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  1. 2013: A Postmortem

    Yes, I am aware that there are a couple weeks left in the season. But the Twins are dead. Dead as a door-nail. And they've been that way for months (years?). Shortly after this season comes to its pitiful end, the Twins' brass and field personnel will assemble, as they do every year, in Ft. Myers, for the organizational meetings. Among other topics, they will dissect the 2013 season, and what exactly caused this year's ineptitude.


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  2. The Late Summer of My Discontent

    When Target Field opened, I was living in Connecticut (as I do now), but harbored a dream of moving back to Minnesota. I was naive. I thought -- even though I was an attorney licensed to practice in Connecticut only, even though I owned a home in Connecticut, and even though many of my professional ties to Minnesota had dwindled -- that I could somehow easily move across the country and re-establish things back home. For many, many reasons (the prolonged economic crisis being one of them), that ...
  3. 2013 Rock Cats MVP: Josmil Pinto

    Rock Cats, Red Wings, and now Twins catcher,
    Josmil Pinto
    I'll be the first to admit that the bulk of my Rock Cats coverage this season has centered around Miguel Sano. And it's for a reason -- he's the best prospect that ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (9/1): Red Wings' Playoff Hopes Still Alive

    Today was the first full day in Twins Territory without Justin Morneau. Although most people weren't too surprised to see him depart, it does leave a large, Canadian void at first base. He had one hell of a Twins career. I wrote a piece on my blog about his departure. So check it out if you're interested. Now, onto today's minor league action.

    ROCHESTER 3, SCRANTON W/B 2

    As a result of today's win, the Red Wings' season will come down down to a final game Monday. Per the Red Wings: ...
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  5. Miguel Sano Relegated to First Base Already? You Must be Joking.

    Last night I had a brief, and sort of strange, Twitter exchange with Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press. He tweeted "I'm still waiting for the Twins organization to hand Miguel Sano a first baseman's mitt." We exchanged a few respectful replies - this definitely wasn't a Twitter argument or war -- but it was still very confusing to me, and I still firmly believe I'm correct. (Here's the link to the first of the Tweets.)

    First, let's agree on one thing: Powers is correct that ...
  6. The New Britain Coaching Situation

    Rock Cats' Manager Jeff Smith.
    Courtesy of Richard Messina, Hartford Courant


    I've been spoiled. This summer, I've been able to watch Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, from right over the home dugout, for $15 a ticket.
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  7. Trevor May: Still Hopeful

    It's been a consistently inconsistent season for Trevor May

    Tonight's game was a laugher. No real offense to speak of for New Britain until the game was well out of hand. In fact, it's not even worth discussing Sano or
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  8. The Miguel Sano Quandry

    If you can't tell, Miguel Sano is a kid
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    If I told you that there was a Twins prospect at AA New Britain batting .243, you probably wouldn't blink an eye. If I told you he
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  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/28): A Good Day In The System

    ROCHESTER 14, NORFOLK 3
    Deibinson Romero and Chris Parmelee led the offense tonight, each homering. Eduardo Escobar delivered 2 doubles. The Red Wings offense delivered 14 total hits. A good night!

    Virgil Vasquez turned in a quality start, going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs on 4 hits, striking out 4 and walking 1. Shairon Martis went the other 3 innings, giving up a run on 2 hits.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    NEW BRITAIN 9, READING 3
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  10. Thoughts on Miguel Sano, Discipline, and the Twins' (and Rock Cats') Reaction

    "Bocaton" is Miguel Sano's nickname.
    It means "Big Mouth."

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The biggest Twins story this past week hasn't been the team's resurgence toward
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  11. The Sano Show

    Windy skies tonight in New Britain

    This is a night where I'm glad I'm not a real journalist with a real deadline. Wow, what a game. Well, more specifically, what a game for Miguel Sano: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBIs. And the
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  12. Oh, You Also Received a Derek Jeter Gift Basket? . . . Awkward


    You wake up hazy -- perhaps a little hung-over and still tasting those apple-tinis from the previous night. Across from you in the king size bed, an aging baseball superstar stirs, gently clutching a bear-skin blanket. His eyes open. He kisses you gently on the nose and says "that was nice." He informs you that he's called a Town Car to take you home. Derek Jeter then rises, stretches,
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    Updated 06-25-2013 at 08:14 AM by Kevin

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  13. How Are AA Pitchers Approaching Miguel Sano?

    Last week, I was in the right place at the right time: the AA debuts of top Twins' prospect Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario. One big takeaway from Sano's and Rosario's first couple AA games was that their reputations preceded them; in other words, pitchers knew who these guys were. Take a look at the (grainy amateur) video I shot of some early at-bats -- the pitches weren't even close. As a result, Sano and Rosario, but Sano especially, seemed to only get maybe 1 pitch per at-bat in his wheelhouse. ...
  14. The Sano & Rosario Show: Game 2

    In the nightcap it wasn't just Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario that I was excited to see. This was also my first time seeing righty Trevor May in person.


    May consistently hit 93 with his fastball in the 1st inning, and was moving it in and out pretty effectively. Same control problems we have all heard about, though. Had a 4-pitch walk and a wild pitch in the first inning. 20 pitches to get out of it. The second inning, though, was much better -- 14 pitches 1-2-3.
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    Updated 06-12-2013 at 11:26 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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