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Winter Decisions: The Outfield

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:43 PM
There is no dispute that the Twins need d to address the outfield this winter. Willingham was gone. Santana was moving to shortstop. Only...
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Pelfry open to trade

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:25 PM
As you probably know by now, Pelfrey received news that he will be sent to the bullpen. He wasn't very happy about it. Do you think the T...
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Article: Twins Make Cuts, Name Starters

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:35 PM
The Minnesota Twins made several significant moves on Saturday morning. Read all about them in the latest Report From The Fort.Twins Trim...
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Eddie Rosario's Spring

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:05 PM
I know that the demotion of Hicks and May and the naming of Milone as the fifth starter are big stories.Most assumed that Eddie Rosa...
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Molitor on modeling Eddie for big shoes

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:05 PM
    Mike Berardino @MikeBerardino·  Molitor mentioned the overlooked Tony Phillips as a near-everyday player who saw acti...
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Twins Say Now Is Not The Time For Trevor May

Most organizations might view 2015 as an opportunity to have a young starter who has little left to prove at the minor league level to build upon those numbers. Trevor May, however, will not be doing so for Minnesota. Not to start the season anyway.

Are the Twins making the right decision?


Twins Reduce Clarity With Roster Cuts

This morning, first year manager Paul Molitor announced the next handful of roster cuts for the Minnesota Twins. As the team whittles down its roster to 25 players prior to opening day a week from Monday, the group of Fort Myers is going to get smaller. With 31 players now left in camp, Molitor has six more players he must send packing. The latest round however may have caused more confusion than clarity.


ST Chats With Gonsalves, Christensen and Jake Mauer

I’ve been down here in Fort Myers, Florida, for several days now and I’ve been very slow about posting anything here. My bad.

The newly remodeled stadium at the Twins’ complex (now named “Century Link Field”) is very nice. Much wider concourses and a lot of variety of seating options. I’ve seen parts of a couple games at the new place, as well as a game against the Phillies at their Clearwater home. I plan to also see the Twins take on the Orioles up in Sarasota on Sunday.


Twins Make Cuts, Name Starters

The Minnesota Twins made several significant moves on Saturday morning. Read all about them in the latest Report From The Fort.


MLB Has No Plans For Killing The Shift

On Thursday against the Red Sox, Minnesota Twins’ third baseman Trevor Plouffe was station on the right side of second base. This is certainly a not uncommon alignment to use against David Ortiz but also becoming increasingly common in an era that has seen a massive proliferation in the use of the strategy overall.

The Twins were late adaptors but they have almost gone all-in on the defense, deploying the shift more liberally with most of the credit given to now-manager Paul Molitor. The organization went from 66 shifts in 2013 to over 500 instances in 2014. Like seeing someone take a selfie, baseball’s defensive shifts went from being a weird practice to commonplace.


Notes From Pohlad, Ryan & Manfred

Parker gets to take over Casa Del TwinsDaily starting today, but the Twins were kind enough to provide all kinds of pregame excitement. Twins owner Jim Pohlad addressed the media, followed by Twins GM Terry Ryan, followed by the new Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred. Here are some notes from the interviews:


Phil Hughes Ready For Regular Season

On the back fields of the Twins’ spring training complex, a relay throw away from the sparkling new minor league facility, starter Phil Hughes was putting the finishing touches on his preseason work against a group of Rays prospects.

The outing went as expected. For the most part Hughes manhandled an inexperienced lineup save for a two-run home run by first base prospect Jake Bauers which Hughes claimed came on a curve that he failed to bury.


Fixing The Twins, Part III: Attitude

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 for the series here, and the second segment (fixing the outfield) here. I think that the most important (and at times the hardest, or the easiest) thing to fix for the Twins is the team attitude.


Tommy Milone Is Tommy Milone

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 Milone had his - probably last - tryout Thursday afternoon. I'll give you the numbers, because some of you might be interested - 5 IP, 3 ER, 6H, 3K, 2 BB. But a more complete summarization was that he pitched like the fairly good version of Tommy Milone. That is not the guy that Twins fans saw last summer, but he's also not going to be anything much better than a back-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.


Get To Know: 1B Brock Peterson

As you have likely noticed, I enjoy writing about and telling the stories of Twins players and minor leaguers who don’t get many headlines. Sometimes, in my opinion, their stories can be as interesting, or even more interesting, as the big-name headline makers. I had a chance to catch up with Brock Peterson in Ft. Myers and talk to him about his unlikely path to the big leagues and back to the Twins organization.


Bullpen Calculus

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 for several roster spots. Twins Manager Paul Molitor says he would like to get the roster set by this weekend, so the pressure to perform (or at least not mess up) is high. “It always is in spring training,” said Twins General Manager Terry Ryan. “Especially when you get to the last ten games or so.”


Giving Brian Dozier's Defense Attention

As Terry Ryan rattled off the bullet points which led the organization toward signing Brian Dozier to a new four-year, $20 million contract that lasts through 2018, the Twins’ general manager cited his second baseman’s glove work.

“He doesn’t get enough attention for his defense,” the Twins’ general manager said on Tuesday morning at Dozier's press conference. To put that in pop culture terms, his fielding is the baseball equivalent of Justified.