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  1. Twins Fan Forum with Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki

    The Twins hosted another Fan Forum phone call on Tuesday night, this time featuring closer Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki. I took some notes, and I thought I'd kind-of, sort-of transcribe them. My usual caveat: keep in mind, I'm a horrible transcriptionist, my notes are hard to read, my hand cramped up halfway through, and my dog needed to be let out in the middle of it. All the questions and answers written here are rough estimations of what was really said, and most likely somewhat abbreviated. ...
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  2. So Begin the Paper Dolls: Swarzak and Diamond

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    As expected, on March 22, the Twins placed Anthony Swarzak and Scott Diamond on the 15-day Disabled List.


    Anthony Swarzak was placed on the DL with cracked ribs suffered at the end of January while he was in Minnesota for TwinsFest. Apparently he and some teammates were goofing around, officially stated as "horseplay" ...
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  3. Fan Forum Conference Call: Brunansky and Steinbach

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog.

    The Twins conducted another Fan Form conference call for season-ticket holders, this time featuring new hitting coach Tom Brunansky and new bench and catchers' coach Terry Steinbach. I furiously scribbled notes as fast as a could so I can recap the call for you. As always, I'm pretty crappy at taking dictation, so please don't consider any of this true quotes, but rather regard it as paraphrases and general ideas. I apologize in advance if ...

    Updated 03-19-2013 at 11:15 PM by Kirsten Brown

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  4. Childhood Hazards

    Originally posted at kbro's baseball blog

    We all had a good chuckle (and by "chuckle," I mean "eye-roll") when we heard that Anthony Swarzak cracked a couple ribs when he and a teammate engaged in what the team officially calls "horseplay." Now, we're hearing that Scott Diamond's bone chips -- you know, the ones that required surgery in December -- occurred because he was jumping rope.


    It makes one wonder whether players participating ...
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  5. Who Are These Guys, Anyway? Quick and Dirty 2013 Spring Training Guide

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    In less than a week, the Twins will officially open Spring Training camp. As of now, 66 players are expected to be there: 34 pitchers, 9 catchers (a lot of catchers needed for a lot of pitchers), 13 infielders, and 10 outfielders. There are a lot of bodies (I imagine the locker room might be a tad crowded), but there are also a lot of holes from 2012 to be filled. By the end of it, there will be 25 men ready to head north and face the Tigers
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    Updated 02-06-2013 at 02:44 PM by Kirsten Brown

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  6. 10 Things to Do and See at TwinsFest

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    The days are beginning to get noticeably longer. Football teams are being eliminated from the playoffs one-by-one. The Twins Caravan is in full swing. So it must be almost time for TwinsFest.

    I know many fans enjoy going to TwinsFest yearly. Those folks already already know what they want to do. But, if you haven't been in a while, allow me to point out some of my TwinsFest traditions.


    1. Make a plan: Be sure
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  7. Book Review: Out of My League

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog



    Dirk Hayhurst. Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs. New York, NY: Kensington Publishing Corp., 2012. ISBN 978-0-8065-3553-1


    I loved The Bullpen Gospels, Dirk Hayhurst's first book, so much that I went out of my way to recommend it to anyone who would listen. Unfortunately, I can't muster that much enthusiasm for his follow-up book Out of My League. In fact, I hesitate to recommend it at all. ...
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  8. Quick Notes - Dec. 17 and the WABAC Machine

    Originally posted k-bro's baseball blog

    It's been a while since I've updated, and addition to the Span and Revere trades that I did write about, there's been some activity I need to mention.

    When I last did an update, it was right before the contract-tender deadline and the Winter Meetings. Let's go back in time three weeks to catch up.

    Sherman, set the WABAC machine ...

    bo beep boop bo beep

    November 30, 2012
    Contract-tender ...

    Updated 12-17-2012 at 09:46 PM by Kirsten Brown

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  9. Bye, Benny

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    In the span of one week, the Twins have traded two speedy centerfielders. And both times, I've had mixed feelings about the deals.


    Just when Twins fans handed over the responsibilities of centerfielder, lead off hitter, and 'big brother' to the up-and-coming outfielders to Ben Revere, he was traded to the Phillies for two right-handed pitchers. And just when fans were getting past losing Denard Span, another fun-to-watch, ...
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  10. Adieu Denard

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    You've most likely heard by now that the Twins have traded center-fielder Denard Span to the Washington Nationals for RHP prospect Alex Meyer today.


    Being a fan of a sports team has its downfalls. I wouldn't have much fun being a fan if I didn't get a little emotionally attached to some of the guys. The risk of that, of course, is that it's a bummer when they go away. I will certainly miss Denard.


    All ...
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  11. Quick Notes - Nov. 27

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    The Admitting of Errors and Omissions:
    The Twins haven't really erred or omitted -- as far as I can tell -- but I have. Specifically, I've omitted (although there's a better than even chance that I've erred as well, but I'm not aware of what it is yet).

    Last time, I totally forgot to mention that Alexi Casilla was claimed off waivers by the Orioles. I not only forgot this event happened, but I also forgot Alexi Casilla existed.
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    Updated 11-27-2012 at 10:16 PM by Kirsten Brown

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  12. Quick Notes - Nov. 14

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    I've been out of blogging commission for a while; I've been laptopless (not to be confused with topless -- or lapless for that matter). That's been resolved, so here I am again. Not that there's much shocking news to write about, but here it is anyway.


    New Guys
    The Twins have added a few new players, but no one to get really excited about.


    Infielder Tommy Field (yes, a fielder named Field) and right-handed ...
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  13. Quick Notes -- Nov. 1

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog.

    Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants for winning the World Series. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who was surprised that the Tigers weren't able to make a better series out it, especially after they mopped up the Yankees so handily. But it's just as well; the weather wouldn't have cooperated in Detroit for a game 5. Silly old Sandy.


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    Now that the World Series is over, players who qualify have ...
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  14. Chicks Dig The Infield Fly Rule -- Somtimes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.
    When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield
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    Updated 10-06-2012 at 11:51 AM by Kirsten Brown

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