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  1. Building a Winning Culture

    The early success of the Twin's minor league affiliates got me thinking the other day. How important is winning in the minors? Yes, it is important to the individual teams, as it draws more attendance, thus obviously helping that organization. But how important is it for the players as they move up the ladder?

    I did some research. I went back and looked at how the core of the successful 2000s teams did in the minors.

    Most fans here know it, but a lot of average fans probably ...

    Updated 05-11-2013 at 01:25 PM by AScheib50

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  2. Twins Birthdays--May 11

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    Frank Quilici (1939)


    Infielder/manager/broadcaster Francis Ralph Quilici has been associated with the Twins for a long time. He was born and raised in Chicago, attended Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa, one of two major league players that school has produced (Red Faber), then transferred to Western Michigan. Quilici signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1961. He was not a great batter in the minors, but had a decent season at AA Charlotte ...
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  3. Twins Minor League Report (5/10): A-Mays-ing Start

    One of the Twins minor league games was postponed due to rain on Friday, but there were still five games to follow. The Kernels got two terrific starting performances, and Trevor May was terrific (or, a-mays-ing?) in his start for the Rock Cats. Kennys Vargas had a couple of big hits for the Miracle, and Adam Walker remains red hot for Cedar Rapids.

    Carlos Correa played in Game 1 in the matchup of last yearís #1 overall pick against last yearís #2 overall pick (Buxton). Were the two ...
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  4. Talk to Contact: Episode 37

    Episode 37 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    On Episode 37, Cody and Eric are joined by Baseball ProspectusĎ Jason Parks to talk about the Twins Minor League system. Jason Parks has plenty to say about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, as well as some of the pitching prospects.

    Before Jason Parks ...
  5. A Sleeping Beast Awakening?

    Like a car engine struggling on an icy day, the Twins' lineup had a tough time revving up during the chilly month of April. Ambitious thoughts about the potential for an offensive core powered by numerous potent bats went wayward as the runs trickled in at a disappointing pace.

    The Twins finished the season's first month ranking near the bottom of the league in OPS and runs scored. This, at least for me, was somewhat jarring, because from my standpoint they didn't appear to be overmatched. ...
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  6. Twins/Red Sox (Games 28-31)

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    Too Old for the Gang at Cheers (Game 28)

    Home early, with my wife home as well, I started getting a hankering for watching the Twins play at a sports bar. Baseballís just a little bit better when youíre covered in buffalo sauce and ordering another beer.

    Except it was Monday. And Iím old. And wings plus beer plus anything else starts to add up to be a decent chunk of change. Donít get me started on the calories, either. Plus, then youíre ...
  7. Twins Birthdays--May 10

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    John Cumberland (1947)
    Joey Meyer (1962)

    This is also the birthday of Hall of Fame broadcaster Herb Carneal (1923).

    Left-hander John Sheldon Cumberland did not play for the Twins, but went to spring training with them in 1973. He was born in Westbrook, Maine, attended the University of Maine, and signed with Philadelphia as a free agent in 1966. He had a mediocre season in Class A, but the Yankees thought they saw something in ...
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  8. Ryan Doumit doing damage

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ID:	4036On Saturday, May 4, Ryan Doumit, at .203, was not even hitting his weight. With a slugging percentage of .291 to boot, the Minnesota Twinsí switch-hitting catcher/DH was a few nights of binge eating hot wings from matching that number as well. As a regular guest of manager Ron Gardenhireís vital fifth spot in the batting order, Doumitís woes directly impacted the teamís offense. An offense, which had concluded April with just 92 runs scored Ė ahead of only the Chicago ...
  9. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins keep finding ways to surprise as the team still sits around the .500 mark and it is close to a month and a half into the season. Minnesota's bats finally woke up in Boston with some big numbers put up in the four game series by Oswaldo Arcia and Joe Mauer. The club took three out of the four games to close out their recent road trip.

    This weekend the Baltimore Orioles are coming to Target Field for a three game set. Baltimore is off to another good start after last year's ...
  10. The Gardy-Hicks Saga: Speculation Sentral

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    On Tuesday night, Aaron Hicks made a nice running catch and flipped the ball with his glove to Brian Dozier, all in one motion. I cheered; Ron Gardenhire hissed. Gardenhire was likely upset with how nonchalant Hicks was or perhaps jealous of how silky smooth Hicks is. Regardless, an ensuing "conversation" in the dugout was caught on FSN's cameras and set off an explosion of commentary and crying (mostly from me).

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  11. Twins on Twitter - Mid-May Update

    It's time for our monthly look into the Twins and members of the Twins organization that are are Twitter. Last month, I added some of the staff and media associated with the minor league affiliates. This month, there are several new players who have added a twitter account including Twins reliever Ryan Pressly and uber-prospect Miguel Sano. I've also now included what percent their Twitter following has increased since last month and also since February. It's an interesting look.

    As ...
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  12. Rochester Red Wings: Ohio State Recap

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    At 14-20, the Rochester Red Wings are substantially better than they were two weeks ago. After a 2-11 start, the Red Wings have gone 12-9 in their last 21 games, and after facing the top tier teams in the International league to start the year, it was finally time for Rochester to play teams they have had success against in years past.

    First Stop Columbus


    Rochester began the road trip by going to Columbus to play a four game series ...

    Updated 05-09-2013 at 10:15 PM by Christopher Fee

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  13. Twins Minor League Reports (5/9): Rains and the Miracle Win

    Rain wiped out two of the four Twins minor league affiliates. It rained much of the day in Boston, but the Twins and the Red Sox were able to get the rubber game of their series in. Rain also caused a delay in Jupiter, Florida, but the Hammerheads and the Miracle were able to finish their game.

    Miguel Sano returned to the Miracle lineup on Thursday night, but he was helped out by three players who were working in Extended Spring Training just a week ago. Somehow, the Miracle just keep ...
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  14. Twins Birthdays--May 9

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    Ron Jackson (1953)
    Tom Chism (1954)
    Oswaldo Arcia (1991)

    ​First baseman Ronnie Damien Jackson played for the Twins from 1979-1981. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, he was drafted by California in the second round in 1971. He was primarily a third baseman in the minors. He had good but unspectacular minor league seasons with the exception of 1974, when he hit .328 with 11 home runs at AA El Paso. He made his major league ...
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