I think Twins magic begins with a car radio, a commute of erratic, skidding traffic, and staring at the sun while waiting for red lights.
Returning to baseball life is a greater gift to the fans living in places where the offseason is covered in snow and loneliness.
When the bat cracks and the crowd cheers, we know the small city filled with red- and blue-clad fans will be born around Target Field. There will be beer, hugs, and shouting.
At that moment, the
Vance Worley is poised for his second unofficial start for the Minnesota Twins today.
Compared to the other recent additions to the rotation, the 25-year-old right-handerís first outing in the Grapefruit League was very positive. He worked two innings, allowed a pair of hits but didnít allow any runs. Feedback from his new manager was good.
ďI like him. He looks like a gunslinger with that windup,Ē Ron Gardenhire told reporters following the teamís 5-4 victory over the
Earlier this week a post went up on ESPN's Sweetspot Blog about the importance of one player to the future of baseball in Europe. Mariners infielder Alex Liddi has only played 53 games in the major leagues but he is the first player born and raised in Italy. He has hit .224/.278/.397 during that stretch which aren't exactly eye-popping numbers. Still the article said, "If baseball is going to grow in Europe, it's going to be because of people like him."
Episode 27 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
Eric and Paul discuss the Twins news of the week, ranging from the Oswaldo Arcia injury, the CF competition, Joe Mauer's twins to the Baseball Prospectus prospect rankings. They are joined this week by Kristen Brown (kbrobaseball.blogspot.com) to talk about spring training,
The Minnesota Twins have been aware of Ryan Doumit for more than fifteen years, but it was only in the last 15 months that he was in the organization. In 1999, the Twins drafted outfielder BJ Garbe with the 5th overall pick in the draft. In the second round that year, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Doumit from the same high school as Garbe, Moses Lake High School in Washington.
Ryan Doumit debuted as a 24-year-old with the Pittsburgh Pirates in June of 2005. For the next three seasons,
As they try to rebuild their shattered starting pitching corps, the Twins are relying on Kyle Gibson to become a fixture in the rotation. Whereas the rest of the organizationís top pitching prospects are widely considered to be at least a year or two away, Gibson is ready now.
After being sidetracked by Tommy John surgery, heís returned throwing harder than ever and Ė much like in his first big-league camp in 2011 Ė he is impressing coaches and onlookers
I am willing to admit that it's way too early to get our hopes up regarding Eddie Rosario and his 5 for 8 outburst against AA to AAA level pitchers. Some of the heavy hitters on this site have commented that it's absurd to believe that we could hear--once again--chants of "Eddie, Eddie" as early as this spring in Minnie. I get it.
But don't tell me it can never happen. http://www.baseball-reference.com/mi...d=carew-001rod
You can vote for the "Hall of Fame" discussed in this blog (and see this post with all kinds of other goofy photoshops) on our main blogger page.
After the debacle of the Hall of Fame's "non-election" and last weekend's Academy Awards, there is but one honor left to bestow before the baseball season begins: the Peanuts From Heaven Hall of Fame! Yes, we still offer induction to all those who make the game fun to watch (even if they weren't exactly "good"
For years, it's been clear that the Twins belong to Joe Mauer. It's nice to to get a little divine confirmation.
Late last night news broke that Joe's Mauer's wife, Maddie, is pregnant with Twins. (Oops. I meant "twins." The capitalization has become a habit. Though I suppose it is possible that she could be pregnant with future Twins. Gotta love Mauer those genes.) According to Joe, everything so far is "so good." Yes, yes it is Joe. For all of us.
If youíre like me, one of the fun things to do during spring training is to read through all of the box scores. Theyíre long, and full of names as starters are just getting a couple of at bats and managers are wanting to see their role players and non-roster invitees. Itís a good reminder of the offseason transactions and who signed where. Thatís important for the big free agents, but itís also fun to see where the lesser-known names and the minor league free agents signed.
With a variety of top prospect list coming out at this time of year, there is plenty of talk about the high-ranking prospects in the Twins farm system. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton could be on their way to multiple All-Star appearances. Alex Meyer and Kyle Gibson could make up the starting rotation of the future.
The Twins have some talent at the top of their farm system and this makes the next couple years of development very important. Some of these
To be considered a prospect that will be drafted in the top-20 of any MLB Draft is quite a feat. Nearly everyone cannot accomplish that on natural talent alone. It takes an extreme amount of sweaty labor that most people would not, or could not, endure. I want to hope beyond all hope that Aaron Hicks turns out just like Dennis Rodman.
I’m sure your blood is boiling after reading that last sentence. So,
Updated 03-18-2013 at 10:32 PM by mnfanforlife
Originally published at KnuckleballsBlog.com
With the Twins likely done making moves this winter, and with Spring Training games just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to put my predictive powers to the test and try and suss-out the Twinsí plan for the Opening Day starter. With the Twins opening the season at home this year, the Opening Day start has a little more significance than it has the past couple of years when the Twins started the season on the road. The
This is the first post in a series highlighting the Twins number one draft picks, originally published at BaseballTwins.com
Eddie Leon, All-American
In 1965, the first year of the MLB draft, the Twins had the ninth selection and used it on a talented