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Zulgad: Does Schafer have a chance to steal CF

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:17 PM
Phil Mackey and Judd Zulgad are in Ft. Myers this week for Twins spring training. Their 9 to 1 radio show is being done live from there w...

Zulgad: Arcia's Transition to Left Field

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:43 PM
1500ESPN's Judd Zulgad wrote today about Oswaldo Arcia's move over to left fieldthis year. Mackey and Judd had Terry Ryan on their show t...

ESPN- The Great Analytics Rankings... The Twins are not s...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:09 PM
Interesting and comprehensive study of all 122 teams in the four major team sports, ESPN  "unleashed our experts and an army of rese...

Article: Hunter And Garnett: The Marketing Angle

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:06 PM
After a lengthy absence, Kevin Garnett made his triumphant return to Target Center on Wednesday night, helping lead the Timberwolves to a...

Article: Push Candidate: Brian Navarreto

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:17 PM
The first two entries in this series focused on players who are moving up in the system and the question was one of advancing to AA baseb...

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Episode 120: Better Call Paul

  Posted by Paul Pleiss in Beyond the Limestone, 27 February 2015 · 64 views

All New Talk To Contact Podcast !
Paul is a cranky pants this week, I think he hates Spring Training. We dive into that assumption and figure out what the heck the Twins are doing for the next couple weeks. We're joined this week by Jeremy Nygaard from TwinsDaily.com to talk more about prospects, pitching, and even a little fantasy baseball. Then, as alw...
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Who is the Twins Most Marketable Player?

Posted by Cody Christie in North Dakota Twins Fan, 25 February 2015 · 435 views
brian dozier, joe mauer and 3 more...

Who is the Twins Most Marketable Player? As the beginning of the 2015 season quickly approaches, the Twins marketing team has been hard at work. How do you try and sell a team that has lost 90 games for four consecutive seasons?

Twins single game tickets went on sale last weekend and one thing that seems to get fans in the door is offering some unique giveaways. This year the club will offer su...
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ESPN SABR rankings

Posted by tobi0040 in Blog tobi0040, 23 February 2015 · 363 views

ESPN rankings for SABR metrics

Twins were in the skeptic category, second from the worst.

Some teams have quants from nasa and Phd's, we have "an mba from local st thomas"

Kc and cleveland get good grades


http://espn.go.com/e...ankings#mlb-sfg
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Push Candidate: Brian Navarreto

Posted by Shane Wahl in Field of Twins, 22 February 2015 · 372 views

The first two entries in this series focused on players who are moving up in the system and the question is one of advancing to AA baseball, which is really (Jorge Polanco 2014 aside) the real first glimpse of closeness to the majors that a minor leaguer can see. For the final installment, I am turning to another major step in the system--full season A ba...
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Terry Ryan at the Helm -- Part 2

Posted by Daniel R Levitt in In Pursuit of Pennants , 20 February 2015 · 364 views
in pursuit of pennants and 2 more...

Terry Ryan at the Helm -- Part 2 I originally wrote the following analysis of Terry Ryan as GM of the Minnesota Twins for The National Pastime, 2012: Short but Wondrous Summers: Baseball in the North Star State. I was the editor of the publication—one I heartily recommend by the way for those interested in the history of baseball in Minnesota--and pulled the essay just prior to publicat...
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On Spring Training

Posted by LimestoneBaggy in Blog LimestoneBaggy, 18 February 2015 · 499 views

On Spring Training “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”
Roger Hornsby

Part I: Arrival in Fort Myers and Baseball
March 2013 Hammond Stadium: I’m sitting in the 90-degree heat (down the third base line) with my then four-year-old son. I’m in-between bullpen and dugout, and we’...
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First and only game at the Met

Posted by tshide in Blog tshide, 17 February 2015 · 250 views
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First and only game at the Met Originally posted at IowaTwinsFan.com .

It was 1977, Jimmy Carter had just become president. New York City celebrated the opening of the World Trade Center and suffered through a 25-hour black out in the middle of a hot summer. Two guys named Steve (Jobs and Wozniak) gave us the Apple II computer. The Vikings were beaten by the Raiders in the Super Bowl...
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What can the Twins expect from Santana (and Nolasco)?

Posted by jorgenswest in Blog jorgenswest, 16 February 2015 · 753 views
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The Twins have invested over 100 million dolars in their pitching rotation buying 8 seasons of starting pitching. What can they expect for their $100,000,000?

I started with Ervin Santana looking for a similar group. From ages 27-31 he has performed at a 99 ERA+ with about 1000 innings pitched. I wondered how other groups of pitchers performed from ages...
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What Spring Training Means

Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 14 February 2015 · 538 views
roster decisions, playing time and 3 more...

