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After years of swinging at everything and frustrating everyone, Rosario may have had an epiphany.

Paul Molitor has always been a believer in Eddie Rosario’s swing. As a roving hitting instructor, Molitor worked with Rosario in the minors as far back as 2010, saying later that the left-handed hitter’s “ability to square up the ball” immediately caught his eye. Molitor replaced Ron Gardenhire as Twins manager in 2015, and during his first spring training at the helm he praised Rosario’s hitting ability on a daily basis. At the time Rosario was 23 years old and coming off a disappointing Double-A season in which he hit just .243/.286/.387 and was suspended 50 games for marijuana use, but Molitor believed.

Early that May the Twins needed outfield reinforcements and at Molitor’s urging they bypassed Aaron Hicks to call up Rosario, who was hitting just .242/.280/.379 with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 23 games at Triple-A. For all the talk about his upside, Rosario had a sub-.700 OPS above Single-A for his career and it had been around 18 months since he was a productive hitter at any level, but as Molitor explained: “I wanted to give Eddie an opportunity to get up here. I’ve been around him enough to know that for that kid, it’s just been a matter of him learning to apply himself a little bit more consistently, and I think he’s been doing that.”

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Time is a flat circ ... OH MY GOD, HURRY UP ALREADY!

On July 25, the Dodgers played the Twins, in Los Angeles. The game featured an 18-minute delay after the umpires and Twins manager Paul Molitor got mixed up over a double-switch in the sixth inning. It wasn’t the most important game the Dodgers have played lately, or even the most interesting. But it did show us a few things.

By my count, Yasiel Puig was announced as the batter two hours, 39 minutes, and 15 seconds into the game. This is an account of what and who followed.

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Released by the Braves, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon will try to make it back to the majors with the Twins.

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May 22, 2017 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting


Matthew Trueblood

Teams have smartened up about sacrifice bunts, but every once in a while managers just can't help themselves.

We don’t really do this kind of thing very much anymore. Saber-slanted baseball writing used to consist largely of criticizing poor strategic choices made by teams, either within games or over the course of a season. We won that war, though. Teams are so much smarter these days that kvetching about a bad sacrifice bunt or intentional walk here or there feels a bit like hosting a Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race for the Cure.

Here’s the thing: it is good to be reminded, now and then, that rabies is still out there. If you pretend the disease has been permanently eliminated, or that it doesn’t pose a real public danger, you end up with anti-vaxxer movements among people who call themselves “dog parents." With that in mind, I want to talk about two bunts laid down last Tuesday night, why they were misguided, and why it matters.

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