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Reusse on Arcia

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:26 AM
http://www.startribu.../297601151.html   Reusse brings up some questions about Arcia -   "Molitor hasn’t flat-out said it, and...
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Article: Bullpen Calculus

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:56 AM
After yesterday’s crazy day at Fort Myers, today was considerably more serene. It also served as a deep breath before the last big push f...
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Article: Tommy Milone Is Tommy Milone

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:56 AM
I've been calling the 5th starter outings "tryouts," which sort of implies they count for something. It's not totally clear they do.Tommy...
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Article: Fixing the Twins, Part III: Attitude

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:27 AM
This is the third and last, but not least, segment in this series. You can find the first segment (fixing the bullpen) and the rationale...
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Look How Far Our Minor League Has Come

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:25 PM
This is what MLB had ranked as our top 10 in 2001.     http://mlb.mlb.com/m...ts/watch/y2011/   Hicks is still a major que...
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Embracing Substance Over Style

I’ve been married to The Voice of Reason™ for nearly 25 years, and I can say with confidence that I’ve never called her “solid.” Because she’s from Philly. And I like my teeth. Wisely, I choose a lot prettier adjectives, but I have to tell you, it’s the substance beneath that veneer that has sustained 21 years of marriage.

(And here’s the point in the story where I compare my betrothed to Eduardo Escobar. Hmm. That’s going to cost me a bicuspid. Can we keep the rest of this story between ourselves? We all agree? Ok, let’s go on.)


Report From The Fort: John Bonnes

Reading is hard. That's why, for your conveniece, Parker dialed up John reporting Sunday live from Twins batting practice in Jupiter, Florida. They talked about Josmil Pinto's injury, the roster decisions the Twins face, why Eduardo Escobar is getting a raw deal, why you should be going to spring training, the Twins reaction to Trevor May's impressive gameand John's favorite beer in Fort Myers. Plus, you get to see John look like a witness protection enrollee.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 186: Stathead Molitor, Dad Gardy & Over/Unders

Aaron and John talk about Paul Molitor showing stat-head tendencies, Ron Gardenhire going full-on dad mode, gambling on the over/under win totals for AL East and AL West teams, giving away season ticket packages from the Minnesota Farm Growers, top prosopects Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Jose Berrios, and Alex Meyer going to the minors, and the best and worst leadoff hitters in Twins history.

You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Twins Waiting, Watching (And Wanting)

“Don’t wait for it to happen. Don’t even want it to happen. Just watch what does happen.”

- Sean Connery as Jim Malone in The Untouchables

The Twins schedule has necessitated keeping the clubhouse pretty crowded so far in spring training. But even if the schedule cooperates there are enough questions still unanswered that a padded roster would make sense.


Beating Vegas: The New York Yankees

Giggle. Let's not fight it, OK? Let's embrace the schadenfreud.

For years, small market wallet watchers have been predicting the Yankees were due for a fall as the Bronx Bombers relied more and more on free agents, big contracts and an aging roster as revenue sharing limits gained more and more teeth. Last year, we finally got a taste of what that will be like, and it was delicious. Vegas noticed too, and have picked the best team money can buy to finish fourth in the AL East.

Ooh-ooh-ooh - and did I mention they also get to pay Alex Rodriguez $20M to strut around the locker room for the next three years?

I'll say it again: giggle.


Five-Tool Talents?

We hear the term "five tools" a lot, but few true five-tool talents exist in baseball. Byron Buxton certainly fits that category at this time. Nick Gordon is in that category. By the time those players get to the big leagues, will they still be considered five-tool guys, or four… maybe three? That is to be determined, of course. Today, I’m going to write about three young players who impressed me with their athleticism and talent. They aren’t household names, but who knows, maybe one or more of them will take a step forward in 2015.


Trevor May States His Case

Trevor May made the Twins decision-makers job a little tougher on Saturday afternoon. In his return to Grapefruit League action, he threw an efficient, fast-paced four innings, giving up zero hits, striking out three and walking zero. Manager Paul Molitor was impressed. “His first three innings were clean [with] nice variety [and he] commanded well.”

Twins fans recognize that command is the key for May, and he knows it, too. That’s why this outing was so impressive. He threw only 12 balls among 42 pitches, and most of those in his last inning. He was so efficient he needed to go to the bullpen after to throw another 15 pitches so he can continue to build arm strength for the season.


Beating Vegas: The Devil Rays

They've been the sabrmetric darling for years, and Vegas finally bought in last year - just in time for things to fall apart. Vegas noticed and further noticed the offseason in which the Rays looked like they were embracing a rebuilding philosophy. So how about this year?


Sorting Out The Bullpen

With Michael Tonkin and Ryan Pressly both being optioned in the past two days, the Minnesota Twins' bullpen picture is starting to come into focus, but there are still a lot of relievers in big-league camp.

Part of that is the team needs plenty of arms to get them through these exhibition contests, but another part is that they face some tricky decisions. Let's take a shot at handicapping this race as it stands with about two weeks left to go.


Initial Thoughts From The Fort

Not to be too harsh, but if you're reading this and have not made time to geek out at spring training, you might want to re-evaluate the path your life is following. I don't think I'm overstating this.

This is a red flag. This is an intervention. This is a cathartic episode. Do you want to know if you should be going to spring training? Here's the litmus test: do you read Twins Daily? If you do, then you should be going to spring training.


Twins Pitching Woes: 2013 and 2014

A great article was written this week by Jonathan Judge and published at The Hardball Times, " FIP in Context." This introduces an new metric, called cFIP, or contest-adjusted FIP that attempts to "estimate the pitcher’s true pitching talent during a particular season".


Friday Notes From Ft. Myers: You Got Cervelli'd

Kyle Gibson hadn't given up a single home run in his first three starts this spring, but surrendered two today, both to Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has 10 homers in 250 career MLB games.

In spite of that, Gibson's pitches looked sharp. He touched 94 MPH on the scoreboard regularly with his fastball and induced several swings and misses with his offspeed stuff, helping him notch four strikeouts over his 4 2/3 innings of work in a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.