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Our 'Takes on Minnesota Twins baseball, from the minors to the majors.

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2019 Minnesota Twins Season Preview Baseball from Falvey, Levine & Baldelli

Working Together to Win Baseball Games. It’s a Partnership! Ahem! Are the Royals really a Home Highlight? Come on, now!   The Minnesota Twins embark on their 59th season and, maybe more importantly, their 3rd season under CBO Derek Falvey & GM Thad Levine, who have now added another “partner” in new Manager Rocco Baldelli. This is the Twins moving on from their past and into the next era of the Minnesota Twins.   Will it work? Unfortunately, there is no way to know until we get through

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TwinsTakes on Buxton Not Being Recalled for September Call-ups

The Minnesota Twins have had a strange season in 2018. Unfortunately, that doesn’t compare to the nightmare season their center fielder, Byron Buxton, has gone through so far. A myriad of injuries and struggles at the plate have made the Twins front office of CBO Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine decide to not have Byron Buxton be a part of their September call-ups so his season will end tomorrow when the AAA Rochester Red Wings season ends.   The GM gave us three reasons why they made this decisi

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The Twins Takes - Minnesota Twins MLB Draft History

How have the Minnesota Twins done in the MLB Draft in the past and recently? The Minnesota Twins has to make the most out of every player they acquire through the draft. You can say that about every team in Major League Baseball but, some of those teams have the ability to make up for a bad draft every now and then. They can stretch the payroll to go get top tier free agents or make a big trade to acquire players who have already established themselves as great players.   Those teams are the e

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TwinsTakes on Team Development - Trust the Process Part 4

Team development is the final step to building a winning team. Team Development is similar to player development but from a team aspect. A winning team doesn’t come from simply putting the best players on the field together. Talent, while a huge part of winning, isn’t the only trait needed to field a winning team. It might not even be the best trait of a winning team. A winning team has to have every piece of a winning team and those pieces have to fit together and have great chemistry in orde

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Minnesota Twins to Partner with Paul Molitor for 3 More Years

The Minnesota Twins sign for 3 more years of partnership with Paul Molitor. The Minnesota Twins, having come off a very good season where they made the playoffs for the first time since 2010, have re-signed their manager, Paul Molitor, to a 3-year contract. Terms of the 3-year deal have yet to be announced. Now, the 61-year old manager will do his best to get his team to take the next step from being a playoff contender to a championship contender.   Coming off one of the worst seasons in base

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One Game In New York - Twins vs Yankees - 2017 AL Wild Card Game

One & Done or Won & Some More Fun? The history of the Minnesota Twins playing the New York Yankees in the postseason for most fans brings up nothing but bad and/or angry memories of lost games and lost series. Unfortunately, the results have rarely, if ever, been good for the Twins when they meet the Yankees in the postseason. Heck, the results have rarely been good in the regular season and they get worse in the postseason.   The Twins have a 2-12 record in the postseason against the

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Trusting the Process of Player Development - Trust the Process Part 3

The development of players is how teams succeed and win. The Minnesota Twins are a team that has to rely on player development. They don’t really have the luxury of using free agency to fix their weaknesses or, at least, to use it very often. They have to trust the process of developing players so they always have good prospects coming. If they do that, those prospects will either help the team by becoming good players for the Minnesota Twins or by being pieces the front office can use to trad

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TwinsTakes on Acquiring Players - Trust the Process - Part 2

Players are the lifeblood of your team. Acquire them well and often. The Minnesota Twins are finally at a point where they have built a team with a lot of talent. Most of that talent is young and still developing into what they could potentially be. They will go a long way towards making the Minnesota Twins a perennial playoff team now and in the future. All those years of losing are...uhh...finally paying off? Wait...that doesn’t sound right. They are finally seeing the fruits of having the h

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TwinsTakes on Trusting the Process - Part 1

There are no shortcuts to winning. Trust the Process! The Minnesota Twins are near the end of a season where they are contending for the playoffs. When the Trade Deadline passed on July 31st, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine had to make a big decision. Buy or Sell? Were the Minnesota Twins ready to compete for a playoff spot? The answer to that question would lead to another question. If they thought there were ready, what do they trade for to help their team

