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What Do You Want Out Of Twins Daily?

Last week I used this space to tell you what Twins Daily is. Today, I’d like you to tell me what Twins Daily should become.

Let me tell you a secret: a lot of the time, we don’t really know what we’re doing. That’s actually good news, as it has forced us to try stuff, from podcasting in a bar to publishing e-handbooks to t-shirts to pub crawls to live hangouts to the new videos you’ll see in our minor league updates.
But I think there’s a lot more that both the writers and the rest of the community can provide. So give us your big ideas. I’d love to hear what more you crave from the site, ranging from content ideas to stuff that is truly off the wall.

Don’t be timid. Assume our resources are unlimited, because with this community, they might just be. We’ll worry about making it possible.

Thanks for any feedback you provide, both positive and negative. Let’s hear your big ideas.

Sincerely,
John


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Brock Beauchamp
Aug 07 2014 06:40 PM

I really enjoyed the Winter Meltdown event and am looking forward to the pub crawl. I'd probably try to make more online hangout sessions but having two young kids makes carving out evening time while being at home essentially impossible. Overall, if there were more events I would try to make them, but I understand its tough cause most of us have day jobs and busy schedules. Another option might be to encourage (allow?) users to set up (unofficial) mini-events of their own… like “heading to a Twins game on 8/20, drinks before at Masons, notify by 8/13 and we’ll get a block of tickets” or “Twins watching party at BW3 in Burnsville on 8/20… post if you’re interested, first round is on TD! ” 

 

I think a fantasy league next year might be fun, probably have to run it through Yahoo or something but still, could be fun. I have an idea for an Armchair GM type of game too, but don’t have the programming skills or time to commit to it. I think that could be really fun though, since the majority of the forum posts probably have to do with roster construction. Thinking bigger, maybe this could be developed into a platform with other possibilities beyond TD.

 

How about a more identifiable logo to use as a signaling device? Put put them on hats (with your nickname?), or shirts, or stickers, or other stuff so people who frequent the site can identify other Twins nerds. Might need to expand the store but it’s an idea. One of my favorite shirts is from a BYTO post that compared Nick Punto to a washed shirt. It was so brilliant, I had to get it, just wish I could remember who wrote it.

 

How about a good old fashioned membership drive? Not like the kind NPR has, but something to recruit new users/readers. Encourage users to invite friends (facebook makes that easy). The Gameday publication could do that, though that is a huge undertaking in itself. Would the Twins let you hang posters at Target Field (for a price?). I’m sure we could crowdsource some clever designs.

 

A map of TD users? Depends on people’s level of comfort with privacy, but it could make ride shares to events/games easier.

 

If you can’t tell I’m throwing spaghetti at the wall here. But maybe something will stick. That’s all I can think of for now. Overall the site is awesome.

 

Great post. I've thought of several of these already. Be sure to hit me up in February and we'll figure out if we can start a TD fantasy league.

 

As for some of your other points, they're either planned for the future or already in the works.

I appreciate the comments/suggestions concerning the minor league coverage. As one of the many writers who contribute content on specific minor league affiliates (in my case, the Kernels), I'm really interested in what sort of articles readers are interested in.

 

I try to provide a mix of general updates and player/coach interviews and features, but it's not always clear which articles the TD community finds interesting and which draw mostly yawns. To that end, the comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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Paul Pleiss
Aug 07 2014 11:56 PM

More than anything I want TD to continue to be a place I go go to discuss Twins topics intelligently with other fans. A place to connect with baseball nuts who are as crazy about the Twins as I am. As a fan living outside of Twins Territory, TD, much like Twitter, allows me access to Twins news/talk that otherwise is lacking in my life. Talking Mariner's baseball is fine and dandy, but I need Twins talk, and this site gives me a healthy dose of that. 

 

I come for the forum, I stay for the indy blogs, and I usually read the stuff on the front page.

 

So... I guess what I'm saying is... community.

 

I'm not sure how the No Juice Podcast fits in with the Twins Daily theme, other than Parker is a co-host, but other than that I like most all of the components of the site.

