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The Robes

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:51 PM
It’s hokey, but I don’t think the fact that Donaldson gifted everyone on the team their own robes, and they have turned it into a “thing”...
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2020 Twins Transactions

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:25 PM
There haven't been many yet, but I'll start this today...   The Twins just announced that Zack Littell (hamstring) has been placed o...
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The Perfect Length of a Baseball Season?

Other Baseball Today, 03:15 PM
So Twitter got me thinking... What's the perfect length of baseball season? And then what's the perfect playoffs to be paired with that s...
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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:25 PM
This crazy year of 2020 has introduced another new term to MLB playoffs, "seeding". I don't pretend to understand all of it but I do know...
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Relevant magic numbers with tiebreakers accounted for

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:25 PM
After the games of 9/22:   TB over Min: 2 CWS over Min: 4 Oak over Min: 5 Min over Cle: 2 Min over NYY: 4
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Report from the Fort 2015


Report From The Fort: John Bonnes

Reading is hard. That's why, for your conveniece, Parker dialed up John reporting Sunday live from Twins batting practice in Jupiter, Florida. They talked about Josmil Pinto's injury, the roster decisions the Twins face, why Eduardo Escobar is getting a raw deal, why you should be going to spring training, the Twins reaction to Trevor May's impressive gameand John's favorite beer in Fort Myers. Plus, you get to see John look like a witness protection enrollee.


Twins Waiting, Watching (And Wanting)

“Don’t wait for it to happen. Don’t even want it to happen. Just watch what does happen.”

- Sean Connery as Jim Malone in The Untouchables

The Twins schedule has necessitated keeping the clubhouse pretty crowded so far in spring training. But even if the schedule cooperates there are enough questions still unanswered that a padded roster would make sense.


Five-Tool Talents?

We hear the term "five tools" a lot, but few true five-tool talents exist in baseball. Byron Buxton certainly fits that category at this time. Nick Gordon is in that category. By the time those players get to the big leagues, will they still be considered five-tool guys, or four… maybe three? That is to be determined, of course. Today, I’m going to write about three young players who impressed me with their athleticism and talent. They aren’t household names, but who knows, maybe one or more of them will take a step forward in 2015.


Sorting Out The Bullpen

With Michael Tonkin and Ryan Pressly both being optioned in the past two days, the Minnesota Twins' bullpen picture is starting to come into focus, but there are still a lot of relievers in big-league camp.

Part of that is the team needs plenty of arms to get them through these exhibition contests, but another part is that they face some tricky decisions. Let's take a shot at handicapping this race as it stands with about two weeks left to go.


Initial Thoughts From The Fort

Not to be too harsh, but if you're reading this and have not made time to geek out at spring training, you might want to re-evaluate the path your life is following. I don't think I'm overstating this.

This is a red flag. This is an intervention. This is a cathartic episode. Do you want to know if you should be going to spring training? Here's the litmus test: do you read Twins Daily? If you do, then you should be going to spring training.


Friday Notes From Ft. Myers: You Got Cervelli'd

Kyle Gibson hadn't given up a single home run in his first three starts this spring, but surrendered two today, both to Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has 10 homers in 250 career MLB games.

In spite of that, Gibson's pitches looked sharp. He touched 94 MPH on the scoreboard regularly with his fastball and induced several swings and misses with his offspeed stuff, helping him notch four strikeouts over his 4 2/3 innings of work in a 4-2 loss to Pittsburgh.


Twins Option Alex Meyer To Triple-A

The Minnesota Twins announced just before Friday's game against Pittsburgh Pirates that they have optioned right-hander Alex Meyer to Class-AAA Rochester.


Alex Meyer's Wild Ride

There were a number of players I was excited to see in action down here in Ft. Myers, but among the highest on that list was Alex Meyer. I've only had the chance to see brief clips of him throwing before, so I was interested to see how he'd look in person.

I finally had that opportunity in Port Charlotte on Thursday. In a two-inning relief stint against the Rays, Meyer showed why he's such an exciting and potentially game-changing prospect, but also why the Twins may have some reservations about handing him a rotation spot.


Get to Know: RHP Tyler Duffey

In 2012, the Minnesota Twins drafted several college relief pitchers with the idea that some would get the opportunity to start. Tyler Duffey has been the success story of that strategy to this point. Others have been hurt or returned to the bullpen, but Duffey was one of the better minor league pitchers in the Twins organization in 2014. He was invited to big league spring training this year and has a good chance of surfacing with the Twins in 2015.


Healthy Glen Perkins Is Ready To Roll

… And that's music to the Minnesota Twins' ears.

The bullpen has been struggling a bit in exhibition play, and while that's partially because innings are going to guys who won't necessarily figure into the big-league equation, it's also because the unit has been without its leader and stabilizing force.


Wednesday Notes From Ft. Myers: A Speedy Loss

After beating the Baltimore Orioles 10-9 in Sarasota on Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins returned to Hammond Stadium for a home rematch today, losing 3-2 in a contest that featured far fewer fireworks. This was a quick one, finishing in just two hours and 15 minutes.

Notes and quotes below:


Offense Is Springing To Life

When I was down here last year, there was a lot of talk about how utterly stagnant the offense looked. You can only put so much stock into spring performances (not much), but there was reason for concern with that offensive unit coming in, and the consistent struggles to score runs in Grapefruit League games, along with the complete lack of power hitting, did nothing to alleviate such trepidations.

This year, there was much more inherent optimism surrounding the offense, and the production of the lineup -- especially the key players -- in exhibition play has only backed up those good vibes.