This was originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch and reposted here
You can read the basic premise in detail behind this dashboard here. The summary is that I have created a visual dashboard that uses Bill James' Game Score to measure the performance of each pitcher who is vying for a spot on the Twins' 25-man roster (you can see their profiles here) and track their performance through spring training.
Performances are classified as "above average" (green
Here is the basic premise: The Twins have a whole bunch of relievers in their Spring Training Camp who are batting for 3 spots on the 25-man roster. I listed and analysed these players previously. Spring training is long and it is hard to track each appearance of each player, trying to have an objective view of how this battle might be ending (or at least trending,) especially, when the usual statistics fail with such a small sample size. Yesterday I created a dashboard to look at each pitcher's
Updated 03-08-2012 at 02:41 PM by Thrylos
This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch and is reposted here
Previously, I listed all the players who are battling for one of the 3 bullpen spots this Spring Training. Because they are so many, I decided to create a spreadsheet and keep track of their performance this Spring day by day, using color coding and symbols to get a quick visual. In other words, creating a dashboard of their performance.
Green (+) is better than average appearance
Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Not a game report by any means; just some random, stream of conscious type notes I took while I was watching the Twins' game on TV this afternoon:
Jamey Carroll's strike zone is smaller than Ben Revere's. He really gets down in the boxDoumit looks like Kubel. A lotGreat double steal by Revere and Carroll in a botched pick-off move. Carroll seams a very astute base runnerBaker's fastball at 86 mph to start
Updated 03-06-2012 at 04:32 PM by Thrylos
This was originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Here is this week's installment (also heavily influenced by Spring Training) :
Today is Spring Training Reporting day for the Twins' minor leaguers. You can find the full MiLB Spring Training Schedule here. And if you wonder what the Twins' minor leaguers feel about the off-season and Spring Training, you should read this article by Twins LHP prospect Tony Davis, this by fellow LHP prospect Ryan O'Rourke,
Updated 03-06-2012 at 07:44 AM by Thrylos
This has been previously published at The Tenth Inning Stretch.
I have highligheted the four questions the Twins need to answer this Spring Training previously. With a couple weeks in the books in Spring Training, the Twins so far have played 4 games (3 official and a "B" game that does not count in the standings or in the players' statistics officially) so there are hints of light for some of those.
The starting outfield: All indications
This was posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch and reposted here.
This off-season I have been keeping track of former Twins who were signed by other teams. This is the final edition, since Spring Training has started. Here is the cumulative list of former Twins who are playing for new teams this season:
C Henry Blanco (major league; free agent, November 2011)
LHP Craig Brelsow (traded by the Oakland Athletics with Trevor Cahill for
First posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Tomorrow the Twins will play their first unofficial game, and there are already a few interesting observations in this very young Spring Training. As always, you can find all the Spring Training news and analysis on this site here.
First of all, as far as the "B" game (free to fans, BTW) tomorrow goes, the Twins have announced who is playing. All of: Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn, Liam Hendriks, Jeff Manship, Jason Bulger,
Updated 02-29-2012 at 05:57 PM by Thrylos
This is a regular weekly feature at The Tenth Inning Stetch and is partially reposted here. You can find the original here
Here is this week's installment (heavily influenced by Spring Training) :
Wishing my best to Joel Zumaya, who's career with the Twins for all practical purposes ended
last Sunday. Several media outlets have mentioned that he is considering retiring from baseball and becoming a professional fisherman. Terry Ryan indicated that the Twins most likely
This was originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch and partially reposted here for space considerations. The original can be found here.
Joel Zumaya left the mount on Saturday with elbow discomfort, cutting his workout short. Terry Ryan announced on Sunday that an MRI showed that he has torn his UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery and not pitch for a month. It is unclear whether the Twins released him yet, but at this point that is a technicality, because by releasing him
This was first posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch and reposted here. The original post can be found here
By now we all know that Zumaya left yesterday's bullpen session with pain/discomfort on "the inside of his elbow" after he threw 15 pitches to Chris Herrmann. According to the observers he was throwing very hard. Terry Ryan announced that there will be an MRI today and the results will be announced either late today or tomorrow.
Of course, the reaction
Updated 02-26-2012 at 10:39 AM by Thrylos
This was first published at The Tenth Inning Stretch earlier this month. I know it is kind of old, but I think that the topic might be interesting for the Twins Daily readers, so I am republishing it here...
February is African American/Black History Month so I wanted to contribute by looking at the integration of the Twins franchise. And it did happen at the Senators' years. The Washington Senators, even though they were one of the first Major League teams to break the ethnicity barrier,
Updated 02-25-2012 at 07:13 PM by Seth Stohs
Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
Every new season there are a lot of old faces who are not any longer with a team and a lot of new faces who are replacing them. Usually a new player is assigned one of the departed players' uniform numbers. Here are the matches between the old and the new uniform numbers. Three of them are unassigned and Chris Parmelee switched his number from 2011. Joel Zumaya and Darin Mastoianni have not been formally assigned numbers yet.
cross-posted from The Tenth Inning Stretch
The Tampa Bays Rays have announced that they will give away The Don Zimmer Bear, a bear with the face of Don Zimmer. The mania of putting a chubby manager's face of a teddy bear and giving it away to kids in the ballpark has been virally spreading across the league.
The Twins today announced that they will join in the mania give away a Gardy Bear to the first 5,000 children on Friday April 13, when the Twins play against the Rangers at Target