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Article: NYY 14, MIN 1: What Did We Expect?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:33 AM
The Twins played the Yankees. Should I even go on? Yes?Alright, Ryan LaMarre pitched for the Twins. Stop there? OK then.Snapshot (chart v...

Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Hunters Star I...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:23 AM
Uffdah! After missing a lot of baseball due to postponements, Monday night was the first really busy night in the Twins farm system. Roch...

Time to shuffle the deck

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:33 AM
This could be a very bad week. I'd like to see them shuffle the roster/batting order and bullpen.   Release Grossman. DFA Kinley and...

Article: Game Thread: Twins @ Yankees, 4/23@6:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:39 PM
It’s big, four-game series that kicks off tonight in the Bronx as the Twins and Yankees go to battle in a series that could really help t...

Article: 2018 Minnesota Twins Extended Spring Training Ro...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:55 PM
The full-season minor league affiliates are full go. Weather caused many postponements. Rochester’s opening three-game series was snowed...

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100 wins in 2018

Posted by PSzalapski , 04 November 2017 · 973 views
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What a year! 2016 2017 changeActual Wins 59 85 +26
Improving by 26 games is quite a feat. So how did the 2017 Twins get there? 2016 2017 changeActual Wins 59 85 +26Pythag Wins 66 83 +17Luck -7 +2 +9
Okay, so the actual improvement was more like 17 games. The "Luck" here is shorth...


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Rejiggering the 2014 Twins: the Lineup

Posted by PSzalapski , 03 September 2013 · 130 views

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In my last "Rejiggering" post, the Twins' starting rotation got an overhaul by adding a borderline ace and a mid-rotation reliever. This is the minimum the Twins must do to have even a shot at being competitive in 2014. If they don't improve their pitching, nothing else matters. Since that post, the Twins' pitching has gotten worse--Kyle Gibson has b...


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"Infield fly, if fair" sometimes isn't fair

Posted by PSzalapski , 25 July 2013 · 159 views

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When I first started as an umpire, the infield fly call gave me a bit of trouble. The first infield fly call I ever made was in error, as there were 2 outs. I never made that mistake again.

Subsequently, umpiring in teenage leagues, these fly balls that were catchable with "ordinary effort" often weren't caught regardless of effort. Instead of leading...


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Rejiggering the 2014 Twins: starting pitching

Posted by PSzalapski , 21 July 2013 · 91 views

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All along this year, I have been holding out hope that the 2014 Twins could compete to win their division. Although things look a bit dimmer now than at the beginning of the year, I'd like to think that's still true. I've been mulling over what needs to be done to make that happen.

I was at Target Field for Saturday's game against the Indians. My first...


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Zumaya is not the problem

Posted by PSzalapski , 26 February 2012 · 232 views

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I just read the news about Joel Zumaya. I suppose none of us should be surprised Zumaya could be injured. Some will use this as an opportunity to say that the twins should have signed more help for the bullpen. While that may be true, I think it ignores the bigger picture. The Twins need to improve their teaching staff as a whole and two thirds of the i...