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An Argument for the Twins to NOT do too much to fix their...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:50 AM
OK...I know I'm going to get blasted for this idea, and I'll probably be accused of trolling even...but I'm really sane and serious about...
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Berardino: Buxton in Good Defensive Company

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:43 AM
Byron Buxton was named the Twins Defensive Player of the Year for 2016 (Jim Kaat Award) by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA recently....
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Game(s) Thread: 2016 MLB Postseason

Other Baseball Today, 06:23 AM
Well, I was feeling bad about hijacking Van's "Who Will Win the World Series" poll/thread. So, here we go. I've seen three of the four ga...
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Twins Outright Five from 40-man roster

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:52 AM
According to the Twins official website, five players were outrighted from the Twins 40-man roster.    Andrew Albers James Bere...
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Norge Ruiz

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:52 AM
Darren Wolfson is reporting that the Twins will watch Cuban FA pitcher Norge Ruiz throw tonight in the Dominican League. Also watched him...
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Twins Winter League Update

Each week, we provide an update from the Twins minor leaguers who are playing in the Arizona Fall League.

While it may or more not be weekly, we will also occasionally provide an update on Twins players in the various Winter Leagues. There are Caribbean Leagues in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. We'll also keep you updated on the Australian Baseball League as well.

Here is a quick update on how some Twins players have fared in the early going.


40-Man Roster Decisions: The Hitters

The Minnesota Twins currently have 38 players on their 40-man roster (including the three players still on the 60-Day disabled list). Yesterday, we reviewed the 22 pitchers on the roster, and today, we will review the 16 hitters currently on the roster.

On Monday, the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Two were hitters. According to Mike Berardino, Logan Schafer has elected free agency. He showed some impressive self-awareness in the story. “I am a free agent, though, and I’m sure I am way down the priority list for the Twins this busy offseason.”


Killebrew Award Winner: Logan Darnell (Rochester)

All week, we’ve been getting to know the Twins 2016 minor league recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service. The award was established in honor of the Twins Hall of Famer and all he did for people in the communities he lived and played. The Twins organization is full of very good people, and certainly it is difficult for the teams to select just one. Today we celebrate the Rochester Red Wings recipient of the award.

For the third straight season, Logan Darnell is the Red Wings recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award.
It was a tough season for the southpaw on the field. He had been removed from the Twins 40-man roster last year at this time. He cleared waivers and stayed with the Twins. He had a strong showing in spring training and was one of the final players sent down to minor league camp. Unfortunately, he didn’t get back to the big leagues in 2016. He went 8-8 with a 3.53 ERA in 18 starts before his season came to an end in mid-July with a shoulder injury. Even after that, he remained busy in the Rochester community.

If you missed any of the previous winners, see below.

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts: David Hurlbut
Rochester Red Wings: Logan Darnell
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013,


Big Splash? More Like Big Slash

The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series, marking the third-straight season and fourth out of the last five years the American League Champion has come from the Central. So the Twins are doomed to toil in last place in this juggernaut division, right? Maybe not.

Yes, things are looking up in Believeland, but the rest of the division appears to be very much up in the air. And if you read some of the season review/offseason preview content, there are a lot of things to like if you're a Twins fan.


40-Man Roster Decisions: The Pitchers

On Monday the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Tommy Milone has already said he has become a free agent. Andrew Albers and Pat Dean can also become free agents following the completion of the World Series as minor league free agents. The Twins could re-sign them, if they choose to do so.

There are a lot decisions the Twins front office needs to make. Many of those decisions will likely wait until after the World Series because that is when Derek Falvey officially takes over as the Twins Chief of Baseball Operations.

There are a lot of decisions to be made. Who will take over as the general manager, or could Falvey keep Rob Antony on the job on an interim basis for the time being, or maybe even for the 2017 season? What about other front office personnel? We’re told that the coaching staff is in limbo as we await the arrival of Falvey.

But for today, I want to focus on players and the 40-man roster. And after reading today’s article, we are going to want your thoughts and opinions on who should be added.


Killebrew Award Winner: David Hurlbut (Chattanooga)

In his career, Harmon Killebrew was an All-Star 11 times. Six times he finished in the Top 5 in American League MVP, and he was the MVP in 1969. He was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1984. As we’ve pointed out the last couple of days, Killebrew was an elite power hitter in Minnesota Twins and MLB history. As we’ve also pointed out, Killebrew might has been an even better person than baseball player.

