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Interesting interview with Terry Ryan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:03 AM
This article contains some interesting statements by Terry Ryan, including the following:   Pohlad said last fall that Ryan’s job is...

Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Nick Gordon Pl...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:02 AM
The Minnesota Twins exploded for six runs in the top of the tenth inning after they squandered three early game runs and beat the Kansas...

Can managers be traded in MLB?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:02 AM
I seem to remember it happening a few times but I can't remember if MLB changed the rules on that.  Anyone know?  The reason I...

Article: Only One Spot to Address for 2015?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:57 AM
At a glance, the title of this article might seem a little outrageous. How could one suggest that a team on track for 90 losses needs so...

Utopian dream, or foolish idealism?

Questions About MinnCentric Today, 10:49 AM
Over in another thread, CRArko provided a link to a book on arguing intelligently:   http://www.brainpick...ules-criticism/   I...



Episode 97: Twins of the Future

Posted by Paul Pleiss in Beyond the Limestone, 29 August 2014 · 15 views

You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact ) episode via iTunes or by clicking here , and if you want to add the show to your non-iTunes podcast player, this is the RSS Feed .


The Twins scored a whole bunch of runs in the last week, and...

Kernels with pitching issues? Oddly, yes.

Posted by SD Buhr in SD Buhr/Jim Crikket, 29 August 2014 · 53 views

Welcome to life as a minor league manager.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels have some of the best pitching in Class A baseball right now. So why isn't Jake Mauer smiling and confident heading in to the MWL playoffs next week?

Jim Ecker's report (click to read) following Thursday night's loss to Kane County reflects one of the challenges Mauer and other minor l...

Designated Everything

Posted by PeanutsFromHeaven in Peanuts from Heaven, 29 August 2014 · 59 views
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Most of the wise and trusted Twins blogs have noted that while the team's current offense, to put it politely, sucks harder than a Super Powered Hoover. Yet, they say, help is on the way from the prospect ranks--even if many of them are currently injured.
http://cdn1.vox-cdn....ndard_352.0.jpg That's a...

TwinsDaily Minor League Report (8/28): Nick Gordon Plays Well

Posted by Eric R Pleiss in Blog Eric R Pleiss, 29 August 2014 · 85 views
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TwinsDaily Minor League Report (8/28): Nick Gordon Plays Well The Minnesota Twins exploded for six runs in the top of the tenth inning after they squandered three early game runs and beat the Kansas City Royals. Jordan Schafer continues to hit the ball well for the Twins, and had three more hits on Thursday against Kansas City.

Down in the Minor Leagues the season is entering the final weekend, let's take a look...

Milone 8/28

Posted by Secondary User in Twins Pitch Breakdown, 28 August 2014 · 82 views


According to the GameDay PitchF/x, Milone really changed up his offerings this time around. He didn't mix in his curveball until the later innings (didn't throw it until the 4th inning). According to PitchF/x, he threw a cutter, and threw it quite a bit (19 offerings), and it worked very well. While his command of his 4 se...

"We've got to take some pressure off our starters"

Posted by glp_vt in The Mauer Hauer, 28 August 2014 · 77 views

"We've got to take some pressure off our starters" As reported by Jackson Alexander of MLB.com, Ron Gardenhire was quoted Thursday as stating that "we've got to take some pressure off our starters." While it's clear that the Twins' 28th ranked rotation (dead last in August) could use some help, it seems shortsighted to call out the offense, which despite two quiet nights at the plate has led baseball in m...

Vargas: Kennys Keep It Up?

Posted by Twins and Losses in Twins and Losses, 28 August 2014 · 357 views
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[Originally posted on twinsandlosses.com ]

It seems a little inappropriate to call Kennys Vargas “Little Papi”. According to Baseball Reference he is an inch taller (6’ 5”) and weights thirty-five pounds more (275) than Mr. Ortiz. One can assume that this comparison has more to do with their skills with a bat than their impressive physical stature. They...

Can We Just Sign Impact Players? Part II: Offense

Posted by RealTwinsFan357 in Random Thoughts About Baseball, 27 August 2014 · 288 views

Let's face it, every Twins fan is getting tired of watching the poor play of the past couple years. We know the future looks bright as we await the arrival of some of baseballs top prospects, but that does not help the situation on the field right now. The fact of it is, the Twins are lousy again this year and, like usual, it looks like the starting rotat...

The Twins Position Players for 2015

Posted by pierre75275 in Blog pierre75275, 27 August 2014 · 251 views

The Twins have been on the lower end of mediocre this year and at the roster has been a mess. Looking ahead to 2015 is currently the funnest thing to do as a Twins fan. After looking at the Twins options for bullpen and the starting rotations in my previous blogs, I will now offer my opinions on players the Twins have available to them on the position sid...

