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Article: Your Turn: What Do You Want From A Manager?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:11 PM
As the 2018 World Series is set to start tonight in Boston, indications would seem to be the the Twins are down to just a couple of final...
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2018 MLB Postseason Discussion Thread

Other Baseball Today, 01:10 PM
How about a postseason game thread? Any MLB postseason discussion can just go here.
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Sickels top Twins prospect list for 2019

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:06 PM
Top three aren't a surprise but #4 was.   https://www.minorlea...spects-for-2019   Sickels like the depth of the team a lot.
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Escobar resigns with Arizona

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:54 PM
Its a three year contract for around 21 million. If this is true then the Twins low balled him. Let's see the details as they come out.
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Week 7: Vikings vs. Jets

Minnesota Vikings Talk Today, 12:38 PM
We're certainly in the soft part of the schedule now. My only concerns today: 1. Whoever the Jets decide to line up against Alexander wi...
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Offseason Handbook FAQ

So, maybe you're looking at that Offseason Handbook Available for Preorder link on the Twins Daily homepage, and you're wondering... what's that? Why should I pony up $10+ for this digital ebook thingy?

Read on and we'll try to answer any questions you might have.
What is this [Dr. Evil air quotes] "Offseason Handbook"?

It's a digital guide we've been creating annually since 2009, long before this site even launched. Back then we were a dorky bunch of bloggers (how far we've come?) who obsessed over every offseason and its infinite possibilities. Free agents. Trades. Roster shuffling. Payroll constraints. We wanted to bottle up that mystique, so we created a product framed as the general manager's handbook.

Free agent dossiers, trade recommendations, payroll breakdowns, organizational depth charts: everything a head decision-maker would need to take stock and formulate a plan for success.

Anyway, we loved making it, and people seemed to like reading it, so we kept doing it. Eventually Brock (Twins Daily's resident tech/graphic wiz) joined the team and turned it from a crappy Word doc into a beautifully designed PDF.

This year's edition is going to be our best yet, by leaps and bounds. I mean, I know, what else am I gonna say, but... seriously. Trust me. You can check out last year's to get a taste.

Wait, I had the option to download it free last year. Why am I paying $10?

We used to have a fixed price for the Offseason Handbook but last year we decided to make it totally donation-based. We appreciate the support but wanted everyone to be able to enjoy something we worked so hard on. So it was a name-your-price system.

That'll still be the case this year, when the Handbook officially releases after the World Series concludes. But those who preorder for $10 (or a higher number of their choosing, should they wanna rattle the tip jar) will get it at the beginning of the Fall Classic. We've also got another perk or two in mind for the preorder crowd. Stay tuned.

But, to reiterate: you can download the Offseason Handbook for less than $10, even for free, after the World Series ends. Just please, make sure you grab it one way or another.

Can I buy a physical copy?

Afraid not. We dabbled with that option in the past but it was not remotely cost-effective; at our scale, we had to charge wayyy too much just to break even. The Offseason Handbook comes in the form of a downloadable PDF file, which is very tablet/smartphone-friendly and can easily be printed.

You can also discreetly read it at work with a spreadsheet open in its vicinity... I hear.

What's different this year?

Well, first and foremost: this might be the most intriguing offseason in Twins history. I don't think I'm hyperbolizing. This front office has finally uprooted the final vanguards of the previous regime, with the dismissal of Paul Molitor and the departures of Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine will be charting a completely new course for the franchise in hiring a new manager, spending up to $60 million in available funds, and potentially swapping out key assets.

It's a vast world of possibility. We hope to do it justice with stories, lists, charts, blueprints, and more. Oh, and in addition to the usual cast of Twins Daily stalwarts – Seth, Tom, John, Parker and myself – we're also enlisting several guest writers for this year's edition that you are gonna know and love.

If you enjoy the content on this site, you are going to eat it up. That's a promise.

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I want to make this an open forum. If you have any questions in addition to those above, please leave them in the comments section and I will add them into the article with an answer.

If you're sold, and ready to lock up your copy, head on over to the preorder page. We can't wait to get it to you.

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Im curious when you guys start working on it. It has to be a ton of work, and to get it out during the WS is pretty impressive.

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Nick Nelson
Oct 05 2018 08:51 AM

Since this is more of a curiosity than a product question I'll answer it here. We start grinding on the Handbook in early September, and yes, it is uniquely challenging to create so much content under these constraints, knowing that we've gotta get it out as early as possibly given the relatively short shelf life.

 

But it's a labor of love, and the positive feedback (as well as the generous contributions) always seems to make it worthwhile.

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ashburyjohn
Oct 05 2018 10:36 AM

and the departures of Brian Dozier and Joe Mauer.

Wait. You're not getting credit for this official scoop?!? This is an outrage!

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diehardtwinsfan
Oct 05 2018 01:58 PM

any chance you could get John Sickles to write up a guest piece on the minor league system to go with Seth's analysis?

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Nick Nelson
Oct 05 2018 03:12 PM

 

any chance you could get John Sickles to write up a guest piece on the minor league system to go with Seth's analysis?

Ooh that's a great idea. Probably a little too late to fit into this year's edition but we'll keep that in mind for next. I think you'll all be very pleased with the guest features though. 

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diehardtwinsfan
Oct 07 2018 07:31 AM

 

Ooh that's a great idea. Probably a little too late to fit into this year's edition but we'll keep that in mind for next. I think you'll all be very pleased with the guest features though. 

yeah, the guy is a Twins fan... But that said, I do know I'll be pleased. You all do a great job on the handbook. 

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