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  1. The Hall of Fame Ballot Gets Crowded

    It’s time. There are only a couple days left before Hall of Fame ballots are due in. Yes, those holy guardians of all that is right and just in baseball (voting members of the Baseball Writers Association of America) must soon stop writing about how hard it is to perform their duties as HoF voters and just vote, already.

    As I’ve written several times, I don’t believe the writers have any business sitting in judgment of anyone else’s morality. If they would just vote based on players’ ...
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  2. Can Terry Ryan Truly Change His Stripes?

    There’s a lot of chatter on this here interweb thingy lately concerning what Twins General Manager Terry Ryan’s next moves will be and should be. He came out of the gate fast this offseason, immediately setting out to shore up – if not completely rebuild – the Twins’ starting pitching rotation by signing free agents Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey.

    But there’s still more than a little doubt as to whether this is truly a new Terry Ryan, willing to spend Pohlad money ...

    Updated 12-20-2013 at 10:20 AM by Jim Crikket

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  3. Winter Meetings and Expectations

    I typically take a little business trip to the Tampa/St. Petersburg FL area in December and did so last week.

    After years of hearing about how interesting baseball’s Winter Meetings are, this year I found myself within reasonable driving distance of those Meetings when they officially opened up. That being the case, I decided I would check the situation out for myself.

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  4. What Are the Twins Doing... and Why?

    It has been a weird offseason for the Twins, hasn’t it?

    I’m not complaining. mind you. It’s refreshing to see General Manager Terry Ryan being aggressive in the free agent market to address the team’s starting pitching needs. Signing Ricky Nolasco to a four-year contract with a fifth year vesting option was more than a little out of character for the Twins.Adding Phil Hughes on a three-year deal two days later was almost downright giggle inducing.

    (This article was ...
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