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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:07 PM
LINEUPS:   Pirates RF Gregory Polanco LF Starling Marte CF Andrew McCutchen 3B Aramis Ramirez SS Jung Ho Kang 2B Neil Walker DH Pedr...

Article: They Couldn’t. Could They…?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:07 PM
The Twins have been having on-and-off conversations with the Padres for the greater part of a week. Various different reports have them l...

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MLB.com Twins Prospect Rankings

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:59 PM
MLB.com updated the Twins prospect list to include this year's draft picks and it looks like they switched some guys around too. Jay is #...

Is it time for a new GM?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:58 PM
Up until this year I have been a big fan and defender of Terry Ryan, but with what has transpired (or more importantly NOT transpired) ov...

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Pat-Man Begins, Chapter 2

Posted by HowStellasGotHerGleeBack in The Pat-Man Saga, 29 July 2015 · 39 views
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Nick Nelson brooded in his cold, windowless basement as he stared at a picture framed high on the concrete wall. The picture embodied a far happier era in Nick's life, and three figures adorned the cheerful image. On one side stood former Fox Sports North reporter Robby Incmikoski. In the middle, postured majestically with his hands in his pockets, was re...
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Recognizing Identity Is Key For The Twins

Posted by Off The Baggy in Off The Baggy, 28 July 2015 · 213 views

Here we are on the week of the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and the Minnesota Twins control their own destiny. Three games in front of the Toronto Blue Jays for the second and final wild card spot, the AL East competition just made their splash. In acquiring Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies, it's apparent the Blue Jays are going for it....
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Why JT Chargois is better than A-Rod

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 28 July 2015 · 332 views
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It has not been an easy last two weeks for our Adopted Prospect: Mr. Jon Tiberius Chargois (okay it's Jon Thomas...but give me some nerd slack). He had his worst outing of the year giving up 6 earned runs on three walks and three hits, and the breezy dominance that made Chargois a Florida State League All-Star seems like a distant memory compared to his c...
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Don't Just Do Something, Stand There!

Posted by dwade in Unkind Bounces, 27 July 2015 · 368 views
trade deadline, prospects, value and 1 more...

Don't Just Do Something, Stand There! Baseball hasn't always been the paragon of parity, with teams like the Cardinals, Braves, and Yankees constructing dynasties that spanned for the better part of a decade, but this year is unlike any we've seen in recent history. No American League team is more than 10 games out of a playoff spot with two full months of the season left. It's parity to the...
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WARNE: Pitchers Hesitant to Challenge Patient Sano

Posted by Brandon Warne in BW on the Beat, 27 July 2015 · 388 views

t’s hard to envision Miguel Sano rewarding the Twins any more than he has through 18 big league games. The 22 year old has hit .283/.405/.517 in 74 plate appearances, and eight of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases. Strikeouts were always going to be an issue in the short term, and that’s been no exception as he’s fanned in 35.1 percent of his plate ap...
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Baseball and the Clock.

Posted by Axel Kohagen in Blog Axel Kohagen, 26 July 2015 · 203 views
#essay #twins #orphans

Baseball and the Clock. (Note: After regularly commenting on the 2013 Twins season, I stayed away from the blog while I put life's little bits together into something that resembled the picture on the puzzle box. Now, with Roy C. Booth and my novel Orphans published and ready to scare everyone senselessly, I finally have time to return to overthinking the odds and ends of Twins...
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ARod 5-9 against Perkins, Twins Coaches ignore

Posted by huhguy in Blog huhguy, 26 July 2015 · 323 views

I did something I rarely do. I shut the game off. I watch on my computer so I have to take whatever feed I get.

I was watching the Yankees broadcast, their play by play guy reported the following. Mauer moved to first base because of knee problems, (said it twice) Sorry Yank fans, you show respect for one of the greatest players of our time, a three...
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Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Berrios Pitches Into Eighth

Posted by Eric R Pleiss in Blog Eric R Pleiss, 23 July 2015 · 387 views
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Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Berrios Pitches Into Eighth The Twins finally won a game thanks to a three run dinger from Trevor Plouffe and a spectacular eight-inning start from Erving Santana. The Twins return home this weekend to face a red-hot Yankees team.

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Three trades the Minnesota Twins need to make right now: Part III

Posted by Thrylos in Thrylos' Blog - select Tenth Inning Stretch posts, 22 July 2015 · 859 views

In the first part of this series , I suggested that the Twins trade Danny Santana , Mike Tonkin and Jake Reed to the Oakland Athletics for Ben Zorbrist and Tyler Clippard; and to promote Jorge Polanco as their starting shortstop. In the second part of this series , I suggested that the Twins trade Tommy Milone and Jason Wheeler to the Phillies for...
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Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Pitching Leads the Way

Posted by Steve Lein in The Hanging SL, 20 July 2015 · 275 views

The Twins had the day off on Monday as they travel down the west coast of California from Oakland to Los Angeles to face the Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday. Kyle Gibson will make the start and look to get Minnesota back in the win column after the drubbing yesterday.

