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  1. Twins Minor League Report (6/25): Mr. Rogers Very Unneighborly

    On Tuesday afternoon, the rosters for the MLB Future's game were announced and it included two Twins players, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas. Word came out on Wednesday that Rochester Red Wings starter Trevor May would be added to US roster to replace Cardinals LHP Marco Gonzalez who made his big league debut.

    May is in the middle of a breakout season at Triple-A. Since the beginning of May, he's gone 7-3 with a 2.35 ERA over 10 starts. This could set up a situation similar to last ...
  2. Move Mauer to Left Field?

    What do you think about moving Joe Mauer to left field? He would be less a fielding liability in left field than Willingham, Arcia, Parmelee, or Herrmann. Vargas looks like he may be successful at 1B...but if not, Parmelee is a good fielder at 1B. Plouffe could be good at 1B also...or even Sano at 1B, leaving Plouffe at 3B. Just saying....
  3. The Ozzman Cometh Around the Bases Not So Much Lately.

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    After reading Parker Hageman’s recent analysis1 on Oswaldo Arcia’s approach
    and swing, I’ve been thinking about it ever since, particularly as Arcia’s slump is reaching toward extreme extents.

    I think Parker is on in his critique of Arcia’s over-aggressive, indiscriminate approach at the plate: past success swinging at first pitch fastballs has led to present adjustments by pitchers to throw off speed early, but not- so far- to any counter ...
  4. Should We Be Worried About Alex Meyer?

    The rosters for the MLB Futures Game were announced on Tuesday. Representing the Twins organization will be Single-A pitcher Jose Berrios and Double-A slugger Kennys Vargas.

    None of Minnesota's "Big Three" will be participating. Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano obviously have been injured, and Alex Meyer -- the team's top pitching prospect and its greatest hope for a top-of-the-rotation starter -- simply isn't having a very good season.

    That's fairly worrisome, especially ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Big News for Berrios, Vargas

    If not for injuries to top prospects Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton, it's likely that both players would be heading to their second straight Futures Game. With both players on the shelf, the Twins will have the opportunity to showcase some of their other top talent on Sunday of All-Star week.

    The rosters were announced for the MLB Future's Game on Tuesday and the Twins will be represented by first baseman Kennys Vargas and right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios. Vargas is near the top of the Twins minor league leader board in almost every major offensive category. ...
  6. Few Silver Linings for Kernels

    June has not been kind to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

    As a team, they’ve lost a dozen games this month and won just six. The first half of the season mercifully drew to a close a week ago, but the Kernels started off their second half season by dropping three of four road games to the Midwest League’s Western Division champions, the Kane County Cougars.

    Silver linings are a little difficult to come by for a team that most people expected to be led by their pitching when the ...
  7. Paying for Anticipation: An Adventure in Baseball Cards

    Should you be inclined to see this post with some pictures of my ugly mug posing with the cards check out my main blog page. Otherwise...WORDS AHOY!

    I finally did it. I told myself I ought to. I explained all the ways why. I made sure that I actually could do it, and then I did it.

    I sold a large chunk of my baseball card collection.

    It wasn't doing anything, it was sitting in a box in my attic. When my neighbor set up a yard ...
  8. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #10: New Logo

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ID:	7928Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman got together to discuss their brand new logo and share feelings.

    Parker described a hellish family vacation on the North Shore. They discussed Oswaldo Arcia’s slumping tendencies but also pondered whether or not Kyle Gibson was becoming an "ace" (spoiler: who knows) and whether or not the Twins have peaked (spoiler: who knows). Parker let Dan talk about soccer for 10 minutes (spoiler: Parker still doesn't like soccer) and ...
  9. Twins Hangouts: Tuesday, June 24

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    Join us again tonight (Tuesday) as Seth and I discuss the last week in the Twins baseball. We'll be going live at 9pm, shortly before the Twins and Angels kick off their series.

    We'll be taking questions, so please leave below. Topics you'd like us to discuss? Let us know!

    Last week we went two hours and 42 minutes. This week we promise to keep it shorter and sweeter. Or will we?

  10. Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Berrios, Roberts Lead Miracle

    The Twins have a scheduled off day before starting a series in Anaheim against the Angels.

    The club is expected to make a move before tomorrow's game. The belief is that they'd like to get down to 12 pitchers. While the exact moves are unknown, it should be noted that Chris Herrmann was replaced in tonight's game for no apparent reason.

    We should know more tomorrow.

    Moving on to Monday's action:

    Rochester 2, Buffalo 4 ...
  11. REVIEW: 'Minnesota Twins Baseball' by Stew Thornley

    Hardball history on the Minnesota prairie started long before the Twins moved to the Upper Midwest. Baseball legends like Ted Williams and Willie Mays called Minnesota home before making their big league debuts. There was a lot that went into the Twins becoming the franchise they are today and the club's entire history is summarized in the new book Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie.

    There are plenty of people who know a lot about Twins baseball but author Stew ...
  12. Monday Morning Madness: June 23, 2014

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Weekend Recap


    Oswaldo Arcia

    On June 4, I declared my desire to legally adopt Arcia. Since that day, he is 4 for 46 with 18 strikeouts. I withdraw my application. Not because I don't want to adopt him, but because it seems to be affecting him adversely. He has been hit by three pitches since that day, likely from ...
  13. How Can Arcia Bust His Epic Slump?

    After finishing 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in Sunday's sweep-clinching win over the White Sox, Oswaldo Arcia ran his hitless streak up to 31 consecutive at-bats. As Phil Miller noted in his post-game wrap-up, that's eight short of the franchise record.

    For all his talent and explosiveness, Arcia has proven to be a slump-prone hitter, with a tendency to look totally lost during extended stretches at the plate.

    Right now, he's mired in what I have to imagine is one of the ...
  14. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 151: Beating the White Sox & Falling Out Of Trees

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ID:	7910Aaron and John talk about the pleasure of dominating the White Sox, Yohan Pino's impressive debut, Aaron Hicks going back to switch-hitting, Kyle Gibson's good run, Joe Mauer showing signs of life, Oswaldo Arcia swinging "too hard," Tony Gwynn's lasting legacy, and how to have fun and injure yourself at a 25-year reunion. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com.
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