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Souhan: Ryan in for the long haul

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:05 PM
http://www.startribu.../289698601.html   Interesting article but it also gives a sense of what the FO is thinking - "Whether correct...

Article: Manfred Should End Outdated Selig Policies

MLB Baseball Today, 12:51 PM
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...

Article: One Man's Opinion: Tovar Snubbed Again

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:44 PM
On Friday, Twins President Dave St. Peter announced that no players will be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2015. It is the first...

Article: Who Should Be In Line For Fifth Starter Spot?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:33 PM
With the addition of Ervin Santana via free agency, the Twins have essentially sealed up four of five spots in the 2015 rotation. Barring...

Twins News from a Variety of Sources

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:04 PM
While in my car, I listened to much of espn-1500's coverage of TwinsFest.  Reusse, Gladden and Co. interviewed several current Twins...



Manfred Should End Outdated Selig Policies on Minor League Pay & Blackouts

Posted by SD Buhr in SD Buhr/Jim Crikket, 23 January 2015 · 155 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...

#16 — Theo Epstein

Posted by Daniel R Levitt in In Pursuit of Pennants , 23 January 2015 · 110 views
theo epstein, general managers and 1 more...

#16 — Theo Epstein This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, crossposting from our blog . For an explanation, please see this post .

[This one is from Mark]

There is an ongoing debate in Boston as to how to divvy up credit between Theo Epstein and Dan Duquette for the 2004 World Series title. Duquette ran the te...

Episode 117 - TwinsFest Preview

  Posted by Paul Pleiss in Beyond the Limestone, 22 January 2015 · 141 views

<img src="http://assets.podomatic.net/ts/19/ad/da/paulpleiss/1400x1400_10285155.jpg " alt="itunes pic" /><br />This week the guys talk about TwinsFest, the TwinsDaily.com Winter Meltdown, what it means that Trevor Plouffe is the highest paid third basemen in franchise history, and about one Twins minor league pitcher subtweeting...

30 and 30 Prospects Part 1: Pitchers

Posted by Shane Wahl in Field of Twins, 20 January 2015 · 569 views

I am doing something brand new with my prospect list for 2015. I am splitting the list into two parts, one for pitching and one for position players, with each list having 25 prospects and 5 honorable mentions named. These honorable mentions end up being 10 guys in the system to really watch this year for potential breakout seasons.

I am providing only b...

What if Torii had stayed all along?

Posted by Brad Swanson in Kevin Slowey was Framed!, 19 January 2015 · 443 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...

Worst Twins of All-Time Series: Houston Jimenez

Posted by Cody Christie in North Dakota Twins Fan, 19 January 2015 · 284 views
houston jimenez, ron washington and 1 more...

Worst Twins of All-Time Series: Houston Jimenez Baseball is in the in-between time before players head to spring training and after most of the off-season moves have been made. This gives me some time to jump back into one of the more popular off-season series here at NoDak Twins Fan.

Lots of people can debate who was the best player in an organization's history. For Minnesota, the argument can be mad...

The All-time All-Minnesotan Team

Posted by corey in flyballs in orbit, 18 January 2015 · 258 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...

Ricky Nolasco: Back to the Future

Posted by Secondary User in Twin's Organizational News, 15 January 2015 · 290 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...

A new metric for evaluating shortstop fielding

Posted by Thrylos in Thrylos' Blog - select Tenth Inning Stretch posts, 10 January 2015 · 287 views

Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
(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...

15 Resolutions for 2015

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 04 January 2015 · 382 views
new years resolution

In the spirit of the New Year, we have 15 New Years Resolutions to offer for 15 key parts of Twins Territory.

The resolutions are available in our New Gallery Album "Resolutions"...which hopefully will turn up as part of this post

Any additions you want to make, or suggestions for how to make these resolutions more attainable are always welcome.

Late Inning Gas is Coming Up. Get Ready. Gurgle.

Posted by Sam Morley in Blog Sam Morley, 03 January 2015 · 454 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...

