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Manny Machado to the Padres

Other Baseball Today, 01:45 PM
According to Jeff Passan, the first big domino has fallen as the Padres and Manny Machado have agreed to terms.   Recent reports wer...

Non-Twins Off-season news, tidbits and transactions

Other Baseball Today, 01:41 PM
We had a thread for items around the baseball world that were worth sharing but not worth a thread of their own. Now that the 2018 season...

Article: Video: Willians Astudillo Just Took Jose Berrios...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:36 PM
BASEBALL IS BACK.On the first day of full squad workouts this year, the Twins open up Hammond Stadium for an open house. Fans can walk al...

Plenty of money

Other Baseball Today, 01:28 PM
The Braves made 100 million, with a bad tv deal and a 130MM payroll......there is plenty of money for the actual players to get more........

Article: Mailbag: Extension-Palooza, Infield Log Jam, New...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:10 PM
Spring training has started, but there are certainly plenty of questions to be answered about the club. Over the next few weeks, the rost...

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Will Players Be Willing to Stand Up For Themselves?

Posted by SD Buhr , 18 January 2019 · 774 views

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So much is being written and debated concerning MLB ownership’s unwillingness to spend on free agency, whether the big ticket guys like Machado and Harper, or more middle of the pack veterans.

(This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com )

The players’ union obviously got completely dominated in the last couple of rounds of negotiations...


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Miracle & Twins Extend Agreement Thru 2022

Posted by SD Buhr , 16 September 2018 · 743 views

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With the closing of the minor league baseball season on the field, we open up the biennial minor league affiliation-swap season and, to nobody's surprise, the Twins have extended their affiliation with the Class High A Fort Myers Miracle.

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Teams are allowed...


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The Baddoo Philosophy: "Just Score Runs"

Posted by SD Buhr , 20 August 2018 · 1,102 views

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Ask Akil Baddoo about his mentality as the Cedar Rapids Kernels’ leadoff hitter and the young centerfielder keeps it pretty simple. “Just score runs. That’s the goal and that’s how you win games.”

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Akil Baddoo (Photo by SD Buhr)

Of course, being a consistently produ...


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Dear Twins: Don't Sell!

Posted by SD Buhr , 27 July 2018 · 1,680 views

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Like a lot of Twins fans, I think, I’ve been coasting a bit with my fandom. The results on the field have been disappointing.

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Byron Buxton (photo by SD Buhr)

Ervin Santana, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco hadn’t even been on the field much, if at all,...


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Gore and Dobnak Lead By Example

Posted by SD Buhr , 08 July 2018 · 553 views

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After the Cedar Rapids Kernels finished batting practice on a warm, humid July 4 afternoon, two of the most productive players on their roster agreed to sit down and talk about the season.

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Jordan Gore and Randy Dobnak go through Kernels pre-game workouts on July 4,...


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Happy Birthday Moneyball (and Damn You)

Posted by SD Buhr , 18 June 2018 · 465 views

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Happy birthday, Moneyball !

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Yes, as Yahoo’s Jeff Passan alerted us via Twitter over breakfast this morning, Michael Lewis’ seminal baseball book, Moneyball , was released 15 years ago today.

I have to admit, I was picturing the entire SABR community simultaneously...


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Jose Miranda Heats Up With the Weather

Posted by SD Buhr , 11 June 2018 · 435 views

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The month of April was not kind to Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder Jose Miranda.

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Jose Miranda (Photo by SD Buhr)

After hitting .284 and putting up a .824 On-base Plus Slugging (OPS) for rookie level Elizabethton in 2017, Miranda was one of several highly-regarded hit...


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Talking Hitting With "Dink"

Posted by SD Buhr , 31 May 2018 · 490 views

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When Brian Dinkelman hung up his spikes as a player after the 2013 season, a defensive shift with three infielders on one side of second base was still a relative novelty being employed occasionally by the Houston Astros and perhaps one or two other teams at the Major League level.

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Kernels: Will Offense Suffer As Prospects Move Up?

Posted by SD Buhr , 23 May 2018 · 621 views

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When this season was in its infancy, I had a lot of high expectations for the 2018 Cedar Rapids Kernels. I was not alone, of course, since the Kernels’ opening day roster was filled with big-bonus position players, highlighted by 2017’s first-overall draft pick, Royce Lewis, and the Twins’ 2016 first round pick, Alex Kirilloff.
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Alex Kirilloff: More Than Just the "Other" Kernels First Rounder

Posted by SD Buhr , 09 May 2018 · 503 views

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After standing in a line of about 20 people for a few minutes, a couple of guys finally got the autograph they wanted during the Cedar Rapids Kernels regular Sunday post-game autograph session. They had secured the autograph of Royce Lewis, the Minnesota Twins first round pick in the 2017 MLB amateur draft and the first pick overall.

They stood for a mom...