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  1. Losing with Dignity - Conversations with Gardy

    The end of a season is almost always disappointing. Only one team wins the World Series each year, and for each and every other team, there is some level of failure. Some teams fail a lot more spectacularly than others. Some fail like a gas main breaking or a lady falling out of a grape-stomping rig. In a lot of ways, the 2012 Twins are like the grape-stomping lady. They asked everyone for a break while they gathered themselves from the 2011 filled with injuries and disappointment, only to ...
  2. Should the Twins shop for a shortstop this offseason?

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ID:	2295When the Twins front office begins to renovate this mess of a house in the winter, at the top of the list the highest priority has to be fixing the starting rotation. It is the home’s crumbling foundation and that needs the most attention.

    Afterwards, item number two could be repairing the all-important middle infield position.

    Offensively, over the past two seasons the Twins shortstops have hit a combined .241/.303/.326. It was this kind of ...
  3. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    Anytime the Twins end a week with a .500 record, it is a step in the right direction. A sweep of a day-night double header in Kansas City last Saturday helped to get the team off to the right track for the week. The big offensive showing on Tuesday night against the White Sox was also fun to see even though the Twins ended up losing the series. It might be sad to be happy about a .500 record for a week but when your team is 18.5 games out of first place you look for any positive signs that you can ...
  4. LumberKings Beat Snappers, Force Game 3

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    There will be a decisive Game 3 played in Beloit on Friday night at 6:30. The Snappers took Game 1 in Clinton on Wednesday night. On Thursday night, the LumberKings returned the favor, topping the Snappers 7-5 in ten innings.

    Cole Johnson started for the Snappers and had a real up-and-down start. In the top of the first, his nerves seemed to show. He gave up back-to-back hits to lead off the game and a walk to load the bases. However, he ...
  5. Top 10 Prospects: Season in Review

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    Now that the regular seasons of every minor-league affiliate have come to a close, it seems fitting to look back the this year's Top 10 and see how they all fared. Last year, this was a depressing exercise, as ...
  6. New Britain Rock Cats: Moments & Anecdotes from 2012

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    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    For the second consecutive season, the Rock Cats made it to the final game with a chance to make the playoffs. For the second consecutive ...

    Updated 09-06-2012 at 01:38 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

  7. Early 2013 MLB Draft Profiles

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    It is way to early to start thinking about the MLB draft, especially with real, meaningful baseball being played. But it probably does not hurt to start familiarizing ourselves with some of the names that might be floating around the top of the pre-draft rankings. If the draft was to start today, the Twins would find themselves with the third overall selection. Here are the first 6 of 11 potential first round draft picks
  8. Snappers Playoff Win – Photos

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    If Wednesday night’s Beloit Snappers/Clinton LumberKings game does indeed mark the final time I see a baseball game in person this year, it was a heckuva game to end the season on!

    I don’t want to bury the lead, so let’s start by saying the Snappers came out on top in game one of their 3-game playoff series with Clinton, by a score of 8-6. But the score doesn’t begin to tell the story.

    Clinton scored ...

    Updated 09-06-2012 at 09:14 AM by Jim Crikket

  9. Revisiting my preseason projections for the minors

    At the beginning of the year, Seth Stohs from the Twins Daily crew asks some of the bloggers from across Twins Territory to put together their picks for a variety of categories across the minor leagues. It's a fun exercise to do at the beginning of the year and it's interesting to track the progress of players during the minor league seasons. There were some breakout candidates at almost every level in 2012 but there were some setbacks along the way as well.

    Here are my picks from the beginning of the year ...
  10. Snappers Stop Clinton in Game 1

    On Wednesday night, the Beloit Snappers traveled to Clinton to play Game 1 of their Best of Three Midwest League Quarterfinal. The LumberJacks are one of the hottest teams in all of baseball. They won the final ten games of the regular season and won 17 of their last 18 games. They won the division’s second half title by 10 games. However, on this night, the two teams went back and forth for nine innings, and in the end, the Snappers won Game 1 by a score of 8-6 in a game where literally every player ...
  11. Managing a 40-man roster for a last place franchise

    Originally posted in reply to thread These Call-Ups Are a Downer

    The Twins' 40-man roster is apparently at 39 right now, and the desire for waiver-wire flexibility is a reason given not to bring up one or two other players for September, such as Anthony Slama.

    How can a last-place team have any issues at all managing their 40-man roster? Just sooooo many talented players, the other teams will scoop an All-Star-in-the-making right up, if the Twins aren't careful? ...
  12. Twin Season of the Past - Gary Gaetti's 1986

    A couple months ago, a bunch of extremely talented baseball writers came together to write a book about players who are not Hall of Fame worthy, but had careers worth remembering. The book is called The Hall of Very Good The Hall of Nearly Great. It is an eBook, it highlights about 40 players and it is amazing. It was a Kickstarter deal, and I can say I proudly contributed. There are three Twins profiled in this book: Frank Viola, Brad Radke and Mr. Battery-Magnet himself, Chuck Knoblauch. ...
  13. The Curious Case of Anthony Slama

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    The last two seasons have been rough for the Twins as the team has posted back-to-back horrible win-loss records. But some positive things came out of this madness. For instance, in this past June's amateur draft, the Twins selected Byron Buxton, arguably the best player in the draft.

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    Also, all of the losing and injuries to pitchers have allowed the team to get an in-depth look ...
  14. Welcome to the Twins, Esmerling Vasquez

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    If anyone wants to see what KC's Kauffman Stadium looks like or just wants to see more baseball pics, I've posted my pics from
    game two from Saturday and the afternoon game on Sunday.
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