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Article: Contemplating the Royals... and the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:59 PM
The Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series. The AL Central team that was seemingly in a perennial rebuild suddenly has put itse...
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Article: Postseason Review: Parmelee, Nunez and Schaefer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:58 PM
This will close out my postseason reviews of position players. Parmelee and Nuñez spent a majority of the season with the Twins. Even abs...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (AFL Week 2): The Rosa...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:35 PM
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season included a tie for the Salt River Rafters as their game on Friday went 11 innings, and...
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Johnson: Chili Davis Added to Kernels HOF

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:35 PM
Jeff Johnson wrote that the Cedar Rapids Kernels will induct four people into their Hall of Fameincluding former Twins DH Chili Davis. Th...
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Glen Perkins Has His Credit Card Number Stolen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:12 PM
Minnesota Twins' closer Glen Perkins has made over $9,000,000 to date according to Baseball-Reference.com. It stands to reason that he wo...
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No Juice Podcast #25: Talking with Terry Ryan

On this week’s No Juice Podcast Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman talk about Parker's interview with Twins general manager Terry Ryan that will be released for the upcoming Twins Daily Offseason Handbook.

Listen below.

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Winter Meetings: Organizational To-Do List

The Minnesota Twins are holding their annual “organizational meetings” in Fort Myers this week. As newsworthy baseball stories go, that bit of information ranks quite a bit below the MLB postseason games and their seemingly nightly extra-inning games and walk-off finishes.
What exactly are the organizational meetings?

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Twins Minor League Free Agents

As the Twins front office, scouting department and others are in Ft. Myers for their organizational meetings, they have a lot of decisions to make. They have to decide on a manager and fill the coaching staff. They will discuss all free agents from around the game. They’ll discuss arbitration-eligible players. They’ll also consider which players to add to their 40-man roster.

The Twins have had a measure of success in recent years by signing minor league free agents. Today, I’d like to write about the players who were in Twins organization in 2014 who could become minor league free agents after the World Series. This list is a mix of guys who came to the Twins organization within the last year or two from elsewhere as minor league free agents and players who have spent their minor league careers in the Twins organization.

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Twins Minor League Report (AFL Week 1): Rosario Comes Out Swinging/Running

The Arizona Fall League season started last week on Tuesday, and Minnesota Twins minor leaguers Byron Buxton, Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler, Taylor Rogers, Jason Adam, Zack Jones and Jake Reed all helped the Salt River Rafters compile a 4-1 record to open play.

So let’s check out what each of those players did in the season’s first week!

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Postseason Review: Josmil Pinto

The controversy over Pinto concerns both his offense and his defense. How good a hitter can he be with regular at-bats? He could be very good. He is strong and has demonstrated extra-base power for the Twins in his stints with the club. He also has a good idea of the strike zone and will take a walk. Pinto uses the whole field and has plenty of power to put balls over the fence. It is possible if he were given regular at-bats, he would be in the upper third of catchers offensively.

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Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 166: Over/Under Recap at 612 Brew

Aaron and John and are joined by Robert Kasak of 612 Brew and revisit their preseason predictions, find out how one makes "pre-prohibition" beer, talk about the latest developments in the Twins managerial search and wonder at the daring and brilliant strategies of Ned Yost. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it atGleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Postseason Review: Danny Santana

In 2014, I saw Danny Santana play in a lot of games in spring training. I was impressed with his swing and his speed, but thought that he was a long way from helping the Twins in 2014. But, Santana showed the baseball world that he was ready when he was recalled in early May.

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Postseason Review: Aaron Hicks

"Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you".

Aaron Hicks has been the starting center fielder for the Twins the last two opening days. He was a thorough disappointment in 2013, eventually getting demoted to AAA and not being recalled in September. With the bar set considerably lower in 2014, Hicks still fell far short of expectations and offered much content for sports analysts with his supposed lack of preparation and short-lived decision to abandon switch hitting.

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Twins Research Team Won't Tip Their Pitches

The Minnesota Twins’ Manager of Baseball Research, Jack Goin, does not like to tip his pitches.

Most statistically-inclined minds would like to hear that the team is working on finding the next market inefficiency to exploit or running regression models on supercomputers in efforts to find an in-game strategy that would help gain a win or two. Others might just assume they are just sorting the RBI leaderboard at Fangraphs.com. Either way, Goin isn’t going to tell me what they are working on.

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Postseason Review: Eduardo Escobar

Entering 2014, Eduardo Escobar was pegged by most as a standard-order utility infielder. He was a switch-hitter with a pretty good glove and OK speed who had demonstrated the ability to capably fill in at short, third and second. There was some chatter that EE shouldn't make the Twins coming out of spring training, but most viewed him as a good fit for the utility infielder role. Some wanted to see "Eddie 400" in 2014--that is at least 400 at-bats-- to see what the still-young Venezuelan could do with more consistent playing time.


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Fantasy Perspectives: 2014 Minnesota Twins

Millions of people play fantasy baseball each year. In recent years, few Minnesota Twins players have been high draft picks in fantasy drafts. Today, I thought it would be fun to see how several Twins players ranked at their respective positions.

(Looking for help with your Fantasy Football Lineup? Let Vikings Journal's Bo Mitchell help you with his Fantasy Football Week 6 rankings.)