Reusse: Duffy’s recent breakdown means he’s gone, maybe forever

Ron Piranoski came to the Los Angeles Dodgers twins before the 1968 season, and pitched brilliantly for three years. He saved 65 teams in 1969 and 1970 for the twins that won their first two MLS titles.

Then, the left-footed player with a heavyweight and a big curve ball turned 34 just before the 1971 season and hit the wall — as Bill Rigney did in his sophomore year as a coach.

I worked at the twins club occasionally at the St. Paul newspapers, and I asked Branowski a few questions as he squatted in his wardrobe.

Piranoski answered those, while also browsing through that day’s “fan” mail that had been tucked away in his wardrobe. He opened a message and smiled and said, “Check this out.”

It was a low-production drawing of a pistol with the barrel bent and returned to the shooter. Piranoski was encouraged to use such a weapon.

So, the abuse of relief jugs goes back to our history of twins—even for those who were brilliant in back-to-back seasons and winning in the ’90s.

The difference is, when you want to send a letter to Perranoski about your unhappiness during his last four months in Minnesota (abandoned July 31, 1971), he might see it three days later in the mail.

Wanting to join Tyler Duffey in 2022, it took three seconds on a large variety of outlets to question his right to a pay slip in professional baseball.

Duffey was a success story where a novice turned loyalist. He had an excellent season (2019) and a strong short season (2020), then he was more successful in 2021.

The twins had been hoping for the acrimony prior to 2022. They had some carnage, and finally there was disaster in Thursday night’s 9-3 loss to the mighty Blue Jays at Target Field.

Emilio Pagan, Trevor Miguel and Duffy shared a similar responsibility, but it was Duffy who took the fall on Friday.

Falvey and Associates still have hopes of rescuing Pagan, building a script approach around the Megill’s fast ball, which can travel 100 miles per hour.

Not so with Duffey, 31, and with the adjustments that need to be made in order to have another successful run in the big-league Bullpen.

Duffey was a hilarious presence for the club for media visitors, particularly in 2018, when the twins kept sending him down and back from Class AAA Rochester without looking at the way he presented.

It so often happened that on the infamous early morning flight from Rochester, New York, to MSP, the hosts began to say, “Nice to see you again, Mr. Duffy.”

A letter was sent to Duffy on Friday, with the suggestion that he might be able to find a seat near his former teammate Ryan Presley with Houston.

Houston may continue to find too many young gas bowlers, but the bowler has the right to dream of being at the center of his hometown team, right?

“Yes, there are some points I don’t mind,” Duffy replied.

Duffey’s release was further evidence that the Twins’ decision-makers finally lost their senses of humor when it came to the Bullpen.

On Tuesday, they caused some depletion to their small number of real possibilities, trading all-stars closer Jorge Lopez and rookie Tyler Mahley. The twins also added Michael Vollmer, a familiar and enduring savior with Tigers.

After one night, the Tigers were no problem for the new twins in a 4-1 victory. And then they ran out of Pagan, Megill and Duffey Thursday, against a real lineup, giving up three runs each.

Happy Paths to Duffey, after 295 appearances, and could be the next Pagan and Megill, in that order.

The twins received a good test of the new upper class Bulls on Friday night.

The Blue Jays dropped 5-0, with former Twins player Jose Berrios knocked out in Game 4.

New rookie, Mahle, allowed a run in fifth, then was hacked to three in sixth, including a groundbreak from Vlad Guerrero Jr. that required 20 seconds around the bases.

She was now 5-4. This once-running advance was a real test for the Big Bullpen Fix. Griffin Jax hit the side in seventh, Joan Doran beat around two runners in eighth, then Lopez couldn’t escape in ninth—giving up an RBI singles tie.

Vollmer saved the night, keeping the free sprinter third (with bases loaded) and one 10th, and the twins won it 6-5 in two Blue Jays field faults in the bottom 10th.

Take the gift and expect Lopez to be even better next time.

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