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Trades Now Please

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:26 AM
You can call this a rant if you want to do so.   1. Kurt Suzuki to the Orioles for either Zach Davies or Brandon Kline.   2. Jo...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/30): May Day Approa...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:25 AM
The Twins were unable to come up with a big hit and ended up falling to the Kansas City Royals 3-2. With the Trade Deadline set for 3:00...
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Should the shift be an illegal defense?

More Baseball Today, 06:24 AM
I hadn't really considered this as a possibility but I'm not really a fan of the IF shift.  Yes, players should have freedom to posi...
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Article: Welcome to the new Twins Daily!

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 06:08 AM
It has been two long months of project outlines, software testing, design, development, testing, and finally… migration.Welcome to the ne...
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Are The Twins The Unluckiest Team In Baseball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:24 AM
I posed this question in a column on the SweetSpot blog at ESPN.com today. You can read it here.   Basically, the premise is that wh...
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Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins Are Named To All-Star Team

Attached Image: Perkins_Glenn_High5_US_600.jpg Catcher Joe Mauer and closer Glen Perkins will represent the Minnesota Twins at this year's All-Star game on July 16th. Mauer was the top vote-getter among fans and will start at catcher for the American League. It will be his sixth time he'll have been named an All-Star. Perkins will be attending the event for the first time.

Mauer entered Sunday with a .314 batting average, a .395 on-base percentage and an OPS of .864 while playing the most demanding position. By comparison, the average OPS for a catcher this year is .706 in MLB, while the average on-base percentage is .312. This is the 10th year of his major league career and he has received MVP votes in five of them, including winning the award in 2009.

Perkins entered today with a miniscule 1.99 ERA and has saved 20 games for the Twins. His other statistics give a better idea of just how dominant he has been:
  • He has allowed just 18 hits in 31.2 inning. The average reliever allows a little less than one per inning.
  • He has struck out 44 while walking just 7, a ratio of 6:1. The average reliever has a ratio of about 2.5 to 1.
  • His WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) is just .789. League-wide for relievers, that number is 1.29.
Perkins converted to reliever in 2011 and was handed the job of closer - the relief pitcher whose main task is to hold a lead of three or fewer runs, generally, in the ninth inning - in the middle of last year. He has reportedly been coveted by several teams as the trade deadline approaches. The Twins have given no indication they plan on trading him.


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