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  • Happy Offseason! 2013 TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook Is Released!

    We're VERY happy to announce that we have released the TwinsCentric 2013 Offseason Handbook! If you pre-ordered, you should have already received your email with download instructions.

    If you haven't - we're sorry, but the pre-sale discount price of $6.95 has expired. It is now full price, but that still means just $9.95 to help the offseason be nearly as much fun (and in the Twins case, probably more fun) than the season.

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    This marks the fourth iteration of our increasingly popular annual offseason guide, and we're focused on making it our best yet. As usual, we'll be putting you in the shoes of the Twins' general manager with this jam-packed ebook, providing all the resources necessary to make the offseason fly by.

    Among the sections housed within, you'll find:

    • a foreword by Aaron Gleeman
    • a detailed organizational depth chart,
    • an in-depth interview with Terry Ryan,
    • listings of free agents at every position (including the crowded starting pitching market),
    • various trade targets,
    • reviews of the other teams in the division,
    • essays on hot offseason topics, and
    • tons more.


    It's all delivered with the signature analysis and snark you've come to expect from the TwinsCentric goofs, and with a much-improved visual presentation. (Just check out the accompanying example to see what we mean.) We're confident that it will be the best baseball investment youíll make this year.

    Still a little leery about buying an e-book? We get it. How about a free sample? For those who are interested, download a sample of the 2013 Offseason Handbook now. Weíre confident youíll see what weíre talking about.

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    The Handbook is going to be an fun, engrossing, comprehensive read and an indispensable tool for wannabe GMs and casual fans alike as we enter a hugely important offseason. Don't be left behind Ė click below to order your copy (or copies!) with PayPal or a credit card through our simple and secure checkout process.


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    Comments 60 Comments
    1. hawkeye forever's Avatar
      hawkeye forever -
      What is the format? Is it PDF or an ebook format such as Epub or Mobi? Curious if I can read it on my nook.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      Great book last year.

      A suggestion...

      Last year you did a reasonable job projecting contracts. However, I think you need to do a little more work considering what it might take for a player to sign with the Twins. Unless you believe that the Twins are an equally attractive place to sign a contract, your blue prints should reflect the premium the Twins might have to pay to persuade a free agent to join the organization.
      What evidence is there that this is the case? The Twins signed Willlingham at a reasonable price, Doumit too. Maybe Carroll.
      look at the 1st two players former teams? oakland and pittsburg,and the fact that the twins had an injury plaqued year....then take jaime carroll. he was 37 years old being offered a 2 year contract.why would any F.A. want to come to the twins?especially with a lame duck manager.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by hawkeye forever View Post
      What is the format? Is it PDF or an ebook format such as Epub or Mobi? Curious if I can read it on my nook.
      It will be a PDF. You should be able to read it on pretty much any full color device.
    1. Cody Christie's Avatar
      Cody Christie -
      Looks great!
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Is today the day?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Twerp View Post
      Is today the day?
      Tomorrow. We're wrapping up the JR interview and finishing off final edits today.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      So do we get an email with a link or will the link be posted on the website...I am giddy with excitement for hours upon hours of reading.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Twerp View Post
      So do we get an email with a link or will the link be posted on the website...I am giddy with excitement for hours upon hours of reading.
      I'm not sure of the process, having never used this particular service before (the TD crew has used it but this is my first year). I believe you will be sent an email with a download link that will allow you to grab the PDF, which is around 20MB (in other words, too large to easily email).
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      By the way, this is a reminder that after the World Series is over, the Handbook price changes from $6.95 to $9.95! If you want to order a copy, do so now!
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      I downloaded the Handbook this morning at the office and while I've had to get a bit of work done, I've glanced through it and it looks great. I've also read the entire interview with Terry Ryan and I thought John did a very good job with the interview. Some of what Ryan said made me laugh and some of it made me cringe, but he came across being pretty forthright (or as much so as you can expect, given that he'd be an idiot to spill too much detailed information about his offseason strategy). There's certainly plenty of material in the interview and the rest of the Handbook to give a blogger plenty of subjects to write about in coming weeks. Good work.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Nice job, guys (and fine design job, pig!). TR's a little feisty in the interview; I like it.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      Nice job, guys (and fine design job, pig!). TR's a little feisty in the interview; I like it.
      I sensed the same feistiness. Loved it! Made me wish it had been a video interview. I got the feeling he was treating John as both someone who was challenging him, but also someone who was asking legitimate questions.
    1. John Bonnes's Avatar
      John Bonnes -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jim Crikket View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      Nice job, guys (and fine design job, pig!). TR's a little feisty in the interview; I like it.
      I sensed the same feistiness. Loved it! Made me wish it had been a video interview. I got the feeling he was treating John as both someone who was challenging him, but also someone who was asking legitimate questions.
      FWIW, the feistiness was closer to jocularity than confrontation. It was a lively give-and-take, with the occasional friendly barb.
    1. Jim Crikket's Avatar
      Jim Crikket -
      Quote Originally Posted by John Bonnes View Post
      FWIW, the feistiness was closer to jocularity than confrontation. It was a lively give-and-take, with the occasional friendly barb.
      Even better.

