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Article: Sizing Up The Competition: Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:28 PM
I watched it all unfold, but I still have a hard time comprehending it. It feels weird -- almost oxymoronic -- to utter the phrase "Ameri...
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Aaron Hicks

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:29 PM
Is this the year he becomes a player for us?  I still think he has a lot of potential.  I am hoping Hunter will help him....
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Reusse's Take on the 2015 Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:27 PM
I believe Reusse is going on vacation, perhaps to Ft. Myers, but he wrote a pre-spring training look at the 2015 Twins before his absence...
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Proposed New Designated Hitter Rule for Both Leagues

MLB Baseball Today, 06:12 PM
The designated hitter rule should be in both leagues, with some major changes: Each team, on a pregame line-up card, DESIGNATES one playe...
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Chattanooga Lookouts MiLB TV Future

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:49 PM
When I looked at the updated Chattanooga Lookout schedule, I saw that Mobile and Chattanooga were the only 2 teams in Southern League to...
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Twins Players' Super (Bowl) Predictions

The Twins Daily and Vikings Journal writers posted their Super Bowl predictions earlier in the week. Today, I asked several current, former and future Twins to make their Super Bowl predictions as well. So, keep reading to see their picks and then be sure to post your predictions before the game starts.

(This page will be updated until game time should I get more predictions from players.)

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #11 Billy Beane

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.

Michael Lewis’ 2003 book Moneyball depicted Billy Beane as the leading figure in the spread of analytics (more broadly: the use of data and evidence) in baseball management. Twelve years later all front offices combine analytics and scouting, and the dwindling number of people who decry this revolution have tended to blame Beane and other like-minded GMs,

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The Best 25 GMs in History: #12 Sandy Alderson

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.

Sandy Alderson’s three pennants and one World Series championship, while afirst-rate achievements, may not be quite enough to justify his ranking at number twelve. But Alderson’s place in history is enhanced by two considerations: He was the first modern GM to actively introduce analytics, though rudimentary by current standards, into a team’s decision making,

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Sizing Up The Competition: Kansas City Royals

I watched it all unfold, but I still have a hard time comprehending it. It feels weird -- almost oxymoronic -- to utter the phrase "American League Champion Kansas City Royals." This is a franchise that had been mired in a losing culture for nearly my entire life. Throughout most of the 2014 season, the Royals were very ordinary, lacking star power.

Yet, there they were in October, rattling off victories and completing a pair of impressive sweeps on their way to the World Series. Now, the Royals enter the 2015 campaign as reigning league champs, seeking to prove that last year's success was no fluke. Can they do it?

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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.