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Hammond Happenings

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:24 AM
I thought I'd post this to keep you up to date on what I've observed down here at Hammond Stadium, or as the signs everywhere read "Centu...
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Article: Hunter And Garnett: The Marketing Angle

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:31 PM
After a lengthy absence, Kevin Garnett made his triumphant return to Target Center on Wednesday night, helping lead the Timberwolves to a...
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Zulgad: Does Schafer have a chance to steal CF

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:31 PM
Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad are in Ft. Myers this week for Twins spring training. Their 9 to 1 radio show is being done live from there w...
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Zulgad: Arcia's Transition to Left Field

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:43 PM
1500ESPN's Judd Zulgad wrote today about Oswaldo Arcia's move over to left fieldthis year. Mackey and Judd had Terry Ryan on their show t...
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ESPN- The Great Analytics Rankings... The Twins are not s...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:09 PM
Interesting and comprehensive study of all 122 teams in the four major team sports, ESPN  "unleashed our experts and an army of rese...
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Hunter And Garnett: The Marketing Angle

After a lengthy absence, Kevin Garnett made his triumphant return to Target Center on Wednesday night, helping lead the Timberwolves to a blowout victory in front of a packed house. After the game, coach Flip Saunders said that it was the most energetic and enthusiastic he could remember the arena being in a regular-season game -- a stark contrast to the typically bleak environment at Wolves games this year.

Watching it all play out, I suddenly find myself understanding the Twins' decision to sign Torii Hunter a little more.

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Push Candidate: Brian Navarreto

The first two entries in this series focused on players who are moving up in the system and the question was one of advancing to AA baseball, which is really (Jorge Polanco 2014 aside) the real first experience of closeness to the majors that a minor leaguer can see. For the final installment, I am turning to another level in the system--full season A-ball--and am profiling catcher Brian Navarreto as a "push candidate" for promotion to Cedar Rapids.

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Most Marketable Twin: 2015

As the beginning of the 2015 season quickly approaches, the Twins marketing team has been hard at work. How do you try to sell a team that has lost 90 games for four consecutive seasons?

Twins single game tickets went on sale last weekend and one thing that seems to get fans in the door is offering some unique giveaways. This year the club will offer such items as a Vintage Twins Bobblehead, a Brian Dozier Bobblehead, a Torii Hunter Adult Jersey, and a Fur Bomber Cap.

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All About That Base

If one were to highlight the utter banality of baseball’s month of February, a simple action in a spring training complex back field -- featuring grown men who mime a throw to the plate, speed-jog fifty feet from the middle of the diamond to step on first base and receive an underhand toss -- might suffice. The act is then repeated without end until the pitchers are dreaming of breaking towards first in their sleep.

That’s the goal anyway.

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Can Rule 5 Pick J.R. Graham Stick?

Minnesota Twins camp came to life over the weekend with the familiar sound of baseballs smacking mitts, as pitchers and catchers reported to camp and official bullpen sessions started getting underway.

One hurler who is drawing early attention is J.R. Graham, whom the Twins acquired from the Atlanta Braves in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Graham is worth tracking not only because of the upper-90s heat he's capable of bringing on the mound, but also because of the interesting decision the Twins face as they determine whether they can make room for him in a somewhat crowded bullpen and avoid sending him back to Atlanta.

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Catching Up With The Klaw: Part 2

In Part 1 on Catch Up With The Klaw yesterday, we discussed his unlikely path onto the Minnesota Twins 1985 Opening Day roster. Today, we’ll talk about Tom Klawitter’s brief MLB career as well as what has kept him busy since his playing days came to an end.

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No Juice Podcast #44: Life in the Minors with AJ Pettersen

What is life like on the bus and trying to make it on a minor league paycheck?

On this week's No Juice Podcast Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman talk with former Twins' farmhand AJ Pettersen on his experience in the bus leagues. Pettersen peels back the curtain on minor league life. He teaches us all how to survive on $5 a day.

Listen up.

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Gleeman & the Geek, Episode 182: Topless Prospects and Talkless Haircuts

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' top 10 prospects, Ron Gardenhire's plans for 2015, the big Miguel Sano comeback, eating and drinking at New Bohemia, Nick Punto's retirement, billion-dollar TV deals, how to get a proper anti-social haircut, Jose Berrios going topless, moving day, 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.

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Catching Up With The Klaw: Part 1

Thirty years ago, a pitcher arrived at Tinker Field in Orlando for Minnesota Twins spring training as a non-roster invitee. He was left-handed. He had a last name conducive to a classic nickname. He took advantage of his opportunities, and he made the 1985 Twins Opening Day roster. Tom Klawitter lived a dream held by anyone who has ever picked up a bat and a ball.

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Who's Up First?

Studies in recent years have shown that lineup construction has less of a practical impact on overall scoring than many had previously believed. Still, it's hard to downplay the significance of the choice for that first spot in the batting order.

Though he only leads off once per game, the No.1 hitter sets the tone for the offense, bats in front of the team's best run producers, and stands to receive more plate appearances than any other player.

Who will step into the batter's box to start the season in Detroit on April 6th? As I see it, there are three primary candidates. Paul Molitor's choice among this trio might provide us with some deeper insights on his priorities and philosophies.

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Twins Bite-Sized History: A Quick Rise, A Quick Fall

Most pieces for a contender were in place in 1964, but the Twins made a key addition to the coaching staff prior to the 1965 season. Manager Sam Mele and pitching coach John Sain were joined on the coaching staff by Billy Martin, who is credited with helping shortstop Zoilo Versalles win the American League MVP.

But the pennant the team won was certainly a group effort; so many players were injured that the success required contributions from all available hands. The best remembered hit was provided by Killebrew, who hit a two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yankees the day before the All-Star break. The Twins would not relinquish first place for the rest of the year. For 26 years that hit would be the considered the most dramatic home run in the organization’s history.

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Push Candidate: Travis Harrison

The second of three articles featuring players who I believe should be "pushed" to the next level in the system will focus on Travis Harrison. Harrison had some high expectations placed on him after being drafted and has moved through the system in the same way that Adam Walker has. There are still a number of question marks about Harrison's potential, both in the field and at the plate.