      I've always felt Ryan was an intelligent baseball man with strong convictions. Too strong at times? Maybe. But he came across in the interview as someone who knows full well how deep the hole is he's got to dig the Twins out of and has some ideas of how he will go about doing it.
    1. iatwins's Avatar
      iatwins -
      I'm not a regular poster by any means, but decided to purchase the Handbook on a whim. I downloaded it this morning and have not been able to stop reading (it's a good think I took the day off). Really guys - Seth, John, Parker, Nick - excellent excellent job. And Pig for the design. It's informative, promotes one's own critical thinking, and offers a variety of views. The breakdowns are fantastic, and great job with the TR interview John.

      I really cannot say enough about this - definitely a purchase I will make annually now. Again - fantastic job fellas.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Just got my copy and skimmed through it.

      Noticed that Slama is barely mentioned (listed only as eligible for 40-man and on the depth chart).

      Wondering if that's because the TwinsCentric brain trust doesn't have the same view as some on this site do, or if that's because they believe the organization has written him off and they're trying to be realistic on what the organization will do regardless of their own personal beliefs.

      Good job, though. Look forward to diving into it in more depth.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      For those of you who have read the book (or skimmed it), what do you think of the layout? Are you comfortable with a horizontal layout versus a traditional vertical book layout?

      We went back and forth on this topic a bit and I would appreciate some feedback. Personally, I prefer to read vertical books but I also own a tablet and do very little reading on a computer screen (outside of software documentation for work). On the other hand, vertical books kinda suck on a typical widescreen computer monitor. I made the assumption that most of you would be reading this on a computer (and the horizontal layout is not much of a burden on a tablet, either) so I designed the book to take advantage of as much screen real estate as possible by designing it to better fit a widescreen monitor. Was I wrong in that assumption? Do you like/dislike the layout? Do you care? Why?
    1. sorney's Avatar
      sorney -
      Awesome job!!! Format was cool, although I think you need a *stealth mode* so a person can be more discreet when reading at work
      Also TR interview was very cool.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Horizontal all the way. Great layout. My only issue is the parts where in addition to the colorful background you added shading. Very hard to distinguish that from the font unless I mad the picture bigger. This is a fairly common issue. But really love the layout other than that.

      the only part I have read so far is the interview, and it was great.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Horizontal all the way. Great layout. My only issue is the parts where in addition to the colorful background you added shading. Very hard to distinguish that from the font unless I mad the picture bigger. This is a fairly common issue. But really love the layout other than that.

      the only part I have read so far is the interview, and it was great.
      Thanks. Yeah, I'm not entirely pleased with reading a few of the pages... I would have liked more time to go back and refine some of the layout to make it easier to read. Unfortunately, I was putting in considerable hours at work and just getting this thing designed was a mad-scramble to make it look good. I'm happy with the book overall but I definitely learned some things to avoid next year. Initially, the text was waaaaaayy too small and what you're looking at in the published version is considerably larger than where I started. Next year, it's going to be even larger. There is simply no reason not to go with large text in an eBook. It's not as if page count is a concern (the current font is 14pt... Next year, it will probably jump to 15pt).
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