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Is this racism or culture clash in baseball?

Other Baseball Today, 08:58 PM
Ian Kinsler proves people like this are not only ignorant, but slightly racistas well.   ~~~~~   Note from John Bonnes:  ...

Column: Does a Robbie Grossman Trade Make Sense?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:45 PM
Wrote it up for Zone Coverage today.    https://t.co/mEbXltEt7O   Glad to chat about it here. Comments, questions, (friend...

Article: Report From The Fort: Studying Santana

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:36 PM
Ervin Santana was comparatively fantastic last year. His 3.38 ERA might not seem remarkable, until you realize that the rest of the Twins...

Article: Can Hector Santiago Elevate and Dominate?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:15 PM
Hector Santiago is a fascinating pitcher in that he defies all the advanced metrics. Taking into account all the best ERA predictors, it...

Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:48 PM
I'm just going to post here whenever they do an article on the Twins.   Today, they have one on Trevor May (noting some changes in s...

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Column: Tyler Duffey gets one chance to stay a starter

Posted by Brian Mozey , 14 August 2015 · 1,684 views
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Column: Tyler Duffey gets one chance to stay a starter Tyler Duffey, a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins, will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. The start on Saturday will be a make or break start with starting pitcher Jose Berrios eyeing a turn in the majors.

Duffey, a 24-year-old pitcher from Texas, will be starting his second game in his big league...


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Column: Byron Buxton leaves hard decision for Minnesota Twins

Posted by Brian Mozey , 12 August 2015 · 3,376 views
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Column: Byron Buxton leaves hard decision for Minnesota Twins During the off day on Monday, the Minnesota Twins activated outfielder Byron Buxton from the 15-DL and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester. With this move occurring late in the season, it looks like the Twins will keep outfielders Torii Hunter, Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario in their regular positions.

With September call-ups coming in a couple weeks, I wo...


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Phil Hughes... Hurt

Posted by Brian Mozey , 26 July 2014 · 278 views

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Phil Hughes had a short night on the mound sadly due to an injury. In the top of the fourth inning Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a hard ground ball up the middle. Phil Hughes was trying to get out of the way but the ball hit his right shin/ankle. Hughes couldn't finish the play because of the pain and Dunn was safe at first. After walk...


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David Price... Stay or Go?

Posted by Brian Mozey , 26 July 2014 · 766 views
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Throughout the past couple months David Price has had to deal with rumors of being traded. He already told the media about a month go that he didn't like hearing the rumors. He just wanted the Tampa Bay Rays to make up their mind. It's unclear if Price will be dealt because the Rays have less than a week to trade him. David Price is an ace and could be in...


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7/21 Around the Bases: Johnson, Suzuki, Willingham, Perkins

Posted by Brian Mozey , 22 July 2014 · 179 views

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I know it's a little late for yesterdays game but here's my Around the Bases for the Monday win against the Cleveland Indians.

Single: Starting pitcher Kris Johnson earns the Single award for a well thrown game. Johnson didn't get the win but he continues to grow as a pitcher in the Major League level. Last night's game was Johnson's third game this year. His first game was May 1st and he pitched four innings and gave up zero runs. He gave up five runs in four innings a couple weeks ago for his second game. And last night he gave up two runs in five innings which is a normal outing. I believe there is a bright future ahead for Kris Johnson if he continues to practice and learn.

Double: Catcher Kurt Suzuki has had an amazing year and his performance last night deserves the Double award. When the Twins signed Suzuki in the offseason, they expected to sign him because of his defense but his offense has surprised everyone. Last night Suzuki went 3 for 4 with a double, two singles, and two RBI's. Suzuki has a batting average of .311 this year and has been a part of rumors for being traded. Hopefully the Twins keep him for the future because it's hard to find catchers with that kind of All Star talent.

Triple: My Triple award goes to outfielder Josh Willingham for his go ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Twins were tied 3 to 3 and Willingham hit a line drive homer that barely reached the seats in left field. That home run was a big moment in last night's game and hopefully will spark a run in the noticeable future. It would be nice to see the Twins end their season on a run.

Home Run: All Star Glen Perkins receives my Home Run award for the night with his 23rd save of the year. This is his first save since closing out the All Star Game last week. It's nice to see Perkins back in a rhythm again and hopefully he can continue to save more games this season. I know there have been some rumors about Glen Perkins being traded but that's the stupidest idea. The Twins have built Perkins into a saver. They trust him in these situations and Perkins is a fan favorite and has become the hometown guy. Glen loves Minnesota and it would be an awful end to both the Minnesota Twins and Glen Perkins. Keep him for a few years and you'll be happy about keeping him. I promise!


