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Article: A Broken Defensive Heart

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:34 PM
It can be one of the most exciting plays in baseball.A pitcher finds himself with runners on base before a perfectly placed pitch coaxes...
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Article: For The Love Of Joe

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:33 PM
There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins f...
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Remaining schedule

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:07 PM
This season might get ugly. The only team not trying to push into the playoffs are the white Sox. This could be a 100 loss team after all...
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Minor League Postseason All Stars

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:02 PM
Today, a couple of the Minor Leagues announced their postseason All Star teams:     Appalachian League: OF Alex Kirilloff, 1B/D...
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Article: Swings And Misses: Twins Preseason Hitter Projec...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:33 PM
Sometimes it's OK to admit when you're wrong... But hey, I stood in there, took my shot, and like so many Twins at-bats this year, most o...
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Swings And Misses: Twins Preseason Hitter Projections

Sometimes it's OK to admit when you're wrong... But hey, I stood in there, took my shot, and like so many Twins at-bats this year, most of my predictions ended up as swings and misses.

We are about to enter the month of September. The Twins 2016 season story was written way back in April, and they’ve had the final nails pounded in the last two weeks. An 11-game losing streak is never a positive for a team. So, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my player predictions from mid-March. I think the theme of today’s story is, “It’s good to admit your mistakes.” There are a few where you’ll look at my prediction and wonder what I was thinking. I did also add the national projections from Zips, Steamer, PECOTA and Marcels and we can mock them too.

It’s hard to think of now, but heading into the season, expectations were pretty high. I was hoping for 82-84 wins. Well, they’ve already hit 82 losses and have been trying for their 50th win for 11 games now.

Below, you will find each player I did a prediction for. You’ll see my predictions with a link to that article. For each player, I added a few more things I was looking for this season and found a couple of key stats for each player. Click the links and re-read those. Again, I do think to remind us that projections are just that… they’re educated (or at least semi-educated) guesses. Obviously injury factors into some of these seasons as well. And hey, I may have even been fairly close on some.

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A Broken Defensive Heart

It can be one of the most exciting plays in baseball.

A pitcher finds himself with runners on base before a perfectly placed pitch coaxes a ground ball to a middle infielder. After a flip to second and a laser throw to first, the defense is walking off the field. Fans in the stands get on their feet for the perfectly timed double play.

But what's been the Twins' double play trouble this season?

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Twins Minor League Report (8/29): Kernels Clinch, Gordon Ate His Wheaties

Let’s just forget about the Minnesota Twins for a bit.

There’re plenty of happy things to talk about. Though it’s not what we wanted to be reading in late August, Byron Buxton was named the International League Hitter of the Week. Randy LeBlanc made his AA debut. Three hitters had four or more hits. Another affiliate clinched a playoff berth.

Read all about it here.

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Game Thread: Twins @ Indians, 8/29 @ 6:10pm CT

The Twins have lost 10 games in a row and that is really hard to do unless you are trying to lose 10 games in a row. So I guess that leaves the question… are the Twins trying to lose 10 games in a row? If they are… well done!… the accomplishment is impressive.

Our team left Toronto and flew to Cleveland for the start of 3 games series against the Indians. It’s easy to assume that the Twins had to fly across a couple of big lakes (Ontario and Erie) to get there, but I can’t be sure that the Twins plane took the direct route. Based on how the season has gone it’s probably safer to assume that the Twins flew north to get to Cleveland and ended up flying over Lake Gloom, Despair and Agony instead.

The Twins have simply gotten lost on the path they chose. They got lost and they lost a lot.

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Granite Leads 'Nooga To Victory

The Twins lost their 10th straight on Sunday afternoon, wrapping up one of the worst series we've seen this year, part of one of the worst stretches of Twins baseball we've seen since losing became so popular at 1 Twins Way. In addition to losing the game, the Twins lost Danny Santana to the DL with a sprained shoulder.

Transaction Report: The injury to Danny Santana led to a late scratch for Rochester's Logan Schafer as the Twins selected his contract before the Red Wings started on Sunday evening. Why the Twins decided to promote Schafer is a mystery. Let the fans get a good look at players they've never heard about, probably.

Anyways, Randy LeBlanc was promoted from Fort Myers to Chattanooga, and to replace LeBlanc, the Miracle received Brian Olson from the GCL Twins (from the other side of the MiLB complex in Fort Myers).

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Planning To Fail

There's a problem with the Twins' plan. The problem is that, by all appearances, they don't really have one.

What else are we supposed to make of the ongoing series of inexplicable decisions that have propelled the club toward another last-place finish?

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 274: SonuvaPitch

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' losing skid, six-year run of awful pitching, the planned front office regime change beyond just a new GM, similarities with Tom Kelly, Andy MacPhail, and Carl Pohlad, Tyler Duffey and Jose Berrios demotions, filling the roster with replacement-level talent, and Oswaldo Arcia's ongoing journey across baseball. 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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Twins Minor League Report (5/27): No-Hit Bids, Shutouts, And Wins

It was another interesting day for the Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates. One starter carried a no-hitter into the late innings. Two other starters worked into the sixth inning with shutouts. The Kernels inched closer to a playoff berth thanks to a quality start and three, three-hit games. Byron Buxton kept a streak going. Hey, when the big league club can’t find wins, there are always multiple positives in the farm system!

The two Twins short-season affiliates are less than a week from the end of their regular seasons. As of now, Elizabethton would be in the playoffs. The GCL Twins are one game behind the Red Sox.

Continue reading for all the details for a Saturday in the minor league parks.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/26): Big Night For Big Home Runs

A long road to the big leagues finally led Alex Wimmers to the big leagues. On Thursday afternoon, he got The Call. On Friday night in Toronto he struck out two in a perfect first big league innings. It’s a good reminder for all of the Twins minor leaguers not to give up on their dreams as long as they can hang on.

Byron Buxton kept a streak alive. Alex Kirilloff broke out of his first pro slump. There was a grand slam, and a walk-off home run. And there was a lot of strong starting pitching. It was a full, exciting day throughout the Twins minor league system. Continue reading for all the details.

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Twins Looking To Hire President Of Baseball Operations

According to a tweet by Ken Rosenthal, the Minnesota Twins are looking to hire a president of baseball operations type. That person would then be in charge of hiring a new general manager and other front office types.

This has become the trend in the last decade or so throughout baseball, and it would seem to be a good direction for the Twins to go as well.

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Gamethread: Twins@Blue Jays 8/26 6:07PM

It isn’t easy to lose 7 games in a row but the Twins have managed to do just that. Tonight the Twins are in Canada to take on the Powerful Blue Jay hitters and if they try real hard they can make it 8 or 10 in a row.

Unusual conditions in Toronto. The forecast is 28 and you can drive 105.

Here are some things to think about:

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Have The Twins Mishandled Mitch Garver?

It has already been an interesting year in terms of how the Twins have deployed their players defensively. From Miguel Sano moving all over the place, to Jorge Polanco going from no reps as a shortstop in the minors to the everyday guy there on the big club, there have been some decisions that have been worthy of questioning.

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