But in the minors on Monday, it was a full slate of games with each affiliate in action. T...
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40 Man Issues

Posted by South Dakota Tom in South Dakota Tom's Blog, 20 July 2015 · 447 views

As we approach the non-waiver trade deadline, many commenters have discussed the logjam that we are facing in the roster decisions that will need to be made this off-season.

While we search for potential catchers, relief pitchers, and other assorted pieces of the puzzle (both this year and next), it would help me greatly if someone could list the names o...
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The Twins’ Pinch-Hitting Problem

Posted by glp_vt in Bloop Singles, 18 July 2015 · 409 views

The Twins’ Pinch-Hitting Problem One of the luxuries of being nine games over .500 at the All-Star break is the chance to take a closer look at some of the often-ignored corners of the roster for upgrades. Building a bench that can make a difference late in a ballgame is tough, and in fact most teams in baseball have struggled to do so in recent years, but no team has struggled to quite...
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Top 50 Twins Prospects mid-2015

Posted by Shane Wahl in Field of Twins, 17 July 2015 · 792 views

The Twins system is entering a new era as the youth movement is now officially underway. Players like May and Rosario have graduated already. Some players like Sano and Buxton will be leaving this list due to graduation in the coming months. It is important to get a glimpse of the state of the system going forward as the Twins are now entering a time of c...
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Fantasy Baseball Manager Fired By Ownership

Posted by Ben Remington in The Dollar Dome Dog, 17 July 2015 · 429 views

Fantasy Baseball Manager Fired By Ownership -SHTICKBALL-
In a stunning turn of events, I Puig My Pants Manager Bill Woods has been relieved of his duties. The announcement was made today via the message board on Yahoo Fantasy Baseball, and raised eyebrows all around the Bi-lateral Leg Weakness Baseball League.

The announcement came from an entity calling himself W. James Woods, Owner of the I P...
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Maturity, Experience are Behind Aaron Hicks Reaching His Potential

Posted by Tom Schreier in Tom Schreier's Blog, 15 July 2015 · 398 views
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Aaron Hicks is only 25. Entering the All-Star Break he has yet to have his 700th plate appearance, and he’s played in just over 180 games. And yet, he’s already dropped switch-hitting for a brief time period, has been called out by former manager Ron Gardenhire and assistant general manager Rob Antony for showing up to the ballpark and not knowing who the...
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Q and A with Sports Illustrated Writer Jay Jaffe, Thoughts on Joe Mauer

Posted by ScottyBroco in Not Another Baseball Blog, 15 July 2015 · 757 views
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One of my favorite people to follow on twitter for baseball news and analysis is Jay Jaffe of Sports Illustrated. He used to write for Baseball Prospectus and while there he developed a metric Jaffe War Score System. The baseball fan’s favorite website Baseball Reference explains Jaffe’s metric. “JAWS measures a player’s Hall of Fame worthiness by compari...
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Bloggers: want to win a trip to Mankato to watch the Vikings?

Posted by Brock Beauchamp in Battle Your Tail Off, 14 July 2015 · 147 views

Bloggers: want to win a trip to Mankato to watch the Vikings? We're hosting a contest for anyone who wants to write a few words about the Vikings and their upcoming season. The best entries will win a spot on our party bus heading down to Mankato on July 25th.

Interested? Check out the details courtesy of Bo Mitchell:

http://vikingsjourna...kickoff-part...
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Episode 138: Ervin Santana Returns and Twins Make A Billion Roster Moves

  Posted by Paul Pleiss in Beyond the Limestone, 14 July 2015 · 283 views

You can download the new Talk to Contact (<a href="https://twitter.com/talktocontact ">@TalkToContact</a>) episode via <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/talk-to-contact-podcast-about/id556784825?mt=2">iTunes</a> or by clicking <a href="http://talk2contact.podomatic.com/entry/2015-07-09T18_33_51-07_...
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All-Star Break Thoughts

Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 11 July 2015 · 650 views
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I'm jumping the gun by a day, but the Twins are approaching the All-Star break and they certainly qualify as contenders. After beating Detroit today, they are tied for the second best record in the league at eight games over .500. One can't help but be a little optimistic about the Twins chances for the last 74 games. Today was a high point, not only hamm...
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An Unexpected Night At Fenway

Posted by ashburyjohn in Nevada Twins Fan, 08 July 2015 · 318 views

My wife phoned to say someone at work was looking to sell a couple of bleacher tickets at Fenway. So, mere hours later (well, 30 is "mere", no?), I was on the Worcester commuter train, getting off at Yawkey Station.

Fun game versus the Marlins. Tied 1-1 for a long while, then the Sox starter Miley tired at around the 100-pitch mark and the score became 3...

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