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Article: Minnesota’s Managerial Candidates: External Cand...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:18 PM
Earlier in the week, I looked at the top internal candidates for the Twins open managerial job. Since Tom Kelly was hired in the 1980’s,...
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Angels Requiring Test for Potential Managers

Other Baseball Today, 10:05 PM
https://bleacherrepo...ur-written-test     I'd be intrigued to take it and see how I did, I'm sure I'm not alone. Thoughts?
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Article: A Tale of Two Paths for Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:03 PM
Coming off a 78-win season, the Minnesota Twins took a step backward from their postseason berth in 2017. With the same core intact, and...
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Perry Castellanos, many other strength coaches let go

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:53 PM
Long-time strength and conditioning coach Perry Castellanos and his assistant Erik Beiser did not have their contracts renewed. Several o...
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Ex-Twins in the Box Scores

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:34 PM
Baseball games are being played again! I know it's only spring training, but I'm a box score junkie and once again I can get my daily fix...
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Twins Daily 2018 Awards: Most Valuable Player

The times they are a changin'.

For the last 15 years, Joe Mauer has been a fixture in the Twins clubhouse. No more. For the last four years, Paul Molitor has held the manager's chair. No more.

And now, Brian Dozier's three-year reign as Twins Daily MVP comes to an end. Overtaking the throne is Eddie Rosario, and his nod is well earned even if it says more about the surrounding nucleus than him.

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Offseason Primer: Twins Need to Be Prepared to Pivot from Buxton and Sano

Looking ahead to 2019, it certainly appears any hope of the Twins reaching their potential will once again rest upon the shoulders of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.

Does it really need to be that way?

Of course not. It seems to me the lessons to be learned from the 2018 season are 1) Be as prepared as you can for injuries, and 2) Don’t devote time to players who show no signs of progress. Both of those lessons need to be applied to how the Twins proceed with Buxton and Sano.

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Twins Daily 2018 Awards: Pitcher of the Year

If there’s been one constant with the Minnesota Twins, it’s been the need for starting pitching. There’s been no shortage of bright spots in that department over the years, but there just never seems to be enough of it.

The 2018 season didn’t end the way the Twins would have liked, but the team’s top three starters — Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi — all turned in strong performances. All three took the ball every time their spot came up in the rotation, and all three were above average, ranking inside the top 35 in fWAR among qualified starting pitchers.

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Twins Daily 2018 Awards: Rookie of the Year

Even in the midst of a sub-par season, there were plenty of players who made positive strides. Yesterday, Kyle Gibson was named the team’s most improved player after having the best big-league season of his career. Other impact players included multiple rookies.

Today, the Twins Daily 2018 Rookie of the Year winner will be announced. There were 20 rookies who played with the team in 2018. This was up from the 19 rookies to play with the Twins during the 2017 campaign. However, this year’s winner is a player very familiar to those who have followed our minor league coverage over the last handful of years.

Congratulations, Mitch Garver.

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Twins Manager Paul Molitor Fired

USA Today's Bob Nightengale is reporting that Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor has been fired and a press conference this afternoon has been scheduled to announce it. Molitor managed the Twins for four seasons, two of which they exceeded expectations and two of which they did not. They finished this year 78-84, a disappointment after making it to the postseason last year with an 85-77 record.

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Twins Daily 2018 Awards: Most Improved

A year after the Twins made massive improvements, jumping from 59 wins in 2016 to 85 wins in 2017, 2018 was a disappointing season for the Twins. Today we begin our week of handing out the Twins Daily 2018 Awards by looking at the players who showed the most improvement.

In 2017, there were several players who showed significant improvement. In a difficult 2018 season, improvement was more difficult to find, but one player took some major strides forward this year, particularly in terms of consistency.

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Mauer’s Myths: The Hero Minnesota Didn’t Deserve

Near the end of the movie The Dark Knight, Commissioner Jim Gordon gives a memorable speech. He tries to explain to his son why his hero, Batman, is being hunted by the police.

Because we have to chase him. Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now, so we'll hunt him. Because he can take it, because he's not a hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.


Batman is a misunderstood hero throughout much of the Dark Knight saga, much like Joe Mauer was a misunderstood baseball player for most of his baseball career.

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Offseason Primer: Corner Infield Free Agents

Joe Mauer's big send-off yesterday, combined with the ominous uncertainty surrounding Miguel Sano, leaves the corner infield spots as a major source of mystery as the Minnesota Twins embark on their offseason.

Let's take an early look at a few players who will be available in free agency.

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Week in Review: Bittersweet Ending

It's been a rough season for the Twins, but fortunately, many players were able to end it on high notes. A successful and emotional final homestand featured plenty of inspiring performances, sending Minnesota into the offseason with a much-needed dose of positivity.

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MIN 5, CHW 4: You Are Appreciated, Joe Mauer

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone? Joni Mitchell sang that in her 1970 song titled Big Yellow Taxi, and too often those words ring true.

There’s a vocal sect of Twins Territory that will never appreciate what Joe Mauer has done for the Minnesota Twins, both on and off the field, but the fans who showed up Sunday at Target Field made sure he knew his efforts over the years are appreciated.

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St. Paul Legends Admire One Another On Emotional Day

Paul Molitor grew up in St. Paul. He put in a great career at the University of Minnesota, because a high draft pick and had a Hall of Fame career.

Joe Mauer grew up in St. Paul. He was the number one overall pick out of Cretin-Derham Hall in 2001, soared through the minor leagues and has had a career that should receive strong Hall of Fame consideration.

There is speculation that Sunday could be the final game of Joe Mauer's career. Before the game Molitor was asked about managing Mauer and Mauer was asked about how Molitor has been a mentor to him.

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MIN 8, CHW 3: Twins Continue Trend of Finishing Strong

While he may not have reached a nice, even milestone like Jose Berrios recording his 200th strikeout yesterday, Kyle Gibson came pretty close. With six more innings Saturday, Gibby ended his season with a career-high 196 2/3 innings pitched.

The lineup scored eight runs in the first two innings to make for a nice, low-stress evening at the park for Gibby's final start of this, a breakout season.