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  1. Random Twins Thoughts: the First 2013 Series Edition (Twins beat the Tigers)

    Last season, I started a Random Twins Thoughts series that included a post a week every Tuesday. I was told that people actually liked those and missed them when I stopped, so I will continue them this season. I decided to change it up a bit this season and do it a bit more randomly. This first one is after the Twins competed their first series of their young 2013 season, hosting the Detroit Tigers who are the favorite to win (at least) the AL Central in the 2013 season. I will try to ...
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  2. Twins 2013 Spring Training Photo Diary

    Originally published in full with 56 pictures at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Like all good things that have an expiration date, the Twins' 2013 Spring Training had to end today. Tomorrow the games mean everything as the Twins are opening the season in a frigid Target Field against the Detroit Tigers.

    As in the last few years, I attended Spring Training (you can find all my 2013 Spring Training posts here) and took several pictures. This is pretty much my photo
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  3. Can the 2013 Twins Compete? You Betcha!

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    I think that it is pretty safe to say that nobody expects the Minnesota Twins to be close to contending in 2013. As a matter of fact, a lot of fans and experts would find the new Accuscore predictions that were released today and show the 2013 Twins with a predicted record of 72-90, optimistic.

    I usually do not try to predict the way the Twins will finish with an analysis. The last time I did it was in the aftermath ...
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  4. Random Spring Training Thoughts: 3/26/2013

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    I arrived North a tad too late from Fort Myers last night, so I did not quite had time to compile my last Spring Training report, so here it goes:


    • Mainly a drills day over at the Minor League fields yesterday with no games or scrimmages schedules. Interesting to see Ray Olmedo, who was cut earlier in the morning participate in drills with the position players who will likely stay at Fort Myers for
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  5. Random Spring Training Thoughts from Fort Myers: 3/24/2013

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Today the Twins beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-5 at Hammond Stadium with about a week remaining at Spring Training; meanwhile there were AAA vs AA and A+ vs A scrimmages at fields number 2 and 3 on the minor league side. Here are my thoughts and observations of the day


    • A lot of great performances today, including Joe Mauer's 6 RBI day that included a HR at dead center and Aaron Hick's 4 for 4 day, but the
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  6. Random Spring Training Thoughts from Fort Myers: 3/23/2013

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Actually I spent the day at Port Charlotte, watching the Twins beat the Rays; thus, no minor league report today other that the 5 guys (Jason Christian, Nate Hanson, Chris Colabello, Bruce Pugh and Dan Turpen - of Kevin Slowey trade fame) who made the half an hour trip up North to fill in as needed. Here are my thoughts and observations from today:


    • I did not see it, but Scoot Diamond pitched for the AAA
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  7. Random Spring Training Thoughts from Fort Myers: 3/22/2013

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    I am officially at Fort Myers, where I will be through Monday, attending Twins' games and checking on the minor leaguers. Unlike last season, when I pretty much presented a photo diary with 20+ images a day and some commentary, this season I will be doing something different: I will be presenting some of my observations and thoughts during the day on both major and minor leaguers, as well as other Spring Training-related ...
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  8. 2013 Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboard 3.0: The final stretch edition

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (where the graphics are better for some reason)
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    t is already almost a month into Spring Training games for the Twins, and it is time for the second version of the dashboards. You can find all 2013 Spring Training dashboards here, for reference.

    Again, you can find explanations of the measures and the colors of the dashboards to quantify Spring Training performance of the combatants in both the position player ...
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  9. 2013 Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboard 2.0, pre first cuts edition

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (with the full size images; for some reason hard to reproduce here)
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    It is already two weeks into Spring Training games for the Twins, so it is time for the second version of the dashboards. You can find all 2013 Spring Training dashboards here, for reference.

    Again, you can find explanations of the measures and the colors of the dashboards to quantify Spring Training performance of the combatants in both the ...
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  10. 2013 Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboard: Version 1

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (and with a little better colors)
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    With the Twins' Spring Training about half a month old and eight official games in the books, it is about time that I start posting these dashboards again keeping track of how the players who are batting for positions are doing. It might seem that Spring Training has been going on for a while, and it has because of the World Baseball Classic. For comparison, last year the first Twins' ...

    Updated 03-02-2013 at 05:47 PM by Thrylos

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  11. Tracking the 2013 Twins' Spring Training Roster Battles



    A Light exists in Spring
    Not present on the Year
    At any other period
    When March is scarcely here

    -Emily Dickinson

    Spring Training time is one of my favorite baseball times during the season (or is it "off-season", or "pre-season"?)This is the time where all the teams have the same record and all 60 players or so who are invited in the Major League camp hope that they will ...
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  12. 2013 Spring Training Guide to Fort Myers Part III: The Food

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is my second annual food guide to Fort Myers and the third and last in the series of the 2013 Guides to Fort Myers that include the logistics guide and the baseball guide. The first was more of a culinary guide, pointing out what are the local foods, and pointing out places you can sample them. That guide is still very relevant and you can find it here. This one is a little different than last year's. It is a ...
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  13. Assessing the Starting Pitching in the Twins' Organization

    (originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch)
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    For a baseball team to content, one of three things need to happen:

    1. An organization has to develop impact starting pitchers.
    2. An organization has to trade for impact starting pitcher.
    3. An organizations has to sign impact starting pitcher free agents.

    I demonstrated earlier this month that the Twins' last two year abysmal record could have been predicted as earlier as 2008, based on the state of their ...
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  14. Who is the newest member of the Twins HOF, Tom Mee

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    Today the Minnesota Twins selected two new members to their Hall of Fame, LHP "Everyday" Eddie Guardado, and long time staffer Tom Mee. All Twins' fans know Everyday Eddie, but who is Tom Mee?

    Tom Mee has been with the Twins' organization from their first season in Minnesota (1961) until their last title (1991). He was the first front office person hired when the Twins moved to Minnesota in 1960 ...
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