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  1. Position Battle: Catcher

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ID:	6580When the Twins signed Kurt Suzuki back in December, it looked like they were adding a veteran backup catcher to the roster. After all, Suzuki has hit like a backup over the past four years (.650 OPS), served as a backup with two different clubs last season, and is getting paid like a backup at $2.75 million.

    However, folks around camp are talking about the new addition as essentially a lock to open the season as Minnesota's starter behind the plate. ...
  2. Twins Hangouts: Tuesday, February 25

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    Join Seth and I tonight at 8:30 - along with special guest Brandon Warne - to talk about the recent happenings in Twins Territory.

    YouTube page here.

    Please leave your questions and/or comments below. We try to block out 15 minutes at the end to answer questions, so feel free to leave them here.

    Updated 02-25-2014 at 09:43 AM by Jeremy Nygaard

  3. Position Battles: The Bullpen

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ID:	6572The Twins need to make some decisions about the back end of their bullpen. And those decisions might not be based on merit. To understand why, we need to talk about “options.” And my favorite way to talk about technical baseball transactions is to compare them to my marriage. Even if it means blatantly plagiarizing my own story. So let’s talk about…

    By the fourth year together, you better be ready for a commitment. At that point, you’re out ...
  4. Minor Leaguers Deserve Better

    I haven't written much lately. Honestly, I haven't even read much lately. Not about baseball, anyway. There just isn't much going on that I'm particularly interested in. Sure, spring training has started, but they haven't even started playing spring training games, yet, so there just isn't much going on to capture my interest.

    I'm pretty sure I'll get more interested when the Grapefruit League games get underway. I guarantee I'll be more than casually interested a month from now when ...
  5. Troy's Twins Chat Tonight

    Hello Twins fans.! Tonight, I'm going to co-host Troy's Twins Chat with my dad. We'll spend the majority of the time talking Twins topics and may also talk about the Major Leagues. If time permits, we may talk about other Minnesota sports topics.

    The show will start at 10 p.m. To listen to it live or to listen to it later, click on the following link.
  6. Keep the Ball In The Park

    Phil Hughes might have had plenty of people betting MLB World Series in a real spin last year as he gave away plenty of home runs in the less than pitcher friendly environment in New York.

    This year it may well be that in Minnesota he’s in a more laid-back atmosphere and more importantly in a far more pitcher friendly stadium. After seven seasons with the Yankees, Hughes signed a $24 million, three-year contract to make Target Field his new home.

    Hughes was originally ...
  7. Position Battle: Designated Hitter

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ID:	6566In Josh Willingham, Oswaldo Arcia and Jason Kubel, the Twins have three players who are projected to be on the 25-man roster and are all probably best suited for designated hitter duty.

    Each is likely to see some time in that role, but determining which player should be the true "designated DH" is essentially a matter of judging who provides the least defensive value.

    Of course, the go-to designated hitter also has to hit enough to justify playing ...
  8. Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 134: Cribs, Mat Garza and Bathroom Etiquette

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ID:	6564Aaron and John go on a tour of Aaron's new place in Uptown and talk about Matt Garza reportedly turning down the Twins' sizable offer, Pedro Florimon's grasp on the shortstop job, when not to use someone's bathroom, Liam Hendriks' waiver wire tour, investing in a marriage, working from coffee shops, Josh Willingham's future, our survey, mailbag questions from listeners, hanging out at Bar Abilene with Meatsauce, speed dating, and the joys of parking. You can listen by
  9. 10 Optimistic Predictions for 2014

    Even amidst the 10-plus inches of snow (cue meat sauce) the Twin Cites area received in the past week, the promise of girls in bikinis and a clean-slate for baseball teams are soon approaching. Soon we will be trading in our winter hats, gloves, jackets and ice scrapers for baseball gloves, sun glasses and tans. So, for my first blog, I figured it would be apropos to begin thinking optimistically about our favorite major league ball team.

    10) Target Field will sell-out 15 games this ...

    Updated 02-23-2014 at 12:42 AM by Brabes1987

  10. Catch Framing Predictability

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ID:	6548There has been more and more talk lately about catcher framing, which is the ability for catchers to impact the runs scored in a game by garnering strikes from pitches outside the strike zone. My initial skepticism around it has largely been due to the huge impact it can have. For instance, last year the difference between the best catch framer (Matt LuCroy) and the worst (John Buck) is estimated at 50 runs. That's a five win difference. That's hard to believe.
  11. Baseball Amerrica - 13 Ranked Twins Position Players for 2014

    Buxton #1 (Top 30 CF in Minors)

    Josmil Pinto#11 (Top 25 C in Minors)

    Meyer#19 - Stewart#21 - Berrrios#45 - May#59 - (Top 65 RHP in Minors)

    Lewis Thorpe#11 (Top 30 LHP in Minors) ...
  12. NFL Mock Draft 5.0

    1. Houston- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

    2. St. Louis- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

    3. Jacksonville- Blake Bortles QB Central Florida

    4. Cleveland- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

    5. Oakland- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

    6. Atlanta- Greg Robinson OT Auburn

    7. Tampa Bay- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

    8. Minnesota- Khalil Mack LB Buffalo

    9. Buffalo- Anthony Barr ...
  13. Another 2014 Minor League Preview - MN Twins

    Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
    2013 (10) | 2012 (19) | 2011 (13) | 2010 (6) | 2009 (22)
    2013 Affiliate Records
    MLB: [66-96] AL Central
    AAA: [77-67] International League – Rochester
    AA: [66-76] Eastern League — New Britain
    A+: [79-56] Florida State League – Fort Myers
    A: [88-50] Midwest League – Cedar Rapids
    Graduated Prospects
    Oswaldo Arcia (OF); ...
  14. Kepler Amongst Top 1st Basemen - Baseball America

    Max Kepler is listed 14th amongst minor league first basemen. He is ahead of some promising names. Is anyone else surprised by this? 1st Base? Is this a sign moving forward?
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