I will be at spring training for the fourth straight year. I have watched three straight non-contending teams gear up for a disappointing regular season. I have seen impressive individual performances that didn't stand up to regular season pressures. I have seen guys showing obvious potential take a step from prospect to established player and others n...
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My First Game

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 09 February 2015 · 141 views
first game, family, we love it

It's strange to say for someone who has written this blog for nearly seven years, but I've never written in depth about my first Twins game. But I have a good reason for that.

I don't really remember it.

I've tried to. I've imagined Kirby Puckett legging out a triple. I wishfully think that it was the Orioles so I can say that I saw Cal Ripken in the mi...
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Bloggers: What would you like to see in the blog section?

Posted by Brock Beauchamp in Battle Your Tail Off, 05 February 2015 · 263 views

Bloggers: What would you like to see in the blog section? I've been looking at the blog section of the site lately and see that it hasn't gotten any TLC since launch. I made some small changes to how the blogs are listed in the mobile section of the site this morning and that got me thinking... I'm not a blogger. I should ask you bloggers what you want changes you'd like to see made to the site.

I'm open to any...
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Comparing First Round Draft Pick Performance

Posted by jay in Blog jay, 30 January 2015 · 566 views

First, the results. Then, how in the heck I got them. We’ll use Wins Above Replacement (WAR) to assess how well the Twins have drafted in the first round from 2003 to 2011 compared to the rest of the league.

From 2003-2011, the Twins’ first-round picks were:
23rd in expected WAR per pick. This is an indication of their consistently low draft positi...
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Revenge of Twins And Losses

Posted by Twins and Losses in Twins and Losses, 29 January 2015 · 308 views

Revenge of Twins And Losses Like the Rebels preparing for the Imperial invasion on Hoth, it’s time to dust off this hunk of junk. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Was that enough Star Wars references in one sentence? Probably not. I’ll see what else I can do for you.

We took a bit of a break during the offseason. It wasn’t our plan, we just don’t follo...
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Notes from Terry Ryan - CF, Meyer, etc.

Posted by tobi0040 in tobi0040's Blog, 26 January 2015 · 849 views

My friend asked Terry to handicap CF at Twinsfest. He did not mention Hicks at all. The first name he mentioned was Eddie Rosario. When asked about CF versus a corner, Terry said Eddie is definitely good enough to play CF.

He seemed to hint again, at Sano in the OF if Plouffe continues to improve

Open to Meyer in the pen. Said last year he was thro...
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Manfred Should End Outdated Selig Policies on Minor League Pay & Blackouts

Posted by SD Buhr in SD Buhr/Jim Crikket, 23 January 2015 · 342 views

In case you missed it, there's a new Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

I know that, for many fans, that may come as a shock. There are fans that legally enjoy a brew or two at ballgames who have never attended a big league game that wasn't played under rules dictated by Bud Selig. If it's true that, "the exception proves the rule," then that applies...
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What if Torii had stayed all along?

Posted by Brad Swanson in Kevin Slowey was Framed!, 19 January 2015 · 622 views
torii hunter, what if

Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

Back in 2007, the Twins were faced with a dilly of a difficult dilemma. Fan-favorite, team-leader, Morneau-puncher Torii Hunter was a free agent and he was going to be pricey. Ultimately, Hunter chose a larger offer from The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or the Anaheim Angels or whatever they were called...
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The All-time All-Minnesotan Team

Posted by corey in flyballs in orbit, 18 January 2015 · 379 views

I've recently been reading The New Bill James Historical Abstract, and at one point he offhandedly mentioned who would be on an all-time Oklahoma team. Naturally like most Minnesotans, this made me wonder who would be on an all-time Minnesota team. But unlike most Minnesotans, I actually sat down and tried to figure it out.

First I went to baseball-refer...
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Ricky Nolasco: Back to the Future

Posted by Secondary User in Twin's Organizational News, 15 January 2015 · 381 views

January 1st has a much different tenor in 2015 than it did in 2014 for Ricky Nolasco. A year ago, Ricky had recently signed the largest free agent contract in Twins history (though that's not saying much) with the expectation of being a veteran presence to help stabilize a rotation that was in shambles. After a disastrous 2014 campaign, suddenly the idea...
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A new metric for evaluating shortstop fielding

Posted by Thrylos in Thrylos' Blog - select Tenth Inning Stretch posts, 10 January 2015 · 372 views

Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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(this is an edit to clarify a few points that were confusing previously)

Recently when I was looking for an objective way to numerically describe how good Engelb Vielma 's glove for my Minnesota Twins' top 40 prospect list , which is fairly easily understood as a concept, I came up with a simple met...
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Late Inning Gas is Coming Up. Get Ready. Gurgle.

Posted by Sam Morley in Blog Sam Morley, 03 January 2015 · 533 views

In recent years, the Twins have managed to stock the farm with flame throwers who project as late inning relievers. Several are projecting as shut down closers.

These days, MLB pitching staffs have developed from two positions, starter and reliever, into several positions: starter, long relief, LH specialist, 7th inning guy, set-up guy, and closer. The h...

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