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Front Page: Official Twins Winter Meetings Day 2 Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:23 PM
Day 1 of the Winter Meetings came and went. There was a major signing. Stephen Strasburg returned to the Nationals. But for the Twins and...
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Front Page: Revisiting Falvey and Levine Era Trades: Jake...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:21 PM
The hiring of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine by the Minnesota Twins marked a true change in the Twin Cities. Since their hiring they have m...
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How high would you go for Cole?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:20 PM
Let’s say Cole would sign if we gave him enough money. How high would you be willing to go? What if we could get him for 8 years, 300 mil...
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The Trade Route

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:21 PM
Ive heard rumblings of the Twins swinging a trade with the Tigers for a big name pitcher, and I have to assume it would be Boyd.   A...
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Front Page: Report: Twins Nearing Multi-Year Deal with Mi...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:04 PM
According to Peirre Noujaim from Fox 9 News in Minneapolis, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal to keep veteran Michael Pineda with t...
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Will Minnesota Get Raided This Off-Season?

It can’t be argued that Minnesota is having one of their best seasons in the Target Field era. Rocco Baldelli and his coaching staff have helped to get the most out of their core group of players and have this team on pace for close to 100 wins. For the front office, there could be some blame thrown around for not doing enough at the deadline, but they certainly added enough pieces last off-season to put this club on the winning track.

Minnesota looks like a team on the rise and this could mean other teams come looking for coaches and front office personnel.
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Boston shocked a lot of the baseball world on Sunday as they fired General Manager Dave Dombrowski less than a calendar year after he delivered the team a title. The Red Sox are entering a tumultuous time in their organization and the ownership didn’t feel Dombrowski was the right man for the job. He was hired to do what he did, win the World Series, but it could be time for the franchise to rebuild and he might not fit that mold.

Besides the Red Sox, there will be plenty of other organizations searching for upgrades in the front office and to their coaching staffs. Every team is looking to gain a step up on other organizations. Here are three names that could be with different organizations this offseason.

Daniel Adler
Current Role: Director, Baseball Operations
Adler took a unique route to his current position with the Twins organization. His professional experience started as an intern in the MLB’s Labor Relations Department where he worked on the CBA including baseball’s compensation system. He spent a couple of years in the private sector before joining the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. With Jacksonville, he headed up a brand-new Football Research and Development Department.

Baseball organizations are finding some of the best minds in unique ways. Plenty of the game’s operating leadership have degrees from Ivy League universities. Adler holds a Harvard law and business degree. He has spent time in multiple fields and has a way of changing an organization’s system.

“Finding things yet to be identified is important,” said Adler, “but being able to utilize the things you already know is more important.”

Jeremy Zoll
Current Role: Director, Minor League Operations
Zoll has been on the fast track throughout his professional career as he is the youngest person in his role among all 30 MLB teams. He is in his second year in the Twins organization after he came to the club from the Dodgers organization. With Los Angeles, he served as their Assistant Director of Player Development for multiple seasons. He worked to develop player plans and assisted the Research and Development department.

"His reputation, even at a less experienced, younger age, of galvanizing staffs and creatively (instituting) development programs for players, really got our attention," said Thad Levine. "He's got the ability to communicate very clearly to the 16-year-old Venezuelan kid or the college senior.”

"There's a presence about him that probably belies age. But I think the backbone of it really was he had such rave reviews from the senior staffers that he worked with in the past."

James Rowson
Current Role: Hitting Coach
It’s hard to argue with what Rowson has done during his tenure in Minnesota. During his first year on the job, the Twins scored 815 runs and cracked 206 home runs. Both totals were in the franchise’s top four best season before the 2019 campaign and the introduction of the Bomba Squad. It would be hard to list out everything this offense has done this year and Rowson is a key cog in the Twins hitting machine.

“I think the environment that we’ve created here as an organization allows everybody to feel comfortable in their own skin,” Rowson said. “Each guy is just worried about having the best at-bat they can and there’s nothing holding them down mentally. They’re clear-minded, and that creates good at-bats, and that gets contagious.

Will all three of these names be back with the Twins next year? Who else do you think could be raided from the Twins this winter? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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Falvey and Levine are basically in their first year as far as I am concerned. They finally were able to choose "their guy" to manage. The fact that Pohlad HAD TO have Molitor handcuffed them.


Their actual first year with Molitor when they went to the playoffs really set back their rebuilding plans. But they did a great job last year to get back on the rebuilding track.
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Channing1964
Sep 16 2019 12:18 AM
Their rebuilding plan didn't include making the playoffs. Then it only included taking a risk when you have a chance to win a Championship. Are the Astros , Yankees, and Red Sox going to have to fall off the face of the earth next year for us to go for it? How much closer can we get? You cant blame someone for any moves if they all of a sudden stop making any. Are there three superstars in our minor league system? I'm waiting. I prolly got 30 years to live. At one point i hope we see some results. We haven't even won the division title yet.
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Channing1964
Sep 16 2019 12:39 AM

They were 10 games behind Cleveland and nine games under .500 on August 1st.
 
That's not out of it?

Have you ever played the game? Maybe you've been spending too much time on fangraphs. Should a team with a 50% playoff chance just give up with 60 games to go. If you think thats out of it then go ahead and think that. One of the greatest things I ever heard anyone say about us Minnesotans is we just wont Quit. You should have to excuse me if it infuriated me when our own FO quit on us in 2018. I guess we should have just quit in May 2006.
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Brock Beauchamp
Sep 16 2019 06:37 AM

 

Have you ever played the game? Maybe you've been spending too much time on fangraphs. Should a team with a 50% playoff chance just give up with 60 games to go. If you think thats out of it then go ahead and think that. One of the greatest things I ever heard anyone say about us Minnesotans is we just wont Quit. You should have to excuse me if it infuriated me when our own FO quit on us in 2018. I guess we should have just quit in May 2006.

They were nine games under .500 and ten games out of the division. They did not have a 50% chance of making the postseason. They probably didn't even have a 5% chance of making the postseason.

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They were nine games under .500 and ten games out of the division. They did not have a 50% chance of making the postseason. They probably didn't even have a 5% chance of making the postseason.


The two possible outcomes were making the postseason, and not making the postseason. Sounds like a 50% proposition to me :)
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Brock Beauchamp
Sep 16 2019 02:39 PM

 

The two possible outcomes were making the postseason, and not making the postseason. Sounds like a 50% proposition to me :)

I tip my cap to you, math scholar.

 

Have you ever played the game? Maybe you've been spending too much time on fangraphs. Should a team with a 50% playoff chance just give up with 60 games to go. If you think thats out of it then go ahead and think that. One of the greatest things I ever heard anyone say about us Minnesotans is we just wont Quit. You should have to excuse me if it infuriated me when our own FO quit on us in 2018. I guess we should have just quit in May 2006.

We waited until Oakland came to town in October for that

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Channing1964
Sep 17 2019 12:31 AM

We waited until Oakland came to town in October for that

lol true that

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