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No Ichiro Love

Other Baseball Today, 12:02 PM
I was surprised to not see an Ichiro Suzuki thread to honor his legacy. Metrics probably do not do him much justice, but he was one of a...
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Non-Twins Off-season news, tidbits and transactions

Other Baseball Today, 11:50 AM
We had a thread for items around the baseball world that were worth sharing but not worth a thread of their own. Now that the 2018 season...
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Twins Spring Training Highlights

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:41 AM
I'll try to update this thread anytime I'm able to grab some spring training highlights. Here are a few from today:  
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Article: Sire of Fort Myers Final Update: Ode to Ryne Harper

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:00 AM
It’s not really supposed to be like this.The Sire of Fort Myers is intended to be all about shining a light on an unheralded player who r...
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Michael Reed traded

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:37 AM
  The Twins have traded outfielder Michael Reed to the San Francisco Giants for outfielder John Andreoli.
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Report From The Fort: Mulling Marwin's Ugly Spring

FT. MYERS, FL – Marwin Gonzalez signed with the Minnesota Twins on February 25th, with spring training already underway. Last year, two free agents joined up in similarly late fashion, and as we all know, things didn't work out so well with Lance Lynn or Logan Morrison.

With this in mind, should we be concerned about Gonzalez's spring struggles?

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AL East Preview: New York State of Mind

The AL East seems destined to have multiple playoff contenders in 2019. There’s even a chance that both wild card clubs come from this division. Boston is coming off the World Series crown. New York coming off their own 100-win season and they might be the favorites for the division. Tampa is in a second tier but could still make the playoffs. Toronto and Baltimore are waiting on younger players to put it together.

Can Boston repeat? Or will the Yankees be crowned Beasts of the East?

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Sire of Fort Myers Final Update: Ode to Ryne Harper

It’s not really supposed to be like this.

The Sire of Fort Myers is intended to be all about shining a light on an unheralded player who realistically has no shot at actually cracking the Opening Day roster. Lucky for us, baseball has a knack for somehow circumventing reality.

A year after Ryan LaMarre played his way onto the Twins, it appears Ryne Harper may be on the verge of doing the same.

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Faltering Romero Exposes Flaw in Falvey's Offseason

Fernando Romero was talked up as having electric stuff and potentially being a real weapon out of Rocco Baldelli’s pen. Unfortunately, when the rubber met the road, it turned out Romero required more seasoning, and he was optioned to Triple-A last night. That isn’t the problem, but the fallout is.

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Tuesday Taproom Tour Tickets On Sale Monday

A live podcast, free craft beers, great giveaways, guests and a community of Twins fans watching a Twins game together – the almost covers Gleeman and the Geek’s Tuesday Taproom Tour. But today we’re giving a sneak peek of our limited edition pint glass which is ONLY available to season ticket holders who purchase by Opening Day. Here it is:

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Local Student Struggling to Find German Word for Max Kepler Batting Leadoff

With Opening Day less than a week away, the Minnesota Twins are in the process of making some hard decisions. And for one local grad student, it means a lot of extra hours in the library and at her laptop.

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Report From The Fort: Closing Time?

Joe Nathan. Jon Rauch. Matt Capps. Glen Perkins. Brandon Kintzler. Fernando Rodney.

The names have changed, but without exception, the Twins have opened every season in memory with a designated closer. In 2019, it appears that will change.

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AL West Preview: Houston, We Don’t Have A Problem

Houston is coming off a 103-win season and the Astros have won the AL West in two consecutive seasons. Oakland and Seattle were in the playoff hunt last season. Los Angeles has the best player in the galaxy, while Texas seems destined for a second consecutive 90 loss campaign.

Can anyone catch Houston? Or will the Astros be crowned kings of the Wild West?

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Kepler A Role Model For German Baseball

Last Friday in the lunch room of the Twins academy in Ft. Myers, players were eating after their morning workout and before their afternoon games against the Rays. Standing in the middle of the room were a couple of guys speaking to each other in German.

Niklas Rimmel, a right-handed pitcher from Berlin that the Twins signed following the 2017 season, was meeting his role model, fellow Berlin native and Twins outfielder Max Kepler. It was the first time that the two had met and the conversation lasted just ten to 15 minutes, but they will talk again before the Twins leave Ft. Myers to start their 2019 season.

Rimmel is the most recent player that the Twins have signed from Germany. When the Twins signed Kepler out of Berlin in 2009, he received a $700,000 bonus, at the time the largest ever signed by a German-born player. Raw at the time, Kepler grew and continued to develop. He was the Twins (and Twins Daily’s) Minor League Player of the Year in 2015. He helped the Chattanooga Lookouts to a Southern League championship and the next day made his Major League debut. He wasn’t on the Twins Opening Day roster in 2016, but he was called up soon after and has been up ever since. In 2018, he was the Twins choice for the Jim Kaat Award, handed out at the Diamond Awards to the top defensive player on the team. He also hit 20 home runs in 2018.

Early in spring training, Kepler and his first baseball roommate, Jorge Polanco, were signed to long-term contracts. Kepler, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason, signed a five year, $35 million contract with a couple of option years.

While the Twins and their fans look for him to really take a step forward in his production on the diamond starting in 2019, Kepler has already risen up the charts in terms of the top players born in Germany to play in the big leagues. Today, we will show where Kepler ranks among German-born players, what his signing has meant for baseball in Germany, and how Kepler is viewed by young baseball players in his home country.

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A Rebound for Schoop

The writing was on the wall for the Minnesota Twins and their need for a second basemen as soon as Brian Dozier was traded. Despite multiple seasons of power production, the Mississippi native had hit the skids. Logan Forsythe did a decent enough job filling in down the stretch, but this club was going to need more out of the position. Thanks to a perfect storm of less than ideal events, Jonathan Schoop found himself in Milwaukee and without a job.

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Report From The Fort: Tyler Austin's Precarious Path To A Roster Spot

FT. MYERS, FL – After being acquired from the Yankees last July, Tyler Austin quickly caught the attention of Twins fans with his incredible power, launching nine homers with a .488 slugging percentage in 35 games for Minnesota. The immensity of his strength was easy to see.

This spring, he is once again generating buzz with his explosive production at the plate. But will this buzz translate into a spot on the Opening Day roster? That's quite a bit harder to see.

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Twins 2019 Position Analysis: Relief Pitcher

Among all units on the 2019 Twins roster, none are subject to more controversy and skepticism than the bullpen. It was the team's biggest question mark heading into the offseason, and the front office did very little externally to address it.

Can this relief corps hold up?