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Article: Report From The Fort: Cruz Control

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:34 PM
FT. MYERS, FL – During the offseason, the Minnesota Twins signed perhaps the best power hitter in baseball. Not only that, but one of the...
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Incredibly silly debate with my wife

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:34 PM
Please help me settle an argument/debate with my wife regarding something in the Delta 360 club (formerly Legends Club). Please see attac...
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Twins Spring Training Highlights

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:19 PM
I'll try to update this thread anytime I'm able to grab some spring training highlights. Here are a few from today:  
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Article: Central Intelligence: Clawless Tigers

Other Baseball Today, 10:10 PM
Ron Gardenhire was stepping into a tough spot when he took the managerial position in Detroit. Beyond Miguel Cabrera, the line-up is full...
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Article: Heels of Change: Focus on Biomechanics Leads Twi...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:02 PM
Ask any Twins pitcher what they are working on this spring and you will get a similar answer: Almost all of them are concentrating on dri...
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Heels of Change: Focus on Biomechanics Leads Twins to Increased Velo

Ask any Twins pitcher what they are working on this spring and you will get a similar answer: Almost all of them are concentrating on driving off the rubber from their heel rather than their toe.

As an example: After one outing Jose Berrios said that he was focused on driving from his full foot, feeling his weight sink into his heel before exploding toward home plate. Berrios, whose fastball averaged just under 94 mph in 2018, was flirting constantly with 95-96 during this particular spring start.

All around the clubhouse there are pitchers saying the same thing as Berrios. Kyle Gibson. Jake Odorizzi. Martin Perez. Stephen Gonsalves. Chase De Jong. Everyone is turning heel.

This is one of the immediate effects of hiring Wes Johnson as the new pitching coach.


Report From The Fort: Cruz Control

FT. MYERS, FL – During the offseason, the Minnesota Twins signed perhaps the best power hitter in baseball. Not only that, but one of the best hitters period – among all MLB players in the past five years, Cruz ranks 13th in OPS and 15th in wOBA. He's one of the biggest-name free agents this team has ever signed.

Twins fans are gearing up for a show the likes of which we've rarely seen.


Central Intelligence: Clawless Tigers

Ron Gardenhire was stepping into a tough spot when he took the managerial position in Detroit. Beyond Miguel Cabrera, the line-up is full of relatively unknown players. Gardy might have to harken back to his early years in Minnesota when he was able to turn a rag-tag group of young players into the cream of the crop in the AL Central.

Detroit won four straight AL Central titles from 2011-14. Can Gardy steer them back in the right direction?


AL East Preview: New York State of Mind

The AL East seems destined to have multiple playoff contenders in 2019. There’s even a chance that both wild card clubs come from this division. Boston is coming off the World Series crown. New York coming off their own 100-win season and they might be the favorites for the division. Tampa is in a second tier but could still make the playoffs. Toronto and Baltimore are waiting on younger players to put it together.

Can Boston repeat? Or will the Yankees be crowned Beasts of the East?


Report From The Fort: Mulling Marwin's Ugly Spring

FT. MYERS, FL – Marwin Gonzalez signed with the Minnesota Twins on February 25th, with spring training already underway. Last year, two free agents joined up in similarly late fashion, and as we all know, things didn't work out so well with Lance Lynn or Logan Morrison.

With this in mind, should we be concerned about Gonzalez's spring struggles?


Sire of Fort Myers Final Update: Ode to Ryne Harper

It’s not really supposed to be like this.

The Sire of Fort Myers is intended to be all about shining a light on an unheralded player who realistically has no shot at actually cracking the Opening Day roster. Lucky for us, baseball has a knack for somehow circumventing reality.

A year after Ryan LaMarre played his way onto the Twins, it appears Ryne Harper may be on the verge of doing the same.


Faltering Romero Exposes Flaw in Falvey's Offseason

Fernando Romero was talked up as having electric stuff and potentially being a real weapon out of Rocco Baldelli’s pen. Unfortunately, when the rubber met the road, it turned out Romero required more seasoning, and he was optioned to Triple-A last night. That isn’t the problem, but the fallout is.


Tuesday Taproom Tour Tickets On Sale Monday

A live podcast, free craft beers, great giveaways, guests and a community of Twins fans watching a Twins game together – the almost covers Gleeman and the Geek’s Tuesday Taproom Tour. But today we’re giving a sneak peek of our limited edition pint glass which is ONLY available to season ticket holders who purchase by Opening Day. Here it is:


Local Student Struggling to Find German Word for Max Kepler Batting Leadoff

With Opening Day less than a week away, the Minnesota Twins are in the process of making some hard decisions. And for one local grad student, it means a lot of extra hours in the library and at her laptop.


Report From The Fort: Closing Time?

Joe Nathan. Jon Rauch. Matt Capps. Glen Perkins. Brandon Kintzler. Fernando Rodney.

The names have changed, but without exception, the Twins have opened every season in memory with a designated closer. In 2019, it appears that will change.


AL West Preview: Houston, We Don’t Have A Problem

Houston is coming off a 103-win season and the Astros have won the AL West in two consecutive seasons. Oakland and Seattle were in the playoff hunt last season. Los Angeles has the best player in the galaxy, while Texas seems destined for a second consecutive 90 loss campaign.

Can anyone catch Houston? Or will the Astros be crowned kings of the Wild West?


Kepler A Role Model For German Baseball

Last Friday in the lunch room of the Twins academy in Ft. Myers, players were eating after their morning workout and before their afternoon games against the Rays. Standing in the middle of the room were a couple of guys speaking to each other in German.

Niklas Rimmel, a right-handed pitcher from Berlin that the Twins signed following the 2017 season, was meeting his role model, fellow Berlin native and Twins outfielder Max Kepler. It was the first time that the two had met and the conversation lasted just ten to 15 minutes, but they will talk again before the Twins leave Ft. Myers to start their 2019 season.

Rimmel is the most recent player that the Twins have signed from Germany. When the Twins signed Kepler out of Berlin in 2009, he received a $700,000 bonus, at the time the largest ever signed by a German-born player. Raw at the time, Kepler grew and continued to develop. He was the Twins (and Twins Daily’s) Minor League Player of the Year in 2015. He helped the Chattanooga Lookouts to a Southern League championship and the next day made his Major League debut. He wasn’t on the Twins Opening Day roster in 2016, but he was called up soon after and has been up ever since. In 2018, he was the Twins choice for the Jim Kaat Award, handed out at the Diamond Awards to the top defensive player on the team. He also hit 20 home runs in 2018.

Early in spring training, Kepler and his first baseball roommate, Jorge Polanco, were signed to long-term contracts. Kepler, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, signed a five year, $35 million contract with a couple of option years.

While the Twins and their fans look for him to really take a step forward in his production on the diamond starting in 2019, Kepler has already risen up the charts in terms of the top players born in Germany to play in the big leagues. Today, we will show where Kepler ranks among German-born players, what his signing has meant for baseball in Germany, and how Kepler is viewed by young baseball players in his home country.