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We Didn’t Start (Tony) Fiore: A Billy Joel Ode to the 2002 Twins

We Didn’t Start (Tony) Fiore: An Ode to the 2002 Twins Inspired by Billy Joel’s concert at Target Field on July 28th.   Tom Kelly retires. Terry Ryan rehires. Carl Pohlad conspires with Commissioner Bud. Contraction. Legal Action. Metrodome gets an injunction. Forty year old franchise. Saved by a judge.   A decade since ’91. Losing in near every one. New Season. New Skipper. Franchise evading death. Brad Radke. Opening Day. Eddie G. gets the save. 2002 is underway. Twins fans hold your breath.  

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Minnie's Haberdashery -- A Very Tarantino Season at Target Field

You know who I blame for this complete mess of a season that is the 2016 Twins?   Quentin Tarantino.   This winter, I sat down in a movie theater to watch the gory glory of Tarantino's Hateful Eight in all its 70 mm Ultra Panavision splendor. Tarantino set his most recent carnage-piece in an isolated stagecoach lodge called Minnie's Haberdashery.   "Minnie's Haberdashery," I thought during the intermission. "That would be a good nickname for Target Field." (Just to show that baseball is never to

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If I Owned the Twins: Manager Jonah Hill, Cloned Joe Mauer, Replacements In the Outfield and Other Unasked For Opinions

It’s that time of the year when everyone offers up their opinions on how they’d improve the Twins if they owned the team. Just like everyone else (including George Steinbrenner in real life), I’m going to ignore that the role of owner is distinct from the roles general manager and manager. Here is goes. If I owned the Twins… If I owned the Twins I would make Target Field the first carbon neutral ballpark in the country. The grounds crew would use push mowers, the concessions would run on w

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2013 Twins Lineup Challenge

Opening Day lineups are fun. But the real definition of a team is the composite lineup throughout the season.   Were the 2006 Twins defined more by opening day starter Tony Batista or the meteoric rise and fall of young Francisco Liriano?   IN 1984, the year Kirby Puckett established himself in centerfield for the Twins, the opening day center fielder was Jim Eisenreich.   The real test is to guess the season-long lineup. Baseball-Reference does a great job of keeping track of the primaries

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The 2013 Twins Lineup Challenge

Over at my blog VeryWellThen.Com I am hosting a contest -- a challenge -- for you to pick the predominant Twins lineup of 2013. By "predominant", I mean "what BaseballReference.Com will show at season end for the Twins."         Baseball Reference fills in the predominant lineup of the team -- generally, whoever plays the most at any position gets that slot on the BR page. The pitchers are classified as the starters based on some formula of games started and innings pitched, while the reli

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Brian Harper’s Index — 2012 Minnesota Twins by the Numbers

[Originally posted at VeryWellThen.Com] Harper’s magazine begins each issue with a list of number-oriented factoids called Harper’s Index. Below is VeryWellThen.Com’s third annual series of number-oriented factoids about the Twins baseball season. Here on the Twin-ternet, such a list has to be called “Brian Harper’s Index.”     The single-season homerun record for Target Field (set by Josh Willingham in 2012): 21   Number of Twins wins at Target Field: 31   Twins team rank in Major Leagu

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Revere in Third Place for Batting Title

[Originally posted at VeryWellThen.Com]   Ben Revere does not yet qualify for the Batting Title. His 4 for 5 evening against Cleveland sent his batting average up to .331 – which would be good enough for second place in the American League. Except that to qualify for the leader board, he needs 3.1 plate appearances for every game his team has played. The Twins have played 109 games, which means that his 331 plate appearances fall 7 short of qualifying.   So in just a few days he should d

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The 2012 Twins: Don’t Get to Know ‘Em, They Might Not Be Around Long

Let’s cheer for the Minnesota Twins today. Because these Minnesota Twins – the 2012 Minnesota Twins – might not be around tomorrow.   I just took a look at the Opening Day lineup and I’m struck by how few players I see — at least in the starting lineup — as a reliable part of the Twins future. The same thing goes for the projected starting rotation (my feeling is amplified with newsflash update of Scott Baker lasting 3 batters in his minor-league start today).   The Twins are very much a team in

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The 2012 Twins: Don’t Get to Know ‘Em, They Might Not Be Around Long

Let’s cheer for the Minnesota Twins today. Because these Minnesota Twins – the 2012 Minnesota Twins – might not be around tomorrow.   I just took a look at the Opening Day lineup and I’m struck by how few players I see — at least in the starting lineup — as a reliable part of the Twins future. The same thing goes for the projected starting rotation (my feeling is amplified with newsflash update of Scott Baker lasting 3 batters in his minor-league start today).   The Twins are very much a team

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MLB Replaces All-Star Game with First Annual MLB Hunger Games

[Original Posted at VeryWellThen.com]   Below are excerpts from various sources regarding today's shocking announcement from MLB.   Press Release: First Annual MLB Hunger Games MLB.Com – 7 hours ago The Capitol (AP) -- President Selig announced today that Major League Baseball is replacing its annual All-Star Game with the First Annual MLB Hunger Games, to be held in Kansas City from July 9 through July 11, 2012. Each MLB team will be required to provide one position player and one pitche

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