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  1. Which Danny Valencia will Show Up in 2012?

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Twins had some encouraging Spring Training results over the weekend. I realize that Spring Training games don't count for anything -- they are, in fact, for "training." That's why you see guys taking a lot of pitches, just trying to get their timing down, or you might see a pitcher throw a curveball five times in a row. These guys are trying to get ready for the season, not trying to set Grapefruit League records. But still, tangible ...

    Updated 03-12-2012 at 08:26 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  2. Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins & Friday Links

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Twins' offense hasn't really showed up this far in Spring Training, but yesterday, Francisco Liriano had a great 3-inning start against Tampa Bay, striking out five and, most importantly, walking none. Additionally, the three innings took only 34 pitches to get through. Sure, many in Tampa Bay's lineup weren't major league hitters, but it's still encouraging and hopefully is a sign of things to come.


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  3. Justin Morneau and the "Honeymoon Period"

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    All the reports have been great. He woke up early for the first day of training camp, lost a little weight, has participated in all drills, and stands ready, today, to play in back-to-back games. From the little that I have watched, he appears healthy (if a little thin) and alert, and his swing looks as good as it did at any point last year (maybe that's not saying a lot, but you have to take the positives where they come). In short, if ...

    Updated 03-08-2012 at 08:34 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  4. Mauer's Off-the-Field Value to the Twins

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I've written before, as have others, that Joe Mauer isn't only valuable to the Twins for his contributions as the star catcher and third batter in the lineup. Make no mistake, that's how he earns his paycheck, but it's also evident that, over the last few years, he has become his own brand. Even where I live, far removed from Twins Territory, ...
  5. General Manager for a Day: Undo a Recent Twins Move, or Make One they Failed to Make

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I try to be a (mostly) practical Twins fan. I knew the Twins would never go after Albert Pujols. Last year, I wrote that I thought that Jose Reyes would be a good fit at shortstop, but realistically knew that the pieces would never fall into place for him to come to Minnesota. And, now I'm optimistic about Brian Dozier. Sure, I guess it's fun to dream (and even write) about those big free agent signings every now and then, but that doesn't ...
  6. Twins-Red Sox Reflections: Liriano's Strikes, Revere's Speed and Ray Chang's Head

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    In the end, Francisco Liriano's pitching line yesterday looked fine on paper. He gave up no runs, walked one, and struck out two, in two innings. Still, though, even though this was his first start of the spring, I was left wanting a little bit more. The frustrating aspect of Liriano's outing, for me, was that 12 of his 25 pitches were ...
  7. Twins-Red Sox Updates 3/4/12

    Thanks to NESN, I'll be watching at least the first few innings today. Hopefully Liriano can show control and command. I'll update anything that seems worth mentioning.
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  8. Positive Early Reports & Friday Links

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Whether the 2012 Twins can even be a .500 team largely rests on the ample shoulders of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Let yourself think -- just for a second -- about how fun things could be if our 3-4 hitters were healthy and productive all season long. Thus far -- yes, I know players just showed up a week or so ago -- the early reports are positive. Justin Morneau took Francisco Liriano deep in batting practice, and hasn't had to sit out of ...
  9. Joel Zumaya and the Twins: Fool me Once, Shame on You; Fool me Twice, Shame on Me?

    [Originally posted at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Twins are in a sort of interesting position when it comes to Joel Zumaya. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the firethrowing righty didn't make it past one of his first batting practice sessions last week, and now needs decide whether, at age 27, to retire and become a professional fisherman (apparently he is enough of a realist to understand that becoming a professional on Guitar Hero was not going to happen), or to opt for Tommy John surgery and ...
  10. Did Joe Mauer -- and Twins Fans -- Need His 2011 Season to Happen?

    [Originally posted at my blog, Twins Fan From Afar]

    It's often said that balance is necessary in order to understand the universe. How can you define "hot" without understanding "cold," contemplate "good" without a concept of "evil," or truly appreciate a nice Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon without having a few boxes of Franzia wine in your ...
  11. Breaking Minor League News: New Britain Rock Cats Have Been Sold



    [Originally posted at my blog, http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com]

    There is breaking Twins-related minor league news this afternoon in Central Connecticut, where it has been announced that the New Britain Rock Cats, which had done very well in the community and in terms of attendance, under owners Bill Dowling (former attorney for George Steinbrenner) and Coleman ...

    Updated 02-28-2012 at 02:26 PM by Seth Stohs

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  12. Twinsdaily.com -- Early Review

    [Originally posted at my blog, http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com]
    I have to admit that I was quite surprised this past week to read that Seth Stohs, Parker Hagerman, John Bonnes and Nick Nelson -- the premier Twins bloggers that provide great Twinscentric content for the Star Tribune, among other publications -- had decided to give up their individual blogs and join forces. As I write that sentence, it almost sounds like something out of a comic book written for Twins geeks! They are now ...
  13. Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Brian Dozier, Player Development and the Future

    This is also posted at my blog, http://twinsfanfromafar.blogspot.com

    Brian Dozier, Twins' shortstop of the future?


    I have advocated in the past my belief that the best place for Tsuyoshi Nishioka to start 2012 would be AA New Britain or ...
  14. One 2012 Postseason Award the Twins Can Win

    The way it seems right now, even with the optimism that accompanies Spring Training, it's tough to imagine the Twins hoisting the 2012 World Series trophy. In fact, I can't reasonably imagine the Twins having the AL Cy Young award winner on their pitching staff, or the AL MVP in their batting order. But there is one award that this team was built for: The Comeback Player of the Year.


    According to the criteria, the award is given to a player judged to have "re-emerged on the baseball field during a given season." ...
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