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Article: Can Minnesota Follow Houston's Blueprint?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:13 AM
There were some dark days for the Houston Astros. From 2009-2014, the Astros didn’t have a season with an over .500 record and this inclu...
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Article: Diving Into The Offseason: A Berrios Extension?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:13 AM
First we dove into what an extension for Brian Dozier. He’s had his first long-term contract, and now he’s one year from free agency. Las...
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Go get Verlander

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:13 AM
http://www.espn.com/...astros-audition   Best possible combination of help in 2017 and help in the next couple years, right where th...
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Article: KARE-11's Cory Hepola Discusses The Astros

Other Baseball Yesterday, 11:07 PM
Tonight in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series. It will be Clayton Kershaw versus...
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Article: Catching Up With RHP Tom Hackimer

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 08:31 PM
Before spring training, Twins Daily caught up with right-handed reliever Tom Hackimer for a Get to Know Him Q&A. He was preparing for...
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Diving Into The Offseason: A Berrios Extension?

First we dove into what an extension for Brian Dozier. He’s had his first long-term contract, and now he’s one year from free agency. Last week, we contemplated long-term deals for the Twins two mammoth stars, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. They are one year away from arbitration, so now could be the time to get each extended.

Today, I’m going to write about another type of potential long-term contract. This one is about a pitcher instead of a hitter, and this one is for a guy who has only a bit over one year of service time, meaning he won’t even be eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season. Today, I’ll try to come up with a logical, fair long-term deal for RHP Jose Berrios.

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KARE-11's Cory Hepola Discusses The Astros

Tonight in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series. It will be Clayton Kershaw versus Dallas Keuchel on the mound. There is so much talent, young talent, in this series.

From 2012 to 2014, Cory Hepola was the host for Houston Astros Pre & PostGame LIVE, as well as their Emmy Award-winning magazine show called Astros Bases Loaded. The talented anchor from Perham, Minnesota, earned two Emmy nominations for Comcast Sports in Houston where he also anchored daily sportscasts. He got to know some of the Astros biggest stars as they were just entering the big leagues. Today, he shares some of his thoughts and stories from his time covering the team.

In 2015, Cory Hepola returned to his home state of Minnesota to be an anchor on the KARE-11’s Sunrise show. He won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award as Best Talent-Anchor. This year, he made the move to weekend anchor where he teams as co-host with his wife Camille Williams. The couple has three kids, all under the age of three.

During his years in Houston, Hepola had a front-row seat to some pretty bad baseball teams, and yet they were a team that had new leadership and a clear plan toward winning baseball.

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Can Minnesota Follow Houston's Blueprint?

There were some dark days for the Houston Astros. From 2009-2014, the Astros didn’t have a season with an over .500 record and this included three straight seasons of losing 106 games or more. In true rebuilding fashion, the club traded away any player that could bring back assets in return. This dropped them even further down the rabbit hole of rebuilding.

Amidst all of the losing, the Astros had a plan. The team was stockpiling draft picks and young talent in the organization with dreams of one day being a contender. Those dreams have become a reality for the Astros and their fans. Can the Twins follow a similar path to the top of the American League?

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Episode 340: The Return Of Gardy

Aaron and John talk about Ron Gardenhire's return to the AL Central with the Tigers, the Twins' pitching coach search, their Friday night activities, Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel joining the Twins' scouting department, betting on Nick Blackburn, plugging books and handbooks, Delmon Young's clean slate in Australia, and the results of the preseason AL West over/under picks. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Do The Twins Need A Proven Closer?

Last week, the Minnesota Twins announced that they would not be activating the contract option for Glen Perkins, making him a free agent. Matt Belisle will soon join him.

At that point, the Twins will have a total of three major-league saves on their entire roster (one apiece for Trevor Hildenberger, Tyler Duffey and Gabriel Moya). If experience is at all a weighty factor for this team, then we have a pretty clear idea of what they'll be looking for on the relief market.

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Catching Up With RHP Tom Hackimer

Before spring training, Twins Daily caught up with right-handed reliever Tom Hackimer for a Get to Know Him Q&A. He was preparing for the 2017 season, his first full-season as a professional. Hackimer had been the Twins 4th round pick after playing at St. John’s University in New York.

The 23-year-old is currently in Arizona representing the Twins in the Arizona Fall League where he has given up one run over four innings.

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Supplementing the Twins: Tyler Chatwood

Continuing on with the Supplementing the Twins series, it’s time to take a look at another pitcher. Last week, the subject was Lance Lynn, formerly of the St. Louis Cardinals. There’s little doubt that starting pitching remains a key focus for the hometown nine, and identifying arms that are reasonable and can help the rotation is a must.

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The Brian Dozier Trade That Almost Was

Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don't make.

That old sports adage certainly seems to apply with regards to the first big test Derek Falvey and Thad Levine faced as heads of the reconstructed Twins front office.

A look back at their savvy stubbornness, and how it paid off:

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Diving Into The Offseason: A Sano Extension?

In the last week, we have considered potential contract extensions for Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton. Today, we will attempt to consider what a possible long-term extension might look like for Third Baseman/Designated Hitter Miguel Sano.

Sano came up and showed his promise in the 2nd half of the 2015 season. He struggled in his sophomore season of 2016, a struggle that still included 25 home runs. In 2017, he was having his best season yet, but it came to an end six weeks too early when he fouled a ball off of his shin, causing a stress reaction.

While there are obvious short term and long-term concerns with Sano, it is very clear that he can be a game-changer in the middle of any lineup in the game. He’ll likely set strikeout records, but he can also produce like few can.

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AFL Report – Week 1: Paul, Jay, Vasquez Stand Out In AFL Season’s First Week

(This report includes the games played through 10/15)

Minnesota Twins prospects in the Arizona Fall League are playing on the roster of the Surprise Saguaros for the second season in a row, and in the first week of the season their squad managed a 2-3 record. They lost a couple of close games where they had chances to tie late, with Twins prospects doing their part, but teammates weren’t able to deliver the finishing blows.

Chris Paul racked up hits in two of his three games, and left-handed relievers Tyler Jay and Andrew Vasquez passed their first tests out in the desert. It’s actually kind of hard to believe what Vasquez did, but I’ll elaborate on that in his recap…

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Sizing Up The 2017-18 Offseason

Turnarounds like the one we saw from Minnesota this season are rare, but not unprecedented. Derek Falvey knows this as well as anyone.

Fresh off his first year as Twins Chief Baseball Officer, Falvey is working in familiar territory. He understands from experience that the hardest part isn't going from irrelevance to contention, but taking the next step.

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Expansion Could Alter MLB's Landscape

The winds of change are in the air. Major League Baseball could be nearing an expansion to 32 teams which would signal a large shift in the baseball world. One of the biggest changes would be dissolving both leagues as baseball would shift to a four-division system.

There would be plenty of other changes to make a new system work. Are fans, owners, and players ready for this type of radical change?