Wow there are a lot of great ideas here. First, I agree that Gleeman (who is basically now blogging three times a week . . . and one of those is just to link to G & G's podcast) should be here. I also like the idea of more minor league stuff, of course. The Adopt-a-Prospect was theoretically a way to do that, but there is a lack of commitment to it from many "contributors." I think with just some understood collaboration/delegation of roles, the minor league part could be taken care of easily. JC/SD Buhr is great and Seth is great. Add in some others who are paying attention more generally (say a few people keep stat updates going, a few people do positional breakdowns, and a few people work on feature articles (don't need to be interview-based), etc. etc.
 

I would still like some kind of in-house wiki that could be central point of information for things like Twins history, overseas scouting, minor league developments, current updates, etc. to serve as a hub for information. A link to new updates could serve as a first-stop info place for people . . . I know a lot of forum time is often devoted to correcting misinformation or disinformation.


 

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Paul Pleiss
Aug 08 2014 02:17 AM

You might want to look into this:

 

http://www.baseball-...nce.com/linker/

 

I use it with my blog (K-Slow was Framed, free plug) and if you pair it with adding your blog to their newsfeed, it generates some traffic as well.  Obviously, you get a ton of traffic, but it also automatically puts links into the HTML of the post so that anyone can click on the player's name and it takes the reader to the player's B-Ref page.  I'm not sure if it's compatible with the site, but I'm sure there's a way.

 

It is very easy to set up and use.  Each writer would have to set it up on their own CPU, but it's a pretty simple process.  I figured it out, for what it's worth.

I haven't been able to get this to work with my blog here on TD. Anyone else having better luck?

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Paul Pleiss
Aug 08 2014 02:34 AM

What about a Twins fan directory of some sort? I'm finding a small amount of success finding Twins fans out here in Seattle via Twitter connections, but it'd be neat to be able to find Twins fans as I travel across the country for business/pleasure to watch baseball. Always neat to be able to have a beer and talk Twins with someone new when you're out on the road.

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A niche content idea: "where are they now" regular column. There are so many interesting stories of what happened after baseball (knoblauch) to the players that were simply dfa'd or dl'd during the season and months later we know nothing of what happened to them. May take a little investigative initiative to develop some of the stories, but they'd be fun to read.

Good work all, incredible site!
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Brock Beauchamp
Aug 08 2014 06:30 AM

I haven't been able to get this to work with my blog here on TD. Anyone else having better luck?

 

That is something I would have to enable site-wide. Because the plug-in uses Javascript, I have to add it to the code myself for security reasons.

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TheLeviathan
Aug 08 2014 06:44 AM
The armchair GM: Mogul and OTB are both options for this and I know there are many here that use them. I'm into mogul and could help there if people are interested.

My suggestion: more direct prospect observations like jokin posted this week. Maybe have your own prospect scout attending games for a week to get some real nitty-gritty dirt on guys?

I think it would be kind of cool while you are logged in to receive an alert of some sort when ever a fellow member posts a comment.If you wanted to check it out you could or if not then all is good.Hopefully I made a small % of sense there.

My suggestion: more direct prospect observations like jokin posted this week. Maybe have your own prospect scout attending games for a week to get some real nitty-gritty dirt on guys?

 

I really liked the Alex Meyer one last week. I really think that the "Blogs" area is a great place for that. When readers do get to Cedar Rapids or one of the other affiliates, I'd encourage posting a blog about it, posting your thoughts and observations.

I want to say this about the minor league report each day.

 

As John mentioned earlier, we have gone back and forth about doing Twins Game Stories, but we have decided a few things: 1.) most of you are watching all or more of the game, 2.) others write game stories with quotes and such, and 3.) if we're going to do it, we want to provide something different.

 

As it relates to the minor league reports, I've always been under the assumption that 99% of readers were not able to watch the games. I've always believed whole-heartedly that the minor leaguers deserve recognition. So, my goal, going back to SethSpeaks.net with the minor league reports, was to give that recognition. Who pitched? Who had multi-hit games? Who had home runs?

 

That said, I do hear your comment, and we can certainly try to add more. Again, we always recommend those who have seen a particular game to leave Comments in the forum with their thoughts.

