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Article: Powering Toward 200 Home Runs

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:22 PM
It’s been a really long season for the Minnesota Twins and their fans. Way back in mid-February, as spring training was getting underway...
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Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:19 PM
I'm just going to post here whenever they do an article on the Twins.   Today, they have one on Trevor May (noting some changes in s...
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Article: Can Derek Falvey Be The New Andy MacPhail?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:16 PM
The Minnesota Twins of the early-1980's were bad... like really bad... like almost as bad as the Twins of the last handful of years. Ther...
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What big named Free agent pitchers are available this off...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:09 PM
Just curious, is there anyone out there that could be that difference maker that the Twins could just go out and buy??A new GM may get a...
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Article: Reports: Twins Leaning Toward Falvey As Baseball...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:07 PM
Soon after dismissing longtime general manager Terry Ryan, the Minnesota Twins indicated that they'd be transitioning to a new front offi...
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Powering Toward 200 Home Runs

It’s been a really long season for the Minnesota Twins and their fans. Way back in mid-February, as spring training was getting underway in Ft. Myers, Nick wrote an article called Dreaming of 200 Home Runs.

In the article, Nick wrote, “For this year’s club it is an unlikely yet not unfeasible possibility.”

The Twins have six games remaining; three in Kansas City and three in Chicago against the White Sox. They are currently sitting at 193 home runs. If they hit seven home runs over those final six games, it will be the first time the Twins have hit 200 home runs since 1964. When the Twins hit their 196th home run of 2016, it will match the number hit by the 1986 and 1987 Twins.

While we believed coming into this season that the Twins had a chance to be a powerful, home-run hitting team, the fact that they will likely finish with the third-most home runs in Twins history is very impressive.

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Can Derek Falvey Be The New Andy MacPhail?

The Minnesota Twins of the early-1980's were bad... like really bad... like almost as bad as the Twins of the last handful of years. There was a 100-loss season in 1982 as well as multiple 90 loss seasons as a new age of young players took their lumps. After these players gained their footing, Minnesota would win two World Series titles in a five year span.

When Calvin Griffith sold the Twins to Carl Pohlad, the new ownership group looked for a young, up-and-coming executive to bring the team back from the abyss. Andy MacPhail, a 33-year old with two years experience as an assistant GM, was handed the reigns and the rest is history.

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Game Thread: Twins @ Royals, 9/27 6:15pm CT

The Twins open up a 3-game series tonight in Kansas City. Nothing but road games left on the schedule. No more games are scheduled for Target Field in 2016. If you have plans to attend a game at Target Field this week… I’d come up with something else to do because the gates may be locked.
Hopefully… the Twins will be a little more on target when they start playing games at Target Field in 2017.

Just something to aim for.

Here are some things to think about:

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Reports: Twins Leaning Toward Falvey As Baseball Ops Chief

Soon after dismissing longtime general manager Terry Ryan, the Minnesota Twins indicated that they'd be transitioning to a new front office structure, wherein the GM reports to a president of baseball operations.

Several sources strongly indicate that their search for a new front office leader will soon lead to the hiring of Cleveland Indians assistant GM Derek Falvey.

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Episode 278: Crawling Towards A Decision

Aaron and John, recovering from the Touch 'Em All Pub Crawl, discuss the Twins impending choice of a leader of baseball operations with Twins Daily's Parker Hageman and Robers Kasak of 612 Brew. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Feeling 100

On Sunday, the Twins lost their 100th game. It's a milestone that had previously been reached six times in the franchise's 115-year history, and only once since the team came to Minnesota.

With a week to go, this season has already set a new standard for Minnesota baseball futility in my lifetime. So how come I'm not feeling entirely discouraged?

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Get To Know: RHP Brady Anderson

The Twins drafted 42 players in the June draft this year. A total of 1,216 players were selected in the 40 rounds of this year's draft. Brady Anderson, a right-handed pitcher from Florida Gulf Coast University, did not hear his name called. Needing a few arms to fill the GCL roster, the Twins called on Anderson.

Anderson answered the call and pitched great throughout the rest of the summer. He started with the GCL Twins. In 27.2 innings, he went 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA, a .072 WHIP and a 25/2 K/BB rate.

When the Cedar Rapids Kernels needed a starter, they had Anderson skip Elizabethton and jump right to the Midwest League. He continued to pitch well, going 3-1 wit ha 2.62 ERA in six starts. He also made a start for the Kernels in the playoffs.

Recently, we caught up with the right-hander to learn a little more about him.

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Game Thread: Twins v Mariners, 9/23 7:10pm CT

The Mariners have navigated their way to Minnesota to start a 3-game series tonight at Target Field.

I didn’t see it… but I read that the Twins gave up a run on a wild pitch while intentionally walking Erick Aybar yesterday. Walking Erick Aybar is pretty strange but it’s really strange that intentionally walking Erick Aybar isn’t the strangest thing that happened at that moment.

I don’t know what to think after reading that… they may have to spend some money and get some new kids.

My thoughts are scattered.

Here are some things to think about:

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What To Do With Michael Tonkin

This spring, Michael Tonkin essentially had a golden ticket. Being out of options, the Twins had to either break camp with Tonkin on the 25-man roster or lose him to waivers.

Being young, cheap and having been effective in brief cameos with the Twins the prior three seasons, it was an easy choice. Tonkin has stuck on the big club all year, but one has to wonder how much longer he'll remain in the organization.

The 6-foot-7 righty didn't exactly earn his way onto the Opening Day roster, as he gave up seven earned runs in eight innings pitched in the Grapefruit League, and he hasn't done much to impress since. It's not likely that Tonkin would have stuck on the major league roster the entire season if he still had an option year to burn. After all, this is a guy the club optioned to Rochester ten different times over the last three seasons.

But is there any reason to be optimistic about Tonkin's future?

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President Candidates Narrowed To Five

Minnesota's search for a new president of baseball operations might be getting closer to completion. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports the Twins front-office interviews could stop at five candidates. The list includes one internal option and four options with various roles throughout baseball.

As recently as last week, there were reports that "multiple GM types have rebuffed" the Twins interest. There are plenty of issues within the offices of 1 Twins Way and it is going to take some time to rebuild the team's infrastructure.

With a young core that includes the likes of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, there are pieces to build around. Minnesota also looks to be headed toward the number one overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. This would be another cornerstone piece and an attractive incentive for a potential hire.

So who are the candidates and what should fans know about their credentials?

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Rating the Twins' Offense (in a League Without the Twins)

In a miserable season destined for 100 losses, Twins fans can be sure that their team is a mess. But as the Sept. 18 episode of Gleeman and the Geek points out, most of that mess is as a result of just one side of the ball: pitching and defense. Aaron and John noted that the Twins are actually fairly decent when it comes to hitting, and raised an interesting question: how does the Twins run production stack up against the American League, if we ignore the games the league has played against the Twins pitching staff?

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Penciling A 2017 Bullpen

Yesterday, Nick penciled in a starting rotation for 2017. Improving the Minnesota Twins starting rotation should be (and will be) the top priority for whoever the incoming President of Baseball Operations and General Manager are. Aside from Ervin Santana, the starters have been pretty much awful. The bullpen hasn’t been a whole lot better, so today I’m going to see if I can help pencil in a Twins bullpen for 2017.

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