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Front Page: With Donaldson in the Fold, Can the Twins Aff...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:13 AM
The Twins made a franchise-altering move on Tuesday by signing superstar third baseman Josh Donaldson. His addition turns them into a ser...

Front Page: Devil's Advocate: Why the Josh Donaldson...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:35 PM
Alright, we’ve all had time to be excited about the Minnesota Twins making an impact move and landing MLB Trade Rumors' fifth-best free a...

Front Page: Looking Way Ahead: Who Needs to be Added to t...

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:22 PM
Normally we consider which players will need to be added to the 40 man roster after the season, leading up to the decision becoming offic...

Front Page: Is Infield Defense Really That Important for...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:04 PM
There’s no denying the Infield Outs Above Average (OAA) stat by Baseball Savant painted an ugly picture for the Minnesota Twins. Sliding...

Keith Law Joins The Athletic

Other Baseball Yesterday, 10:57 PM
I’ve respected his opinion for a long time... Even if he’s never respected the Twins’ prospects enough I took advantage of their last m...

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From Contender to Champion: my plan for the 2020 Minnesota Twins

Posted by PSzalapski , 05 November 2019 · 4,196 views
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Community Blog Post
This time last year, I gave an offseason blueprint that had the Twins winning 100 games in 2019. Commenter tarheeltwinsfan appreciated that, saying "I like your hope-filled optimism." Well, so did the Twins, and they one-upped it by winning 101, beating my overly-optimistic hope by a win.

What won the Twins the division in 2019 won't do so in 2020. They...


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Take a moment and enjoy the Twins' best regular season of your lifetime

Posted by PSzalapski , 29 September 2019 · 2,858 views
season-wrap-up review
Community Blog Post
Division champions

I know we're all excited about the playoffs, but let's take a minute to appreciate the Twins' excellent regular season just concluded. 2016 2017 2018 2019 changeActual wins 59 85 78 101 +23Pythag wins 66 83 77 97 +20
The Twins had their second-best season ever, in term...


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The 60 Million Dollar Team: We can rebuild it, we have the technology

Posted by PSzalapski , 05 November 2018 · 3,468 views
blueprint 2019
Community Blog Post
A team barely alive

Some are saying the Twins should abandon the effort to seriously compete in 2019 and aim to reload for 2020 and 2021, when prospects like Alex Kiriloff and Royce Lewis will be ready to contribute. That's a mistake to me--with a payroll commitment of only about $60 Million, they almost can't afford not to spend some serious cash. I'l...


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100 wins in 2018

Posted by PSzalapski , 04 November 2017 · 1,724 views
blueprint offseason hotstove
Community Blog Post
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 · 465 views

Community Blog Post
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 · 479 views

Community Blog Post
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 · 444 views

Community Blog Post
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 · 571 views

Community Blog Post
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...