 

Finally, we would love to have "beat writers" for each of the Twins affiliates. SD Buhr does a tremendous job and has been writing at least an article a week throughout the year to let us know more about players/coaches, etc. If anyone else is interested in doing this at any of the affiliates, please let us know. We can certainly work with their front offices to get you access in exchange for an article or two a week, getting to know (and recognize) those players.

 

Thank you all, and continue to leave your feedback and ideas.

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TheLeviathan
Aug 08 2014 03:55 PM

I really liked the Alex Meyer one last week. I really think that the "Blogs" area is a great place for that. When readers do get to Cedar Rapids or one of the other affiliates, I'd encourage posting a blog about it, posting your thoughts and observations.


I was aiming at the dream big of a designated TD scout. Maybe reaching out to fans in our affiliate regions.
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diehardtwinsfan
Aug 09 2014 01:58 PM
I wonder how easy it would be to reach out to some bigger names for occasional stories. I could see doing things with some of the other internet blogging names. (example: Seth working something with John Sickles or a cameo from Gleeman)... that kind of stuff.

Also, what would be nice is getting more things along the lines of what Jack Goin has occasionally done. A Q and A with Twins execs where we give a bunch of questions in advance or even a cameo appearance in the forums... Just a thought.

I love TwinsDaily

 

I visit TwinsDaily at least 3-5 times a day. I read a bit of what TD is. And as far as what it wants to be - well - I imagine you guys are doing what like doing. Parker seems to really like the analytical stuff - or subtleties in pitching to SD Buhr seems to cover (perhaps lives in Cedar Rapids) Kernels baseball - has some "deeper than the boxscore" insights.

 

Content - Websites

 

I visit milb.com, espn.com, mlb.com, fangraphs.com, mlbfarm.com, and any other website related to minor league baseball. I have the MiLB At-Bat app on my phone and I have most of the top 50 prospects teams' followed on my phone. I check all the Twins Minor League Teams.

 

I feel since this is not a "Online Newspaper" and the fact that there's already tons of coverage for the MLB club (perhaps certain press privileges too) - we don't need 'extra' Twins coverage. I think the Twins part, the MLB club, could be more of a "forum" type feel while TD could develop other areas as the "go to" website for those areas.

 

1. Minor League Coverage

  • Maybe some beat writers for specific teams - much easier access to photo opps, interviews, "more than the boxscore" insights or game accounts. If a writer or writers keeps a single team or two teams can perhaps give a fuller scope/view of the development of those teams/players.
  • Further MiLB coverage as a whole - Matchups/Players to watch for in the games. e.g.

2. Articles/Forums

  • The Articles, at some point, shouldn't be so busy (this page: http://twinsdaily.com/). Similar to the right side of ESPN where you have 10 hyperlinks. Then have the pictures (currently on the articles) at the page for that article. I feel I miss so much content - I often find it weeks later - because I couldn't find everything that was written the day it was written. The Forum route leads to the Index page (http://twinsdaily.com/index) which leads to MLB or MiLB, which is fairly readable. So I feel I miss the Articles because they're so bulky at this point.
  • Articles by Topic type - similar to http://fangraphs.com - I'd love to see the Articles in a sort of sorted column for it's content type - whatever those may be - Twins - MiLB - Analytics - NotBaseball - Fantasy Baseball categories, etc - whatever is decided.

3. TwinsDaily - The Community

  • TD is kind of a community, we recognize the names of the contributors and the commentors - many of us do. And many of us, myself included, are Twins fans from afar (I'm in Dallas). But even those in the TC area - it seems they'd like ways to connect for a beer, a game, or whatever. Maybe that's linking Meetup.com or if members wish, much like SABR, to put general contact information. Either way - perhaps a more visible or 'user friendly' way to have this visible or a part of TD might be useful. Heatmaps (city only) or whatever people are comfortable with location wise. We can put it in our signatures as well. But it looks like some people are wanting something more crowd sourcing up to the minute type of setups. Can log on, find people, I'm here. Some do this on the game threads. Maybe just encourage it to be done there as well, then PM, etc.

