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  1. There is No Cheering in the Press Box

    “There is no cheering in the press box.” Told my dad before I even thought about attending a game in the Target Field press box. I parked in Garage in A which has the skyway attached to Target Field for 16 dollars. Not worth the price because the Macy’s Parking Garage is only 5 dollars and one block from Target Field. When arrived there at 5 o clock, about 2 hours from first pitch, I picked up credentials at Gate 29 from the public relations intern named Lizz. I was instructed to take the elevator ...
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  2. 25 Minnesota Twins Drafts in 25 Days: 2010

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I didn't catch any of the Twins' series with Seattle this weekend, so it seemed a bit disingenuous to write about it. I'm sure everyone will survive a week without stupid photoshops and my silly antics. Instead, I present to you another draft, one day early. If you missed my 2008 or 2009 summary, you can click the year and check them out. I did declare my secret love for a player, so that is certainly worth seeking out.

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  3. 51 of 52 in Stolen Bases - More than Power

    I was just discussung this with friends in regards to - Adam Brett Walker II:

    Through college and his professional career - he is 51 for 52 in stolen bases.

    College - 40 for 41 SBs (Division 1 Jacksonville University)
    Professional - 4 for 4 (Elizabethton 2012 regular season) / 3 for 3 (6 playoff games) / 4 for 4 (Cedar Rapids 2013 regular season).

    That's a 98% success rate in Stolen Bases over the last 5 years. That's right: I said 98% success rate ...
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  4. The Future of Twins Catching

    At the beginning of the spring, there was a question about what the Twins would do with the men behind the plate. Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit were locks to make the roster. Minnesota carried three catchers for most of 2012 so one would assume that a third catcher would be on the roster in 2013.

    The year started with Mauer and Doumit being the only members of the Twins catching core. Drew Butera and Chris Herrmann were in the running for the third catcher role but both players ended up ...
  5. Twins Reversing Some Ugly Trends

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ID:	4283On Sunday, the Minnesota Twins played their 54th game of the season, meaning that they are now officially one-third of the way through their 2013 schedule. This milestone presents a good opportunity to review what has taken place thus far. How has the season matched up to our expectations, and to the club's stated initiatives?

    The most noticeable trait of this team has been the brutal starting pitching. Improving last year's horrendous rotation was frequently ...
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  6. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Jonathan Gray, RHP

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ID:	4281Who IS This Guy?
    Jonathan Gray is a right-handed college starting pitcher who has rocketed up the draft charts becoming one of the two most coveted picks in the draft. Coming into the college season he was a decent but not remarkable prospect, but that was before posting 127 strikeouts (in 110 IP), a 9-2 record and a 1.55 ERA (pre NCAA tournament). It was also before he unveiled improvements on a couple of standout pitches.

    The first is an “80” fastball ...
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  7. Twins Minor League Report (6/2): Goodrum Suffers Concussion

    There were plenty of solid performances throughout the Twins farm system on Sunday. There were three wins, an extra-inning loss, some good pitching, some good storylines and some very good offense. However, in Sunday’s game, there was a moment that hopefully helps remind us that these players are more than prospects, more than just pieces in an organizational puzzle. They are very young people with families. Sometimes we have to be reminded of that. Fortunately, in this case, the news at the end ...
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  8. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 96: Don't Call It A Comeback and Darft Talk

    In the #1 Minnesota Twins podcast, Aaron and John talk about the Twins resurgence and other reasons for optimism, the latest development in the Twins #4 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, John's musical instrument of choice, whether Pedro Florimon is for real, answer questions from readers, wonder what moves the Twins might make, discuss Mike Pelfrey's future, the 2015 lineup and Aaron's feature in the Star-Tribune. Here are:


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  9. Twins Birthdays--June 2

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    Frank Verdi (1926)
    Jack O'Connor (1958)
    Kurt Abbott (1969)
    Jared Burton (1981)

    Infielder Frank Michael Verdi did not play for the Twins, but he was in their minor league system in 1961. He was born in Brooklyn and signed with the Yankees as a free agent in 1946. His minor league stats vary widely form one year to the next, with averages of over .300 mixed with averages in the .250s and .260s. There were a lot more levels in the
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  10. Twins Minor League Report (6/1): High run totals in low levels

    As has been the case throughout most of the first two months of the 2013 season, the excitement on this night in the Twins minor league system came from the bottom two levels. The Ft. Myers Miracle and Cedar Rapids Kernels combined to score 28 runs on the day. One prospect drilled two home runs in a game. Vance Worley made his second start with Rochester. Was he able to duplicate he results of his first game? And which Alex Meyer showed up on Saturday. The Twins minor leagues have had quite a few ...
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  11. Draft Preview: What to Expect...

    As the draft quickly approaches, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the choices the Twins have with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Today, we’re going to look at what you can expect to happen in the first ten rounds.

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    Over the last three drafts, the Twins have selected 35 players in the Top 10 rounds. Here’s how those picks break down:

    College right-handed pitchers: 10 (1, 1s, 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
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  12. Twins Birthdays--June 1

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    Ray Moore (1926)
    Jack Kralick (1935)
    Dean Chance (1941)
    Randy Hundley (1942)

    Right-hander Raymond Leroy Moore pitched for the Twins from 1961-1963. He was born in Meadows, Maryland, went to high school in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as a free agent in 1947. He had good ERAs in the minors and did not give up a lot of hits, but walked a lot of batters, slowing his rise to the majors. He was with ...
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  13. Berrios, Buxton and the Boys

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are in my neck of the woods this weekend so I headed over to watch them face the Kane County Cougars tonight. Jose Berrios was starting so I was greatly looking forward to it. He wound up going 5 2/3 innings and looked pretty good. He only gave up three hits and had four strikeouts.

    He had a pretty rough start to the game. He issued a walk to the lead off hitter. After recording an out he threw a wild pitch, which left a runner on third with one out. That runner ...
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  14. Twins Minor League Report (5/31): Friday Night Lights

    A night after the Twins and the Twins minor league affiliates went 6-0, the organization went 1-4 on the final night in May. The two upper affiliates both played one-run games.

    On Saturday, the Twins Dominican Summer League team will open up its season. We may have to do a game report or two this weekend. Also coming will be the Twins minor league hitter, starting pitcher and relief pitcher of the month reports.

    The Twins did make some transactions in the minor leagues ...
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