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  1. 10 Opinions

    1) All baseball fans that have the capacity to visit Spring Training should do so. Hope springs eternal, but more than that, fans can watch drills and minor league games and scrimmages. At Fort Myers, we can sit next to minor league prospects, scouts, and knowledgeable fans. In past years, TR was on the premises and talked with fans sharing much more than makes the papers. It is great to watch both the top prospects and the most anonymous players. Autographs are fairly easy to get and the atmosphere ...
  2. 10 Opinions

    1) All baseball fans that have the capacity to visit Spring Training should do so. Hope springs eternal, but more than that, fans can watch drills and minor league games and scrimmages. At Fort Myers, we can sit next to minor league prospects, scouts, and knowledgeable fans. In past years, TR was on the premises and talked with fans sharing much more than makes the papers. It is great to watch both the top prospects and the most anonymous players. Autographs are fairly easy to get and the atmosphere ...
  3. Projecting the Twins Starting Pitching Upgrade in 2014

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    Pythagoras

    The polar vortex seems to have abated but Iím still left cold when I think about the Twins winning only 66 games last year, pairing a frozen offense with a starting rotation that compiled an ERA so far north of 5.00 that Robert Peary should have led an expedition to it. In an effort to warm their fansí waning interest, Minnesota uncharacteristically spent a real chunk of money in the off season (okay, it was the additional MLB TV ...
  4. The 2013 Twins By the Only Stat that Matters (Pt. 3: Pitchers & Front Office)

    This is the first in a series of three articles evaluating the Twins 2013 Season. First we introduced the stat, then we used it to analyze hitters, finally we'll use it to analyze pitchers and staff members.


    Anyone can evaluate a player's performance in the field, but what about their performance in the field of entertainment?


    The Twins completed their third straight 90-loss season, but rather than chastise the unproductive and cheer the talented, I'm here ...
  5. Revisiting the 4-Man Rotation



    Parker Hageman posed his thoughts on how the Twins can improve their rotation through free agency. The players he suggested were either once-good pitchers who are now in decline or once-promising pitchers who have failed to keep their promises. If you are the Twins GM and those are the best pitching options the team can hope for in 2014, you wonder if there might be a simpler (and much cheaper) solution that nobody's thinking of.
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    Updated 09-07-2013 at 02:41 PM by Teflon

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  6. Rejiggering the 2014 Twins: starting pitching

    All along this year, I have been holding out hope that the 2014 Twins could compete to win their division. Although things look a bit dimmer now than at the beginning of the year, I'd like to think that's still true. I've been mulling over what needs to be done to make that happen.

    I was at Target Field for Saturday's game against the Indians. My first disappointment was that Kevin Correia was pitching--but I couldn't any Twins pitcher that I'd rather see. I settled into my seat and ...

    Updated 07-23-2013 at 09:56 PM by PSzalapski

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  7. Soon to be World Champions recognize Deduno SPECIAL

    Question: Why does the DR pitch Deduno in the Championship game?

    Answer: Simple, they want to win! (what a concept!)

    Deduno would be no worse than the Twins 2nd best Pitcher and very possibly could be the best, what do the Twins have to lose? Their repuation for smart?

    Think of Deduno as a knucleballer and that might help you to deal with his erratic pitching..but remember this, he can beat anybody anytime, can you really say that about Correia and company? ...
  8. All The Way May?

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    In Worley, the Twins landed a somewhat seasoned middle-of-the-rotation starter who has above-average movement. But Worley had recent elbow issues, necessitating the addition of the Philliesí top prospect, May.

    Mayís pedigree is strong. His velocity ranges up to 95 complimented with ...
  9. Wooing Free Agents May Be Harder Than We Think

    by , 12-05-2012 at 10:12 PM (The Blog Formerly Known as Undomed)
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    Imagine, for a moment, you are looking for a job. Youíre a pretty hot commodity and you have offers on the table from two companies:

    Company A has spent the last two years floundering and has seen massive layoffs. Based on the company's history there is optimism for the current year, and they arenít just hiring, but talking big about the future. The company offers you a competitive salary, a little higher than others perhaps, with great benefits ...
  10. With Baker done, where do the Twins go from here?

    With pitcher Scott Baker out for the 2012 season with upcoming Tommy John surgery, the Twins are now down to just Carl Pavano, Jason Marquis and Francisco Liriano remaining from their original starting rotation. Marquis is slated to make his Twins debut against the Yankees today after missing the first part of the season so be with his daughter as she recovers from a bicycle accident and Liriano is fresh off a dismal 2.1 inning start that saw the Twins fall 8-3 in New York on Tuesday night. While ...
  11. Defending the Twins Pitching Philosophy

    With the Twins coming off one of their worst pitching seasons in over a decade, many fans and analysts are blaming the Twins’ “pitch to contact” philosophy. Critics cite career lows in strikeout rates for pitchers like Francisco Liriano and Matt Capps in 2011 as proof that there needs to be a new approach on the mound.

    However, if we look back at the Twins’ recent history, we see that the “pitch to contact” strategy has actually played a large ...

    Updated 03-06-2012 at 02:56 PM by dave_dw

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