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Article: Overheard at TwinsFest: Granite Wants to Kick Ya...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:06 AM
TwinsFest is a great destination for fans to gather, meet the players and maybe score a few autographs, but it’s also the source of a lot...
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T-Wolves Regular Season Thread

Minnesota Timberwolves Talk Today, 12:55 AM
Let's get this mother started.    
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ESPN reports Brewers have made offer for Darvish

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:53 PM
Deal is reportedly for 5 years. Maybe this will start to break up any starting pitcher log jam. I’m guessing this means the Brewers were...
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Five Twins make Baseball America's Top 100

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:50 PM
Royce Lewis at 24.   Brent Rooker at 92. Nick Gordon at 93. Wander Javier at 95. Stephen Gonsalves at 97.   No real suprises. A...
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Article: Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 352: Winter Meltdown...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:36 PM
Aaron, John and the Twins Daily crew interview Joe Nathan and Twins official scorekeeper Stew Thornley at Twins Daily's Winter Meltdown a...
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Final Preparations for Spring Training

Attached Image: MinorLeaguePitchers09.jpg With Minnesota Twins minor leaguers officially reporting for camp tomorrow, we are doing our final preparations for the year. I wrote an article on Baseball America a few weeks ago that outlined a typical minor league offseason. This includes lifting activities slowing down and baseball specific activities ramping up. We are trying to best prepare our bodies for the rigors of the season.
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A couple of weeks ago we began taking live batting practice off of pitchers. Last year I was unable to do this until the first day of camp, so it has been nice to get some live hacks in. The first pitch I saw looked about 110 mph, but since then my eyes and body have begun to adjust. It is quite a change going from batting practice to hitting live for the first time in months.

Last week I got hit on the thigh by an errant 2 seam fastball. I joked with Nate Roberts that I was now leading the HBP contest for the year. I am sure he will have the last laugh.

A recent highlight has been talking with veteran players. Virgil Vasquez and Doug Bernier are two new free agent signings that have been playing the game for a long time. Learning how they go about their business on a daily basis has been really helpful. Their knowledge of the game is amazing.

In a couple of days there will be close to 200 minor leaguers in the clubhouse and camp will begin. Games start fairly quickly thereafter. Like I said before, if you are here, I would love to meet and/or chat with you at the complex. I also hope the sunshine cooperates for everyone looking to get out of the slushy March weather in MN.

Baseball season is just around the corner. I hope everyone is as excited as I am.

On a side note, my wife and I went to a Florida Everblades game last night. It was my first professional hockey game and they put on a good show. If you are planning on coming down for Spring Training, I would recommend checking them out.

You can connect with AJ through email (ajpettersen1@gmail.com) or on Twitter (@APettersen1)


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