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  1. Weekend Thoughts

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins have swept two consecutive series, but due to crazy sucky weather, it only adds up to a four-game winning streak. The weather is still cold, but the Twins are hot right now. They sit in second place after beating the White Sox in two straight, and are only a half game behind the powerhouse Royals. This week, they received good enough starting pitching, solid offense, and great performances out of the bullpen. Is it sustainable? ...
  2. Baseblol Cards: 1991 Score

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! with all the images in tact.

    Note: There is a 20 image limit in posts here, which is totally fair, but that is why a few of the original images were changed to links.

    When I close my eyes and think of baseball cards, I picture 1991 Score baseball cards. I'm not sure why, but this is the set that I picture when I dream of cards (which happens all the time). I distinctly remember that there were green, blue, white and black
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    Updated 04-20-2013 at 06:18 PM by Brad Swanson

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  3. Fun with Stizzles

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I just realized that my free trial of the Baseball Reference play index is going to expire on Monday. Very sad. Although, if you read this post, you already know that I am planning to purchase a subscription anyway. Happy times! Now that you can relax with this knowledge, let's find some fun stats and occurrences and seasons and whatever. Oh, and I apologize for the word "stizzles" in the title. It should read "stats" ...
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  4. Weekend Thoughts

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins won the final two games of the weekend series and now sit at 4-2. They have won both series in this young season and now will head to Kansas City for three games. The starting pitching has been surprisingly good and the bullpen has been solid. The offense has produced some big hits. If everyone starts to hit consistently, the Twins' offense could be above-average. They have been fun to watch, which is not something I could ...
  5. Bunting

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I hope this gets your Sunday morning off to a good start.

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    Updated 04-07-2013 at 12:24 AM by Brad Swanson

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  6. Friday Mailbag (4/5/2013)!!!!!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    What's more pathetic than a person writing questions to himself and then answering them, pretending all along that it is some hilarious endeavor or insightful method of talking about baseball? Not sure I can answer that question. Here's a (fake) mailbag instead.

    How do you feel about Joe Mauer batting zecond? Love the podcast.

    ~Brad S. (Twin Cities, MN)

    I don't have a podcast. Yet...

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  7. Wednesday Game Thoughts

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Again, I don't plan to write about every game. However, I'm on Spring Break, my pregnant wife has been sleeping since 7pm and my dog doesn't want to talk to me. So, here you are.

    Aaron Hicks

    Hicks didn't look great today. He added two more strikeouts to his season total and only put one ball in play. However, I thought his lead-off walk was impressive. He laid off some really close pitches and seems to have ...
  8. Three True Outcomes Games

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Anyone who has studied the mathematical or sabermetric side of baseball has certainly heard of the concept of the Three True Outcomes. Basically, when looking at the battle between a pitcher and a batter, there are three true outcomes: a walk, a strikeout and a home run. By true outcomes, we take away things like defense, park, weather, speed, etc. It was introduced by Rany Jazayerli of Baseball Prospectus back in 2000 and you can read a lot more about the idea ...

    Updated 04-03-2013 at 07:34 PM by Brad Swanson

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  9. Opening Day Thoughts

    I'm not going to write about every game or every day of the season. However, I watched a lot of baseball yesterday and I have some thoughts to share. I thought the Twins game went about as would have been expected, and I was happy that they made it close near the end. I don't like to get too caught up in one game, but it's just too much fun to write about baseball, so here are some thoughts.

    Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks had a tough debut. Justin Verlander is the best pitcher ...
  10. Fun Twins Single Season Records

    Originally posted at your new homepage: Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Baseball Reference made their play index free for about a month. I have intended to play around with it for a couple weeks, but I have been busy with work. However, I'm on SPRING BREAK!!!! now, so I have some free time. Let's see if we can find some cool stuff. At the end, I'll decide whether or not to pay for this feature going forward. I know you are on the edge of your seats.

    Of course, I then immediately ...
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  11. My Opening Day Tradition

    I remember Sunday, April 5, 1992 very well. I was more than somewhat aware that the Twins' Opener was the next day. I had been a huge Twins fan since I was like four-years-old. By 1991, I was nine and I had started collecting baseball cards, going to the occasional game and I was about to start a tradition of skipping school on Opening Day. Well, not really skipping school. You can't really skip school in 3rd grade. However, my devious plan was to fake being sick, in order to stay home and ...

    Updated 03-29-2013 at 10:34 PM by Brad Swanson

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  12. Inside a Target Field Promotions Meeting: A Screenplay

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    INT. TARGET FIELD BOARDROOM - LATE AFTERNOON

    A room full of executives readies themselves for an important meeting. WILSON, JOHNSON, THOMAS, SMITH, and DAVIS each take a seat at the table. DAVIS sits at the head of the table and the others surround him. Everyone looks nervous about the events to transpire. WILSON, JOHNSON, THOMAS, and SMITH each have large, white poster boards, covered for now. There is obvious tension ...

    Updated 03-23-2013 at 02:54 PM by Brad Swanson

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  13. What now for Joe Benson?

    The Twins made a few more cuts today, which is common during these final days of Spring Training. Joe Benson was cut and that is very disappointing to me. Benson is a player that I have been excited about for many years and a player who was given the opportunity to win the open center field job, after the trades of Ben Revere and Denard Span. Benson was not impressive this Spring. I don't put a lot of stock into Spring Training stats, but a .151/.286/.283 line with 15 strikeouts in 63 plate ...
  14. Finding Pedro Florimon's Value

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Yesterday, I unveiled what will almost certainly go down in history as my most popular original idea: a weekly (fake) mailbag. In that mailbag I asked myself... I mean, I was asked about the Twins player I am higher on than most. I chose Pedro Florimon because I think his defense can provide enough value to overcome his complete lack of contribution on offense. I am not sure I explained my point very well and I wasn't feeling good about ...

    Updated 03-16-2013 at 05:01 PM by Brad Swanson

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