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Article: Ryan believes Twins can contend in 2015

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:11 PM
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Berardino: Twins close to extension with Dozier

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:51 PM
Mike Berardino is reportingthe Twins are close to an extension.  Steve Adams over at mlbtr provides more context.
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Article: Josmil Pinto and the Frame Game

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:11 PM
Hoping to secure the role of backup catcher, Josmil Pinto realizes that he has areas of his game behind the plate he needed to work on. E...
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Chris Herrmann

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:40 PM
Opinions on Herrmann? Watched him the last few years and his swing looks solid but hasn't put together any good numbers. To me his defe...
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Article: Three Things the Twins Need to Do to Compete:...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:33 PM
At first read, the title of this series sounds very much like A Midsummer Night's Dream: Do I dare suggest that the team that went from 9...
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Josmil Pinto and the Frame Game

Hoping to secure the role of backup catcher, Josmil Pinto realizes that he has areas of his game behind the plate he needed to work on. Earlier this week, we discussed his inability to control the run game. Another element of his defensive game -- the framing portion -- has also come under considerable criticism.

According to the catcher framing stat found at StatCorner.com, Pinto finished the 2015 season as a bottom-10 receiver. He was deficient at both getting out-of-zone pitches to be called strikes as well as from keeping in-zone pitches from being called balls. This fact did not go unnoticed by his pitching staff.

Is Pinto really that bad at framing as well?

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Three Things the Twins Need to Do to Compete: Part One: Fix the Pen

At first read, the title of this series sounds very much like A Midsummer Night's Dream: Do I dare suggest that the team that went from 99 to 96 to 96 to 92 losses the past five seasons needs to do only three things to compete? The next number to that Arithmetic Progression up there is between 88 and 92 and that is not competing by any means. Let me explain my train of thought here, before the nice kind people in white come and take me to warmer climes:

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Forum Friday 3/6/2015

It’s time for Forum Friday again! The Twins have officially started playing spring training games, the Vikings are preparing for free agency, and the Wild continue their march toward the playoffs. So much Minnesota sports talk, so few Fridays to post it all. But first, a reminder that your MinnCentric account works across all three entities: Twins Daily, Vikings Journal, and Wild Xtra. Additionally, you can now create an account using Facebook or Twitter!

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Twins Bite-Sized History: Billyball And The End Of An Era

After a disappointing 1968 season that included a hamstring injury to Harmon Killebrew in the All-Star Game and a seventh-place finish, changes were made for 1969. Billy Martin, who had managed the AAA team in Denver the year before, was installed as manager. Martin’s aggressive style would make headlines on and off the field.

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2015 Twins: An Afterthought in the AL Central (And Why That is a Good Thing)

The mantra has been the same over the last month, regardless of the source. “The best division in baseball? You have to think it’s the AL Central.” or “The most competitive division this season looks to be the AL Central!” No matter how it is framed, the reasons listed are always the same:

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Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 2015 Version 2.0

When the calendar turned to 2015, I posted my first Minnesota Twins Roster Projection for 2015. It’s been two months since then, so it’s time today for Roster Projection, version 2.0. Spring training is less than two weeks old, but the Twins played their first exhibition game last night against the Gophers. Tonight, their Grapefruit League schedule begins with a game against the Red Sox. There are still a few jobs available and there will be plenty of competition. Twins Daily will again be in Ft. Myers starting Monday and through the rest of spring training.

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Josmil Pinto and Throwing Out Runners

When camp opened, the Minnesota Twins’ manager Paul Molitor discussed the grim realities of the team’s inabilities to stop opponents from stealing bases. The game, he believes, has shifted to one that focuses on speed rather than power. Stopping the other team from turning a single into a double was going to be a point of emphasis heading into 2015.

Last year, when veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki was not behind the plate, opponents stole at will off the Twins’ battery. Central to those stolen bases was rookie backstop Josmil Pinto. While he was behind the plate runners went 20-for-20 in stolen base attempts, by far the highest number of bases swiped in MLB without recording an out.

But here’s the question: Was Pinto’s run defense that bad?

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Where Will Miguel Sano Play?

After taking a year off to recover from elbow surgery, Miguel Sano is back in Twins camp and opening some eyes with his prodigious power. Folks around the compound have marveled at his strength during batting practice sessions in which he has routinely driven baseballs well beyond the outfield walls.

If Sano's bat isn't major-league ready, it is very, very close. Finding a place in the lineup for him will not be difficult. Finding a place in the field for him... well, that's another story.

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No Juice Podcast #45: Spring Training Updates

On this week's No Juice Podcast Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman review the happenings from around the baseball world. Glen Perkins lobbying for jobs. The Minnesota catcher struggle is real. Weird spring training injuries. Overzealous updates from the media. It is all here.

Listen up.

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2015 Twins Daily Top Prospect Summary

Last month, Twins Daily posted its Top 20 Prospects. In previous years, we had just done the Top 10, but the Twins system is so strong that we felt that we should highlight twice as many prospects this year. In reviewing the prospect list, there are several very interesting topics that came up.

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How Many Home Runs Can The Twins Hit?

Although the Twins scored more runs than all but four American League teams in 2014, they ranked 11th in home runs.

That was par for the course. Over the past decade, the highest the Twins have ranked among AL teams in homers is ninth, and they've often been at the very bottom of the pack.

There is reason to believe, however, that this year's Twins lineup will produce more long balls than any we've seen in quite some time.

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Episode 183: The Best Shape Of His Life

Aaron and John sample beers at Lynlake Brewery and talk about everyone (except themselves) being in the best shape of his life, Paul Molitor's new clubhouse rules, Torii Hunter's oft-discussed leadership, Johan Santana's latest comeback with the Blue Jays, the power of rhetoric versus analysis, Jordan Schafer vs. Aaron Hicks, the Twins trying to find a leadoff hitter, managing expectations for Miguel Sano, and mailbag questions. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.