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  1. 2013 Minnesota Twins Trade Candidates

    The end of June is quickly approaching and this means it is a little over a month away from the July 31st trade deadline. Things have started to look a little better for the Twins but the club is still in the bottom half of the AL Central. This should mean the club will be sellers at this year's trade deadline.

    As I have stated previously, the Twins focus should be on contending again by 2015. Joe Mauer will be the veteran bat in the middle of the line-up surrounded by other young ...
  2. The Twins Way: The Worst Way?

    A couple weeks ago someone was talking to me about a local radio personality freaking out about playing "the Twins way" and how that needs to stop because "the Twins way is the worst way". That got me to thinking, are the Twins still playing "the Twins way"?

    (Originally posted at Flyballs In Orbit.)

    I've always thought of "the Twins way" as being "doing all the little things right." Things like running the bases, sacrificing ...
  3. For Minnesota Twins, the Future is Now

    We are reminded in the forums here daily that Twins fans have their (sometimes contentious) differences in opinion, but one thing everyone seems to agree on is that this season has been vastly more enjoyable than the last two.

    In part, that's because the Twins are a far more respectable team. They are only four games below .500, and outside of the notorious 10-game losing streak they've generally played rather well.

    After so much sinking during the last two seasons, it ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Gibson, Buxton Promoted

    When last nightís minor league report was completed around midnight last night, there was nothing seemingly on the horizon. Eight hours later, we learned that Pedro Hernandez had made a six hour drive from Louisville, Kentucky, to Cleveland to make a spot start because Mike Pelfrey who was put on the Disabled List with back spasms. He got the Win despite walking six in five innings and was immediately demoted following the game. Soon after, we learned the Kyle Gibson would be promoted and will start ...
  5. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 99: Gibson Time

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ID:	4526In this week's Minnesota Twins podcast, Aaron and John talk about expectations for Kyle Gibson's promotion, where Aaron Hicks rehab stint will take him, Wilkin Ramirez' setback from a concussion, Trevor Plouffe's trade value, Antoan Richardson's eye-popping OBP, Oswald Arcia's quiet success, trade speculation, the upcoming zombie apocalypse and answer mailbag questions. You can listen by clicking below, download us from iTunes or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. ...
  6. Gibson Gets the Call

    The news came from Twins PR Director Dustin Morse following Sunday's win in Cleveland. Kyle Gibson will be promoted to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday and will make his Major League debut on Saturday at Target Field.

    Gibson has been a big conversation piece for Twins fans throughout the season. There has been his recovery from Tommy John surgery. There is talk of an innings limit. There has been speaking of Consistency. All of the rumor and speculation can end now with Gibson getting ...
  7. The next generation of Latin American prospects for the Minnesota Twins

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    The lore of baseball has it that the jumps from single A to high A and from high A to AA are the hardest jumps in a pro player's minor league career. In actuality, there is another jump that is much harder and only about one in five players make it: The jump from the Dominican Summer League to the Gulf Coast League. The players who make this jump are what an organization thinks is the cream of the crop of the next ...
  8. Those Damn Yankees: Dealing with Fans

    This post (and a wealth of other goofy ones like it) is available at our independent website: Peanuts From Heaven Inc.

    Most people have a "Yankees fans stink" story.

    Back at the Metrodome, my wife and her father sat in front of three "woo-girls" from Iowa, so desperate for Derek Jeter's attention that they squealed and shouted "pretty ...
  9. Twins Birthdays--June 24

    I'll be out of range of the internet tomorrow, and I don't see a way to schedule this ahead of time, so you'll get it a day early.

    Don Mincher (1938)
    Tom Klawitter (1958)
    Doug Bernier (1980)

    First baseman Don Mincher played for the Twins from 1961-1966. Born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, he was signed by the White Sox as a free agent in 1956. He had a very good minor league record, batting over .300 twice and hitting over 20 homers three times. Just ...
  10. Twins Birthdays--June 23

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Dave Goltz (1949)
    Jim Deshaies (1960)

    Right-hander Dave Goltz pitched for the Twins through most of the 1970s. He was born in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, went to high school in Rothsay, Minnesota. He was a four-sport star, playing basketball, football, and participating in track as well as playing baseball (he was all state in both basketball and baseball). Goltz was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1967. He had two very good years ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report Reports (6/22): Saturday in the Park

    Saturday was a very busy night in the Twins farm system. It started with another Minier Show in the afternoon. There were a ton of great performances and very exciting games throughout the Twins system. Vance Worley continued to pitch as we would all hope. Taylor Rogers continued his tremendous run with the Miracle. The Rock Cats used a few big innings, but could they pull off a win? A couple of former Gophers had a big day. So much to get to!

    Check out what happened in the Twins farm ...
  12. Comparing Mauer's '12 and '13 and career numbers

    Mauer hitting his 8th home run tonight got me thinking about how this year stacks up against last season and his career. I thought about doing further back, but since '11 was messed up due to the injuries, '10 is starting to get a little far back for my liking for comparative purposes, and '09 is a fluke, I settled on this year, last year and compared them to his career numbers.

    So I'm going to start off with the more traditional stats. (Note: stats are from Fangraphs unless otherwise ...
  13. What Do You Do When They Come For You?

    Minnesota resident arrested in D.C. for trying to resell baseball tickets to a makeup game that he could not attend. The streets are safe once again.


    Perhaps the public servant could have just explained the rules, asked the guy to move 15 feet to the accepted area? Serve and Protect ......or...... Annoy and Bother?
  14. Twins Minor League Report (6/21): And Then There Were Six

    Friday marked the start of our daily minor league reports needing to cover six teams. The GCL Twins began their season with a matinee against the Red Sox in Ft. Myers. It wasnít a great night for the affiliates, but there were still plenty of good performances worthy of noting. Kennys Vargas has been terrific all year, and it hasnít slowed down at all since Miguel Sano moved up to New Britain. Sano added to his home run total. Chris Colabello continues to rake.

    What else happened? Keep ...
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