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Berardino: Kepler Gives Self C- Grade for Rookie Season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:36 PM
Mike Berardino wrote a good article on Max Kepler who was named the team's rookie of the year yesterday by the BBWAA.   ...
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Article: 40-Man Roster Decisions: The Pitchers

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:30 PM
On Monday the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Tommy Milone has already said he has beco...
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Berardino: Buxton in Good Defensive Company

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:42 PM
Byron Buxton was named the Twins Defensive Player of the Year for 2016 (Jim Kaat Award) by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA recently....
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Rockies were interested in Kyle Gibson before, how about...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:42 PM
I'm wondering if the Colorado Rockies still have some interest in Kyle Gibson. It was reported when the Twins were discussing Troy Tulowi...
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Twins Announced 2016 Diamond Awards

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:20 PM
This morning, the Twins announced the Baseball Writers of America's Twin Cities Chapter award winners. The Diamond Awards will be present...
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40-Man Roster Decisions: The Pitchers

On Monday the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Tommy Milone has already said he has become a free agent. Andrew Albers and Pat Dean can also become free agents following the completion of the World Series as minor league free agents. The Twins could re-sign them, if they choose to do so.

There are a lot decisions the Twins front office needs to make. Many of those decisions will likely wait until after the World Series because that is when Derek Falvey officially takes over as the Twins Chief of Baseball Operations.

There are a lot of decisions to be made. Who will take over as the general manager, or could Falvey keep Rob Antony on the job on an interim basis for the time being, or maybe even for the 2017 season? What about other front office personnel? We’re told that the coaching staff is in limbo as we await the arrival of Falvey.

But for today, I want to focus on players and the 40-man roster. And after reading today’s article, we are going to want your thoughts and opinions on who should be added.


Killebrew Award Winner: David Hurlbut (Chattanooga)

In his career, Harmon Killebrew was an All-Star 11 times. Six times he finished in the Top 5 in American League MVP, and he was the MVP in 1969. He was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1984. As we’ve pointed out the last couple of days, Killebrew was an elite power hitter in Minnesota Twins and MLB history. As we’ve also pointed out, Killebrew might has been an even better person than baseball player.

When he passed away in 2011, the Twins announced that they would announce a winner of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service from each of the Twins four full-season affiliates. This week, we’ve been profiling all four of the 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipients this week. Today, we’ll write about the Twins Killebrew recipient of the Chattanooga Lookouts, lefty David Hurlbut. If you missed one earlier this week, check out the winners here:

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts: David Hurlbut
Rochester Red Wings:
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013


How Did Cleveland Acquire Its Top Talent?

Derek Falvey is no doubt eager to begin his tenure as Chief Baseball Officer of the Minnesota Twins.

There's just one hold-up: the Cleveland Indians team he helped build is chugging toward an improbable World Series berth.

There are worse excuses for being late to the job.


Killebrew Award Winner: Trey Vavra (Ft. Myers)

Eight times in his career Harmon Killebrew hit 40 or more home runs. In 2016, Brian Dozier became the only other player in Minnesota Twins history to top the 40 home run mark. Killebrew led the American League in home runs six times. He also led the league in walks four times. Those of you reading a site dedicated to Minnesota Twins baseball know how great Harmon Killebrew was as a player. For many, it took his death in 2011 to realize the person he was.

Yesterday, we wrote about the Cedar Rapids recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award. For more on the award, click here. Today we want to highlight the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service recipient for the Ft. Myers Miracle, Trey Vavra.

Vavra was the Twins 33rd-round pick in 2014 out of Florida Southern. He hit 20 doubles for Elizabethton that summer. In 2015, he moved up to Cedar Rapids. He was hitting .346/.406/.538 (.944) through 42 games with the Kernels before his season came to an unfortunate end due to an ankle injury and subsequent surgery. He spent last offseason playing in Melbourne, Australia. He was a member of the Melbourne Aces where he played with his older brother Tanner who was the Miracle recipient of the Killebrew Award in 2015 and the Cedar Rapids recipient in 2014. The siblings played for their father, Joe, a long-time Twins coach.

Learn much more about Trey Vavra in this Twins Daily Get To Know ‘Em article from last year.

Vavra played in 125 games in 2016 for the Miracle. Overall, he hit .230/.316/.326 (.642) with 17 doubles and eight home runs. He was a Florida State League All-Star and, at season’s end, was named the Miracle recipient of the Killebrew Award.

