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Most players don't get to decide where they want to play, though, so average salary, while interesting, may not be the best gauge. Do high demand free agents factor state taxes into their decision on where they want to play? Scherzer's example at least seems to be "no", but rather factors it in to the contract design.
Regardless, the point was clearly made that the state tax rate impact to championships does not exist. Thanks for the fun article.
"Because all versions of the truth get reported, people see inconvenient facts as evidence of bias and disregard them." Thank you for summing up the US political system in one sentence.
I wasn't aware the Twins even used computers. This is a good sign...
Felt like I should have been eating ice cream while reading this...
I too didn't know this existed, unfortunately. Based on the description, it sounds like they tried to do a full SABR 101 class in 3 hours, instead of trusting the audience to have some basic understanding of the concepts. If they can build the base concepts, going forward would seem like it would go smoother
So where does a Club sandwich rate, and which player/prospect is an appropriate match?
Was a bit surprised Trea Turner didn't at least get consideration. Could you touch on where his stock currently sits?
Any quick suggestions for NL only leagues?
Surprised to see Wade Miley rated that high. What were the thoughts here?
In that case you should feel fortunate Hernandez only lasted 2 innings. You were spared for listening to Dan Gladden. He likely wouldn't have mentioned anything useful about the pitching.
Out of curiosity, which radio broadcast was used? Radio would seem to be the toughest, as you are basically 100% "seeing" through someone else's lens. Fun study, worth trying again sometime.
If you take $5-$8 million of Mauer's contract and bill it to the Marketing department, the cost per year doesn't look so bad. That's what I keep telling myself anyway......
How far removed is Lipka from getting not the top ten?
Surprised Matt Adams isn't in the 1B picture.
Curious why you'd send a guy to the AFL (Fields) then not protect him in the Rule 5. Thoughts?
Seriously, you need to read the Must Read piece. It will absolutely make your day.
How did Span acquire veto power? Hadn't heard that angle before.
Sorry, but Ryan still takes the bout on my scorecard.
I kept hoping Butler would step up and defuse the situation, but that obviously didn't happen. That would have been a nice touch.
I say scrap the captains, or have the captains be retired players that don't participate. No need to have the home team represented in the derby. This approach takes the opportunity to relentlessly boo a participant out of play.
I wonder who's "second half" Gardy was watching in 2011. The one I was watching featuring the Twins, well, the word "progress" doesn't exactly come to mind. Plenty of other words do though, but we'll keep this post clean this time...
Terry Ryan just found a SP to trade for. Hell, that would qualify him for #3 starter.
Can you imagine Ricky Henderson in his prime with a Twitter account? The mind starts to wander....
Where will we be able to find this going forward on the site? Can't wait to se it regularly.
I think I've had Mr. Branyan on at least 17 Roto teams over that time span. Always cheap and always available. Didn't always work out, but it was sure fun when that $1 investment paid dividends. I hope he sticks somewhere this year....I have a CI spot to fill.
For The Love Of The Game was pretty decent and underrated in my opinion. That Costner sure gets around...
*61 also wasn't mentioned. I agree it doesn't crack the top 10, but I'd put it in the upper teens.
In 2012 only draft pitchers who can hit the top 90s on gun, with no regards to any of the pitches actually being strikes. Or said another, no pitcher drafted can be compared to Brad Radke for a change.
Pavano and Marquis in the same rotation?!?! In 2012 nonetheless!?!? Clearly the Mayans saw this coming...
Is Willingham in RF because Revere's popcorn arm is such a liability in RF? If so then why not put him in CF and Span in RF. Probably the least of their problems come to think of it...
The thing that caught my attention was running the bases. Making the turn from 1st to ...the base after 1st (still 2nd?)... is one hell of a turn!
Our variation of one-on-one baseball was similar to what other mentioned, except we used a tennis ball and these rules:
1) the pitcher could field the ball and throw it at the runner for an out (often resulting in a fight if aimed at the head, but that's another story...)
2) a ball caught on one bounce was an out, but the ghost runners advanced one base.
