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Article: NYY 14, MIN 1: What Did We Expect?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:33 AM
The Twins played the Yankees. Should I even go on? Yes?Alright, Ryan LaMarre pitched for the Twins. Stop there? OK then.Snapshot (chart v...

Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Hunters Star I...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:23 AM
Uffdah! After missing a lot of baseball due to postponements, Monday night was the first really busy night in the Twins farm system. Roch...

Time to shuffle the deck

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:33 AM
This could be a very bad week. I'd like to see them shuffle the roster/batting order and bullpen.   Release Grossman. DFA Kinley and...

Article: Game Thread: Twins @ Yankees, 4/23@6:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:39 PM
It’s big, four-game series that kicks off tonight in the Bronx as the Twins and Yankees go to battle in a series that could really help t...

Article: 2018 Minnesota Twins Extended Spring Training Ro...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:55 PM
The full-season minor league affiliates are full go. Weather caused many postponements. Rochester’s opening three-game series was snowed...

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Too Many K's

Posted by mikelink45 , 19 April 2018 · 257 views
strikeouts, pitchers, nolan ryan and 1 more...
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Too Many K's Today, Sam Miller at ESPN wrote that the Strikeout rate in baseball is going up for the 14th year in a row. Last year pitchers struck out 8.2 batters per nine and this year it is 8.6 so far. The first question is why don't batters care? Second question is - how do we compare strikeout rates now with past pitching performances and careers - although Nol...


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The other guy always looks better than your own

Posted by mikelink45 , 14 April 2018 · 532 views
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The other guy always looks better than your own The other guy is always better than what you have – right? Well that is the thought that dominates the off-season and so we are sad that we did not sign Yu Darvish (actually if you saw my posts you know I did not want him). Since we had an article looking at the first ten days and projecting the season I thought it might be good to see what we missed....


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The white league and their records

Posted by mikelink45 , 13 April 2018 · 334 views
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The white league and their records My last blog chronicled the movement of black baseball players into major league baseball from Jackie Robinson in 1947 to the Red Sox finally adding a black player in 1958. As I said then, if we question the impact of steroids on our baseball records we should also look at how the exclusion of the black ballplayer impacted the records between 1989 and 19...


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The long journey of Black Players into MLB

Posted by mikelink45 , 09 April 2018 · 1,103 views
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The long journey of Black Players into MLB I am always interested in the back stories – some of which are not typical baseball anecdotes. Each year now we celebrate #42 – in fact most of you reading this have already identified Jackie Robinson from his number and we can look at his Hall of Fame plaque and celebrate his strength of character as well as his baseball prowess. And there is no doubt...


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Branch Rickey's Mind

Posted by mikelink45 , 08 April 2018 · 619 views
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Branch Rickey's Mind https://www.loc.gov/...6/?loclr=eanotw The library of Congress has given us a historical gift - the scouting reports of Branch Rickey. He was a vital part of baseball history, even beyond signing Jackie Robinson and this is where you can check it out.

Here are some notes from the introduction and entries that struck me:
Rickey’s 1963 scou...