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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:15 AM
Lavelle E. Neal wrote an article about Miguel Sano's off-season plan. That he's dedicated to playing 3B full-time, and looking to lose 20...
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Derek Falvey PBO?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:13 AM
Seems like its starting to leak out Falvey will be the Twins choice.He gets a lot of credit for the pitching program in Cleveland which i...
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An interesting read

Other Baseball Today, 09:12 AM
http://www.slate.com...revolution.html
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Article: Penciling A 2017 Starting Rotation

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:53 AM
The first and most important objective for any incoming baseball ops chief, in terms of roster construction, will be assembling a rotatio...
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Can the Twins Afford to Release Mauer?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:28 AM
Obviously they need to pay him $46mil through 2018, no matter what.Whether it is due to concussion related issues or other physical malad...
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5

Feeling 100

On Sunday, the Twins lost their 100th game. It's a milestone that had previously been reached six times in the franchise's 115-year history, and only once since the team came to Minnesota.

With a week to go, this season has already set a new standard for Minnesota baseball futility in my lifetime. So how come I'm not feeling entirely discouraged?

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President Candidates Narrowed To Five

Minnesota's search for a new president of baseball operations might be getting closer to completion. Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports the Twins front-office interviews could stop at five candidates. The list includes one internal option and four options with various roles throughout baseball.

As recently as last week, there were reports that "multiple GM types have rebuffed" the Twins interest. There are plenty of issues within the offices of 1 Twins Way and it is going to take some time to rebuild the team's infrastructure.

With a young core that includes the likes of Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, there are pieces to build around. Minnesota also looks to be headed toward the number one overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. This would be another cornerstone piece and an attractive incentive for a potential hire.

So who are the candidates and what should fans know about their credentials?

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Penciling A 2017 Bullpen

Yesterday, Nick penciled in a starting rotation for 2017. Improving the Minnesota Twins starting rotation should be (and will be) the top priority for whoever the incoming President of Baseball Operations and General Manager are. Aside from Ervin Santana, the starters have been pretty much awful. The bullpen hasn’t been a whole lot better, so today I’m going to see if I can help pencil in a Twins bullpen for 2017.

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Penciling A 2017 Starting Rotation

The first and most important objective for any incoming baseball ops chief, in terms of roster construction, will be assembling a rotation for next season that gives the Twins a chance to compete.

This year's unit failed miserably in that regard. When the Twins inevitably drop their 100th game, they'll become the highest-scoring team with triple-digit losses of the last 10 years at least.

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65

Dozier's Case For American League MVP

There's no arguing how bad the Twins have been this season. Even through all the mucky mess on the field, Brian Dozier has emerged as one bright spot in a sea of darkness.

The home runs and his recent hitting streak have kept him in the news. He's put up numbers that have never been seen before from a second baseman but is it enough to put him into the American League MVP conversation?

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60

Early Returns: Polanco's Play At Shortstop

Days before the July trade deadline, the Minnesota Twins traded their All-Star Game representative Eduardo Nunez to the San Francisco Giants for lefty Adalberto Mejia. Also that day, the Twins announced that infielder Jorge Polanco was being recalled.

At the time, I wrote an article asking Where Should Jorge Polanco Play?

With Brian Dozier at shortstop, and Miguel Sano and Trevor Plouffe at third base, shortstop made the most sense, at least until you looked at his playing time at shortstop at that time in 2016::

In Rochester, he had played:
  • 2B - 64 games, 559.1 innings
  • 3B - 2 games, 17 innings
  • SS - 0 games, 0 innings
In his brief time with the Twins, he played:
  • 2B - 4 games, 34 innings
  • 3B - 1 game, 7 innings
  • SS - 1 game, 8 innings

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42

Jose Berrios Is Tipping His Pitches

When the Minnesota Twins called Jose Berrios up to the big club in late April, the fan base was abuzz with excitement.

Berrios represented the system’s best hope for producing a top-of-the-rotation starter in over a decade. He had the velocity many of the Twins’ previous starting pitching prospects lacked and was able to put hitters away with one of two nasty secondary pitches. Minor league reports raved about his stuff and his numbers at the upper levels were highly encouraging.

Unfortunately, like so many other promising prospects, Berrios did not immediately live up to expectations. Major League hitters blasted him around the ballpark. Over 11 starts, they posted a .988 OPS off of Berrios while tagging him for 12 doubles and 10 home runs.

The laundry list of what Berrios needs to do in order to improve is long, but there is one that might be a quick path to having immediate success: Stop tipping his pitches.

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14

The Recent History Of 100-Loss Teams

Watching a team slump its way through a summer and flirt with 100 losses is like watching a quicksand scene. It's a slow, gruelling situation to watch and every move that's made seems to make the character sink deeper and deeper.

Quicksand became a cliche in action/adventure movies of the 50s and 60s, and it's easy to see why. Quicksand adds a lot of potential for suspense and drama, making the viewer feel helpless. You wish there was a way you could jump through the screen and offer a helping hand to the doomed hero or damsel in distress.

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27

Out Of Control

During their reign over the American League Central, from 2002 through 2010, the Minnesota Twins never once allowed more runs than the league average.

A far cry from their current state, to say the least.

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23

Is The Buxton Era Beginning?

The Twins' schedule is slowly coming to an end and many fans might be turning away as the losses continue to mount. But while fans are averting their gaze, they could be missing the start of something special on the field.

After struggling through his first 100+ games, Byron Buxton might finally be putting together all the skills that made him one of baseball's best prospects. Is the Buxton Era beginning in Minnesota?

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Updates On The Front Office Search

In their search for new leadership in the baseball operations department, we don't yet know if the Twins will ultimately settle on the right candidate. In fact, it may take years to determine that.

We can say with some confidence, however, that they're looking in the right places.

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18 Reasons To Watch The Final 18 Twins Games

As the Minnesota Twins fall to 53-91, the NFL season, college football, high school sports and activities have crept into view of many baseball fans. However, with 18 more games to play in the 2016 season, there are still reasons to keep watching the Twins day in and day out… or at least a reasonable amount of your viewing time. Today, I’m going to see if I can come up with 18 reasons to watch the final 18 Twins games.

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