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  1. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/13/12

    This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the latest update of the Twins' Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the game vs the Blue Jays earlier this afternoon. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. I will be updating them daily and post daily updates.

    Here is what the ...
  2. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    This is a weekly feature at The Tenth Inning Stretch and originally published there
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    Here is this week's installment (also heavily influenced by Spring Training) :
    • Tomorrow is the first minor league spring training day. There are a series of games at the AAA, AA and A level all against the Boston Red Sox' affiliates; also expect the first cuts of Spring Training to be announced today.
    • We all heard of long bus rides for the players to away parks in Spring Training,
    ...
  3. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/12/12

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the latest update of the Twins' Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the game vs the Rays earlier this afternoon. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. I will be updating them daily and post daily updates.

    Here is what the Bench Battle Dashboard ...

    Updated 03-12-2012 at 06:23 PM by Thrylos

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  4. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/11/12

    This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    With the first cuts of Spring Training coming as early as tomorrow, I am updating the Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the game vs the Yankees earlier this afternoon. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. From now on, I will be combining both Dashboards ...
  5. Updated Twins Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/10/2012

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    You can read the basic premise in detail behind this dashboard here. Also, the update date reflects the date of the last game included not the post. This is the most current iteration after yesterday's game vs the Pirates:


    Here is a ranking of the combatants based on average game score:

    Liam Hendriks 53.5
    Jared ...
  6. Twins Bench Battle Dashboard; 3/10/12

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    I have been creating dashboards to look at the progression of the Spring Training battle for the 3 bullpen sports for the Twins (You can read about the rationale and details here.) I decided to create a dashboard for the 2-3 bench position battles. To quantify position players performance I am using another Bill James' measurement, the "Batting Game Score", as modified by Baseball Reference. I made 2 changes on the ...
  7. Updated Twins Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/10/2012

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    You can read the basic premise in detail behind this dashboard here. This is the most current iterration after yesterday's game vs the Cardinals:



    Here is a ranking of the combatants based on average game score:

    Terry Doyle 56
    Matt Maloney 54.5
    Jared Burton 53.5
    Liam Hendriks 53.5
    Aaron ...
  8. Quantifying the Twins Spring Training bullpen battle: Bullpen Battle Dashboard

    Here is the basic premise: The Twins have a whole bunch of relievers in their Spring Training Camp who are batting for 3 spots on the 25-man roster. I listed and analysed these players previously. Spring training is long and it is hard to track each appearance of each player, trying to have an objective view of how this battle might be ending (or at least trending,) especially, when the usual statistics fail with such a small sample size. Yesterday I created a dashboard to look at each pitcher's ...

    Updated 03-08-2012 at 02:41 PM by Thrylos

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  9. Keeping track of the Twins bullpen battles; version 1

    This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch and is reposted here
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    Previously, I listed all the players who are battling for one of the 3 bullpen spots this Spring Training. Because they are so many, I decided to create a spreadsheet and keep track of their performance this Spring day by day, using color coding and symbols to get a quick visual. In other words, creating a dashboard of their performance.

    Green (+) is better than average appearance ...
  10. Notes and Thoughts from Today's Twins' Game

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Not a game report by any means; just some random, stream of conscious type notes I took while I was watching the Twins' game on TV this afternoon:
    • Jamey Carroll's strike zone is smaller than Ben Revere's. He really gets down in the box
    • Doumit looks like Kubel. A lot
    • Great double steal by Revere and Carroll in a botched pick-off move. Carroll seams a very astute base runner
    • Baker's fastball at 86 mph to start
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    Updated 03-06-2012 at 04:32 PM by Thrylos

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  11. Update on the Twins Spring Training roster battles



    This has been previously published at The Tenth Inning Stretch.

    I have highligheted the four questions the Twins need to answer this Spring Training previously. With a couple weeks in the books in Spring Training, the Twins so far have played 4 games (3 official and a "B" game that does not count in the standings or in the players' statistics officially) so there are hints of light for some of those.

    • The starting outfield: All indications
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  12. What have we learned so far in the Twins Spring Training

    First posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    Tomorrow the Twins will play their first unofficial game, and there are already a few interesting observations in this very young Spring Training. As always, you can find all the Spring Training news and analysis on this site here.

    First of all, as far as the "B" game (free to fans, BTW) tomorrow goes, the Twins have announced who is playing. All of: Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger, ...

    Updated 02-29-2012 at 05:57 PM by Thrylos

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  13. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    This is a regular weekly feature at The Tenth Inning Stetch and is partially reposted here. You can find the original here

    Here is this week's installment (heavily influenced by Spring Training) :
    • Wishing my best to Joel Zumaya, who's career with the Twins for all practical purposes ended
      last Sunday. Several media outlets have mentioned that he is considering retiring from baseball and becoming a professional fisherman. Terry Ryan indicated that the Twins most likely
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  14. Who will replace Joel Zumaya for the Twins?

    This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch and partially reposted here for space considerations. The original can be found here.

    Joel Zumaya left the mount on Saturday with elbow discomfort, cutting his workout short. Terry Ryan announced on Sunday that an MRI showed that he has torn his UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery and not pitch for a month. It is unclear whether the Twins released him yet, but at this point that is a technicality, because by releasing him ...
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