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  1. Anatomy of a Rock Cats Win & Postgame Conversation with James Beresford

    It was a picture perfect night for baseball in Connecticut. No, our winter didn't extend into late April, as it did in Minnesota, but this was one of the first days where it actually would have made sense to wear t-shirts and shorts around town. 4,615 were in attendance this evening as the Rock Cats took on the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

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  2. Rock Cats: The First 2 Weeks

    This picture of Justin Morneau hangs in a suite at New Britain Stadium.
    The Rock Cats do a great job of paying tribute to the Twins' greats
    that have come and gone from this stadium.

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    Updated 04-20-2013 at 03:34 PM by Kevin

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  3. 2013 Rock Cats Annual Welcome Home Dinner: Who is Jason Christian???

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    This was my second year attending the Rock Cats' Annual Welcome Home Dinner. The players attend this function shortly after arriving in Connecticut. In fact, some don't even have housing or vehicles arranged yet! It's truly a crazy time of year for these guys.
    Last year, I had the good fortune of sitting with Twins' top prospect Alex Wimmers at this charity event that raises funds for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Wimmers was ...
  4. Looking Ahead: Future Pitching Rotations and a "Forgotten" Prospect

    
    Alex Wimmers: Let's Not Forget About Him
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    It's no secret now that the Twins are essentially punting in 2013. It's disappointing. I felt it coming months ago (as did many of you). Make no mistake ...
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  5. 2012 Rock Cats Memories: Throwing a Ceremonial First Pitch; Meeting Terry Ryan

    
    Steely Determination
    
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    This past spring, when I attended the Rock Cats' annual welcome home dinner, where I was seated with (a pre-Tommy John) Alex Wimmers, I purchased $5 worth of raffle tickets ...

    Updated 12-05-2012 at 08:53 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  6. End of the Alexi Casilla Era?

  7. The End is Here: Things I'm Going to Miss


    The fact that the Twins were awful for a second straight season admittedly diminished the amount of baseball that I watched this year, and I found it somewhat difficult to write about the Twins as the season dragged on, which is probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed covering the Rock Cats -- a winning baseball team. Still, though, it's always disappointing when the season ...
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  8. New Britain Rock Cats: Moments & Anecdotes from 2012

    
    Emerging prospect Oswaldo Arcia batting
    late in the 2012 season
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    For the second consecutive season, the Rock Cats made it to the final game with a chance to make the playoffs. For the second consecutive ...

    Updated 09-06-2012 at 01:38 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  9. Twins Fan From Afar's 2012 Rock Cats MVP: Aaron Hicks



    To think, just 5 months ago, I questioned whether Aaron Hicks had earned his promotion to AA. Of course, at that time, I was basing my concern on Hicks' less-than-impressive High-A slash line of .242/.354/.368 in 2011. Importantly, Hicks was repeating High-A that season, so I had reason to be suspicious.
    Boy, was I wrong. Hicks unquestionably had a breakout season ...
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  10. Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    The minor league season is about to wrap up. A couple teams -- E-Town and Beloit -- are headed to the playoffs, which is great for fans of the minor league system. Let's take a look at the action down on the farm.

    ROCHESTER -- OFF

    NEW BRITAIN 3, TRENTON 1
    It still has been a solid season for the Rock Cats, but their performance in August has been dreadful. Unfortunately, they're fighting a very uphill battle for the final playoff spot. They did, however, turn in a ...
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  11. Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    I was at the Rock Cats game this evening. It wasn't a great game for New Britain -- not nearly enough offense, and our pitchers had some trouble keeping the ball down. Terry Ryan was in attendance. I spoke to him for a few minutes, and it sounds like he plans to follow the team through its upcoming weekend series in New Hampshire, as we get closer to the date when a few players on this team might get a call-up to Minnesota (or, if the Rock Cats make the playoffs, after their playoff stint ends). ...
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  12. Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    It feels like almost every Wednesday night when I write this, the Twins have lost, or are in the process of losing. I didn't watch or follow today's game. It looked from the highlights like Max Scherzer had a pretty good day. Oh well. Let's take a look at tonight's minor league action.

    ROCHESTER 6, INDIANAPOLIS 2
    Esmerling Vasquez had a great game tonight, going 7 innings, allowing only 4 hits, striking out 10 and walking 2. Deolis Guerra pitched the remaining 2 innings, giving ...
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  13. Fans: Would You Give up Memories from the 2010 Season in Exchange for Bryce Harper?

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    **Full disclosure: this post is full of hypotheticals, and is not grounded in reality**
    
    Twins fans, can you picture
    Bryce Harper wearing the TC logo?
    

    The ...
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  14. Wednesday's Twins Minor League Daily

    Today's Twins game was disappointing on several fronts. The Twins lost a chance for a sweep, Ben Revere failed to extend his impressive hit streak, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka continued to look ... confused at second base. Oh well. Let's take a look at the action down on the farm.

    ROCHESTER 3, SCRANTON/WB 7
    Shairon Martis turned in a quality start, tossing 7 innings and giving up 2 runs on 5 hits. He struck out 4 and walked 2, but did allow 2 home runs. Deolis Guerra had a tough outing. ...
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