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    Twins Dislike Platoons

    Basically, the GM nor Manager believe in platooning:

    Platoons not attractive to Twins - TwinCities.com

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    "If you have to, that's another alternative," Ryan said. "On this club, who would you want to platoon?"


    Simply the best quote of all-time.

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    "We don't platoon here much -- never have," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said recently. "Tom Kelly hated it,
    Yet that didn't stop Kelly from employing them if it meant having a better chance of winning.


    "I don't recall ever having a platoon," Gardenhire said. "I'm not against it. I'll tell you that. I wouldn't have a problem having a platoon if it fits. If it makes sense numbers-wise and it works, then you go with it."
    Like letting Jacque Jones rack up an incredibly putrid OPS against lefties as a corner outfielder, when most any righty with a pulse could have performed dramatically better?
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    "Tom Kelly hated it, and Ron Gardenhire I don't think is all that excited about platooning. I don't think he likes to platoon players at all. I don't either."


    TK may have hated it but he used it in 1991. Oh, and just a hunch that no manager likes platoon players, they just understand that it's sometimes part of putting together the best possible lineup.

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    Not a real articulate reply from Ryan, but in fact given the 13-man pitching staff, it is pretty hard to have a firm platoon. So, the Twins need better starting pitching, if they want the opportunity to platoon as silly as that sounds. There are guys with severe platoon splits, but with so little roster space it is tough to commit two guys to one position. A modified platoon is possible--for example having a switch hitter like Escobar getting starts against right handers for Plouffe and Dozier and then getting at bats vs. left handers replacing Florimon. Right handers start somewhere between 2/3s and 3/4s of games, so the RH hitting half of a platoon would basically be a bench player.

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    Plouffe and Parmelee in RF next year after Sano's arrival.

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    Berardino writes a good article. The "Thread Starter" makes a false assumption with the title: "More evidence this organization is stuck in the mud?" I don't think the Twins are "stuck in the mud" at all. They are, however, stuck with some terrible pitching and a lot of young, unproven hitters. I've advocated for a Parmalee/Colabello platoon for quite some time, even though their current splits don't support the idea. Given Mauer's concussion issues, perhaps Mauer should play first base semi-permanently and let Parmalee/Colabello platoon in RF until Sano comes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thegrin View Post
    Berardino writes a good article. The "Thread Starter" makes a false assumption with the title: "More evidence this organization is stuck in the mud?" I don't think the Twins are "stuck in the mud" at all. They are, however, stuck with some terrible pitching and a lot of young, unproven hitters. I've advocated for a Parmalee/Colabello platoon for quite some time, even though their current splits don't support the idea. Given Mauer's concussion issues, perhaps Mauer should play first base semi-permanently and let Parmalee/Colabello platoon in RF until Sano comes up.
    I was posing a question, not attempting to paraphrase the article title, though I do have a bias, obviously.

    I can understand the Twins not platooning regularly with a shorter roster or young players. Both have some validity even if we could debate that those are symptoms of other issues that would apply to the topic (being stuck, not platooning). However, there are responses to questions here that indicate it's a larger issue than that. You've advocated for more platooning than the manager or general manager.

    For my part, it is more evidence that the Twins are stuck with some internal traditional ideas that are keeping them from being competitive. This is latest of which, but includes other recent discussions that have come up.
    Last edited by Alex; 09-25-2013 at 06:42 AM.

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    The main issue I have with Gardenhire specifically not using platoons, is that he insists on using his whole bench/roster to "keep players fresh." It's kind of like, you have to get Clete Thomas starts so that's he ready when needed (not to bag on the poor man any more than I already have). Why not just use Clete Thomas in situations where he can contribute and in turn, limit when another player is used in situations when they aren't as productive?

    Thomas isn't a great example for obvious reasons, but even in September, I've seen Chris Parmelee at first base against lefties with Chris Colabello on the bench. If you really want to use all your players, why not use them when they have a better likelihood of offering something of value?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
    The main issue I have with Gardenhire specifically not using platoons, is that he insists on using his whole bench/roster to "keep players fresh." It's kind of like, you have to get Clete Thomas starts so that's he ready when needed (not to bag on the poor man any more than I already have). Why not just use Clete Thomas in situations where he can contribute and in turn, limit when another player is used in situations when they aren't as productive?

    Thomas isn't a great example for obvious reasons, but even in September, I've seen Chris Parmelee at first base against lefties with Chris Colabello on the bench. If you really want to use all your players, why not use them when they have a better likelihood of offering something of value?
    It's a good point, and I think the last sentence is something any manager should try to and that, imo, is the something platooning allows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex View Post

    For my part, it is more evidence that the Twins are stuck with some internal traditional ideas that are keeping them from being competitive. This is latest of which, but includes other recent discussions that have come up.
    What's odd is that platooning is a "traditional" idea. Platooning isn't some fancy schmancy saber metric concept, it used to be fairly common. One would think Gardy would love it.

