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  1. If you enjoy the community of Twins fans that gather daily at Twins Daily, you might want to check out another community that gathers around the Twins – literally. This week, Delaware North, who provides concession, retail and other services at Twins games, will be having two job fairs at Target Field. If you’re interested in being inside the gameday experience – and getting paid, including a $200 sign-on bonus – you might want to check them out.The events are Tuesday April 17th and Thursday April 19th from 4:00 – 7:00, with doors opening at 3:30. You can enter the ballpark at the street level entrance on the south side of building where 7th St intersects with Twins Way. (Here is the Google Map view of the door to use.) They’re hiring a number of positions, and you can find the whole list right here. There are all kinds of perks, including free meals, paid training, a rewards and recognition program, and team retail store discounts. Plus, for a limited time, there is a $200 sign-on bonus valid for new hires until 4/30, that you can learn more about at this link. You also get to be part of the behind-the-scenes group that is responsible for the Twins game day experience. The job can be especially appealing because of its flexibility. It’s part time. It’s a great second income working in a great place. It is a limited commitment, perfect for students and retirees and the scheduling is flexible. What have you got to lose, other than a few hours of your time? You missed being able to go to Target Field this weekend. Instead, see it in a way that few people do, and you don’t have to miss any Twins games to attend. For more information: Learn about the job fair here.Check out SportServiceTargetField.comOr review all the jobs available and pre-apply here. (Just click through on the position in which you are interested.)You can also email TFHire@DelawareNorth.comOr call 612-659-3984You’re a baseball nut. You love the ballpark. We get it. So why not be part of the actual industry and get paid while you do it? Check out the information above and the job fair and decide for yourself. Click here to view the article
  2. The events are Tuesday April 17th and Thursday April 19th from 4:00 – 7:00, with doors opening at 3:30. You can enter the ballpark at the street level entrance on the south side of building where 7th St intersects with Twins Way. (Here is the Google Map view of the door to use.) They’re hiring a number of positions, and you can find the whole list right here. There are all kinds of perks, including free meals, paid training, a rewards and recognition program, and team retail store discounts. Plus, for a limited time, there is a $200 sign-on bonus valid for new hires until 4/30, that you can learn more about at this link. You also get to be part of the behind-the-scenes group that is responsible for the Twins game day experience. The job can be especially appealing because of its flexibility. It’s part time. It’s a great second income working in a great place. It is a limited commitment, perfect for students and retirees and the scheduling is flexible. What have you got to lose, other than a few hours of your time? You missed being able to go to Target Field this weekend. Instead, see it in a way that few people do, and you don’t have to miss any Twins games to attend. For more information: Learn about the job fair here. Check out SportServiceTargetField.com Or review all the jobs available and pre-apply here. (Just click through on the position in which you are interested.) You can also email TFHire@DelawareNorth.com Or call 612-659-3984 You’re a baseball nut. You love the ballpark. We get it. So why not be part of the actual industry and get paid while you do it? Check out the information above and the job fair and decide for yourself.
  3. Download attachment: miguel-sano.jpg Update: We're LIVE! (cue sappy Eyes of an Angel music) Every year, dozens of Twins prospect toil away in relative obscurity asking for nothing more than a little recognition. You can make their dream come true. With "Adopt a Prospect" you pick one prospect, and you'll be the only one that can adopt that player. They belong to YOU. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Best of all, it's not going to cost you 80 cents a day. Instead, on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, you check in on them, find out how they're doing, and proclaim their successes to the world on our Adopt a Prospect Forum. Imagine the joy on their face - and those of their parents - when they see that their hard work is recognized. You can make that dream come true. Just stop by the Adopt A Prospect Forum any time after 10:00 on Monday and sign up. Do it for the kids. Click here to view the article
  4. Download attachment: gavel1.jpg Recently, we've had a lot of internal debate about how to handle some challenges in the forum, partly due to increased traffic. As a result, we have updated our Comment Policy. The changes address two areas and are bolded in the updated policy: 1. A more robust definition of trolling, along with some examples and 2. An explanation of why we don't want users to "police" threads themselves. Please stop by HERE and reacquaint yourself with the policy as well as view the new changes. You'll also find a link there where you can provide feedback and thoughts. Thanks as always for your input, participation and cooperation. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Click here to view the article
