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  1. To Twins fans, he’s the guy from the Boston Red Sox. To Red Sox fans, he was the Swiss Army knife who couldn’t find a permanent home on the diamond, despite being touted as their 16th-best prospect. To Taiwan, Tzu-Wei Lin is one of the most valued baseball players in history.In 2012, the “Tzunami” received the largest signing bonus for a Taiwanese position player in history from the Red Sox and was touted as the second “Linsanity” after Jeremy Lin. The past decade has been a challenging journey for Lin, with many ups and downs. I had the privilege of spending an afternoon hearing his story and
  2. In 2012, the “Tzunami” received the largest signing bonus for a Taiwanese position player in history from the Red Sox and was touted as the second “Linsanity” after Jeremy Lin. The past decade has been a challenging journey for Lin, with many ups and downs. I had the privilege of spending an afternoon hearing his story and chatting with Lin, one of the most lauded and forgotten players in baseball. Patience is a Virtue When I arrived at the ballpark, Tzu-Wei Lin was in the on-deck circle, quietly waiting for Travis Blankenhorn to complete his home run derby. At a slight 5’9", Lin is not bu
  3. The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Opening Day is down, so naturally, it’s time to make early, blanket assumptions for the remaining 161. Happy April Fools or are we the fools?But first, let’s address the elephant in the room. Overreactions are good natured and fun on paper, but could there be an iota of truth of what’s to come? Here are some Opening Day events of the past two seasons that ironically laid out the rest of the season: 2019: Jose Berrios will have the best season of his career (so far)Taylor Rogers will be the Twins’ best reliever this yearThe Twins will beat Cleveland t
  4. But first, let’s address the elephant in the room. Overreactions are good natured and fun on paper, but could there be an iota of truth of what’s to come? Here are some Opening Day events of the past two seasons that ironically laid out the rest of the season: 2019: Jose Berrios will have the best season of his career (so far) Taylor Rogers will be the Twins’ best reliever this year The Twins will beat Cleveland to take the division 2020: Tyler Duffey and Trevor May will lead the pack in the year of the relievers Mitch Garver will not repeat his 2019 feats Luis Arraez will be an OBP God The
  5. While Tyler Duffey’s velocity concerns appear to be resolved, the prospect of a diminished Duffey shined a light on how fragile a bullpen can be. The Twins could still use one more arm to shore up the bullpen, and there’s a World Series champion waiting for a call.In case you missed it, Duffey’s fastball early this spring was, well, less fast. Twins Daily’s Cody Pirkl pointed this out during Duffey’s outing on March 9. Luckily, Duffey’s heater looked more like we’re used to seeing from him in his appearance Tuesday. Here are more details from Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. If Duffey’s
  6. In case you missed it, Duffey’s fastball early this spring was, well, less fast. Twins Daily’s Cody Pirkl pointed this out during Duffey’s outing on March 9. https://twitter.com/CodyPirkl/status/1369372917964955651?s=20 Luckily, Duffey’s heater looked more like we’re used to seeing from him in his appearance Tuesday. Here are more details from Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic. https://twitter.com/AaronGleeman/status/1371921814125867013 If Duffey’s fastball lost its effectiveness, the Twins would lose one of their most stable pitchers and would need to pivot to other arms in high-leverage
  7. All hailed the king, Andrelton “Simba” Simmons, when his signing was announced earlier this week. However, amid the celebrations, the question of Luis Arraez’ future role lingered on fans’ minds.To our collective relief, ESPN’s Jeff Passan announced that Arraez will move into a utility role for the club. However, you can’t but wonder what could’ve been if Arraez was on the trade market. What could the Twins have received in return? Which other clubs could he have been a perfect piece for? Why not take a perfectly reasonable solution for him with the team and bring chaos into the picture? Here
  8. To our collective relief, ESPN’s Jeff Passan announced that Arraez will move into a utility role for the club. However, you can’t but wonder what could’ve been if Arraez was on the trade market. What could the Twins have received in return? Which other clubs could he have been a perfect piece for? Why not take a perfectly reasonable solution for him with the team and bring chaos into the picture? Here are three potential teams that Arraez could’ve landed with had the Twins decided to move on with their breakout star. *** Disclaimer: I do not necessarily condone or recommend the trade of Luis
