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  1. Clutch Hitting and Pitching is a State of Mind

    The previous article on clutching hitting and pitching is a great analysis on the subject. My question is this: Is Clutchness a State of Mind or does it have to be developed throughout your minor league development?

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  2. Jonathan Mayo on Minnesota Twins Prospects - Part 2

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ID:	6297Recently I had the opportunity to interview to MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo about the Minnesota Twins farm system. In part 1 of that interview, we talked a lot about Aaron Hicks and Kyle Gibsonís 2013 seasons, and what it means for their future. In part two of the three part series, I talk to him about Twins top prospect Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, and he identifies two Twins breakout prospects for 2014.

    CF Ė Do you think itís possible for guys ...

    Updated 01-08-2014 at 06:45 PM by Christopher Fee

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  3. Three steps toward fixing the HOF voting

    In the aftermath of the HOF voting today, a lot has been written about how broken the voting system is, to the point where some even suggest voting should be turned over to the fans.

    I posted the following in the comment section of the "Jacque Jones" forum thread, but then realized it got to "blog post length," so I'm re-posting it as such.

    I think fan voting is a lousy idea. I don't think anyone wants to hold up the AllStar Game voting process as one ...
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  4. More Dingers for Dozier?

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ID:	6291Letís just start by saying that in his second tour of duty of the major league ranks, Brian Dozier fared better.

    After a dismal 2012 season, he managed to improve his walk rate and power numbers to finish the year one of the teamís top contributions. Faint praise, however, considering the lineupís surprising lack of offense overall.

    That said Dozierís in-season development was impressive. After a diagnostic from hitting coach Tom Brunansky, the ...
  5. 25-Man Roster Dissection: Joe Mauer

    As the Twins get closer to heading to Fort Myers, there will be plenty of decisions to make in relation to the 25-man roster. Some positions are likely set in stone while others are still questionable. In this series called "25-Man Roster Dissection." I have selected the men I believe will spend the most time on the 25-man roster next season and I try to predict each player's 2014 performance.

    There seems to be one logical place to start with the roster and that's with the club's 23-million ...
  6. Introducing: The Eddie 400

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    If you've been reading my blog for the past few weeks, you are well aware that I have recently become obsessed with Eduardo Escobar. Not in a weird way. I just want to see more of him. Not in a weird way. I think he deserves more playing time. Last year, Escobar received just 179 plate appearances, but also had one of the most memorable plate appearances of the season, when he laced a walk-off double to give the Twins their first win ...
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  7. Finding Optimism in the Offense

    No one would deny that this has been a relatively aggressive offseason for Terry Ryan and the Minnesota Twins. Already we've seen them sign two starting pitchers to larger contracts than they've ever given a free agent in the past, and they followed up by adding Mike Pelfrey on a two-year deal. On top of that, there are some whispers that the Twins might still be pursuing another arm to round out the rotation.

    Of course, the club's efforts to improve the offense have been far ...
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  8. Twins Prospects: 30-26

    Here is part 5 of my prospect list I hope you enjoyed parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. Today I will be bringing you prospects 30-26. I will be bringing you 5 a day until we get all the way to number one. This will take awhile so keep checking back here for daily looks at who I have in certain spots and what I think of them. I am sure you will disagree with some and if so by all means leave me a comment in the comment section. If you prefer you can also shoot me an email at [email protected]. Also ...
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  9. Twins Prospects: 30-26

    Here is part 5 of my prospect list I hope you enjoyed parts 1, 2, 3, and 4. Today I will be bringing you prospects 30-26. I will be bringing you 5 a day until we get all the way to number one. This will take awhile so keep checking back here for daily looks at who I have in certain spots and what I think of them. I am sure you will disagree with some and if so by all means leave me a comment in the comment section. If you prefer you can also shoot me an email at [email protected]. Also ...
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  10. The Hangout Returns ~ January 7, 2014

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    Join Seth and Jeremy at 8:30 tonight as we discuss Twins Baseball. It will be viewable in link on this page as well as on Jeremy's Google+ page. We don't have a verified guest yet, and even if our planned guest falls through, we'll have plenty to talk about... we always do!



    See you tonight at 8:30 pm.

    Updated 01-07-2014 at 01:47 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  11. Clutch hitting and pitching and the 2013 Twins

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    "Clutch" is a word that has been used to describe the players who go above and beyond the norm and perform highly in difficult situations in close games: The guy who comes into the game with 2 outs and the bases loaded, down three in the bottom of the ninth and hits a grand slam off a closer who never blew a save. The pitcher who comes in with bases loaded and no outs, up one on the bottom of the ninth and ...
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  12. Interview with MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo - Part One

    Recently I had the opportunity to interview MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo about the Minnesota Twins farm system. Since joining MLB.com, heís produced an annual top 100 prospect list, several shows on MLB radio, and Around the Minors, a radio show that is all about prospects. In part one of the three part series, I talk to him about the Twins farm system as a whole, where certain prospects are on his top 100 list, and whether this year will be different for Kyle Gibson & Aaron Hicks. ...
  13. Twins Prospects: 35-31

    Here is part 4 of my prospect list I hope you enjoyed parts 1, 2, and 3. Today I will be bringing you prospects 35-31. I will be bringing you 5 a day until we get all the way to number one. This will take awhile so keep checking back here for daily looks at who I have in certain spots and what I think of them. I am sure you will disagree with some and if so by all means leave me a comment in the comment section. If you prefer you can also shoot me an email at [email protected]. Also if ...
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  14. Non-Complacency Key for Byron Buxton's Offseason

    It could be easy for Twins uber prospect Byron Buxton to approach this offseason with a big head. He is coming off of one of the best minor league seasons in Twins history. Baseball America recently honored him with their top award as the best minor league player for 2013. Buxton is being compared to super-star players like Mike Trout and that can make it tough to motivate yourself.

    When a player is considered head and shoulders above his peers, an attitude of complacency can emerge. ...
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