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  1. When Can the Twins Compete Again?

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    The Twins season ended a week ago, and we’ve all had a chance to look back at another 95+ loss season. Likely, you’ve also already started thinking about what you would do to get the Twins back to being a perennial contender in the AL Central.

    The question I have for readers today is: If you were in charge, would you look toward winning in 2013, 2014 or something in the 3-5 year range? How you would go about building your blueprint is largely ...
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  2. Rodney, Kimbrel were top bullpen arms for 2012

    At the conclusion of every season, the members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) are asked to submit their ballots for the top awards across baseball. Each of these awards is named in honor of a player that epitomized the role in Major League Baseball. Throughout the week, I will release my ballots for each award and I will post the official announcements from the BBA with the combined votes of all member blogs.

    Here is the list of awards that have been announced and the others ...
  3. 2013 Blueprint, Part Three: The Players

    In Part Two of the 2013 blueprint, I discussed the pitching staff. Now . . . that problem has . . . .clearly been solved. So something much easier is in store. This is the lineup/bench I propose for the 2013 Twins

    Span CF
    Revere LF
    Mauer C
    Willingham RF
    Morneau 1B
    Plouffe 3B
    Doumit DH
    Dozier 2B
    Florimon

    Parmelee
    Carroll
    Mastroianni
    Herrmann


    The bench is meant to be a return to the "Thome ...
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  4. Lottery Tickets

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ID:	2486Five spots in next year's rotation. One guy locked in.

    It's hard to look at the daunting uncertainty in Minnesota's rotation as a good thing, but there are some fringe benefits to the situation. One is that it may be easier for Terry Ryan to lure in pitchers who are left without a seat and forced to sign minor-league contracts when the music stops on this offseason's free agent class.

    There could be quite a few of those guys standing around ...
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  5. David Schoenfield thoughts on Arcia & Hicks

    Was reading the chat today on ESPN and came across this.

    Hi David- Because they are rebuilding anyway, do you think the Twins should bring up Arcia and Hicks and let them play? Try to get some pitching for Span. Revere is only a fourth outfielder in my opinion he doesn't walk enough and has "0" power. Thanks!

    David Schoenfield (1:44 PM)


    I think both could benefit from at least half a season in Triple-A. Saw both play a couple times at ...
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  6. Twin of the Future - Joe Benson

    This Twin of the Future is also a Twin of the past. Joe Benson was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. He has tools. He has power, speed, an arm (yeah yeah, he has two, a good arm, smart guy), and he is a good fielder. The one tool he doesn't seem to have is the hit tool. Regardless, he showed enough in the Minors to earn a September call-up in 2011. He and 2006 first round pick Chris Parmelee were given some time that month. They were two completely different prospects. Parmelee ...
  7. Trout, Harper were best from great rookie crop

    At the conclusion of every season, the members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) are asked to submit their ballots for the top awards across baseball. Each of these awards is named in honor of a player that epitomized the role in Major League Baseball. Over the next couple of weeks, I will release my ballots for each award and I will post the official announcements from the BBA with the combined votes of all member blogs.

    Here is the list of awards that have been announced and ...
  8. Question....Why all the love for the long ball when you can get RBI's other ways?

    My case is Joe Mauer's case. He drove in eighty five runs this year with only 10 home runs.

    Was it better for Joe to hit 25 home runs and drive in eighty five?

    What makes hitting the long ball better? You accomplish the same objective by singles or doubles.

    Joe Mauer hit for power....what a line, only one year in his career....gotta stop this. Ha. So why is he expected to put up power numbers now?
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  9. Ten Questions With... Kyle Gibson

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    Today marks the Opening Day of the 2012 Arizona Fall League. As you know, the Twins sent seven players to play for the Peoria Javelinas. The hitters are catcher Chris Herrmann and outfielders Evan Bigley and Nate Roberts. The pitchers are lefties Logan Darnell and Caleb Thielbar and right-handers Michael Tonkin and Kyle Gibson. Be sure to keep up with the Twins in the AFL right here at Twins Daily.

    Today also marks the beginning of a series at Twins ...
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  10. On Writing, Coaching and Paul Molitor

    “If I want to write about baseball, what should I do?”

    It isn’t uncommon that I’m asked this question by some well-meaning younger person who is trying to find their spot in what feels like a crowded world. Bluntly, but as tenderly as I can, I usually say:

    “Write. Preferably, about baseball.”

    I’m blunt, because there are so many ways to write about baseball. Start a blog. (If you want an instant Twins audience, you can used the one you have here.) Or write ...
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  11. 2012's Teachable Moments: The Value of Consistent Casting

    I could apologize for the delay between posts, but if you read this blog at all, you know full well why the delay is here (it starts with a "w" and ends with an "orking my a$$ off")

    It's the postseason now, you all remember that right, the thing the Twins used to do every October before the current unpleasantness began? And while we're all plotting out our offseason blue prints for returning the Twins to relevancy, there are other things to think about, the kinds ...
  12. Is the East the toughest division in the AL anymore?

    For too long, the East has been known as the power division in the AL. Everyone knows that the Central is a "weak" division, and has really had a hard time in the playoffs. There were usually two playoff teams to come out of the divison (for the last decade, the Yanks and Sox), and they had a good time of it. Going back to 2000, the AL has won the World Series six times. Of those six times, four of them came from the AL East, and they were the Yanks (twice) and the Sox (twice). This string ...
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  13. Melvin, Johnson were top skippers in '12

    At the conclusion of every season, the members of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) are asked to submit their ballots for the top awards across baseball. Each of these awards is named in honor of a player that epitomized the role in Major League Baseball. Over the course of the next week, I will release my ballots for each award and I will post the official announcements from the BBA with the combined votes of all member blogs.

    Here is the list of awards that will be announced in ...
  14. Estimating SP Contracts

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ID:	2472Each year in our Offseason Handbook, we put together a list of all the upcoming free agents at every position. Beyond the write-ups and statistical breakdowns for each player, we estimate the contract we expect them to get, so that armchair GMs can fit prospective acquisitions into their budgets.

    This is an aspect of the publication that we take very seriously. In fact, every year, we set aside a day for the entire editorial staff to get together and reach ...
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