4. Fantasy Sports

  • As far as Fantasy Baseball. I might be able to help there. I'm a database engineer for a Fantasy Sports startup (in our 2nd year) and we're developing the baseball for next year. We have the NFL and NBA right now. The nice thing about our drafts is they're weekly and you can have as many of your 'friends' on your list (compete against) as you want. As you participate in a 10 team league, 1 human against 9 computers and you get a fantasy score per week. You can win $$, no cost. The website is Skyllzone.com. Can try the NFL or NBA this Fall/Winter...see if you like it. Could have a TwinsDaily GlobalLeaderBoard. Willing to try to help try to make this something if they want something more than a season-long roster for a fantasy draft. Personally, with the length of the MLB season - I think it's a better format. Also, Yahoo and ESPN formats are kinda isolated to only a max of 20 teams. This way you can get 200+ people in the same 'competition' and access their scores/stats, etc.
  • P.S. If anyone signs up, can PM me and I can help get you started, answer questions, etc. as far as the NFL season. MLB is still in development. (actually would love some Fantasy Baseball input for our platform released next spring)

 

5. Twins Daily - What can we do for you?

  • How can I support you guys? What are things you guys would like from us? I personally could do more than just comment on a lot of things. And I would be willing to do more if I have something that would make TD better.
  • Does TD have a "wish list"?
First of all, not a blatant attempt to suck up to anyone, but not only do I love TD as my favorite website, but I've shared it with non-Twins fans to simply show what is made available to us Twins fans, the pure quality of encapsulated information and community blogging, and I find extreme jealousy. I don't take the time to scout other opportunities for fans of other teams, but from what little I have seen, from said jealousy of acquaintances, and my own impressions of TD, I seriously doubt there's a site quite like this one out there. It's very hard for me to critique anything additionally for the site...but...were I to daydream a bit, I'd offer the following suggestions. (Sorry if some of them are repetitive) And sorry if I've missed anything new that I might have missed with the updates, but haven't had time to explore all the changes yet. 1) Direct links to Twins milb sites would be nice. I like to visit milb.com often, but it does prove painful at times to have to multi click and then multi backspace to check stats and the such. 2) I have to agree that bringing Gleeman over would be a natural move. 3) In regard to links, there is another Twins site that used to include links to other bloggers, including many of those here, which also included some local newspaper and columnists to the minor league affiliates. 4) Again, dreaming here now, but I really enjoy SD's perspectives on the Kernals, as well as those who visit them on opportunities. I wish there a way, in person experience, or via net interviews even, that we could have that personal connection to other teams, or, occassional articles or Q&A from coaches of milb teams. Again, kinda dreaming there. 5) I know this is far reaching hope, but it would be awesome if someone in the organization who could offer up perspectives and news about the players and teams. Moves, who's working on what, that kind of thing. Again, I'm daydreaming here and shooting for the moon. 6) On the site itself, if I offered one small critique, it would involve the front page offerings themselves. Over a slow day or two, rather than have a posted article that repeats itself in the right column, sometimes twice, I'd rather just have another post listed to make overall access a little more convenient. 7) I know we all have access to post in the forum and blog areas, but maybe a guest columnist would be fun. People outside to TD, possibly tied to the ML club or milb clubs, or even members here, to address the Twins, the past present or future of the Twins, covering baseball as a perspective, or even fan stories of their experiences or amateur "careers" as fans. Just daydreaming here.
Sorry for the disjointed last post. I usually post on IPad these days, and for whatever reason, despite paragraph breaks, most of my posts end up showing no breaks and end up as long running paragraphs. I don't know what the issue is.
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Twins and Losses
Aug 11 2014 11:35 AM

A niche content idea: "where are they now" regular column. There are so many interesting stories of what happened after baseball (knoblauch) to the players that were simply dfa'd or dl'd during the season and months later we know nothing of what happened to them. May take a little investigative initiative to develop some of the stories, but they'd be fun to read.

There's a phenomenal Twitter account (@Ex_Twins_News) that covers everything you're talking about. He's one guy who does it all so some of the updates are sporadic. I've asked him to write for Twins And Losses, and those could easily be posted here as well.