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  1. Trade Flatline

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ID:	1715Tuesday's 3:00 PM trade deadline came and went with Minnesota, for a second consecutive year, standing pat.

    There's a lot of frustration being directed toward the Twins, who – unlike other cellar-dwellers around the league – weren't able to unload assets for impact prospects. Their only trade sent Francisco Liriano to the White Sox for a meager return. In short, the franchise did very little to aid its rebuilding effort.

    But, in reflecting on ...
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  2. The Apocolypse Is Here!!

    The Twins did not make any deadline moves! Hide your women and children!

    Anybody listed as non-player personnel in the Twins organization beware of flash mobs of angry Twins "fans" distrought over the fact that there were no trades today.

    Ron Gardenhire - You will be doomed to write the same lineup as yesterday! The horror!

    No trades to complain about how we were hosed!! No new players to mock and ridicule!!

    Terry Ryan... can only ...
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  3. A Look Inside a Minor Leaguer's Travel Bag

    Being a minor league baseball player has taught me to be an expert packer. I travel with a baseball bag and a backpack, what goes into my backpack has to serve a purpose because everything takes up space and there isn’t very much of it.

    Game Glove
    My glove gets treated well. I often use the phrase, "treat your glove well and it will treat you well." On airplanes it is carried on, if it is a passenger in my car it usually rides shotgun. Ask many infielders and they will ...
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  4. Twins Trade Talk 2012: July 31: Deadline Edition

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    This continues the dialy trade talk updates for the Twins and of action around the league that influences the Twins trade moves, up until the deadline. You can find all the older updates here, in reverse chronological order. This is the last of the talk. Potential trade action will happen up till 3:00 PM today. I will post a Twins Trade Deadline Retrospect after the dust settles tonight or tomorrow (probably tomorrow ...
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  5. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Here is this week's installment, heavily influenced by today's trade deadline:


    • Fransisco Liriano to the White Sox is old news. Here are profiles of the players the Twins received in return. And this is a very sad sight.
    • Luis Perdomo is the newest Twins' member. He was called up from Rochester (where he was a swing man who started a few games) to take Anthony Swarzak's spot who went to the 15 day
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  6. Ford completes long journey back to MLB

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    It has been quite the journey for Lew Ford since he last played in the big leagues for the Minnesota Twins during the 2007 season. Since that point, he has played baseball in Japan, Mexico, and the Atlantic League. But on Sunday afternoon for the first time in half a decade, the soon to be 36-year old outfielder was ...
  7. Other Voices

    Two weeks ago on Gleeman and the Geek, Aaron Gleeman and I argued about Francisco Liriano. In Liriano's previous outing he had struck out 15 batters but lost the game when he gave up a grand slam in the fourth inning. Aaron chaffed at the portrayal of Liriano as "mentally weak" while I felt that Liriano, at the very least, had trouble pulling himself out of a nosedive when he started struggling.

    Anyone who listens to the podcast knows that Aaron and I arguing some perceived point into ...
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  8. What if the Twins do Nothing Today?

    Today is the July trade deadline. At 3:00 this afternoon (central time), the non-waiver trade deadline will come and go. The Twins have already traded Francisco Liriano. That was a given. The Twins needed to deal him before July 31 regardless of the 10 (or more) things that we hate about the actual deal itself.

    What would your reaction be if the Twins did not make another trade before the 3:00 deadline? What if Terry Ryan does not get an offer for Denard Span, Josh Willingham or Glen ...
  9. Monday Night in the Minors

    The Twins got a very nice 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night. But the offense and defense of Denard Span and some great ninth inning work from the bottom of the order gave the Twins a walk-off win. Danny Valencia led off the ninth with a line drive single. Alexi Casilla pinch ran for him. Brian Dozier laid down a perfect bunt that AJ Pierzynski threw into right field, allowing both runners to advance. Jamey Carroll stepped up and flew out to right field, deep enough for Casilla to ...
  10. 7.31.12 - Judgement Day and the Return of Liriano

    Tomorrow is July 31, 2012 and we all might have this date branded into our memory if things don't play out right.

    Liriano:
    As we all know, Liriano pitches against us tomorrow, less than 3 days after we traded him. If real life was a movie in the making - this would be the stage for Liriano to throw a no hitter or a shutout with double digit K's.

    Seemingly for most of us, this trade stung a bit and seemed unnecessary because of the return. Yeah, I get it... Liriano ...
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  11. 2012 Draft Power Rankings-7/30/12

    Here's my updated Twins 2012 Draft Power Rankings. I intended to update weekly, but I moved and was without internet for about a week which actually turns out nice, seems like Mondays would be a better day to update the rankings rather than Thursdays. Since the first look at our new prospects (on 7/19), five have began their professional careers. They are marked with an asterisk (*), and bring the total to 26 players. All stats were taken from BaseballReference.com and the stats for the players ...
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  12. Twins Trade Talk 2012: July 30

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This continues the dialy trade talk updates for the Twins and of action around the league that influences the Twins trade moves, up until the deadline. You can find all the older updates here, in reverse chronological order. Here is the Twins Trade Talk the past 24 hours or so:


    • Fransisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox is old news. Here are profiles of the players the Twins received in return.
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  13. Fans frustrated even when Liriano is dealt

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    The moment many Twins fans had been waiting for over the course of the last week finally happened during the weekend; Francisco Liriano and his expiring contract were dealt away from the Twins. After seeing other teams walk away with huge halls for rental players like Liriano, the expectations were decently ...
  14. Hard Truths

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ID:	1702When the news came down this weekend that the Twins had traded Francisco Liriano to the White Sox for a pair of middling 23-year-old prospects, the reaction around here was understandably negative. The same questions echoed in the minds of fans across the state.

    Why did the Twins deal Liriano in the wake of his worst start of the season?

    Why did they back away from their stated goal of adding young, high-upside talent?

    And why – ...
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