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Game Thread: Twins at Astros, 5/3/16 @ 7:10 PM CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:09 AM
Twins (8-18, 5th AL Central) vs Astros (8-18, 5th AL West) Line: HOU -143 O/U: 8.5 runs   Meyer (0-0, 18.00 ERA) vs McHugh (2-3, 6.6...

Meyer optioned back to AAA

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:07 AM
Graham called up.   It's pretty obvious Molitor doesn't have faith in Meyer.I'd rather they kept Meyer and replaced Molitor.

Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/3): Corcino Drives...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:33 AM
While Alex Meyer was making his first start in the Majors with the Twins on Tuesday night, three of their four full season affiliates wer...

Article: Ballplayers As Commodities

Other Baseball Today, 01:05 AM
It was a minor story this week. Minnesota Twins (and former Cedar Rapids Kernels) pitcher Tyler Duffey was one of a handful of major leag...

Who Really is the Twins Best Hitter?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:36 AM
Who is the Twins best hitter? most would say Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier, or Joe Mauer. When actually their best hitter is in the 6 spot. B...

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Twins Minor League Report (5/3): Corcino Drives In Four (Again)

Posted by Steve Lein in The Hanging SL, 03 May 2016 · 78 views

While Alex Meyer was making his first start in the Majors with the Twins on Tuesday night, three of their four full season affiliates were in action in the Minors including another former top prospect taking the hill. That pitching prospect wasn’t the one who stole the headlines on this night however, and a hitter in the Midwest League did all the heavy l...
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Numbers Say Don't Panic On Dozier

Posted by Off The Baggy in Off The Baggy, 03 May 2016 · 203 views

After the first month or so of the 2016 Major League Baseball season, one of the most disappointing Minnesota Twins has been starting second basemen Brian Dozier. He was a 2014 Home Run Derby participant, and was a 2015 All Star. In both seasons, he faded heavily down the stretch. In 2016 however, it's been out of the gate that Dozier has failed to get it...
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The Hometown 9 in, "A Fistful of Baseballs"

Posted by Twins and Losses in Twins and Losses, 03 May 2016 · 116 views
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The Hometown 9 in, "A Fistful of Baseballs" Daniel and I are huge fans of the television show, “Community.” Outside of the former “Top Gear,” it’s the show we watch the most when we hang out. Since the current Minnesota Twins team is a bunch of underachieving misfits (sans Mauer, Park, and a few others), we decided to compare current and recent Twins players as some of your favorite faces at Greend...
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The Twins Almanac for May 3rd & 4th

Posted by Matt Johnson in The Twins Almanac, 02 May 2016 · 220 views
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May 3, 1986
Puckett Leads-Off Consecutive Games with First-Pitch Home Runs

Facing Walt Terrell on the road in Detroit, leadoff hitter Kirby Puckett homered on the first pitch of the game for the second game in a row. It was already his 11th home run of the young season. The previous night Kirby hammered St. Paul-native Jack Morris ’s first pitch for...
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Baseball Stats Galore - Join SABR on May 16 for Free Talk

Posted by Sarah in Blog Sarah, 01 May 2016 · 192 views

Baseball Stats Galore - Join SABR on May 16 for Free Talk “I know that guy had an extra RBI in 1954.” Minnesotan Hans van Slooten gets these inquiries daily as the primary developer for Baseball-Reference.com. The Halsey Hall chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research invites you to join us at the Roseville Library on Monday, May 16 as we welcome Hans to give a presentation on this popular site that h...
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Ballplayers as Commodities

Posted by SD Buhr in SD Buhr/Jim Crikket, 30 April 2016 · 228 views

It was a minor story this week. Minnesota Twins (and former Cedar Rapids Kernels) pitcher Tyler Duffey was one of a handful of Major League ballplayers that have come to agreements with a firm by the name of Fantex to “sell” a share of their future earnings in return for an immediate sum of money.

You can read the AP story here and, for a description of...
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Logan Shore - 2016 MLB Draft

Posted by Hrbowski in Hrbowski's Blog, 30 April 2016 · 221 views

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Logan Shore is a 6'1", 210 lb. right handed pitcher out of the University of Florida who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 29th round of the 2013 Rule 4 draft, but he honored his commitment to the Gators. Shore's fastball is good enough...
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Replacing Kevin Jepsen

Posted by dwade in Unkind Bounces, 29 April 2016 · 233 views
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Replacing Kevin Jepsen All losses are equal in the standings, this we all know, but there’s something extra galling about losing a game in the late innings, particularly with a blown save in the ninth inning. Everything else went right, then at the last second, a supposed specialist comes in and fails to do the job they were on the roster to do. I have long been convinced this...
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A Deeper Look at Those K's

Posted by tobi0040 in tobi0040's Blog, 25 April 2016 · 282 views

In 2009, Mark Reynolds set the single season mark with 223 strikeouts in a season. It should be noted that he hit 44 HR’s that year, had an OPS of .892 and finished 20th in the MVP voting.

Here is quick look at some Twins pace given Reynolds 662 AB’s he had in 2009:

Byron Buxton, on pace for 352 strikeouts (53.3% k rate). .497 OPS.