Extending into the 30s

Posted by jorgenswest in Blog jorgenswest, 30 December 2014 · 487 views

What do the Twins do about Plouffe and Dozier? Extend? Go year to year? Hope to sell high at 30?

There has been some great discussion started by Seth on Dozier and Plouffe .

There also have been studies that show aging curves in the post steroid era are changing. Fewer players are maintaining their peak seasons into their thirties. There are many studi...

Minnesota Twins Extend Affordable Ace Phil Hughes

Posted by GoGonzoJournal in The Go Gonzo Journal Twins Blog, 22 December 2014 · 413 views
phil hughes, terry ryan and 3 more...

Minnesota Twins Extend Affordable Ace Phil Hughes Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins extended Phil Hughes through 2019, effectively making his contract a five-year, $58 million deal. He will earn $9.2 million in 2015 and 2016 before earning $13.2MM annually from 2017 to 2019. Considering his 2014 numbers, the $11.6 million per year average salary is more than reasonable.

This blog was originally publish...

The Intriguing Case for Rick Porcello

Posted by bwille in Wille's Way, 10 December 2014 · 865 views

The Intriguing Case for Rick Porcello With the holiday season upon us and the Hot Stove burning as hot as ever at this week’s Winter Meetings, it is no wonder why they call this the most wonderful time of the year. The presumable free agent waters should finally be flowing now that the major barricade that was Jon Lester has chosen his new home for the next six years. While the Minnesota Twin...

$200 million is the new $100 million

Posted by Jon Marthaler in Marthaler, 10 December 2014 · 656 views

Forbes.com reported today that Major League baseball league-wide revenues jumped from $8 billion in 2013 to $9 billion in 2014, mostly due to the league's new national TV contracts and to revenue from MLB Advanced Media, the league's online streaming arm.

A look back: In 2001, revenue was $3.6 billion; adjusted for inflation, $4.66 billion in today's do...

Why I am excited to see Miguel Sano as a Twin...and why you should be too

Posted by AJPettersen in AJPettersen's Blog, 08 December 2014 · 604 views

Hopefully this story can bring you a little cheer for the holiday season, baseball season is right around the corner, hang in there!

While we all expected Miguel Sano to debut last season, we are still waiting to see him at Target Field. Having played with him for about 250 games, I have seen him do some incredible things. Here is why I am excited to se...


Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 06 December 2014 · 561 views
dozier, puckett, cuddyer, hunter and 1 more...

The signing of Torii Hunter has brought off-the-field issues back to the fore for the Twins. Part of the reason for signing Hunter has been for clubhouse leadership, mentoring of young players, and also bring back fans to the park. Hunter's pros and cons in these areas have been analyzed more than the break on Phil Hughes' spike curve.

I weighed in on...

Connect With Baseball History Through SABR

Posted by Sarah in Blog Sarah, 05 December 2014 · 307 views

Connect With Baseball History Through SABR While the dark, cold days of winter can be an ideal time to dive into research on baseball history, as a lifelong baseball fan I have to ask...is there ever a bad time to talk about baseball history? I serve as co-chair of the research committee for the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research and invite other Twins Daily readers to ge...

Where Are They Going? A Look at the Future of the Twins 40 Man Roster

Posted by RealTwinsFan357 in Random Thoughts About Baseball, 04 December 2014 · 635 views

The Twins are in an interesting place. The 40-man roster is, yet again, full. The Twins definitely have a lot of players, but they don't have a lot of great (or arguably even a lot of good) players. It is obvious the Twins won't win a championship with their current team, but that's not to say there aren't bright spots. I'd like to take a quick look a...

Poker night with Terry Ryan

Posted by ashburyjohn in Nevada Twins Fan, 04 December 2014 · 370 views

One of the interview questions with Terry Ryan at the Torii Hunter introduction press conference was, "are you surprised it [he?] took a one year contract?". Terry twitched and suppressed a smile and basically used every single one of his facial muscles before replying "no".


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