Baseball Outsider

11 Week Activity
Stories per week
  • Average: 7
  • Min: 7
  • Max: 8

http://fpbaseballoutsider.blogspot.com/

Site Profile

Editor's Rating: Unrated

A Twins fan since 1969 and a copy editor for The Free Press (Mankato, Minn.) since 1985, I've written a weekly column on baseball since 1989.


Latest Content from Baseball Outsider

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider September 24, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Andrelton Simmons makes a barehanded catch ofa popup after bobbling it Wednesday.There are few, if any, shortstops who can match Andrelton Simmons in the field. And that's saying something.Simmons figures to draw some MVP support this year. He is, as Baseball Reference figures WAR, the fourth best player in the American League. A lot of that value is in his glove, of course, but he's also having h

Contemplating Miguel Cabrera
via Baseball Outsider September 23, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Dan Gladden, it was obvious Friday, has not yet recognized the new reality with Miguel Cabrera: "Miggy" is no longer the overwhelming hitter he once was.Cabrera's slash line after 0 for 4 Friday was an underwhelming .248/.328/.397. Coupled with his subpar defense at first base, and you have a player who is barely better than replacement, at least by Baseball Reference' version of WAR.Gladden seems

Adalberto Mejia vs. Bartolo Colon
via Baseball Outsider September 22, 2017 at 09:38 AM

A left-hand toast to Adalberto Mejia who gave the Twins a great start.  Their wildcard lead is now 2 1/2 games with 9 to play.— Dick Bremer (@dbremer_pxp) September 22, 2017"Great start"? When did 4.2 innings become a great start?Mejia's line score is pretty good other than just getting 14 outs. But he committed a balk and got the hook after -- yet again -- not getting to first base in time o

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider September 21, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The big story out of the Twins-Yankees game Friday afternoon wasn't the outcome but the little girl who got hit by a line-drive foul.The Yankees have not -- yet -- extended screens down the foul lines. I suspect this incident will change that.The Twins took some grief when they put up screens the length of the dugouts. I'm glad they did that; the dugout seats in Target Field are very close to the

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider September 20, 2017 at 11:08 PM

The big story out of the Twins-Yankees game Friday afternoon wasn't the outcome but the little girl who got hit by a line-drive foul.The Yankees have not -- yet -- extended screens down the foul lines. I suspect this incident will change that.The Twins took some grief when they put up screens the length of the dugouts. I'm glad they did that; the dugout seats in Target Field are very close to the

Max Kepler and CC Sabathia
via Baseball Outsider September 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The Twins lost again to the Yankees Tuesday night. Didn't hurt them any in the "race" for the wild card slot, though, because the Angels lost also (to Cleveland).Paul Molitor gave Max Kepler the start in right field against CC Satathia, who at 36 remains a useful starter. He's not the front-of-the-rotation workhorse he used to be -- he's still 25 innings shy of enough innings to qualify for the ER

The wild card years fly by
via Baseball Outsider September 19, 2017 at 09:38 AM

I may have mentioned here before one of my pet observations about how age affects how we perceive time. For a five-year old, a year is one-fifth of her existence; indeed, it feels like more, since she doesn't actively remember the first three or so. For a 60-year-old, a year is a much smaller piece of the pie.This has a specific baseball-related (and Twins related) point. I became a baseball fan i

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider September 18, 2017 at 09:38 AM

During my truncated biweekly appearance on KMSU Thursday, I volunteered the notion that Kyle Gibson was the key figure in the Twins push for the wild card.He gave us reason to beleive that Sunday, both pro and con.His first two innings were SOG -- Same Old Gibson. Four walks and four runs in the first inning, five runs -- including two homers -- in the first two innings. And then, four innings pra

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider September 17, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Curtis Granderson cooperates Saturday with a pair ofselfie-seeking fans in Washington.Curtis Granderson is fondly remembered in Mankato. He was a Mankato Masher in this city's first season with a team in the Northwoods League, and he's had a fine major league career with the Tigers, Yankees, Mets and now Dodgers.And he is even more highly regarded for his off-the-field activities and persona. He i

Good bye, Mientkiewicz
via Baseball Outsider September 16, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Doug Mientkiewicz'steams in Fort Myers andChattanooga finishedfirst four times in fiveseasons.Doug Mientkiewicz, who has managed in the Twins system for five years at two different levels, was fired Friday. His was the most prominent firing of three in the farm system (the others being pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen and Larry Bennese, the trainer at Triple A Rochester).Mientkiewicz, in an ech

