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Cleveland MLB team reportedly considering name change

Other Baseball Today, 06:44 AM
This is an AP article I lifted from the StarTribune web site.   https://www.startrib...sure/571623572/
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Watch the Live Play-by-Play of the Virtual Twins Playoffs

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:03 AM
With the real Twins around the corner, I have elected to sim to the playoffs to try and tease how the real club will do this fall, and as...
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Bonus Twins Schedule Stat

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:14 AM
Didn't see this posted elswhere. From The Athletic
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The #5 pitcher on the 1965 Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 01:56 PM
Tim Flattery had a conversation with Dwight Siebler, who was the 5th start on the 1965 Twins World Series team (the Sandy Koufax series)....
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I think I miss baseball

Other Baseball Yesterday, 07:27 PM
So I just picked up OOTP 21 on the Steam Summer Sale, and I played my first game.   It was a 21 inning game.I played it pitch by pit...
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Report from the Fort 2016


Monday Camp Notes: Roster Battle Royale

Most of the Twins position players have essentially locked up their spots on the roster, but a couple of jobs on the bench remain in play. Four who are in that mix – Danny Santana, Oswaldo Arcia, Carlos Quentin, Ryan Sweeney – were all in the starting lineup in today’s 2-0 loss to the Pirates.


Sunday Camp Notes: Spring Hiccups

My first day at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers was a bustling one, with the Yankees coming to town and bringing along their typically large throngs of fans and media.

The Twins lost 6-4 in a game that featured some striking miscues and gaffes – a run-scoring balk by Ervin Santana, a costly error in right field by Miguel Sano, a misguided baserunning mistake by Eddie Rosario. But hey, that’s what spring training is for, right?

Read on for a smattering of notes on Minnesota’s 17th exhibition contest of the year, as well as other sights and sounds around camp.


Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 3.0

My stay in Ft. Myers is coming to an end with a Sunday morning flight back to Minnesota. Nick is here now, ready to report from Twins spring training.

After spending the last eight or nine days around Hammond Stadium, talking to people, and asking questions, I felt the timing is right to do one more roster projection. The last one was done right before spring training started. There have been a few changes since then, but generally speaking, the Twins didn't have a lot of decisions this spring. Even now, there really are just a couple of decisions to make before Opening Day. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.


Friday Minor League Report

FT. MYERS, Fla. - The Minnesota Twins began their Friday morning with news that nine players had been sent to minor league camp. That brings the spring training roster down to 43, so there are still about 18 more moves to make in the next two weeks. The big league club worked out at Hammond Stadium before making the drive down Daniels Parkway to jetBlue Stadium where they took on the Boston Red Sox.

As is the case in most games the rest of the way through spring training, a few select (non 40-man roster) minor leaguers will dress with the big league spring training team, providing depth and sometimes getting an inning or a plate appearance late in the game. On Friday, the Twins called up OF Travis Harrison, IF Stephen Wickens, and pitchers Brandon Peterson and Jake Reed for the trip. Only Harrison got into the game, as a pinch runner. He got one at-bat as well.


Twins Sent Nine Players To Minor League Camp

FT. MYERS, Fla - Jose Berrios, Nick Burdi, Kennys Vargas, Jorge Polanco and Alex Meyer were among the Twins second round of cuts as they were told on Friday morning that they will be going to minor league camp.

The Twins sent nine players down to minor league camp on Friday morning. With just more than two weeks until Opening Day, the Twins need to make more moves soon. They still have 43 players in big league camp.


Thursday Minor League Report

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Twins were on the road against Baltimore on Thursday night. Rochester and Chattanooga traveled for afternoon games against the Rays. On the back fields on Thursday afternoon, the Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids teams hosted the Rays, and the extended spring group played a simulated game.

Here are some notes from the day.


Wednesday Minor League Update (Video)

Wednesday was a different day at Hammond Stadium, at least from what I've become accustomed to. The Twins are taking on the Boston Red Sox tonight at 7:00 local time (6:00 in Minnesota). So big league players didn't report until after noon.

The Twins High-A and Low-A minor league teams took a bus north to Sarasota to take on the Orioles High-A and Low-A teams. So they left early. It was quieter than usual in the morning, but there was still plenty going on including the Orioles AAA and AA teams coming to Ft. Myers to take on those Twins squads.


Tuesday Minor League Report

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins had their first (and only) off day of the season, a much-deserved respite from the grind of spring training. They return to action on Wednesday night to face the Boston Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

However, things were busy on the minor league side of the complex on Tuesday. I wrote here last Friday that Ervin Santana and JO Berrios were starting minor league games on Tuesday. Lots of people must have known because there were an unusual number of spectators watching.


Backup Backstops

In 2015, the Minnesota Twins got very little production from their catchers. Kurt Suzuki logged a lot of innings behind the plate. Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer were the backups, but it was clear that Paul Molitor had little confidence in either as they would play about once a week.

The Twins acquired three new catchers by early December clearly indicating it was a position they felt they needed to improve.


Long Travel And Baseball Day (Twins Notes)

FORT MYERS, Fla. - It’s been a LONG day, but at the end of it, I got to hang out at Hammond Stadium and watch a little baseball today. That is never a bad thing. Over the next eight or nine days, be sure to check out my reports and stories from Ft. Myers.

To get started I’m just going to post a couple of quick notes. When you get to the ballpark in the 4th inning of a spring training game, you don’t get to see a ton, but still quite a bit happened. So bear with me as I reflect on a travel day that resulted in watching the Minnesota Twins and the Miami Marlins play baseball.