    Also, It's gotten harder and harder to implement as pitching staffs have gotten bigger and bigger.

    You can do it at catcher, where you're going to carry two on your roster anyway, or have a modified platoon with your 4th OFer for example. But something like Parm/Colabello sharing 1st base is tough these days, at least until September.

    i could understand if they'd said ​that.
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    "I don't recall ever having a platoon," Gardenhire said. "I'm not against it. I'll tell you that. I wouldn't have a problem having a platoon if it fits. If it makes sense numbers-wise and it works, then you go with it."
    Gardy can say that, but a platoon of Kubel & Cuddyer in RF was so obvious it physically hurt, yet Gardy would not do it. USAFchief is right. This is not breakthrough thinking.

    This is a time tested strategy that many have used to make their team stronger.

    Twins do not do that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
    What's odd is that platooning is a "traditional" idea. Platooning isn't some fancy schmancy saber metric concept, it used to be fairly common. One would think Gardy would love it.

    Also, It's gotten harder and harder to implement as pitching staffs have gotten bigger and bigger.

    You can do it at catcher, where you're going to carry two on your roster anyway, or have a modified platoon with your 4th OFer for example. But something like Parm/Colabello sharing 1st base is tough these days, at least until September.

    i could understand if they'd said ​that.
    Correct, and I agree. I should have clarified that I meant "traditional" in terms of this organization (though some others are still traditional by baseball standards as well).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Swanson View Post
    If you really want to use all your players, why not use them when they have a better likelihood of offering something of value?
    Putting player in a position to be successful is what good leadership does. Whether it is in business, in parenting or in coaching! Use what a player does well and use that skill as a springboard to build confidence in the areas he may be struggling in. I think how the Reds are using Billy Hamilton will do him SO much good in the long term, because they are using his one elite skill perfectly and he is developing confidence at the MLB level. Hopefully this translates over to his hitting as well. Coaches need to put players in a position to be successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgoat_MN View Post
    Gardy can say that, but a platoon of Kubel & Cuddyer in RF was so obvious it physically hurt, yet Gardy would not do it. USAFchief is right. This is not breakthrough thinking.

    This is a time tested strategy that many have used to make their team stronger.

    Twins do not do that.
    I think this board and Gardy have short memories.

    Kubel was frequently platooned his first 3 years in the league.

    Brian buscher was also platooned while here. He only had 18 AB's against lefties one year. It wasn't a strict 2 player like everyone expects since the rest of the MI sucked so much that Harris wasn't benched against righties when buscher started.

    I think a potential Plouffe/Parmelee (or Colabello) platoon could work. 12 man pitching staffs make it difficult but Plouffe backs up 3B and can also be the 2nd utility player that the Twins feel like they must have every year. I would be against platooning Hicks since it hurts development but I'm concerned that Hicks future might be as a platoon 4th OF'er.
    Last edited by kab21; 09-25-2013 at 09:17 AM.

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    Plouffe mashes lefties. Parmelee hits at a major league level against righties. No brainer.

    A four man bench still allows for a few platoon opportunities after all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
    Plouffe mashes lefties. Parmelee hits at a major league level against righties. No brainer.

    A four man bench still allows for a few platoon opportunities after all.
    this is the one that needs to happen. There is plenty of position flexibility with them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    this is the one that needs to happen. There is plenty of position flexibility with them too.
    I am starting to think differently about TR in these statements. He says something completely obvious here--clearly one cannot build a roster around platoons as there are 13 guys, most of the time, to choose from. Ok, Terry. Thanks. Now I wonder if the FA comment in other threads revolves really around an obvious truth as well about filling all holes with FAs is not possible either. Another obvious truth. Maybe there is more innocence going on here.

    Hopefully.

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    To go slightly off topic, I think it's way past time for MLB to expand the active roster. With 5 man rotations, reliever specialists and pitch counts the norm, 25 man rosters are too small.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheLeviathan View Post
    this is the one that needs to happen. There is plenty of position flexibility with them too.
    But yeah. Even if Mauer is the first baseman. I am fairly comfortable, for now, with the defensive ability of a Parmelee/Plouffe platoon in right. And it makes the two marginal players into one real one. Arcia's position is in doubt there, and lord knows the Twins will probably just hang onto Willingham for dear life. But after Sano arrives, Plouffe's value can still be there in a more limited role, maximizing his ability.

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