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2018 MLB Postseason Discussion Thread

Other Baseball Today, 10:03 PM
How about a postseason game thread? Any MLB postseason discussion can just go here.

Article: AFL Report - Week 2: Pitchers Outshine Hitters

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:56 PM
The Salt Rivers Rafters finished week 2 of the Arizona Fall League season with a 3-3 record, including going 2-1 in games decided by just...

Escobar re-signs with Arizona

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:03 PM
Its a three year contract for around 21 million. If this is true then the Twins low balled him. Let's see the details as they come out.

Article: Offseason Handbook Updates: Cover and Guest Authors

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:42 PM
As the postseason rolls on, we're getting closer to the World Series, and you know what that means: Offseason Handbook Day is almost upon...

Sickels top Twins prospect list for 2019

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:27 PM
Top three aren't a surprise but #4 was.   https://www.minorlea...spects-for-2019   Sickels like the depth of the team a lot.

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T&L Supershow ep 70

Posted by Twins and Losses in Twins and Losses, 23 October 2018 · 53 views
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Movies, movies, movies! Dan, Panda, and Stubby give you their all-time movie baseball teams, and mourn a small market team not making the 2018 World Series, among some minor Twins news. Check out this week's show here .
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Aggressive Moves on the Twins Radar?

Posted by Ted Schwerzler in Off The Baggy, 23 October 2018 · 319 views
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Looking ahead to the 2019 Major League Baseball season, it’s relatively apparent that this is a year that looms large for the Minnesota Twins front office. Embarking on year three, and with their hand-picked managerial candidate soon to be announced, the impact of change must be felt at the major league level. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine have done a good...
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NOTEBOOK: Diamond Awards Winners, Managerial Finalists and Prospect Grades

Posted by Brandon Warne in BW on the Beat, 22 October 2018 · 327 views
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This is an excerpt of an article that appears in full here at Zone Coverage.

The Minnesota Twins announced their 2018 Diamond Award winners late last week. The Diamond Awards are presented every year on the eve of TwinsFest at a banquet held at Target Field, and the upcoming presentation will be the 14th time they've been handed out.

Here are the awa...
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Pressly the pitcher - not Elvis

Posted by mikelink45 in mikelink45's Blog, 16 October 2018 · 567 views
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Pressly the pitcher - not Elvis In an era when bullpen has higher profile that starters it is surprising to see a team that prides itself on analytic decisions trade away the pitcher with the most potential and raw stuff to the American League's best team. Yes we got two prospects, but they are still raw and a gamble while Pressly is 29 and in his prime.


Of course all our pitching...
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Twins 2019 - Go Big or Go home

Posted by beckmt in Views from the road, 10 October 2018 · 1,138 views

This is more a wish list, but will show how the Twins can proceed if they decide to spend the money.

Mauer Retires
Many of the lower end 40 man list is released or not offered contracts.

Signings
Corbin 5/110
Ryu or Evoldi 4/60 - 70
Herrera - 3/42
One or two more RP types mid range 2/15 each

Oderizzi traded probably would have to absorb part of contra...
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They Aren’t Making Ballplayers Like Joe Mauer Anymore

Posted by GoGonzoJournal in The Foul Play-by-Play Twins Blog, 02 October 2018 · 703 views
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They Aren’t Making Ballplayers Like Joe Mauer Anymore Baseball quite literally is not making ballplayers like Joe Mauer anymore. In fact, he’s potentially the last of a bygone era, during which striking out was still frowned upon by coaches and downright despised by some players.

Joe Mauer hates striking out — so much so he struck out just once in high school . Even as Major League Baseball evolved into a g...
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Reflecting on My Predictions and Articles

Posted by Matthew Lenz in Musings from Twins Territory, 30 September 2018 · 460 views

Reflecting on My Predictions and Articles As the season comes to an end I wanted to reflect on some of what I wrote in my first Twins season at Twins Daily and Zone Coverage. Below you will find a review of my preseason predictions as well as some of my early articles.

My Preseason Predictions

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Contention for 2019 and Beyond

Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 16 September 2018 · 888 views
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Contention for 2019 and Beyond The Twins have ridden the roller coaster during the Paul Molitor era. Up in 2015, way down in 2016, a peek at the playoffs in 2017 and now way down in 2018. The roller coaster claimed a front-office victim in longtime GM Terry Ryan two years ago and now there has to be some heat on field manager Molitor after this season's extreme disappointment.

The com...
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Miracle & Twins Extend Agreement Thru 2022

Posted by SD Buhr in SD Buhr/Jim Crikket, 16 September 2018 · 477 views

With the closing of the minor league baseball season on the field, we open up the biennial minor league affiliation-swap season and, to nobody's surprise, the Twins have extended their affiliation with the Class High A Fort Myers Miracle.

