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Winter Meeting Discussions: Improving the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:39 PM
1)  The Washington Nationals Outfield Situation:    Harper, Span, Werth (mega deal in-tact) , Taylor , Souza is their...
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Nationals Claim Twins Middle Infielder

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:24 PM
According to Dan Kolko of MASN, the Washington Nationals have claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon on waivers today.    After an ap...
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Bye Bye New Britain?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:29 PM
I just noticed in LEN III's Saturday insider that as of tomorrow, the Twins will be AA free agents looking for a new location for their m...
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Recommended Baseball Books?

More Baseball Today, 08:03 PM
Below are a couple of baseball-related books that I would recommend. Please comment on these and then recommend a few others for us for t...
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Two Opinions

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:11 PM
In the postgame presser, Gardenhire says that "things are going to get better in a hurry" and cites examples of the Twins battling back a...
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Where Does Pelfrey Fit In?

His name invariably elicits a visceral response from Twins fans. When talking about how the 2015 pitching staff will shake out, nobody seems to like hearing him brought up.

Well, like it or not (and in most cases the answer is "not"), Mike Pelfrey was signed to a two-year deal during the offseason and is owed $5.5 million next year, so he'll get his chance.

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Peterson Saga Brings Back Memories

Since news broke last Friday, the Adrian Peterson situation has been at the forefront of national and local sports talk. Each day, there are new details that come out and take the discussion in different directions. A local sports “hero” has suddenly been cast into a new and different light (or darkness). Maybe this is a little déjà vu for some of us Twins fans.

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Five Twins Rebound Candidates

It has been a year of good and bad performances in Minnesota. Unfortunately, there have probably been more bad than good.

On the positive side of things, Phil Hughes has put together the best season of his professional career, Danny Santana has done some good things as a rookie, and the duo of Kennys Vargas and Oswaldo Arcia seem to be able to mash the ball out of any park.

There have been some players who haven't lived up to expectations for various parts of the year.

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What Is Going On With Glen?

For most of 2014 it was business as usual for Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins.

His numbers have been very similar to his previous two seasons. Yes, there were subtle changes -- like he has struck out batters at a slightly lower rate (declined from 32% to 26%) and he also shaved off free passes (reducing his walk rate from 6.3% to 4.3%) but you would have to squint to pick up the differences.

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The Real Brian Dozier?

It's a statistic that you've probably heard recently: Prior to the All-Star break, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier piled up 18 home runs, leading to an appearance in the Derby at Target Field. Since then, he has hit a total of two.

For some, this is a worrisome development, indicative that perhaps Dozier is not the long-term cog that many of us hoped he could be. For me, however, the 27-year-old's post-break production is actually rather encouraging. Allow me to explain.

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Hangout and Talk Twins, September 16, Episode 42

In this week's Twins Hangouts podcast, Jeremy and Seth discuss their All Twins Minor League teams of 2014 (and disagree a lot). They also answered questions from listeners and then touched on the Adrian Peterson situation... Click below to listen and discuss.

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The No Juice Podcast, Episode #21: Vegas Of The Upper Midwest

In this week's No Juice Podcast episode, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman discuss the improvement of Trevor May, what Doug Mientkiewicz might bring to the table as a manager and the struggles of top prospects. They also lob #HotTakes when addressing forum posts from Twins Daily community members Boom Boom and James Richter.

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The Return Of Miguel Sano

The recent success of Kennys Vargas had me wondering about the other Twins slugger we were supposed to see this year. So I checked in with Jon Paley, one of the producers of Ballplayer:Pelotero which documented the struggles Twins prospect Miguel Sano faced when signing with a major league team.

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Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service 2014

A discussion of the greatest players in Minnesota Twins history is certain to prominently include Harmon Killebrew. In the batter’s box, he was an imposing figure, capable of altering a game at any time. His name appears at or near the top of most statistical categories in Twins history.

However, he was also known as a genuinely compassionate man, respectful and helpful. Recently, the Twins announced the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service, given to one Twins minor leaguer at each of the four four-season affiliates. Each affiliate’s GM nominated a recipient who exemplifies Killebrew through his work in the community.

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That's the Ticket: Taming the Tigers

Once again, the Twins have been relegated to playing the spoiler role here in September, rather than actively competing for a postseason spot. Sigh.

On the bright side, they have a chance to make an impact on the most compelling race in baseball. The Kansas City Royals haven't been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985, and they're trying to get back. But they'll need to overcome a Tigers team that has reigned over the Central for three years straight.

Detroit leads Kansas City by a game and a half, and comes to Target Field this week as the Twins launch their final homestand of 2014.

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Episode 162: Beers With A Reporter, Starring Phil Miller

Aaron and John are joined by special guest Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune to talk about Ron Gardenhire handling all the losing, Trevor May's turnaround, Danny Santana's rookie season, whether the timetable for contention has been pushed back, Tommy Milone being damaged goods, the value of stealing bases beyond the numbers, Doug Mientkiewicz as a managerial candidate, comparing Delmon Young to Carlos Boozer, the value of a pitching coach and why it's a baseball fan should not be a beat reporter.

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"We've Got to, Otherwise We're Dead"

The Minnesota Twins' front office is going to be faced with making some difficult decisions this offseason-- decisions they are woefully ill-prepared to make.

Many professional sports organizations change their on-field management at least as often as they change accounting firms. It's just part of the way they do business. When you lose more games than you win for a couple years in a row, you change managers/head coaches and even front office leadership. It just becomes second nature. Much the way swimming becomes second nature to anyone who has spent much time in the water.