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Front Page: Twins Game Recap (9/18): Twins’ Offense Absen...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:21 AM
After a 12 inning game and the White Sox using a bullpen game, it looked like the Twins’ offense would have some fun at the plate tonight...

Front Page: Twins May Pick a Postseason Specialty

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:20 AM
When the calendar turns in just over a week the Minnesota Twins will play postseason baseball. They’ll host a game at Target Field for th...

Front Page: The Underappreciated, Hard-Luck Legacy of Kyl...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:15 AM
From the very beginning, Kyle Gibson's career was defined by injury and disappointment. Coming out of the University of Missouri in 2009,...

Front Page: Should Eddie Rosario Be Benched for Not Hustl...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:05 AM
Eddie Rosario is one of five Twins hitters to hit 30 home runs or more this season to help the team set a new standard at the big-league...

Front Page: 2019 Killebrew Award Winner - Jake Reed (Roch...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:58 AM
Harmon Killebrew hit 573 home runs in his Hall of Fame career. Most people who had the opportunity to meet the slugger talk more about th...

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Bullpens, usage, options, and rosters

Posted by South Dakota Tom , 05 June 2019 · 671 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 · 948 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 · 801 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 · 1,165 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 · 1,576 views
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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,...