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  1. 2012 Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

    It wasn't the best year for starting pitching in the Twins organization. Top pitching prospects like Alex Wimmers and Adrian Salcedo suffered through short seasons because of injuries. Kyle Gibson, the team's first round pick from 2010, spent most of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery and he will head to the Arizona Fall League to rack up some innings before the beginning of next season. The organization had to find other pitchers to fill roles with their clubs and this allowed for some ...
  2. Twins drop series opener to Royals

    What happened to all that offense that showed up for the Cleveland series? Or pitching for that matter?

    After scoring 24 runs, averaging six per game against the Indians, the Will Smith and the Royals stop the Twins bats cold and Kansas City would, as Ron Gardenhire would say after the game, hit the fire out of the ball.

    The Twins offense was far from the productive group it has shown against Cleveland, and gave the Royals pitchers very little to sweat about.
  3. Orioles Provide Hope for the Hopeless

    The Baltimore Orioles celebrate after a victoryMany believe there's no way the Twins can possibly turn things around quickly enough to be a competitive team next season. They're on their way to a second straight 90-plus loss season, their starting rotation is an absolute mess and their best prospects are still probably a couple years away from making an impact.

    To those people, I present the 2012 Baltimore Orioles.

    A year ago, the O's finished last in the AL East for a fourth straight season, ...
  4. Mauer sidelined with back spasms

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Size:  24.6 KBHeading into Tuesday’s game, Joe Mauer had played in 131 of the 141 games. That was quite a remarkable run considering the amount of time he missed just a year ago. Mauer, however, would not make it to game number 132 just yet as back spasms prior to the game would keep him unavailable.

    Said Mauer after the game:

    "As soon as I got on the field to stretch, it just started to come on. It seemed the more I did the worse it got. Right before my BP ...
  5. Baseball brought hope back after 9/11

    Author's note: I originally posted this on my blog last September but it still rings true for today.
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    It is hard to believe that it has been a decade since the most tragic day in American history. The events of that day and the recovery following it have been well documented over the last ten years. The anniversary will always be a time of remembrance but it will also be a time to reflect on how far America has come since the events of September ...
  6. 2012 Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year

    At the end of last week, I took a look back at some of the projections I made in regards to the minor league system for the Twins. When it comes to making predictions, there are going to be some hits and some misses. I had a few of those along the way but it's time to look back at the season that was in the minor leagues for the Twins.

    There were some good performances at all of the different levels that deserve to be recognized for their achievements on the field. The Elizabethton ...
  7. New Wild Card Format – Is It Working?

    This article was originally published on Monday, Sept. 10, at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    It was with much fanfare that Major League Baseball announced a new, slightly expanded, postseason format as a part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. It was reportedly solely due to the will of Commissioner Bud Selig that a way was found to implement the new format for the current season, rather than waiting one more year, when the leagues would be balanced and the spacing of postseason games ...
  8. Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

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    Yesterday, we named AJ Achter the 2012 Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year. He was the best among a very strong cast of Twins minor league relievers. Today, we will name the Twins Daily 2012 Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year.

    Starting Pitching was clearly a huge issue at the big league level for the Twins. The Rochester Red Wings had a .500 season despite losing starter after starter to the Twins. There were some very solid ...
  9. 2012's Teachable Moments: Rage Quitting

    Some know this, others don't. I'm secretly a teacher at a public high school that shall remain nameless. (If only to protect myself from principals who wonder why they hired a guy who thinks that beards are sentient.)

    My job is great actually. When the baseball season starts it's a sign that the school year is rapidly winding down. As the battle for first place intensifies, I have many opportunities to watch and revel in exciting games. And by the time I get back to work I know whether ...
  10. T.K, Morneau, looking forward to 2013, How can you not root for the Orioles

    by , 09-10-2012 at 10:00 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    First off, I finally got a chance to watch T.K.'s speech after retiring his number. I have to say I haven't seen a more nervous person give a speech. I thought when Hrbek said that a lot of his number being up there has a lot do with the number standing next to me was pretty cool. I thought T.K. had a decent speech, I would have liked to hear a few more stories. I thought Morneaus enthusiasm about the entire thing made me really want to keep him around, he is one guy who I think appreciates ...
  11. Morneau's fast(ball) improvement

    What was interesting about Justin Morneau’s second home run of the game yesterday (and the walk-off winner which John Bonnes detailed here) is that it happened to be just his third home run he has hit which was thrown over 90 miles per hour this year.

    On his second homer of the year back on April 18, he turned on a 91.7 mile an hour Hiroki Kuroda fastball. On July 6, he redirected a 96-mile an hour Tanner Scheppers fastball into the Rangers Ballpark stands. Yesterday’s walk off that ...
  12. Mondayne Notes - 9/10/2012

    I didn't provide a video last week, so here are two by Brad:

    Rush Hour
    Every Whisper

    The Games

    Monday - Loss to Chicago - 4-2

    I did not watch this game, as I had an awesome bout of food poisoning to keep me occupied. Deduno seems to have had a quality start, although the 3 Ks and 3 BBs don't make for a good ratio. Joe Mauer was caught stealing, so he is clearly overpaid.

    Tuesday - Win over Chicago - 18-9

    Well, ...
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  13. Cole De Vries making most of late-season audition

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    The Twins are getting a long look at plenty of different players as the 2012 season is coming to a close. There are a ton of questions about the future of the Twins organization and it is tough to know if all of them can be answered before the end of the year. Can Chris Parmelee earn a starting job at some position? Who will compose the outfield next year? Will any veterans be traded to try and add some pitching to the Twins system? Which players should compose ...
  14. In Perk We Trust

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ID:	2310Ron Gardenhire told reporters over the weekend that he would have "no problem" with Glen Perkins assuming closer duties for his club moving forward.

    Well, you'd hope not.

    Since Matt Capps was officially placed on the disabled list on July 17, Perkins has received the lion's share of save chances, converting all seven of his opportunities while registering a 1.74 ERA and holding opponents to a .136 batting average. In 20 2/3 innings during that ...
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