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Byron Buxton is Struggling but the Twins are Winning

Do you like Wins (Ws) or do you dislike Strikeouts (Ks)?   The Minnesota Twins are 4-0 to begin the season and they've used all aspects of the game to help them win those 4 games. They've pitched very well, they've played great defense and they've scored plenty of runs to win two games and as much as they needed to win the other two games. Unfortunately, Byron Buxton is struggling mightily at the plate and he's hitting out of the number 3 spot in the batting order. He's still playing great def

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2017 Minnesota Twins Season Preview - Framework

Are the Minnesota Twins building a framework of winning baseball?   The Minnesota Twins begin the 2017 season with new hope as they enter a new era of their franchise. After hiring a new Chief Baseball Officer in Derek Falvey and a new General Manager in Thad Levine, the Twins seem headed in the right direction. Of course, it’s hard to go anywhere but up after a 103-loss season but, with this new regime taking over the organization, the feeling is they will turn this team around and, maybe, th

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2017 Minnesota Twins Opening Day Roster - Where to, Park?

Byungho Park reassigned to the minors? 13 pitchers?   The Minnesota Twins have made their final roster decisions for Opening Day 2017, which is on April 3rd and only 3 days away. They: assigned 1B/DH Byungho Park to minor-league campalong with OF JB Shuck, 3B Matt Hague, INF Benji Gonzalez, 1B/DH Ben Paulsen, and C Eddy Rodriguez [*]named LHP Adalberto Mejia their 5th starter [*]RHP Tyler Duffey will join the bullpen [*]will add C Chris Gimenez to the 40-man roster [*]optioned C John Ryan Mu

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TwinsTakes on the 2016 Minnesota Twins - A Season Review

The 2016 Minnesota Twins were the worst team in all of baseball and the worst team in the history of the Twins franchise. So yeah, it’s a good thing that it’s over. There’s not a lot of positives you can take from being the worst team in baseball. That We’ll try to find the few positives of having this kind of season. Look at the bottom of the cover picture, that’s the Twins 2016 season game-by-game with the upward lines (green) being wins and the downward lines (red) being losses. Don’t look to

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Trade Brian Dozier?

I threw out a question the other day on Twitter asking if the Minnesota Twins should look into trading Brian Dozier while he’s hot. I got several responses ranging from absolutely to not a chance. Bear with me and see if you agree that Trading Brian Dozier might be a good thing for the Twins.   The Minnesota Twins are in a spot where they should think about improving this team in any way possible. They have prospects that are ready or very close to ready for a shot at significant playing time on

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2016 Minnesota Twins Season Preview - Going Deep

For the 2016 Minnesota Twins, that’s the big question. Will they contend in 2016? After winning 83 games in 2015 and surprising pretty much everyone, except maybe themselves, by being in the hunt for the playoffs until the final series of the season, can the Minnesota Twins build off of that and make it to the postseason dance in 2016? We do know they enjoy dancing!   The Twins competed in 2015. First year Manager Paul Molitor was a big part of that. He got his players to believe they could comp

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Minnesota Twins Call Up Miguel Sano - Look at the Stats

http://www.twinstakes.com/wp-content/uploads/Miguel-Sano-Career-Stats1.png Miguel Sano’s Career Stats from MiLB.com   The Minnesota Twins have called up their #2 prospect Miguel Sano from their Double-A affiliate Chattanooga Lookouts. Add Miguel to the list of top 10 prospects* already called up this season by the Twins, Eddie Rosario(#8), Jorge Polanco(#4), Alex Meyer(#10) and Byron Buxton(#1.) Although he’s listed as the #2 prospect, he might be the most anticipated prospect to come up for

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Weekly TwinsTakes - June 29th, 2015 - How do you spell relief?

