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  1. The Twins of 2014: What to Expect When You're Expecting



    To leadoff (baseball term), it occurs to me that some of my past posts have sent no small amount of ire in the direction of the Twins’ front office, and the man at the helm: Terry Ryan.

    Many probably heard of his cancer diagnosis this week, and there is nothing like news like this that immediately points out how trivial baseball is within the grand scheme of things. All reports ...
  2. Joe Mauer and Increasing Strikeouts

    Members of the Minnesota Twins struck out 1,430 times last season. In the history of the Twins organization, no team had struck out more than 1,121 times (1997 team). That was the only year since the team moved to Minnesota that the club recorded more than 1,100 times.

    Over the last three seasons, Minnesota strikeout totals have increased every year. It has been a rough couple of seasons and there have been some inexperienced players trying to make their mark at the big league level. ...
  3. Twins Franchise Future Rankings: Prospects 1-5

    A lot of the buzz coming out of Target Field this weekend surrounded top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. The lines for autographs from these two players was very extensive and neither of them has an at-bat at higher than the Double-A level. This is a lot of hype surrounding two men who are a few months removed from being teenagers.

    If Minnesota is going to get out of the rut of the last three seasons, top prospects like Buxton and Sano will have to come up and perform at a ...
  4. 25-Man Roster Dissection: Glen Perkins

    As the Twins get closer to heading to Fort Myers, there will be plenty of decisions to make in relation to the 25-man roster. Some positions are likely set in stone while others are still questionable. In this series called "25-Man Roster Dissection," I have selected the men I believe will spend the most time on the 25-man roster next season and I try to predict each player's 2014 performance.

    Besides Joe Mauer, who was the first profile, Glen Perkins was the only other 2014 Twins ...
  5. 25-Man Roster Dissection: Joe Mauer

    As the Twins get closer to heading to Fort Myers, there will be plenty of decisions to make in relation to the 25-man roster. Some positions are likely set in stone while others are still questionable. In this series called "25-Man Roster Dissection." I have selected the men I believe will spend the most time on the 25-man roster next season and I try to predict each player's 2014 performance.

    There seems to be one logical place to start with the roster and that's with the club's 23-million ...
  6. Wille’s Way: Starting At Catcher For Your Minnesota Twins….Matt Wieters?

    When the Minnesota Twins announced earlier this week that Joe Mauer would be making the permanent shift from catcher to first base, few blinked an eye. Twins’ fans deep down—no matter how much we tried to fight it—knew that one day this was going to happen. Mauer’s end-of-the-year injury certainly didn’t help his odds of remaining at catcher for the remainder of his career and at the end of the day, Mauer is simply too valuable for this team to be sitting on the disabled list; thus, the move to ...
  7. Ron Gardenhire discusses Joe Mauer's decision

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ID:	6012The Twins surprised everyone yesterday but announcing that Joe Mauer has made the decision to relocate to first base after spending his career as one of the game’s best two-way catchers.

    Comments from Twins general manager Terry Ryan in October made it clear that the team was not totally anticipating Mauer’s move as they entered the planning season for 2014. In his address to the media yesterday, Mauer mentioned that there were occasions that he would take ...
  8. Joe Mauer Moves, Cory Provus Speaks

    Episode 59 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
    This week's episode is a bit lonely as Eric is stuck in the backwoods of Minnesota deer hunting and dealing with a septic situation. Paul and Cody go it alone and discuss the Twins news, most notably the announcement that Twins uber-star Joe Mauer will transition to ...
  9. The Ripple Effect of Mauer's Move to First

    The Twins made it official on Monday... Joe Mauer's days behind the plate are over.

    After consulting with doctors at Mayo Clinic, it was felt that Mauer needed to avoid the chance of re-injuring himself at the roughest position on the baseball field. Even though Mauer is now symptom free and able to go about his regular offseason routine, the club felt this was in the best interest of the team and their star player.

    The move away from catcher has been something Mauer ...
  10. 2014 Minnesota Twins Offseason Blueprint

    There are plenty of ways to go about trying to fix the Twins team but some patience might be required as the club waits for some younger pieces to work their way through the minor leagues. The Twins Daily crew put out some solid information in the 2014 Offseason Handbook. One of the best parts to read about this document is the blueprint plans put together by the writers.

    There are plenty of options for the Twins but here is how I would go about trying to fix the team. Some of these ...
  11. Fishing for Holes in the Roster

    When a team has lost 90 games in three consecutive seasons, there can be plenty of finger pointing. For the Twins, there are questions to ask about how this current roster was created and what the team can do as they try and move forward.

    Where are the holes in this roster? What needs to be done this offseason? Are there internal options to help remedy the situation? All of these questions and more need to be answered before the team heads to Florida for spring training.
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  12. Cutting Out Collisions Could Help Mauer

    One of the questions facing the Minnesota Twins and their fans this offseason is the future of Joe Mauer. The All-Star catcher and face of the franchise didn't play a game after August 19th because of concussion related symptoms. With the Twins heading for their third straight 90-loss season, there was no need to rush Mauer back to the field.

    When the Twins head to Florida this spring, there will continue to be questions about how much time Mauer should play at catcher. Catchers are ...
  13. An Alternate Reality Solution to the Twins Problems

    I read this in the Economist last week
    Cuban athletes in all sports will now be allowed to compete in foreign leagues, as long as they pay taxes of around 20% at home and remain available to play for their country in major competitions.
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    Unfortunately for MLB, however, the new policy will have only a minimal impact on the league’s
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    Updated 10-13-2013 at 09:33 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  14. Roster Realities: Free Agent Starting Pitching & The 2014 Twins Offense

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    tarting Pitching in 2014 - even if the Twins signed 3 Clayton Kershaw's this off-season, they're not going to be able to compete. Way too many holes. We have 2...maybe 3 serviceable pitchers. Maybe a 4th if Scott Diamond/Andrew Albers proves he can pitch something other than in game BP (e.g. x< 4.00 ERA).

    It may be interesting to note if we did actually come across 3 Clayton Kershaw's, with our offense (3.84 runs per 9 innings) - assuming ...

    Updated 09-23-2013 at 01:45 PM by twinsfan34

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