  5. Download attachment: draftstreet_300x250_MLB_1.jpg Our friends at DraftStreet are giving away more money to TwinsDaily members. $300 to be precise. It's free. It's legal. It's easy. Just draft a team for one night and get paid out as soon as the games end that night. DraftStreet.com is at the forefront of this new trend in the fantasy world and is promoting it by giving us a FREE one-day fantasy league with $300 in prizes. Just click here now to sign up.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] I signed up last time - and there's nothing nasty like asking for a credit card. Give them your age, state and pick a password. The game is also pretty easy. Our contest will be Pick 'em style drafting and runs on Friday nigth (the 17th). The way Pick 'Em leagues work is you have 8 tiers of players and each tier will have players to choose from. All you have to do is select 1 player from each tier. You even have your choice of several Twins (or Red Sox, who face the Twins) that night. It really is simple. If the weather changes, you can also adjust your roster up until the contest starts at 7:05 CT. At that time your rosters will lock - but then the Live Scoreboard will be available. The Twins Daily guys will be trying it too, so even if you're not one of our readers that wins their share of $300, you'll get some bragging rights. Unless, of course, you lose to us. In which case you will never hear the end of it. Last chance to try it. CLICK HERE to sign up for free and join the Twins Daily $300 Freeroll on DraftStreet.com. What have you got to lose? The only obstacles are internal. Click here to view the article
  6. Download attachment: draftlogo.jpg Twins Daily will be starting draft player profiles tomorrow, since the Minnesota Twins have the #4 pick in the upcoming MLB draft. However, Thrylos has contributed his own lists - a total of 345 names to know for the upcoming draft: 129 college pitcher names everyone should know for the 2013 MLB Draft. 114 college position player names everyone should know for the 2013 MLB Draft.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] 101 high school player names everyone should know before the 2013 MLB draft. Click here to view the article
  7. Download attachment: Thielbar_Caleb_Betsy_Orig.jpg Left-handed relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar, who played in Randolph, Minnesota and pitched for the St. Paul Saints as recently as 2011, will be called up by the Minnesota Twins today. To make room on the roster, the Twins are demoting fifth starter Pedro Hernandez to Rochester. That would open up a spot for Twins starting pitching prospect Kyle Gibson to make his big league debut on Friday. Thielbar was signed by the Twins out of the independent Northern League in 2011 and raced through High-A and AA up to AAA-Rochester in 2012. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]He began this year fairly slowly, but, most recently, has had eight straight outings without an earned run. His overall numbers include more strikeouts (34) than innings pitched (26.1) and good control (just 8 BB). (For more on Thielbar, check out his "Adopt-A-Prospect" page on Twins Daily.) The Twins travel to Atlanta this week, a National League city, where they will be unable to use a designated hitter. American League teams often like to add a bullpen arm for such trips. With Hernandez's demotion, the Twins are shorting themselves a fifth starter until Friday, when they next need one. If that's the case, Theilbar's promotion to the big leagues could be short-lived. For Friday's start, the assumption is that Kyle Gibson would be first in line to join the Twins rotation. Gibson, a first-round draft choice who missed most of 2012 coming back from Tommy John surgery, has thrown two complete game shutouts in his last three outings. Gibson is also on the 40-man roster. The only other AAA starter on the 40-man is Cole DeVries, who is also just coming back from an injury. He too pitched on Sunday, so his next turn in the rotation could also fall on Friday. For more photos like the one above, follow @BitzyBetsy on Twitter Click here to view the article
  8. Once again, this year's Offseason Handbook will include a 30+ minute interview with Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan. It was conducted Tuesday, shortly after it was announced that Paul Molitor would be joining the Twins coaching staff. Ryan talked about the Molitor hire and very candidly about the decision to bring back Ron Gardenhire, how he evaluated the coach of a 90-loss team and how much it reflected on himself. Download attachment: Ryan_Terry_Dugout_US_720.jpg Parker: Switching gears: Ron Gardenhire had a very successful run, followed by three straight very bad years. How do you evaluate a manger’s performance that goes beyond the record? Ryan: If Ron wasn’t coming back, I probably shouldn’t be back. Now, Jim Pohlad and Dave St. Peter invited me back, so I brought Ron back with me. A lot of time you should evaluate a manager on the personnel he has. And unfortunately, we’ve fallen a tad short here as far as productivity. And I take total responsibility on that, so I shouldn’t pass the buck on the manager and the coaching staff. So, you evaluate him on discipline and respect and organizational skills and how the clubhouse sets up and are we prepared – all that stuff that you evaluate anybody’s job on. Same stuff. How does he handle the media? How does he handle a player that doesn’t want to get in line? How does he run spring training? How does he set up strategy? What does he do with his bullpen? Now I’ve never managed. And it’s easy to sit up there about 50 yards from the game and second-guess everything that goes on. I’ve got a lot of respect for him. And he’s an up-front guy. He’s accountable. I think players enjoy this organization. I don’t have any problem ever in luring a guy here if we’re close in the dollars and stuff like that. They never say “I wouldn’t want to play for him.” If I would’ve