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Article: TD Top Prospects: #2 Miguel Sano

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:36 AM
Despite missing the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, Miguel Sano retains his status as the Twins #2 prospect. In fact, revie...
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Questions About MinnCentric Today, 03:15 AM
Has there been any dicussion to creat a fantasy baseball specific forum?
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Fun article on fangraphs about Mauer/Votto

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:56 AM
http://www.fangraphs...-as-joey-votto/   We've all heard that Votto has only had 4 infield pop-ups the last 4 years.  Turns out...
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Poll: Vets vs. Futures

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:56 AM
You're in Vegas and you must place a $10,000 bet. The league on which you're betting has two baseball teams - the Vets and the Future. Th...
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Vegas AL Central Winner Odds

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:56 AM
Here they are....   Odds to Win the 2015 AL Central              Ch...
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2015 Twins: An Afterthought in the AL Central (And Why That is a Good Thing)

The mantra has been the same over the last month, regardless of the source. “The best division in baseball? You have to think it’s the AL Central.” or “The most competitive division this season looks to be the AL Central!” No matter how it is framed, the reasons listed are always the same:

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Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 2015 Version 2.0

When the calendar turned to 2015, I posted my first Minnesota Twins Roster Projection for 2015. It’s been two months since then, so it’s time today for Roster Projection, version 2.0. Spring training is less than two weeks old, but the Twins played their first exhibition game last night against the Gophers. Tonight, their Grapefruit League schedule begins with a game against the Red Sox. There are still a few jobs available and there will be plenty of competition. Twins Daily will again be in Ft. Myers starting Monday and through the rest of spring training.

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Josmil Pinto and Throwing Out Runners

When camp opened, the Minnesota Twins’ manager Paul Molitor discussed the grim realities of the team’s inabilities to stop opponents from stealing bases. The game, he believes, has shifted to one that focuses on speed rather than power. Stopping the other team from turning a single into a double was going to be a point of emphasis heading into 2015.

Last year, when veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki was not behind the plate, opponents stole at will off the Twins’ battery. Central to those stolen bases was rookie backstop Josmil Pinto. While he was behind the plate runners went 20-for-20 in stolen base attempts, by far the highest number of bases swiped in MLB without recording an out.

But here’s the question: Was Pinto’s run defense that bad?

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Where Will Miguel Sano Play?

After taking a year off to recover from elbow surgery, Miguel Sano is back in Twins camp and opening some eyes with his prodigious power. Folks around the compound have marveled at his strength during batting practice sessions in which he has routinely driven baseballs well beyond the outfield walls.

If Sano's bat isn't major-league ready, it is very, very close. Finding a place in the lineup for him will not be difficult. Finding a place in the field for him... well, that's another story.

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How Many Home Runs Can The Twins Hit?

Although the Twins scored more runs than all but four American League teams in 2014, they ranked 11th in home runs.

That was par for the course. Over the past decade, the highest the Twins have ranked among AL teams in homers is ninth, and they've often been at the very bottom of the pack.

There is reason to believe, however, that this year's Twins lineup will produce more long balls than any we've seen in quite some time.

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Hunter And Garnett: The Marketing Angle

After a lengthy absence, Kevin Garnett made his triumphant return to Target Center on Wednesday night, helping lead the Timberwolves to a blowout victory in front of a packed house. After the game, coach Flip Saunders said that it was the most energetic and enthusiastic he could remember the arena being in a regular-season game -- a stark contrast to the typically bleak environment at Wolves games this year.

Watching it all play out, I suddenly find myself understanding the Twins' decision to sign Torii Hunter a little more.

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Most Marketable Twin: 2015

As the beginning of the 2015 season quickly approaches, the Twins marketing team has been hard at work. How do you try to sell a team that has lost 90 games for four consecutive seasons?

Twins single game tickets went on sale last weekend and one thing that seems to get fans in the door is offering some unique giveaways. This year the club will offer such items as a Vintage Twins Bobblehead, a Brian Dozier Bobblehead, a Torii Hunter Adult Jersey, and a Fur Bomber Cap.

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Can Rule 5 Pick J.R. Graham Stick?

Minnesota Twins camp came to life over the weekend with the familiar sound of baseballs smacking mitts, as pitchers and catchers reported to camp and official bullpen sessions started getting underway.

One hurler who is drawing early attention is J.R. Graham, whom the Twins acquired from the Atlanta Braves in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Graham is worth tracking not only because of the upper-90s heat he's capable of bringing on the mound, but also because of the interesting decision the Twins face as they determine whether they can make room for him in a somewhat crowded bullpen and avoid sending him back to Atlanta.

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Catching Up With The Klaw: Part 2

In Part 1 on Catch Up With The Klaw yesterday, we discussed his unlikely path onto the Minnesota Twins 1985 Opening Day roster. Today, we’ll talk about Tom Klawitter’s brief MLB career as well as what has kept him busy since his playing days came to an end.

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Catching Up With The Klaw: Part 1

Thirty years ago, a pitcher arrived at Tinker Field in Orlando for Minnesota Twins spring training as a non-roster invitee. He was left-handed. He had a last name conducive to a classic nickname. He took advantage of his opportunities, and he made the 1985 Twins Opening Day roster. Tom Klawitter lived a dream held by anyone who has ever picked up a bat and a ball.

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Who's Up First?

Studies in recent years have shown that lineup construction has less of a practical impact on overall scoring than many had previously believed. Still, it's hard to downplay the significance of the choice for that first spot in the batting order.

Though he only leads off once per game, the No.1 hitter sets the tone for the offense, bats in front of the team's best run producers, and stands to receive more plate appearances than any other player.

Who will step into the batter's box to start the season in Detroit on April 6th? As I see it, there are three primary candidates. Paul Molitor's choice among this trio might provide us with some deeper insights on his priorities and philosophies.

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Twins Bite-Sized History: A Quick Rise, A Quick Fall

Most pieces for a contender were in place in 1964, but the Twins made a key addition to the coaching staff prior to the 1965 season. Manager Sam Mele and pitching coach John Sain were joined on the coaching staff by Billy Martin, who is credited with helping shortstop Zoilo Versalles win the American League MVP.

But the pennant the team won was certainly a group effort; so many players were injured that the success required contributions from all available hands. The best remembered hit was provided by Killebrew, who hit a two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yankees the day before the All-Star break. The Twins would not relinquish first place for the rest of the year. For 26 years that hit would be the considered the most dramatic home run in the organization’s history.