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Article: Twins Bite-Sized History: A Rocky Start:

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:09 AM
The Minnesota Twins first home baseball game was played on April 21st, 1961, but that 5-3 loss was the tip of a large and rocky iceberg....
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Article: First Round Busts?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:06 AM
For the Minnesota Twins, two events in this past week bookend a disappointing era for first-round draft picks.On Friday it was announced...
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Require Relievers to Face More than 1 Batter? I think I...

MLB Baseball Today, 08:01 AM
There have been a number of proposals for speeding up the game.  While I favor enforcing the current rules, I'm not really in favor...
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Article: Dozier's Expected Extension

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:49 AM
Brian Dozier isn't arbitration eligible until next offseason but rumors are already starting to build about a possible extension between...
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Twins players season predictions

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:40 AM
Saw a "bold predictions" at the other MN site, but thought it would be interesting what the smarter fans would have to say here. I am cop...
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Twins Bite-Sized History: A Rocky Start:

The Minnesota Twins first home baseball game was played on April 21st, 1961, but that 5-3 loss was the tip of a large and rocky iceberg. Minneapolis and St. Paul civic leaders, yearning for their metro area to be considered “big league,” had been chasing a major league team for almost a decade. It did not go smoothly.

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Dozier's Expected Extension

Brian Dozier isn't arbitration eligible until next offseason but rumors are already starting to build about a possible extension between the second baseman and the Twins. He is under team control until 2019 when he will be coming off his age-29 season. There isn't necessarily a rush to get a deal done but a source close to the Twins said to expect an extension in place before the season's start.

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The Best 25 GMs in history: #13 Al Campanis

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post.

[This one is from Mark]

Were we to give Al Campanis credit for all his accomplishments in baseball operations, he would rank much higher than this, perhaps in the top five. Among other things, he was a legendary scout, a brilliant scouting director, and one of baseball’s most influential instructors. He did this over a two-decade career with the Dodgers before assuming control of the baseball team in late 1968.

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #14 Brian Sabean

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post

In his 18-year tenure at the Giants helm—the longest of any active general manager—Brian Sabean has witnessed the evolution of the very nature of team building. Sabean has the mindset of a scout but eventually became open to new perspectives, even when they seemed to conflict with a scout’s approach.

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Center Of Attention

At the beginning of this month, I projected the Twins Opening Day roster. When spring training begins, I’ll update that list. There are few questions marks in the roster. The fifth starter job will be up for grabs as well as a couple of bullpen spots. However, the centerfield job will certainly be one to watch.

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First Round Busts?

For the Minnesota Twins, two events in this past week bookend a disappointing era for first-round draft picks.

On Friday it was announced that the team’s 55th pick overall in 2011, pitcher Hudson Boyd, was suspended for 50 games for a second violation of a drug of abuse. Two days later, Chris Parmelee, who was drafted 20th overall in 2006, signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles after he was released by the Twins earlier in the offseason.

Without much to show from their first-round picks from 2006 through 2011, how bad has it been for the Twins compared to other teams?

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What Will It Take For Twins To Contend In 2015?

In his first full season as manager of the Minnesota Twins, Tom Kelly guided to the team to the first World Series title in franchise history.

After Kelly retired in 2001, Ron Gardenhire took the helm, and in his first season he led the Twins to the American League Championship Series.

Your move, Paul Molitor.

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #15 Walt Jocketty

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post.

After more than 15 years paying his dues in baseball operations at both the major and minor league levels, Walt Jocketty wanted to become a general manager. He came close four times before finally landing the job in October 1994 with the Cardinals, a club that hadn’t made the postseason since 1987.

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Catching Up With Nick Gordon

19-year-old Nick Gordon, the Twins first-round draft pick last June out of high school in Orlando, Florida, made the trek north to Minneapolis last weekend for Twins Fest. The talented, young shortstop debuted at Elizabethton in 2014 and played well. Coupling immense talent with his poise and maturity make him one to watch in 2015!

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Get to Know: OF Max Murphy

We have read so much about Nick Gordon, Nick Burdi and Jake Reed, but there is another Twins pick from 2014 who put together a very impressive professional debut. In fact, Max Murphy’s professional debut resulted in a league’s Most Valuable Player award. I had a chance to catch up with the talented outfielder at Twins Fest.

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No Juice Podcast #40: Winter Meltdown Review

On this week's No Juice Podcast, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman review, rehash and piece together what happened at the Twins Daily Winter Meltdown. Positive grades all around. But don't take it from us, check out these attendees thoughts below.

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #16 Theo Epstein

This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an explanation, please see this post.

There is an ongoing debate in Boston as to how to divvy up credit between Theo Epstein and Dan Duquette for the 2004 World Series title. Duquette ran the team through 2001, so of course many of the better players on the 2004 club joined the team on his watch. This is all true, but undersells the difficulty of turning a good team into a great team.