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Article: Let's Just Roll With What We Have

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:43 AM
It may mean a bunch of losses in 2015, but the Twins need to use their next season to evaluate what they have. Next off-season, they can...

Article: Postseason Review: Ricky Nolasco

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:33 AM
Last year, Ricky Nolasco signed what is easily the largest free agent contract ever for the Twins. While not every Twins fan was happy, t...

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Dinner with a Moderator

Posted by stringer bell , 25 July 2014 · 117 views

While this isn't "My Dinner with Andre" or "Tuesdays with Morrie", I did have dinner with someone on a Tuesday. During Monday's game thread our very own "scene setter" and moderator Riverbrian noted that he was in Rochester. I work in that fair city and live just over 20 miles away. I contacted Brian when he asked about bakeries, and we agreed to meet f...


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Meeting a Moderator

Posted by stringer bell , 24 July 2014 · 14 views

While this isn't "My Dinner with Andre" or "Tuesdays with Morrie", I did have dinner with someone on a Tuesday. During Monday's game thread our very own "scene setter" and moderator Riverbrian noted that he was in Rochester. I work in that fair city and live just over 20 miles away. I contacted Brian when he asked about bakeries, and we agreed to meet f...


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Dozier's Season

Posted by stringer bell , 03 July 2014 · 13 views

We have just passed the midpoint of the season and the Twins are a season low seven games below .500. A big reason why the Twins are as good as they are is their second baseman, Brian Dozier. Dozier is currently going through his third slump of the season and the batting average is down to .232. His homers have leveled off and his OPS has sunk to .762....


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Shortstop Pecking Order

Posted by stringer bell , 17 May 2014 · 13 views

Right now, the Twins have a wealth of shortstop candidates. Conventional wisdom is that shortstops aren't platooned because working with the keystone partner is so important. Here is my view on the shortstops and my best guess to what will happen. I invite anyone else to comment and offer their opinion.

1) Eduardo Escobar. Escobar is starting most g...


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Danny Santana & the .1% Solution

Posted by stringer bell , 11 May 2014 · 14 views

Danny Santana is a major league prospect. He isn't in the Twins' Top Ten and he isn't a Top 100 prospect in minor league baseball. Most players with his pedigree don't become stars, but some do and I imagine some become All-Stars and most likely some have become Hall of Fame players.

Santana's strength as a prospect are his raw tools. He has great s...


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The Twins need more Brian Doziers

Posted by stringer bell , 03 May 2014 · 10 views

Brian Dozier wasn't a high draft choice. He had a breakout minor league season in 2011 and became a prospect for the Twins mostly because of the dearth of talent at shortstop, which was then his position. Dozier was then assigned to Rochester and got a promotion to the Twins after a hot start in Triple A. Brian's rookie season was by most measures disap...


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Twins Headed in the Right Direction?

Posted by stringer bell , 30 April 2014 · 14 views

Future Stars: Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton. Emerging Rookie: Josmil Pinto Revelation: Chris Colabello. Starter who Finally "gets it": Trevor Plouffe. Only player to establish himself in 2013: Brian Dozier. What do all of these position players have in common? They are all right handed hitters.

Since the emergence of MVPs Joe Mauer and Justin...


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Early Season Lefty-Righty Splits

Posted by stringer bell , 22 April 2014 · 16 views

The season is now 18 games old and some trends can be determined. The Twins are hitting .231 vs. left handers with an OPS of .670, while they have hit .261 vs. right handers and put up an OPS of .773. Looking at splits when the season is only 11% complete means that the sample sizes are really small, so there will be outliers. However, I think the numb...


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Thoughts on 10 Position Players--continued

Posted by stringer bell , 29 March 2014 · 6 views

After a bit of a hiatus, here is the completion of my blog:

6) Josmil Pinto--I was glad that Pinto made the club. Along with Arcia and Hicks, these guys are the start of a new infusion of talent that could and should make the Twins contenders again. It looks to me like Pinto can hit--he's advanced from Class A in the last two years and has shown that...


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Thoughts on 10 Position Players

Posted by stringer bell , 29 March 2014 · 12 views

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...