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Other Baseball Today, 01:30 PM
We had a thread for items around the baseball world that were worth sharing but not worth a thread of their own. Now that the 2018 season...
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Article: BREAKING: Twins to Sign Versatile Marwin Gonzalez

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:30 PM
The new Twins front office is making a name for itself with late-offseason (er, early spring training) free agency splashes. This time ar...
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Article: Report From The Fort: Marwin Gonzalez Fixes A Pr...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:09 PM
FORT MYERS - The Twins reported signing of Marwin Gonzalez is not a traditional free agent signing. But that’s why it works.Gonazalez had...
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Helfand: Gordon Turns to Rap for Creative Outlet

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:15 PM
Betsy Helfand from the Pioneer Press wrote a really good article on Nick Gordon today. It discusses the role that rap music has played in...
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Article: Get To Know: Alex Hassan (Twins Assistant Direct...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:15 PM
Alex Hassan grew up in the Boston area. Following three years at Duke, he was drafted by the Red Sox. Five years later, he made his big l...
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Report From The Fort: Marwin Gonzalez Fixes A Problem. (We Just Don't Know Which One Yet.)

FORT MYERS - The Twins reported signing of Marwin Gonzalez is not a traditional free agent signing. But that’s why it works.

Gonazalez had a monster year in 2017 when the Astros won the World Series, putting up a .900+ OPS while playing a utility infield. The 29-year-old slid back to his previous form last year, but that was still good for a .733 OPS while playing literally every position but catcher.

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Report From The Fort: Opening Day Stuff

FORT MYERS - It’s a weekend, we just had a big signing and baseball returns tonight, but digital ink is still free, so how about a notes column?

Get Here Early
This is the first time Twins Daily has covered spring training before games begin, and I have to say, we screwed that up. This is a great week to cover the team. Players have more time, more patience, and it’s fun to see what is being emphasized in the training drills.

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BREAKING: Twins to Sign Versatile Marwin Gonzalez

The new Twins front office is making a name for itself with late-offseason (er, early spring training) free agency splashes. This time around it's Marwin Gonzalez, the defensively flexible veteran who has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $21 million contract.

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Your Dad Weighing Options For Mispronouncing Marwin Gonzalez

Minnesota's alleged interest in free agent utility man Marwin Gonzalez has sparked speculation on his potential place on the Twins’ 25-man roster.

For Your Dad, though, the real guessing game is what he’s going to call him.

Sources close to Your Family confirmed on Thursday that conversations about the possible signing concluded with Your Dad wondering why they’re signing “this Merlin Gonzalez character” instead of Bryce Harper.

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Musical Chairs In The Bullpen

New Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has been as vague as he can be about his plans for the bullpen, so we can only make the most general statements about the makeup of the relief corps this year. But one general statement we can make is this: eight is greater than seven. That simple truth suggests that, barring injuries, the Twins are going cut someone we won’t want to see cut.

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Projections, Opportunity, and Where it Stands in Minnesota

This week Fangraphs writer Dan Szymborski unveiled the 2019 ZiPS projections for the Minnesota Twins. While they aren’t kind, the projection system isn’t harsh either. In summarizing the reality of what can be expected for 2019, Dan puts it best in saying, “the Minnesota Twins represent an increasingly rare breed: the excruciatingly, unbearably, average team.”

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Get To Know: Alex Hassan (Twins Assistant Director of Minor League Operations)

Alex Hassan grew up in the Boston area. Following three years at Duke, he was drafted by the Red Sox. Five years later, he made his big league debut with his hometown team. After his playing career ended, Hassan took some time away from baseball, but last offseason, newly-appointed Twins Director of Minor League Operations Jeremy Zoll reached out and offered him an opportunity to be the Twins Assistant Director of Minor League Operations. He accepted and is working with the Twins player development team to help improve the Twins minor league system.

Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with the Twins Assistant Director of Minor League Operations. His is an interesting story. It’s fun to learn about and understand his story and how it can help him in his current position. Let’s Get to Know Alex Hassan.

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Report From The Fort: Looking For A Bounceback (Part 3)

FORT MYERS - Crummy years can lead to new opportunities. For two of the Twins middle infielders, that has been the case. One would’ve never ended up with the Twins had he not had a horrendous year. Another is taking it as an opportunity to grow and mature.

Jonathan Schoop
This time last year, Jonathan Schoop was on a path towards being a superstar. He had swatted 72 home runs over the previous three years, averaged a .280 batting average, a .795 OPS, all while playing a strong second base and was just 26-years-old. But on April 13 he suffered an oblique injury. It healed over the next month and he returned to the field, but not to form. But not because is still hurt.

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Twins Have to Do Something About the Bullpen

Building a bullpen is simple, you can just convert any of your excess starting pitchers into relievers, right? The Twins had better hope so. It’s already been confirmed Fernando Romero won’t be preparing as a starter, and if everyone stays healthy, one of Martin Perez or Adalberto Mejia will likely be joining him in the bullpen.

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Report From The Fort: Looking For A Bounceback (Part 2)

FORT MYERS - Somehow a season that starts well and devolves is a more damning narrative than a season which never gets on track. If a player’s season just stinks from start to finish, the reaction is “how can he get back on track” or “he’s a good buy-low candidate, because that had to be an aberration.” But a season that goes downhill has less hope attached to it. We conclude he’s just not healthy, or the tank is empty, or he can’t make “the adjustment” or he just isn’t that good.

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Report From The Fort: Looking For A Bounceback (Part 1)

FORT MYERS - SanoBuxton. BuxtonSano. To hear the coverage of the 2018 Twins season, one might think they were the only Twins that struggled, and they’re the only bounceback seasons that matter. That is far from the truth. Over the next two couple days, we’ll examine a few other Twins that faced unexpected challenges, and we’ll hear from them about how they plan to turn their struggles around.

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Catching Up With Ryan Jeffers

Ryan Jeffers was recently named by Twins Daily as the Twins #13 ranked prospect. He was a walk-on at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and didn’t start often as a freshman. He wasn’t on the MLB Top 200 draft prospects in 2018. So when the Twins used their secnd-round pick last year on the catcher, eyes were raised.

And Jeffers is just fine with that.

I caught up with the talented catcher at Twins Fest about his background, his game, and proving people wrong.