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  1. Twins starters and pitch limits

    originally posted at http://wp.me/p1YQUj-2zu

    The Twins have had a reputation for protecting their starting pitchers for many years and their method of choice for accomplishing this is to limit the number of pitches that their starters throw in a game. The Twins are not alone in counting pitches, all teams do it these days and a 100 pitch per game seems to be the "gold standard" that most teams follow.

    Before pitch counts started to become prominent ...
  2. 2014 Minnesota Twins Rule 5 Draft Primer

    There are some benefits to Minnesota's finish near the bottom of the AL for the third straight year. Later this week, the Twins will have a top five pick in this year's Rule 5 Draft. For those not familiar, the Rule 5 Draft allows MLB teams to claim players not protected by their parent club on the team's 40-man roster. There obviously some rules to this process.

    Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted ...
  3. The Case for Stephen Drew

    It is now 2014 and Stephen Drew is still a free agent. There has been speculation regarding the Twins possibly making a run at Drew. Some are in favor of a possible signing, while some are against it. This is a common theme when speculating transactions. Everyone is going to have their opinion.

    Here is my case for signing Stephen Drew.

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    Offensive Upside

    Stephen Drew was a good offensive player in 2013, putting up a ...

    Updated 01-04-2014 at 01:12 AM by JP3700

  4. Twins Fest: One Family's Review

    We purchased tickets to Friday night's Twins Fest as a way to celebrate my Dad's 83rd birthday. Grandpa was accompanied by his two grandsons, ages 10 and 8, my wife and I.

    We parked in Lot B, and had only a short walk to Gate 6, where a host of ticket-takers greeted us as if we were walking up to a game. Once inside the gates, we peered out onto a snow-covered Target Field. Click image for larger version. 

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    It was quite a contrast to the green grass of Opening Day, and the ...

    Updated 01-26-2014 at 08:17 PM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy (grammar)

  5. 2014 Spring Training Guide to Fort Myers. Part I: The Logistics

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
    Less than a month for Pitchers and Catchers to report to Fort Myers so it is about time for you to make your arrangements to go to Fort Myers and it is about time for the third annual Fort Myers Guides, which will be updates from last years' guides. Also, as a retrospect after I return, I will do a "bargain guide to Spring Training in Fort Myers" to really try to give hints on how to get there, stay there, eat ...
  6. Twins Spring Preview The Starting Rotation, What went wrong last year and whats fixed

    With Twins fest in the books and the first spring training games coming up at the end of the month itís time to take a look at the upcoming roster and see what we got. Last season was disappointing to say the least. Can we look forward to something better this season?

    Letís begin by looking at the starting pitching.

    No matter how you look at it the starting pitching last year was in a word, awful, and that may be putting it politely. The rotation had the highest ERA of ...
  7. Glorious Leader Conquers First Base

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    Supreme Chairman Mauer Conquers First Base"
    All is...uh...good" Glorious Leader Announces

    Fort Kelly, TT

    Following our secession from the United States of America last October the wonderful nation of Twins Territory has been savoring the sweet nectar of freedom bestowed upon us by our one and only glorious leader: Joeseph Mauer.

    While the Supreme Chairman surprised many by announcing his transition ...
  8. Arbitrary +/- Redux: 2014

    I recently started responding to a forum post, realized my post was growing ever-larger and mostly revolved around the topic of, "I think this guy will be better, but this guy, not so much...", and realized I was heading down the exact same path which caused me to create a questionable blog last year. And what's the best thing to do with questionable blogs? Pile on more, of course, making it into a "yearly" questionable blog topic (which assumes I may remember in future years). ...
  9. Swan Song

    As the title of this blog entry indicates, I intend this to be the last entry. For reasons I wonít go into now I have basically curtailed my participation in this site and on this blog. Thatís OK. My life is moving in new directions and the changes are exciting, and as I move on to new things it is only natural that some of my earlier passions diminish and fall by the side. I have been feeling, though, that one last blog entry was appropriate, even necessary, if only for the sake of giving myself ...
  10. A TwinsTakes Preview of the 2014 Minnesota Twins - Back to Won, Twins Way

    by , 04-18-2014 at 01:32 PM (TwinsTakes.com Blog on TwinsDaily.com - Our Takes, Your Takes, TwinsTakes.com!)
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    The Minnesota Twins come into 2014 off a third straight season of over 90 losses. The last time the Twins went through a rough stretch like this was at the end of the 90ís when they had 4 straight seasons of over 90 losses and that was actually part of 8 consecutive seasons of finishing under .500 from 1993 to 2000 for our Minnesota Twins.

    When a franchise goes through bad stretches like that, they better have good scouting ...

    Updated 04-18-2014 at 01:38 PM by TwinsTakes-RD (Spacing)

  11. 5 Players the Twins gave up on waaaaaaay too early.

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Pining for the past is something we're all guilty of. It's hard to see guys like Torii Hunter, David Ortiz and Carlos Gomez enjoying success with other franchises and not wonder what could have been. When those former players are breaking out or enjoying pseudo-Hall of Fame careers, it's hard to just look the other way. Heck, this one guy keeps writing about guys like Clete Thomas and continuously linking to it. Like this link, which you can click. ...
  12. A Closer Look At Joe Mauer's Struggles

    Joe Mauer wonders why everyone is lined up on the left side of the outfield.This Joe Mauer vitriol has gotten out of hand.

    Fans and media members alike are taking shots at him over his lack of production at the conclusion of just the season's second month of play. Sure, his power outage, run production and shortage of key hits has been the source of much consternation -- particularly in the last stretch when the team has dropped six of their last seven games.

    Did you hear that the Twin Cities will have a new Joe Mauer-themed ...
  13. Calling Out (some) Twins Fans

    So whatís a surefire way to make sure no one ever reads your new blog again? Well, why not call out some of the fan base for what I feel has been questionable, if not irrational behavior.

    I was just as frustrated as every other fan with this past Twins season, but I still do not think it justifies the amount of vitriol I have read in various comment sections, newspapers, discussed with friends, and listened to on the radio. The two biggest issues everyone seems to have are the misconceptions ...
  14. This is all just a bad dream...right?

    "Wake me up when it is over." I have heard this in reference to bad movies, horrible television shows, lectures in college auditoriums--the list goes on. Add now to the list "wake me up when the Twins game is over."

    After being shutout for two straight games and being no-hit on Wednesday by Jared Weaver, the Minnesota Twins are beginning to give the term "the Bad News Bears" a whole new meaning. From their pitching to their hitting, the Twins are an all-around ...

    Updated 05-03-2012 at 12:06 PM by SpinnesotaGirl

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