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Game Thread: Twins vs Mariners, 6:10pm CDT 9/24/2016 AD

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:10 PM
I finally figured out how come no one volunteered for this here game thread... It conflicts with the Twins Daily Pub Crawl. Well, conflic...
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Reusse: Fire Molitor

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:06 PM
Didn't see this, apologies if already posted. http://www.startribu...ouse/393489751/   Nice article from Reusse who thinks the new F...
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Tell me if you've heard this before

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:54 PM
Lavelle E. Neal wrote an article about Miguel Sano's off-season plan. That he's dedicated to playing 3B full-time, and looking to lose 20...
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Seattle's back-up catcher job maybe opening up

Other Baseball Today, 02:17 PM
http://www.lookoutla...d-like-an-idiot   As a general rule, players as bad as Clevenger shouldn't attract attention to themselves fo...
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Article: What To Do With Michael Tonkin

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:13 PM
This spring, Michael Tonkin essentially had a golden ticket. Being out of options, the Twins had to either break camp with Tonkin on the...
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Get To Know: RHP Brady Anderson

The Twins drafted 42 players in the June draft this year. A total of 1,216 players were selected in the 40 rounds of this year's draft. Brady Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from Florida Gulf Coast University, did not hear his name called. Needing a few arms to fill the GCL roster, the Twins called on Anderson.

Anderson answered the call and pitched great throughout the rest of the summer. He started with the GCL Twins. In 27.2 innings, he went 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA, a .072 WHIP and a 25/2 K/BB rate.

When the Cedar Rapids Kernels needed a starter, they had Anderson skip Elizabethton and jump right to the Midwest League. He continued to pitch well, going 3-1 wit ha 2.62 ERA in six starts. He also made a start for the Kernels in the playoffs.

Recently, we caught up with the right-hander to learn a little more about him.

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Game Thread: Twins v Mariners, 9/23 7:10pm CT

The Mariners have navigated their way to Minnesota to start a 3-game series tonight at Target Field.

I didn’t see it… but I read that the Twins gave up a run on a wild pitch while intentionally walking Erick Aybar yesterday. Walking Erick Aybar is pretty strange but it’s really strange that intentionally walking Erick Aybar isn’t the strangest thing that happened at that moment.

I don’t know what to think after reading that… they may have to spend some money and get some new kids.

My thoughts are scattered.

Here are some things to think about:

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What To Do With Michael Tonkin

This spring, Michael Tonkin essentially had a golden ticket. Being out of options, the Twins had to either break camp with Tonkin on the 25-man roster or lose him to waivers.

Being young, cheap and having been effective in brief cameos with the Twins the prior three seasons, it was an easy choice. Tonkin has stuck on the big club all year, but one has to wonder how much longer he'll remain in the organization.

The 6-foot-7 righty didn't exactly earn his way onto the Opening Day roster, as he gave up seven earned runs in eight innings pitched in the Grapefruit League, and he hasn't done much to impress since. It's not likely that Tonkin would have stuck on the major league roster the entire season if he still had an option year to burn. After all, this is a guy the club optioned to Rochester ten different times over the last three seasons.

But is there any reason to be optimistic about Tonkin's future?

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President Candidates Narrowed To Five

Minnesota's search for a new president of baseball operations might be getting closer to completion. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports the Twins front-office interviews could stop at five candidates. The list includes one internal option and four options with various roles throughout baseball.

As recently as last week, there were reports that "multiple GM types have rebuffed" the Twins interest. There are plenty of issues within the offices of 1 Twins Way and it is going to take some time to rebuild the team's infrastructure.

With a young core that includes the likes of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, there are pieces to build around. Minnesota also looks to be headed toward the number one overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. This would be another cornerstone piece and an attractive incentive for a potential hire.

So who are the candidates and what should fans know about their credentials?

