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Save The "M!"

http://www.twinsandlosses.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/30c5ebfa57730257176efea5450657cd.jpg  Originally posted on www.twinsandlosses.com @TwinsAndLosses   No, this isn’t a post about the recently demolished Metrodome (R.I.P. and screw you, Zygi), this is a post about something near and dear to my heart: The Twins’ “M” logo. I’m a huge fan of the “M” logo the Twins have used since 1987. It seems that every year past 2010, the Twins have made small steps in moving closer and closer to the fa

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Twins and Losses

No, We Don't All Look Alike

I really didn’t think I needed to write this article. I really didn’t think I’d let the awful commentary on social media get to me. I figured it would die down after a few days. I was wrong. Very wrong. For having signed two notable named Asian players, Twins Territory (and what I hope is a very vocal minority[see what I did there?]) sure is up-in-arms about potentially signing two more.   With the news of the Twins actively pursuing both Yu Darvish (who comes with his own set of health concerns

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Speedboat To a C-Note?...

http://www.twinsandlosses.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/sb2cn.jpg   (Originally posted on twinsandlosses.com)   #IfTheTwinsWereWWE (CC: Phil Mackey, Dana Wessel), Joe Mauer would be "The Heartbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels. Joe has had more back and knee problems than Kurt Angle, Hulk Hogan, and The Undertaker combined. **     Alas, this post is not about Joe, nor is it an article where I tear my shirt ala Hulk Hogan when I finish writing. No, this post is to compare the 2013 Twins versus the 2014 T

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Twins and Losses

New Team, New Sponsorship

Athletes and sponsorships go together like peanut butter and ladies. After recovering from the ultra-successful campaigns of Tinactin and Gold Bond, Odor Eaters has finally stepped out of the shadows; and one of the newest Twins’ pitchers is the benefactor.   Between the usual Sheboygan Sausage and Kwik Trip commercials this season on FSN, expect to see Jake Odorizzi’s Odor-Eeze’s. Available at Target, Wal-Mart, Rite Aid, and other stores; Jake Odorizzi’s Odor-Eeze’s will tackle the toughest foo

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

New Hopes

"Joe Mauer. Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time..."   Joe Mauer might be the crazy, old wizard of Minnesota Twins lore at some point, but the former MVP has shown that he still has some magic left. The Minnesota Twins beat the Houston Astros 4-2 last night. Mauer returned to the line-up after missing six weeks, and went 2-4 with a walk and an RBI. Not a bad return for the 3 time Batting Champion. After the game he stated that he, "...expects his oblique soreness to continue for the r

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Bat Flips: More Controversial Than PEDs and The Wave?

Bat flips. Comparable to sack dances, banging into the boards after a sick goal, and holding your shooting pose after a 3 in the NFL, NHL, and NBA respectively. Why do many American baseball fans hate a good bat flip?   I’m not talking about the weak bat flips (tosses) you see on your TVs from time to time. I’m talking about a true show with flourish. The Korean Baseball Organization loves a good bat flip. Maybe it’s my heritage that has me looking for epic bat flips from time to time. Maybe my

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

The Pitchin' Is Not Bitchin'

The Twins lost a tough game against the Red Sox 9-2. Hector Santiago only lasted through 2 innings due to a rain delay, Eddie Escobar hit a long bomb off former Twin Fernando Abad, and Eddie Rosario went 3-4 at the dish. There’s “The Cycle” for today. Let’s get into more pressing issues: pitching.   Before the season started, Dan and I both said that the key to the Twins winning more often than losing was by getting quality starts from their starting rotation. In the month of April and parts of

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

"I've Got A Problem Here..."

Red Squadron was the legendary flight of X-Wing pilots who fought in the Battle of Yavin. Red Squadron featured the likes of Wedge Antilles, Luke Skywalker, and Jek Porkins. While two of those three went on to have exceptional careers with the Rebellion, mostly because the rest of them were blown up, one memorable member crashed and burned on the surface of the Death Star.   "I've got a problem here." - Jek "Eject." – Biggs Darklighter (#RIP) "I can hold it." - Jek "Pull up!" - Biggs "No, I'm al

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Twins and Losses

You Won't Touch It, Will You?

“WILL THEY DO IT? WILL THEY GIVE IN TO THE TEMPTATION OF THE BUTTON? THE BEAUTIFUL, SHINY BUTTON! THE JOLLY, CANDY-LIKE BUTTON!”   The temptation is real folks. Three games into the season and some of Twins territory already have their grubby little fingers massaging the red, circular form of the Panic Button.   Sure, this season may be starting out on the same dismal path of the last three seasons. Sure, the Twins have scored just one, measly run of offense that wasn’t even charged to the pitch

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Twins and Losses

The Maddoning

Spring Training 2016 has been an interesting one thus far.   While there is baseball being played on the field, it is after all, spring training baseball. Minor leaguers and non-roster invitees desperately try to cut out roster spots by showing their worth, veterans look to get themselves right for the upcoming season; and the media jumps all over the flavor of the week, and runs their coverage into the ground.   Early in Spring Training the story was Yoenis Cespedes and his newly acquired fleet

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Twins and Losses

Sample Sizes: What Are They Good For? Absolutely Nothing.