When he passed away in 2011, the Twins announced that they would announce a winner of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service from each of the Twins four full-season affiliates. This week, we’ve been profiling all four of the 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipients this week. Today, we’ll write about the Twins Killebrew recipient of the Chattanooga Lookouts, lefty David Hurlbut. If you missed one earlier this week, check out the winners here:

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts: David Hurlbut
Rochester Red Wings:
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013


How Did Cleveland Acquire Its Top Talent?

Derek Falvey is no doubt eager to begin his tenure as Chief Baseball Officer of the Minnesota Twins.

There's just one hold-up: the Cleveland Indians team he helped build is chugging toward an improbable World Series berth.

There are worse excuses for being late to the job.


Killebrew Award Winner: Trey Vavra (Ft. Myers)

Eight times in his career Harmon Killebrew hit 40 or more home runs. In 2016, Brian Dozier became the only other player in Minnesota Twins history to top the 40 home run mark. Killebrew led the American League in home runs six times. He also led the league in walks four times. Those of you reading a site dedicated to Minnesota Twins baseball know how great Harmon Killebrew was as a player. For many, it took his death in 2011 to realize the person he was.

Yesterday, we wrote about the Cedar Rapids recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award. For more on the award, click here. Today we want to highlight the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service recipient for the Ft. Myers Miracle, Trey Vavra.

Vavra was the Twins 33rd-round pick in 2014 out of Florida Southern. He hit 20 doubles for Elizabethton that summer. In 2015, he moved up to Cedar Rapids. He was hitting .346/.406/.538 (.944) through 42 games with the Kernels before his season came to an unfortunate end due to an ankle injury and subsequent surgery. He spent last offseason playing in Melbourne, Australia. He was a member of the Melbourne Aces where he played with his older brother Tanner who was the Miracle recipient of the Killebrew Award in 2015 and the Cedar Rapids recipient in 2014. The siblings played for their father, Joe, a long-time Twins coach.

Learn much more about Trey Vavra in this Twins Daily Get To Know ‘Em article from last year.

Vavra played in 125 games in 2016 for the Miracle. Overall, he hit .230/.316/.326 (.642) with 17 doubles and eight home runs. He was a Florida State League All-Star and, at season’s end, was named the Miracle recipient of the Killebrew Award.

We’ll be profiling all four of the 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipients this week. If you missed one, Check out the winners here:

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts:
Rochester Red Wings:
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013,


Minnesota's Revolving Door Continues At Shortstop

Shortstop has been a revolving door for the Twins organization for more than the last decade. Since the Christian Guzman era ended in 2004, there has only been one time the Twins have used the same shortstop on Opening Day in back-to-back seasons. That player was Pedro Florimon and he wasn't really a long-term solution to the Twins' problems.

Is there finally an end in sight to the Twins long-term shortstop woes?


Killebrew Award Winner: Nelson Molina (Cedar Rapids)

11 All-Star appearances. 573 home runs. An American League MVP. Enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Harmon Killebrew was an all-time great on the baseball field. Yet most people who met the man said that his on-field accomplishments pale in comparison to the man he was off the baseball field and in his community.

When Killebrew passed away, the Minnesota Twins announced that one player from each of their four full-season affiliates would be the recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award for community service.

At the time, Twins Minor League Director Brad Steil said, “In partnership with our minor league affiliates, we encourage our players to be active in their community and emphasize the importance of having a positive impact in society beyond the playing field. In the minor leagues, our players take part in all kinds of activities, including school reading programs, hospital visits, working with disabled youth, and youth baseball clinics. These experiences help our players understand responsibility, compassion, and giving back. Ultimately it helps them mature and grow as people.”

The 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipient for Cedar Rapids is Nelson Molina.Throughout the week, we’ll write about the winners for the Twins other affiliates.

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle:
Chattanooga Lookouts:
Rochester Red Wings:


Ninth Wonder: What To Do At Closer?

When you're coming off a 100-loss season, the foremost concern is, flatly, finding ways to get more victories, as opposed to identifying someone who can close them out.

Still, the Twins need to figure out what they're going to do about the ninth inning in 2017.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 281: Waiting For Falvey

Aaron and John discuss the last time the Twins went outside of the organization to hire a GM and then frame up the payroll, roster and arbitration decisions that Derek Falvey will face as GM, while they munch on sausages and mini corn dogs at New Bohemia Roseville. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.