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Teams are allowed...
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MLB Confirms that Wider Batters should not have Wider Strike Zones

Posted by Respy in Intentional Balk, 13 September 2018 · 473 views

MLB Confirms that Wider Batters should not have Wider Strike Zones After a 3-game series against the Yankees where Willians Astudillo did not record a strikeout in 10 at-bats, the Yankees officially protested the game on September 12th. Manager Joe Girardi, and pitcher David Robertson, contended that the strike zone should be wider for a batter of Astudillo's girth. Seemingly, David Robertson was frustrated that he allow...
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Offense v. Defense thought experiment

Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco in Hosken's Blog, 09 September 2018 · 388 views

I posted this idea in a discussion thread, but I do think it fits better in the blog section or in its own thread, but chose blog. I will leave the scenario as I posted it in the other thread.

Anyway, in light of a recent debate on the value of defense, I came up with a problem. It would be interesting to run a simulation on this or hear what inputs othe...
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Third Time Through The Order: Established Knowledge or Statistical Illusion?

Posted by jorgenswest in Blog jorgenswest, 08 September 2018 · 580 views

Everyone knows that pitchers have much more difficulty the third time through the lineup. Right? Isn't this established baseball knowledge?

Data does back it up. Anecdotally we hear stats on almost every baseball broadcast about how much poorer a pitcher performs his third time through the order. League wide there is data to support this claim. According...
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TwinsTakes on Buxton Not Being Recalled for September Call-ups

Posted by TwinsTakes-RD in TwinsTakes.com Blog on TwinsDaily.com - Our Takes, Your Takes, TwinsTakes.com!, 02 September 2018 · 1,001 views
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The Minnesota Twins have had a strange season in 2018. Unfortunately, that doesn’t compare to the nightmare season their center fielder, Byron Buxton, has gone through so far. A myriad of injuries and struggles at the plate have made the Twins front office of CBO Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine decide to not have Byron Buxton be a part of their September...
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A Tale of Two Cities

Posted by mike8791 in mike8791's Blog, 31 August 2018 · 490 views

Sorry Dickens' fans, this is about the Twins, the Cubs and White Sox. As a lifetime Senators/Twins fan and a longtime resident of Chicago, I've followed all three franchises quite closely - thru thick and thin. Don't worry, we're not going all the way back to 1961 - just wanted to review all three team's recent "rebuilds" and see what lessons we might d...
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My Aggressive Plan to Sign Manny Machado

Posted by Vanimal46 in Minnesota Twins Whine Line, 29 August 2018 · 860 views

Let me preface this post by acknowledging that the odds are low Machado signs with the Twins in real life. With low odds, we need to be BOLD and aggressive right upfront to schedule a meeting with him.

Mr. Machado, I want you to remember 3 numbers. 60, 40, and 3. We'll go into more detail what those numbers represent.

Let's start with the first number...
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A Night in the Minors: Mariachi's Edition

Posted by nmtwinsfan in nmtwinsfan's Blog, 22 August 2018 · 560 views

Growing up in Minnesota during the days of Kirby, Hrbie, and World Championships I developed a love of not only the Twins but the game in general. I went to dozens of Twins games as a kid, making the three and a half hour trek one way to Minneapolis usually a couple of times each summer, and would often attend either Redhawks games or whatever semi-pro ty...
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Logan Morrison Hip Injury Q&A

Posted by Heezy1323 in Heezy1323's Blog, 16 August 2018 · 820 views
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Logan Morrison Hip Impingement Q&A
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Twins DH/1B Logan Morrison was recently shut down for the remainder of the season and, by reports, is expected to undergo surgery for a hip condition that has been bothering him for much of the year. The problem is being reported as ‘hip impingement’, which is a fairly common diagnosis. Some may recall tha...
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45 Cold-Blooded Starts

Posted by South Dakota Tom in South Dakota Tom's Blog, 14 August 2018 · 852 views

Means 9 trips through the rotation for each starter, and got me to questioning what would be the best way to appropriate those starts from now - 117 games in - through the rest of the season.
The clear emphasis must be on 2019 and 2020 and what will best serve the club moving forward. That is not to say that you stop pitching Berrios, Odorizzi, or...
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Wishing the FRE Travels Well to Oakland

Posted by Miles Death in Thome the Moneyball, 10 August 2018 · 679 views

I’m at Target Field, and it was the Sunday before the all-star break. We were already losing to the Tampa Bay Rays, and it was a high leverage spot in the 5th inning. Suddenly, my friend and I hear the infamous Lil Jon song start to heat up. Fernando Rodney is coming in? I think, “wow, Molitor is finally getting out of his comfort zone with preassigned in...
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I want the Twins to overspend....on

Posted by huhguy in Blog huhguy, 05 August 2018 · 1,888 views

on Eduardo Escobar, the best and most important Twin in the last several years. As a latin player he can probably be effective to his late 30 s , His dugout presence is worth a majority of the money, I heard a player say, that when he was traded from the White Sox, it was the first time he had seen MLB players cry. Thats how I felt too...but on the flip...

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