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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 2013 Spring Training Guide to Fort Myers Part II: The Baseball

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the second of the three 2013 Spring Training Guides to Fort Myers that will appear here. The first one was a guide on the logistics of how to get there and where to stay etc., including some ways to get there as inexpensively as possible, if that is a consideration. The Logistics Guide can be found here. The next guide will be about food and this one is about the reason people go to Fort Myers: Spring Training ...
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  4. 2013 Spring Training Guide to Fort Myers. Part I: The Logistics.

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Less than a month for Pitchers and Catchers to report to Fort Myers so it is about time for you to make your arrangements to go to Fort Myers (I made mine late last year) and it is about time for the second annual Fort Myers Guides.

    Last season there were two Spring Training Guides: the Spring Training Guide to Fort Myers and the Fort Myers Culinary Guide . This season there will be three guides and will be ...
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  5. An illustration of what is in the heart of the Twins pitching problems

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    With Catchers and Pitchers reporting in less that one month for Spring Training 2013, I decided to get ready for my Spring Training Coverage (teaser: expect 3 new guides this month) so I was looking at the past coverage here. I stumbled upon this little piece from the end of the 2009 Spring Training. It looks really innocent. After all it is a list of all 97 pitchers in the Twins' minors in 2008 from DSL to AAA, who ...

    Updated 01-19-2013 at 08:43 PM by Thrylos

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  6. An Attempt towards an Objective 2013 Hall of Fame Ballot

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    'Tis the time of the year when BBWAA writers who have ballots for the Hall of Fame voting, as well as everyone else, indicate who they want to be in the Hall of Fame. There are a lot of those lists and most of them come without much explanation and most of the picks are somewhat subjective (of the type: "Jack Morris should be in because he was the best post-season pitcher like ever"). Also, you
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  7. Who will be the one who will push Plouffe at third base for the Twins?

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    The Twins' General Manager has been on the record many times this offseason indicating that he would like to get someone who will "push" Trevor Plouffe at third base. The Twins' field and front office staff are unhappy with Plouffe's defense in the hot corner. Plouffe has had his moments there, but he is still learning the position. Let us not forget that the powers of being who feel that Plouffe is inadequate ...
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  8. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

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    Here is this week's installment:


    • Kyle Gibson returned to Rochester about a year or so after he was injured there
    • This is a really interesting article (and well researched too) about Baseball announcers favoring certain kind of players. Interesting to see whether there is a follow up about managers following suit. Great read.
    • The New Britain Rock Cats (Twins' AA affiliate) will host the 2013
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  9. Minnesota Twins Minor League Weekly Transactions: 8/18-8/24

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the fourth instalment in this series. You can find the older ones here (most recent on top.) Promotions and demotions are listed under the team where the player currently plays (this means promotions to the Minnesota Twins will not be listed here)

    Here are the transactions in all levels in the Twins organization from August 11th until yesterday August 17th:

    Rochester Redwings (International ...
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  10. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Here is this week's installment:


    • The biggest recent news from the Minnesota Twins (other than the product on the field) is that they outrighted Nick Blackburn and Tsuyoshi Nishioka off the 40-man roster to Rochester. What does this mean for these two players for 2013 is still unknown, but it will be interesting to see.
    • Speaking of waivers.... One little detail because the rules are somewhat complicated:
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  11. Minnesota Twins Minor League Weekly Transactions: 8/11-8/17

    Originally Published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the third instalment of this series. You can find the older ones here (most recent on top.) Promotions and demotions are listed under the team where the player currently plays (this means promotions to the Minnesota Twins will not be listed here)

    Here are the transactions in all levels in the Twins organization from August 11th until yesterday August 17th:

    Rochester Redwings (International ...
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  12. Minnesota Twins' Minor League Affiliates Attendance Figures

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    With the Minnesota Twins about to announce another 2-year extension of their Player Development Contract with the Rochester Red Winds of the AAA International League and only their A-level relationship with the Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League being an unfinished business, I thought that it might be interesting to look at the average draw of the Twins' affiliates in all levels.

    I am listing ticket sold ...
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  13. xPE, xFIP, SIERA, the 2012 Twins pitching and other stories

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (where the graphics might be bigger and more readable)
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    For a while I wanted to take a bit of a formalized look at the Twins' pitching this season to see what we have learned and see what would make sense for the team to do in the future. Also, it has been a while since I took a formalized look at Twins pitching, so it was about time.

    The metrics I like to use to do this have been some simple things of my own ...
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  14. Dozier to AAA, Florimon to the majors, a mini profile, and controversy?

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    By now the latest transaction of the Minnesota Twins is about half a day old. SS Brian Dozier was optioned to the Twins AAA club and SS Pedro Florimon was recalled. Dozier was benched for 2 games after a critical error on Sunday and he has been at about replacement level with the bat and been strugging on the field on occasion. Typical rookie season. Even here, yesterday morning the possibility the the Twins might ...
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