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Gardy rumors

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:15 AM
From the Boston Globe's Cafardo - http://www.bostonglo...BwQO/story.html   Not really a surprise to read this but "It looks more and...
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Article: Twins Top Prospects Part 1: 41-50 (Preliminary)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:13 AM
Since the end of minor league season, we have handed out some minor league awards. On Monday, the Twins announced that Kennys Vargas and...
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Pinto or Gardy

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:08 AM
Unless I missed an injury, last night Gardy put in Fryer, and not Pinto......if so, I guess this might not be a topic.   It sure app...
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Ryan on Nolasco for 2015

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:08 AM
Apparently Terry Ryan understands the idea of "sunk cost".  From the StarTrib:   “I take exception to that statement. If he’s o...
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Trade rumors

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:57 AM
LEN recently wrote that he thought the Twins and Diamondbacks might pursue a trade in the offseason for a pitcher.  MLB traderumors...
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The No Juice Podcast, Episode #22: All Out Of Glens

In this week's No Juice Podcast episode, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman discuss the week's Minnesota Twins talkers.

Topics include shutting down Glen Perkins for the year, the shift from New Britain to Chattanooga, thoughts on Danny Santana at short and #HotTwinsTakes from the Twins Daily forum from members Mike Wants Wins and jaimedude2.

Listen below.


Twins Top Prospects Part 1: 41-50 (Preliminary)

Since the end of minor league season, we have handed out some minor league awards. On Monday, the Twins announced that Kennys Vargas and JO Berrios were named their choices for Twins minor league hitter and pitcher of the year in the minor leagues.

Today I’m going to start a preliminary Top 50 Twins prospects list and welcome your feedback. Today, I’ll post Part 1: Prospects 41-50. Players eligible to be on this list include players who remain eligible for Rookie of the Year voting in 2015. That is to say, hitters with less than 130 at bats and pitchers with less than 50 innings.


That's the Ticket: Last Chance

Because this is your last chance, that’s why. Three weeks from now the bottom is going to drop out and you’re going to be faced with five months of winter and six months without baseball. Plus the good lord has smiled on us with 70-degrees-and-sunny weather and the baseball gods have smiled on us with a weekday play-hookie game. If that isn’t reason enough to nab some cheap Target Field seats this week, then I don’t think we can be friends.


Inside the Florida Instructional League

What a difference a year makes. Not only did the squad reporting to this years 2014 Florida Instructional League look much different than last year but so did the newly renovated facility. When entering the new Player Academy, you're greeted by a large hill that was constructed for new strength exercises and a sign stating "This is Twin Territory" with a 12 ft picture of Kirby Puckett and the quote: "And we'll see you tomorrow night!" Around the corner is more signage showing the Twins past success and telling everyone "The Road Begins Here". While waiting around, I was able to find the itinerary for this past Thursday.


Twins Move AA Team to Chattanooga

You've probably heard the news by now that the Twins are out, and the Colorado Rockies are in, as New Britain's class AA affiliate. It's been a strange few months here in Connecticut on the baseball and political fronts, culminating with yesterday's news.

Back in June, Rock Cats managing partner Josh Solomon triumphantly (and surprisingly) announced from the steps of Hartford City Hall that the Rock Cats would be moving from their longtime home of New Britain to a brand new stadium in Hartford, effective for the 2016 season.


Twins Shut Down Glen Perkins

On Friday night, the Twins announced that All-Star closer Glen Perkins will not pitch again during the 2014 season due to a left forearm strain and nerve irritation. He will also not pitch during MLB's tour in Japan.


Where Does Pelfrey Fit In?

His name invariably elicits a visceral response from Twins fans. When talking about how the 2015 pitching staff will shake out, nobody seems to like hearing him brought up.

Well, like it or not (and in most cases the answer is "not"), Mike Pelfrey was signed to a two-year deal during the offseason and is owed $5.5 million next year, so he'll get his chance.


How Can the Twins Prevent Runs?

"To win the game, you've gotta score more runs than the other team"--- Ricky Henderson, baseball's all-time runs leader

Or prevent fewer runs than the other team.

The 2014 Twins have actually done a very good job when it comes to scoring runs; their 4.39 runs per game are seventh highest total in all baseball. Where the Twins fall short is in the run prevention department; they allow 4.84 runs per game and that is the third worst total in baseball.


Peterson Saga Brings Back Memories

Since news broke last Friday, the Adrian Peterson situation has been at the forefront of national and local sports talk. Each day, there are new details that come out and take the discussion in different directions. A local sports “hero” has suddenly been cast into a new and different light (or darkness). Maybe this is a little déjà vu for some of us Twins fans.


Five Twins Rebound Candidates

It has been a year of good and bad performances in Minnesota. Unfortunately, there have probably been more bad than good.

On the positive side of things, Phil Hughes has put together the best season of his professional career, Danny Santana has done some good things as a rookie, and the duo of Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia seem to be able to mash the ball out of any park.

There have been some players who haven't lived up to expectations for various parts of the year.


What Is Going On With Glen?

For most of 2014 it was business as usual for Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins.

His numbers have been very similar to his previous two seasons. Yes, there were subtle changes -- like he has struck out batters at a slightly lower rate (declined from 32% to 26%) and he also shaved off free passes (reducing his walk rate from 6.3% to 4.3%) but you would have to squint to pick up the differences.


The Real Brian Dozier?

It's a statistic that you've probably heard recently: Prior to the All-Star break, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier piled up 18 home runs, leading to an appearance in the Derby at Target Field. Since then, he has hit a total of two.

For some, this is a worrisome development, indicative that perhaps Dozier is not the long-term cog that many of us hoped he could be. For me, however, the 27-year-old's post-break production is actually rather encouraging. Allow me to explain.