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About Jim Crikket
Twins fan since '61, I blog at Knuckleballsblog.com!
Cedar Rapids IA
Twins, Vikings, Hawkeyes, photography, golf, travel


I opine about the Twins and Kernels regularly at Knuckleballsblog.com while my alter ego, SD Buhr covers the Kernels for MetroSportsReport.com.

~You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant~


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Twins Final Cuts: Much Ado About (Almost) Nothing

by Jim Crikket on 03-29-2014 at 09:36 PM
There seemed to be much consternation in some corners of the Twins blogosphere the last couple of days as the final roster decisions became evident.

Alex Presley began spring training as a competitor for the Twins centerfield job. He leaves spring training a member of the Astros after Houston claimed him from the Twins on waivers.

Lefty pitcher Scott Diamond and 1B/OF Chris Parmelee had inside lanes on roster spots entering camp, but neither made much of an impression

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Minor Leaguers Deserve Better

by Jim Crikket on 02-24-2014 at 06:26 PM
I haven't written much lately. Honestly, I haven't even read much lately. Not about baseball, anyway. There just isn't much going on that I'm particularly interested in. Sure, spring training has started, but they haven't even started playing spring training games, yet, so there just isn't much going on to capture my interest.

I'm pretty sure I'll get more interested when the Grapefruit League games get underway. I guarantee I'll be more than casually interested a month from now when

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Twins Caravan/Kernels Hot Stove

by Jim Crikket on 01-14-2014 at 05:10 PM
For the second straight year, the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Minnesota Twins joined forces Monday night, combining the Kernels’ annual Hot Stove Banquet with a stop on the Twins Caravan.

Pitchers Brian Duensing and Ryan Pressly joined new Twins coach Paul Molitor, Kernels manager Jake Mauer and, of course, TC Bear, in Cedar Rapids. The emcee for the evening was Twins broadcaster (and former Cedar Rapids sportscaster) Dick Bremer.

I had a chance to talk to Molitor,

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Updated 01-14-2014 at 05:17 PM by Jim Crikket


ARod, Selig, Bosch, Yankees, CBS: Nuke ‘em All

by Jim Crikket on 01-13-2014 at 12:34 PM
I know, you’re tired of talking about Alex Rodriguez and his war with Bud Selig and Major League Baseball over his use of Performance Enhancing Drugs.

Me, too.

Still, we all knew we were going to have to go through another bombardment of stories about the subject whenever the arbitration system played itself out and a final decision (and I use that term loosely, because I’m

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Updated 01-14-2014 at 10:11 AM by Jim Crikket


Three steps toward fixing the HOF voting

by Jim Crikket on 01-08-2014 at 05:04 PM
In the aftermath of the HOF voting today, a lot has been written about how broken the voting system is, to the point where some even suggest voting should be turned over to the fans.

I posted the following in the comment section of the "Jacque Jones" forum thread, but then realized it got to "blog post length," so I'm re-posting it as such.

I think fan voting is a lousy idea. I don't think anyone wants to hold up the AllStar Game voting process as one

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