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Article: What Is Going On With Glen?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:16 AM
For most of 2014 it was business as usual for Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins.His numbers have been very similar to his previous two...
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Article: The Real Brian Dozier?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:56 AM
It's a statistic that you've probably heard recently: Prior to the All-Star break, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier piled up 18 home run...
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External OF Options

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:53 AM
MLB Trade Rumors has a free agency writeup for Melky Cabrera, who would appear to be a good fit for the Twins. The article points out the...
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So....May...what now?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:36 AM
I gotta ask, what do you think now? For months there has been debate about the Twins rotation and future rotation. There has been opinion...
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Bye Bye New Britain?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:31 AM
I just noticed in LEN III's Saturday insider that as of tomorrow, the Twins will be AA free agents looking for a new location for their m...
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What Is Going On With Glen?

For most of 2014 it was business as usual for Minnesota Twins closer Glen Perkins.

His numbers have been very similar to his previous two seasons. Yes, there were subtle changes -- like he has struck out batters at a slightly lower rate (declined from 32% to 26%) and he also shaved off free passes (reducing his walk rate from 6.3% to 4.3%) but you would have to squint to pick up the differences.

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The Real Brian Dozier?

It's a statistic that you've probably heard recently: Prior to the All-Star break, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier piled up 18 home runs, leading to an appearance in the Derby at Target Field. Since then, he has hit a total of two.

For some, this is a worrisome development, indicative that perhaps Dozier is not the long-term cog that many of us hoped he could be. For me, however, the 27-year-old's post-break production is actually rather encouraging. Allow me to explain.

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That's the Ticket: Taming the Tigers

Once again, the Twins have been relegated to playing the spoiler role here in September, rather than actively competing for a postseason spot. Sigh.

On the bright side, they have a chance to make an impact on the most compelling race in baseball. The Kansas City Royals haven't been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985, and they're trying to get back. But they'll need to overcome a Tigers team that has reigned over the Central for three years straight.

Detroit leads Kansas City by a game and a half, and comes to Target Field this week as the Twins launch their final homestand of 2014.

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"We've Got to, Otherwise We're Dead"

The Minnesota Twins' front office is going to be faced with making some difficult decisions this offseason-- decisions they are woefully ill-prepared to make.

Many professional sports organizations change their on-field management at least as often as they change accounting firms. It's just part of the way they do business. When you lose more games than you win for a couple years in a row, you change managers/head coaches and even front office leadership. It just becomes second nature. Much the way swimming becomes second nature to anyone who has spent much time in the water.

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Five Key Improvements for 2015

The death march to 90 losses for the Minnesota Twins continues today with another doubleheader, this time against the South Side Sox. Sixteen games remain in this frustrating season which produced one, maybe two, rotation pieces and some optimism that the Twins can score enough runs to be competitive.

My thoughts have shifted to 2015.

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Trevor May And Pitching From The Stretch

Off the field, pitcher Trevor May likes to create music and spin tracks. However, while on the mound with the Twins this season, this DJ has been unable to find the right rhythm.

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Bud Selig's Legacy in Minnesota: Contraction Threat

Bud Selig is set to retire this off-season after 22 years at the helm of Major League Baseball. Rob Manfred has already been voted in as his successor, a position he has been groomed for ever since starting to work for MLB in 1998. The 55-year-old Manfred will have a variety of issues on his plate as he takes over from the 80-year- old Selig.

During Selig's tenure as commissioner, baseball has been marked by a variety of ups and downs.

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The Defensive Dilemma

The Twins rank fifth in the American League in runs scored per game, and second-to-last in runs allowed per game. It's pretty obvious where they primarily need to improve in order to return to respectability: run prevention.

A new pitching coach, along with some tweaking in personnel, might help, but there's a much deeper problem here. This is a horrendous defensive team, creating a dilemma with no easy solution.

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Wake Me Up When September Ends: Draft Position

There is a silver lining to this gray cloud for the Minnesota Twins and their fans.

At the midway point of the season, the Twins posted a 44-50 record to sit at a .469 winning percentage. Flash-forward to the second half of the year and Minnesota is 15 games under .500 with a .347 winning percentage (entering play on Tuesday). The younger players are working out some of their kinks but the losses continue to pile up.

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Who Should Be Gone From the Coaching Staff?

After dropping four straight against the red-hot Angels over the weekend, the Twins now have 82 losses on the season. That's more than every major-league team other than Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

This is good news because it means the Twins are likely headed toward another top pick in next year's draft. Texas is basically assured of finishing with baseball's worst record -- they're already at 89 losses -- but the Twins could easily be picking anywhere from second to fifth. Top five selections have bolstered the Minnesota system in recent years, leading to players like Byron Buxton, Kohl Stewart and Nick Gordon.

Of course, the rapidly escalating loss total is also bad news because it means that -- once again -- the Twins are completely tanking late in the season.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/7): Kernels Season is Over

Rains postponed Game 4 of the Florida State League Championship series in Daytona which might have been a blessing in disguise.

Unfortunately, the 2014 Cedar Rapids Kernels season has come to a close as the team fell 4-2 to Kane County. The Cougars advance to the Midwest League Finals.

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By the Numbers: Which Twins Hitters have the Most Value

Let's face it, there isn't much left to talk about in terms of the Twins and their 2014 season. We know the story all too well at this point. Worst starting pitcher ERA in all of baseball, last place in the AL Central, can never seem to get a hit with runners on base, etc. This tired story has caused me, like many of you, to care way more about the future than the present. In this post, I am attempting to answer a simple question: Which players look OK to stick with in 2015 and which players could use a replacement, or at least some competition?