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    I'm rarely the one coming to Gardenhire's...

    I'm rarely the one coming to Gardenhire's defense, but I find the criticism over his comment (as presented in that tweet) to be quite unfair.

    In a game where soreness and manageable pain is the...
  2. Existing players in the organization, regardless...

    Existing players in the organization, regardless of level, should rarely dictate who's drafted. I say "rarely" as opposed to "never" only because it's possible two players grade out the same for...
  3. I agree that's it's far more likely to get a true...

    I agree that's it's far more likely to get a true "ace" in the 1st round. But it's still unlikely that any pitcher taken will turn into an ace at the MLB level.

    So you can't force it. If 3-4...
  4. Best player available vs. best pitcher available...

    Best player available vs. best pitcher available has never been a debate for me. I've always considered pitchers as "players" in BPA.

    The issue I highly contest is that the BPA is - or is almost...
  5. You infer that markos "BPA" rationale sounds...

    You infer that markos "BPA" rationale sounds simplistic and then offer the most shallow strategy imaginable.

    I don't think anybody is debating that BPA is anything but subjective. I hope you're...
  6. I don't disagree with your general point, but I...

    I don't disagree with your general point, but I don't think it's a fair reading of his post.

    The "strategy" would be the budgetary focus of acquiring 5 quality starters as opposed to competing...
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    I don't share Brandon's unimpeachable support for...

    I don't share Brandon's unimpeachable support for Terry Ryan and the "Twins Way," but I don't think you're reading his post fairly.

    The "innovation," if you can call it that, is the Twins focus on...
  8. I agree with you. It also shows a certain...

    I agree with you. It also shows a certain shortsightedness to this decision. Next year at this time everybody's revisiting yesterday.

    It's possible Gardenhire beats the odds, but it'll be ugly if...
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    Whether he's the right right man for the job is...

    Whether he's the right right man for the job is an open question. But your "fact" proves nothing to the answer. It only proves that other teams feel he's right for their jobs.

    Meanwhile the Twins...
  10. Thanks. I believe Bobby Cuellar was born in...

    Thanks. I believe Bobby Cuellar was born in Texas, so I'm not sure what he qualifies under or whether he serves the intended purpose - particularly as a 60-year-old bullpen coach at the MLB level.
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  11. I have no interest in a conversation regarding...

    I have no interest in a conversation regarding baseless accusations of bigotry.

    If that statement is accurate, however, then it does suggest the "old boys club" (not in the racial sense of the...
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    Yesterday's decision did not upset me that much -...

    Yesterday's decision did not upset me that much - the manager wasn't the problem - but I would have preferred a change. It's not about accountability for the terrible play, either, because that's...
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    With the exception of a very small few, these...

    With the exception of a very small few, these "players" will not be a part of the Twins future if they ever intend to win 70 or more games again. As others have noted, I have no doubt many respect...
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    It's absolutely fair to question "the effort" and...

    It's absolutely fair to question "the effort" and "how much everyone cares." This goes beyond hustling to first base.
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    I would be infuriated if the powers that be put...

    I would be infuriated if the powers that be put any real consideration into "what the players want" when deciding on Gardenhire.
  16. Is it accurate that the Twins do not have a Black...

    Is it accurate that the Twins do not have a Black or Latino coach in their system above A ball?
  17. What's the average number of losses in year #4...

    What's the average number of losses in year #4 for those teams that chose a new manager?

    My guess is probably something similar, but I'm very curious to know.
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    A benefit of being a 1st Round selection is that...

    A benefit of being a 1st Round selection is that you have a longer leash. This will be true for any team, not just the Twins. The amount of time/money teams spend on these guys encourages the full...
  19. Yeah, that's my position as well. The first and...

    Yeah, that's my position as well. The first and third points anyway, I don't care as much about playing guys who are not likely to be a part of the future - although it's cool seeing Collabello. I'd...
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    Some of the lineups I'm seeing would be the worst...

    Some of the lineups I'm seeing would be the worst in Twins history for opening day. Nobody should be that pessimistic.
  21. No. It's a "bad PR move" either way. The point is...

    No. It's a "bad PR move" either way. The point is you don't hold off the inevitable.

    Let's stop pretending there's not a direct correlation in Morneau's trade value this summer and the Twins'...
  22. Well if he's a member of the team with an expired...

    Well if he's a member of the team with an expired contract (oh, and former MVP), any decision this winter necessarily would involve him. It would hang over everything.

    The circumstances resulting...
  23. Because we got something for him. Even if they...

    Because we got something for him. Even if they don't pan out, and it's likely they won't, at least the page is turned and the team won't go through resigning negotiations this winter. That's a cloud...
  24. Because we were not going to keep him anyway; and...

    Because we were not going to keep him anyway; and if we did make the investment, it's unlikely that he'd be the player we need (at that cost) from ages 33/34 and up.
  25. I have no doubt this trade will draw the wrath of...

    I have no doubt this trade will draw the wrath of the mouth-breathing, star-tribune-commenting faction of our fan base. But I suspect they'll find other things to to bitch about this fall.

    For the...
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