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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:06 AM
Darren Wolfson is reporting that the Twins will watch Cuban FA pitcher Norge Ruiz throw tonight in the Dominican League. Also watched him...
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Article: COMING SOON: 2017 Offseason Handbook

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:40 AM
This was a long, tough season. You all deserve a treat for hanging on and maintaining enough interest in this 100-loss campaign to keep t...
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Article: Twins Targeting Rangers Assistant Levine For GM

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:04 AM
After weeks of uncertainty, the Minnesota Twins’ front office is starting to materialize.The Twins announced the hiring of Derek Falvey a...
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World Series Game 1&2 Thread

Other Baseball Today, 08:19 AM
Chicago is in Cleveland for Game 1 of the World Series. Feel free to discuss throughout the game.   Lineups:     CUBS: Dex...
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Article: Youth Is Served

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:16 AM
Twenty five years ago tonight, the Minnesota Twins played in one of the greatest World Series games in baseball. Jack Morris’s ten-inning...
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COMING SOON: 2017 Offseason Handbook

This was a long, tough season. You all deserve a treat for hanging on and maintaining enough interest in this 100-loss campaign to keep the conversations flowing at Twins Daily.

In that spirit, we have some exciting news.


Falvey, Levine Well-Suited To Solve Roster Riddles

Among the challenges that puzzled the 2016 Twins was putting the optimal defensive lineup on the field. Derek Falvey and company likely will be facing similar challenges next season. Is there any reason to be confident those issues will be resolved in 2017? Based on how we've seen the Cleveland Indians lineup evolve the past few seasons, I think so.

The Twins ranked 12th in baseball in home runs, 13th in OPS, scored the 16th most runs. So while there's always room for improvement, hitting is far from the team's biggest concern. The defense, on the other hand, desperately needs to improve after the Twins ranked 29th in Defensive Runs Above Average. Improving the team may not require a complete overhaul, but rather just shifting a few pieces.


Youth Is Served

Twenty five years ago tonight, the Minnesota Twins played in one of the greatest World Series games in baseball. Jack Morris’s ten-inning effort, and Gene Larkin’s deep-enough fly ball single scored Dan Gladden, and the Twins were the 1991 World Series champions.

It’s hard to believe that so many of the sports stars who make their in-season homes in the Twin Cities were not even born when that game was played. The Twin Cities is one of 13 Metropolitan areas in the United States to have teams in all four major sports (baseball, basketball, football and hockey). Each of those teams have undergone change in recent years, in the front office, in the coaches, or simply a turnover in players.

The strategy appears to be the same for all teams, and it is not a unique strategy. Every organization in every sport wants to develop its own players and build a core which can later be supplemented when the team is ready to compete for championships.

It would be fair to say that the Minnesota Vikings are furthest along that track. Despite their loss on Sunday, they are generally considered to be a contender, in large part due to their defense. The Minnesota Wild have played in the playoffs each of the last four seasons. They are looking to take the next step. The Minnesota Twins, or at least their fans, thought the team had turned a corner with their 2015 season in which they were not eliminated until the penultimate game of the season. They then lost 103 games in 2016. The team has not been in the playoffs since 2010, their first season at Target Field. Last night, the Minnesota Timberwolves opened their 2016-17 season. While so young, there are hopes and many reasons for excitement about this team.


Twins Targeting Rangers Assistant Levine For GM

After weeks of uncertainty, the Minnesota Twins’ front office is starting to materialize.

The Twins announced the hiring of Derek Falvey as the Vice President and Chief Baseball Officer at the beginning of October but the role of General Manager remained vacant. Now, according to multiple reports, the Twins appear on the verge of hiring Thad Levine as just the sixth General Manager since relocating to Minnesota.


Heat Check: What To Expect From Chargois

During his first taste of the big leagues this year, JT Chargois averaged 96.6 MPH with his fastball, according to PitchFX. The number of qualified MLB relievers with a higher mark? Thirteen.

What can we learn from looking at the rest of the game's hardest-throwing hurlers?


Discussing Domestic Abuse

There are often events outside of the game remind us to put the game into perspective. The most morbid example of this came in late September when Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away in a boating accident. Another situation involves arrests of athletes.

In the NFL, there is the case of Josh Brown. The New York Giants kicker was suspended one game by the NFL for a domestic abuse case. When reports came out of his detailed journals of his abuse against his wife, the Giants didn’t have him fly to Europe with the team. He has since been added to the Commissioner's’ Exempt list and likely will never play in the NFL again. Same thing happened with Ray Rice. The Vikings Adrian Peterson missed a year due to domestic abuse.


Following The Cubs' Blueprint

Only two short seasons the Cubs were in the midst of five straight seasons of 87 losses or more. This included a 101-loss season in 2012. Flash-forward to the present day and the Cubs have been rebuilt and are four wins away from their first World Series title in over 100 years.

Minnesota is in a similar spot to the Chicago teams from 2010-14. Can the Twins mount a similar turnaround in the years to come? How can Derek Falvey, the Twins new chief of baseball operations, follow the Chicago blueprint?


AFL Recap - Week 2: Quiet Week For The Hitters

Week Two of the AFL season saw the Surprise Saguaros go 3-3, with Twins prospects being quite a bit more quiet than in the first week.

The three hitters managed just four hits among them after collecting fourteen in week one, and their prized pitching prospect unexpectedly got the week off for unknown reasons.

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action between them in their team's six games, so read on to find out what happened with each player on the week.


No Surprise: Top Prospects Excelling In AFL

The Minnesota Twins sent several players down south to play for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. Among them are two fast-rising talents that are arguably the top prospects in the organization, and unquestionably two of the most critical.

Nick Gordon and Stephen Gonsalves have both looked good, building on strong 2016 campaigns in the minors.


Twins Winter League Update

Each week, we provide an update from the Twins minor leaguers who are playing in the Arizona Fall League.

While it may or more not be weekly, we will also occasionally provide an update on Twins players in the various Winter Leagues. There are Caribbean Leagues in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. We'll also keep you updated on the Australian Baseball League as well.

Here is a quick update on how some Twins players have fared in the early going.


40-Man Roster Decisions: The Hitters

The Minnesota Twins currently have 38 players on their 40-man roster (including the three players still on the 60-Day disabled list). Yesterday, we reviewed the 22 pitchers on the roster, and today, we will review the 16 hitters currently on the roster.

On Monday, the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Two were hitters. According to Mike Berardino, Logan Schafer has elected free agency. He showed some impressive self-awareness in the story. “I am a free agent, though, and I’m sure I am way down the priority list for the Twins this busy offseason.”


Killebrew Award Winner: Logan Darnell (Rochester)

All week, we’ve been getting to know the Twins 2016 minor league recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service. The award was established in honor of the Twins Hall of Famer and all he did for people in the communities he lived and played. The Twins organization is full of very good people, and certainly it is difficult for the teams to select just one. Today we celebrate the Rochester Red Wings recipient of the award.

For the third straight season, Logan Darnell is the Red Wings recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award.
It was a tough season for the southpaw on the field. He had been removed from the Twins 40-man roster last year at this time. He cleared waivers and stayed with the Twins. He had a strong showing in spring training and was one of the final players sent down to minor league camp. Unfortunately, he didn’t get back to the big leagues in 2016. He went 8-8 with a 3.53 ERA in 18 starts before his season came to an end in mid-July with a shoulder injury. Even after that, he remained busy in the Rochester community.

If you missed any of the previous winners, see below.

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts: David Hurlbut
Rochester Red Wings: Logan Darnell
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013,