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  1. Why the Twins Should be in Serious Talks With the Yankees

    I was at the Yankees-Twins games on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. What I saw during those games showed me that the Twins and Yankees should be in serious talks about Josh Willingham.
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    One reason why I believe that the Yankees should get Willingham is because Alfonso Soriano was just Designated for Assignment. Willingham would be an upgrade from Soriano as a right-handed power bat in the outfield.

    In addition, Carlos Beltran is hitting .193/.226/.341 ...

    Updated 07-06-2014 at 12:53 PM by jtkoupal

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  2. Do Twins fans want Deduno to fail?

    With his second straight sterling performance yesterday, Samuel, proved he is a valuable resource. Interestingly, Deduno before Slama....hmmm

    With all the criticism of Deduno, do you really want him to fail?

    I am delighted that Twins have found a way to use him and this might be his optimum role.

    His stuff is just so good, remember this, when he is on, he can beat anybody,

    We need a few more of those, do we not?
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  3. Cliff Notes to the 2014 Twins: Ch. 3 June

    Even though it's summer, and I'm free from teaching for a few blissful weeks, I have to keep going...with that here's my Cliff Notes Guide to June, in case you're joining this Twins season already in progress.


    Summary: Ch. 3 "June"
    Entering the month of June the Twins were still lurking on the fringes of what could be defined as a "dangerous" team. One that didn't know it wasn't good enough to be playing like it was. One that could rely on youthful exuberance, ...
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  4. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #12: Gleeman

    On the special holiday episode of The No Juice Podcast, Parker Hageman and Dan Anderson bring in guest Aaron Gleeman to discuss how to make it in America as a blogger.


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    In addition to having Aaron Gleeman discuss his Linkedin profile, you will hear tips on why you should avoid Minneapolis strip clubs if you are a Kansas City Royals pitcher, which baseball analytics websites to use for your ball guy analysis, a comparison between Joe Mauer and ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (7/3): Alex Meyer Bounces Back

    The Twins took an early lead against the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka but could not hold as the Yankees came storming back in the fifth inning with a couple of home runs against Phil Hughes. The Twins tried making a game of it, but the Yankees ran the score up to 7-4 and the Twins did not have enough firepower to hang in.

    Lots of tight games down in the Minor League system, as every full season affiliate played a one- or two-run game. Let's get to it.

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    Updated 07-04-2014 at 06:58 AM by Eric R Pleiss

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  6. International Signings: How many of the top signings make it?

    The Yankees have poured millions into international signings this summer. In doing so they will give up the right to sign players to more than $300,000 over the next two years and pay a large tax. Is it worth it? How easy is it to determine the best players to sign at age 16?

    In order to help answer that question I went to look at the top signings of the 2007 and 2006 seasons. Players signed in those seasons have now had 7 or 8 years to develop. They needed to be put on 40 man rosters
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    Updated 07-05-2014 at 08:17 AM by jorgenswest

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  7. Dozier's Season

    We have just passed the midpoint of the season and the Twins are a season low seven games below .500. A big reason why the Twins are as good as they are is their second baseman, Brian Dozier. Dozier is currently going through his third slump of the season and the batting average is down to .232. His homers have leveled off and his OPS has sunk to .762. However, I think the first half of the season has been a success for Dozier.

    Brian leads the club with 15 homers and is second ...
  8. July Mailbag

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    A mailbag on a Thursday? WHAAAAAAA? I know, I know, mailbags are for Fridays, but tomorrow is Independence Day and that day deserves to be free from fake mailbags. In this installment, I have TWO actual questions! One is from a family member, but it still counts. Enough dilly-dallying, let's answer some questions.

    Escobar has been one of the most consistent bats in the lineup and boasts the 3rd highest OPS on the team. ...
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  9. We're Going Streaking With Chris Parmelee

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ID:	8092As the season progresses and the availability of real live center fielders decreases, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been lowering standards for center field qualifications -- such as "he smells like a center fielder" and "he reminds me of a young John Fogerty". Chris Parmelee has been the latest infielder to play the most defensively significant outfield role.

    There is no question that Parmelee is swinging a burning hot bat right now -- having ...
  10. My plan for the Twins going forward

    Twins have proven by now they are going nowhere this year, so what is the plan for the GM going forward.
    Most of the posts have suggested getting rid of players that will bring little in return, Willingham, Morales, Correria, etc. These players will bring at most a B- or C prospect and will be looked at a salary clearing.
    1. Twins look like they have a surplus of 2B prospects coming so we make Brian Dozier available to the highest bidder. He could easily bring a top 10 prospect or ...
  11. Talk to Contact, Ep 90: "It's like prevent defense with linebackers in the backfield"

    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.

    The Twins have struggled mightily on the road recently, but thanks to Kyle Gibson, they were able to snap the road losing skid at 10 games before coming home to drop two of three to the Kansas City Royals. This week we take a look at what's been going wrong for the Twins and what it means for the franchise ...
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  12. Twins sign Ynoa for $800k

  13. Crazy Twins Stats at the Halfway Point

    When Chris Colabello's season off to an insanely hot start, I remember multiple people commenting to me excitedly about how he was on pace for something like 200 RBI.

    Some folks just love to extrapolate those grandiose "on pace" figures when a guy has a great first couple weeks. It's fun early season fodder, but of course, it's all utterly meaningless.

    Projecting hypothetical full-season totals at the halfway point is a bit more sensible, because at this point we've got ...
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  14. Twins Minor League Report (7/1): Early Fireworks Shows

    Welcome to July!

    Minnesota's offense busted out the fireworks a couple days early with a big performance against the Royals. The biggest news of the night might have been Joe Mauer being pulled from the game with what is being called an oblique strain. Mauer told reporters after the game that he has been dealing with a sore oblique for about a week and it doesn't feel good. This is bad news especially since Mauer's bat had seemed to be warming up in recent weeks.

    The Twins ...
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