  9. The weirdest and worst year in recent memory is finally coming to an end. This is the time when we make breakable, unrealistic promises about how we’ll turn into the brightest new leaf on January 1st, only to crash into an abyss of disappointment by February 1st. However, given this is 2020, anything can happen, including manifesting 21 realistic resolutions that we hope the Twins can stick to in the upcoming year.1. Win a playoff game “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 was at the top of the charts the last time the Twins won a playoff game. 2. Keep Josh Donaldson’s calves healthy through at
  10. The weirdest and worst year in recent memory is finally coming to an end. This is the time when we make breakable, unrealistic promises about how we’ll turn into the brightest new leaf on January 1st, only to crash into an abyss of disappointment by February 1st. However, given this is 2020, anything can happen, including manifesting 21 realistic resolutions that we hope the Twins can stick to in the upcoming year.1. Win a playoff game “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 was at the top of the charts the last time the Twins won a playoff game. 2. Keep Josh Donaldson’s calves healthy through at
  11. 1. Win a playoff game “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5 was at the top of the charts the last time the Twins won a playoff game. 2. Keep Josh Donaldson’s calves healthy through at least 100 games Donaldson played in 28 games last season, but it felt more like 8. His absence was most felt during the most critical portions of the season, including the playoffs. The Twins need to find a healthy balance to his and a possible utility’s playing time to ensure that he is available and productive in 2021 if they want to meet their first resolution. 3. Revitalize Jorge Polanco’s numbers after ank
  12. The Minnesota Twins should stay away from signing any of the non-tendered players, regardless of how enticing these targets may appear on paper.We said goodbye to Eddie Rosario and Matt Wisler this week. Fans outside of the Midwest were surprised about Rosario’s departure, but real Minnesotans knew that this day was coming. After another year of questionable plays and free swings, the coffin was far sealed for this fan favorite. This year’s free agency class is strong across the board, but in the non-tendered class, Rosario sits near the top of the board according to many sources, including ML
  13. We said goodbye to Eddie Rosario and Matt Wisler this week. Fans outside of the Midwest were surprised about Rosario’s departure, but real Minnesotans knew that this day was coming. After another year of questionable plays and free swings, the coffin was far sealed for this fan favorite. This year’s free agency class is strong across the board, but in the non-tendered class, Rosario sits near the top of the board according to many sources, including MLB’s Mark Feinsand. Given this reason, among others, the Minnesota Twins should stay away from signing any of the non-tendered players, regardles
  14. One topic on everyone’s minds this offseason whether the Twins should offload Eddie Rosario before his 2021 free agency. Although Rosario has shown patience at the plate, many fans’ patience is wearing thin. As the last standing Twins Daily writer who doesn’t want to phase out Rosario, I wanted to show the readers a rare glimpse into a day in my life.7:00 am - Wake up 7:01 am - Roll over and immediately grab my phone 7:02 am - Invigorate my morning with the video of Eddie Rosario’s throw to tag out Rafael Devers at home plate in 2019 7:03 am - Realize that Eddie Rosario’s strikeout to
  15. 7:00 am - Wake up 7:01 am - Roll over and immediately grab my phone 7:02 am - Invigorate my morning with the video of Eddie Rosario’s throw to tag out Rafael Devers at home plate in 2019 7:03 am - Realize that Eddie Rosario’s strikeout to walk ratio (SO/W) has significantly decreased from 2019, from 3.91 to 1.79. Despite the small sample size, he would’ve needed to increase his ratio by three times for the remaining 102 games to finish out the season at a higher SO/W ratio than in 2019. 7:05 am - As I start to wake up, my stomach grumbles in pain, and I start to think about skippin
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