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Monday Morning Minnesota: Plate discipline/wallet discipline

Never swing, never spend, win(?)

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins - Game One
Twins players huddle in fright as an opposing player changes his body composition.
Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Let’s get right to it!

  • MLBTR collected a slew of hot-stove rumors surrounding the Twins. Like most rumors lately involving the Twins, they are of the “Well they COULD afford him and that’s interesting.” variety. (It isn’t actually interesting.) However, the Twins seem to have legit interest in reliever Ryan Madson who is likely such a mad son because he amassed an entire -0.4 WAR last year.

Relievers are volatile beasts, so perhaps they see something they like and aren’t just being cheap. We can’t know for sure!

  • M-Sabermetrics has a really fun piece looking at the 2018 0-Swing All-Stars at each position. If you don’t know O-Swing it’s basically the percentage of swings by a player at all pitches outside of the strike zone. You may be surprised to find 4 Twins here, (only one of whom is still a Twin.) such as the man, the myth, the legend: Robbie Grossman. (Oh and some guy named Joe Mauer.) Make of that what you will.
  • Just gonna leave this here. (He did it! He changed his body composition! The absolute madman!)

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