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  1. Twins All Stars - Today's and Tomorrow's

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Apparently, when Twins catcher Joe Mauer’s name was announced as the team’s representative to the All Star game, the Twinsville Twitterverse lit up with tweets condemning his selection. I didn’t notice this so much, myself, which is perhaps a testament to the intelligence of both those who follow me on Twitter and those I personally follow.

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  2. WWTD? (What Will Terry Do?)

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Six weeks ago, I put up a post here arguing that it was much too soon to “pull the plug” on the Twins’ 2012 season. I argued that, despite an admittedly dismal start, the Twins were performing fairly well on most fronts, with the glaring exception of their starting pitching, and that they were just about to begin playing their own Division rivals on a regular basis. Feel free to go back and read the whole article, but ...
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  3. Snappers Wrap Up

    This article was originally posted on Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I had to leave Sunday’s Snappers game with the Cedar Rapids Kernels a couple innings early in order to get ready to catch a flight, but the Kernels had the game pretty well in hand by the time I walked out the gate.

    The Snappers scored one run in the top of the first inning, but probably should have had more. Nate Roberts and JD Williams each singled to start the game and Miguel Sano sent a towering fly ball ...

    Updated 06-24-2012 at 10:28 PM by Jim Crikket

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  4. Another Snappers Shutout

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I have no idea exactly why Twins GM Terry Ryan is in Cedar Rapids watching his organization’s Class A affiliate this weekend, but if he’s here to evaluate the Beloit Snappers’ pitching, he has to like what he’s seen in the first two games!



    Pitcher Tim Shibuya and 3B Miguel Sano

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    Updated 06-24-2012 at 11:36 AM by Jim Crikket

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  5. A Snappers Pitching Gem

    The following article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com

    While the Twins were winning the opening game of their series with the Reds Friday night, I was spending just about a perfect night watching minor league baseball. The Beloit Snappers (the Twins’ Midwest League affiliate) opened the second half of their season here in Cedar Rapids against the Kernels.


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    Updated 06-24-2012 at 12:02 AM by Jim Crikket

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  6. Will Past be Prologue?

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I’m kinda confused.

    I am getting the overwhelming sense that far too many so-called Twins “fans” are actually rooting against the team right now. Why? Because they’re apparently afraid that if the Twins continue to win games at their recent rate, they’ll pull themselves up out of the AL Central Division cellar and perhaps even within shouting distance of whatever sorry excuse for a Division Leader happens to be ...
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  7. Stop With the Premature Trade Talk Already

    This article originally was posted on May 30 at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I know Twins fans aren’t quite accustomed to dealing with having their team be uncompetitive right out of the gate, but that’s no excuse for being rediculously stupid.

    It seems like some folks just don’t know how to enjoy the rare good performance when they see one. No, it has to be immediately followed by, “Let’s trade him!”

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  8. Weird Ideas: The Designated Starter

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    With the dismissal of Jason Marquis and subsequent promotion of Cole DeVries, the Twins’ rotation is down to one member of the original group projected to come out of Spring Training. Only Carl Pavano remains (and his balky shoulder makes you wonder how much longer he’ll last). And we haven’t reached Memorial Day yet.

    So, with the rotation situation as it is, I’m going to put myself in Ron Gardenhire’s and Rick ...
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  9. "Purpose" Pitches

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Baseball is a great game. Almost every game has some sort of unique situation arise, allowing fans to try to get in to the minds of the players and managers. Is the starting pitcher beginning to lose his stuff or can he go another inning? Is the centerfielder cheating a bit by playing shallow to keep a runner from advancing or to cut off a short line drive and will the hitter be able to get something past him in to the gap? ...

    Updated 05-24-2012 at 11:28 AM by Jim Crikket

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  10. Snappers Series Finale Ends With a Bang

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    After a rather ugly game Wednesday night and Thursday’s suspended game, the Snappers and Kernels put on a good show on Friday in Cedar Rapids.

    In the completion of Thursday’s suspended game, the Snappers got a home run from newcomer Drew Leachman and Miguel Sano hit his 7th home run of the season immediately after an AJ Petterson double in the 8th inning, but it wasn’t enough for the win. The Kernels topped ...
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  11. First Look at the 2012 Snappers

    This article originally was posted at Knuckleballsblog.com

    If you follow me on Twitter (@JimCrikket), you know that the Twins’ low-A affiliate, the Beloit Snappers, are making their first trip to Cedar Rapids this week and that I’ve spent the past couple of evenings at the ballpark watching them take on the Kernels (the Angels’ Midwest League affiliate).

    They’ve played 1+ games in the series so far (Thursday’s game was suspended by thunderstorms in the 3rd inning and will ...
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  12. Hendriks vs Trout... I've Seen This Before

    Barring something unforeseen happening, when Twins starting pitcher Liam Hendriks toes the rubber Wednesday night, he’ll be staring down Angels’ top prospect Mike Trout, who’s been hitting in the leadoff spot for the Halos since being promoted a few days ago.

    Talk about déjà vu flashbacks.

    Liam Hendriks
    Just over two years ago, the Beloit Snappers opened their season against the Angels’ ...
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  13. Two Weeks In: Who Is This Team?

    This post was originally published at knuckleballsblog.com.

    I swear if there’s one thing I’ve grown more tired of than people using small sample sizes to “prove” how good or bad a player is, at this still-early point in the season, it’s people who do so while even admitting that they’re using small sample sizes. Let’s be brutally honest here, statheads, stats over a single two week period, even if it’s the first two weeks of the season, are almost completely worthless.
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  14. St. Patty's Day is Separation Day

    This was originally posted at Knuckleballs. This blog has been promoted to an article.

    St. Patrck’s Day means different things to different people. But if you’re a baseball player trying to make a Big League ballclub, you should have a pretty good idea of where you stand with your manager and General Manager by the time you lift your first green beer of the evening on March 17.


    At this point, there are just over two weeks left of Spring Training, so if you have ...

    Updated 03-18-2012 at 07:58 AM by Seth Stohs

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