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Article: Sizing Up The Competition: Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:04 AM
I watched it all unfold, but I still have a hard time comprehending it. It feels weird -- almost oxymoronic -- to utter the phrase "Ameri...
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Catching Depth

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:01 AM
Will, the Twins just inked former Australian prospect Allan de san Miguel to a minor league contract. He spent a couple of lackluster sea...
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Twins Ft. Myers Baseball Academy

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:57 AM
David Dorsey from the News Press provided more video from the Twins Ft. Myers Baseball Academy. The dorms are tremendous.   In this...
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ESPN Ranks 6 Twins Prospects in Top 100

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:57 AM
Buxton at #2, others include Sano (dropping), Meyer, Nick Gordon, Stewart and Berrios
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Article: Twins Bite-Sized History: A Rocky Start

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:46 AM
The Minnesota Twins first home baseball game was played on April 21st, 1961, but that 5-3 loss was the tip of a large and rocky iceberg....
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The Best 25 GMs in History: #12 Sandy Alderson

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post.

Sandy Alderson’s three pennants and one World Series championship, while afirst-rate achievements, may not be quite enough to justify his ranking at number twelve. But Alderson’s place in history is enhanced by two considerations: He was the first modern GM to actively introduce analytics, though rudimentary by current standards, into a team’s decision making,

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Sizing Up The Competition: Kansas City Royals

I watched it all unfold, but I still have a hard time comprehending it. It feels weird -- almost oxymoronic -- to utter the phrase "American League Champion Kansas City Royals." This is a franchise that had been mired in a losing culture for nearly my entire life. Throughout most of the 2014 season, the Royals were very ordinary, lacking star power.

Yet, there they were in October, rattling off victories and completing a pair of impressive sweeps on their way to the World Series. Now, the Royals enter the 2015 campaign as reigning league champs, seeking to prove that last year's success was no fluke. Can they do it?

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Twins Bite-Sized History: A Rocky Start

The Minnesota Twins first home baseball game was played on April 21st, 1961, but that 5-3 loss was the tip of a large and rocky iceberg. Minneapolis and St. Paul civic leaders, yearning for their metro area to be considered “big league,” had been chasing a major league team for almost a decade. It did not go smoothly.

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Dozier's Expected Extension

Brian Dozier isn't arbitration eligible until next offseason but rumors are already starting to build about a possible extension between the second baseman and the Twins. He is under team control until 2019 when he will be coming off his age-29 season. There isn't necessarily a rush to get a deal done but a source close to the Twins said to expect an extension in place before the season's start.

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The Best 25 GMs in history: #13 Al Campanis

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post.

[This one is from Mark]

Were we to give Al Campanis credit for all his accomplishments in baseball operations, he would rank much higher than this, perhaps in the top five. Among other things, he was a legendary scout, a brilliant scouting director, and one of baseball’s most influential instructors. He did this over a two-decade career with the Dodgers before assuming control of the baseball team in late 1968.

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #14 Brian Sabean

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post

In his 18-year tenure at the Giants helm—the longest of any active general manager—Brian Sabean has witnessed the evolution of the very nature of team building. Sabean has the mindset of a scout but eventually became open to new perspectives, even when they seemed to conflict with a scout’s approach.

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Center Of Attention

At the beginning of this month, I projected the Twins Opening Day roster. When spring training begins, I’ll update that list. There are few questions marks in the roster. The fifth starter job will be up for grabs as well as a couple of bullpen spots. However, the centerfield job will certainly be one to watch.

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First Round Busts?

For the Minnesota Twins, two events in this past week bookend a disappointing era for first-round draft picks.

On Friday it was announced that the team’s 55th pick overall in 2011, pitcher Hudson Boyd, was suspended for 50 games for a second violation of a drug of abuse. Two days later, Chris Parmelee, who was drafted 20th overall in 2006, signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles after he was released by the Twins earlier in the offseason.

Without much to show from their first-round picks from 2006 through 2011, how bad has it been for the Twins compared to other teams?

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What Will It Take For Twins To Contend In 2015?

In his first full season as manager of the Minnesota Twins, Tom Kelly guided to the team to the first World Series title in franchise history.

After Kelly retired in 2001, Ron Gardenhire took the helm, and in his first season he led the Twins to the American League Championship Series.

Your move, Paul Molitor.

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #15 Walt Jocketty

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post.

After more than 15 years paying his dues in baseball operations at both the major and minor league levels, Walt Jocketty wanted to become a general manager. He came close four times before finally landing the job in October 1994 with the Cardinals, a club that hadn’t made the postseason since 1987.

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Catching Up With Nick Gordon

19-year-old Nick Gordon, the Twins first-round draft pick last June out of high school in Orlando, Florida, made the trek north to Minneapolis last weekend for Twins Fest. The talented, young shortstop debuted at Elizabethton in 2014 and played well. Coupling immense talent with his poise and maturity make him one to watch in 2015!

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Get to Know: OF Max Murphy

We have read so much about Nick Gordon, Nick Burdi and Jake Reed, but there is another Twins pick from 2014 who put together a very impressive professional debut. In fact, Max Murphy’s professional debut resulted in a league’s Most Valuable Player award. I had a chance to catch up with the talented outfielder at Twins Fest.