Kid can mash.
That was the first thing I thought of this morning, when Alonso had won the derby but everyone was going on about Guerrero.
Verlander says the ball is juiced.
I say: juice it more!
I disagree. I'm not necessarily looking for the dead ball era to make a return, but three true outcome baseball isn't as interesting to me as hitters and fielders running.
I mean, I love the Bomba Squad, but I'd love it just as much if they were raking doubles to the gap and scoring Buxton from first on an infield base hit.
If the Twins weren't mashing taters I'd agree.
I mean, if they want to deaden the ball a bit after the Twins break the record, I'd be fine with that.
The home run derby should keep using the superballs. Last night was a flat out joy.
I watched a lot bit of the beginning with Newbish. During Vlad's first round, he kept looking up at me and shouting "he hit ANOTHER home run!"
Yes, son. He sure did.
The thing I like about the juiced balls for the Twins is that they're hitting them out at a historic pace while not really giving up any.
I completely missed the derby because I didn't even know it was last night. Whoops.
Fortunately, that means you also missed Chris Berman’s shtick.
Oh, believe that the TV was on mute. I believe The Shins were playing.
I almost turned it on, but then I thought of Berman and passed. I spent too much time last night reading and watching the news trying to figure out how many immensely powerful people are going to be brought down in the Epstein case. I truly hope this creates even more of an awakening of public consciousness on the sex trafficking problem we have in the world. So disgusting!
Note, Berman last hosted the Derby in 2016.
goes to show you how interested I am in the derby.
Also goes to show just how much damage Berman's schtick did to everyone's psyche.
Berman didn't announce it. All he would have said last night was "back" 350 million times. They did not wait for balls to fall as in the rules. It was rapid fire.
Actually, it might have been somewhat humorous to hear Berman trying to keep up.
I really appreciated Dr. Meredith Wills’ report in The Athletic on her latest findings on the 2019 version of the ball, and her recent conversation with Ben Lindbergh on Effectively Wild.
Since our hand-wringing post about Sano on June 20th, he's hitting .273/.344/.673 and hitting a home run every 10 plate appearances.
Good, he's working that trade value back up.
On the 29th Hageman had this tweet. Seems like the team identified and fixed something.
Same day, and mentioned in a reply to that tweet, is Dan Hayes writing about it. From the 29th to today, Sanó has hit .370/.452/.741.
SSST. But I will take it. May he transmogrify into a superstar.
The sample size feels pretty small yet, but for a good stretch there in June, he looked like he was behind everything and was resorting to guessing as a result. He doesn't look like he's guessing anymore.
The only players on the Twins with a better OPS for the season than Sano (.896) are Cruz, Garver and Arraez. His OPS would also be his best since his rookie season (.916).
OMG if anything is juiced it's ARod.
Eating at Zorbaz in DL. Pregame interrupted periodically by weather (tornado out near Breakenridge). No TV volume, so saved from Buck and Smoltz. Saw the introductions (go Twins)
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