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Article: Offseason Blueprint: Bargain Bin Shopping (Part 1)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:57 AM
The last thing Twins fans want to hear is the benefit of moving forward with a frugal payroll. However, creating an offseason plan around...
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Article: Rundown: Mauer Being a Pain, Prospect Lists, Phi...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:57 AM
For as many words as there have been written and said about Joe Mauer, his legacy won’t truly be determined by what anybody outside the g...
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NBA 2018-19 Thread

Minnesota Timberwolves Talk Yesterday, 11:16 PM
You all probably know I’m a Lakers guy by now. But, I like you guys, so I want to keep talking hoops on TD. This season is going to be F...
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I'm Bored of the Offseason

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:43 PM
Why is it in baseball we have to wait for weeks on end for anything to happen in free agency? In other sports like football and basketbal...
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Article: AFL Report - Week 5: Air Force Ace

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:43 PM
What a difference a week can make in the small sample size of the Arizona Fall League as the Salt River Rafters followed up their string...
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Offseason Blueprint: Bargain Bin Shopping (Part 1)

The last thing Twins fans want to hear is the benefit of moving forward with a frugal payroll. However, creating an offseason plan around a shoestring budget is at least valuable as a thought exercise. It’s foolish to do all these moves, but identifying a couple could free up money for a more expensive addition.

So let’s identify a few bargains to fill some of the holes in the Twins 25-man roster…

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Offseason Handbook Now Available for Download

The World Series has come to an end. The Boston Red Sox are celebrating. And now we all can celebrate the arrival of a new offseason with its infinite possibilities.

The 2019 Offseason Handbook is available for immediate download. Click this link and name your price to receive a copy of this TwinsCentric offseason primer immediately.

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AFL Report - Week 5: Air Force Ace

What a difference a week can make in the small sample size of the Arizona Fall League as the Salt River Rafters followed up their string of blowouts in week 4 with a bunch of close one-run games in week five. They finished the week with a record of 2-3, but remained on top of the East Division standings heading into a final push for a Championship Game appearance.

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Rundown: Mauer Being a Pain, Prospect Lists, Philly Trade Rumors and Other Notes

For as many words as there have been written and said about Joe Mauer, his legacy won’t truly be determined by what anybody outside the game has to say about him. Instead, it’ll be his teammates, opponents and coaches who solidify how Joe is remembered as a ballplayer. There was an impressive group that attended Mauer’s retirement press conference Monday, and even more who shared their praise of Joe on social media, but my favorite response to his retirement came from a longtime rival pitching coach.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 398: Joe Mauer Retires

Aaron and John talk about Joe Mauer making his retirement official, what his Hall of Fame case will look like in five years, the Twins' free agent options at first base and third base, Kennys Vargas going to Japan, reported interest in J.A. Happ, speculation about interest in Carlos Santana, and taking in the views at the new Bonnes Sky Cabin. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Improved Secondary Offerings Key to Trevor May’s Bullpen Breakout

I distinctly remember watching Trevor May pitch in the spring of 2017 for the Twins vs. Team USA, tuning up for the WBC. May was looking smooth early against a loaded Team USA lineup before being removed with arm discomfort. A torn UCL and 16 months of recovery and rehab later, and May made his return to the Twins major league club in July, after a rehab stint primarily at AAA Rochester. Fast forward a few short months and May has established himself as a high leverage reliever in a Twins bullpen surrounded by uncertainty headed into the offseason.

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Former Teammates Take To Social Media To Honor/Thank Joe Mauer

When news came out that Joe Mauer was retiring and there would be a Monday morning press conference (11:00 central time), many took to social media to pay tribute to Joe Mauer's career. Fans weren't the only to do so, but several current and former teammates shared their well wishes for Mauer. Many simply retweeted the Twins tribute to Mauer.

Below you will find many of these tributes. If you have seen others, please share in the comments below.

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Introducing: The Minnesota Twins 2011-2018 All-Star Team

Congratulations! You've stumbled upon a time machine that allows you to build an All-Star roster out of the best-ever Minnesota Twins players, at their personal peaks!

Oh, sorry, there's a slight glitch. It only goes back to 2011, so you're limited to picking from the generally lackluster teams Minnesota has fielded since last winning a division title.

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Handbook Sampler: Miller on Finding a Closer

What follows is an excerpt from a feature for the 2019 Offseason Handbook, which you can order here on a name-your-price basis and receive it right away.

Phil Miller has covered the Twins for the Star Tribune since 2013, and has also covered them for the Pioneer Press. In total, he has more than four decades of experience in sports journalism, and for my money, he's the best writer on the local baseball beat.

He's also a tremendously nice guy who's always been incredibly supportive of our independent writing ventures, and was kind enough to contribute to the Handbook by breaking down a crucial topic for this winter: the search for a closer. Read an excerpt below.

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Rundown: Chirinos, 2020 Rotation, Trade Targets and More

Are Willians Astudillo's days numbered?

Jason Castro will be back, Mitch Garver is still around and yet the Twins have shown interest in free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Hmm ... is there some kind of a way to maneuver four catchers on the same roster? Well if Ron Gardenhire couldn't do it, that must mean it's impossible.

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Mauer's Farewell Letter To Fans

Late Friday afternoon, rumors began to trickle in that Joe Mauer had made his decision on retirement. Soon after, the Star Tribune announced that Joe Mauer was indeed retiring. He has taken out a full page ad in the newspaper on Sunday.

The Twins later shared a letter that Joe Mauer had written to fans which explained his decision to retire, the timing and some of the reasons. Injuries and family were the reasons for this retirement at 35 years old.

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Joe Mauer Announces Retirement After 15 Seasons

Joe Mauer is hanging up his cleats after 15 years in the major leagues, all spent with his hometown team. On Friday afternoon, the Star Tribune reported that Mauer has taken out a full-page ad in Sunday's edition to announce his decision.

The former MVP and six-time All-Star retires with the second-most hits in Minnesota Twins history; his 2,123 trails only Kirby Puckett (2,304).