ORIGINAL: Brad H
Your a baseball genius.
Coupled with your love of Bernie, a political genius as well.
I bow to your intellect
I'm no genius. I understand that.
I am an old school baseball guy and the trends of the game are pushing me away. I'm not interested in exit velocity or pitch clocks. The game is actually very simple if you block out all of the noise. It's also beautiful, if played right.
The 2023 Twins have a very good pitching staff. One of the best the franchise has ever had. However, they are one of the least fundamentally sound offensive teams I have ever seen. It borders on awful.
When people think Joey Gallo is a great baseball player, the game has really deteriorated. Dude is batting .188 for the year. I was around when Rod Carew batted 200 points higher.
The guys in this era can swing. The guys in my era could hit. It's like comparing a 7th grade art project to a Picasso or Rembrandt.
What you just posted, I can agree with almost all you said. But just get over the Arraez trade. Lopez and two prospects for a very good hitter and a defender with limited skill was a decent trade. Lopez started out great but as Tim has noted, he is not the same as he was when he first came on board.
Not only do the present hitters in baseball fail to make contact enough of the time while swinging from their heels, they also fail miserably in getting runners on third in with less than two outs when all that is needed is a fly ball. Randy Bush excelled in that area. The Twins have sufficient offensive talent but whatever is the problem, they are not executing. In pro sports, you don't get rid of all the players, you change coaches and or manager. I would dump Popkins. I would also dump Rocco but he was just extended. My issue with Rocco deals mainly with his handling of pitchers. He has little feel for the way they are pitching in the game.
If you go back far enough into the 60's, pitchers dominated and hitters in 1968, Yaz won the batting title with a 301 average. In 68, Denny McLain won 31 games. After 68, they lowered the pitching mound and hitting averages and power increased.
I think it will take some time for hitting to adjust to the new aspects of the game and move away from over emphasis on launch angle and get back to having more players take a more level swing through the strike zone. One would have thought that the exaggerated shifts would have done that but now shifts are no more but the removal of the live ball should help.
Trumps lawyer with respect to the Jan 6 indictments: HE DIDN'T CALL IN THE TANKS.
Translation: Trump is innocent.