gone a different direction and somebody would have said “What are you looking for in a manager?”, I’d say “A lot of traits Ron Gardenhire has.” Parker: Speaking of your coaching staff, you just added Paul Molitor to it. What is he going to bring? Ryan: He’s a very good baseball mind Parker. He’s a very smart guy. He looks at the game differently than a lot of people. He and Tom Kelly watch games different than I do. I’ve always respected that, his baserunning intelligence, bunting and he’s going to be responsible too. He’s going to be in the dugout with Gardy and [Terry] Steinbach. He’s been with us for quite a long time. He knows our minor league system and stuff like that. He’s got a lot of knowledge that I think will benefit the organization. That’s why I put him on here. Parker: You guys got seven guys now in the dugout? You going to have to expand the dugout? Ryan: No. Almost all of the clubs – not almost all, but most of the clubs – have seven coaches now. Major League Baseball changed the rule early April, which was funny timing. They allowed teams to go. We didn’t. We chose not to and now we’re going to do it. We’ve got Paul in the system here, so it makes sense. He’s a good baseball man. He’s been our baserunning and infield instructor for the last – I don’t know – eight, nine years. There’s some continuity here with bringing [Miguel] Sano and [byron] Buxton and [Eddie] Rosario and those types of guys. They’re very familiar with him. I don’t think that’s all of a bad thing. Parker: Was that a big factor? Ryan: Not a big factor. It happens to be a convenient factor. No, his baseball IQ is the big factor. You can find a lot more in the Offseason Handbook from this far-ranging interview, and it will be shipped to you on the first day of the World Series if you order it today. TwinsDaily would like to thank Terry Ryan for taking 45 minutes for a very candid interview, as well as the Minnesota Twins for their recent efforts to reach out to and accommodate independent media and bloggers. Click here to view the article
  9. Twitter TwinsDaily Seth Stohs Nick Nelson Parker Hageman John Bonnes TwinsCentric Twins Daily Facebook Page RSS Feeds You can find RSS feeds at the top of most pages in TwinsDaily, just look for this: Download attachment: rss_40b.png Click here to view the article
  10. Download attachment: 101_6142.jpg Aaron and John talk about Miguel Sano's promotion to Double-A, first-round pick Kohl Stewart and the rest of the Twins' draft, John's incredible bus-dancing ability, Mase as a unit of time measurement, Kyle Gibson being trapped in Rochester, turning pro out of high school, Alex Wimmers' comeback, Jamey Carroll nearing the end, and heckling golfers from party decks. Here are: the podcaststhe rss feed if you want to subscribe and the podcast on iTunes. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Or, just click on the link below: <iframe style="border: none" src="http://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/2352814/height/325/width/325/theme/legacy/direction/no/autoplay/no/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/preload/no/no_addthis/no/" height="325" width="325" scrolling="no"></iframe> Click here to view the article
  11. Download attachment: Arcia_Oswaldo.jpg According to Phil Miller, the Star-Tribune's Minnesota Twins beat reporter, Oswaldo Arcia will be called up on Monday to fill-in for Wilkin Ramirez, who will go on paternity leave. Twins Daily ranks Arcia as the #4 prospect in the Twins system, is only 21 years old and is currently hitting .414 with a .793(!) slugging percentage in Rochester. According to Miller, he will be the youngest player to debut for the Twins since Joe Mauer. How much playing time he'll have remains to be seen. Ramirez is a bench bat, but the Twins are unlikely to be calling up Arcia to sit on the bench. He has played mostly right field for the last two years, but Chris Parmelee is relatively young and healthy and also hits left-handed, like Arcia. The other corner outfield, Josh Willingham is a veteran who hit 35 home runs last year. It seems most likely Arcia will serve in one of those spots or as designated hitter, and the positions will rotate, giving Parmelee, Willingham, Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit or Justin Morneau some time off. It's also unclear how long he will remain with the team. Ramirez should only be gone for a few games. For Arcia to remain much longer would require an injury, some serious roster re-shuffling or a change in position. Last year in AA-New Britain, Arcia did play 10 games in center field and played their full time in rookie league. His move to a corner spot supposedly had more to do with the organization's depth than his inability to play the position. So the Twins could try for a game in center field. If he can handle the position defensively, it might make things interesting for the Twins. Current center fielder Aaron Hicks has struggled from the left side of the plate in the past and has just two hits and two walks versus 17 strikeouts from that side this year. The Twins could platoon the two as they learn the ropes their rookie years. Click here to view the article
