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2019/20 Off-season Manager Openings

Other Baseball Today, 09:29 AM
With the season winding down, let's talk about what manager spots will be open this winter. Already open: Kansas City - Ned Yost retirin...
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Front Page: Twins Daily 2019 Awards: Most Improved Player

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:29 AM
When the life blood of an organization with a strong belief in player development, it is crucial that players continue to develop, contin...
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Front Page: Twins Trade Targets: 4 Potential Starting Pit...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:29 AM
The Minnesota Twins are in store for a starting rotation overhaul this offseason with only Jose Berrios and Martin Perez under contract....
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Front Page: Can the Twins Become the New Astros? Part 1

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:29 AM
After recently reading both Ben Reiter’s Astroball and The MVP Machine by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Shawchik, both highly recommended, I f...
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JOB OPENING: TC Bear

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:55 AM
Which TD member is going to step up and wear the costume? Squirrel? Chief? North?
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Twins Daily 2019 Award: Pitcher of the Year

For most of the past decade, the Minnesota Twins have had one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball. Pick a meaningful statistic for pitchers and you would find the Twins usually at or very near the bottom of the rankings. That changed in 2019 when the Twins had one of the top five or six pitching staffs in the American League.

The Twins' 4.18 ERA ranked eighth in MLB and fifth in the American League. Their 1.30 WHIP ranked 12th in the big leagues and sixth in the AL. Their 9.0 K/9 ranked 12th in MLB and fifth in the AL, and they did so while walking just 2.8/9 innings, second best in baseball. Baseball Reference’s Wins Above for All Pitchers ranks the Twins sixth in MLB, fourth in the league.

The Twins had two All-Star starting pitchers (Berrios and Odorizzi), and a third starter (Pineda) who was arguably their best starting pitcher option when he was suspended. The team’s bullpen came on strong over the season’s final two month.Frankly, it was nice to see this year’s Twins Daily Pitcher of the Year ballots listing several viable candidates. The vote was close, but the 2019 Twins Pitcher of the Year is closer Taylor Rogers.

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The 2020 Offseason Handbook Is Now Available for Preorder!

It's a hard truth: The 2019 Twins season is over. It ended in a way none of us wanted. But here's the good news: This team's contention window has been thrust open, and now, one of the most intriguing offseasons in team history lies ahead.

Your definitive guide awaits. The 2020 Offseason Handbook is now available for preorder, and we've got some fun surprises on the way.

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Can the Twins Become the New Astros? Part 1

After recently reading both Ben Reiter’s Astroball and The MVP Machine by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Shawchik, both highly recommended, I found many similarities between the Houston Astros and our Minnesota Twins. In order to get a better idea of how the Twins plan mirrors the Astros’, let’s look at several areas in which the teams exhibit similarities. This is the first of a three-part series.

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Twins Trade Targets: 4 Potential Starting Pitching Upgrades

The Minnesota Twins are in store for a starting rotation overhaul this offseason with only Jose Berrios and Martin Perez under contract. The free agent market will definitely be explored, but the area the Twins could land a top of the rotation starter might be the trade market. With the opportunity to win wide open along with an abundance of prospects, the time is now for Falvey and Levine to make a trade.

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Twins AFL Report - Week 4: Lewis Named Fall Stars MVP

Week four of the AFL season was likely the most interesting to the casual prospect follower, as it featured the circuit’s all-star showcase on Saturday, where the Minnesota Twins top prospect cemented his status with an MVP performance. In the other games during the week the Salt River Rafters went 2-2 to maintain their lead in the East division. That top prospect also continued an impressive hit streak, while the pitchers were a mixed bag.

To find out how all your #MNTwinsInTheAFL prospects performed on the week, keep reading!

(This report includes the games played through 10/13)

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ALDS Takeaways, Part 5: How Does Anyone Hit Anything These Days?

Watching the Twins fail to cobble together runs against even a very good Yankees pitching staff was painful and surprising. They continued to grind, to wait for their pitch and try to do damage, and they might have had much more success if their key cogs had been healthier, but the overall feeling of the Twins’ offensive half-innings throughout the series was valiant helplessness.

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Twins Daily 2019 Awards: Most Improved Player

When the life blood of an organization with a strong belief in player development, it is crucial that players continue to develop, continue to improve. That improvement is needed to work through the minor league system, but it is especially important once a player gets to the big leagues.

For the Twins to have improved from 78 wins to 101 wins, it required individual improvements from several players. There were many solid candidates for 2019 Twins' Most Improved Player, but ultimately the runaway choice was second-year backstop Mitch Garver.

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Handing a Qualifying Offer to Michael Pineda

The Minnesota Twins are going to be looking at filling a starting rotation that has just one guaranteed arm for 2020. A top-tier talent or two is going to be a must but bolstering the group with a strong 4th or 5th is equally as important. Derek Falvey will need to decide on what holdovers he wants back, but Michael Pineda is a talent that could be worthy of a qualifying offer.

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ALDS Takeaways, Part 4: Sluggers Go Close Together

Baseball writer Joe Sheehan has been onto the importance of what he calls “short-sequence offense” in the postseason for much longer than most of the baseball world. Years ago, he coined a phrase that sounds troglodytic but holds up pretty well, for the best way to reliably score runs in October: “Ball go far, team go far.” Slugging wins in October, because even great pitchers make mistakes a bopper can hit over the fence, but it’s very rare that great pitchers make enough mistakes for a lineup to (say) string together four straight hits and score twice.

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Twins Daily 2019 Awards: Rookie of the Year

In many ways, the Twins have changed radically under this front office regime. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine ushered an era of historically elite slugging and high-velo power pitching. The team has also been noticeably splashier on the offseason market, but one thing that remains – and will always remain – constant for Minnesota is a foremost reliance on internal pipeline to fuel sustained success.

Players like Luis Arraez are the lifeblood of this model. And if he follows in the footsteps of past TD Rookie of the Year winners, Arraez is destined to play a major role in the Twins' story for years to come.

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Mark Contreras Named 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner

Pensacola just completed their first year of affiliation with the Minnesota Twins and there was plenty to be excited about. Many of the team’s top prospects spent at least part of the season in a Blue Wahoos jersey including top prospects Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff and Brusdar Graterol. On Monday, the team was notified of another recognition to be excited about as outfielder Mark Contreras was named a 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner.

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Leading Off Podcast: Offseason SZN is Upon Us

Matt and Cooper of Twins Daily set their sights on the offseason and what moves specifically the Twins may make as they head into 2020 with a lot of room for molding.
Link: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5tqjO8dYdn17IwPakSzpaR?si=y2DWE9h_S26GtGfBm_Smyg