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Article: Those Damn Yankees

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:13 PM
The cast of characters may have changed, but the story never does. The Twins went into Yankee Stadium this week and endured a beatdown.Th...

Article: NYY 11, MIN 3: Twins Crumble At Yankee Stadium (...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:05 PM
The Yankees completed their sweep with a bang, blowing out the Twins 11-3. That’s the bad news, and it definitely stings. The good news?...

Sano

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:59 PM
I'm a little confused about the team's narrative on Sano's injury, particularly Molitor's.     First there were questions of hi...

Twins fire Howard Norsetter

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:56 PM
http://www.startribu...tter/446164983/   No reason given in the article but presumably this has to do with the new FO making systema...

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Dinner with a Moderator

Posted by stringer bell , 25 July 2014 · 698 views

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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 · 141 views

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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 · 98 views

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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 · 170 views

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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 · 114 views

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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 · 133 views

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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 · 134 views

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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 · 140 views

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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 · 146 views

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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 · 205 views

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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...