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Article: Brandon Kintzler: Proven Closer?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:15 AM
Proven closer...In a baseball world full of analytics and new statistical analysis, what does the term "proven closer" even mean?Old-scho...
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Article: Get To Know: Catcher Jairo Rodriguez

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:13 AM
If I were to ask you which five players have been in the Twins organization the longest consecutively, it might take you a couple of minu...
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Why hasn't Berrios been called back up?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:12 AM
Dominating triple A. Not like our rotation is stellar, hoping he gets called up after either Santana, Gibson, or Nolasco is dealt.
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Miguel Sano 1st base or DH?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:11 AM
I am pretty sure the days of ever seeing Miguel Sano in the outfield are done. The question sadly falls on to how much of a future does h...
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Article: Parting Gifts: Ryan's 5 Best Final Moves

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:55 AM
In the wake of his dismissal as general manager, there has been much discussion of Terry Ryan's missteps. Rightfully so.But despite the p...
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Twins Daily Rallying Around #MoreThanWords

Vikings bloggers from several sites are helping the community, and we would like to invite Twins Daily and Wild Xtra members to join the fun. For the next few weeks, we’ll be helping raise money for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s foundation whose mission is to better the lives of children through the “learning is cool” program, college scholarships and free youth football camps. You can contribute through this link.

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Get To Know: Catcher Jairo Rodriguez

If I were to ask you which five players have been in the Twins organization the longest consecutively, it might take you a couple of minutes. However, you would likely, quickly name the top three; Joe Mauer (2001 - 1st round), Trevor Plouffe (2004 - 1st round) and Glen Perkins (2004 - 1st round). And you’d be right. If I were to ask you who the next two on the list are, would you know?

The Twins signed Australian James Beresford in August of 2005. He’s spent the last four seasons in AAA Rochester, having earned an opportunity for a big league call up yet having not received one to this point.

Today, I’ll help you get to know the fifth-longest tenured player in the Minnesota Twins organization. It’s catcher Jairo Rodriguez who signed on May 9, 2007, out of Venezuela. That makes 2016 his tenth season in the organization.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/25): Lachlan Wows

While the Twins are enjoying their last scheduled off day until the middle of August, the system was keeping busy.

The Red Wings placed Logan Darnell on the disabled list with a shoulder strain and activated outfielder Reynaldo Rodriguez, who was getting re-acclimated to baseball in Fort Myers. Fort Myers activated reliever Brian Gilbert and placed Yorman Landa on the disabled list, leaving them one short of a full roster.

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Kernels And Jake Mauer Focus On "Task At Hand"

With less than 40 games left in their 2017 campaign, the Cedar Rapids Kernels need a strong finish to clinch a Midwest League playoff spot, something they’ve accomplished every season since affiliating with the Minnesota Twins in 2013.

The Peoria Chiefs and Clinton Lumberkings finished one and two in the Division’s first half standings, automatically qualifying them for the postseason. Their Division rivals with the two best records in the second half will join the Chiefs and Lumberkings in the playoffs.

If the season ended today (Monday), Clinton would have the best second half record in the West, while Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities (currently second and third in the Division) would fill out the Western half of the postseason bracket. However, Burlington and Wisconsin sit one game or less behind Quad Cities, so the race is likely to be tight over the final weeks of the season.

Jake Mauer has been at the helm of the Kernels from the beginning of the club’s affiliation with the Twins. His 292-226 record with the Kernels makes him Cedar Rapids’ winningest manager in the modern era (1949-present) and places him third all-time. He’ll catch up to Ollie Marquardt in the second spot with his next win, but Mauer’s going to have to stick around a very, very long time to top Belden Hill’s 831 wins.

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Brandon Kintzler: Proven Closer?

Proven closer...

In a baseball world full of analytics and new statistical analysis, what does the term "proven closer" even mean?

Old-school baseball minds would tell you that a "proven closer" is the player a manager always turns to in the ninth inning of a close game. He has experience collecting saves and pitching in high leverage situations. It doesn't matter the match-ups for the final frame because the "proven closer" will be out there on the mound. However, not every team has a proven closer and every closer needs to start gaining experience somewhere to earn their "proven closer" badge of honor.

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Parting Gifts: Ryan's 5 Best Final Moves

In the wake of his dismissal as general manager, there has been much discussion of Terry Ryan's missteps. Rightfully so.

But despite the poor results this year, Ryan did make a few notably good moves, and many were the apparent result of savvy scouting. Amidst the focus on his shortcomings, we'll take a look at a few instances where Ryan's instincts paid off (and may continue to pay off long after he's gone).

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Twins Minor League Report (7/24): Kirilloff Keeps Hitting

The Minnesota Twins were unable to complete their comeback against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday afternoon, but there were still five games to be played in the minor leagues for the organization.

Left-hander Stephen Gonsalves was on the mound for the Lookouts, and put zeroes on the board for the first five innings of a game that went into extras. How did he and Chattanooga finish? Rochester got little offense and Elizabethton traded blows with their Appalachian League rival, Johnson City. Were they able to come out on top? 2016’s top draft pick also continued a hot stretch in the Appy League. Just how hot has it become?

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 266: The Rob Antony Era

Aaron and John talk about the start of the Rob Antony era, belated reactions to Terry Ryan's firing, trade deadline quotes and realities, Miguel Sano's defense, Jose Berrios' latest great start at Triple-A, Roy Smalley's broadcasting upgrade, and touring U.S. Bank Stadium. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Red Wings Get Offensive

The Rochester Red Wings made the 90 mile drive east to Syracuse. The bus was full. They remembered their bats and their hitting shoes as they put together a tremendous offensive outburst. Not to be outshone, their pitchers put in a great night’s work too. The Miracle ended a streak thanks to a quality start from one of the organization’s top pitching prospects. It was one of four quality starts in the Twins system on the day. Without further adieu…

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Twins Minor League Report (7/22): Berrios Baffles and Diaz Delivers

Kyle Gibson was terrific, but Brandon Kintzler had to pull a Houdini Act to give the Twins a 2-1 lead on Friday night in Boston. The biggest play was a bases-loaded 4-2-3 double play off the bat of David Ortiz. Our hitter of the day for Friday night in the minor leagues is a guy who was compared to Ortiz when he was signed as a 16-year-old three years ago.

Oh, and Jose Berrios was back on the mound for Rochester on Friday night. Like Gibson, Berrios gave up a first-inning run. How did he respond?

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To Tank Or Not To Tank?

After getting off to the worst start in franchise history, the Twins appear to be turning things around this month, but is that something fans should be excited about? It seems like a crazy question, but when you look at the big picture could it be in the best interest of the team's future to tank the rest of the season?

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Rob Antony's Audition

That the Minnesota Twins decided to move on from general manager Terry Ryan would not, in and of itself, be all that surprising for any organization that didn't have the same reputation for inscrutable loyalty. It is a results-oriented business, and the results have been dire since Ryan's return.

The timing of the move, however, was stunning from any perspective.

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