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  1. Why Do We Care About the Twins?

    I’ve been pretty critical of the Twins front office lately. I’m not alone in that, of course. Quite a number of fans, including many who are far more informed and better able to communicate than I, feel that the Twins have simply not done enough to improve the team this offseason.

    (This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.)

    Over this Christmas holiday week, I couldn’t help but reflect on matters so much more important than baseball. Will the ideologues ...
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  2. Spending the Twins' Money... or Not

    Terry Ryan has been a busy boy. We may or may not be impressed by what he's been doing, but nobody can say he took an early holiday break from the office.

    (This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com)

    The Twins went in to the offseason needing starting pitching. Ryan told anyone who asked that he understood it was his job to improve the rotation. He also has, at various times, mentioned also wanting to add some bullpen pieces and someone to push Trevor Plouffe ...

    Updated 12-24-2012 at 12:44 PM by Jim Crikket

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  3. Hey Twins Fans, Meet Vanimal!

    Now that we’ve had a day to absorb the news of the Twins trading Ben Revere to Philadelphia, it’s time for us to get to know our newest member of the Twins MLB family, Vance Worley… aka “Vanimal.”

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  4. Winter Meetings: Time For Terry Ryan to Step Up.

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Baseball’s Winter Meetings get in to gear down at the Gaylord Opryland hotel in Nashville on Monday and that’s got me a bit nervous. The Twins, at least at the Major League level, are in a sorry state, having come off a 96-loss season which followed a 99-loss season. It just doesn’t get much worse than this, folks.


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  5. Are We Seeing Bizarro Terry Ryan?

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    It’s been difficult for me this offseason to, on the one hand, listen to and read Terry Ryan’s comments about what his plans are for addressing the Twins’ obvious needs, while bearing in mind the Twins’ historical approach to offseason roster building. In fact, it brings to mind the “Bizarro World” introduced by DC Comics back in my younger (much younger) days.


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    Updated 11-29-2012 at 03:33 PM by Jim Crikket

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  6. Years Don't Matter... Much

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I’ve never been in favor of giving long-term contracts to pitchers. I thought the Mets would regret giving Johan Santana five years at the salary levels they paid him. I have never advocated that the Twins should get involved in a bidding war for a Cliff Lee or a Roy Halladay or any other pitcher that was obviously going to get 5+ years at a bazillion dollars per year from one of the mega-market teams.

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  7. Money Matters

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I’m constantly struck by how so many otherwise intelligent people suddenly sound like idiots when discussing issues related to money. A number of these people are certainly not idiots… they’re accomplished business owners and/or people who have achieved considerable success at running businesses. So if they aren’t as stupid as the words they’re saying makes them sound, one can only assume that they think the people hearing/reading ...
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  8. Twins Should Follow Blue Jays Bold Lead

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I’ve been feeling under the weather the past couple of weeks and that tends to make me grumpy. I’m feeling much better, but apparently the grumpiness is not wearing off quickly. The Toronto-Miami trade announced Tuesday didn’t help my mood much, either.


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    We really should have seen this coming. It’s ...
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  9. Twins Announce New Coaches: Cuellar, Bruno and Steinbach

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    The Twins announced Monday that they’ve filled their three open Major League coaching positions. As had been speculated, two of those coaches are Bobby Cuellar (bullpen coach) and Tom Brunansky (hitting coach). But the third addition qualifies as a mild surprise, as Terry Steinbach will be stepping in as the Twins bench coach (and catching instructor).

    While many Twins fans had wanted Minnesota native Paul Molitor ...

    Updated 10-22-2012 at 10:13 PM by Jim Crikket

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  10. Enjoy the World Series With the… Kernels?

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Yes, you read that right.

    If you live in Eastern Iowa or have been thinking about making a trip to Cedar Rapids to check out the home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins’ new Class A Midwest League affiliate, the Kernels are inviting you to watch a World Series game with them.



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  11. Thinking the Unthinkable: Trade Joe Mauer?

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    This is what happens when the offseason rolls around and I really have no rooting interest among the four remaining MLB teams in the respective League Championship Series. I write 2000 words about something that will never, ever happen. At least that’s what happened to me Sunday.

    But it’s not my fault. I’m blaming my fellow Knuckleballs blogger, Eric, and this Sunday morning Tweet:

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    Updated 10-16-2012 at 01:41 PM by Jim Crikket

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  12. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

    This article originally was posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    I didn’t rush right out to post reactions to the Twins’ coaching changes as the information came out on Thursday, which is probably a good thing.

    StarTribune beat reporter LaVelle E. Neal III was obviously wired in to the situation at Target Field and started the ball rolling by announcing that bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek had been advised his contract was not being renewed. My immediate reaction, via Twitter, ...
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  13. More Thoughts on the Twins/Kernels Affiliation

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels held a press conference Wednesday to introduce their new Major League affiliate, the Minnesota Twins. It was actually more of a public introduction to which the press was invited, but that was certainly the right approach by the Kernels. Affiliation changes are big deals in the local communities and when your organization hasn’t had a change in 20 years, it’s an even bigger deal.

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  14. Twins to Announce Affiliation With Cedar Rapids on Wednesday

    After weeks of speculation, a press conference has been scheduled for 1:30 Wednesday to announce that the Cedar Rapids Kernels will become the new Class A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins for the next four years. Twins officials toured the Kernels facilities Monday afternoon and met with the CR Board of Directors later that day.

    The Twins, who have been sending their Class A prospects to Beloit for the past eight years, had been rumored to be favoring a move to Cedar Rapids for ...
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