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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:44 PM
http://www.si.com/ml...spring-training   We start at #23 but ahead of the White Sox. Nothing earth shattering but they conclude with...

MLB Rule Changes

Other Baseball Today, 05:33 PM
According to the Sporting News, MLB is looking at 2 rules changes in order to "enhance" the game of Baseball and attract the younger crow...

Berardino: Twins linked to SS Jelfrey Marte

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:31 PM
http://www.twincitie...-jelfrey-marte/   Mike Berardino wrote that the Twins have been linked to Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte....

Article: Minnesota Baseball Goes Back Inside

Other Baseball Today, 05:24 PM
The Twins played their first spring training game Friday, but baseball-starved Minnesotans didn't have to make the 1,700-mile trek to For...

Game Thread: ST game #2 - Twins @ Red Sox, 2/25 @ 12:05pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:46 PM
Not sure if this will be 'radio-ized' or televized at all ... and this will be a quick 'get it started' game thread as the game will be s...

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Is Luis Robert worth giving up international signings for

Posted by beckmt in Views from the road, 25 February 2017 · 252 views
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According to some scouts according to The Score, Luis Robert from Cuba is supposed to be the 'Best Player on the Plant'. He is planning to become available before July 2 where multiple clubs, including those who will be barred for signing players for more the $300,000 could bid on him. Multiple teams have been linked to him, http://www.msn.com/en-us/sport...
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2017 MLB Draft Update 1.0

Posted by Hrbowski in Hrbowski's Blog, 24 February 2017 · 362 views
2017 mlb draft

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Alex Faedo (All rights to Andrew Woolley)

Today I begin my coverage of the 2017 MLB Draft, which starts on June 12. I am going to provide some updates on the overall performance of the top players, prospect profiles, prospect rankings, and mock drafts, so have fun!

Jeren Ken...
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Terry Ryan Getting Real Tired Of Putting On Derek Falvey Disguise Every Morning

Posted by Jon Marthaler in Marthaler, 24 February 2017 · 370 views

According to sources, Twins general manager Terry Ryan is getting more and more tired of having to dress up as former Indians executive Derek Falvey every morning at spring training, and is considering other options. Ryan, 63, hatched the deception last year as the Twins slid to the worst season in franchise history, but reportedly is tired of the extra w...
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Topps Joins Off The Baggy's Twins Offerings

Posted by Off The Baggy in Off The Baggy, 24 February 2017 · 178 views

When it comes to baseball cards, Topps remains the gold standard. With the 2017 Series 1 collection already released, Topps is hard at work readying plenty of new offerings to baseball fans throughout the upcoming season. The Topps Now program was a great addition to the card collecting scene a season ago, and what's in store for the season ahead should c...
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Player Reports For Spring Training 'In Worst Shape Of His Life'

Posted by Ben Remington in The Dollar Dome Dog, 23 February 2017 · 642 views

Player Reports For Spring Training 'In Worst Shape Of His Life' -SHTICKBALL-
(bad satire)

Major League Baseball’s Spring Training has commenced, and most players have worked diligently all offseason to keep their premier physiques in shape. Not all players have, however.

During heavily clichéd interviews with reporters, many players like to tell everyone who will listen about how hard they have worked, and how...
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The Twins Almanac for Feb 26-Mar 4

Posted by Matt Johnson in The Twins Almanac, 23 February 2017 · 163 views
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February 26, 1933
Johnny Blanchard Born in Minneapolis

It’s the birthdate of probably the most famous backup catcher in baseball history, Johnny Blanchard, born 85 years ago in the Mini Apple. Blanchard attended Minneapolis’s De LaSalle and Central High Schools, playing football, basketball, and baseball. He played one game for the New York Yankees...
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Jonathon’s Top 10 Twins Prospects (5-1)

Posted by jzenk42 in Talkin' Twins with Jonathon, 17 February 2017 · 1,055 views
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Jonathon’s Top 10 Twins Prospects (5-1) I gave you the first half of my top 10 Twins prospects yesterday, headlined by Kohl Stewart and Wander Javier. Now, it is time to reveal my top five prospects in the organization. Nobody should be surprised by who makes up the final five prospects on this list, but the question is which order will they be in. So, with that being said, here are my top five...
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The Importance of Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana

Posted by PintoWF in Pinto's Perspective, 15 February 2017 · 176 views
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The Importance of Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes had a rib removed last year to help correct an issue that was causing some major problems. The surgery ended the pitcher's season in July. It was unfortunate that the surgery didn't happen sooner. Statistically speaking.

Hughes had some ideas for the rib, which he kept following the surgery. The Twins might have some...
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The War on WAR

Posted by jwiederin in John the Analytics Guy, 15 February 2017 · 321 views

This will be my first post and hopefully one of many. Most of my work will be from the sabermetrics/analytical angle as I spend too much time on sites like FanGraphs and Baseball Reference.

