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Article: Winter Meetings: Reliever Roulette

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:44 AM
The free agent relief market is finally beginning to take shape at the Winter Meetings. The Minnesota Twins, for now, are biding their ti...

Article: 4 Stories To Watch At The Winter Meetings

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:52 PM
With Christmas only two weeks away, the Hot Stove has yet to heat up for Major League Baseball. But that's about to change.Two situations...

Article: Winter Meetings - Search For A Starter

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:52 PM
The Winter Meetings are an interesting event, particularly for fans. There are a multitude of rumors, and we need to sift through them to...

T-Wolves Regular Season Thread

Minnesota Timberwolves Talk Yesterday, 11:18 PM
Let's get this mother started.    

Article: Twins Prospect Spotlight Series: Ben Rortvedt

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:09 PM
As a way to look back at a great minor league season and look ahead toward the release of the 2018 Twins Prospect Handbook, I’ll be writi...

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Twins Player Development is Very, Very Bad.

Posted by Teflon , 20 May 2016 · 1,063 views

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The disappointing performance of the Twins prospects made me curious to see how the Twins compared with other teams in bringing good players to the majors. The quickest way to do this comparison was to look at the number of players receiving votes for...


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Great Seasons You May Have Forgotten – Luis Tiant, 1968

Posted by Teflon , 27 January 2016 · 1,540 views

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1968 was a pinnacle of pitching in the Major Leagues. Denny McLain won 31 games for the Tigers and Bob Gibson compiled a legendary 1.12 ERA for the Cardinals while throwing 13 shutouts. Easy to miss when browsing through the performances from that year was a Cleveland pitcher...


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The MLB's Youth Movement

Posted by Teflon , 24 December 2015 · 636 views
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In 1971, the average age of MLB non-DH starting position players was 28.9. This began rising steadily year-by-year to a peak of 30.1 years of age in 1996. One could assume this was due largely to players’ careers being extended artificially by PEDs – or one could possibly assume teams were selecting older players in the amateur draft or perhaps being more...


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Great Seasons You May Have Forgotten – 19 year-old Wally Bunker

Posted by Teflon , 08 May 2015 · 2,818 views
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After making his debut as an 18 year-old for the Baltimore Orioles in the final game of 1963, right-handed pitcher Wally Bunker earned a spot in the Orioles starting rotation in May of 1964 and pitched a 1-hitter in his first start of the season. The teenager from San Bruno, California surrendered no...


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Steinbach in '96. How Do You Explain It?

Posted by Teflon , 22 October 2014 · 1,375 views

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I was watching the excellent ESPN 30-for-30 feature on the Earthquake Series of 1989 and in recalling various players on that Oakland A’s team, was again struck by how far off the charts Terry Steinbach’s 1996 was from any other season in his career at the advanced-for-baseball age of 34. Steinbach slugged 35 homeruns that season after never hitting more...


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Silver and Gold Together

Posted by Teflon , 26 August 2014 · 478 views

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It’s an honor when an MLB player is recognized as the best offensive or defensive player at his position by his league but it’s an even greater honor when he’s recognized as both. Greater, but not all that rare, it seems. Since the Silver Slugger award originated in 1980, the two awards have been given simultaneously to players a total of 172 times or ab...


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All-Star Selection Bias by Team, Top 10 Overachieving/Underachieving Managers

Posted by Teflon , 22 August 2014 · 673 views

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On a previous lunch hour, between bites of an All-P sandwich* I was wondering if there was a useable correlation between the number of All-Stars teams have and an expected number of wins. I thought if a team had a lot of all-stars and lower-than expected the wins, it might suggest a lackluster managing job. Higher than average wins per all-star, good man...


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How to get into the Hall of Fame as a manager

Posted by Teflon , 14 August 2014 · 878 views

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While the criteria for players being voted into the Hall of Fame is often subject of debate, the accomplishments required for managers is much more consistent.

Every MLB manager that accomplished any of the following conditions has been enshrined in the Hall of Fame:

1. Win at least 2000 games . (most wins and not in –Gene Mauch 1902; most wins among...


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Projecting the Twins Starting Pitching Upgrade in 2014

Posted by Teflon , 13 February 2014 · 223 views

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Revisiting the 4-Man Rotation

Posted by Teflon , 07 September 2013 · 363 views

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Parker Hageman posed his thoughts on how the Twins can improve their rotation through free agency. The players he suggested were either once-good pitchers who are now in decline or once-promising pitchers who have failed to keep their promises. If you are the Twins GM and those are the best pitching options the team can...