Contemplating Byron Buxton
via Baseball Outsider September 15, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Bryon Buxton brings his home runhome through a shower of bubble gumThursday night.Another blown lead, another extra-inning game, another walk-off homer by a blossoming Twins outfielder.Eddie Rosario on Wednesday, Byron Buxton on Thursday.(We should, therefore, expect big things from Max Kepler tonight.)Jeff Passan of Yahoo posted this piece on Buxton's emergence earlier on Thursday. Two noteworthy

The big swing of Eddie Rosario
via Baseball Outsider September 14, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Eddie Rosario connects for his game-winning homer inthe 10th inning Wednesday night.We've seen plenty of hitters swing, miss and lose their balance. I don't think I've ever before seen a player hit a ball 415 feet and stagger backwards after impact as Eddie Rosario did Wednesday night.It was Rosario's 23rd homer of the season. He doesn't lead the Twins in homers -- Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano hav

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider September 13, 2017 at 09:38 AM

That was quite the power display the Twins put on Tuesday night. Seven homers, one apiece in each of the first seven innings -- the first time, we are told, that's happened in a major league game.Two of the homers came from Jason Castro. I had been looking at his numbers earlier in the day and thinking that he was a little light on the homers. I expected him to get into double digits this year. No

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider September 12, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The Twins have four left-handed relievers on their active roster right now -- Taylor Rogers, Buddy Boshers, Nik Turley and Glen Perkins -- but Rogers is probably the only one who can reliably get outs.Enter, if a tweet from one of his former pitching coaches is accurate, Gabriel Moya:Gabriel Moya called me crying to tell me he just got called up to the big leagues. 1 of best phone calls I've ever

The matter of bullpen depth
via Baseball Outsider September 11, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The Cleveland Indians won their 18th in a row Sunday night. Only the 2002 Oakland Athletics have had a longer win streak in my lifetime, so this is pretty darn impressive.The Indians now have the best record in the American League. And if anything, they've been unlucky this season; by the Pythagorean Theorum, they should have six more wins and six fewer losses.One aspect that stood out to me as I

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider September 10, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Alex Gordon reaches for the ball on Jason Castro'sninth-inning single Thursday. The play not made provedcritical in the Twins' three-run rally to win the game.One percent.That, according to Statcast, is how often Jason Castro's blooper to short left field on Thursday turns into a hit.You have here two players -- left fielder Alex Gordon and shortstop Alcides Escobar -- who have won Gold Gloves at

Notes, quotes and comment
via Baseball Outsider September 09, 2017 at 09:38 AM

This American League wild card scrum is starting to sort itself out a bit in the Twins favor. The Twins this moring are closer to the first wild card berth than the second (1.5 games behind the Yankees, 2 games ahead of the Angels).I'd rather see the Twins in the first slot for three reasons:the wild card game would be at Target Field;they'd have more room for error;it would be more likely that th

Contempating Kyle Gibson
via Baseball Outsider September 08, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Do I believe in Kyle Gibson?Not in his existence, but that he truly belongs in the starting rotation of a postseason team.On Thursday Gibson made his seventh start since returning to the rotation after the trade of Jaime Garcia. He allowed two runs in seven innings; while he didn't get the decision, it was a quality start. His stat line for those seven starts is pretty good: 3.10 ERA in 40.2 innin

Contemplating Eduardo Escobar
via Baseball Outsider September 07, 2017 at 09:38 AM

I haven't noticed Dick Bremer yakking about "superutility" players nearly as often since the Twins cut Danny Santana loose earlier this year. It was a reflexive reaction from the TV play-by-play guy whenever Santana got on the field, which was way too often.Bremer doesn't have the same reaction to Eduardo Escobar, which isa blessing, because as far as I'm concerned, Bremer uses the term far too lo

On stealing signs
via Baseball Outsider September 06, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Red Sox have admitted using the replay system and an Apple Watch to steal the catcher's signals.Sign stealing has been around about as long as there have been signs to steal, of course, and skill at decoding the opposition's semiphores is highly valued. But the use of high tech is verboten and, at least nominally, novel. It's all supposed to be done wit