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Fangraphs: Molitor On Shifts

Minnesota Twins Talk 27 Jul 2014
And here's another analysis from 2013: http://www.beyondthe...-infield-shiftsJeez Levi. I wasn't posting about if shifts work.Or Mol...
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A's Interested In Sam Fuld?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 02:32 PM
By this I mean that most trade rumors are more about other teams approaching the Twins, and not about the Twins working on marketing thei...
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Twins Sign Undrafted Brandon Poulson

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:41 PM
A great white hope for the baseball diamond.
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Twins Sign Undrafted Brandon Poulson

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:41 PM
Here's another story: http://sports.yahoo....-052923193.html Sadly- and interestingly- this is going to be the biggest topic of the 2014...
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Berrios Leaves Game With Apparent Injury

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 05:57 PM
He wore down last year, and he's already surpassed his season total.  As Smurf suggests, rest is totally reasonable and probably in...
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With An Eye On Cuba, Twins Territory Secedes from USA

Puckettsburgh, TT - In a stunning announcement yesterday, a section of the country known as Twins Territory announced that they would secede from the United States of America and form their own sovereign nation.

"The time has come for, you know, action," said newly appointed supreme Chairman Mauer. "And, huh, you know, It's best for us all to separate ourselves from the bickering and squabbling over debt ceilings and Obamacare and acknowledge that while America has had a good run, it's best for us to get out while the getting is good."

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Chairman Mauer then added, "I mean, how much worse could it be than our current system?"

The new republic will encompass large sections of what was formerly Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa. Concerns that some who live in the demarcated region may not be Twins fans were immediately allayed by Minister of Martial Redistricting Ron Gardenhire, "We're going to do one of those partitionsies. Mauersy and I talked about it and feel real good about it. It was kinda rough for India-y and Pakistansy for a while, but you know, they battled and got through it and uh, real proud of them."

As for how the nation will sustain a functioning economy Minister of Financial Oversight Jim Pohlad was quick to explain. "We figure that a lot of people will keep coming to support us, and without American taxes to hold us back we can spend as much as we like. Beyond that, we've got some great corporate partners lined up, oh...and Best Buy...we've got them too. Plus the Wilfs said we could just have " 'personal living licenses to raise revenue'... That seems like a winner."

But the shocking first act of the new country was to appoint Tony Oliva as official Twins Territory Ambassador to Cuba. As Chairman Mauer said: "It's a, ummm, no-brainer, you know. Uhh, Tony has the experience and the commitment and the willingness to do what it takes to win, so...yeah."

Oliva's first task will be to reopen trade negotiations between the two states, the result of which will be that Cubans can play in Twins Territory without the hassle of often dangerous attempts to defect. Players would be able to return home and improve the lives of their families and loved ones rather than being forced to remain alienated in a foreign land indefinitely.

"I don't know if they'll remember me," said Oliva, "but hey, it's no crazier than signing Nishioka and a whole lot faster than waiting for us to develop a pitcher."

Adopting a large portion of Cuba's talent pool into the Twins Minor League system already has baseball experts salivating. "First Sano, then Buxton and now this?" said ESPN's baseball/foreign affairs analyst Keith Law. "The Twins might be the craziest pack of lunatics outside of North Korea, but crazy has its benefits."


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