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  1. Twins MiLB Awards: Down on the Pond - The Hitters

    This post originally appeared at http://puckettspond.com/2012/10/01/d...s-the-hitters/

    The minor league seasons are all over. The prospects have played their final games (well, I guess officially the September call-ups still have 3 games left, but let's not get carried away) and the stats and progressions for 2012 are all in the books.
    Before the season began, several of the Twins bloggers, myself included, made some prognostications about who we thought ...

    Updated 10-01-2012 at 09:48 AM by Paul Pleiss

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  2. Tsuyoshi Nishioka was a "Candle in the Wind"

    The following song is dedicated to former Twins middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka as he exits the United States and heads back to resume his career in Japan. The tune of the song is "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John. Enjoy!
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    Goodbye Tsuyoshi
    Though we hardly knew you at all
    You had the grace to leave the Twins
    Back to Japan is where you crawled
    Two seasons have gone by
    And it was a disaster from the start
    Swisher broke ...
  3. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 60: Nishioka No More and Losing Las Vegas

    The Minnesota Twins release Tsuyoshi Nishioka, contemplate coaching changes, and the John and Aaron review the MLB season via their preseason predictions. Here are:


  4. 2013 Twins Top 50

    The 2012 minor league season is over and much will remain quiet in the prospect world for some time. A few players have "graduated" from September call-ups, but from a new standpoint here we go. Unlike last list, a lot of insight was taken from a few other Twins farm followers. This year's performance has is a critical component as is talent. Tools and the other insight as mentioned were the big factors that caused guys like Morales to rise. I know I may do these a little frequently, but ...
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  5. Mollie and Mornie; Mauer, Yount and Minny: Lessons to Learn by Looking to Milwaukee?

    The Minnesota Twins enter the offseason saddled with the need to rebuild. As the Twins fan base begins to dwindle, and the shine seems to be coming off Target Field, questions arise about the M & M boys, andtheir long-term value in Minnesota. Both players are emerging out from under a cloud of befuddling injuries, so their long-term health is a question. Both players command a significant portion of team salary, so their combined value is a question. Joe Mauer is likely to increase his playing ...

    Updated 09-30-2012 at 02:02 PM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy

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  6. The Market for Pitchers

    A common thought among baseball fans like...

    "Since there are a larger number of starting pitchers on the free agent market, it is good for my team because we need pitching"

    I would like to challenge that argument. I do believe a larger market can be an advantage for some teams. I don't believe that a larger market can be good for every team that needs pitching. Many teams need pitching. If the market is an advantage for some, doesn't it need to be a disadvantage ...
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  7. Burton: What's is the Future for a 31 Year Old Set Up Man?

    I was surprised at the suggestion earlier that the Twins should consider extending Burton. They have him locked up next year. In two years he will be 33. On the other hand, he has been very valuable this year.

    My first thought was it was a horrible idea. Take his season next year at the bargain level. Don't buy his 33 year old season now! That was clearly the minority opinion.

    I went to Baseball Reference for clarity. I searched for every season pitched by a 31 year old ...

    Updated 10-01-2012 at 08:35 PM by jorgenswest

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  8. Reflecting on the Nishioka Experiment

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ID:	2439In assessing the Twins' payroll situation for next year, a depressing reality became clear. Between the contracts of Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Nick Blackburn, along with the $250,000 buyout that will be owed to Matt Capps, the club was set to be on the hook for about $9 million in what appeared to be totally sunk costs – all the results of clearly misguided decisions. That's a pretty significant chunk of money for a team with payroll restraints that needs to be putting all ...
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  9. Minnesota Twins Podcast, Talk To Contact Episode 6: Sconnie Beer and Col. Sanders

    This post originally appeared at http://puckettspond.com/2012/09/28/m...d-col-sanders/

    Episode 6 of the Twins related baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    Episode 5 was pretty excellent, if I do say so myself, and in the 6th edition of the podcast Eric and I discuss why the Twins always seem to ...
  10. MLB Draft a Crapshoot - Part 1?

    The Twins suck. Sorry, had to be said. I do consider myself a bit of a shock-jock, so this is fitting. However, the reward for sucky teams is a good draft pick. I was talking with a friend of mine and he said, "who cares about the draft, it's a total crapshoot." This got me wondering; is the draft a crapshoot?

    Yeah, probably.

    However, is the MLB draft more of a crapshoot than the other 3 major sports' drafts? I did some research to see if any one league has ...
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  11. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    It's the last Friday of the regular season and that means this will be the last Friday the Twins will be playing until opening week of next year. That might be sad to think about for some fans but it has been two tough seasons in a row. The 162 game schedule can be grueling for the players and it seems logical to think some of them are ready for their up coming break. It's been the second year in a row that the Twins haven't been close to making the playoffs and that hasn't happened since the 1999-2000 ...
  12. 2013 Blueprint, Part One: Overview

    This is the first part of four parts of my 2013 Twins blueprint. The following is an overview of the roster. Part two will focus on the pitchers, part three on the position players, and part four will be centered around both contingency plans for 2013 and looking toward the future beyond 2013.

    Last year, I actually put out three versions of a 2012 blueprint depending on payroll (110, 105, 100) and I was right about a few things. Jamey Carroll and Ryan Doumit were added, and I even had ...

    Updated 09-28-2012 at 01:06 AM by Shane Wahl

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  13. Down early

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ID:	2431With the possible exception of the popularity of “Call Me Maybe”, nothing has spun more out of control in 2012 than the Minnesota Twins starting pitching.

    Categorically the Twins rotation has produced some of the least desirable stats in the American League. For starters, their misshapen 5.50 ERA tops the charts. Performances like Nick Blackburn (7.39 ERA in 19 starts), Brian Duensing (6.92 in 11 starts) and Liam Hendriks (6.13 ERA in 15 starts) shows where ...
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  14. Season Ticket Holder Conference Call

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    On Thursday evening, Ron Gardenhire and Terry Ryan participated in a Fan Forum Conference Call with Season Ticket Holders. This is a nice little perk that allows fans to get a glimpse of the inside workings of the team. Nothing earth-shattering ever gets said, but it's always interesting. I hastily tried to take some notes as the call went along; here are my impressions. (Keep in mind that I'm not a good transcriber, so none of these ...

    Updated 09-27-2012 at 11:41 PM by Kirsten Brown

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