The Minnesota Twins had one of the greatest months in franchise history in May, going 20-7 and putting themselves in the conversation for the American League Central Division. Unfortunately, they've gone 10-16 since then with only a couple games left in June and now see themselves 5.5 games back of the Kansas City Royals in the division and 1 game back of an American League Wild Card spot.   The bats have quieted down in June and the bullpen has come back down to earth. A big reason for the 20-w

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TwinsTakes - Balking at controversy? Talk the Balk!

Stealing Home - can you balk the balk? Last night during the Minnesota Twins game against the Kansas City Royals, there was a controversial play in the top of the 2nd inning. With the Twins up 3-0, the bases loaded and 2 outs, Kennys Vargas was at the plate, Torii Hunter was on 3rd, Joe Mauer was on 2nd and Brian Dozier was on 1st. The count was 0 and 1 after Vargas fouled off the 1st pitch of the at-bat.   As Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie started his wind up for the pitch, Torii brok

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Paul Molitor hired as new Manager of the Minnesota Twins

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p style="text-align: center;">BREAKING: The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MNTwins?src=hash">#MNTwins</a> to name Paul Molitor as new manager tomorrow at 10 a.m. CT press conference! <a href="http://t.co/nnv04Ju6Rc">pic.twitter.com/nnv04Ju6Rc</a></p><p style="text-align: center;">— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) <a href="https://twitter.com/Twins/status/529338861831196673">November 3, 2014</a>

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Bottom of the 33rd - Baseball's Longest Game - A TwinsTakes Book Review

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7083/7391488130_34fbc8d668.jpg  http://www.twinstakes.com/wp-content/plugins/compfight/images/cc.png Yzukerman via Compfight Bottom of the 33rd is a book about Baseball's Longest Game. The full title of the book is Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption and Baseball's Longest Game by author Dan Barry. It is obviously a book about baseball but it's so much more than that.   Bottom of the 33rd is a book about life, life in baseball, life around baseball and how life

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Twins Take of the Week for Week 5 - Transactions - Danny Valencia or ValenSeeYa?

[/url] via Danny Valencia was the victim of change due to losing games! or was he? It's hard to call Danny a victim when he has a .190 batting average (AVG), a .204 on-base percentage (OBP) and a slugging percentage of .290 (SLG), even if Drew Butera thinks those numbers are pretty good.* Those are numbers that are screaming THIS ISN'T WORKING so the Minnesota Twins optioned Danny Valencia down to Triple-A Rochester on Thursday, May 10th. He needs to go down there, get to work and get some co

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TwinsTake of the Week - Week 4 - No-hitter, Fire Gardy? & the Worst Team in Baseball?

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5444/7089272671_ef68b0c903.jpg http://www.twinstakes.com/wp-content/plugins/compfight/images/cc.png Photo Credit: acase1968 via Compfight Nice Picture, huh? Kinda Gross!   Did the offense give the pitching a break for a week? No Hits in L.A. Well, there's nothing like having a pitcher throw a no-hitter against you to get the focus off the pitching, huh? On Wednesday, the 2nd of May, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher, Jered Weaver, pitched a no-hitter aga

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2012 Minnesota Twins Take of the Week - Week 3

Photo Credit:Michael Donovan viaCompfight   Giving up a ton of hits, home runs and an ERA of 5.77 = LOSING! It also equals a Redundant take! I know last week the take of the week was on the starting pitching and it would be great to have a different take this week but the pitching is the obvious reason why the Twins are losing 3 out of every 4 games in the first 20 games of the season.   If your team is giving up the 3rd most hits, the most earned runs and the 2nd most home runs, your no

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2012 Minnesota Twins Take of the Week - Week 2

Photo Credit: Michael Donovan via Compfight Welcome to the 2012 Minnesota Twins Take of the Week! Even though this is the 2nd week of the 2012 Minnesota Twins season, this is my 1st Twins Take of the Week! That's because I just had a thought to post my thoughts on a weekly basis literally minutes ago. Here's my Twins Takes of the Week for the 2nd week of the season. The starting pitching needs to get a lot better! This is obvious but it still needs to be said. Losing Scott Baker for the seas

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