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Article: Twins Trying to Sustain Excellence

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:41 PM
If you’re feeling a bit underwhelmed at the close of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, I’m sure you’re not the only Minnesota Twins fan i...

Where does the talent come from

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:40 PM
So I did back of the napkin math only here but looked at three recent WS teams to see how they constructed their teams. I only added up t...

Article: Rundown: Cruz, Cahill, Soria and Ramos

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:33 PM
FanCred's Jon Heyman reported Monday that the Twins were in the mix for Nelson Cruz. New Twins beat writer for MLB.com Do-Hyoung Park con...

Buxton: "Pissed" at Twins for No Call-Up Decision...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:33 PM
According to the Star Tribune, Byron Buxton is displeased with the Twins after not being called up in September of 2018. According to Byr...

Jonathan Schoop or Ian Kinsler?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:56 PM
Did the Twins make a mistake jumping the gun on the Schoop signing?   Ian Kinsler just signed with San Diego for 2 years $8M total....

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

Posted by PSzalapski , 05 November 2018 · 1,900 views
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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 · 1,210 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 · 197 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 · 235 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 · 171 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 · 290 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...