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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:51 PM
I thought he was was really good last year. Maybe I'm on an opening day high (Not high) but he is so good.Who would have thought he would...

New Target field policy...no bags of any kind

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The 5 Rule Draft

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:58 PM
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Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:48 AM
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Why isn't Buxton on MLB OPS leaders list?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 04:36 PM
Buxton is listed only on the MLB HR leaders list. Not on OPS or AVG or SLG or OBP. He should be the leader in several of these. He has as...


New Year, Baseball Turning the Page

Posted by Ted Schwerzler , 01 March 2021 · 978 views

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Just shy of a year ago I was at Pott’s Sports Café in Fort Myers, Florida. March 12, 2020 to be exact. I’ll never forget that day as the night before basketball shut down with the announcement of Rudy Gobert testing positive for Covid-19. Having just left the freshly roped off back fields at Hammond Stadium, waiting to catch a flight, news hit that Major League Baseball was going on hold.

Fast forward to where we are today and hope springing eternal couldn’t seem more appropriate. Each year around this time fans feel the rejuvenation of the possibility that their team could win a World Series come October. Spring Training may bring meaningless ballgames, but the action being back is more than necessary for even the most casual of baseball fans.

Last year we went through a 60-game blitz that culminated with a World Series inviting fans into the ballpark. During the regular season and most of the Postseason, the only things inhabiting ballparks across the country were cardboard cutouts. Fake crowd noise was pumped into stadiums, and announcers worked games while sitting at empty fields and staring at television monitors.

As Spring Training is now underway in 2021 fans have been invited back into ballparks. Sellouts immediately commenced, and whatever percentage of capacity was allowed to take place has been maxed out. We still have social distancing and mask wearing, that likely won’t change for a while. This season though, there are bodies back in the seats taking in America’s pastime. There schedule is set up for a complete 162-game run, and the nuance of baseball should again be on full display.

Minnesota enters the 2021 season as one of the best teams in baseball, and they’ll have a renewed rivalry in the division thanks to the youth emergence from the Chicago White Sox. A year ago, it was just a joy to have baseball save what was otherwise a very gloomy summer. This year, the sport can be a leader in a return to normalcy and we’ll get closer to that reality as the calendar draws on.

Get out to a ballpark and go Twins!

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Mar 02 2021 03:55 PM

Play ball.