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Mientkiewicz Joins Tigers Organization

Other Baseball Today, 04:04 PM
Jon Heyman announced this morning that Doug Mientkiewicz has been named the manager of the Toledo Mudhens, the AAA affiliate of the Detro...
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Article: From The Handbook: Twins Payroll

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:03 PM
Every year we've published the Twins Daily Offseason Handbook, we've included a payroll analysis for the Minnesota Twins, along with sala...
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Twins 2018 payroll

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:02 PM
https://docs.google....0Uergz8/pubhtml   Thought it might be good to put this as its own thread considering some of the other thread...
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2018 HOF ballot

Other Baseball Today, 04:04 PM
https://baseballhall...18-bbwaa-ballot   The important new names are Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, Hideki Matsui, Jim Thome, Joh...
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International signing scandal force Brave FO resignations

Other Baseball Today, 04:04 PM
The Braves GM and his top assistant have been forced to resign over a major league baseball investigation into the teams international si...
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Minnesota Twins


Modern Era Ballot Full Of Flaws

Baseball’s election process for the Hall of Fame isn’t perfect. Strong candidates get skipped over. Top level players are left off ballots because of the 10 vote limit per ballot. Twins fans are well aware of the flawed process with players like Bert Blyleven, who eventually got in, and Tony Oliva, who is still waiting for the call.

In order to address some of these flaws, MLB has created what some call a “back door” into the Hall of Fame. The 16-member Eras Committee (formerly known as the Veterans Committee) considers players from baseball’s different eras. This year’s ballot includes 10 names from the Modern Era (1970-1987).


Molitor's Manager Of The Year Chances

On Monday, Paul Molitor was announced as one of three finalists for the American League Manager of the Year. In the midst of a big turnaround in Minnesota, Molitor led the Twins to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Entering the season, there were questions about whether or not the new front office regime would keep Molitor around. He made it tough to show him the door.

How does Molitor stack up against the other finalists? Could he bring home the hardware?


The 5 Best Pitching Gambles In Free Agency

At 9:00 am on Monday, MLB free agency will officially be open for business. At that point, the Twins front office can embark upon its quest to improve the starting rotation via external additions.

Let's take a look at some of the best potential bargains in this year's class.


Busting 3 Myths About The Twins Offseason

The World Series is over. The offseason is about to rev up. You can explore its many possibilities by ordering and immediately downloading your copy of the Twins Daily Offseason Handbook.

As we gear up for many weeks of in-depth Hot Stove coverage here on the site, I thought I'd address three pervasive myths I've seen floating around in Twins Territory. Let's set the record straight on these misleading talkers.


Seth's 2018 Minnesota Twins Offseason Blueprint

If you downloaded a copy of the Twins Daily Offseason Handbook, and have had the chance to read through it, you saw Nick’s blueprint for the Twins offseason. It’s full of some interesting ideas for what the Twins should do between now and the start of spring training.

Today, I am sharing my Twins offseason blueprint. I don’t necessarily expect others to agree with everything in it, but maybe it gives you ideas for what you might like to see the Twins do. Secondly, be sure to use the blogs or the forums here at Twins Daily to share your own offseason handbook. Then as the Twins start making their moves, you can compare notes.


Trevor May Presents A Planning Paradox For Twins

The Twins need to improve their pitching this offseason. That is their top priority, and arguably their only priority.

While it's easy enough to say, 'Go sign and trade for a bunch of new arms,' there are roster realities that will make adding multiple guaranteed contracts on the staff a somewhat complicated proposition.

Trevor May is one pitcher who will prove difficult to plan around.


How Can The Twins Add To Their Defensive Strength?

Minnesota's 26-game improvement from 2016 to 2017 was driven largely by massive improvements in run prevention. The Twins allowed 101 fewer runs this year, and better pitching wasn't really the differentiator.

In fact, the team's FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) actually went UP, from 4.57 to 4.72. The strikeout rates, walk rates, home run rates – they were all mostly static from one season to the next.

What changed? The rate at which balls in play were converted into outs.


Expectations For New Pitching Coach Garvin Alston

There were plenty of better known names on the market. Coaches like Jim Hickey, Chris Bosio, and Mike Maddux were all in the rumor mill but the Twins decided to go in a different direction. Garvin Alston will replace Neil Allen on manager Paul Molitor’s staff.

Here’s what you need to know about Alston:


Diving Into The Offseason: Rosario And Kepler Extensions?

Brian Dozier. Byron Buxton. Miguel Sano. Jose Berrios.

Now that we’ve offered up suggested long-term contracts for those four players - at about a combined quarter of a billion dollars - today I’ll add two more players who could be in line for long-term extensions this offseason. While their deals won’t cost as much as the four above, they are also young players who have a chance to become really good and become spendy in a hurry.

Today, I want to consider potential contract extensions for outfielders Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler.


The Hunt For An Ace Starter

Clayton Kershaw. Dallas Keuchel. Rich Hill. Justin Verlander.

These veteran studs, with their ace-type profiles and plentiful big-game experience, were tabbed by Houston and Los Angeles to start Games 1 and 2 of the World Series. Each played a major role in getting his team to the big stage.

The Twins' deficiency in this area is the biggest reason it's hard to view them as serious contenders to make their own deep October run next year.

What can they do about it?


KARE-11's Cory Hepola Discusses The Astros

Tonight in Los Angeles, the Dodgers will take on the Houston Astros in Game 1 of the 2017 World Series. It will be Clayton Kershaw versus Dallas Keuchel on the mound. There is so much talent, young talent, in this series.

From 2012 to 2014, Cory Hepola was the host for Houston Astros Pre & PostGame LIVE, as well as their Emmy Award-winning magazine show called Astros Bases Loaded. The talented anchor from Perham, Minnesota, earned two Emmy nominations for Comcast Sports in Houston where he also anchored daily sportscasts. He got to know some of the Astros biggest stars as they were just entering the big leagues. Today, he shares some of his thoughts and stories from his time covering the team.

In 2015, Cory Hepola returned to his home state of Minnesota to be an anchor on the KARE-11’s Sunrise show. He won an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy Award as Best Talent-Anchor. This year, he made the move to weekend anchor where he teams as co-host with his wife Camille Williams. The couple has three kids, all under the age of three.

During his years in Houston, Hepola had a front-row seat to some pretty bad baseball teams, and yet they were a team that had new leadership and a clear plan toward winning baseball.


Diving Into The Offseason: A Berrios Extension?

First we dove into what an extension for Brian Dozier. He’s had his first long-term contract, and now he’s one year from free agency. Last week, we contemplated long-term deals for the Twins two mammoth stars, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. They are one year away from arbitration, so now could be the time to get each extended.

Today, I’m going to write about another type of potential long-term contract. This one is about a pitcher instead of a hitter, and this one is for a guy who has only a bit over one year of service time, meaning he won’t even be eligible for arbitration until after the 2019 season. Today, I’ll try to come up with a logical, fair long-term deal for RHP Jose Berrios.