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Keith Law's Top 100

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:28 AM
You obviously need an Insider account to view the full list with his scouting notes, but Law put out his Top 100 today:   http://ins...

Article: The Best 25 GMs in History: #11 Billy Beane

MLB Baseball Yesterday, 10:08 PM
This post is part of a series in which Mark Armour and I count down the 25 best GMs in history, cross-posting from our blog. For an expla...

Miller: Vargas has everyone with Twins smiling

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:52 PM
Phil Miller has a tremendous article on Twins DH Kennys Vargas in the Star Tribune. I know that Miller had a one-on-one interview with Va...

Article: Sizing Up The Competition: Kansas City Royals

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:51 PM
I watched it all unfold, but I still have a hard time comprehending it. It feels weird -- almost oxymoronic -- to utter the phrase "Ameri...

Article: Twins Bite-Sized History: A Rocky Start

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 07:42 PM
The Minnesota Twins first home baseball game was played on April 21st, 1961, but that 5-3 loss was the tip of a large and rocky iceberg....

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Comparing First Round Draft Pick Performance

Posted by jay in Blog jay, 30 January 2015 · 221 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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#11 — Billy Beane

Posted by Daniel R Levitt in In Pursuit of Pennants , 30 January 2015 · 105 views
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#11 — Billy Beane 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]

Michael Lewis’s 2003 book Moneyball depicted Billy Beane as the leading figure in the spread of analytics (more broadly: the use of data and evidence) in bas...
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Episode 118 - Twins National Anthem Audition

  Posted by Paul Pleiss in Beyond the Limestone, 30 January 2015 · 72 views

<img src="http://assets.podomatic.net/ts/19/ad/da/paulpleiss/1400x1400-360x360+237+0_10305445.jpg " alt="itunes pic" /><br />This week we try out to sing the National Anthem at a Twins game, talk about how lame baseball nicknames are in 2015, and Paul tries to figure out what the Twins are doing with Eduardo Nunez. We go down on...
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The Twins and Their Lefties

Posted by Shane Wahl in Field of Twins, 30 January 2015 · 227 views

Left-handed pitching is something that is an anomaly in professional sports. Well, it's an anomaly all the way down really to youth sports. When talking about straight up natural facts about one's person without any nurturing, only height for basketball seems to compare to the importance of left-handed pitching in baseball. With that in mind, I thought it...
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Revenge of Twins And Losses

Posted by Twins and Losses in Twins and Losses, 29 January 2015 · 140 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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Dozier's Expected Extension

Posted by Cody Christie in North Dakota Twins Fan, 28 January 2015 · 289 views
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Dozier's Expected Extension Brian Dozier isn't arbitration eligible until next off-season but rumors are already starting to build about a possible extension between the second baseman and the Twins. He is under team control until 2019 when he will be coming off of his age-29 season. There isn't necessarily a rush to get a deal done but a source close to the Twins said to expect an...
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Notes from Terry Ryan - CF, Meyer, etc.

Posted by tobi0040 in tobi0040's Blog, 26 January 2015 · 719 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 · 259 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 · 495 views
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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 · 295 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 · 318 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 · 301 views

Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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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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15 Resolutions for 2015

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 04 January 2015 · 401 views
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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.
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Late Inning Gas is Coming Up. Get Ready. Gurgle.

Posted by Sam Morley in Blog Sam Morley, 03 January 2015 · 483 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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Extending into the 30s

Posted by jorgenswest in Blog jorgenswest, 30 December 2014 · 500 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...
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Minnesota Twins Extend Affordable Ace Phil Hughes

Posted by GoGonzoJournal in The Go Gonzo Journal Twins Blog, 22 December 2014 · 447 views
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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...
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The Intriguing Case for Rick Porcello

Posted by bwille in Wille's Way, 10 December 2014 · 899 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...
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$200 million is the new $100 million

Posted by Jon Marthaler in Marthaler, 10 December 2014 · 668 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...
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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 · 623 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...
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Intangibles

Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 06 December 2014 · 568 views
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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...

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