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Kirsten Brown

Right Around the Corner

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Now that the spectacle of the NFL championship is over, thoughts of green grass, and leather gloves, and wood bats take over baseball fans' minds. Spring Training is right around the corner, and I bet you can't wait. I know I can't.

And, by now, it kind of looks like the Twins are done adding players and the Spring Training crew is set. If you're planning on heading to beautiful Fort Myers to visit our boys or if you're planning on listening to some broadcasts, you'll want to know who it is you should root for. So I decided to compile a helpful list.

Guys With Whom We're Acquainted
  • Scott Baker, RHP
  • Nick Blackburn, RHP
  • Alex Burnett, RHP
  • Drew Butera, C
  • Matt Capps, RHP
  • Alexi Casilla, IF
  • Brian Duensing, LHP
  • Luke Hughes, IF
  • Francisco Liriano, LHP
  • Jeff Manship, RHP
  • Joe Mauer, C
  • Justin Morneau, 1B
  • Tsuyoshi Nishioka, IF
  • Carl Pavano, RHP
  • Glen Perkins, LHP
  • Trevor Plouffe, IF/OF
  • Ben Revere, OF
  • Denard Span, OF
  • Rene Tosoni, OF
  • Danny Valencia, 3B

Guys Whose Names Sound Familiar, But If They Walked In Our House And Raided Our Refrigerators, We Wouldn't Be Sure If We Knew Them

  • Joe Benson, OF
  • Scott Diamond, LHP
  • Liam Hendriks, RHP
  • Lester Oliveros, RHP
  • Chris Parmelee, IF
  • Anthony Swarzak, RHP
  • Brian Dinkelman, IF (non-roster invitee)
  • Phil Dumatrait, RHP (non-roster invitee)
  • Rene Rivera, C (non-roster invitee)
  • Anthony Slama, RHP (non-roster invitee)

Guys Who Will Be Wearing Twins Uniforms For The First Time But We Know Them From Other Teams

  • Jamey Carroll, IF
  • Ryan Doumit, DH/OF/1B
  • Jason Marquis, RHP
  • Josh Willingham, OF
  • Joel Zumaya, RHP

Guys On The Twins 40-man Roster Who Make Us Say "Who?"

  • Oswaldo Arcia, OF
  • Terry Doyle, RHP (new)
  • Jeff Gray, RHP (new)
  • Deolis Guerra, RHP
  • Carlos Gutierrez, RHP
  • Matt Maloney, LHP (new)
  • Tyler Robertson, LHP
  • Esmerling Vasquez, RHP

Guys Whose Numbers Will Probably Be Greater Than 60 Because They're Non-roster Invitees

  • Aaron Bates, 1B
  • Jason Bulger, RHP (new)
  • Sean Burroughs, IF (new)
  • Jared Burton, RHP (new)
  • Matt Carson, OF (new)
  • Ray Chang, 3B
  • Samuel Deduno, RHP (new)
  • Casey Fien, RHP (new)
  • Pedro Florimon, IF (new)
  • Chris Herrmann, C
  • Mike Hollimann, 2B (new)
  • Danny Lehmann, C
  • Steve Pearce, 1B (new)
  • Luis Perdomo, RHP (new)
  • Wilkin Ramirez, OF (new)
  • Daniel Rohlfing, C
  • Aaron Thompson, LHP (new)
  • Daryl Thompson, RHP (new)
  • JR Towles, C (new)
  • PJ Walters, RHP (new)
  • Brendan Wise, RHP (new)

Wow, that's a lot of bodies...64 to be exact. 33 pitchers. 24 new guys. 12 guys with first names that start with J. 2 guys with initials for first names. 2 Diamonds if you count the one they'll play on.

I'm sure they're all ready to get this season started. I am.

Updated 02-07-2012 at 11:49 AM by Kirsten Brown

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