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Is this racism or culture clash in baseball?

Other Baseball Today, 08:04 AM
Ian Kinsler proves people like this are not only ignorant, but slightly racistas well.   ~~~~~   Note from John Bonnes:  ...
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Column: Does a Robbie Grossman Trade Make Sense?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:03 AM
Wrote it up for Zone Coverage today.    https://t.co/mEbXltEt7O   Glad to chat about it here. Comments, questions, (friend...
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Article: Report From The Fort: Studying Santana

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:01 AM
Ervin Santana was comparatively fantastic last year. His 3.38 ERA might not seem remarkable, until you realize that the rest of the Twins...
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2017 MLB draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:56 AM
Baring some sort of scenario where the Twins manage to win the next 8, the Braves lose the next 8, and win the tie breaker, we'll be pick...
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INSIDE THE GAME

Other Baseball Today, 07:55 AM
For those who have followed Twins Daily for some time might know that I like to dig into the hows and whys of the game in addition to the...
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Tuesday Taproom Tour Tix On Sale NOW!

The season pass is on sale right now RIGHT HERE! Individual event tickets will only be available starting 4/4 if we don’t sell out of season passes.

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At each event, you’ll get our Gleeman and the Geek Tap Handle pint glasses (pictured), two craft beers at a local taproom, and prizes while watching a Twins road game with Aaron and John as they record a podcast in which you can participate. And all four events cost just $40. Your friends can also get in on the action at TuesdayTaproomTour.com. But there are only 85 tickets available, so get them now Here are the details:

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Can Hector Santiago Elevate and Dominate?

Hector Santiago is a fascinating pitcher in that he defies all the advanced metrics. Taking into account all the best ERA predictors, it makes no sense that from 2012-15 he managed a 3.84 ERA, which is identical to Jon Lester's mark over that same span.

A big part of what made the difference for Santiago was that he was as tough as nails when pitching with runners in scoring position. His performance with runners on slipped last season, along with the majority of his other stats.

The sabermetric community appears to have taken the stance that Hector's luck finally ran out, but is it that simple? Does he not get any benefit of the doubt for being a solid starter for over 500 innings prior to last season?

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Report From The Fort: Studying Santana

Ervin Santana was comparatively fantastic last year. His 3.38 ERA might not seem remarkable, until you realize that the rest of the Twins’ rotation’s combined ERA was 5.91.

Blink. Blink. That is such a stunning number, I’ll repeat it: the combined ERA of the starting staff last year, not including Ervin Santana, was close to 6.

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Report From The Fort: Squeeze Play

Each spring training, teams reach a point when the supply/demand ratio regarding pitchers’ innings is reversed. That time has come.

Early on, pitch counts for the starters are kept low, leaving lots of innings in which to try out the Double-A prospect or the non-roster invitee. But eventually starters need to be stretched to 75 or 90 pitches, and managers want to see those final 20 pitches against major league competition, not in the bullpen.

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Central Intelligence: Kansas City Royals

There was a time when Kansas City's .500 finish in 2016 would have felt like a commendable achievement. It's a modest threshold the franchise had failed to reach in nine consecutive seasons prior to 2013.

Of course, coming off two straight World Series appearances, the most recent of which they won, it felt like a let-down. More disappointment may be in store for 2017.

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Report From The Fort: Gibson Starts, Vogelsong Departs

A Triple-A slugfest broke out in the late innings of the Twins 9-5 loss to the Phillies, but the first half of the game was more palatable. It provided a couple of tastes of the upcoming season and we learned of a departure after the game.

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Report From The Fort: From Ks To Praise

Old friend Francisco Liriano baffled some of the Twins more promising but less-experienced hitters early in yesterday's game. Whether it speaks to their learning curve, their talent, or pep talks from coaches, several contributed to the Twins 8-2 win later in the game.

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Tyler Duffey Shines In Spotlight Start

“All the world’s a stage' - As You Like It, Act 2

The Twins 8-2 victory over the Blue Jays teased Twins fans with a play within a play. While the Twins battled the Blue Jays, Twins pitcher Tyler Duffey would start but turn the spotlight over to Adalberto Mejia, as both are competing for the last spot in the Twins rotation with Jose Berrios. Both performed well, but Duffey spoiled any drama by refusing to yield the mound through five scoreless innings.

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Can Zach Granite Follow Brian Dozier's Footsteps?

Developing MLB players is a tough task for any organization. There are so many factors that can impact the development of a team's top tier talent. Through the ups-and-downs of a players professional career, there can be moments where everything clicks or moments that push a player away from the game.

When the Twins took Brian Dozier with an eighth-round pick, the organization probably never imagined he would turn into a hitter capable of belting 40 home runs. Now the Twins have another late round pick that is starting to blossom in the Twins system.

Can Zach Granite follow Brian Dozier's footsteps?

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Twins Roster Projection 2017: Version 3.0

The Twins are less than two weeks from packing up from Ft. Myers and heading north to open the 2017 season. There are currently 48 players on the Twins spring roster which means they have a lot of decisions and transactions to make in the next week to ten days. As I am leaving Ft. Myers, I’m going to try to piece together a projection for the Twins opening day roster. Opinions are mine and certainly subject to change in the coming days.

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Next "Write Of Spring" Newsletter Comes Out Soon; Sign Up!

It's Seth Stohs' turn to provide his insights to Twins Daily's Write Of Spring Newsletter, so if you haven't already signed up, do so quickly. Wednesday night, you'll get a pdf mailed to you and it's free! Just signup (you can find the box at the bottom of this story) and you'll get Seth's interview with MLB.com's Jonathon Mayo and five Twins minor league prospects that have impressed him this spring.

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Cool Heat: Shaggy Is A Closer In Waiting

With his long curly locks and laid back attitude, JT Chargois fits the description you'd expect for a guy with the nickname Shaggy. On the surface, though, he doesn't quite match the prototype for an imposing late-inning reliever.

At least, until he lets loose that incredible fastball.