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Who's Quivering Now

Posted by Brian Mozey , 20 July 2014 · 205 views

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Actions speak louder than words. That phrase was shown heavily at the end of the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels game. The game got interesting from the bottom of the eighth to the end of the game. The bottom of the eighth got started with a single from Efren Navarro and with a person on first and one out closer Fernando Rodney came in. Rodney pitched out of the jam and after the last out in the eighth he proceeded to do his tradition. Fernando Rodney has a tradition that after every game he saves he shoots an invisible arrow into the sky. Rodney has never come into the eighth inning as a closer so after the third out in the eighth he shot his arrow.

In the bottom of the ninth the Angels were down 5 to 4 and the drama unfolded. Outfielder Mike Trout started the inning off against Fernando Rodney with a walk. Afterwords, Albert Pujols hit a double that scored Mike Trout and the tying run. When Pujols reached second base he mocked Rodney by shooting an arrow at Mike Trout and Trout shot an arrow right back at him. This is one of the funniest actions I've seen in a long time in baseball. Overall, Fernando Rodney deserved the action from Pujols and Trout after what he did in the eighth inning. Rodney will think twice before shooting his arrow again until the end of the game.

[video]http://espn.go.com/video/clip?categoryId=2521705&id=11240217

The highlights of the ninth is at the end of the video.


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Buxton Out for Second Straight Game

Posted by Brian Mozey , 20 July 2014 · 191 views

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Byron Buxton has been on fire these past few days and was looking forward to staying hot this weekend against Daytona and Brevard County. Sadly, he hasn't touched the field. Buxton was 9 for 15 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday night, but Saturday and Sunday he hasn't seen the field. The reason why he's been out is because of Friday night when Buxton was hit by a pitch on his injured wrist. The Fort Myers Miracle are holding him out for a couple games to give him some rest and to ice that wrist as much as they can.

So far today Buxton hasn't been placed in the lineup but he might come in during the late innings and substitute for a player. Hopefully these couple days of rest don't effect Buxton's hot streak or his health in the future. Let's just think on the positive side and he'll come back tomorrow, hit a couple home runs, and start from where he left off. Keep eyes on Byron Buxton. He could easily be in AA in August if he continues riding this hot streak.


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Buxton Goes 4 for 6 and Stays Hot

Posted by Brian Mozey , 19 July 2014 · 190 views

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Byron Buxton has been riding a hot streak at the plate since Wednesday. He went 3 for 4 on Wednesday night, 2 for 5 on Thursday night, and 4 for 6 on Friday night. Buxton just came off the disabled list from a wrist injury and has been looking good ever since. Last night he hit another home run against Daytona. This is his second straight game where he has hit a home run. Last night, Buxton had three singles, a home run, two walks, two RBI's, and three runs. It was a great performance from Byron Buxton.

The game itself lasted 17 innings and resulted in a 11 to 7 loss for the Fort Myers Miracle. A scary moment happened though in the top of the eighth when Byron Buxton was hit by a pitch on his wrist. Yes, the wrist that he injured before. The commentators for the game said, "He was in visible pain and had an upset reaction." It didn't seem to effect him though because he continued to play center field and had a couple ground outs as well as a walk. You never want to see a player get re-injured after being out that long so it was good to see him stay in the game. Byron Buxton makes this game look easy and hopefully his hot bat continues for months to come.


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7/18 Around the Bases: Santana, Fuld, Dozier, Plouffe

Posted by Brian Mozey , 18 July 2014 · 181 views

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Even though the Twins had a rough game losing 6 to 2 to the Rays I still found a few things to highlight in my Around the Bases.

Single: My Single moment goes to Danny Santana for his returning game. Santana has been sidelined for a while due to a bone bruise on his left knee. The All Star game allowed him a few more days to get rested and tonight was...


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Buxton's Hot Streak and Santana's Call Up

Posted by Brian Mozey , 18 July 2014 · 158 views

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Byron Buxton continues to hit a hot bat. Like I said in my lastest blog, Buxton went 3 for 4 on Wednesday night's game against Daytona. Buxton carried his performance from Wednesday night into Thursday night against Daytona again. Thursday night Byron Buxton went 2 for 5 with a home run and a single. His home run came in the top of the ninth inning as a s...