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  1. Halfway Roster Projections: Has Yours Changed?

    Most baseball fan’s favorite part of spring training is projecting your teams opening day roster. With new free agent acquisitions and minor leaguers with dreams of making it to the show, both players and fans are excited to get things going. Halfway through spring training do we really know more now than we did 3 weeks ago about projecting the opening day roster?

    With more rounds of cuts on the way and the possibility of signing another player, or two, there are a variety of ...
  2. The Laughs of the 90s Are Alive With Provus.

    I've liked Cory Provus from day one. The man calls a good ballgame. He doesn't oversell the drama. He sounds like baseball ought to.

    Since I've permanently ditched cable for the radio, I've been spending a lot more time listening to Mr. Provus. My opinion hasn't changed.

    However, I've begun to notice something.

    He's funny.

    He's really funny.

    He isn't flashy about it. He's not about loud voices, zingers, or crazy stories. I can't quote ...
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  3. A Snowy Vision of the 2013 Twins.

    While I was moping behind my snowblower, I noticed an unusual formation of snow. I turned off the machine and stepped closer to it.

    The identify of those piles of snow became clear. You've seen them before, too. They're the smiling, handshaking baseball players whose image lights up when Twins players hit home runs. The players looked at me as if they were waiting for me to speak.

    "Who will these 2013 Twins be?" I asked. "Who can I cheer for? Who can I believe ...
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  4. The Snowed In Opening We've All Imagined.

    Weather reports tell me something wicked this way comes. I've got two gallons of gas for the snowblower and just enough left in my own tank to dig out from this one.

    Downtown, Target Field better be ready. Come April, we're all coming over to watch the game.

    With the weather waiting to pummel us yet again, how many of us are imagining a Wintery Wasteland Opening Day nightmare? Ever since they announced the stadium, the truly pessimistic of have smirked small, bitter smirks ...
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  5. Playing on the Radio.

    I think Twins magic begins with a car radio, a commute of erratic, skidding traffic, and staring at the sun while waiting for red lights.

    Returning to baseball life is a greater gift to the fans living in places where the offseason is covered in snow and loneliness.

    When the bat cracks and the crowd cheers, we know the small city filled with red- and blue-clad fans will be born around Target Field. There will be beer, hugs, and shouting.

    At that moment, the ...
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  6. Morneau Earns Early form ahead of Team Canada Meet

    The Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, offered a neat bit of understanding on Tuesday night as he changed Minnesota’s tactics this Spring Training to give Justin Morneau chance to practice his national role before joining up with Team Canada’s for the World Baseball Classic.


    Gardenhire confirmed designated hitter, Morneau, would instead start Tuesday’s game against the Blue Jays at first base – his preferred position with the Canada side.


    The reason: to give Morneau ...
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  7. An Early Rochester Red Wings Preview

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    The Rochester Red Wings finished the 2012 season with a 72-72 record. I know that doesn't seem impressive, but when you haven’t reached that mark since 2008 and suffered back to back 90 loss seasons in 2010 and ’11, it’s a step in the right direction.

    There was a buzz about the ball park Friday. General Manager Dan Mason said that he was “very excited” about the 2013 season, and why shouldn't he be? The team is heading in the right direction, ...

    Updated 01-26-2013 at 07:19 PM by Christopher Fee

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  8. Classic Picks Great Credit to Twins Trio

    Last week, Team USA announced its initial roster for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, with two Twins stars earning a role in the team ahead of the international baseball competition this March.


    Our reliever, Glen Perkins, will fight for a place against some of baseball’s best. He is one of four lefties in the roster that includes young Royals pitcher, Tim Collins and San Francisco reliever, Jeremy Affeldt, who pitched in the World Series last fall.


    Meanwhile, ...
  9. Betting on the Wrong Horse.

    Thought about the title of this blog. How would I feel if someone sends it back to me after a victorious Twins season? Then, I decided I'd feel pretty damn good about a winning season and probably wouldn't care someone reminded me I started out bitter.

    Twins fans across the Internet are writing like the team was dying and they're planning the services in its hospital room. Opening Day will be the funeral service, and Spring Training the visitation.

    Too morbid?
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  10. Observations on the Ebb and Flow of the Gardenhire Era

    In looking at average team WAR in the American League over the 11 years of the Gardenhire era, we see consistent yearly offensive values of +19 wins, pitching values of +13 wins, and fielding values of zero. Comparing the Twins’ performances in each of the Gardenhire seasons to those averages gives us a quick picture of the successes or failures each season and how the offensive, pitching, and fielding prowess of the Twins has trended.


    • 2004-2006. Do I need to say it?
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  11. New Twitter Account!

    Be sure to follow us at @MN_Twins_Live on Twitter for up to the minute news and live game tweets!
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  12. Sacrificing Shirseys.

    I drive by Target Field nearly every day. In the off-season, it looks like a brand new piece of playground equipment. The next time I go past it, it'll look broken-in.

    Target Field's not Yankee stadium, but it deserves history. And what's history without a few ghosts?

    Revere was a player with a future. Moving him is smart. Giving up winter dreams about his potential will still hurt.

    I was as ready as I could be to lose Span. Losing Revere came as a surprise. ...
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  13. Why Felix Hernandez should be a Minnesota Twin next season

    I've been thinking about this for awhile, prior to King Felix's perfect game a couple weeks ago. Perhaps I should have posted it then, as it wouldnt sound so pipe dreamish now. However, the Minnesota Twins are perfect trade partners for the Seattle Mariners if they look to deal Hernandez this offseason. And I am hoping that deal begins tonight with a strong Liam Hendriks start.

    My proposed deal would include Oswaldo Arcia, Eddie Rosario, Liam Hendriks, and a lower level pitching prospect ...

    Updated 08-27-2012 at 04:34 PM by 3rd Inning Stretch

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  14. Pohlad backs Ryan

    A heavy defeat to the Texas Rangers only further deepened the sense of disappointment felt throughout the Minnesota Twins, after another tough American League season.

    The loss took the Twins’ MLB scores to a 1-8 on their current road trip and a season-worst 24 games below .500, leaving no one in any doubt that this year has been another failure.

    Despite such a disappointing year, the Twins will not be changing their head coach, with interim boss, Terry Ryan, receiving ...
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