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  1. A Full Forty - Dissecting the 40-Man Roster (Pitchers)

    Originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com

    Last week the Minnesota Twins added eight players to their 40-man roster, maxing out their roster with 40 players. The Twins will likely remove at least one player prior to the upcoming Rule 5 draft, but for now, the Twins do not have room for any additions. If Spring Training started tomorrow, here are the 40 players that would be competing for a coveted 25-man roster spot and a place on the 2013 Opening Day roster. We'll start with the
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    Updated 11-28-2012 at 10:58 AM by Eric R Pleiss

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  2. Podcast - Talk to Contact - Episode 13: Can You Hold the Internet?

    Episode 13 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.



    This week Paul and I take a look at Twins prospect (?) Daniel Ortiz and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. We again field a bunch of questions from the interwebs. Among the topics discussed form the mail bag: Joe Benson and his mullet, the Miami/Toronto
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  3. 2012 Review: Twins Rookies

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Last night, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout were awarded the Rookie of the Year awards, in the National and American League, respectively. Harper and Trout did amazing things as rookies, and in the case of Mike Trout, had the best season a rookie has ever had. Harper helped the Washington Nationals win their division, and Trout did his part to keep the Los Angeles Angels relevant until the final week of the season. Minnesota ...
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  4. Early 2013 MLB Draft Profiles

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    It is way to early to start thinking about the MLB draft, especially with real, meaningful baseball being played. But it probably does not hurt to start familiarizing ourselves with some of the names that might be floating around the top of the pre-draft rankings. If the draft was to start today, the Twins would find themselves with the third overall selection. Here are the first 6 of 11 potential first round draft picks
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  5. The End of Nick Blackburn

    Originally posted at Knuckleballs.

    Yesterday afternoon 32,261 baseball fans were treated to a 4.1 inning performance fromNick Blackburn in which more batters hit home runs (2) than struck out (1). Before he was yanked midway through the 5th inning, Blackburn faced 23 batters, and gave up 10 hits and 8 runs (all earned). Unfortunately for Twins fans, this marked Blackburnís 8th start of 2012 in which he gave up 5 or more earned runs and failed to get through the 6th inning. In fact,
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  6. 2011 Minnesota Twins First Round Draft Pick Levi Michael

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    The last time the Twins were any good (2010) they were swept out of the post season once again by the New York Yankees. The Twins finished that season with 84 wins, 4th best in all of baseball. They were rewarded for their success with the 30th selection in the 2011 draft. With that pick they selected Levi Michael.

    At the time of the draft Levi Michael and the University of North Caroline Tar Heels were playing ...
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  7. Book Review: "Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger"

    Originally published at www.Knuckleballsblog.com


    I recently received a review copy of Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger. The book was written by Steve Aschburner with a foreword by Jim Thome and published by Triumph Books.

    Steve Aschburner is a long time sports writer, covering all four major league sports and NCAA basketball. His primary area of emphasis is NBA basketball, ...
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