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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

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

Making Baseball Fun Again - The 2017 Twins

With broad smiles, infectious laughter, and more good baseball than bad, the 2017 Minnesota Twins actually looked like they were having fun more days than not. Gone were the memories of forgettable seasons, forgettable players, and milquetoast post-game interviews. The 2017 Twins showed personality, and a markedly improved product on the field.   For their troubles, they got a small taste of the post-season to end their 2017 season. The crazy thing to think about is that only Joe Mauer and Glen

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Twins and Losses

T&L Supershow ep 95

‪Best burgers in MN, a shocking amount of "Major League 2" discussion, answering the fan mail bag, and an excellent interview with Do Hyoung Park. All that in more in this week's Supershow!‬ Follow along with all things Twins And Losses on Twitter, @TwinsAndLosses!   You can also find our podcast on Spreaker, iTunes, Stitcher, and elsewhere!   ‪https://open.spotify.com/episode/4v1IO62sQEXEx0Zs02P10N?si=HzmGbYMsQmeHkot7M32lfA‬

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Twins and Losses

Vargas: Kennys Keep It Up?

[Originally posted on twinsandlosses.com]   It seems a little inappropriate to call Kennys Vargas “Little Papi”. According to Baseball Reference he is an inch taller (6’ 5”) and weights thirty-five pounds more (275) than Mr. Ortiz. One can assume that this comparison has more to do with their skills with a bat than their impressive physical stature. They may not be the fastest nor the best when it comes to flashing the leather but they do both possess an important skill, one that Jeremy Clarkson

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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

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

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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

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Twins and Losses

“Carlos Nolasco: Ricky, or Richard?”

Ricky Nolasco hasn’t made many friends in Twins Territory over the past few seasons. Have you forgotten some of the reasons why? Well for starters; this, and lets not forget this gem to start to season.   Not to mention Ricky has been underwhelming during his run with the Twins. The Twins knew what they were getting when they signed Nolasco: an average pitcher with strikeout potential. Over the first two seasons of his four-year deal with Minnesota, Nolasco has pitched 196 1/3 innings. That woul

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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

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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

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

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Twins and Losses

“Don’t Worry, Everything’s Gonna Be Fine. Trust Me!”

#FireMollie #FireRyan #TotalSystemFailure   All of these lovely hashtags have been making the rounds with the Twins off to a lackluster start to the season. Lots of opinions, ideas, and ways to fix the Twins have been floated around by casual fans, up to legitimate Twins writers. Today, we’re going to tackle the #FireMollie and #FireRyan crew.   My biggest question is: what does that fix right now? It's very obvious that a lot of the younger players were not as ready as everyone initially though

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

T&L Supershow ep. 59

Brand new Supershow!   This week Dan, Panda, and Stubby J talk about the start of the MLB season, and making healthy lifestyle choices! Check out the show using the link below, or get it from iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Pocket Casts!   https://www.spreaker.com/user/the4dpodcastnetwork/twins-and-losses-supershow-episode-59-it

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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

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

Twins and Losses

Twins and Losses

TnL Supershow ep 64

Frustrations run wild on this week's Supershow.   An anemic effort from the 2018 Twins finally builds up, and Dan and Panda go on the warpath. Lackluster offense, a terrible 3rd baseman, slowly developing youngsters, and the inability to win multiple games in a row are the big topics this week.   The boys then try to determine who the Twins would even sell, if they sell at the trade deadline; and what the plan is for 2019 and beyond. Finally, they answer fans questions, and officially jump on th

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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

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

Twins and Losses

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

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Twins and Losses

Roaring Back To Relevance (Guest Post: @marcosMN)

In a season which began with about as many ups and downs as can be imagined, our favorite MLB team has inexplicably soared back in to relevance, at least for the time being.   The offseason was as interesting as can be expected from a Terry Ryan-led club can be. A hometown Hall-of-Famer was brought in to captain the ship. A former fan favorite was brought back to mentor many young outfield prospects, to inject some life and passion in to a decidedly mild clubhouse, and also to finish out a good

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Twins and Losses

Outside the Head of Nunez

Photo by Ezra Shaw, Getty Images   It’s finally happened: the Minnesota Twins have remembered how to hit.   Like a bear awakening from it’s winter slumber, the Twins offense seems to have lumbered out of it den, scratched it’s stomach a few times, yawned and proceeded to go about its business. That business seems to be winning. One bear in particular seems to be overjoyed at the opportunity to be out in the warm spring air, basking in the sunlight and devouring some poor creatures to satisfy it'

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Twins and Losses

Tuning Up The Band(wagon)

Yes the title is a wrestling joke. Yes I hate Apple IS 1984. Yes the Twins are on the cusp of a trip to the post-season for the first time since 2010. Regardless, a few weeks ago we had Sean Thornton (Bleeding Royal Blue) on the podcast to fill in while Dan was out of town. Sean and I have never met as he lives in Kansas and I’m in Minnesota (Shout out to Barry for introducing us online!). One of the topics Sean brought up was the Royals’ winning the World Series, and all of the bandwagon fans t

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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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