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The numbers have been crunched, and based on the Twins' current roster ... er, well, thinks aren't looking good. Again.
Friend of the blog Parker Hageman notes on Twins Daily that Baseball Prospectus co-founder Clay Davenport projects the Twins to finish with 72 victories this season.
Now, that would be an improvement over the last three seasons, but it would also leave their record at 72-90 ... their fourth-consecutive 90-loss season.
Interestingly, the projection includes a major drop-off for Joe Mauer even though he is moving to first base. Overall, it has the Twins scoring the fewest runs in the AL while allowing the second-most.
Again, these are initial projections -- more roster upgrades could change things.
We'll have to see how it looks at the end of March.
Former Twins player and new coach Paul Molitor was asked this weekend at a banquet in Ontario what his thoughts are on Alex Rodriguez. If he had it his way, Molitor said, A-Rod would not join him in Cooperstown.
Is suspended New York Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez a Hall of Famer?
“No,” said Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.
“I don’t think he was overly targeted by Major League Baseball,” Molitor said Saturday night. “I don’t think they would impose such a severe suspension.
“I know that there was not a positive drug test, but there was just cause. So, no, I don’t think he belongs.”
Molitor was in Woodbridge to speak at the annual Ontario Blue Jays Hall of Fame banquet as the team inducted its third class.
“I don’t envy the job that the voters have,” said Molitor, inducted 10 years ago along with closer Dennis Eckersley. “Regardless of where (Rodriguez’s) career was going, from the information I’ve been exposed to and from what I have read, I don’t think he will get in … but hey Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds get roughly 30% of the vote.”
For some reason, TC Bear looks lovable while the new Cubs mascot, Clark, looks kind of creepy. But neither one is wearing pants. Discuss.
Today we reveal our rankings of the four-sport cities, and a summary of the best and worst markets in the other categories (one, two, & three-sports cities). Before the actual rankings, a couple of clarifying comments are in order. The key to our rankings is that we are looking at fan support after controlling for short term variations in team quality and market characteristics. Basically we create statistical models of revenues as a function of quality measures like winning percentage and market potential factors like population. This allows our results to speak how much support fans provide as if market size and winning rates were equal.
Using that way of measuring, Boston was No. 1 among the 12 markets in the U.S. that have franchises in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. Philadelphia was No. 2.
The city in third place is likely going to generate Twitter complaints about how clueless we are, and how academics should stay away from sports. We rank the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul as having the third most supportive fans among the four-sport cities. Minneapolis/Saint Paul show great support of the Twins and solid support for the Vikings. The Wild also do surprisingly well in the NHL.
How could Minnesota finish in front of New York and Chicago? It’s because these cities don’t do a great job in terms of supporting all their teams. For example, The Brooklyn Nets perform poorly when market size is considered and the White Sox have very poor support on all metrics. We can hardly wait for the semi-literate Twitter attacks to commence.
We're No. 3! Discuss.
Former Twins outfielder Jacque Jones got a vote for the Hall of Fame, and it wasn't even the one that Dan Le Batard gave to Deadspin readers!
He's pretty excited, as he should be ... but now we really want to know who voted for him.
Apprecaite my tweeples for helping me get that 1 HOF vote. Seriously that is awesome.— Jacque Jones (@JacqueJones11) January 8, 2014
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