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  1. Twins Will Seek Competition For Trevor Plouffe

    In the TwinsCentric interview with Terry Ryan last week, (the 9-page entirety of which you can find in the 2013 Offseason Handbook), we asked about his confidence in Trevor Plouffe.

    John Bonnes: Are you comfortable with [Trevor] Plouffe at third base?

    Terry Ryan: Well, he needs some work too. Defensively, heís a work in progress.

    JB: He hasnít played that much at third base in the minors, right?

    TR: No, he hasnít, but heís and ex-shortstop
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  2. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 65: Warm & Fuzzy WolfHammerl

    The Minnesota Twins add some coaches and drop some players. From Surly Darkness Days, Aaron and John review their beers against thrash metal, break down the changes, wonder what the new coaches mean, debate the relative value of Ron Gardenhire, recap their motorcycle adventure, review the players who have been droppped, collect on old debts, speculate on might fill the 40-man roster spots, wonder if Scott Baker will re-sign and tease the next podcast including an interview with Terry Ryan. Here ...
  3. If Twins Will Trade Justin Morneau, There's A Way Toward Contention

    According to the Washington Post, the only legitimately good first baseman on the free agent market, Adam LaRoche, is in talks to re-sign with the Nationals. In the 2013 Offseason Handbook, I think the next best option we found was Carlos Lee, who slugged just .365 (and is 36 years old.) Whatís more, there arenít a lot of good options on the free agent market to move to first base. For instance, Kevin Youkilis is available at third base, but if he can play third base (and it looks like he can) heíll ...
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  4. GATG Ep. 64 Postmortem: Geek On Wheels



    John show of his motorcycle minutes after the podcast - and moments before he realizes he's killed the battery, which will undoubtedly be talked about at length in Episode 65.
  5. Twins Purge Matt Capps And Seven Others From 40-Man Roster

    The Twins cleared eight players from their 40-man roster yesterday in moves that affected suspects, prospects and Matt Capps. Because there were actually forty-three players on the 40-man roster, the moves left five spots open which will be filled throughout the offseason by free agents and other new players as well as Twins prospects that the organization wants to protect.

    Of the eight, the biggest name was former closer Capps, who was acquired by the Twins by trade in 2012 and has ...
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  6. Terry Ryan: Twins Will Chase "Pretty Darn Good" Pitcher

    In our TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, weíre including a transcript from a 45-minute meeting "State of the Twins" interview with Terry Ryan. As you can imagine, an 8000-word interview covers a lot of topics, including:

    • the strengths of the new coaching staff,
    • Joe Mauerís future at catcher,
    • additional offseason priorities beyond starting pitching,
    • how Twins approach waiver wire or minor league free agents,
    • thoughts on the state of the Twins minor leagues,
    • his evaluation
    ...
  7. Episode 64: Offseason Primer and Transaction Tutorial

    Aaron and John preview the Minnesota Twins offseason by reviewing possible free agents and then give a quick tutorial on how struggling organizations can take advantage of MLB's transaction rules. Here are:


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  8. Gleeman and the Geek Post Mortem: Episode 63

    After our weekly podcast, Aaron & I are going to try doing a short video that recaps the podcast and gets into other silliness.



    Immediately following episode 63, Aaron evaluates the podcast & comments further on the state of the Twins farm system while John mocks him from behind the iPhone's blinding light.

    Make sure to tune in next week, when we brave the new frontier of landscape mode.
  9. Waiting Impatiently For The Offseason

    Iím having trouble getting into the second round of the playoffs. I donít really want either the Yankees or the Tigers to make the World Series, which means I canít even root for the American League. The official team of The Voice Of Reasonô - the Phillies Ė is also out for the first time in years. But part of it is because Iím ready for the next act.

    The offseason.

    Oddly, I donít think Iíve looked forward to an offseason this much in years. For starters, itíll be nice ...
  10. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 63: SABR School

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ID:	2504Aaron and John talk about the incredibly exciting postseason, the Twins' improved farm system, reveal what they're reading and listening to, give a quick tutorial on a bunch of sabrmetric stats and concepts, and note the many ex-Twins in the playoffs. Here are:


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  11. On Writing, Coaching and Paul Molitor

    ďIf I want to write about baseball, what should I do?Ē

    It isnít uncommon that Iím asked this question by some well-meaning younger person who is trying to find their spot in what feels like a crowded world. Bluntly, but as tenderly as I can, I usually say:

    ďWrite. Preferably, about baseball.Ē

    Iím blunt, because there are so many ways to write about baseball. Start a blog. (If you want an instant Twins audience, you can used the one you have here.) Or write ...
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  12. Gleeman and the Geek: Ep 62: Coaching Changes and Seth Stohs

    The Minnesota Twins blow up their coaching staff, so Seth Stohs joins Aaron and John to talk about Ron Gardenhire's leash, the TwinsCentric Offseason Handbook, what the shopping plans are for free agent pitching, casting ballots for team MVP, why no one seems to want Paul Molitor, the futures of Trevor Plouffe and Liam Hendriks, how to lessen the upcoming outfield logjam, and why long podcasts are the best podcasts. Here are:


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  13. Should Twins Emulate White Sox?

    Vegas picked the White Sox to finish fourth in the AL Central this year, pegging them to win about 74.5 games. Chicago's season essentially ended last night when the Tigers clinched the division, but that means the Pale Hose' playoff hopes lasted until October, about four (five?) months longer than the Twins. They also made anyone who bet the ďunderĒ in Vegas look like a fool, exceeding Vegas preseason estimate by 10 games and counting.

    I am one of those fools. In our Gleeman and the ...
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