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  1. Thoughts on 10 Position Players

    Unless the Twins make a waiver claim, their roster is set for the start of the 2014 season. Several players have been hot topics here on Twins Daily. I will offer my takes on 10 players and hope that they stimulate some conversation.

    1) Joe Mauer--Now the Twins regular first baseman and unquestioned best player. Mauer is the biggest certainty on the team. He will hit and he won't say anything controversial. Joe still needs to learn a little about first base, he has struggled ...
  2. So Gardy wants Flexibility... How about the Platoon?

    Recently we have heard beloved leader Ron Gardenhire extol the virtues of "flexibility" when constructing a roster. I agree. In fact, I will go one step further: I think the roster should be constructed to allow for the flexibility of platooning several positions within the lineup.*

    Although the Twins have had fewer financial restrictions since the opening of Target Field (at least theoretically) the talent within the system just is not there yet. Besides, let's face facts ...
  3. Stasis

    In most science fiction shows I have seen, somebody is in stasis (I hope I spelled it right and I am using it correctly). That means that the person or creature in question is in an unchanged state as time goes by.

    It is my opinion that the Twins basically spent 2013 in stasis. I expected at the start of 2013 the Twins would move some veterans, find out about some prospective regulars and start in the development of a starting rotation. None of that happened. almost all of what ...
  4. A Nice Day at Target Field

    My best friend from high school and me stay in touch but seldom see each other. We decided we would attend a game sometime this summer and he called me last week telling me that he had tickets given to him to see the Astros--yes! The Astros--today. We met and had lunch and then attended the game. The weather was pleasant (mid 70s and mostly cloudy) and the Twins should certainly have had a chance since they were playing the worst team in mlb.

    The Twins did prevail 3-2 and the ...
  5. Is Plouffe worth keeping?

    With the end of July getting closer and closer each day it brings forth the question; are the Twins buyers or sellers? Well from a fanís perspective you always want your team to be buyers rather than sellers. (Címon who wants to see their favorite player get traded). But there is a very good chance that the Twins will be sellers this year. And for that their are many possibilities for the Twins. So many that I will not be covering them all, and someone else will most likely do so on this website. ...
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  6. Same Division, Different Worlds. (Twins versus Tigers -- Games 63-65)

    History in the Air, Twins Hits Stay in the Yard (Twins 0 Tigers 4 Game 63)

    The Twins played tonight, in as much as an official game occurred and they were there.

    At least people at Target Field got to see Eddie Guardado and PR guy Tom Mee get inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame.

    I listened to the first inning in my backyard, until the mosquitoes ran up the scoreboard in a hellish game of their own. I listened deeper into the game inside my house. I listened ...
  7. Winning Two Out Of Three: Future Prospects May Make the Difference

    The old adage is that a baseball season can be broken into three columns. All teams win one third of their games--even the lousyteams. All teams lose one third of their games--even the best teams. It is the other third that makes the difference.
    The series with Washington is a perfect example. Minnesota took game one on the strength of their bullpen and a hot backup catcher/dh. The Nats blew out the Twins in game two. Then, in that all-important third game, our Twinkies lost by one run as ...
  8. All the Right Moves?

    After a period of stability, the Twins have made a rash of moves. Many of the moves have been panned by the denizens of Twins Daily for being shortsighted, cheap, stupid or all of the above. Some are calling out the GM for saying the team was trying to compete when, in fact, they are rebuilding and focusing on next year or the year after.

    News flash! The team isn't going to contend this year. Ryan's "contention" talk was predicated on miraculous performances by pitchers ...
  9. Sunk in Atlanta - Twins at Braves (Games 41-43)

    Twins at Braves

    Gimme Danger? (Game 41)

    Bad night in the US outside of baseball. Tornados took a chunk out of the country again, leaving too many dead (no matter the number) and many of the rest battling post-disaster financial hardship like it was a kind of cancer. For those affected, this will be a mile marker for the rest of their lives.

    Sadly, but less tragically, Doorsí keyboardist Ray Manzarek died.

    The Doors were dangerous rock and roll. ...
  10. 5 Reasons to Watch the Twins

    5. The M&M boys
    Mauer and morneau have been in the twins organization for over the past decade, and have been the face of the Twins for the past 6-7 years. They have combined for 2 MVPs, 6 sliver sluggers, and 9 all star appearance. It now seems that both of them are back to full health and their old selves. With morneau in the last year of his contract, you don't know how much longer he will be in a twins uniform. Especially sense all he wants to do is win now a days, which as we ...
  11. Minnesota Twins Handbook

    by , 11-09-2012 at 12:21 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    First off I want to thank John, Nick, Seth, and Parker, and Aaron for making the Twins Handbook, putting good time and effort into it, and making it affordable for a good read about our favorite baseball team. I wanted to comment on a few things in the book, and give my opinion on some others.

    Second off, if you haven't read the Handbook, read it. If you are a sabremetrics person or want ideas or thoughts on thinking outside the box read the "The Book" playing the percentages ...
  12. The Return of Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe is going on a rehab assignment and will be back with the Twins on Monday if all goes well. He was quoted today saying only direct pressure applied to the nerve bothers him, and they have figured out a way to avoid this happening. On one hand, I'm worried for the people along the 1st base line in Rochester tomorrow, and on the other I will be smashing F5 to see if he hits a HR. It has almost been an entire month since he has been out of the line-up, so I want to retouch his break-out ...
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  13. Plouffe has gone poof?

    As of May 3, 2011, the sainted Drew Butera had this set of stats for the Twins:
    AB: 50
    BB: 2
    H: 5
    2B: 2
    R: 3
    RBI: 4
    BA: .100
    OBP: .151
    SLG: .140
    OPS: .291

    This morning, I see this for Trevor Plouffe 2012:
    AB: 36
    BB: 7
    H: 4
    2B: 1
    HR: 1
    R: 3
    RBI: 2
    BA: .111
    OBP: .256
    SLG: .222
    OPS: .478

    He's been basically five walks, and one double turned into a home ...
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