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Arcia Traded to the Rays

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:35 AM
For cash or a PTBNL. This could be worse than the Delmon Young trade. Guess 30 HR power from a young player does have a price.... About $...

Honest qustion: How have the Twins not fired Ryan and/or...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:20 AM
April 7-17 May 8-19 June 9-15   3rd worst hitting in the AL 2nd worst pitching in the MLB Worst fielding team in the AL Worst record...

Article: Gamethread: Twins @ White Sox, 6/28 @ 7:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:56 PM
Uff Da… we play the White Sox a lot. We play them almost as often as we do the Royals, Indians and Tigers. I can’t be certain but we migh...

Article: What To Do With Phil Hughes?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:36 PM
One of the trends that I was most interested in following during spring training was the velocity readings from Phil Hughes. His drop-off...

Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Berrios Nearly...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:33 PM
Minnesota has been well represented in recent years at MLB's annual Futures Game. In each of the last two seasons, Jose Berrios has been...



Long Strange Trip: Twins 1, Marlins 3

Posted by John Bonnes , 05 March 2014 · 36 views

Here's what you really need to know about this game: Jupiter, Florida, where the Marlins play, is a long three-plus hour bus trip from Fort Myers. The bus leaves at 7:30 in the morning. It gets back something like 8:00 that night. The Twins, like every other team, tries to protect their best (veteranish) players from this as best they can.

(And in the...


Wilkin & The Kids: Twins 9, Orioles 2

Posted by John Bonnes , 03 March 2014 · 101 views

Wilkin Ramirez has had to demonstrate a lot of patience in his career. The 28-year-old finally made his way onto an Opening Day roster last year, only to have his season shortened by a concussion and ended by a broken tibia. But the Twins were patient too, re-signing him this offseason. Maybe he could surprise them again, like last spring training.



Matt Hoffman Hopes His Slider Elevates His Career

Posted by John Bonnes , 02 March 2014 · 38 views

After reaching Detroit's AAA Toledo team as a 21-year-old, Hoffman spent his third full year with them last year as a 24-year-old. But the left-handed reliever's stats showed a change. Last year, Hoffman struck out 35 batters in 35 innings. He had never come close to that rate previously. He thinks he knows why.

"The pitching coach, who is now the coord...


Roughed Up: Rays 6, Twins 3

Posted by John Bonnes , 02 March 2014 · 46 views

In today's 6-3 loss to the Tampa Rays, the Twins pitchers didn't have a great day. Starting was Ricky Nolasco, whose prefix is already slowly turning from "Mr." into "Most Expensive Free Agent the Twins Ever Signed." (MEFATES?) Anyway, Mr. Nolasco threw two scoreless innings, but five of the seven opposing batters hit the ball hard. Fortunately, the last...


Pitcher Preparation

Posted by John Bonnes , 01 March 2014 · 44 views

What are pitchers focusing on in the first couple of spring training games? It's pretty basic, but requires some balance. Yesterday's starting pitcher, Scott Diamond, explained "At this point right now, first outing, I'm trying to attack the zone. My focus right now is working down." Closer Glen Perkins, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning, echoed that s...


Finding Smiles - Twins 6, Red Sox 2

Posted by John Bonnes , 01 March 2014 · 44 views

What was the fan reaction in Hammond Stadium following the gut-punching news about Miguel Sano?

Honestly, it was smiles. Basking, wondrous smiles expressed with the eyes and shoulders moreso than the lips. Or at least that what I saw as I walked up to the Hammond Stadium gates. Yes, the Twins had received the worst possible news for one of their cornerst...


Position Battles: The Bullpen

Posted by John Bonnes , 24 February 2014 · 37 views


Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 134: Cribs, Mat Garza and Bathroom Etiquette

Posted by John Bonnes , 23 February 2014 · 29 views


Catch Framing Predictability

Posted by John Bonnes , 22 February 2014 · 37 views


Gleeman and the Geek, Episode 133: Pitchers and Catchers Report

Posted by John Bonnes , 16 February 2014 · 24 views