give you good ones. A good season has value to me whether or not it ends the way I'd prefer. On the other hand, tradingtomorrow for today can easily turn into next-season-we're-bound-to-lose-so-you-may-as-well-stop-watching-and-miss-the-good-stuff-because-you'll-need-to-sort-through-so-much-garbage-to-find-it.
    Okay, so before that tangent, I was going to note another factor to take into consideration. If the Twins traded for Cliff Lee, they likely wouldn't have traded for Matt Capps.
    For me, that is a strong point in favor of trading for Lee.
  20. PopRiveter's Avatar
    It's like the end of Lost when you find out it actually was what you thought it was all along.
    Disappointing!
    Fun read, though
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