Today, February 15th, an article was posted on FanGraphs about WAR (wins above replacement) and relating it to the "stars and scrubs" model in forming a baseball team...
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2017 Twins Off-Season top 60 Prospect List: 1-60 Summary and System Strengths and Weaknesses.

Posted by Thrylos in Thrylos' Blog - select Tenth Inning Stretch posts, 15 February 2017 · 530 views

Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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You can find the introductory segment in this series, including my criteria for eligibility to be a prospect and the list of the 2016 top 40 players who graduated as prospects or are not in the system, here . Here is my 2016 Twins off-season top 40 prospects list (summary of 1-40) for reference....
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Spring Training 2017

Posted by twinstarheelsfan in twinstarheelsfan's Blog, 11 February 2017 · 472 views

I'm going to my second annual spring training trip to Ft. Myers Feb 24, 2017 (opening day night game with the Rays)through the Nationals Sunday afternoon game Feb. 26, 2017. I will be at practice Saturday morning and Sunday morning. I'm hoping a ball will land just outside the fence near where I am standing. I'll pick up the ball and throw it back to a Tw...
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Who's on First (and Third)?

Posted by tnato in Tony Nato's Blog, 08 February 2017 · 448 views

This post will be my first. It will not be based on any stats, and it will not have much to back it up.

The Byung-Ho Park move could mean a lot of things. But I think there is one crazy speculation that has not been made yet. The move could mean Miguel Sano plays more first base this year.

This theory really only works if you buy the idea that Sano'...
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Kernels Hot Stove/Twins Caravan in Cedar Rapids

Posted by SD Buhr in SD Buhr/Jim Crikket, 26 January 2017 · 514 views

The Minnesota Twins once again included Cedar Rapids, the home of their Class A affiliate Kernels, in their Twins Winter Caravan tour and last night's event was entertaining and about as enjoyable as any such event put on by a 100+ loss big league organization could be.
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The Death of Yordano Ventura

Posted by Thegrin in Blog Thegrin, 22 January 2017 · 356 views

This was a sad day for all Baseball fans and particularly for the Kansas City Royals. Although he only faced the Twins twice in '16 , he will be missed by everyone.
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My Hall of Fame Ballot for 2017

Posted by killertwinsfan in The W.A.R. room, 18 January 2017 · 399 views

2017 Hall Of Fame Ballot

During the long, cold, dark of winter it’s nice to have a mid-winter break to bring baseball back to the spotlight again.
Between the winter meetings and when pitcher and catchers report baseball news goes pretty dark. Most of the major trades and signings have taken place. There will be a few here and there most of the time our...
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Twins and Losses Supershow Ep. 27

Posted by Twins and Losses in Twins and Losses, 17 January 2017 · 317 views

HEY YOU! YEAH YOU IN THE BACK. We didn’t forget about you. Brand spankin’ new Supershow is live for your listening pleasure!

This week Dan and Panda give their 2017 predictions for your Minnesota Twins (if you like Max Kepler, we have good news for you), and they also talk a bit about Brian Dozier’s trade status, and Joey Bats.

Dan forgets that RBI and...
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A Total System's Failure - Part II

Posted by mike8791 in mike8791's Blog, 14 January 2017 · 684 views

My first blog on TD site. Hope you enjoy!!

As background, while terribly discouraged about the team's 2016 season, I must say there was a major silver lining : recognition by ownership that Ryan and Company had failed miserably in his second attempt at a rebuild. Finding new baseball leadership was a breath of fresh air this dormant franchise has...
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34 Year Old Jim Miller Gets Another Shot with the Twins

Posted by bjohnson2348 in Brad's Blog, 11 January 2017 · 1,287 views

34 Year Old Jim Miller Gets Another Shot with the Twins On paper, Jim Miller’s major league statistics don’t exactly scream Cooperstown. During the six years he spent in the majors, bouncing around from the Baltimore Orioles to the Colorado Rockies, Oakland Athletics and finally the New York Yankees, Miller compiled a 2-3 record with a 3.48 ERA and 57 strikeouts in just over 67 innings of work. His time with t...
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What does a successful off-season look like?

Posted by Loosey in Blog Loosey, 10 January 2017 · 521 views

Here we sit on January 10th and we are asking ourselves the same questions we have been asking since October 3rd, "Are the Twins going to trade Brian Dozier?"

So far this off season the Twins have hired a Chief Baseball Office and General Manager and signed Jason Castro to a 3 year $24.5M contract.

Since then they have non-tendered Trevor Plouffe and s...
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Will Dozier Maintain His Value?

Posted by jorgenswest in Blog jorgenswest, 31 December 2016 · 675 views

One of the questions the Twins must be asking is whether Brian Dozier will retain his value.

We have seen his streakiness in season, but season to season he has been pretty reliable. I do wonder if hitters with his characteristics (pull hitters, fly ball hitters, relatively high ISO, right handed) tend to be more streaky within season. On the other hand,...

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