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  1. Chicks Dig The Infield Fly Rule -- Somtimes

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    An INFIELD FLY is a fair fly ball (not including a line drive nor an attempted bunt) which can be caught by an infielder with ordinary effort, when first and second, or first, second and third bases are occupied, before two are out. The pitcher, catcher and any outfielder who stations himself in the infield on the play shall be considered infielders for the purpose of this rule.
    When it seems apparent that a batted ball will be an Infield
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    Updated 10-06-2012 at 11:51 AM by Kirsten Brown

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  2. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    This article originally was posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I didnít rush right out to post reactions to the Twinsí coaching changes as the information came out on Thursday, which is probably a good thing.

    StarTribune beat reporter LaVelle E. Neal III was obviously wired in to the situation at Target Field and started the ball rolling by announcing that bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek had been advised his contract was not being renewed. My immediate reaction, via Twitter, ...
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  3. Boom Goes the Coaching Staff

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog

    The Twins front office and ownership really hate losing. And who doesn't. So they wasted no time setting into motion a bad day for a bunch of members of the Twins coaching staff (it couldn't have been a ton of fun for the Terry Ryan, Dave St. Peter, and Jim Pohlad either). No one technically got fired; their contracts were not renewed.


    Bullpen coach Rick Stelmazsek, third-base coach Steve Liddle, first base coach Jerry ...
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  4. 2012 Season Predictions Revisited

    http://twinsdaily.com/showthread.php...tions-for-2012

    As we know, national pundits rarely go back and critique their own predictions. I wonder if our Twins Daily posters are made of stronger stuff.

    I started a thread before the year asking for bold predictions for the year. This seems like a good time to revisit these. I will start with mine:

    - Scott Baker will make less than 10 starts for the Twins, but they will pick up his option ...
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  5. 2012 Postseason predictions

    Playoff Rundown: Whyeach team can and canít win it all

    Well itís that time of year again, the greatest of those months, October. With the postseason about to get underway every baseball fan has one question on his or her mind; who will win it all? With that question in mind experts and amateurs alike try to look at the numbers and try to predict who has the best shot. However the same logic and metric we use in a regular season donít always work the same in October. As we have ...
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  6. Handing Out Hardware

    This afternoon, we kick off the new playoff format, featuring the 2 Wild Card play in games. But, before we do that. We are going to hand out some hardware for the regular season. We will cover Twins awards and MLB awards.

    Twins Awards

    Twins MVP-Josh Willingham: This came down to Hammer and Mauer. But ultimately, we gave the nod to Willingham. Willingham was signed last offseason over the incumbent OF and team leader, Michael Cuddyer, and he did not disappoint
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    Updated 10-05-2012 at 04:04 PM by gilesferrell

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  7. Playoff Predictions with My Wife (Borat Voice)

    I decided that I could predict the playoffs just like everyone else in the World. Or, I could ask my wife Liz, what she thinks. Liz knows a lot about baseball, way more than most. She also has a lot of crazy ideas and a bit of attention-deficit disorder. She is self-proclaimed to be "eccentric." Anyway, I decided to get her opinion on the series and write her thoughts. She gets off topic in an extremely effective manner and some of her thoughts are often completely unrelated to anything ...
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  8. Did you know?

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ID:	2468Joe Mauer hit just one infield fly ball all year making his 1.0% infield fly rate the second lowest in all of baseball. Thatís a significant increase over his totals last year when he did not hit a single fly ball to anyone in the infield. See, there is still plenty of reason to boo him.

    Mauer is often credited with having the perfect swing, and the fact that he is not popping pitches up to the second baseman is telling how square he hits the ball. That said ...
  9. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    It's playoff baseball time and for the first time in the history of the game there will be a play-in game between the two wild card teams in each league. The Twins missed out on postseason play for the second year in a row but there are plenty of other story lines to watch in the coming weeks.

    Can the Oakland A's continue their magical run?
    Will former Twins slugger Jim Thome be able to capture his first title?
    Are the Texas Rangers going to be able to recover after their ...
  10. Down on the Pond, Twins MiLB Awards - The Pitchers

    Who were the best pitchers in the Twins minor league system in 2012?

    Earlier this week I took a look at my predictions from this spring for who I thought would be the best minor league hitters in 2012 and who actually was. Today I'll look into the pitchers. See the predictions made by some of the other Twins bloggers here (position players) or here (pitchers).


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    Updated 10-05-2012 at 03:01 AM by Paul Pleiss

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  11. Minnesota Twins Podcast, Talk To Contact Episode 7: End of Season Awards

    This post originally appeared at www.puckettspond.com

    Episode 7 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    New Glarus Moon Man, one of the best Wisconsin has to offer
    In Episode 7 my brother Eric and I discuss who we believe are the Twins deserving of the Talk To Contact awards for rookie of the year, starting pitcher, reliever, position player ...

    Updated 10-05-2012 at 07:03 PM by Paul Pleiss

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  12. Bloodbath

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ID:	2465After approaching 100 losses in back-to-back seasons, the Twins clearly needed to make some changes. As we put it when introducing our Offseason Handbook yesterday, complacency was not going to be an option this winter.

    They wasted little time shaking things up, parting with their entire coaching staff Ė save for pitching coach Rick Anderson and manager Ron Gardenhire Ė in the very first day after the season came to an end.

    Bullpen coach Rick ...
  13. Playoffs pt. 4

    Here is my last blog about the playoffs series', at least until the 1-game wild cards are done tomorrow.

    The Rangers, who looked like the strongest team in the West (and probably in the AL) for most of the season, got a rude awakening when the Oakland A's slipped by them to claim the AL West Championship, which leaves them to deal with the Orioles, who are a Cinderella team in their own right. Playing in one of the stronger divisions in the AL, and one of the strongest in the Majors, ...

    Updated 10-04-2012 at 03:37 PM by J-Dog Dungan

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  14. Playoffs pt. 3

    Now, to the AL. The final day of the AL was quite a wild one, with all the scenarios that could have played out, but it never really turned into an epic turn-everything-on-its head Day 162 as last year.

    The day left the A's (what the heck?) on top of the AL West, the Rangers falling to the one-game playoff between the Wild Cards, the Yankees obliterating the Red Sox in Bobby V's last game there to clinch the East, and the Orioles going VERY quietly against the Rays to claim the second ...
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