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  1. Inside a Target Field Promotions Meeting: A Screenplay

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    INT. TARGET FIELD BOARDROOM - LATE AFTERNOON

    A room full of executives readies themselves for an important meeting. WILSON, JOHNSON, THOMAS, SMITH, and DAVIS each take a seat at the table. DAVIS sits at the head of the table and the others surround him. Everyone looks nervous about the events to transpire. WILSON, JOHNSON, THOMAS, and SMITH each have large, white poster boards, covered for now. There is obvious tension ...

    Updated 03-23-2013 at 02:54 PM by Brad Swanson

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  2. What now for Joe Benson?

    The Twins made a few more cuts today, which is common during these final days of Spring Training. Joe Benson was cut and that is very disappointing to me. Benson is a player that I have been excited about for many years and a player who was given the opportunity to win the open center field job, after the trades of Ben Revere and Denard Span. Benson was not impressive this Spring. I don't put a lot of stock into Spring Training stats, but a .151/.286/.283 line with 15 strikeouts in 63 plate ...
  3. Finding Pedro Florimon's Value

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Yesterday, I unveiled what will almost certainly go down in history as my most popular original idea: a weekly (fake) mailbag. In that mailbag I asked myself... I mean, I was asked about the Twins player I am higher on than most. I chose Pedro Florimon because I think his defense can provide enough value to overcome his complete lack of contribution on offense. I am not sure I explained my point very well and I wasn't feeling good about ...

    Updated 03-16-2013 at 05:01 PM by Brad Swanson

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  4. Friday Mailbag (3/15/2013)!!!!!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I get asked a lot of questions in my daily travels. Most of them are related to social studies and asked by 14-year-olds. However, I was once asked a question about the Twins and that inspired me to start a weekly (probably not) Friday mailbag!

    A recent report stated that the Texas Rangers are likely to trade Elvis Andrus if they cannot extend him. With Jurickson Profar on his way to stardom, should the Twins try to low-ball ...
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  5. Analyzing the 2013 Twins using MLB 13: The Show

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    If you prefer real baseball news to tomfoolery, I analyzed the Kyle Lohse signing that hasn't happened yet. You can read it here: Kyle Lohse signs with [MLB Team]. If you like tomfoolery...

    I buy MLB the Show every single year. I always think that I won't and then I do. I buy it, play it a lot, then completely forget about it. In fact, here is an easy to use monthly breakdown of my MLB the Show usage:

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    Updated 03-09-2013 at 06:44 PM by Brad Swanson

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  6. Further Investigation into the Lack of Quality Middle Infielders

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Last weekend, I introduced the Gagne Threshold. I used a variety of criteria to find good middle infielders over the past 30 seasons. I'm not going to go through everything again, but if you missed it and want to take a look, you can find it here. To summarize, I found 63 good players, 33 at second and 30 at short. I also found that there wasn't a specific team that was more or less adept at finding these players, as the sample is so ...

    Updated 03-09-2013 at 01:02 PM by Brad Swanson

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  7. Introducing the Gagne Threshold

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The most recent episode of Gleeman and the Geek touched on a familiar topic for Twins fans. The middle infield has been a consistent area of need for the Minnesota Twins, since the days of Greg Gagne and Chuck Knoblauch. It was discussion of Gagne that specifically interested me. I remember Gagne as a kid. He was a player that I never really thought a whole lot about. Now that I am older, I understand his value. The Twins haven't had ...
  8. Joe Mauer Hates Pop-Ups

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Sometimes inspiration strikes in odd ways. Today, Rhett Bollinger, the Twins' MLB.com beat writer, sent out this tweet:

    Joe Mauer just popped out. Something he did only once last year in 641 plate appearances. #MNTwins
    Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 26, 2013

    Wait, what? I saw that come through my feed and I was immediately interested. Was it true?

    @bridman77 Yep. It's actually only once in
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    Updated 02-27-2013 at 10:38 AM by Brad Swanson

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  9. The Minnesota Twins and 2012 Topps - Righting a Baseball Card Injustice

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I went to Target this afternoon. That alone is exciting enough for a new post, but there's more! I was going to get bread and milk for my family. I also needed to buy some pens, which happen to be on the opposite end of the store. There's still more. After procuring my pens, I went down an unmanned checkout aisle to get a soda pop. I wanted a Diet Dr. Pepper. Farther down that aisle were the baseball cards. I thought to myself "oh ...

    Updated 02-24-2013 at 08:35 AM by Brad Swanson

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  10. Who has the most to prove in 2013?

    I have been given good feedback (read: 2-3 kind comments) about the wackier things I have been writing. Here is something I wrote about other Minnesota Athletes playing baseball. It's odd. Thank you to anyone who has given me nice feedback, it really does mean a lot.

    Here is something more serious: Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The 2013 Minnesota Twins are in a unique position. Their present doesn't seem all that promising, but their future looks pretty ...
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  11. Deconstructing Diamond

    Originally Posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
    Warning: Stats ahead! If you prefer to learn about Scott Diamond's unique place in baseball history, you can read it here.

    2012 was a completely lost season for the Minnesota Twins. I don't need to rehash all the details, as we all lived it together. One of the few bright spots was a 26-year-old former Rule 5 draft pick in Scott Diamond. Diamond shined brightly for the Twins in 2012. He won 12 games, posted a 3.54 ERA and ...
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  12. A Championship the Twins can win.

    All content was originally published at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I figured out how the Twins could win a baseball championship. However, I don't want to waste anyone's time, so this theory falls quite a bit short of reality. If you want realistic baseball analysis, I have been writing about some Twins-related players in the last couple weeks, and you can read about them here:

    Joe Saunders signs with the Mariners
    Matt Capps signs with the Indians
    Kevin Slowey signs with the Marlins ...

    Updated 02-09-2013 at 12:09 PM by Brad Swanson

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  13. AL Central Team Off-Season Reviews/2013 Team Previews

    Hey everyone! I took a look at what each of the 4 other teams in the AL Central were up to this off-season. Once completed, the 4 previews consisted of a lot of words. Really, too many words. Therefore, I split each one up and posted them individually at my blog, Kevin Slowey was Framed!. I thought I would just provide links to each of the 4 previews here, for any who are interested. I swear this was not a ploy to get more pageviews, it was a simple ploy to continue to be lazy even though ...
  14. My Top 10 Favorite Minnesota Twins (with pictures!)

    Hello Twins Daily! I haven't posted here in a long time, and I'll be honest, I miss it here. Also, I am not at TwinsFest today like seemingly everyone else, so I started to feel sad and nostalgic. I decided to create a top 10 favorite Twins list. But, that seemed kind of boring, so I added a little twist.

    (originally published at Kevin Slowey was Framed!)

    I have received two complaints in my entire life. 1. You don't illustrate enough. 2. You haven't made your
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