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  1. The Nobel Prize, Steroids and You

    (This little diatribe is originally posted and possibly more clearly formatted at our other website: Peanuts from Heaven)

    In what will come as no surprise to anyone who reads my writing regularly, I don't like math. I much prefer words (hence the whole teaching English and writing-a-tonnage-of-words-for-my-own-amusement-thing), but I know that math has a valuable place in the world.


    That's why I read London based magazine The Economist (well, that and the snarky ...
  2. Handing Out Twins First Half Awards

    At the beginning of the season, I devoted an entire week to make predictions about the upcoming MLB season. These predictions can be fun especially with all of the surprises that surround the game of baseball. I had the Toronto Blue Jays winning the AL East... oops. There are going to be a few swings and misses.

    With the All-Star Game over and done with, let's take a look back at the first half of the season and see who's in line for each of NoDak Twins Fan's end of the season awards. ...
  3. Let's not forget... Mauer is a projected HOFer

    At work today I was clicking around Baseball Referenceís website and I stumbled across an interesting section of the website that I have never explored before. If you scroll to the bottom of a playerís profile page you will see a section titled Hall Of Fame Statistics, which is a bunch of sabermetrics designed to project if a player is a Hall of Fame candidate.


    Amongst the multiple equations there is one that is entitled JAWS which stands for Jaffe WAR Scoresystem, the system ...
  4. Catching Up on Mauer's Catching

    After an injury plagued 2011 season, the Twins had to take an alternative approach with Joe Mauer and his time on the defensive side of the ball. He started 72 games at catcher, 42 games at DH, and 30 games at first base. It was the first time in Mauer's career when he started played over 100 games and didn't play at least 90 games behind the plate.

    In spring training, Mauer made it be known that he wanted to play more time at catcher. Ron Gardenhire and the Twins front office have ...
  5. Former Twins Litter All-Star Rosters

    The Minnesota Twins will host the 2014 All-Star Game at Target Field but a plethora of their former players will gather a year early for the Mid-Summer Classic. Seven former members of the organization will join current Twins players Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins. It would have been great to see all of these nine men on the field in Minneapolis so maybe they can all continue playing well for the next calendar year.

    Many Twins fans are familiar with the year's being put together by Perkins ...
  6. Monday Morning Madness - July 8, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins dropped two of three in their series against the Blue Jays and in the process, they dropped to eleven games below .500. The Twins are on a 70-win pace, which would be a huge improvement and a giant disappointment at the same time. Prior to the season, if you had told me the Twins were going to win 70 games, I'd have laughed so hard that my pants would have fallen down. I never wore belts. After the first third of the season, ...
  7. 2013 American League All-Star Picks

    Down the stretch they come!

    Well, at least as far as voting goes for the 2013 MLB All-Star Game in New York City. There can be some debate over who should make the club. Some voters like to pick out the players that have had the best first half of a season in 2013. Others look at the last calendar year and try and pick out the rosters based on those performances.

    Today I break down the American League roster. There are some tough decisions at a couple positions but there ...
  8. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    Another week of baseball's regular season has come and gone.

    For the Twins there was plenty of news this week. The Marlins turned out to be pesky but they have been surprising more than one team in the National League so far this season. Kyle Gibson will be making his big league debut on Saturday and this is a moment to get a little bit excited about. Twins fans have heard his name for multiple seasons.

    Ryan Doumit had a cool slide, Byron Buxton is good at baseball, and ...
  9. Wha' Happened #9 (GAME OF THE WEEK)

    Rather than continually reposting the same stuff here as on my other website--and since these recaps are often (week[s]) late--I'm going to trim down these posts to more manageable bite size single best game write ups I've got, and trust that if you want to read more you will find it at THIS WEBSITE!

    Game 69
    Twins 7 - White Sox 5
    The Twins do not care for power hitting. It hurts the feelings of our opponents after all, and we can't have that.


    But we're ...

    Updated 06-25-2013 at 09:42 AM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  10. 2013 Minnesota Twins Trade Candidates

    The end of June is quickly approaching and this means it is a little over a month away from the July 31st trade deadline. Things have started to look a little better for the Twins but the club is still in the bottom half of the AL Central. This should mean the club will be sellers at this year's trade deadline.

    As I have stated previously, the Twins focus should be on contending again by 2015. Joe Mauer will be the veteran bat in the middle of the line-up surrounded by other young ...
  11. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    After a rough road trip over the last week, the Twins returned home to face a Phillies team with it's own share of struggles. Minnesota won the first two games of the series but both games were close. The Tigers come to town for Father's Day weekend and this marks the start of nine straight games against AL Central opponents.

    This can become a crucial part of the schedule if the Twins want to stay in the hunt for a division crown. The club has a winning record so far in June and that ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    It wasn't the best week for the Twins as the team lost the rubber game of their three game set with the Orioles on Sunday. This was followed by losing two out of three games to the dreaded White Sox.

    Even with the poor play, Joe Mauer continues to be one of the best hitters in the game (.519/.594/.704 in the last 7 days). Aaron Hicks showed off all of his skills in one game to help the team to their only win of the week. It wasn't all bad for Justin Morneau either as he hit over .460 ...
  14. Wha Happened? #6 (Indians, Red Sox, Orioles and White Sox)

    Rumors of our demise our greatly exaggerated. Rumors of the school year ending, our student teacher leaving and our work load increasing dramatically are absolutely accurate. Here now, a pseudo-recap of the weeks since the Twins last got a day off.
    Game 27

    Indians 7 - Twins 6
    Long ago I first wrote about the magical Land of Cleve, a blighted kingdom where no team can win for long and where all the knights in the land eventually flee for other kingdom's with better ...

    Updated 05-16-2013 at 03:05 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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