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  1. Trade Talk: The St. Louis Cardinals

    Buyers or Sellers
    They’re buyers. The Cardinals are one of three teams in the NL Central, along with the Pirates and Reds, who have the three best records in the National League. Each seems assured of a playoff spot.

    However, only one of them is assured of a playoff series, and that’s the division winner. The other two will be subjected to the wild card playoff game, which could result in a quick ending to a promising season. So the Cardinals have plenty of incentive to ...
  2. Catching Up on Mauer's Catching

    After an injury plagued 2011 season, the Twins had to take an alternative approach with Joe Mauer and his time on the defensive side of the ball. He started 72 games at catcher, 42 games at DH, and 30 games at first base. It was the first time in Mauer's career when he started played over 100 games and didn't play at least 90 games behind the plate.

    In spring training, Mauer made it be known that he wanted to play more time at catcher. Ron Gardenhire and the Twins front office have ...
  3. Twins Birthdays--July 9

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Wally Post (1929)
    Hal Haydel (1944)
    Steve Luebber (1949)

    Outfielder Walter Charles Post had 47 at-bats for the Twins in 1963, near the end of a solid career. He was born in St. Wendelin, Ohio and signed with Cincinnati as a free agent in 1946. Perhaps because of his youth, he did not play much in the minors in his first few seasons, but as he got older he played more and played well. He hit .306 with 21 homers for AAA Buffalo in 1951 ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (7/8):

    Monday morning got out to a quick - and good - start when Baseball America released their mid-season Top 50.

    Byron Buxton was ranked the #1 prospect in all of baseball.
    No. 1 talent in last year’s draft is even better than expected with power, speed, defense and an extremely advanced hitting approach
    Miguel Sano, despite being in a little bit of a funk, checked in only two spots later at #3.
    Best power in the minors, one of the best arms. Hitting ability has
  5. Should Diamond be sent to AAA?

    Another post suggested the Twins flip Diamond for Hendriks if he doesn't turn it around by the end of the month.

    It has been on my mind as I listened to the Gardenhire show yesterday morning and the post game conference following the game.

    If Diamond is to get a handful more starts before flipping him for Hendriks, can he at least have a different catcher.

    Doumit doesn't catch often but he has caught 11 of 16 Diamond starts. Gardy quoted ERA as a reason. Hopefully ...

    Updated 07-08-2013 at 03:38 PM by jorgenswest

  6. Former Twins Litter All-Star Rosters

    The Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field but a plethora of their former players will gather a year early for the Mid-Summer Classic. Seven former members of the organization will join current Twins players Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins. It would have been great to see all of these nine men on the field in Minneapolis so maybe they can all continue playing well for the next calendar year.

    Many Twins fans are familiar with the year's being put together by Perkins ...
  7. Monday Morning Madness - July 8, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins dropped two of three in their series against the Blue Jays and in the process, they dropped to eleven games below .500. The Twins are on a 70-win pace, which would be a huge improvement and a giant disappointment at the same time. Prior to the season, if you had told me the Twins were going to win 70 games, I'd have laughed so hard that my pants would have fallen down. I never wore belts. After the first third of the season, ...
  8. Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - June

    This is really late. Typically, I post my choices for the monthly minor league award winners within days of the end of the month. Because of a trip to Cedar Rapids and a bum computer, the hitters of the month of June are a little tardy. But, better later than never, I guess. The players listed below performed well and deserve to be recognized. It was another good month for the hitters. We have a repeat winner and a few of the top prospects in this month’s report. In fact, there were enough who warranted ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/7): Summers Breezes

    I have returned from Cedar Rapids and a great weekend which will likely be documented here at Twins Daily in a couple of stories and more encouragement for Twins fans to make that trek to east central Iowa. On Sunday afternoon, the Twins received one of their best starting pitching performances of the season. A new member of the organization also made a very good impression in his third game with his new team and organization.

    Here’s a look at what happened in the Twins farm system ...
  10. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 101: Fools For Love

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ID:	4733Aaron and John talk about falling out of love with this year's Twins team, Josh Willingham's frustrating injury situation, Aaron Hicks' return, cutting bait on P.J. Walters, Jared Burton and the bullpen imploding, Brian Dozier showing signs of life, John's motorcycle-related idiocy, million-dollar teenagers, and which of the seven former Twins who made the All-Star team were mistakes. You can listen by clicking below, download us from iTunes or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. ...
  11. Trade Talk: Cincinnati Reds

    Buyers or Sellers?

    The Reds have all the makings of an aggressive deadline buyer. They entered the season with high expectations and a large payroll, and as we move into mid-July they are within four games of first place in a division that looks winnable. They also have some clear needs that ought to be addressed if they hope to overcome the Pirates and Cardinals in the final months.

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    What They Need

    Unfortunately, the most ...
  12. Blue Jays, Old Age, Totally Lame. (Twins at Blue Jays -- Games 82-84)

    Centre of Horrors, With an “R-E” (Twins 0 Blue Jays 4 - Game 82)

    After an early first pitch and late jog, my trusty phone informed me the Twins were down four to zip. Last week I might’ve had enough “never say die” to keep an eye on the game, but the Yankees took that with them back to New York.

    Catching the pre-game show on my drive home didn’t exactly fill me with rainbows, hopes, and dreams. The crew kept referring to Rogers Centre as a “House of Horrors” for the Twins. ...
  13. Twins Trade Deadline Breakdown: The Nolasco Trade

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ID:	4727The Minnesota Twins front office likely watched with interest yesterday as one of the bigger chips on the trade market was moved. The Marlins traded starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers for three third-tier prospects and $200 grand in international signing money, and agreed to pay the $5+ million on Nolasco's contract this year. Nolaso was perceived as one of the better pitchers on the trade market. The deal's details suggest some truths about the trade market ...
  14. Watching Worley Today

    Hi all,

    Our family trip continues. On Friday night we watched Mark Buehrle shut out the Twins at Rogers Centre. The highlight? Justin Morneau once again came and signed for my 10 year old son. I've got an old 2006 "Team Canada" Morneau jersey that always seems to bring him over for a visit. Lots of stories shared over the first base line over the years, and someday I'll blog about him. I asked if he's coming back next year, and he beamed, "I hope so." He signed a ...
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