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  1. Heated Observations: Game #2

    Joe Mauer’s 8 Balls-In-Play Have Been Grounders

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    So, yeah, infinitesimally small of eight plate appearances in which Joe Mauer has put the ball in play have resulted in grounders. One of those games was against Chris-Freaking-Sale who was so dominant against left-handed opponents that he only faced 163 in 2013 because no manager in his right mind would trot his lefties out there to spin holes in the batter’s box (Sale led the league with ...
  2. Talking Twins Baseball with Casey Fien, Talk to Contact Episode 77

    The highlight of this week's episode is an interview conducted with the Twins relief pitcher Casey Fien. We discuss the path his career took as he made his way from a 20th round draft pick to an Opening Day roster and what his strategy is when he's out there on the mound. You can follow Casey on Twitter, @CaseyFien. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.
    Besides talking to notable relief pitchers, we also spend some time "Down ...

    Updated 04-02-2014 at 09:52 PM by Paul Pleiss

  3. Meeting the 2014 Cedar Rapids Kernels

    It was "Meet the Kernels Night" at Veterans Mermorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night, giving local fans and media a first look at the 2014 version of the Twins' Class A Midwest League affiliate and giving the Kernels players their first look at chilly Iowa April temperatures.

    After the media portion of the event, players and coaches mingled with fans on the concourse to chat and sign autographs. Then, they shed their parkas for a brief workout.

    The cold ...
  4. Upward Trends for the Twins

    We know about the negative trends: three straight years of losing, a spring marked by consistently low offensive output, and several veterans whose numbers have been on the decline.

    Those trends are no fun to think about, especially here in a young season that remains full of possibilities despite some discouraging early signs. Today, let's focus on some positive trends that emerged last year and will hopefully serve as precursors of things to come.

    Nolasco's Nifty ...
  5. Rochester Red Wings Season Preview

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    Calling the 2013 Rochester Red Wings season a roller coaster ride would be considered a drastic understatement. Rochester started off the year at 2-11, went on to finish the season 77-67, clinched a wild card birth, and made their first playoff appearance in seven years.

    This years team is completely different, none of the current pitchers were on last years opening day roster, and just three position players from opening day are returning. ...
  6. Who gets traded this year?

    I was thinking that there was a really good chance this year that by the end of August there is going to be a whole new Twins roster to watch. So I went through the roster and listed each player as well as the probability that they would be traded or released by the end of August.

    I did this because I do not believe the Twins will be all that good this year (see, well out of contention by July) and I believe that there a lot of players that won't be back next year, the Twins will ...
  7. Full Tilt Failure!: My Baseball Story.

    Whiffle ball led off my failed experiment at playing baseball. We owned two thin yellow whiffle ball bats and two big fat red bats. We hacked away with the yellow bats and eventually, after spinning around on strikeout after strikeout, someone would stomp into the garage and grab Big Red. It was the only way we could get a hit.

    This was country ball. There were never many of us, so pitcher's hand rules went into effect. Bases were usually leaves, sticks, or scratched out portions of ...
  8. #Hangout and Talk Twins (4/1)

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    Join Seth and I Tuesday night at 9pm to recap the Twins Season Opener and preview the minor league affiliates.

    As always, leave us your questions and/or comments.
  9. A Game of Stories

    Seth recently wrote about his baseball background, so in the same spirit, I wanted to share a story of my own.

    We headed over to the field for some groundballs. Three young men trotted out after us, donning fresh spikes and jerseys without names on the back. When they joined me at SS, I thought it a good chance to welcome the new guys and practice some Spanish, so I struck up a conversation. We introduced ourselves and I learned they were from the Dominican Republic. Out of a hunch, ...
  10. Troy's Twins Chat tonight

    Hello Twins fans. Once again, my dad and I will talk Twins starting at ten. We'll take your calls. We'll also predict how the American Central will shake out this year.

    To listen to the show, go to the following link.
  11. White Sox and Twins: Rebuilding

    The contrast in rebuild between the a White a Sox and Twins is shown in the acquisition of 27 and under players since last opening day.

    White Sox

    Adam Eaton
    Adrian Nieto
    Avisail Garcia
    Jose Abreau
    Leary Garcia
    Maikel Clato
    Conor Gilaspie almost makes the list. He was acquired last spring training.


    Phil Hughes (actually it is his age 28 season and he is older than any of the White ...
  12. Keys To The Twins 2014 Season

    Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...s-2014-season/

    It's getting close to the start of a new season for the Twins. I'm optimistic that the Twins could have a 500 season. You could say I'm being overly optimistic here, but a new season always is a fresh start.

    However, there are some things that Twins will have to do in order to have a more successful Season this year. Their three consecutive seasons of 90 plus losses is certainly ...
  13. The funny thing about Gardy and Bartlett

    When Bartlett was just coming up and had talent, Gardenhire constantly jerked his chain, he couldnt do anything right, Bartlett proved he could play with the Rays...and now, a washed up Bartlett who cant play, makes the team....oh well give those kids some at bats in the minors..I guess...
  14. Suzuki is really batting 2nd?

    Why on earth is Suzuki batting second? Last year his OBP was .290, career .309. This literally makes no sense at all.If Mauer plays under Gardy for 15 years, it would be interesting to see how many more RBI's he would have at the end of his carreer with a guy that gets on base in front of him. Casilla, Suzuki, etc.http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxsco...cago-white-sox
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