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    Map of Every Minnesota Twins' Birthplace

    I was bored recently and decided to create a Google Map with the birthplace tabbed for every person who has ever played for the Twins. Apparently they don't scout the Rockies.

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    wow! You must have been bored, and i'm not sure what it tells us... but that is very cool!!!

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    That was fun.

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    Well, that obviously rocks.

    Anyone else struck by how much thicker the map is out east than out west? I would've expected a lot more flags in California.

    Do the different colors mean anything?

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    Fascinating.

    For John (from the side of the map): Color-coded by number of players born in each town.

    I love the info on the side -- even more than the map itself.

    Thanks for a unique view of the team in history.
    Last edited by JB_Iowa; 08-30-2012 at 11:07 AM.

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    Great map. I just remembered one you might have missed. There was a 7-ft. tall Dutch pitcher who was with our team for a while, I believe his name was Loek van Mil.

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    P.S. This would be a GREAT way to get a baseball-loving kid interested in geography

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    Absolutely Fantastic... Above and Beyond effort.

    Now when I'm bored... I can click on the flags. I thank you for your boredom.

    Twins Daily powers that be... Can you Take that Map and give it a spot somewhere accessable so it doesn't fade away as time goes on?

    Pirate put a lot of work into it and would hate to see it get buried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
    Great map. I just remembered one you might have missed. There was a 7-ft. tall Dutch pitcher who was with our team for a while, I believe his name was Loek van Mil.
    Van Mil didn't get above AA with the Twins organization.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
    Twins Daily powers that be... Can you Take that Map and give it a spot somewhere accessable so it doesn't fade away as time goes on?

    Pirate put a lot of work into it and would hate to see it get buried.
    I second that request. Look forward to the addition of new locations as players are called up or signed to the team in the coming years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Riverbrian View Post
    Twins Daily powers that be... Can you Take that Map and give it a spot somewhere accessable so it doesn't fade away as time goes on?

    Pirate put a lot of work into it and would hate to see it get buried.
    I second that request. Look forward to the addition of new locations as players are called up or signed to the team in the coming years.
    I'd like some suggestions on this. We've had a few different items that I would have loved to have on a reference page. This, the salary chart, spring training battles, etc. But I haven't found a great way to do that. I suppose we could just start a story with all these references and then put a link on the front page that points to it, and then update the reference page when stuff like this comes along.

    Any other ideas?

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    Jon, could you start a separate section -- like a forum section but wouldn't necessarily have to have comments -- as a "reference section". Things that are fact not opinion.

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    Fascinating. We'll have to figure out a way to incorporate this into the site on a permanent basis. I'll think about it and talk it over with the rest of the crew.

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    The US portion of the map looks pretty much like this:

    22cancer.cityroom.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kobs View Post
    The US portion of the map looks pretty much like this:

    22cancer.cityroom.jpg
    Yep. As someone who lived in Utah for 4-5 years, I can tell you that there aren't many people in the Rockies. In the Wasatch/Rockies/Sierras, you basically have SLC, Denver (at the eastern edge), and that's it until you go south all the way to Phoenix...

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    Sounds like it was something fun to do while watching the Twins play this year!
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    Very cool. Thanks for a different look at Twins history.

    I agree a reference section would be interesting. It would have to be for uniques things like this though, as ESPN, Baseball Reference, et al, have a lot of these covered already.

    Surprising the Twins haven't mined that baseball hotbed that is Alaska...

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    This is absolutely awesome. Thanks for making this!
    You can come up with statistics to prove anything. Forty percent of all people know that.

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    Yes, very cool! Thank you!

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    Fun stuff. Thanks for being bored.

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