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Article: What if This is the Max for Kepler?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:09 AM
At the end of the 2018 Major League Baseball season the Minnesota Twins had a trio of main narratives. First and foremost, this was a tea...

Article: Minnesota’s Managerial Candidates: External Cand...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:08 AM
Earlier in the week, I looked at the top internal candidates for the Twins open managerial job. Since Tom Kelly was hired in the 1980’s,...

2018 Vikings In Season Thread

Minnesota Vikings Talk Today, 11:07 AM
This is correct, they would lose cap room next year. He's going to stay on the team, the question is what role should he have. I'd li...

Article: Offseason Primer: The Core Seven (?)

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:47 AM
At the All Star break in 2017, I wrote up an article discussing the Twins Core Four. During the Twins recent poor seasons, there was a lo...

Article: Offseason Primer: Who Needs a First Baseman Anyw...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:59 AM
The Twins are still waiting for the official word from Joe Mauer on whether or not he’d like to continue his playing career, but anybody...

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They Aren’t Making Ballplayers Like Joe Mauer Anymore

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 02 October 2018 · 670 views
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They Aren’t Making Ballplayers Like Joe Mauer Anymore Baseball quite literally is not making ballplayers like Joe Mauer anymore. In fact, he’s potentially the last of a bygone era, during which striking out was still frowned upon by coaches and downright despised by some players.

Joe Mauer hates striking out — so much so he struck out just once in high school . Even as Major League Baseball evolved into a g...


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Bert Blyleven's 23-inch-wide strike zone is ruining baseball

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 10 September 2018 · 1,837 views
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Bert Blyleven's 23-inch-wide strike zone is ruining baseball The one sport that stands to benefit most from advances in technology is America’s Pastime. My colleague Ben Beecken shares that sentiment and understands baseball’s big problem and how to solve it. But as a semi-traditionalist baseball fan, I’m not ready to take the umpires off the field in favor of robots.

This was originally published at Grandstand C...


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Twins should call up Nick Gordon, yesterday

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 06 June 2018 · 2,163 views
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Twins should call up Nick Gordon, yesterday Ehire Adrianza has no business playing shortstop everyday, and Gregorio Petit has no business on an MLB roster. Ryan LaMarre should be nothing more than a fourth outfielder and pinch runner. And it’s way past time for the Minnesota Twins to call up Nick Gordon.

This was originally published at FoulPlaybyPlay.com .

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Twins are better off without Yu Darvish

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 12 March 2018 · 1,264 views
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Twins are better off without Yu Darvish The Minnesota Twins reportedly offered Yu Darvish $100 million over four years to be the ace of their starting pitching staff. Instead, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine invested almost the same amount of money in three players who make them better than Darvish could have.

This was originally published at FoulP...


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What Buxton's Long-term Deal Might Look Like

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 30 August 2017 · 1,458 views
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With his last three swings in Toronto on Sunday , Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton likely erased any doubts of his ability to hit Major League pitching — the final step in securing his place amongst the stars of Major League Baseball. New Twins’ president Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine have little reason to worry about signing Bux...


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Brad Hand is perfect fit for Twins

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 30 June 2017 · 2,136 views
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Brad Hand is perfect fit for Twins I’ve mentioned Brad Hand as a trade target for the Minnesota Twins in two previous blogs , and now that we know the Twins’ surprising performance has Thad Levine targeting trades for long-term assets prior to the July 31 trade deadline, it seems Brad Hand is the Twins’ perfect trade target. Here are the reasons:

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Nothing's gonna stop us now

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 25 June 2017 · 2,385 views
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Nothing's gonna stop us now The Minnesota Twins started a catcher in left field on Saturday in Cleveland and walked out of the ballpark with a win and a chance to sweep the Indians. That catcher, Chris Gimenez, would later move to first base defensively and hit a mammoth home run in the ninth inning to pad the Twins' one-run lead by one more.

This was originally published at FoulP...


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When Twins become sellers, Escobar likely first to be traded

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 21 June 2017 · 3,235 views
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When Twins become sellers, Escobar likely first to be traded Fans will get to see if the Minnesota Twins truly can hang over their next nine games. Starting Thursday, the Twins will see starting pitchers Jose Quintana (8.7 K/9, 2.47 K/B), Trevor Bauer (7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 8 K in last start against Twins), Corey Kluber (11 K/9, 4.71 K/BB), Josh Tomlin (9.33 K/BB), Chris Sale (12.2 K/9), Drew Pomeranz (10.4 K/9), Rick...


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Berrios can learn from Santana's bad starts

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 15 June 2017 · 1,633 views
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Berrios can learn from Santana's bad starts In a prior blog post I called Jose Berrios the ace of the Minnesota Twins pitching staff. Not because I think six starts proves anything, and not because I don't believe in Ervin Santana. I do. Santana gets by on pitching prowess like Greg Maddux. But Berrios can flat out miss bats, regardless of who's swinging them, and that's what makes an ace. We'll g...


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The Twins look to their savior, Ervin, again

Posted by GoGonzoJournal , 13 June 2017 · 1,293 views
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The Minnesota Twins are running out of options when it comes to pitching, but the consummate professional Ervin Santana is back on the mound to right the ship once again. It's even dollar dog night on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners at 7 p.m. CST, and F@*k Dick and Bert will be at Target Field and better than ever. We've got new gear that will allo...