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Article: Let’s Go Crazy: Off-The-Wall 2018 Predictions

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:22 AM
Baseball is almost officially back. I’ll let that comment sink in a minute. No more practice games where the starters are removed early....
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When do the Twins cut bait with Phil Hughes?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:21 AM
Topic is pretty self explanatory, make your guess.
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Article: Report From The Fort: Rooker Getting Into The Sw...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:11 AM
FORT MYERS - 2017 was a fantastic year for Twins prospect Brent Rooker. After being drafted in 2016 by the Twins, he went back to Mississ...
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Randy Dobnak - 2018

Adopt A Prospect 2018 Today, 07:11 AM
Randy Dobnak Position: Pitcher Bats: Right•Throws: Right 6-1, 210lb Attended Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, WV Randy received 2 D...
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Minor Leaguers and Minimum Wage

Other Baseball Today, 07:00 AM
https://www.twinciti...ens-operations/   We've had a lot of discussion about how the minor leaguers often do not earn a livable wage...
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Report From The Fort: Rooker Getting Into The Swing Of Spring

FORT MYERS - 2017 was a fantastic year for Twins prospect Brent Rooker. After being drafted in 2016 by the Twins, he went back to Mississippi State where he won the SEC's Triple Crown, a feat not accomplished in about 30 years. He was drafted again by the Twins, this time 37 rounds higher, and diced to sign. He hit a combined 18 home runs between Elizabethton and Ft. Myers in his professional debut.

2018 could be an even bigger year for Rooker. He is now engaged. He participated in his first Twins Fest in Minneapolis in January. And he is currently participating in his first spring training. Could he be up with the Twins in 2018, maybe 2019? That’s to be determined, but it isn’t out of the realm of possibility.


Let’s Go Crazy: Off-The-Wall 2018 Predictions

Baseball is almost officially back. I’ll let that comment sink in a minute. No more practice games where the starters are removed early. No more waiting for free agents to sign contracts. After the Twins front-office compiled a sneaky good off-season, the games will actually start to matter.

Plenty of national publications will be making predictions in the days ahead. You will read about the likely front-runners for the major awards and how the playoff picture will shake out. Here are three crazy predictions about the 2018 Minnesota Twins (Spoiler alert: all three could come true).


Nightly Wrap: Polanco Fallout & Minor League Notes

Seth gives the conveys the nightly wrap from spring training, including interviews with Jorge Polanco and Twins GM Derek Falvey and (of course) minor league notes. You can listen to it here, or better yet, subscribe to it on your smartphone using the directions below.


Jorge Polanco: I'm Really Sorry

FORT MYERS - On Monday morning, Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco met with Twins media following news that broke on Sunday night that he had been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy.

Polanco did not address the specifics of his situation, but wanted the focus of his comments to be an apology to the organization, his teammates, fans and his home country of the Dominican Republic.


Ehire Of Hope: Can Adrianza Seize A Prime Opportunity?

If you played ball growing up, there's a good chance at least one of your coaches invoked the story of Wally Pipp.

The legend goes like this: Back in 1925, Pipp asked for a day off due to a minor headache. Yankees skipper Miller Huggins acquiesced. The guy who started in Pipp's place went by the name of Lou Gehrig, and would take a hold of the position with an iron grip for the next 13 years, starting 2,130 consecutive games. Pipp, meanwhile, faded from relevance.

The story as it's told is not actually accurate, but that doesn't stop it from being repeated ad nauseum by mentors and instructors – the ultimate cautionary tale.

In the big leagues, someone is always behind you, angling for your job. At this level, you cannot afford to lapse.


Twins 2018 Position Analysis: Center Field

Statcast technology was introduced to all 30 major-league stadiums in 2015, the very same year Byron Buxton made his MLB debut.

It's our coolest new toy and already Buxton is threatening to break the dang thing, pushing past hypothetical human limits with his mind-boggling athleticism.

But in all seriousness, we are awfully lucky that Buck has arrived in an era where we can – for the first time – tangibly measure the utterly ridiculous things he does on a baseball field.


Polanco Suspension Brings Opportunity For Others

The Minnesota Twins had made it through 24 days of their spring training game schedule. Although Ervin Santana needed surgery, the timeline looked favorable and the organization had seen no other hiccups. Free agents were being amassed in droves, and the 2017 Wild Card team looked like it was eyeing an opportunity to close the gap in the AL Central. Then it happened; March 18th came.


Jorge Polanco Receives 80-Game Suspension For PED

FT. MYERS - According to the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball. According to the report, Polanco has been suspended for testing positive for Stanozolol.

The suspension will start at the beginning of the season. Below you will find a statement from the Twins and from Jorge Polanco.


Twins Send Six To Minor League Camp

FT. MYERS - Following the Twins 4-3 win at Hammond Stadium on Sunday afternoon, the Twins announced that they had sent six players to minor league camp.

Right-handed pitchers Myles Jaye and Jake Reed, catcher Jordan Pacheco, infielder Nick Gordon and outfielders Nick Buss and LaMonte Wade will report to minor league spring training in the next couple of days.


Gleeman & The Geek: Ep 360: 2018 Over-Unders Part 1

Aaron and John review the Minnesota Twins latest spring training roster moves and then preview the AL East and AL West using Las Vegas' over/under numbers. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Saturday On The Twins Minor League Practice Fields

FT. MYERS – As you are preparing to watch the Minnesota Twins take on the Philadelphia Phillies from Hammond Stadium on Fox Sports North today, here are some minor league notes from my first day in Ft. Myers.

After arriving in Ft. Myers late on Friday night (or early Saturday morning), it was nice to be able to spend a full day at the Twins minor league facilities. They practiced for a couple of hours before playing games. Today, here is a quick download of minor league notes.

The Rochester and Chattanooga rosters traveled to Port Charlotte to take on the AAA and AA affiliates of the Rays. At the Twins facilities, the Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids faced off against the High-A and Low-A rosters of the Rays. Here are my observations and some conversations with people around.


Twins Almanac for March 18–24

This week's Almanac includes former and current Twins Geoff Zahn, Fernando Rodney, Cristian Guzmán, Charley Walters, Brant Alyea, Joe Nathan, Joe Mauer, Paul Molitor, and Billy Beane, as well as Minnesotan major leaguers Brad Hand (Chaska '08) and Tim McIntosh (Hopkins '83).