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Rating the Twins' Offense (in a League Without the Twins)

In a miserable season destined for 100 losses, Twins fans can be sure that their team is a mess. But as the Sept. 18 episode of Gleeman and the Geek points out, most of that mess is as a result of just one side of the ball: pitching and defense. Aaron and John noted that the Twins are actually fairly decent when it comes to hitting, and raised an interesting question: how does the Twins run production stack up against the American League, if we ignore the games the league has played against the Twins pitching staff?

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Penciling A 2017 Bullpen

Yesterday, Nick penciled in a starting rotation for 2017. Improving the Minnesota Twins starting rotation should be (and will be) the top priority for whoever the incoming President of Baseball Operations and General Manager are. Aside from Ervin Santana, the starters have been pretty much awful. The bullpen hasn’t been a whole lot better, so today I’m going to see if I can help pencil in a Twins bullpen for 2017.

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Penciling A 2017 Starting Rotation

The first and most important objective for any incoming baseball ops chief, in terms of roster construction, will be assembling a rotation for next season that gives the Twins a chance to compete.

This year's unit failed miserably in that regard. When the Twins inevitably drop their 100th game, they'll become the highest-scoring team with triple-digit losses of the last 10 years at least.

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Game Thread: Twins v Tigers, 9/20 7:10pm CT

The Twins kick off a 3-game series against the Tigers tonight at Target Field. Yeah… blah blah blah… Let’s get to the major news story of the day and that is my birthday!

Yes I was born on September 20th and my family will probably take me out to Buffalo Wild Wings or Red Lobster for supper. They said I could pick where my surprise party will be at. A birthday is just one day out of 365 and in most cases… it’s a pretty routine day. However… in my case… some very unique things have happened to me on my birthday in the past.

Here are some things to think about:

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Dozier's Case For American League MVP

There's no arguing how bad the Twins have been this season. Even through all the mucky mess on the field, Brian Dozier has emerged as one bright spot in a sea of darkness.

The home runs and his recent hitting streak have kept him in the news. He's put up numbers that have never been seen before from a second baseman but is it enough to put him into the American League MVP conversation?

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Take Note Of Zander Wiel

The Minnesota Twins have developed a reputation for encouraging an archaic hitting philosophy to their prospects in the minor leagues. As other organizations have embraced big swings with big movements and working with them to bring out their best, hitters who have entered the Twins system get the cookie-cutter swing treatment: foot down early, head still, swing down.

More and more there have been players in the system who have eschewed those methods only to see their production improve. There are examples of great swing transformations within the Twins’ minor league system that should be highlighted and, much like Max Kepler's in Chattanooga a year ago, Cedar Rapids’ Zander Wiel’s is one of them.

While Brian Dozier’s incredible in-season turnaround has drawn all the attention, Wiel’s improvement at the minor league level is no less impressive.

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Early Returns: Polanco's Play At Shortstop

Days before the July trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins traded their All-Star Game representative Eduardo Nunez to the San Francisco Giants for lefty Adalberto Mejia. Also that day, the Twins announced that infielder Jorge Polanco was being recalled.

At the time, I wrote an article asking Where Should Jorge Polanco Play?

With Brian Dozier at shortstop, and Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe at third base, shortstop made the most sense, at least until you looked at his playing time at shortstop at that time in 2016::

In Rochester, he had played:
  • 2B - 64 games, 559.1 innings
  • 3B - 2 games, 17 innings
  • SS - 0 games, 0 innings
In his brief time with the Twins, he played:
  • 2B - 4 games, 34 innings
  • 3B - 1 game, 7 innings
  • SS - 1 game, 8 innings

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 277: Front Office Bosses

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' ongoing front office search and break down the reported candidates, wonder about the value of Jim Pohlad's vote of confidence for Paul Molitor, dig into Jose Berrios tipping his pitches, reminisce about running into each other at the Iron Door Pub, look ahead to a top-two pick in the draft, wonder about a possible Joe Mauer-Kennys Vargas platoon, and try (and mostly fail) not to get overly excited about Byron Buxton's hot streak.

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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