The Twins got off to a very rough start for the 2015-16 season going 1-6 in the first week which is about the worst possible start for a new manager in Paul Molitor. They didn’t even manage a run until their third game, but the second week of the season has been quite the turnaround.   One thing that has surprised me about the Twins is the play of Phil Hughes. He hasn’t been performing to what I expected of him. It’s also worrisome to see Brian Duensing hit the DL so early in the year.   The Twi

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Potent Poet-ables

(Originally posted on twinsandlosses.com)   Haikus written for each of the Twins Opening Day 2014 starters     This was our lineup, An ode to Opening Day, Looks different now.     C – Kurt Suzuki We all know his age, Yet still showing he has it. Mauer wants his knees.     1B – Joe Mauer Moved to first this year, He found that sweet swing again! Uh oh, back spasms.     2B – Brain Dozier Should be an All Star, Have you seen this dude’s Web Gems? Please bring back the hair.     3B – Trevor Plouffe

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

The Igniter vs. Big Papi

(originally posted on www.twinsandlosses.com) Awhile ago there was a debate surrounding two prominent names near and dear to every heart that beats within Twins Territory that was trying to work out which is/was the better player. A comparison of skill not only with the bat and glove but also the passion in which they play(ed) and their leadership qualities. I’m talking about Mark Rosen’s son vs. The Cannonball. Kid Sideburns vs. Pucky Smiles. Mauer vs. Puckett. But I ask you fellow fans, are we

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Twins and Losses

Don't Let It Cimber Before You Hand It To CLE

The National League team I root for is the San Diego Padres, so it hurt even more when the Cleveland Indians traded catching prospect Franciso Mejia to San Diego for All Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber to bolster their most glaring weakness headed into the “second half” of the season. Remember, Cleveland was the team that didn’t think Matt Belisle was fit to stay in their reliever corps. Why the Twins made a move for Belisle is beyond me, but we’re already getting off topic.   Han

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Twins and Losses

Overreaction Theatre

"Why in the name of all things Holy did they send Miguel Sano to Chattanooga - AA?? Not only did Sano show his power, but he even stole a base! Sano did everything you could ask of him this spring, and he was rewarded by spending another season toiling in the minor leagues.   What's the point of getting top prospects if you're not going to use them?! It's obvious that Terry Ryan has no idea what he's doing, and Paul Molitor is just another pawn in Ryan's game of saving the Pohlad's money. I thou

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Twins and Losses

Tackling Pace of Play The Right Way

Putting a runner on base in extra innings, limiting the amount of trips to the mound, and different clocks have been implemented by MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred over the last few seasons in an effort to speed up the game of baseball. While we here at Twins And Losses didn’t mind the pace of play before Manfred’s time-saving chang… What’s that? The average length of a MLB game hasn't really gotten shorter? Huh, that’s odd.   Actually it isn’t in my humble (and slightly ill-informed) opinion. Acco

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Twins Seeking to Stay Relevant Amongst Youths

By all accounts, this has been a lost season for the Twins.   Glen Perkins: done for the season.   Phil Hughes: done for the season.   Kevin Jepsen: cleared waivers on the day that Chi Wen Hu, the pitching prospect sent to Tampa Bay to acquire Jepsen, pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning in the Futures Game with only five pitches including a fastball that touched 97 MPH…   …you know, just to name a few.   While a recent stretch of power hitting and “good enough” pitching has propelled the Twins to a p

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Twins And Losses Strike Back: Trade Deadline Snaps Writing Hiatus

(Originally posted on www.twinsandlosses.com) The Twins know when to Fuld them. They know when to walk away, know when to run. The Twins made moves after they convinced themselves that they were much better off than they actually were. Colabello was red hot to start the season. Gibson was putting up impressive stats for his first month. And Joe Mauer was non-existent. Well Bello cooled off, Gibson isn't the fireballer we thought, and Mauer is still M.I.A. That's not to say the Twins don't have s

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Revenge of Twins And Losses

Like the Rebels preparing for the Imperial invasion on Hoth, it’s time to dust off this hunk of junk. She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts. Was that enough Star Wars references in one sentence? Probably not. I’ll see what else I can do for you.   We took a bit of a break during the offseason. It wasn’t our plan, we just don’t follow the minor/fall/winter leagues like a lot of others. Instead of struggling to compete with the more knowledgeable writers, and re-hash the sam

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

Guest Post - Ryan Schaal [Twins Season Preview]

(Good morning everyone! Panda here with a post from my friend Ryan. You can find him on Twitter dot com [@ryan7997]. Let him know what you think. He's an aspiring broadcaster/sports writer type. I mean, who doesn't want to be like Bonnes and I?!)   The Twins are fast approaching their 2015 season. They have a lot of work to do if they want to be atop the A.L Central. With an ERA of 4.57 and giving up on average 10 hits a game, the Twins pitching staff really has to work on pitching.   There was

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

T&L Supershow ep. 53

We're back! Episode 53 is available for you to ingest right now!   This week Dan and Panda cover all of the recent MLB free agency moves, along with what the Twins have been up to.   Then they take a trip to the local retirement home and break out #OldFriend Barry Campbell to talk about the Minnesota Wild, and answer a thousand fan questions that you sent in!   Check out this week's episode using the links below -   https://www.spreaker.com/show/twins-and-losses-supershow   https://itunes.apple.

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