Question: why don't runners try to take out the first baseman on close force plays? Unless there is a rule specific to force outs, this seems like a similar situation. (I'd rather ask the intelligent BP readership than do the homework myself. :-) ).
Don't get me wrong, I don't endorse more opportunities for takeouts. I'm just wondering about the distinction.
If there is a rule change, I hope it also addresses some of the ridiculous takeout slides at 2nd base.
Could the same procedure used for Colon's injury also be used for Achilles tendon tears? I ask as it's an injury that seems to have a high level of reoccurence due to the weaker scar tissue as well. Thanks.
"Goodnight" = "Sleeper Alert". I love it!
About June 10 (ala Strasburg) I would guess for Tanner...
Suggestion - can we call it something other than "Fantasy" so that my filter at work doesn't scream every time I accidentially click the Fantasy link? ;-)
Yes, I should be looking at it from home, but come on, I just received a hot trade offer and need to tools to research it over a "coffee break"....
Would Dee Gordon be considered the most risky of the 5 star guys to have a solid major league career? (Aside from an arm injury to a 5 star pitcher at least.) Who else would be in that same category?
Aspiring to not be "entirely horrendous"....I'm sure that will make Ekstrom's mama proud. :-)
In the second to last paragraph you touched on something I'm interested in (but too lazy to do the work myself): what is the correlation with this data and the team's offensive capabilities?
It would seem that a smart manager with a weak offense may recognize his low probability of a comeback to dictate how to apply his resources. And the converse for the manager with the better offense. So some application of win probabiliy and offensive capability would be a nice addition.
Five "5 Star" players, and none of them are 1st round picks. Now that's just damn impressive.
About a month ago the Twins fill-in radio play-by-play guy(can't remember his name) referenced TTO and took the time to explain it. I think I started tearing up.
A few days later Dan Gladen and John Gordon (the regular radio guys) both agreed that Wins was the most important pitching statistic. I started tearing up for other reasons...
What is the day (or week) in the life of the team's traveling secretary entail? This sort of touches the general running theme of what does the team do from the players, and what are the players themselves responsible for.
I think Jesse F-ing Crain Wreck is perfect! The walk-off aspect is implied. ;-)
Christina, we Twins fans would prefer if you'd use the name Jesse F-ing Crain in the future, for reasons most obvious. This guys makes us wax nostalgic for Ron Davis....
If an associated dates isn't possible, I'd still take just the DXL as is. I do find it useful.
Having 3 of the top 5 under performers on my NL roto team, plus Bonifacio, goes a long way toward explaining my team's "suckitude". :-)
Not mentioned (probably because we don't know anything yet) is Glen Perkin of MN and his elbow problem, which he acknowledged AFTER giving up 6 runs in the first inning, a game the Twins would lose 7-6.
I'm trying to understand what he's thinking. Is he afraid of letting his team down, when in fact it's just the opposite that happens? Does he assume that there still isn't someone who is a better option than him? What's going through the athlete's mind when this happens? Just curious on peoples thoughts on this. Thanks.
Change the minimum dollar value from 0 (default) to -10 to see more players.
...and just a block (or so) from Wrigley to boot!
Amen to Gino\'s East. A must stop on every visit to Chicago.
I won\'t get my hopes up that the MLB Network will be any more than 24/7 \"Hooray baseball!\", but that ain\'t all bad.
I don\'t watch the NFL Network much, but has anyone seen how they handle controversial NFL issues (past or present) that don\'t paint the NFL in a positive light?
For the 3 MN outfield slots, I think it\'s Cuddyer who needs to earn his way back. Even though MN gave him the shinny new contract, he needs to prove that his \"age 27 & 28\" years aren\'t too far in the rear view window. I\'ll take the upside over semi-established mediocrity.
It may make even more sense for Gomez to start at AAA, but that option doesn\'t appear to be on the table.
Seems that MN needs to address 3B more than anything noted above, and though Twins mgmt keeps pretty close to the vest, this does appear to be their key offseason focus (if the local media is to be believed).