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  1. #31

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    I wonder what happens with Molitor. Just my opinion, but they're probably going to be close enough to .500 where you have to give him another year. Considering everything that went wrong, a win total in the mid 70s is respectable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakin' The Plane View Post
    I wonder what happens with Molitor. Just my opinion, but they're probably going to be close enough to .500 where you have to give him another year. Considering everything that went wrong, a win total in the mid 70s is respectable.
    Maybe Thibs will be available soon.

    Seriously though, they should keep him for at least another year. Not having the team completely fold has been impressive in some ways.
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    STrib: Twins coaching staff shuffle isn't out of the question

    It might not take long for the Twins to start making moves with 2019 in mind.

    Early next week, the front office is expected to meet with manager Paul Molitor about the soon-to-be completed season and discuss the future of his coaching staff. Given that the club failed to build on last year’s run to an AL wild-card berth, changes are not out of the question.

    “Typically, in the first week of the offseason you get everything, generally, cleaned up relative to what you think you are going to do moving forward,” Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said in an interview Wednesday. “Those are conversations that are going to happen internally with our group, with Paul and we will go from there.”

    And will those meetings also might focus on Molitor’s status for next season. During an interview Wednesday, Twins owner Jim Pohlad would not give Molitor a vote of confidence, preferring to wait until he meets with Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine once the season ends.

    “I have no idea what they are going to come with,” Pohlad said. “No matter if we win the World Series or have a disappointing season like this, they are going to come with recommendations. Some of those recommendations could be personnel changes, some could be methodology changes. I don’t know but I look forward to that.”

    Molitor, who is under contract for next season, has said that he wants to return. Saturday, he expressed optimism that he will have the same staff to work with next season.

    “I haven’t talked about it much,” Molitor said when asked if he thought all his coaches would return next season. “In my mind, when I have my exit meetings with our front office people this week, I’m sure we’ll discuss all those things. I don’t even know the status for who is locked in [contractually]* next year. I think they’re on different schedules.

    “I’m optimistic about us being able to stay together.”

    http://www.startribune.com/twins-coa...ion/494712261/

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    Reusse: Max Kepler's regression is greatest Twins mystery of all

    Max Kepler will lead the 2018 Twins in games played, plate appearances and walks. Entering the final two games, he had 56 RBI and a .400 slugging percentage, compared to 69 and .425 when he ended 2017.

    And there’s a number that is unfathomable: Kepler’s batting average sat at .222 after the doubleheader sweep of the Chicago White Sox on Friday.

    Miguel Sano allowed himself to get in horrible physical condition, became injury-prone and will finish a lost, 25-year-old season batting .199. Byron Buxton doesn’t have hitter’s hands (like Eddie Rosario), compensates by being a guess hitter, has remained injury-prone, and his 24-year-old season was a waste.

    Kepler is tremendously well-conditioned, has a swing that should be successful, and he has spent much of his 25-year-old season batting in the .220s. Even with the baseballwide de-emphasis on average, the .220s are preposterous for a corner outfielder with Kepler’s abilities.

    “He pulls his hands in trying to power the ball to right field and gets tied up inside too often,’’ a former big-leaguer said this weekend.

    Manager Paul Molitor was asked how Kepler — injury-free, excellent condition, a swing flaw that should be correctable — can be a .222 hitter?

    “I think a lot of this game is momentum and confidence,’’ Molitor said. “I think that the numbers staring at you … sometimes you’re just trying too hard to prevent them from going the wrong way. It’s like the more you try to correct your slice, the farther it goes right.’’

    Asked if he “liked Kepler’s swing,’’ Molitor said: “You look at the ball he hit [Thursday] for a base hit … coming off the bat at 104 miles per hour. We like him — like other guys, we’re trying to get him to see the bigger picture of a game, and not always about your swing, your swing.’’

    http://www.startribune.com/max-keple...all/494710061/

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  5. #35

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    per Pat:

    PLUS THREE

    On the plus side for the Twins:

    • Kyle Gibson proved he deserves a multiyear contract. Gibson and Jose Berrios are an excellent start for a rotation for 2019.

    • Jake Cave can be written in as a fourth outfielder and lefthanded DH. He’s one actual success for the Twins’ DFA diving.

