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Article: 2018 Twins Highlights: Super Rosario and La Tortuga

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:13 AM
With the baseball season being so long, a down year can really drag on a fan. On the plus side, playing 162 games generates plenty of mem...

Article: Offseason Primer: Twins Should Stick With Jorge...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:07 AM
It used to be that baseball teams would seek strength up the middle defensively, but in today’s age is it more important that a team has...

Article: Offseason Primer: Can Minnesota Mimic Milwaukee...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:51 AM
There are more things tying the Twins and Brewers together than geographic proximity.Both are mid-market teams with finite resources. Bot...

Damning article in the Washington Post re: Pressly / Anal...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:34 AM
Very damning article for the (now former) coaching/analytics staff. Pressly is used an example of how the Astros use analytics & coac...

Article: A Tale of Two Paths for Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:34 AM
Coming off a 78-win season, the Minnesota Twins took a step backward from their postseason berth in 2017. With the same core intact, and...

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Bullpen BS

Posted by mikelink45 , 21 September 2018 · 786 views
relief pitchers, bullpen, closer and 1 more...
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Bullpen BS What do we make of the Twins bullpen in this era where bullpens have supplanted starters? Closers, Openers, Lefty and righty specialists, relievers for innings 5,6,7,8,9. Lots of warm ups, lots of wasted time. In my world we would not have openers and we would limit the teams to 4 pitchers per nine innings which would really make the manager think about w...


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Developing players

Posted by mikelink45 , 18 September 2018 · 483 views
buxton, prospects and 2 more...
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Developing players A lot of us were shocked by the Buxton treatment this year, from playing him with an injury to denying him his September call up. We were almost equally shocked to see Sano sent to A ball and when he returned people talked about him looking a little thinner, but then the season played on and before ending with another injury he resorted to the same 200 h...


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Want to play Catch - er?

Posted by mikelink45 , 17 September 2018 · 387 views
catcher, twins, garver, castro
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Want to play Catch - er? Okay what happens at catcher in the next two years? First we have the veteran – Castro – coming back from his injury. Not a great bat, but we got him for his framing. Is his framing still so important and more important is it still better than Garver?

Garver started out with lots of question marks. So many doubted his defense, so much that the team was w...


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Rotating and rotation - who starts - but not an opener

Posted by mikelink45 , 15 September 2018 · 447 views
pitching, berrios, rotation and 2 more...
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Rotating and rotation - who starts - but not an opener What a rotation

I have gone through all but DH in my thought process on next year and I really do not care who is DH since it seems like the Twins like to move it around. But the rotation is the real issue. Bleacher reports had this reflection on Starting Pitching - https://bleacherrepo...rtant-positi...


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Who plays in the OF?

Posted by mikelink45 , 14 September 2018 · 743 views
outfield, buxton, kepler, rosario
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Who plays in the OF? I am back from guiding a hiking trip in Michigan where I got to watch the Detroit Tigers play a few games against the Cardinals - fun to see Gardenhire. As I watched their struggles to find the right Outfielders for the future I was interested in the various players that they put in and how each had different potentials and strengths. But it got me thinki...