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4 hours ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

I didn't realize that Steven Kwan thing fell off a cliff.  He's hitting .250.  Dude must've gone 0 fer a month.  

Besides Ramirez, Owen Miller Gimenez Naylor Oscar Gonzalez carrying them more recently.  They're getting decent contributions from pretty much every position but catcher.  To me, the emergence of Andres Gimenez has been the real key to balancing out that lineup.

Kwan still a 109 ops+ contributor, Miller at 127, Jimenez 148 and Jose Ramirez an otherworldly 193.

Hentges Sandlin and of course Clase out of the pen have all been great.

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Twins' current state of the rotation

Ober, Ryan, Gray, Winder all out but returning June 10-21.

Only two remaining guys from original group are Archer and Bundy.

Paddack out for the season.

Smeltzer, Gonzalez and Sands starters #8, 9, 10 currently trying to hold down the fort.

Kenta Maeda theoretically will return from surgery during the last 4 to 6 weeks of year.  Maybe.

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Just now, chw42 said:

2 torn ACLs for Lewis now. 

It's a devastating loss for the Twins. He had a 150 wRC+ in AAA *and* the majors this year.

Also, this is another example of someone getting hurt playing out of position. Lewis tore his ACL running into a wall during his first MLB game in CF.

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6 minutes ago, maxjusttyped said:

It's a devastating loss for the Twins. He had a 150 wRC+ in AAA *and* the majors this year.

Also, this is another example of someone getting hurt playing out of position. Lewis tore his ACL running into a wall during his first MLB game in CF.

Laughs nervously about Vaughn playing OF

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8 minutes ago, chw42 said:

Is the LSU pitching coach job that much better than the Twins pitching coach job? Seems like a move down for him. 

General consensus seems to be the pay is a lot better at big time college programs than in MLB, which isn't something I had realized.

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Johnson reportedly received an annual salary around $350,000 from the Twins when he left the University of Arkansas for MLB in November 2018. He will now be paid $750,000 per year by LSU, sources confirmed.

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Twins officials were fond of saying “In Wes We Trust” regarding his recommendations for reclamation projects and minor-league signings, believing in his ability to tap into unseen value with mechanical and pitch mix changes. And manager Rocco Baldelli made no secret about the outsized role Johnson played relative to some other MLB pitching coaches, often deferring to Johnson on day-to-day pitching questions, not unlike an offensive-minded football coach handing the keys to the defense over to a defensive coordinator.

Pretty big loss for the Twins. Wonder if this starts a trend of big College programs trying to lure MLB coaches with bigger salaries.

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9 hours ago, YoYoIsMyHero said:

Pretty big loss for the Twins. Wonder if this starts a trend of big College programs trying to lure MLB coaches with bigger salaries.

Katz is pretty likely to gone as soon as Giolito.

Other than TLR and Hahn as Asst GM, we never pay coaches/managers/front office personnel Top 25% in the game wages.

Assuming Guillen’s main motivation in leaving for the Marlins was salary-related, too.  

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Johnson had served as the club's pitching coach since the 2019 season, when he was hired away from the University of Arkansas as the first pitching coach in Major League history to make the jump directly from college to the big leagues.

The 50-year-old Johnson coached pitching staffs that brought the Twins two division championships in 2019 and '20. The Twins once again sit in first place in the American League Central following their series victory over the Rockies at Target Field over the weekend.

During Johnson's tenure from 2019-22, the Twins' pitching staff ranked 10th in MLB in WAR, per FanGraphs, and 14th in ERA. He helped to guide Kenta Maeda to a second-place finish in AL Cy Young Award voting during the shortened '20 season.

In the three seasons before Johnson arrived, the Twins' pitching staffs had finished 23rd, 24th and 22nd in the Majors in fWAR. Minnesota pitching jumped to fourth in fWAR in '19, and rose to third in '20 before falling back to 24th last season and 21st this year. The '19 pitching staff set a club record with 1,463 strikeouts.

mlb.com

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18 hours ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

Leaving your guys in the middle of the fight is a scumbag move.  

I agree.  He signed a contract for the season.  Scumbag the perfect word.

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15 hours ago, YoYoIsMyHero said:

Pretty big loss for the Twins. Wonder if this starts a trend of big College programs trying to lure MLB coaches with bigger salaries.

This could be a game changer if College baseball is going to pay DOUBLE what MLB does.  Yet, they don't have money pay college players.

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Carlos Santana traded to Mariners. Vinnie P brought up. 

Glad to see teams like Mariners still tweaking and trying. or teams like Cubs cutting Villar even though it's a sunk cost on a year deal. 

Sox continue to be stuck in mud. 

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