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  1. Alex Wimmers' First AA Start: He Belongs in New Britain

    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    
    Though he got into a jam in the fifth inning,
    Alex Wimmers definitely looked capable of facing
    AA competition

    Last week
    , I was fortunate enough to have dinner with and talk to ...

    Updated 04-10-2012 at 08:44 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  2. Camden Yards Recap: Twins Begin their Losing Ways, or an Aberration?

    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Camden Yards from the hotel window.


    Well, the baseball side of things left a lot to be desired, but you're not much of a baseball fan if you can't have a great ...
  3. Is this heaven? No, it's New Britain



    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Opening Day is special for fans and players alike -- especially for players in the minor leagues who are working their way up the system and hoping to latch on with a new, better team each season. After spending some time with Alex Wimmers and the other Rock Cats players the other night, I have a newfound
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  4. My Evening with Alex Wimmers: The 2012 New Britain Rock Cats "Welcome Home" Dinner

    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    As much as I love going to Twins games, there's something special about minor league baseball. It's intimate and personal. It's real and unadulterated -- both the good and the bad. Every year, the New Britain Rock Cats host a "welcome home" dinner for the team, the front office and the fans. This year, it was ...

    Updated 04-05-2012 at 08:38 AM by Seth Stohs

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  5. Projections: Francisco Liriano

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    To say that it's a big year for Francisco Liriano is an understatement. He's coming off an awful 2011 (except for that no-hitter), he's trying to prove that he can stay healthy for an entire season, and he's pitching for a contract, whether it's from the Twins, or any of the other teams in baseball that might be interested in a lefty with a nasty slider. Earlier this winter, I made my case for trying to extend Liriano before Spring Training ...
  6. One thing the Twins' Roster is Missing

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    As I scanned down the list of position players on the Twins' 25 man roster, and saw names like Josh Willingham, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer and Denard Span as starters, and guys like Luke Hughes and Sean Burroughs off the bench, something came to mind: there shouldn't be an awful hitter on this team in 2012.

    If you've followed the Twins for the past several seasons, there is always at least one hitter that can barely hit his weight, ...

    Updated 04-02-2012 at 09:34 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  7. Tempered Expectations for Parmelee

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Chris Parmelee
    should be fine. He looked great last September in a Twins uniform, and was a bright spot during an otherwise dismal time. Of the three prospects called up -- Parmelee, Joe Benson and Liam Hendriks -- Parmelee looked the most ready for the show. After watching several Rock Cats games last year in person, I was a little surprised that Parmelee, and not Benson, looked better in his time as a Twin, but that is why I don't get ...

    Updated 03-30-2012 at 12:55 PM by Seth Stohs

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  8. Morneau DHing: Fine by this Fan

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    To say that Justin Morneau has been locked in the past few games is an understatement. How does 7-for-14 with 3 home runs and a double sound? If this was the regular season, we'd be beginning a campaign for Morneau to win the AL Player of the Week Award. Although these were only Spring Training games, his offensive performance was meaningful in the larger scheme of things. By "larger scheme," of course, I'm referring to Morneau's
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  9. Aaron Hicks to AA New Britain: Too Much, Too Soon?

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Jeff Dooley, the voice of the New Britain Rock Cats, has been blogging about Twins Spring Training. A couple days ago, he stated in the blog that the Rock Cats' 2012 lineup would be headlined by prospect Aaron Hicks. This is generally in agreement with what I heard at the Rock Cats Hot Stove luncheon in January, where Rock Cats manager Jeff Smith suggested that, at some point in 2012, fans in Connecticut would be welcoming Hicks.
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  10. The Biggest Sports Story in the Nation

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    This isn't a blog post about March Madness, Tim Tebow (**shudder**), Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods or whether the Yankees or Red Sox won or lost last night. In my mind, those come in a far distant second to what happened on Saturday down in Florida. Of course I'm talking about Justin Morneau's 2-for-2 game with 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. Every report had indicated that, although Morneau was still batting around .100, his timing was closer. La ...
  11. Eight Reasons Why Brian Dozier Should Start at Shortstop for the Twins in 2012

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    He wasn't a household name last year at this time, even among many followers of the Twins' minor league system, but much has changed in the past 12 months. Depending on whom you speak to in the front office, there seem to be differing interpretations on Dozier's role in the Twins' organization this season. Make no mistake -- everyone is speaking of him highly right now. Terry Ryan, for instance, recently mentioned that he would not hesitate ...

    Updated 03-23-2012 at 09:18 AM by Seth Stohs

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  12. Centerfield Trade Bait

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Twins certainly don't have a surplus of major league ready talent at most positions, such as catcher, third base, middle infield, starting pitching, and the bullpen. -- just to name a few areas of concern. But if there is one position where there is a good amount of talent, both on the major league club and in the minor league system, it probably is centerfield.




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    Updated 03-20-2012 at 09:47 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  13. Kent Hrbek's Last Game

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Most of us remember Kent Hrbek for his lumbering physique, affable nature, power swing, underrated defense and, of course, his roles on the 1987 and 1991 World Series teams. Do you remember how his career came to an end? I bet some of you do, but others might have been too young (gasp!) to recall. Hrbek was 34 years old for most of the 1994 baseball season. Though he had been healthy and productive most of his career, injuries and age (code ...
  14. Do the Twins Need to Hire a Sports Psychologist?

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Much has been made over the past year or so of the physical injuries suffered by the Twins, especially injuries to Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span and, to a lesser extent Francisco Liriano. All of these players had a tough time staying in the lineup last season, and we are hoping for better health this year. But that might only be half the battle.


    In yesterday's Spring Training game, for example, Liriano was perfect ...
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