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WARNE: A Eulogy For The 2015 Minnesota Twins

Surprises are great. They crop up when you least expect them and can frequently be a harbinger of the days to come.

And if the 2015 season is any indicator, things are about to be a lot more fun in Twins Territory.

This season was dotted with debuts of players that fans have been awaiting for years. First Eddie Rosario, then Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, even Tyler Duffey and finally Max Kepler. Even without the highly-anticipated debut of Jose Berrios — no doubt not far down the road — the Twins assimilated a group of high-end prospects that by and large hit the ground running. Sano won’t win the Rookie of the Year award, but in the words of Trevor May he injected some life into a team at midseason that was desperately looking for some punch.


Twins Daily Awards 2015: Most Improved Player

At Twins Daily this week, we will hand out some more 2015 Minnesota Twins awards. As you know, we believe in recognizing achievement and that’s what we’re doing here. The Twins Daily writers, including the minor league writers, had votes in each category. Today we begin with a look at the 2015 Most Improved Minnesota Twin, Aaron Hicks.

Winning an award like “Most Improved” is one of those things that a player may never really want to win. By definition, it generally means that you weren’t really good the year before. However, it does mean that you were much better this year, and that’s obviously good.


Fun Season For Twins, And Twins Daily

What a ride.

The Twins came up just short in their surprising run at a playoff spot thanks to a disappointingly flat effort at Target Field over the weekend, but nonetheless the 2015 season has to be viewed as a profoundly positive one for the organization.


It Took A Team

It started ugly. The home opener, an ugly 12-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, dropped the Twins to a 1-6 start on the year. It also seemed to confirm the fan base’s worst fears: after four years of losing, this team still was not close to a turnaround.

Cue turnaround. Suddenly, were were all watching The Natural, only the New York Giants were the Minnesota Twins and Roy Hobbs was ... still fictional. Because in Major League Baseball, a miracle season is never due to one player. The Twins marathon through 162 games has included significant contributions from players all over the roster. Here are a few:


Episode 218: The Weekend That Wasn't

Aaron and John say goodbye to another Twins season and talk about falling just short of the Wild Card spot, half-full vs. half-empty, how to assess Torii Hunter, what to expect from the offseason, Paul Molitor's first year on the job, getting razor's from Harrys.com, Brian Dozier's strikeout record, Miguel Sano's full counts, KFAN's ratings dominance, and bat-flipping for fun and profit. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Behind Byron Buxton's Struggles

Byron Buxton’s introduction to the game’s highest level has been tumultuous at best. There is no denying that he has been over-matched at the plate – and it was not entirely unexpected.

When he was called to Minnesota, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal spoke with Doug Mienkiewicz, his manager at Chattanooga. “I don’t think he’s completely ready,” Mientkiewicz told Rosenthal. “Well, part of me says yes, and part of me says no.” Echoing Mientkiewicz’s thoughts, Baseball America cited two scouts who stated that they felt his approach at the plate was not an advanced one and that pitchers would challenge him early.

This is almost exactly what has happened.


Game Thread: Royals@Twins 10/2 7:10PM

This will be my shortest Game Thread Opener Ever.

It's game 160.

At this point... The coaches are not going to change Brian Dozier's swing. There simply isn't enough time to make these adjustments. The Twins are what they are and what they are gonna be and what they are is good enough to be in contention for a playoff spot going into the final weekend.

I can go over the records and all the possibilities but you know them all. The Angels have the Rangers and the Astros have the D-Backs and the Twins have the Royals... We all know that.

There is no need for 5 thoughts today. There is just one thought and one thought only.

So... Here is something to think about:


That's the Ticket: Royal Pain

Now the Twins must beat and maybe sweep the team that is nine games ahead of them in the AL Central. Whew.

If you’re looking for hope here it is: The Royals are 11-17 in September. The responsibility for the slide is entirely on their pitching staff, which had a 3.53 ERA entering September, but a 4.91 ERA in September. So let’s break down the pitching in this three-game set.


Twins Win Wild One In Cleveland

We asked for this! We wanted this! Meaningful games in September, and now Meaningful games in October. This is fun, but I know I have no fingernails or hair remaining, and I'm OK with that.

Nick wrote earlier this week about the Twins' resiliency, and it was again on display in this game. The Twins took an early lead. They got a terrific start from rookie Tyler Duffey which ended in unfortunate fashion. The Twins showed again their ability to come back and take advantage of opportunities to pull out an important 4-2 win in Cleveland.

Below, you can follow the ups and downs of the game. It was a topsy-turvy game with many ups and downs. The win expectancy went back and forth several times throughout the late innings.


Twins Get Crushed In Game 2

Thirty minutes following the Minnesota Twins 7-1 win in Cleveland, the two teams played the second game of the doubleheader. It was a tale of two very different baseball games. The team fell 10-2 to Cleveland after another frustrating, and very short, start for Mike Pelfrey. Scoreboard watching, and hope that the Angels and Astros lose, becomes much more important.


What If...?

Here we are in the final week of the 2015 MLB season and the Twins are still in contention for a playoff spot. All things considered, that’s pretty incredible. Virtually none of us expected this when the season began.


Mauer, Hunter Power Twins To Game 1 Win

The Twins have a tough schedule down the stretch and it started on Wednesday with a doubleheader. The Twins were able to get a lead early and had a big inning off of Carlos Carrasco to take an early lead and held on for a 7-1 win. Also, after arguably his worst start of the season, Kyle Gibson came through in a big way on this day.
Here is a look at the big plays of Game 1 as we look forward to Game 2.