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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. 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?
  8. 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 wasn’t 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 hasn’t 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 ...
  9. Twins Birthdays--June 21

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Greg Booker (1960)
    Luis Maza (1980)

    Right-handed reliever Gregory Scott Booker appeared in six games for the Twins in 1989. The son-in-law of Jack McKeon, he was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, went to high school in Burlington, North Carolina, and then attended Elon University in Elon, North Carolina (a school also attended by Dick Such). He was drafted by San Diego in the tenth round in 1981. Mostly a starter in the minors, he did not have ...
  10. The Myth of the 130-Inning Limit

    One of the topics being ardently discussed by the Twins fanbase these days is the status of Kyle Gibson and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. As a part of that discussion much has been made of the 130-inning limit to which Gibson is being held – indeed, it has become for some the focus of the discussion. If Gibson has only so many innings before he is shut down this year, then doesn’t it make sense to have him “spend” those innings with the parent club, getting MLB experience in preparation ...

    Updated 06-21-2013 at 03:50 PM by IdahoPilgrim

  11. No Matter What, the Minnesota Twins Should Not be Trade Deadline Buyers

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    Article originally published on RantSports.com

    Following the sweep of the Chicago White Sox, the talk around Minnesota water coolers has been whether or not the Minnesota Twins will be buyers or sellers on the July 31st trade deadline. The Twins are currently 33-36 and are entering a stretch of games that could bring them at or over .500 when the trade deadline approaches. With that in ...
  12. Bullpen - Second Glance

  13. Starting Pitching - Second Glance

  14. Team Batting - Second glance

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