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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:03 AM
There’s no question Kyle Gibson struggled this season. However, those struggles might be attributed to him trying to fight through ulcera...

Front Page: Quick Hitter: New Rules for 2020

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:13 PM
During the 2019 offseason MLB and the MLBPA agreed on various rule changes. Some of these rule changes went into effect in 2019, but ther...

Front Page: Offseason Blueprint: Hooking a Big Fish

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:13 PM
There’s no denying that the Minnesota Twins greatest need this offseason is pitching. The front office has stated their focus will be on...

Front Page: Millennial Moxie: Reviewing Rocco's Rooki...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:14 AM
Last weekend, as University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck surfed across a sea of rejoicing players in the locker room following...

Front Page: Rocco Baldelli Wins Manager of the Year

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:30 PM
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was named the 2019 American League Manager of the Year.He received 13 of 30 first-place votes, and 13 of 30...

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Bullpens, usage, options, and rosters

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 05 June 2019 · 724 views

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There has been a steady drumbeat in Twins Territory regarding upgrades to the bullpen. The purpose of this article is not to disagree with them, so much as it is to discuss reasons why delaying such a move is best for the club over a long season.

First, the facts: Twins have 5 pitchers on their existing 25-man roster who have options remaining. Berrio...


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Playing The Game: CBA and Competitive Balance

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 03 March 2019 · 1,005 views

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When players and owners put pen to paper on the last collective bargaining agreement, the hope seemed to be that a combination of revenue-sharing and a luxury tax would work in concert to allow all organizations to field competitive teams. The players went along with the traditional formula of underpaying minor leaguers, and locking up younger players...


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Deeper dig into pitching

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 18 December 2018 · 835 views

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There was an effort to discuss this topic awhile ago, but I thought I would pick it up again now that the rumors and suggestions are increasing about what to do with the existing pitching staff, both starters and relievers.

I'm not someone who lives and breathes Baseball Reference, but I think a strong statistical analysis is the best route to take in co...


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45 Cold-Blooded Starts

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 14 August 2018 · 1,208 views

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Means 9 trips through the rotation for each starter, and got me to questioning what would be the best way to appropriate those starts from now - 117 games in - through the rest of the season.
The clear emphasis must be on 2019 and 2020 and what will best serve the club moving forward. That is not to say that you stop pitching Berrios, Odorizzi, or...


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Bux Drives The Bus

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 13 January 2016 · 1,599 views
byron buxton, trevor plouffe
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The more consideration I give to the 2016 lineup, the more convinced I am that it is falling on the shoulders (fairly or unfairly) of Byron Buxton. Let's look at the ways he impacts the lineup.

1. Lineup with Buxton leading off: Buxton, Dozier, Mauer, Sano, Plouffe, Park, Rosario, Murphy/Suzuki, Escobar.

Without Buxton leading off: Dozier, Mauer, Sano,...