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  1. All Former Twins Team - 2013

    David Ortiz hit the big ALCS grand slam that was nearly caught by a toppling Torii Hunter. It was a reminder of how many former Twins players had strong 2013 seasons. Each of the four remaining teams have at least one former Twins player.

    Very little annoys me more than people complaining about former Twins players succeeding with other organizations, forgetting the back stories of when they left the Twins. Sure, letting David Ortiz go looks horrible in retrospect, but at the time, ...
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  2. Rookie Review: Ryan Pressly

    On Opening Day, I had the opportunity to talk to a very excited Ryan Pressly. The right-hander was the Minnesota Twins Rule 5 pick last December and had a strong spring training. Understandably, Pressly was very much excited. During the Twins final weekend, I had the chance to catch up with Pressly and see how he felt about his season.
    ďIím happy with it. Obviously thereís a couple of games Iíd like to take back. Other than that, Iím pretty happy with what I accomplished this season.Ē
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  3. Roster Decisions: Lester Oliveros

    While writing an article on the Minnesota Twins upcoming 40 man roster decisions for the Offseason GM Handbook, one name jumped out to me as an obvious choice to add. This name is one that I had not really thought about previously. Based on the title of this article, that one name is that of Lester Oliveros.

    Approximately 13 months ago, the hard-throwing right-handed reliever underwent Tommy John surgery. His rehab went pretty well. On July 30th, he made his first appearance in a GCL ...
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  4. 2013 Twins Rookie of the Year: Who gets your vote?

    During the 2013 season, the Minnesota Twins promoted many players to the big leagues. Many of them were rookies. So, who would get your vote for the top performing rookie on the team in 2013?

    To keep it somewhat limited, I only looked at those rookies that were with the team for long enough that they will not be a rookie in 2014. In other words, Josmil Pinto will still be a rookie in 2014, so he and his impressive September will not be eligible (though, you can choose him as a write-in ...
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  5. Right Man for the Job

    Just for fun, letís imagine that you have worked for a company for more than 25 years. Imagine you have been in a very important position within that company for a dozen years. Youíve given your heart and soul, worked hard and dedicated your energies to that company. You may not be the perfect employee. Frankly, for your job, there is no such thing as perfect. However, itís not an easy job, dealing with personalities and performance of others.

    Imagine now that the last three or four ...
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  6. Right Man for the Job

    Just for fun, letís imagine that you have worked for a company for more than 25 years. Imagine you have been in a very important position within that company for a dozen years. Youíve given your heart and soul, worked hard and dedicated your energies to that company. You may not be the perfect employee. Frankly, for your job, there is no such thing as perfect. However, itís not an easy job, dealing with personalities and performance of others.

    Imagine now that the last three or four ...
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  7. The Turnaround in Cleveland

    The Cleveland Indians are in Minneapolis, ready for a four-game, season-ending series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins watched the Oakland A's celebrate winning the AL West Division title last weekend. Last night, they watched the Detroit Tigers win the AL Central for the third straight year. It is possible that the Twins will also watch Cleveland celebrate a playoff berth this weekend.

    With four games to play, the Indians are currently one game ahead of the Texas ...
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  8. Twins Notebook

    The Twins got a nice 4-3 win last night at Target Field in the first game of the final home stand of the season. Brian Dozier knocked his 18th home run of the season to send the game to extra innings. In the 11th inning, Josmil Pinto drove in the game-winning run for the Twins.

    As the season is winding down, it seems there are less people wanting to talk about the Twins, and understandably so. But here are several topics that are interesting if nothing else:

    Last night's ...
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  9. 2013 Twins Minor League All Star Team

    Last week at Twins Daily, we presented several minor league awards. This week, I wanted to present the organization's minor league all star team. As we have discussed many times here throughout the year, it was a terrific season in the Twins farm system. That can be further illustrated by looking at this All Star team, and a potential lineup.

    How do you think this lineup would compare against All Star lineups from other organizations?

    CF Byron Buxton
    SS Jorge Polanco ...
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  10. Twins Season is Breaking Bad

    I recently got my newest issue of Entertainment Weekly. It was the Fall TV preview issue. As I was flipping through the pages to see what shows my spark my interest, some of them made me start thinking about the Twins season, and how the Twins have played in September. Yes, I acknowledge that that makes me kind of sad, but you can understand, Iím sure.

    Below youíll find some of the TV shows and how they got me thinking about the Minnesota Twins.

    It seems everyone has caught ...
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  11. 2013 Twins Minor League Hitter of the Year

    Earlier in the week, we announced the Harmon Killebrew Award winners, and my choice for Minnesota Twins Minor league Relief Pitcher of the Year and the Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year. Today, itís time to point out the hitters that performed very well in the Twins minor league system. There were quite a few terrific performances through the Twins system! The most encouraging is that most of the top prospects performed at a new level.

    But there is no question that two players ...
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  12. 2013 Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year

    Minnesota Twins minor league awards week continues today by looking at the top relief pitchers in the system (be sure to look back at the Harmon Killebrew Award winners and my choice for minor league starting pitcher of the year). Itís an interesting category, especially for someone like me who typically will not rank relief pitchers as high as starters, but who fully understands the importance of a strong bullpen to a team.

    A look at last yearís Top 6 minor league reliever shows ...
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  13. 2013 Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

    Yesterday, we discussed the Minnesota Twins minor leaguers who were named the recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Awards for Community Service. Today, we continue our minor league award week by looking at the top starting pitchers in the Twins farm system in 2013. First, be sure to note that this is about 2013 performance. This is not a prospect ranking of any kind.

    In 2013, there were several very good starting pitchers in the Twins system. Several of the top prospects put up solid ...
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  14. Twins Recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service

    This week, I will be posting several articles handing out some Minnesota Twins minor league awards.

    When Minnesota Twins legend Harmon Killebrew announced that his health was deteriorating and he was entering hospice care, fans around the country, and especially in the Midwest, chimed in to tell tales of Killebrew. Amazingly, very of those few stories had anything to do with what occurred on a baseball field. Most of these stories involved something he had told a kid, shaking hands ...
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