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  1. A return to the 2013 FA pitching market half way through the season.

    In light of John's recent suggestion, I went ahead and compiled the results of the 2013 free agent pitching market. I excluded pitchers that ended up as relievers, and I excluded pitchers such as baseballs version of Gandolf the Gray (Jamie Moyer) who did not sign.

    The results were surprisingly better than I thought they'd be, but I'm not so certain that we at Twins Daily would have gotten them right. I'm too lazy to look up all of the suggestions from last winter, but the names ...
  2. Twins Birthdays--July 21

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Jim Manning (1943)
    Mike Cubbage (1950)
    Kimera Bartee (1972)
    Brian Buchanan (1973)
    Willie Eyre (1978)

    Right-hander James Benjamin Manning made five appearances with the Twins in 1962. He was born in L’Anse, Michigan, went to high school in Ewan, Michigan, and signed with the Twins as a free agent in 1961. He had a fairly mediocre year in Class D Wytheville in 1961, but started 1962 in the majors. He lasted almost
  3. Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Summers Night

    There were post-game fireworks at Target Field on a beautiful night for baseball. Let's take a look at what happened around the club's affiliates.


    Box Score

    The first of a few action-free games from the Twins perspective.

    Offensively, Oswaldo Arcia returned to AAA and homered. He also walked once and struck out once. Jeff Clement and Drew Butera both doubled.

    Liam Hendriks pitched 5.1 innings. ...
  4. Minnesota Twins: Ron Gardenhire Doesn’t Have Lineup to Manage Effectively

    Last night I was able to take in a Minnesota Twins’ game live for the first time this season and I came away with one thought in mind: Ron Gardenhire is sure making it tough for me to defend him with the managerial moves he is continually making. Last week I came out with an article that, in essence, supported Gardenhire and stated that firing him would change nothing. To access this article, simply click here. Based on that article, I believed that Gardenhire hadn’t lost his ability to manage and ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Friday Night Lights

    Eddie Rosario has been on fire since his promotion to New Britain. In 33 games, he is hitting .318/380/.473 (.853) with ten doubles, two triples and two home runs. Meanwhile, the offensive adjustment to AA has been more of a challenge for Miguel Sano. In 32 games, he is hitting just .204 with 32 strikeouts. He is talking 10% of the time, and he has 13 extra base hits. Last night, the two of them led the Rock Cats to a 8-7 win. Meanwhile, the Cedar Rapids Kernels got a great start, and some major ...
  6. Twins Birthdays--July 20

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Tony Oliva (1938)
    Jason Miller (1982)
    Alexi Casilla (1984)

    Outfielder Tony Pedro Oliva played his entire career for the Twins, playing briefly in 1962-1963, making the team for good in 1964 and staying through 1976. He was born in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, and signed as a free agent with Minnesota in 1961, one of the last Cubans allowed to leave the country to play major league baseball. The Twins released him, but he continued ...
  7. Twins Birthdays--July 19

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Billy Gardner (1927)
    Dan Graham (1954)
    Gus Gandarillas (1971)

    Infielder William Frederick “Slick” Gardner played for the Twins for a couple of months in 1961, then managed them from 1981-1985. He was born in Waterford, Connecticut and signed with the New York Giants as a free agent in 1945. He was up and down a lot in a lengthy minor league career, reaching AA in 1945, dropping back to Class A through 1948 (with one year ...
  8. An interview with 1995 Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova

    Originally posted at An interview with 1995 Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova | Twinstrivia.com

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    Recently I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to interview 1995 AL Rookie of the Year Marty Cordova. We talked about Marty's nine-year big league career from the time he was drafted by Minnesota in the tenth round of the 1989 draft until he retired from baseball in 2005. Cordova played for the Twins (1995-1999), Blue Jays (2000), ...
  9. Five Goals For The Second Half

    Technically, the actual halfway point in Minnesota's season came and went back in the first week of July, when the Twins played their 81st game at home against the Yankees. Yet, with the All-Star Game and its requisite four-day break falling in mid-July, it's tidier to simply use the Midsummer Classic as a milestone bisecting the MLB season.

    So, now that we've passed both the official and unofficial halfway points in what is clearly going to be a losing campaign, where do we go from ...
  10. Andy MacPhail?

    Hey all you Terry Ryan fans,

    How about this scenario? The Pohlad family retools this offseason, releasing Gardy and Terry Ryan, while bringing back Andy MacPhail as the general manager of baseball operations, along with his choice for an on-field manager, hopefully Paul Molitor. Andy is being credited with much of the success in the Baltimore Orioles organization, although they let his contract expire after the 2011 season. Under Buck Showalter, Andy's hire, the Orioles have surged ...

    Updated 07-19-2013 at 08:46 AM by Don't Feed the Greed Guy

  11. Prospects Who Have Made Underappreciated Improvements

    Here are 4 prospects that are showing major signs of improvement that have generally gone unnoticed.
    JaDamion Williams (LF)
    2012 (A): 9.6%BB 28.3%K .34BB/K .106 ISO 9.6%IFB .651OPS
    2013 (A): 14.5%BB 20.7%K .70BB/K .180 ISO 5.3%IFB .852OPS

    JD Williams has made significant improvements in both his BB and K rates, which has allowed him to draw over twice as many BBs per K as a year ago, a ...

    Updated 07-20-2013 at 12:06 AM by Boone

  12. Twins Minor League Report (7/18): Rogers Pitches Gem

    The All Star breaks are all over, and there was a full schedule in the Twins minor league system on Thursday. A couple of old college teammates helped the Kernels provide most of the organization’s offense on the day. A couple of now-former Twins were on the mound. However, on this day, Taylor Rogers stole the show with one of the best pitching performances by a Twins pitcher this season. See below for more.

    Also last night, I was a guest on Twins Minor League Weekly podcast and answered ...
  13. 20 Twins Trades: 2 Trades for 1 in 2001

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! I also wrote about the Todd Walker or Butch Huskey trade, depending on who you ask. You can find it here.

    2001 was the first season in what would become a nearly decade-long turnaround of the Twins' franchise. For the first time in ages, the Twins were in a position to buy at the trade deadline, rather than sell. This exciting season was about to get more exciting! Two separate trades signified that the Twins were going to finally do ...
  14. The Setting Sun of Morneau

    It sure seems like the MLB media and a portion of the Twins Community thinks Justin Morneau is on his way out of Minnesota VIA trade. I will have to see it to believe it, but I have resigned myself to this scenario becoming a definite possibility.

    I want to cut to the chase. Morneau certainly did not live up to his potential. 7 years ago I expected that his numbers and accomplishments would be much further along than they are now. I do not say this to be negative, I do not say this ...
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