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  1. The Late Summer of My Discontent

    When Target Field opened, I was living in Connecticut (as I do now), but harbored a dream of moving back to Minnesota. I was naive. I thought -- even though I was an attorney licensed to practice in Connecticut only, even though I owned a home in Connecticut, and even though many of my professional ties to Minnesota had dwindled -- that I could somehow easily move across the country and re-establish things back home. For many, many reasons (the prolonged economic crisis being one of them), that ...
  2. 2013 Rock Cats MVP: Josmil Pinto

    Rock Cats, Red Wings, and now Twins catcher,
    Josmil Pinto
    I'll be the first to admit that the bulk of my Rock Cats coverage this season has centered around Miguel Sano. And it's for a reason -- he's the best prospect that ...
  3. The Rise of Josmil Pinto

    Contrary to what is implied here, I can report that Josmil Pinto DOES
    indeed know how to wear his tools of ignorance
    Twins catchers. There's Joe Mauer. Then a big, big gap. Sure, Ryan Doumit can technically sit there and intercept a pitch before it hits the umpire. But
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  4. Justin Morneau Casino Night Recap


    [Originally published with more pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    For the second consecutive year, my wife and I made the flight to Minnesota for Justin Morneau's Casino Night. It's a charity event for the Arthritis Foundation -- specifically, juvenile arthritis (Justin's niece suffers from juvenile arthritis). It's part of the Twins week of hope. Instead of hitting up a couple ...
  5. Revisiting Jose Mijares

    
    Jose Mijares doesn't look much thinner in 2012,
    but he has been much more effective.
    
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I was somewhat surprised last winter when the Twins declined to offer portly lefty reliever Jose Mijares a ...
  6. Interview with Twins' Catching Prospect Chris Herrmann

    
    Chris Herrmann (courtesy of Tia Ann Chapman, Hartford Courant)
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The Minnesota Twins used their sixth round selection in 2009 to draft Chris Herrmann, a native of Tomball, Texas. Herrmann transferred
    ...
  7. That Certain Age

    As an 8 year old, I couldn't understand why
    GM Andy MacPhail would trade away
    Frank "Sweet Music" Viola
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I recently surpassed it. A couple years ago, in fact. The average age of an ...

    Updated 05-25-2012 at 10:17 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  8. Joe Mauer and the Infamous 4-3 Putout

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    One of the more common Joe Mauer complaints in Twins Territory is that he grounds out to second base, and does it a lot. This phenomenon was on display last night in Anaheim, when Mauer was retired on a 4-3 putout in each of his three at-bats. And if you go back to his last plate appearance on April 29, before his day off against lefty C.J. Wilson, Mauer grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. That marks 4 straight at-bats in which Mauer has ...
  9. Joe Mauer and Runners in Scoring Position

    Though he had 2 hits last night, Joe Mauer came up
    short when it counted the most.
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    Regardless of what some people in Twins Territory might think, the fact of the matter is that Joe Mauer ...

    Updated 04-24-2012 at 03:05 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  10. Minnesota Momentum and ESPN SportsCenter Coverage

    Is tonight the night where Liriano puts it together??

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    CC Sabathia is down. In two starts this season, he has 0 decisions. In 12 innings pitched, he's given up 16 hits, 9 earned runs, 2 home runs and ...
  11. Aaron Hicks & the Rock Cats, Twins Baseball & the Future, & the SethSpeaks Podcast

    Thus far, good things are coming out of New Britain

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    A few unrelated items this morning. First, if you missed it, yesterday I wrote about Alex Wimmers' first AA Rock Cats start that took place Monday night, ...

    Updated 04-11-2012 at 08:25 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  12. Camden Yards Recap: Twins Begin their Losing Ways, or an Aberration?

    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Camden Yards from the hotel window.


    Well, the baseball side of things left a lot to be desired, but you're not much of a baseball fan if you can't have a great ...
  13. My Evening with Alex Wimmers: The 2012 New Britain Rock Cats "Welcome Home" Dinner

    [Originally published with pictures at Twins Fan From Afar]

    As much as I love going to Twins games, there's something special about minor league baseball. It's intimate and personal. It's real and unadulterated -- both the good and the bad. Every year, the New Britain Rock Cats host a "welcome home" dinner for the team, the front office and the fans. This year, it was ...

    Updated 04-05-2012 at 08:38 AM by Seth Stohs

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  14. Morneau DHing: Fine by this Fan

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    To say that Justin Morneau has been locked in the past few games is an understatement. How does 7-for-14 with 3 home runs and a double sound? If this was the regular season, we'd be beginning a campaign for Morneau to win the AL Player of the Week Award. Although these were only Spring Training games, his offensive performance was meaningful in the larger scheme of things. By "larger scheme," of course, I'm referring to Morneau's
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