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Souhan's solution to the "Mauer Problem"

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:47 PM
http://www.startribu...blem/331496821/ The gist: Plouffe at third, Sano at first, Mauer to super-utility player.
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Why so much love for Plouffe?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:39 PM
There's plenty of speculation, here and elsewhere, that Trevor Plouffe will be traded in the offseason to make way for Miguel Sano. ...
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Article: Twins Daily Awards 2015: Most Valuable Player

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:23 PM
After handing out the 2015 Twins Daily Award for Most Improved (Aaron Hicks), Best Rookie (Miguel Sano) and Best Pitcher (Kyle Gibson), t...
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Article: Did You Know?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:53 PM
The 2015 Minnesota Twins season is dead and gone.People mourn the end of the baseball in different ways. One way is to stare at tons of n...
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It's Joe Mauer Day at TD

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:53 PM
This appeared in the Strib today, after Souhans Mauer piece. It's Michael Rands comparison between Mauer and Parise, two home grown guys....
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Did You Know?

The 2015 Minnesota Twins season is dead and gone.

People mourn the end of the baseball in different ways. One way is to stare at tons of numbers on a computer screen trying to make sense of the season. For instance, did you know Trevor Plouffe was terrible when facing fastballs? Or that Kyle Gibson threw the fewest in-zone pitches among all qualified starters?

Here are all the little statistical tidbits from 2015.


Twins Daily Awards 2015: Most Valuable Player

After handing out the 2015 Twins Daily Award for Most Improved (Aaron Hicks), Best Rookie (Miguel Sano) and Best Pitcher (Kyle Gibson), today we focus on the 2015 Minnesota Twins Most Valuable Player.

Each year, it seems, there is some controversy on what the definition of “Valuable” is in baseball terms. Is it simply the best player? Is there a Leadership function to it? How about a clutch factor? How do you compare a guy who played nearly every game to a guy who was tremendous but missed half of the season?

That was the decision our eight Twins Daily voters had to consider. The first half (and full season) of Brian Dozier had to be compared to the second half of Miguel Sano. There were other solid candidates as well which is why this ballot had the most variety in its vote.


Winning Season Raises Expectations for Inexperienced, Inconsistent Minnesota Twins

"I’m coming here to win. I think that it’s very important to lay that out there, right from the start. Things can change in this game very dramatically at this level."
— Paul Molitor at the press conference in November, announcing his hiring as Twins manager

"It might have sounded corny last winter when I talked about 70-92 and the fine line of being able to at least cut that in half by winning 10 more games or whatever it is. There was enough signs there for me to think that it could happen."
— Molitor the morning before the Twins were officially eliminated from the playoffs

The Minnesota Twins just finished their first winning season since 2010, and in doing so have accelerated their rebuilding project after four years of 90-loss seasons. Second-year manager Paul Molitor will be expected to juggle a roster full of players who are either young and volatile in their production or are experienced and, at times, inconsistent while understanding that the expectation, inside and outside the organization, is that his team will make the playoffs next year.


Twins Daily Awards 2015: Best Pitcher

We began our look Twins Daily Award 2015 on Tuesday by naming Aaron Hicks the Twins Most Improved Player. Yesterday, Nick surprised no one when he wrote that Miguel Sano was named the Best Rookie. Today, we continue handing out some hypothetical hardware by naming the Best Twins Pitcher in 2015.

In 2014, the Twins posted a team ERA of 4.57 which was 29th of 30 in baseball, ahead of only the Colorado Rockies. Fast-forward to 2015. The Twins reduced their team ERA by a half run, to 4.07. That was good for 19th in MLB and 10th (of 15) in the American League. Still not great, but a significant improvement from just one year ago.

The pitching improvement was even more noteworthy when focusing on Twins starting pitchers. In 2014, starters posted an ERA of 5.06. That number included the remarkable performance of Phil Hughes. In 2015, Twins starting pitchers worked to an ERA of 4.14. That improvement is nearly one full run per game.

That huge improvement came despite the fact that no starter put up numbers near what Hughes did in 2014. It is unlikely any Twins pitcher will receive a single vote for American League Cy Young.


No Juice Podcast #71: The End.

On this week's NO JUICE PODCAST, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman review the 2015 Minnesota Twins season, hand out their awards and revisit their over/unders set during the offseason.



Twins Daily Awards 2015: Best Rookie

Across baseball, 2015 was The Year of the Rookie. A majority of the game's highest rated prospects debuted this season, and in most cases they made that transition with notable success.

The Twins were a microcosm of this trend, graduating several of the best young players in their system and receiving numerous highly impactful rookie performances.

But while there were a few different names deserving of consideration, the choice here was pretty easy.


Not Enough At The End, But The Twins Had A Great 2015

It's over. The book has closed on the 2015 season for the Minnesota Twins. What a ride it was.

Coming into the last week of the season, the Twins had seven games left. Many thought they needed five or six wins to capture the second AL wild card spot, or even just to tie either the Astros or Angels.


WARNE: A Eulogy For The 2015 Minnesota Twins

Surprises are great. They crop up when you least expect them and can frequently be a harbinger of the days to come.

And if the 2015 season is any indicator, things are about to be a lot more fun in Twins Territory.

This season was dotted with debuts of players that fans have been awaiting for years. First Eddie Rosario, then Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, even Tyler Duffey and finally Max Kepler. Even without the highly-anticipated debut of Jose Berrios — no doubt not far down the road — the Twins assimilated a group of high-end prospects that by and large hit the ground running. Sano won’t win the Rookie of the Year award, but in the words of Trevor May he injected some life into a team at midseason that was desperately looking for some punch.


Twins Daily Awards 2015: Most Improved Player

At Twins Daily this week, we will hand out some more 2015 Minnesota Twins awards. As you know, we believe in recognizing achievement and that’s what we’re doing here. The Twins Daily writers, including the minor league writers, had votes in each category. Today we begin with a look at the 2015 Most Improved Minnesota Twin, Aaron Hicks.

Winning an award like “Most Improved” is one of those things that a player may never really want to win. By definition, it generally means that you weren’t really good the year before. However, it does mean that you were much better this year, and that’s obviously good.


Fun Season For Twins, And Twins Daily

What a ride.

The Twins came up just short in their surprising run at a playoff spot thanks to a disappointingly flat effort at Target Field over the weekend, but nonetheless the 2015 season has to be viewed as a profoundly positive one for the organization.


It Took A Team

It started ugly. The home opener, an ugly 12-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, dropped the Twins to a 1-6 start on the year. It also seemed to confirm the fan base’s worst fears: after four years of losing, this team still was not close to a turnaround.

Cue turnaround. Suddenly, were were all watching The Natural, only the New York Giants were the Minnesota Twins and Roy Hobbs was ... still fictional. Because in Major League Baseball, a miracle season is never due to one player. The Twins marathon through 162 games has included significant contributions from players all over the roster. Here are a few:


Episode 218: The Weekend That Wasn't

Aaron and John say goodbye to another Twins season and talk about falling just short of the Wild Card spot, half-full vs. half-empty, how to assess Torii Hunter, what to expect from the offseason, Paul Molitor's first year on the job, getting razor's from Harrys.com, Brian Dozier's strikeout record, Miguel Sano's full counts, KFAN's ratings dominance, and bat-flipping for fun and profit. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.