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  1. Three Strikes... Puig's Out!

    Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder, Yasiel Puig, was chosen to participate in the Home Run Derby and was a starter for the National League during the 2014 All Star Game. Let’s just say Puig will cherish the memories of meeting new players but will want to forget his actual performance throughout these last couple of days in Minneapolis.

    Strike One: Monday night was the Home Run Derby which featured five ...

    Updated 07-17-2014 at 10:21 AM by Brian Mozey (Wanted to add a picture)

  2. Episode 92: Reviewing the First Half

    You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here, and if you want to add the show to your non-iTunes podcast player, this is the RSS Feed.

    “Peace to my All Star homies in West Fargo.” – Cody Christie, probably

    This week we talk all about the first half, the Twins best players and worst players before the All Star break, and what we think might ...
  3. Framing by Battery

    Baseball Prospectus has pitch framing data organized by battery.

    Framing data by battery

    The data looks at pitches where the umpire needs to make the call and compares actual strikes with predicted strikes.

    While looking at splits creates small sample sizes, I wondered if it would be clear that Josmil Pinto's framing skills are significantly worse than Kurt Suzuki.

    The natural place to start is Glenn Perkins.

  4. Right field wall

    Michael Rand today quotes extensively from an article by Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell. The gist of Boswell's article is to criticize the high wall in right center that makes home runs to that part of the ballpark much too difficult.

    Target Field is a lovely downtown home for the Twins, classy and comfortable if not breathtaking. But until that right field wall becomes remotely fair to hitters, especially in the 120-foot-long power-alley expanse from the 385-to-403 signs, this is a
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  5. Around the Bases All Star Edition

    Single: The single moment tonight came from Idina Menzel at the opening ceremony for the All Star Game. Not one, but two amazing performances. First, Menzel sang "Forever Young" for the thirty amazing teachers that were nominated by their respective teams. Then she sang a beautiful "Star-Spangled Banner" with a breath taking flyby. The Minnesota Twins and MLB chose a great artist to sing the National Anthem and Menzel definitely proved it.

    Double: Mike Trout ...

    Updated 07-16-2014 at 05:09 PM by Brian Mozey

  6. An All-Star Showing From the Twins

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ID:	8242As I write this, I'm feeling pretty giddy. I just got done watching Glen Perkins pitch to Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning of the All-Star Game, closing out a victory for the American League in Derek Jeter's final hurrah.

    Admittedly I don't usually get too worked up about pageantry of the so-called Midsummer Classic, but with my lifelong city being showcased -- and with our site holding an event downtown -- I couldn't help but get drawn in this year.
  7. Dumping the HR Derby

    I did not watch the derby and haven't for a couple of years. To me, it is too long and boring - a glorified batting practice. After what, 20 years or so?, I think it's time to change it up a bit.

    I hadn't really thought much about it, because I really didn't have an alternative. But last week I ran across a posting by Gabe Kaplan on Fox Sports, where he presents a different scenario that sounds at least interesting. In addition, it expands participation.

    Dear ...
  8. Handing Out Twins First Half Awards

    Welcome to the unofficial midpoint of the 2014 Twins season. After teasing fans for different portions of the first half, the Twins find themselves in a familiar position at the break, last place in the AL Central. The Twins enter the break six games under .500 and 10.5 games behind the Detroit Tigers for the top spot in the division.

    Even though the team's record might not show it, there have been some positive things happening for the Twins this year. Kurt Suzuki and Phil Hughes are ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/14): Duffey Deals on Derby Day

    As most eyes of the baseball world turn their focus to the Home Run Derby on Monday night and the All-Star Game on Tuesday, a few minor league affiliates are still playing. Both AA and AAA have their All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

    Red Wings Report
    The Red Wings have a three-day break before returning to the field on Thursday. Rochester already has Trevor May listed as their scheduled starter. This would put him in line to pitch again next Tuesday... or the same day as the Twins ...
  10. Taking a Closer Look at Kohl Stewart

    There have been mixed feelings about Kohl Stewart this season. Some cite his low ERA as evidence that he has been excellent, while other point out his low K-rate and claim that he is struggling. Let’s take a closer look to see which is the case.

    A Closer Look

    The first thing we must consider is Stewart’s age. A prospect’s performance should never be viewed independently of their age: if a player is old for their level, they should be expected to perform well; conversely, ...
  11. The Future Arrived (But Only for One Day)

    It's always exciting - at least for me - to get to see guys play well before they are major leaguers. Whether it's watching Brian Dozier play for the Beloit Snappers or sit in the Metrodome during a blizzard watching a Tom Windle/Sean Manaea match-up, I enjoy it. I'm no scout, but trying to project how these guys will be against the greatest baseball players in the world is an exercise I enjoy doing.

    Yesterday, then, would classify as a highlight of my baseball-watching experience. ...
  12. Monday Morning Madness: July 14, 2014

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Weekend Recap

    Hey, two series wins in a row. The Twins out-slugged the slugging Rockies over the weekend, pulling to within six games of .500 with a ten-game homestand on the other end of the All-Star Break. They received a pretty balanced attack from their offense as just about every player contributed in some way. The offense has been so poor recently, perhaps this is a glimpse of what is to come in the second half. We ...
  13. Breaking Better

    Last year, when the Twins reached the All-Star break, they were 14 games below .500 and 12 games back in the AL Central. In 2012, they had entered the break at 13 games below .500, and 11 games back in the division.

    Against that backdrop, their present standing -- 44-50 and 10.5 games behind the first-place Tigers -- looks like another step in the right direction.

    The Twins had firmly established their irrelevance by the end of July after crumbling around the break in ...
  14. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #13: Darren Wolfson

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ID:	8224On this week's episode of The No Juice Podcast, Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson ventured to KSTP studios to talk to one of the Twin Cities' hardest-working media members, Darren Wolfson.

    On the night that Labron James announced his intentions of returning to Ohio, Wolfson provided his plugged-in insights on what that means to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love. Wolfson also shares information on the impending trade deadline and what that means for ...
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