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  1. Friday Mailbag (3/15/2013)!!!!!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I get asked a lot of questions in my daily travels. Most of them are related to social studies and asked by 14-year-olds. However, I was once asked a question about the Twins and that inspired me to start a weekly (probably not) Friday mailbag!

    A recent report stated that the Texas Rangers are likely to trade Elvis Andrus if they cannot extend him. With Jurickson Profar on his way to stardom, should the Twins try to low-ball ...
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  2. Twins Birthdays--March 15

    Wayne Granger (1944)
    Steve Stroughter (1952)
    Mickey Hatcher (1955)
    Mike Pagliarulo (1960)
    Dan Perkins (1975)

    Right-handed reliever Wayne Allan Granger was co-closer with Dave LaRoche in 1972. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, went to high school in Huntington, Massachusetts, and then attended Springfield College, the same school attended by ex-Twin Glenn Adams. Granger signed with St. Louis as a free agent in 1965. He was a starter that year, but ...
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  3. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    The grounds crew is getting the snow off of Target Field and the beginning of the regular season continues to inch closer. Twins players continue to represent the organization in the World Baseball Classic while others are training in Florida for the start of the year.

    It seems like Opening Day can't get here soon enough and it helps that Team USA keeps winning in the World Baseball Classic. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau could help the Stars and Stripes upend the two-time defending ...
  4. Over and Under The Competition: The Tigers

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ID:	3511You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t think the Detroit Tigers are the favorites to with the AL Central, including those who generate MLB futures odds. But Vegas has also tagged them with the highest over-under number in the American League: 93 games.

    Vegas picked a similar number last year and the Tigers disappointed. They won the division, but they only won 88 games, and only their dominance of head-to-head matchups with the White Sox saved ...
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  5. 2013 Twins Starters Predictions

    2013 Twins Starters Predictions

    These predictions are based only on my gut feelings. I post these here now

    Worley - Will be fighting to recover from surgery. will largely be ineffective

    Pelfrey - Will be fighting to recover from surgery. will largely be ineffective

    Correia - A waste of money and time

    Diamond - Will be fighting to recover from surgery. will largely be ineffective. May be a 1 year wonder

    Diduno - The ...
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  6. Position Analyis: First Base

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ID:	3509Likely Starter: Justin Morneau
    2012 Stats: .267/.333/.440, 19 HR, 77 RBI, 63 R

    Potential Backups: Chris Parmelee, Joe Mauer, Jeff Clement


    It’s been so long since we’ve seen Justin Morneau at his best, it’s easy to forget what “his best” even looked like. In the two-and-a-half seasons since his fateful concussion in Toronto, Morneau has shown only the occasion glimpse of elite hitting ability. Beyond the lingering effects of the head injury, ...
  7. My Opening Day Lineup

    Opening Day is a few weeks away, and Twins fans still don't have an exact idea of what the lineup will look like when the Twins take the field.


    Many people have been discussing their Opening Day roster projections. I wanted to put this on the record so that I could say "I told you so".


    Starting Lineup


    CF. Aaron Hicks
    2B. Brian Dozier
    C. Joe Mauer
    LF. Josh Willingham
    1B. Justin Morneau ...
  8. Twins Send Gibson, 4 Others to Minor League Camp

    The Minnesota Twins just announced that they have optioned Kyle Gibson and Caleb Thielbar and also reassigned Anthony Slama, James Beresford and Kyle Knudson to minor league camp.

    Gibson has really struggled in big league games this spring after a flashy start. Of course, this is no surprise in his return from Tommy John surgery although many thought that he would have a chance at making the Twins starting rotation. More important than where he starts the season, Gibson's arm is feeling ...
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  9. Chris Colabello continues his fairy tale

    One of the best stories in the Twins organization in 2013 was the tale of a 28-year old man that got his first taste of baseball with an affiliated club. Chris Colabello had molded himself into one of the best hitters in the Canadian-American Association before the Twins signed him to deal. He spent all of last season being the elder statesman of the Eastern League while showing off his skills at the plate.

    The story of Colabello could get even better this year if he was able to make ...
  10. Spring Training Organizational Depth Chart: The Relief Pitchers

    After looking at the Outfielders, Infielders, Catchers and Starting Pitchers, our final Spring Training Organizational Depth Chart will take a look at the relief pitchers in the Twins farm system. The bullpen was one of the better areas for the Twins in 2012, and could be again in 2013 although there are questions. The Twins have added some power arms in recent drafts, several are starting to move up the system.

    As we have done in the previous depth charts, we’ll try to project where ...
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  11. My 25-man roster

    Here it goes:

    Hicks, CF
    Mauer, C
    Willingham, LF
    Morneau, 1B
    Doumit, DH
    Plouffe, 3B
    Parmelee, RF
    Dozier, 2B
    Florimon, SS

    Bench: Carroll, Escobar, Boggs, Ramirez/Colabello

    Note: I don't care about Dozier and Florimon at the bottom (Carroll will fill in), I like a Hicks-Mauer-Willingham first inning a great deal.

    Worley
    Pelfrey
    Hendriks
    Correia
    DeVries

    (Diamond DL) ...
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  12. The 2013 Twins Lineup Challenge

    Over at my blog VeryWellThen.Com I am hosting a contest -- a challenge -- for you to pick the predominant Twins lineup of 2013. By "predominant", I mean "what BaseballReference.Com will show at season end for the Twins."




    Baseball Reference fills in the predominant lineup of the team -- generally, whoever plays the most at any position gets that slot on the BR page. The pitchers are classified as the starters based on some formula of games ...

    Updated 03-14-2013 at 12:15 AM by VeryWellThen

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  13. Draft Board v.2.0 (3/13)

    As we sit around three months from draft day there have been many risers and fallers around the draft world. Some larger than others. Obviously, there is still a lot of time for things to happen, but this is how I would stack the Twins Draft Board if it were up to me.

    The first installment of my draft board featured a top 4 as well as some other names to watch. The following list has stayed the same at the very top, but has seen many changes around it. It's also expanded to a top ...
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  14. Halfway Roster Projections: Has Yours Changed?

    Most baseball fan’s favorite part of spring training is projecting your teams opening day roster. With new free agent acquisitions and minor leaguers with dreams of making it to the show, both players and fans are excited to get things going. Halfway through spring training do we really know more now than we did 3 weeks ago about projecting the opening day roster?

    With more rounds of cuts on the way and the possibility of signing another player, or two, there are a variety of ...
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