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Article: For The Love Of Joe

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:05 PM
There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins f...
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Article: Arms Race: The Search For Young Starters

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:53 PM
On Tuesday night, the Tigers and Twins kicked off a series at Target Field. On the hill for Detroit was Matt Boyd, a 25-year-old lefty wh...
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Mitch Garver - 2016

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Mitch Garver DOB: 1-15-91, in Albuquerque, NM Height: 6'1" Weight: 220 Position: C Bats: Right Throws: Right Shane's 2016 Prospect Rank:...
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Carlos Paulino 2016

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Carlos Paulino 26, Born Sept. 24, 1989 Catcher-Rochester Red Wings Signed by the Marlins as an 18 yr old international free agent Traded...
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Article: Byungho Park To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:18 PM
Paul Molitor told assembled reporters at Target Field before Wednesday night's game that 1B/DH Byungho Park will have season-ending wrist...
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Arms Race: The Search For Young Starters

On Tuesday night, the Tigers and Twins kicked off a series at Target Field. On the hill for Detroit was Matt Boyd, a 25-year-old lefty who owns a 2.38 ERA since the beginning of July. Along with Rookie of the Year frontrunner Michael Fulmer, Boyd is a key component in a resurgent rotation that ranks sixth in the AL in ERA after finishing last in 2015.

Neither was in the organization 13 months ago.

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Byungho Park To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

Paul Molitor told assembled reporters at Target Field before Wednesday night's game that 1B/DH Byungho Park will have season-ending wrist surgery on Thursday morning.

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For The Love Of Joe

There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins fans who may or may not even remember his playing career which ended (and not prettyily) with the Twins after the 1978 season, nearly 40 years ago.

Now consider this. In his 12 seasons in a Twins uniform, his on-base percentage was .393. His slugging percentage was .448. His OPS was .841.

Now consider, Joe Mauer career numbers in a Twins uniform include a .393 on-base percentage, a .447 slugging percentage and an OPS of .840.

Now, not even I will tell you that Joe Mauer’s Twins career has been as great as Carew’s. Carew was an All-Star all 12 of those seasons. Mauer has participated in six. Mauer has won three batting titles. No catcher had a batting championship in about 55 years when Mauer did it the first time, and no American League catcher had ever done it. Carew won so many American League batting titles that Major League Baseball announced at this year’s All-Star Game that all AL batting champions going forward will win the Rod Carew Award.

No, I won’t tell you that Joe Mauer is the greatest player in Twins history. There’s no reason to make such claims. What I think the numbers below will illustrate for you is that he is, without a doubt, one of the top five hitters in Minnesota Twins history. (In fact, I wouldn’t rank him lower than fourth if I were asked to.)

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Twins Minor League Report (8/23): Wheeler Dominates, Kennys Hits Ball Far

It was a low-scoring night throughout the system Tuesday, but that means there were several good pitching performances for the Twins affiliates. As an organization, they combined for just 19 runs (2.7 per game) on the day, but because of those performance went 5-2 on the day in the minor leagues.

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Twins Bite-Sized History, Part 7: Reconstruction

Owner Calvin Griffith responded to the Metrodome's dismal atmosphere by trading away all his veterans and rebuilding from scratch with a new wave of prospects. He responded to the Metrodome's dismal attendance with a different scorched earth policy.

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Game Thread: Twins v Tigers, 8/23 @ 7:10pm CT

The Tigers are up next at Target field for a 3 game series starting tonight. After a needed day off… needed because the Twins just got swept by the Royals and they needed a day for refresher courses on how to play defense and… and… pitch and hit… you know… all of it because the Royals schooled them in… all of it. There really wasn’t a facet of the game of the baseball that the Twins didn’t struggle at. By this time of the season… you’d think this stuff would have been learned by now.

It’s late August and school is starting everywhere… let's hope the Twins can learn something.

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Playoff Races Heating Up

The Twins took a day off on Monday - though you could argue they took a couple days off in Kansas City.

Congrats to Stephen Gonsalves on being named Southern League Pitcher of the Week.

There was a lot of action on the farm.

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Dozier's Not Jerking Around

Baseball has a long season. Players show up in early spring and play well into the fall with few days off in-between. How many players can continue to be successful over the course of 162 games? This grueling nature of the game is one of the things that attracts fans of all ages.

Slumps are something players in baseball try to avoid. The best players can avoid prolonged slumps. Brian Dozier has been no stranger to slumps throughout his career. So what adjustments has Dozier made during this season's second half? Let's look back before we look forward.

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Fixing Jose Berrios

On Friday night in Kansas City Bert Blyleven described to viewers what he and the Twins’ coaching staff were working on with Jose Berrios in order to straighten him out.

“Right...there!” Blyleven exclaimed as Berrios delivered a fastball for strike three to the Royals’ Jarrod Dyson in the bottom of the first. It was a beautiful pitch that was beautifully executed by the rookie. “EXPLODE towards home plate,” he emphasized. As the replay of the strikeout rolled, Blyleven further elaborated by saying “once you get to that balance point, utilize the rubber and explode towards home plate” and that Berrios needed to “push off” the rubber more.

And just like that, Jose Berrios was fixed forever, right?

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Three-Bagger: Kennys, New Guys & What The Hector

Over the weekend, Kennys Vargas was sent to the minors, the Twins called up two newly acquired pitching prospects, and Hector Santiago got rocked.

Read on for analysis of each development.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/21): Lackluster Offenses

The Twins minor league affiliates got (nearly) eight full innings of pitching from each of their starting pitchers on Sunday afternoon, but just one of those starters ended the day with a notch in the win column. That was thanks to a lackluster display of offense throughout as two of the lineups were shut out, and the other two totaled just four runs.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Eades Exceeds Expectations

It was no surprise that the Twins needed to get an arm to Kansas City after Friday night’s 11 inning, seven hour (with rain and light delays). The specifics may have been a bit surprising. Adalberto Mejia was called up to the Twins, his first big league promotion. Kennys Vargas was the one optioned to Rochester where he’ll have to spend the next ten days.

Because of a short start from lefty Hector Santiago, Mejia also made his major league debut with two outs in the fifth inning. He got a groundout to end that inning. He went another two innings and gave up two runs on five hits. Following the game, he was optioned back to Rochester. The Twins will promote another pitcher to take his spot before Sunday’s series finale.

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