  12. Download attachment: nerd.jpg Twins Daily's mission is to bring attention to Twins bloggers and independent baseball writers, whether they are writing here or not. Why? Because we've been there - hollering into the void. We actively encourage Twins baseball writers to use Twins Daily to recruit more readers to their sites. Here are a couple of ways: Put a link to your posts in our forum All kinds of links to media stories and blogs are added to our Minnesota Twins forums. These threads get several hundred and sometimes thousands of reads. So put a link to your latest post, along with a good (or controversial) quote from the story in our forum to let our readers know about it. For instance.... a. "Over on Buteriffic.com, I've written a story that discusses......" b. Add a quote you're proud of from the story c. Add the link d. Finish with another note about the story that gives people a little more info or another reason to click over. Or just "I'm really interested in what the Twins Daily community things about my analysis/opinion, etc....." Double-post In Your Twins Daily Blog When you register for Twins Daily.com, you automatically get your own blog. Some independent bloggers will "double-post" stories, which means take a story on their site that they like and then copy it and paste it onto the blog on our site, along with lots of links back to their blog or other stories. The blogs on TwinsDaily get some traffic - but if it's good, we'll promote it to our front page where it will get hundreds to thousands of reads. Just a couple of aspects to keep in mind.... a. We'll only promote a full story to the front page. So you can't write a half story and then link back to your own for the whole story and expect it to be promoted. We just don't feel that is fair to our readers. b. Feel free to include links back to your site like "Originally published on Buteriffic.com" or whatever. Another tactic is to link to additional related content like "For more on XXX, check out my story last week on Buteriffic.com." We may move these links around in the story when we promote and edit it because we don't want them cluttering up the preview on the front page, but we'll try and keep them if they don't distract from the content too much. The bottom line - we want you to get as much attention as you can, but you need to be the proactive one. That's where we always fell down in the past - too often we would link to someone but forget to check in with them because we got too busy with our own blogs. But if you try to stay in front of us, we'll try to keep letting people know about you. Indeed, it is why we started Twins Daily. Click here to make this your default homepage Click here to view the article
  13. Download attachment: Worley_Vance_Landscape.jpg Immediately following today's 8-3 loss to the Braves, the Twins demoted Opening Day starting pitcher, Vance Worley, to AAA-Rochester. Worley had given up eight runs in 3.2 innings in today's game, raising his ERA to 7.21 on the year. The Twins did not announce a corresponding move, though they have announced that Samuel Deduno will pitch on Friday and has not been called up. However, he will be taking Hernandez' - not Worley's - spot in the rotation. Worley joined the Twins this offseason when he was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies along with pitching prospect Trevor May for outfielder Ben Revere. With the Phillies, Worley had posted 3.50 ERA over 2+ seasons with a 7.7 K/9 ratio. However, his 2012 season had been cut short for elbow surgery to remove bone chips. With the Twins, his K/9 is just 4.6. If he has had any injuries this year, neither he nor the team has revealed them. Worley's turn in the rotation would come on Monday the 27th. The Twins have not announced who will ultimately take his place in the rotation. Earlier this week, they chose Deduno over Kyle Gibson, Andrew Albers and PJ Walters to replace Hernandez. Prospect Kyle Gibson, who has thrown two complete game shutouts in his last three outings, was originally scheduled to have his next start in AAA this weekend. If he makes that start, he would not be available for Monday, so that might be an indicator whether the Twins are leaning towards calling him up for his major league debut. Click here to view the article
  14. Download attachment: Punto_Nick_720.jpg Aaron and John talk about why their Minnesota Twins podcast was dumped off of the radio this week and whip through several dozen small topics. These include a discussion the Twins winning pace, the debate the meaning of "lucky", Ticket King's local focus, Joe Mauer's slump, the tragedy of losing Nick Punto, why Aaron likes girls who make bad decisions, road tripping to St. Cloud and Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey, Ryan Pressly, Kyle Gibson, Aaron Hick, Oswlado Arcia, Justin Morneau, Joe Benson, Clete Thomas, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe. Whew. Here are: the podcaststhe rss feed if you want to subscribe and the podcast on iTunes.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Or click on the link below: Click here to view the article
  15. Download attachment: 5vRUJEe5.jpg Happy Opening Day! Again! Today is Opening Day for the Cedar Rapid Kernels, which explains the site takeover today (Thurs). This year, Twins Daily and the Kernels will partner to promote each other to midwest-based Minnesota Twins fans. Seth Stohs will be in Cedar Rapids this week to cover their season kickoff and Jim Crikket will provide us with weekly updates on the ballclub. Also, Twins Daily will sponsor the Twins Organizational Report and Twins Highlight Segment, shown on the Kernels new scoreboard before every game. Listen for us on the radio broadcast, too. Cedar Rapids is just four hours from the Twin Cities, and as the new Twins Low-A affiliate, they'll likely feature several of the Twins top prospects this year. It's an affordable way to see players like Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios up-close before they become MLB All-Stars. (editors note: knocking furiously on wood.) We think it's a match made in heaven (or Iowa) and hope the rest of the Twins Daily community thinks so too. Please join me in welcoming the Kernels to Twins Territory and to Twins Daily. Click here to view the article
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