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  1. Peterson determined to Stay in the Big Leagues

    After spending a decade slogging his way round the Minor Leagues, Brock Peterson finally achieved his dream of recording a Major League hit during the St Louis Cardinals 11-3 victory against the Phillies.

    The 29-year old, making just his second appearance in the majors, was handed his chance following injury to Matt Holliday. Peterson did his case for an extended run in the team by grabbing his first run for the franchise in a comfortable win against the Phillies, much to the delight of fans ...
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  2. Twins Minor League Report (7/25): Summers Lovin'

    The Twins played a late game out in Seattle and did not get a very good start. The Twins minor league affiliates all got pretty good starts. Five of the six starters began the game with four scoreless frames. The Twins starters at the top three affiliates each went at least six scoreless innings. Liam Hendriks had a perfect game going through six while Trevor May had given up just one hit through the Rock Cats first six innings. Each gave up runs in the third. Matt Summers has been incredible in ...
  3. Trade Talk: The New York Yankees

    Buyers or Sellers
    Remember the start of the season when all the "experts" were forecasting a fall from grace for the Yankees? [Sigh] Those were the days to be a Yankee hater. Now a team of has-beens and "who-the-hell?"s are sitting a couple games over .500 and just a hundful games out of the Wild Card race.

    And even if they weren't, the Yankees would still be buyers. They'll always be buyers

    A plague of flesh eating bacteria could decimate the ...
  4. Trade Talk: Tampa Bay Rays

    Buyer or Seller?

    All Tampa had to do was exorcise the Devil. Although smarter baseball decisions and being the beneficiaries of a never-ending parade of minor league prospects led to success in St. Petersburg, one cannot help but notice the coincidence of the team becoming winners ever since they changed their team name from “Devil Rays” to simply “Rays.”

    That success has continued this year in the hellish AL East as they find themselves battling the Boston Red Sox both ...
  5. Farmville: Midseason Top Prospect Update

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    Last week’s Triple-A All-Star Game marked the last of the minor league circuit’s midsummer classics. The passing of the first half also meant the release of several midseason top prospect lists, and with the Twins steamrolling towards another 90-loss season, at least fans can take solace in the various updated rankings and know that better days are ahead.
    Several highly respected prospect evaluators released their midseason rankings over the past month, ...
  6. Benching of Miguel Sano After Home Run Celebration Sends Clear Message

    There is no doubting the obvious talents of Minnesota Twins’ mega-prospect Miguel Sano, but it appears as if Sano still has a lot to learn about baseball etiquette before he makes his debut in the majors. According to ESPN 1500’s Judd Zulgad’s Twitter account, Zulgad spoke with Paul Molitor this week and Molitor reported that the New Britain Rock Cats—the Twins Double-A affiliate—have decided to sit Sano for “a few days” due to the manner in which he conducted himself after he hit a home run this ...
  7. "Infield fly, if fair" sometimes isn't fair

    When I first started as an umpire, the infield fly call gave me a bit of trouble. The first infield fly call I ever made was in error, as there were 2 outs. I never made that mistake again.

    Subsequently, umpiring in teenage leagues, these fly balls that were catchable with "ordinary effort" often weren't caught regardless of effort. Instead of leading to a unfair double play, the Bad News Bears would in panic throw the ball into the woods to try to make up for it. Too ...

    Updated 07-25-2013 at 01:45 PM by PSzalapski

  8. 20 Twins Trades: The Pierzynski Bonanza!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! I also reviewed the Dave Gassner trade, which you probably remember because Shannon Stewart and Bobby Kielty were involved. You can read it here.

    The 2004 season marked two important Twins milestones. First, the team was coming off of playoff runs in consecutive seasons for the first time in over thirty years. Second, the Baby Jesus, Joe Mauer was primed for his MLB debut. As a result of the second milestone, the Twins were looking ...
  9. Umpire’s Error Jeopardizes Minnesota Twins' Chance at Sweep in Los Angeles

    After a drama filled game on Tuesday evening in which the Minnesota Twins rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 10 innings, the teams were back at it Wednesday afternoon with the Twins having a rare opportunity to sweep a road series. The game was an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel throughout the game, but it was a blown call by an umpire that ultimately stole the show in the Twins’ 1-0 defeat.

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    The Twins had runners on first and ...
  10. Twins Minor League Report (7/24): Vargas Saves the Day

    Since the Twins were playing on the West Coast, their afternoon game with the Angels went into the early evening in the Central time zone. Minnesota won the first two games of the series before things got a little dicey on Wednesday. Jared Weaver looked excellent on the mound but a bad infield fly call might have cost the Twins a chance to sweep the Angels.

    With Joe Mauer on paternity leave for three days, Drew Butera was called up from Rochester. He has spent the entire season at ...
  11. If Twins Play In CA, Does Anyone Remember What Time? (Twins at Angels 95-97)

    Behind the Maps (Twins 4 Angels 2 – Game 95)

    Putting the Twins on a West Coast road trip is like keeping something in your glove compartment. No matter how much you swear you won’t forget this time, your mind goes blank when it counts.

    California time victories are nice to find between smashes of the “snooze” button on my cell phone. It’s like getting a nice letter, except no one mails anything anymore. Even the junk mail people gave up the ghost years ago.
  12. Trending up is Mike Pelfry

    On May 31rst, Mike Pelfry started the day with a 6.85 Era. On that day he gave up 3 runs in 5.33 innings. Not very promising but it was better than what we were getting out of him. Back then we were clamoring for him to get demoted or designated for assignment. Including that start and everything else since then through today, he has averaged right at 6 innings per start with an era of 3.47. His peripherals have improved too as he has 31 k's in 49.33 innings and he has issued 13 walks with ...
  13. Jered Weaver vs. Career Minor League Players...

    Not a chance...

    Well, Mike Pelfrey gave the Twins a chance today, as their most seasoned hitter was on paternity leave, but c'mon, can't we at least field a major league roster?

    It's fun to see two or three position prospects try to make a major league roster. Aaron Hicks, Chris Hermann and perhaps Pedro Florimon fit the prospect label. But Doug Bernier, Clete Thomas and Chris Colabello hardly fit the prospect mold.

    Here's a chart showing the disparity of ...
  14. Twins Birthdays--July 24

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Cotton Nash (1942)
    Mike Adams (1948)

    First baseman Charles Francis ”Cotton” Nash had 13 at-bats for the Twins from 1969-1970. A tall man (6’6″), he was born in Jersey City, went to high school in Port Charles, Louisiana, and attended the University of Kentucky, where he starred in basketball as well as baseball. He was nicknamed “Cotton” as a child because of his bright blond hair. He was signed by the Angels as a free ...
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