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Exhibition Game Thread: Twins vs Gophers (2/21 @ 5:05pm CT)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:51 AM
I know, it's a day early... and maybe someone else is already assigned to the game thread... But Do Hyoung Park just posted the lineup fo...
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fangraphs and other national, non-local articles about th...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:51 PM
Can't find the old thread on this but it's probably time for a new one anyway. Fangraphs just published their playoff odds - https:...
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Astros Being Investigated for Using Tech to Steal Pitchin...

Other Baseball Yesterday, 07:21 PM
I can no longer say I want the Twins to emulate the Astros. Bush league maneuver to use cameras in order to steal signs.
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Mike Clevinger Has Surgery for partially torn meniscus.

Other Baseball Yesterday, 05:00 PM
Usually this is a 4-6 week recovery. He will be out for the first Twins-Indians series, given that he will have to play rehab games to ma...
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KARE11: Andrea Hayden first female strength and condition...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 03:36 PM
https://www.kare11.c...93-ff73491ad7e6   Andrea Hayden was hired this year as the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the...
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The Case Against Extending Jose Berrios

In the last two offseasons the Minnesota Twins have been able to sign Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, and most recently Miguel Sano, to team-friendly extensions. Jose Berrios is another member of the young core whose name is frequently brought into consideration. However, extending Berrios might not be as wise as it seems.

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More Reinforcements?

It was a busy winter for Falvey and Levine, although a lot of their work has flown under the radar. It seems like every major league deal they made was accompanied by three minor league ones that didn’t make headlines. As we see every offseason, nothing comes from most of these deals. There are a few players brought in however that could make surprise contributions in 2020.

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3 X-Factors for the 2020 Twins

Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz should shine, José Berríos will post an ERA lower than 4.00, and Taylor Rogers will continue to make hitters look foolish. They are not X-factors. The sports definition of an X-factor is a player with a strong but unpredictable influence on the outcome of the team. Who are the Twins’ three biggest X-factors?

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Eddie Guardado: One Proud Papa

As I’m writing this, it's a Wednesday night which means I am watching an all-new episode of the Party of Five reboot on Freeform. At Twins Fest last month, I had a chance to sit down and chat with Twins Hall of Famer Eddie Guardado on a couple of occasions and talk about a number of topics including his family, Party of Five, and also The Eddie Guardado Foundation.

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Three Ways that the 2020 Minnesota Twins are Embodying a Process Over Results Mindset

From implementing a nap room to providing players with extra off-days, the Minnesota Twins under the Falvine and Baldelli regime have shown time and time again how much they value process over results. This spring training, the Twins are already showing that 2020 will feature that same mindset.

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The Twins' Missing Piece

As we sit and wait until the first spring training games officially begin, it has become clear that the Kenta Maeda trade will be the cherry on top of the offseason for the Twins. Despite a somewhat slow start, the Twins ended up with a bevy of starting pitchers, Josh Donaldson, and the aforementioned Maeda among other acquisitions in their attempt to recreate the magic of the 2019 team. Yet, it feels like there is a piece still missing.

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How José Berríos Can Ride His Changeup Past His Projections

José Berríos became a full-fledged four-pitch pitcher in 2019. That makes him more well-rounded, and it might allow him to be better than even advanced models forecast him to be.

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The Twins Are Going to Be Great, and They Know It

The Minnesota Twins are entering 2020 with higher expectations than this team has experienced in years. Some teams might back away from these expectations, but this team is hungry to win. Players and coaches are not afraid of the challenge ahead of them. They are embracing it.

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Four Ways the Twins Could Avoid a Jose Berrios Second Half Slump

Jose Berrios has been a first-round draft pick, a two-time All-Star and a leader for the Twins pitching staff. However, his Achilles heel seems to be his second half performance as his ERA is more than a full run higher from the first half to the second half. Entering his age-26 season, here are four things the Twins could attempt to improve his second-half performance.

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Fascinating Facts About 5 New Twins Players

After a busy and fruitful offseason, the Twins will have several new faces entering the fold in 2020. As they get to know their new teammates in Fort Myers, let's get to know a little more about them.

Read on to learn five revealing facts about newly acquired players, each of which tells a bigger story.

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3 Nominations for the 2021 Twins Hall of Fame Class

With the news that former Twins great Justin Morneau will be the lone member of the 2020 Twins Hall of Fame class, this piece will look at three other candidates for 2021. Being that it’s just a matter of time, this piece will not look at Joe Mauer, but will look for other less obvious candidates.

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Ranking Prospects: Proximity Versus Upside, Man Against Machine, and What It Means for the Minnesota Twins

One of the difficulties in ranking prospects is considering how much to weigh a younger player’s future based on upside verses proximity to the majors. FanGraphs recently released two top-100 lists, Eric Longenhagen’s, which is a more traditional scouting-based list, and Dan Szymborski’s, based on ZiPS projections, which puts more emphasis on performance.