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Front Page: Getting Defensive

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:13 PM
Remember when Doug Mientkiewicz was really good at first base for the Twins one year, but Rafael Palmiero won the Gold Glove despite bare...
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Game Thread: Twins vs. Tigers 12:10 MST (1:10 PM CDT) 8/...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:10 PM
It was the June of 1994 and our local lads, the Twins, ripped off 11 wins in 14 games to become briefly relevant in the newly created AL...
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Can we please put Cron on DL?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:42 PM
He needs a stint in the DL. Get someone else up to play first base other than Adrianza.
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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (8/23): Berríos, Bullpen Can...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:15 PM
Kicking off the Players Weekend, the Twins hosted the first of a three-game series against the team with the worst record and offense in...
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7 things nobody saw coming this season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:15 PM
Read this article and was not surprised to see this disclaimer (it is, after all, the Twins, right???) : "Now, obviously, there are envir...
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Twins Game Recap (8/24): Sano 3-Run Bomba, Bullpen Boost Twins to Victory

The Twins trailed the Tigers 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning tonight at Target Field, but Miguel Sano smashed a go-ahead three-run homer to turn the game and the bullpen held on as Minnesota prevailed 8-5. Taylor Rogers was perfect over the final 1 2/3 innings to slam the door shut.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/24): Gray, Webb Provide Huge, Late-Inning Hits

In the Twins' minor leagues on Saturday night, the E-Twins were on the road but got a huge late-inning home run to take a lead. In Cedar Rapids, as they await the arrival of Byron Buxton, they did have a walk-off win. One of the newest Twins prospects pitched well and earned another win for the Miracle. Another new prospect got the save in that game. The Miracle and Red Wings had plenty of offense. Oh, and Brusdar Graterol pitched.

Also, the Twins topped Detroit 8-5.

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Twins 2019 Draft Pick To Have Tommy John Surgery

Unfortunate news from the Minnesota Twins minor league system came out on Saturday night. According to Le Soliel, a French Canadian newspaper in Quebec, Twins 2019 draft pick Edouard Julien will have Tommy John surgery in early September.

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Twins Game Recap (8/23): Berríos, Bullpen Can’t Hold Baseball’s Worst Offense

Kicking off the Players Weekend, the Twins hosted the first of a three-game series against the team with the worst record and offense in baseball, while sending their ace, to the mound. But La Makina's August struggles persisted, allowing the Tigers to win the opener, 9-6.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/23): Jhoan Duran Flirts With No-No, Strikes Out 11

Jhoan Duran was having a tough first taste of Double-A action, but everything seemed to click tonight. Duran carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Blayne Enlow picked up a win in his return from the IL, Matt Wallner hit his first homer with the Kernels and Seth Gray walked it off for E-Town. Come see what else happened Friday.

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6 Players Who Have Contributed Most to the Twins Winning Ways in 2019

In the year of the bombas, the Minnesota Twins have greatly outperformed the expectations of fans, evaluators, and probably the team itself. The Twins have been able to enjoy the magnitude of success that they have due to some remarkable individual efforts. Players such as Max Kepler, Mitch Garver, and Jorge Polanco have taken the next step forward, while Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton have come closer to becoming the superstars we all anticipated. Meanwhile, Nelson Cruz looks like the ghost of Babe Ruth and the pitching staff is also much improved.

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Ranking Minnesota Twins’ Players Weekend Nicknames

For the third consecutive year, MLB and the Players’ Association are holding a weekend to honor the players, including unique jerseys with nicknames on the back. This year’s jerseys have been getting mixed reviews since they are pretty basic black and white. One of the reasons for the choice is it will allow player’s accessories like batting gloves, compression sleeves, and spikes to standout more.

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Series Preview: Let's Get Down To Business

As we continue through the “cupcake” part of the schedule, it’s good to re-evaluate the status of the team after each series as it feels like their play recently has had the same peaks and valleys of a heartbeat monitor. They gave the Rangers the business before losing another home series, this time to a weak White Sox team. But I maintain that their play in both series was awfully similar and lady luck in game 1 of the White Sox series is the only thing standing between a series win and the series loss they suffered. Nonetheless, they move on to facing the Tigers at home and I have my choice of a number of Motown artists, Jack White, and Eminem, a solid list you have there, Detroit.

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Getting Defensive

Remember when Doug Mientkiewicz was really good at first base for the Twins one year, but Rafael Palmiero won the Gold Glove despite barely playing the position that year? Defensive analysis and Gold Glove voting have come a long way since then. Whether we agree with each of them, there are now at least several statistical data to measure defense.

SABR Defensive Index is one of those data points and it is used to help select the Rawlings Gold Glove Award ®. According to their site, “The SABR Defensive Index accounts for approximately 25 percent of the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process that was added to the votes from the managers and coaches.”

A perfect system? No. But a better system? Probably.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Rochester Rakes and Elizabethton Electrifies, Big Numbers Light up the Board

Tonight on the farm there were a pair of affiliates that scored runs in bunches. The Red Wings put on a hitting clinic and the E-Twins saw every batter record a base hit. Jordan Balazovic had a shortened but strong outing, and a pair of outfielders showed progress in their rehab assignments. Read all about it below.

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7 Weird Stats About Jose Berrios’ Season

Coming into the 2019 Major League Baseball season Jose Berrios found himself entrenched in the Minnesota Twins rotation as the staff ace. Betting sites had tabbed him with something like a 25/1 chance to win the American League Cy Young Award, and the overall strength of Rocco Baldelli’s staff was expected to rely on the anchor that is a six-foot, always smiling Puerto Rican.

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Catching Up With Nick Gordon

Quietly, Twins infield prospect Nick Gordon has put together some really strong numbers in 2019 for the Rochester Red Wings. Unfortunately, he has had a couple of stints on the injured list this season that have cost him almost half of the season. Recently, we caught up with Gordon, who is rehabbing in Ft. Myers, to talk about 2019, a new perspective, and several other topics.