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Should the shift be an illegal defense?

More Baseball Today, 05:51 AM
I hadn't really considered this as a possibility but I'm not really a fan of the IF shift.  Yes, players should have freedom to posi...
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Are The Twins The Unluckiest Team In Baseball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:51 AM
I posed this question in a column on the SweetSpot blog at ESPN.com today. You can read it here.   Basically, the premise is that wh...
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Trades Now Please

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:48 AM
You can call this a rant if you want to do so.   1. Kurt Suzuki to the Orioles for either Zach Davies or Brandon Kline.   2. Jo...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/30): May Day Approa...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:48 AM
The Twins were unable to come up with a big hit and ended up falling to the Kansas City Royals 3-2. With the Trade Deadline set for 3:00...
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Having Issues With Sound In Ads? Screenshots Here, Please

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:24 AM
Okay, I'm tired of this happening. All the ad networks are pointing fingers at one another and nobody is taking responsibility for this a...
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Orioles Claim Alexi Casilla

Attached Image: Alexi_Casilla_600-321.jpg Mark it down somewhere. Friday, November 2nd. It is the end of the Alexi Casilla Era as a Minnesota Twins player.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the athletic infielder who just never quite met his perceived potential has been claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.

Casilla came to the Twins in a December 2005 deal with the Angels in which the Twins send then-talented JC Romero to the west coast. Casilla debuted in September of 2006 and was primarily used as a pinch-runner down the stretch for the Twins. In his 515 career games with the Twins, Casilla hit .250/.305/.334 with 72 doubles, 14 triples and 11 homer runs in 515 games. He also stole 71 based in 80 attempts.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
He was given every opportunity to be the Twins starting shortstop and second baseman, but he never took to it. He appeared much more comfortable in a utility role. With the Twins acquiring so many similar middle infield types, letting go of Casilla makes sense as he would likely make nearly $2 million in arbitration.

Best wishes to a class act!


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