We’ll be profiling all four of the 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipients this week. If you missed one, Check out the winners here:

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts:
Rochester Red Wings:
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013,


Minnesota's Revolving Door Continues At Shortstop

Shortstop has been a revolving door for the Twins organization for more than the last decade. Since the Christian Guzman era ended in 2004, there has only been one time the Twins have used the same shortstop on Opening Day in back-to-back seasons. That player was Pedro Florimon and he wasn't really a long-term solution to the Twins' problems.

Is there finally an end in sight to the Twins long-term shortstop woes?


Killebrew Award Winner: Nelson Molina (Cedar Rapids)

11 All-Star appearances. 573 home runs. An American League MVP. Enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Harmon Killebrew was an all-time great on the baseball field. Yet most people who met the man said that his on-field accomplishments pale in comparison to the man he was off the baseball field and in his community.

When Killebrew passed away, the Minnesota Twins announced that one player from each of their four full-season affiliates would be the recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award for community service.

At the time, Twins Minor League Director Brad Steil said, “In partnership with our minor league affiliates, we encourage our players to be active in their community and emphasize the importance of having a positive impact in society beyond the playing field. In the minor leagues, our players take part in all kinds of activities, including school reading programs, hospital visits, working with disabled youth, and youth baseball clinics. These experiences help our players understand responsibility, compassion, and giving back. Ultimately it helps them mature and grow as people.”

The 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipient for Cedar Rapids is Nelson Molina.Throughout the week, we’ll write about the winners for the Twins other affiliates.

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle:
Chattanooga Lookouts:
Rochester Red Wings:


Ninth Wonder: What To Do At Closer?

When you're coming off a 100-loss season, the foremost concern is, flatly, finding ways to get more victories, as opposed to identifying someone who can close them out.

Still, the Twins need to figure out what they're going to do about the ninth inning in 2017.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 281: Waiting For Falvey

Aaron and John discuss the last time the Twins went outside of the organization to hire a GM and then frame up the payroll, roster and arbitration decisions that Derek Falvey will face as GM, while they munch on sausages and mini corn dogs at New Bohemia Roseville. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


AFL Week 1 Recap: Gordon And Garver Come Out Hitting

Twins prospects in the Arizona Fall League are playing for the Surprise Saguaros this season, and they started off in week one with two wins, two losses…and an extra-innings tie. Both victories were of the blowout variety, and they also experienced a blowout loss among those games.

Two of the Twins position prospects had big weeks with their bats, and sit near the top of AFL leaderboards in several categories after five games. Stephen Gonsalves passed his first test with flying colors, while members pitching out of the bullpen had levels of success spanning from good to not so good.


Get To Know: Twins RHP Tyler Benninghoff

Today, I’m excited to post another Q&A with a Minnesota Twins prospect. Tyler Benninghoff was the Twins 11th-round draft pick in June out of high school in Kansas. He signed fairly quickly for well over slot. You see, many projected him to be drafted in the top three rounds, if healthy. When the Twins announced the signing, they also announced that he was going to have Tommy John surgery. He had the surgery in late June with Dr. James Andrews performing the procedure.

Benninghoff got to spend a little time at home after surgery but soon went to Ft. Myers to begin his rehab. He’ll be spending a lot of time in Ft. Myers the next 12-18 months.


What Experts Are Saying About Potential Top Pick Hunter Greene

The 2016 season mercifully came to an end, and Twins fans hope to someday be rewarded for suffering through the worst season in team history. Because in baseball, sometimes in the long run it pays to lose.

Thanks to their impressive ability to rack up losses, the Twins "won" the first overall pick in the 2017 Draft. Yes, it will be several years before we'll see the team's top pick play at Target Field, but that doesn't change how exciting it is that the team will have the opportunity to add a franchise-changing talent to the organization.


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If you’re like us, you’re not just a Minnesota Twins fan. Many of you, presumably, are Minnesota sports fans. We have Monday morning quarterback tendencies and have all had our moments of Vikings disappointment. That’s true even if we were born since the last time the team lost a Super Bowl. Names like Herschel Walker, Mike Lynn, and Gary Anderson cause a reaction inside us. It is the same reaction many Minnesotans still get when they hear the names of Norm Green or Nick Leddy. Minnesota fans love Minnesota sports, at least a couple of them.