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  1. Byron Buxton - 2014

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    Name: Byron Buxton
    Position: CF
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 190
    DOB: December 18, 1993 (age 20)
    POB: Baxley, Georgia
    Everyone's prospect ranking: 1

    Stats:
    2013:
    Cedar Rapids: G 68, PA 321, AB 270, H 92, 2B 15, 3B 10, HR 8, SB 32, CS 11, BB 44, SO 56, .331/.431/.559/.990
    Fort Myers G 57, PA 252, AB 218, H 71, 2B 4, 3B ...
  2. A Look At Managers With 1000 Wins

    Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/a-look-at-the-managers-with-1000-wins/

    Ron Gardenhire won his 1000th game today in Cleveland as the Twins beat the Indians 7-3. He's now part of a list that now includes 60 managers. Let's highlight some of the managers that are on this list.


    The Manager with the most wins is the Philladelphia Athletics, Connie Mack, with ...

    Updated 04-08-2014 at 11:05 PM by Troy Larson

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  3. Heated Observations: Game #3

    How Phil Hughes Worked
    Of all starting pitchers who threw more than 100 innings last year, Phil Hughes led the group with a first-pitch strike rate of 71% -- only one of two pitchers who cracked the 70% mark (Arizona’s Patrick Corbin being the other). Naturally, Hughes continued that first-pitch strike tendency in his first start with the Minnesota Twins, turning the count over to 0-1 on 19 of the 24 batters he faced.

    Sticking mainly with his heat in the situations (20 of 24), ...
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  4. Fondest childhood memories

    Some of my fondest childhood memories were with the Twins game playing on the radio in the background. I remember going to bed early on school nights against my will and catching the end of the game on my transistor radio laying there in the dark in my bed.

    I remember laying elbows down on the living room carpet in front of a black and white tv on a Saturday afternoon watching a ball game while sorting my Topps baseball cards in to piles by team and wishing I had a few bucks to buy ...
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  5. Kurt Suzuki

    Maybe it's too early for this, but...Kurt Suzuki:

    Great free agent signing, or the greatest free agent signing?
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  6. Heated Observations: Game #2

    Joe Mauer’s 8 Balls-In-Play Have Been Grounders


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    So, yeah, infinitesimally small of eight plate appearances in which Joe Mauer has put the ball in play have resulted in grounders. One of those games was against Chris-Freaking-Sale who was so dominant against left-handed opponents that he only faced 163 in 2013 because no manager in his right mind would trot his lefties out there to spin holes in the batter’s box (Sale led the league with ...
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  7. Talking Twins Baseball with Casey Fien, Talk to Contact Episode 77

    The highlight of this week's episode is an interview conducted with the Twins relief pitcher Casey Fien. We discuss the path his career took as he made his way from a 20th round draft pick to an Opening Day roster and what his strategy is when he's out there on the mound. You can follow Casey on Twitter, @CaseyFien. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.
    Besides talking to notable relief pitchers, we also spend some time "Down ...

    Updated 04-02-2014 at 09:52 PM by Paul Pleiss

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  8. Meeting the 2014 Cedar Rapids Kernels

    It was "Meet the Kernels Night" at Veterans Mermorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night, giving local fans and media a first look at the 2014 version of the Twins' Class A Midwest League affiliate and giving the Kernels players their first look at chilly Iowa April temperatures.

    After the media portion of the event, players and coaches mingled with fans on the concourse to chat and sign autographs. Then, they shed their parkas for a brief workout.

    The cold ...
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  9. Upward Trends for the Twins

    We know about the negative trends: three straight years of losing, a spring marked by consistently low offensive output, and several veterans whose numbers have been on the decline.

    Those trends are no fun to think about, especially here in a young season that remains full of possibilities despite some discouraging early signs. Today, let's focus on some positive trends that emerged last year and will hopefully serve as precursors of things to come.

    Nolasco's Nifty ...
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  10. Rochester Red Wings Season Preview

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    Calling the 2013 Rochester Red Wings season a roller coaster ride would be considered a drastic understatement. Rochester started off the year at 2-11, went on to finish the season 77-67, clinched a wild card birth, and made their first playoff appearance in seven years.

    This years team is completely different, none of the current pitchers were on last years opening day roster, and just three position players from opening day are returning. ...
  11. Who gets traded this year?

    I was thinking that there was a really good chance this year that by the end of August there is going to be a whole new Twins roster to watch. So I went through the roster and listed each player as well as the probability that they would be traded or released by the end of August.

    I did this because I do not believe the Twins will be all that good this year (see, well out of contention by July) and I believe that there a lot of players that won't be back next year, the Twins will ...
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  12. Full Tilt Failure!: My Baseball Story.

    Whiffle ball led off my failed experiment at playing baseball. We owned two thin yellow whiffle ball bats and two big fat red bats. We hacked away with the yellow bats and eventually, after spinning around on strikeout after strikeout, someone would stomp into the garage and grab Big Red. It was the only way we could get a hit.

    This was country ball. There were never many of us, so pitcher's hand rules went into effect. Bases were usually leaves, sticks, or scratched out portions of ...
  13. #Hangout and Talk Twins (4/1)

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    Join Seth and I Tuesday night at 9pm to recap the Twins Season Opener and preview the minor league affiliates.



    As always, leave us your questions and/or comments.
  14. A Game of Stories

    Seth recently wrote about his baseball background, so in the same spirit, I wanted to share a story of my own.

    We headed over to the field for some groundballs. Three young men trotted out after us, donning fresh spikes and jerseys without names on the back. When they joined me at SS, I thought it a good chance to welcome the new guys and practice some Spanish, so I struck up a conversation. We introduced ourselves and I learned they were from the Dominican Republic. Out of a hunch, ...
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