Miguel Sano, on p...
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TwinsDaily Minor League Report (4/21): Berrios Dominates and Jay Lights Up Radar

Posted by Eric R Pleiss in Beyond the Metrodome, 21 April 2016 · 305 views
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TwinsDaily Minor League Report (4/21): Berrios Dominates and Jay Lights Up Radar Last year the Twins selected Tyler Jay, a college closer from the University of Illinois, with their first selection in the draft. Jay spent the rest of 2015 in the bullpen, but has been stretched out and is starting games for the Fort Myers Miracle. You will find more about his start below, but I wanted to lead with this gem from Seth Stohs ,
Sounds like...
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#ParkBlossom: The Imagined Poetry of Byung-Ho Park

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 17 April 2016 · 477 views
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On perhaps the most beautiful day Minnesotans have seen in 2016, fans of the local ball club were treated to sunshine, cold beer and a dream-like state in which, we we had gone almost 48 whole hours without a loss.

But still there was unrest, muttering and snarls at the young hitters. "NOT A HOME RUN, MAUER!" when the resurgent catcher ripped a screamer...
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If I told you ANY team was going to start 4 rookies....

Posted by huhguy in Blog huhguy, 15 April 2016 · 449 views

You would say? More than likely....you would say, they don't have a chance...The Twins young stars...tempted us...made us think....wow here we go...but were we Santanaized? Meaning...they looked great...for a short while..I have been concerned about Sano...since he fell off....hoping...it was the injury....but now not so sure...

I also know Rosario is...
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Who would have thought?

Posted by Hambino the Great in Hambino the Great's Blog, 14 April 2016 · 263 views

The twins would be 0-9 to start the season

Mauer and Escobar would be leading the team in hits.

Nunez would have the best batting average on the team.

Mauer would have more homeruns than Sano at this point.

Starting pitching would be one of the strengths of this team.

Sure in the hell was not me. I was fairly optimistic of the Twins chances this year...
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Finding Hope At 0-8

Posted by Tom Froemming in Get to know 'em, 13 April 2016 · 373 views

There isn't a whole lot you can look back at and be positive about from the Twins 0-8 start this season, but here comes the sun (do do do do). There's a string of 70-degree temperatures coming up, and things can only go up from here for the Twins.

Yes, it's lame to write about the weather, but you can't be a Minnesotan and not talk about the weather, esp...
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Target Field Update

Posted by SirLoin in Rants (not Rantz), 13 April 2016 · 231 views

TWINS TO PARTNER WITH XCEL ENERGY FOR NEW SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

Target Field to be MLB's only sustainable ballpark by June 2016

From Wire Services

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- The Minnesota Twins announced an initiative in conjunction with Xcel Energy to install an fully operational wind farm beyond the center field wall in Target Field. Upon opening in 2...
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Game Of The Week: The First Twins Opener In Minnesota History

Posted by Michael (ClassicMNTwins) in Classic Minnesota Twins, 11 April 2016 · 297 views
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Game Of The Week: The First Twins Opener In Minnesota History I slap you silly with Twins and Kennedy Era history, in this re-post of one of my site's favorites. Check the Classic Minnesota Twins ! blog for a disgustingly link-laden view of Met Stadium from that day, April 21, 1961.

It will answer, among others, the question "Why didn't Harmon Killebrew play in the very first regular season game ever played in Mi...
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Patience

Posted by d-mac in D-mac's Blog, 11 April 2016 · 268 views
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At what point do changes with the FO/coaching staff get made? How much patience should we have with the status quo? This is a team that was expected to improve and contend this year. As a self admitted pessimist I always have low expectations, but this team has underperformed even my wildest nightmares. Obviously, this team will not lose every game and wi...
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RealStoriesMN: The Max Bat Story

Posted by mdewolf18 in RealStoriesMN, 11 April 2016 · 210 views
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As a woodworking hobbyist and a longtime baseball lover, Jim Anderson wanted a fun way to honor the birth of his first child. So, after seeing an ad for trophy bats in a mail order catalog, he decided to make one of his own.

"My friend and I made this bat," he said. "We had no idea what we were doing but w...
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Twins Shut Out in the Box Score, and the Wins Column

Posted by Tyy1117 in An Aspiring Teenage Journalist, Go Twins, 10 April 2016 · 219 views
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The Twins move to 0-5 yesterday after falling 0-7 to the Royals. This was their worst loss of the season by far as they had only lost their other games by one or two runs. 0-5 is the worst start to a season in all of the time that the Twins have been in Minnesota,and Twins fans hope that the next 157 games will be the best 157 games to finish a season in...
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A study on organizational minor league rankings

Posted by Jesse Lund in Jesse Lund's Blog, 07 April 2016 · 339 views

One of the fascinating aspects of ranking farm systems of every organization across baseball is that, to some level, it's kind of subjective. There's a general understanding on the level of Cubs-good-Padres-bad , but what's the real difference between each team? How do you mark the difference in system quality between, for example, Minnesota and Cleveland...

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