New 25 man roster for 2015

Posted by Shane Wahl in Field of Twins, 27 August 2014 · 278 views

I am recalibrating some of my thoughts for 2015. I think (now) that something like this should happen:

I would like the following to happen: the Twins refrain from spending big this offseason unless it is on one of the top 5 pitching free agents. So, no spending to replace LF. Wait and save. That means that money should be SAVED now in order to be spent...

Silver and Gold Together

Posted by Teflon in Blog Teflon, 26 August 2014 · 121 views

It’s an honor when an MLB player is recognized as the best offensive or defensive player at his position by his league but it’s an even greater honor when he’s recognized as both. Greater, but not all that rare, it seems. Since the Silver Slugger award originated in 1980, the two awards have been given simultaneously to players a total of 172 times or ab...

Plouffe: 3B or Utility Player

Posted by stringer bell in stringer bell's Blog, 25 August 2014 · 188 views

Trevor Plouffe has been the Twins third baseman since the middle of 2012. He is the Twins' longest-serving starter at his current position on the team. That is a bit hard to believe, but every position has turned over since the Twins handed Plouffe third base out of desperation. Plouffe responded to his assignment by having a once-in-a-lifetime power s...

Gush (v 12.0)

Posted by John Bonnes in TwinsGeek.com, 25 August 2014 · 772 views

I hope you'll allow me this non-baseball topic on my blog today. We had our last "first-day-of-school" picture today with both kids, as The Chatty Chatty Princess™ starts her senior year and The Boy™ has his first day in high school. It brought to mind TCCP's first day of kindergarten, a day I missed, but documented twelve years ago on my new "Twins...

Moving Forward to 2015: The Roster

Posted by jtkoupal in Blog jtkoupal, 24 August 2014 · 264 views

As the rebuild progresses and our prospects approach readiness, there are a few moves that must be made throughout the organization.

Front Office: FIRE GM Terry Ryan: Terry Ryan is an intelligent GM, but a change at the position is needed for a couple of reasons. We need someone who can better recognize talent and we need someone who doesn't have a frien...

Twins Minor League Report (8/24): Kernels Clinch

Posted by Cody Christie in North Dakota Twins Fan, 24 August 2014 · 145 views
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Twins Minor League Report (8/24): Kernels Clinch Things are starting to wind down in the minor league season and this means plenty of very important games for Twins' affiliates. The Kernels entered Sunday with a chance to clinch and the Red Wings are right in the middle of the wild card hunt. This means every at-bat and every pitch are very important.

The same can't be said for the MLB version of the T...

May Tantrum doesn't impress...

Posted by huhguy in Blog huhguy, 24 August 2014 · 485 views

How many of you saw Trevor May slamming his glove down last night, and his other childish displays of anger?

Cmon dude, thats little league stuff! No you werent awarded Pitcher of the World tonight, but I hate to say this given your childish reaction, but you pitched a pretty good game against a terrific team.

Face it, rookies dont come up and domina...

Lifelong Aces a Thing of the Past?

Posted by Trautmann13 in Hicks' Left-Handed Helmets, 23 August 2014 · 207 views
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Lifelong Aces a Thing of the Past? Pitching wins World Series'.

That is a simple fact about the game of baseball; pitching is key. Take a quick look at our Minnesota Twins over the last three years. Hmm, terrible pitching and a terrible team. Coincidence? Well...no.

If a team wants to make it to the post-season, they need pitching. If a team wants to make a run at a title, they need an a...

Twins Minor League Report (8/22): Hit Parades

Posted by Steve Lein in The Hanging SL, 23 August 2014 · 165 views

The Minnesota Twins pounded the Detroit Tigers on Friday night TWENTY to six, courtesy of twenty hits including nine for extra bases and four home runs. Eduardo Escobar was a double short of the cycle (which makes no sense…) and 5-6, Kennys Vargas had two doubles, and Oswaldo Arcia smashed his fourth home run (did it hit the Target Center?!) in his last...

E-Twins headline Appy League All-Stars

Posted by positive1 in positive1's Blog, 22 August 2014 · 246 views

E-Twins headline Appy League All-Stars
Top player, pitcher, manager hail from first-place Elizabethton

We win the triple crown with Max Murphy being Player of the Year (though he hasn't played there in a month), Felix Jorge being Pitcher of the Year, and Ray Smith winning Manager of the Year.

Plus, Nick Gordon makes all-star team as infielder.


No More Room in the Inn-2014

Posted by goulik in Blog goulik, 21 August 2014 · 253 views

Last Fall, when the season was over, I began a series of three blogs saying there was no more room in the Inn as players were getting jettisoned and prospects were pushing out the AAA filler in Rochester and at the MLB level. As this year enters the last couple of weeks for the minors and approaches the waiver deadline, it is amazing to consider the sheer...

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