In the TwinsCentric interview with Terry Ryan last week, (the 9-page entirety of which you can find in the 2013 Offseason Handbook), we asked about his confidence in Trevor Plouffe.
John Bonnes: Are you comfortable with [Trevor] Plouffe at third base?
Terry Ryan: Well, he needs some work too. Defensively, heís a work in progress.
JB: He hasnít played that much at third base in the minors, right?
TR: No, he hasnít, but heís and ex-shortstop
The Minnesota Twins add some coaches and drop some players. From Surly Darkness Days, Aaron and John review their beers against thrash metal, break down the changes, wonder what the new coaches mean, debate the relative value of Ron Gardenhire, recap their motorcycle adventure, review the players who have been droppped, collect on old debts, speculate on might fill the 40-man roster spots, wonder if Scott Baker will re-sign and tease the next podcast including an interview with Terry Ryan. Here
The Twins sent seven of their minor league players to go play in the Arizona Fall League that kicked off earlier this month. Teams each send a handful of their prospects to play in Arizona and each year several teams join together and field a team for the AFL (6 team league located in, you guessed it, Arizona). The Twins players play for the Peoria Javelinas (a 40-80 pound skunk pig, for those of you who are curious you can check out the wiki page) who join with players from the Cincinnati Reds,
In our TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, weíre including a transcript from a 45-minute meeting "State of the Twins" interview with Terry Ryan. As you can imagine, an 8000-word interview covers a lot of topics, including:
the strengths of the new coaching staff,Joe Mauerís future at catcher,additional offseason priorities beyond starting pitching,how Twins approach waiver wire or minor league free agents,thoughts on the state of the Twins minor leagues,his evaluation
Episode 9 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
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It's been a slow week in Twins news, but we still found some things to talk about in episode 9. Eric talks about Twins related items that he's trying to acquire from Ebay for less than a quarter (shipping
Iím having trouble getting into the second round of the playoffs. I donít really want either the Yankees or the Tigers to make the World Series, which means I canít even root for the American League. The official team of The Voice Of Reasonô - the Phillies Ė is also out for the first time in years. But part of it is because Iím ready for the next act.
Oddly, I donít think Iíve looked forward to an offseason this much in years. For starters, itíll be nice
Who were the best pitchers in the Twins minor league system in 2012?
Earlier this week I took a look at my predictions from this spring for who I thought would be the best minor league hitters in 2012 and who actually was. Today I'll look into the pitchers. See the predictions made by some of the other Twins bloggers here (position players) or here (pitchers).
Twins related news and notes from
Updated 10-05-2012 at 03:01 AM by Paul Pleiss
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Episode 7 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
New Glarus Moon Man, one of the best Wisconsin has to offerIn Episode 7 my brother Eric and I discuss who we believe are the Twins deserving of the Talk To Contact awards for rookie of the year, starting pitcher, reliever, position player
Updated 10-05-2012 at 07:03 PM by Paul Pleiss
Vegas picked the White Sox to finish fourth in the AL Central this year, pegging them to win about 74.5 games. Chicago's season essentially ended last night when the Tigers clinched the division, but that means the Pale Hose' playoff hopes lasted until October, about four (five?) months longer than the Twins. They also made anyone who bet the ďunderĒ in Vegas look like a fool, exceeding Vegas preseason estimate by 10 games and counting.
I am one of those fools. In our Gleeman and the
This post originally appeared at http://puckettspond.com/2012/10/01/d...s-the-hitters/
The minor league seasons are all over. The prospects have played their final games (well, I guess officially the September call-ups still have 3 games left, but let's not get carried away) and the stats and progressions for 2012 are all in the books.
Before the season began, several of the Twins bloggers, myself included, made some prognostications about who we thought
Updated 10-01-2012 at 09:48 AM by Paul Pleiss
The Minnesota Twins release Tsuyoshi Nishioka, contemplate coaching changes, and the John and Aaron review the MLB season via their preseason predictions. Here are:
the podcaststhe rss feed if you want to subscribe andthe podcast on iTunes.
This post originally appeared at http://puckettspond.com/2012/09/28/m...d-col-sanders/
Episode 6 of the Twins related baseball podcast, Talk To Contact, is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
Episode 5 was pretty excellent, if I do say so myself, and in the 6th edition of the podcast Eric and I discuss why the Twins always seem to
Oddly, a lot of sabrmetric geeks I know donít like the Win Probability Added (WPA) statistic. I donít want to speak for them as to why, but the comment I hear that drives me the craziest is something like ďAll you have to do is see that Erik Komatsu was more valuable then Ben Revere to understand that it is worthless.Ē
It drive me crazy because 15 years ago, I would hear the same question from baseball traditionalists when Iíd suggest that an on-base machine like Bobby Abreu was more
Aaron sips a pink libation. John begs their listeners to take a quick survery for recruiting sponsors. Then they chat about whether Sam Deduno belong, whether the Twins can and should re-sign Scott Baker, how one characterizes the starting pitching market, Liam Hendriks first "W," the MLB television deal and what it means for the Twins payroll, the switch from Beloit to Cedar Rapids, and honors bestowed by Baseball America on some Twins prospects. Then they answer mailbag about the Minnesota