Originally Posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
State of the Team
1993 Record: 71-91, 5th in the AL West
1993 Overview: Extremely disappointing, the beginning of the end...
1994 Outlook: Not good; welcome to the abyss
Players Lost - Free Agency
The Twins didn't really lose a whole lot after the '93 season. We're talking about mostly minor players here. Mike Hartley was decent. Terry Jorgensen, Jeff Grotewold and Mike Maksudian were
I just saw a youtube highlight video of Adam Brett Walker with the Kernels. The first short clip is an advertisement for the Kernels (be patient) and then there are 27 or 29 short highlight clips (15 - 30 seconds each) from just the Kernels home games in CR.
He truly does have incredible power. Each HR must have been over 400 feet. Must see TV.
Aaron and John visit a rainy Nordeast Big River Brew Fest and talk about why the Twins let David Ortiz go, finishing the Justin Morneau trade with Duke Welker, East Side Neighborhood Services, Metrodome-like attendance figures, Joe Nathan and Matt Capps going opposite directions, John Sickels Top 20 Twins' prospects, "Singles Night" at Xcel Center, podcast Hall of Famers, the White Sox spending $68 million on a Cuban import, and mailbag questions from listeners.
How did they do it? What were the changes?
How does a team 'unload' most of it's talent and not really seem to acquire much more, yet, come out on top as it seems the Red Sox have done.
The 1991 Minnesota Twins went from 'worst to first'...as did the Atlanta Braves that year.
The 2012 Red Sox had:
Carl Crawford ($102.5M over the next 5 yrs)
Adrian Gonzalez ($127M over the next 6 yrs, Red Sox pay $3.9M/yr thru '15)
Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) measures what a player’s ERA should have looked like over a given time period, assuming that performance on balls in play and timing were league average. Fangraphs relies on FIP to calculate WAR for pitchers.
Is FIP independent of the catcher?
The following table shows pitching performance by catcher over the last two seasons.
It seems a bit early for this, but I think the Twins need to be aggressive early in free agency this year. Jim Pohlad has made it clear that the bank is open if Terry Ryan decides to spend money in free agency this offseason. As John Bonnes recently wrote, the Twins could easily have $25-$30M to spend on payroll this season.
Twins Daily - TwinsDaily Video: How Much Pitching Can The Twins Afford
I would like to expand upon this and propose what I would like the Twins to
It was just announced yesterday that the Chicago White Sox signed Jose Abreu to a 6 year $68 million dollar deal.
Let’s not get our undies in a bunch over the Chicago White Sox signing of Adam Dunn Part II. First a little on our Midwest American League Central neighbors.
Lest we forget, this is the same White Sox management that signed Adam Dunn to a 4yr/$56M deal.
Adam Dunn. Jose Abreu.
Updated 10-19-2013 at 11:17 AM by twinsfan34
This is my first attempt at a blog entry. Thanks Twins Daily community. And yes this is a true story.
It was a wonderful evening in 1987, my best friend Mark and I had been wondering the streets of Minneapolis for hours, there were hundreds of folks seemingly in the same situation as ours. We saw signs, people dressed in costumes, yelling catchy and witty lines to everyone they passed. Mark and I talked of Hrbek launching another miracle homerun in the 9th. Seeing Bert close
Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! If you really like reviews, I did two 2013 fun stats reviews as well: Hitters. Pitchers. Fun!
The 2013 regular season has ended. The AL Central has produced a team that has made it to at least the ALCS. In addition, the Indians made the Wild Card game and the Royals had a pretty decent season. The Twins and White Sox battled heroically for last place, with the White Sox emerging victorious.
Prior to the season, I did
Not that I thought his 40-man roster spot was ever in doubt.
But he's the best performing Twin so far in the ARZ Fall League, which started on Oct 8.
Here's a story on Kepler and his performance in his last game.
Here's the Twins stats - they're on the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Updated 10-17-2013 at 11:55 AM by twinsfan34
In 1987 and 1991, I was eight and eleven respectively.
1987 was the first year I “followed” the Minnesota Twins, and I can still remember my father, an ardent Yankees fan, complaining about the Twins that year. It was a beautiful time to be eight and hate the Yankees. Memories of the World Series are not very clear, but for some reason I swear I remember an Ozzie Smith back flip (I hope that actually happened). Once they won that championship, I was hooked (still have a wall plaque
With tickets and Homer Hankies sold out for days, Minnesota Twins fans were more than ready for the main event to start.
However the Series would not start off in the Twins’ favor. Not immediately anyways.
The Cardinals clung to a one-nothing lead through the first three innings. Jim Lindeman, a former roommate of Kirby Puckett’s at Bradley University, would reach on a double after his old roomie misjudged what should have been a caught popup
What better time than right now is there to roll out the newest edition of the Roster and Payroll page?
After fiddling with some design changes, there really isn't a lot of options. There are still some potential changes that may be made, but for now you're gonna have to deal with it.
The first thing you see is the PROJECTED payroll. You're gonna see that word a lot because, well... everything you see is a projection. I don't really have any special insight into anything.
To say that Byron Buxton had a successful full-season debut is less than accurate. To be completely honest, he went bananas, or peaches, maybe. It was predicted that Byron would dominate as a 19-year-old in 2013, but not like this. We need to really look at this young peach of a prospect.
Everyone had to know it was coming. Even though Byron’s rookie level stats were less than amazing, he separated himself from the rest of minor league baseball
Updated 10-18-2013 at 09:15 AM by mnfanforlife