    • If Joe Mauer retires, Mitch Garver can move to first, and then the Twins can have a 2019 platoon at catcher — Jason Castro and, yes, Willians (The Wonder) Astudillo.

    http://www.startribune.com/max-keple...all/494710061/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    per Pat:

    PLUS THREE

    On the plus side for the Twins:

    • Kyle Gibson proved he deserves a multiyear contract. Gibson and Jose Berrios are an excellent start for a rotation for 2019.

    • Jake Cave can be written in as a fourth outfielder and lefthanded DH. He’s one actual success for the Twins’ DFA diving.

    • If Joe Mauer retires, Mitch Garver can move to first, and then the Twins can have a 2019 platoon at catcher — Jason Castro and, yes, Willians (The Wonder) Astudillo.

    http://www.startribune.com/max-keple...all/494710061/

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    I actually like these bullet points. Am I settling?
    Maybe these past 6 weeks of twins baseball have provided a little value for 2019.

  8. #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post



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    Sure looked likely with the way things went down today. A very "Joe Mauer" retirement. No fanfare, no retirement tour, just a simple last time putting on the catcher's gear, a wave to the crowd and hugs for the teammates.

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    Reusse has been tweeting that he thinks Falvine will dump Molitor in about a week. I think he may be right. I suspect Falvine want a younger manager who is more in-tune with "modern" baseball - analytics, lots of home runs and strike-outs, low batting average, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by short ornery norwegian View Post
    Reusse has been tweeting that he thinks Falvine will dump Molitor in about a week. I think he may be right. I suspect Falvine want a younger manager who is more in-tune with "modern" baseball - analytics, lots of home runs and strike-outs, low batting average, etc.
    I'd rather have ownership get rid of Falvine than Molitor. It's too soon to tell if the trades they've made were a success, but everything else has been a huge miss.

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    Rand: Can Twins replace Joe Mauer as the face of the franchise?

    From the moment he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2001 to the time he made his Twins debut in 2004 through what quite possibly was his last major league at-bat Sunday, Joe Mauer has filled an undeniable role as a face — often the face — of the Twins organization.

    That role might have diminished in recent years as Mauer’s production waned and new Twins players tried to fill the void, but in looking ahead to a potentially Mauer-less 2019 season this much is obvious: The Twins do not have someone ready to take his place in that face-of-the-franchise role.

    Brian Dozier was starting to grow into that territory, but he was traded at the deadline. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton have been pushed by Twins marketers into that area, but the regression of both in a disastrous 2018 season means neither can be counted on for such a thing in 2019.

    Eddie Rosario is a viable candidate, but on a great team he’d be in a supporting role instead of a starring role. Jose Berrios? Same as Rosario.

    “Face of a franchise” might be a slightly overrated and abstract concept, but it becomes more noticeable in its absence. It speaks to a team’s identity, and as anonymous as this 2018 Twins team felt, it could be even more so without Mauer in 2019.

    http://www.startribune.com/can-twins...ise/494749431/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post



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    He admits it's a guess, and he's wrong an awful lot.

    Molitor arguably produced a better outcome than last year in terms of wins when you consider all the problems and misfortunes the team went through. That said - and this has been the case for some time - he makes so many head-scratching tactical and strategic moves that I sometimes wonder whether he's exhibiting cognitive decline. I love the guy, but I have to be honest. There are better managers you can find.

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    per Shooter:

    Eight years ago, the Twins removed the 14 pine trees as a center-field backdrop that had added an attractive, aesthetic look to Target Field. Players complained that the trees interrupted the ballpark’s batter’s eye.

    Don’t be surprised if for next season juniper trees are planted in center field to replace the sorely-missed pines.

    https://www.twincities.com/2018/09/2...ohn-defilippo/

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedGopher View Post
    per Shooter:

    Eight years ago, the Twins removed the 14 pine trees as a center-field backdrop that had added an attractive, aesthetic look to Target Field. Players complained that the trees interrupted the ballpark’s batter’s eye.

    Don’t be surprised if for next season juniper trees are planted in center field to replace the sorely-missed pines.

    https://www.twincities.com/2018/09/2...ohn-defilippo/

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