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  1. Early Highlights

    With the end of Spring Training and the beginning of a new season, things have gotten back into a routine. Here in Fort Myers the weather is steaming, so if you are looking to escape the extended winter and can find a cheap flight, we welcome all fans. I am always up for a free dinner as well.

    I wanted to give some highlights up to this point in the year. A lot has happened in the first few months of 2013. Here are some of the things I remember well:

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    Updated 04-14-2013 at 08:30 PM by AJPettersen

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  2. Rochester Red Wings: Road Trip Review

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    At 2-8, the Rochester Red Wings 2013 season is not going the way anyone had hoped for. It was just two weeks ago that optimists (including myself) were wondering if this would be the season that Rochester would finally put a competitive team on the field for the first time in several years.

    The Scranton Split

    The Red Wings started off their seven game road trip by heading to Scranton Wilkes-Barre to ...
  3. Sunday Funday in the Minors

    Although the Twins-Mets game was ‘weathered out’ on Sunday, it was another busy day in the Twins farm system. Two games went to extra innings and ended with a walk-off hit. Cedar Rapids finished two more games in Clinton before 5:00 meaning they completed four games in just under 24 hours. Each of those four games was decided by one run. Then there is the question that we’ve been asking each of the past several days, Did the Miracle win again? Let’s just say a fairly prominent prospect helped the ...
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  4. Twins Birthdays--April 14

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    Ron Schueler (1948)
    Greg Myers (1966)
    Mike Trombley (1967)


    Right-hander Ronald Richard Schueler pitched for the Twins in 1977. Born and raised in Catherine, Kansas, Schueler was drafted by Atlanta in the third round of the secondary phase of the January draft in 1967. He struggled in his early years in the minors, but put things together in 1969, when he was used primarily in relief for AA Shreveport. He then had an excellent year as ...
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  5. Saturday in the Minor League Parks

    It’s been fairly easy to write the Twins minor league reports the past four or five days. Aside from the Ft. Myers Miracle, the other Twins affiliates have each missed games this week due to weather. The Cedar Rapids Kernels haven’t played since Monday.

    So, on a Saturday, it all came together. Four Twins affiliates played a total of six games. Rochester and Cedar Rapids played doubleheaders. The Twins nearly got no hit by Matt Harvey in their fifth straight loss to fall to 4-7 on the ...
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  6. Game 11 - Monroeville Mall Field.

    Zombies have already been mentioned twice on my Twins 2013 game-by-game blog. This should not surprise anyone. I mean, I'm not Mr. Cowboypants.

    And I guess it's not surprising the Minnesota Twins had me thinking about zombies again, although not in the same way as the last few times.

    The Mets' Matt Harvey took a no hitter into the seventh inning. He's a heckuva picture -- Aaron Gleeman's giddy obsession with the hurler reached photoshopping levels during the game.
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  7. A Really Bad Week

    Since the Twins won last Sunday to go 4-2, they have lost five consecutive games and fallen to the basement of the AL Central. More to the point, they now have one of the worst run differentials in the AL and their offensive, defensive, and pitching stats are among the worst, as well.

    There haven't been many positive surprises and there have been disappointments throughout the roster. The #1 disappointment has to be Aaron Hicks, hitting a microscopic .057 with an OPS of .155. Vanimal ...
  8. 42: A Review

    I had the pleasure of watching the movie “42” last night so thought I would post my review. The beginning credits alert us that it was “based on a true story.” Really? Who knew! (Maybe there was a specific reason they had to include that, I don’t know.) The opening scenes paint the picture of the country at the time- when black men returned from fighting for their country in World War II, Jim Crow laws segregating them from the white man’s world were still in effect. The movie also touches on what ...
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  9. Baseball, Golf, Life and Ethics

    A few years ago controversy erupted when Derek Jeter was mistakenly ruled to have been hit by a pitch and took first base at the umpire’s direction. Jeter admitted later that the ball had hit his bat, not his person, but that the umpire had made a ruling and he just abided by it. The subsequent controversy was about the role of ethics in sports. We all know that game officials, like players and everybody else, are human and make mistakes. Blown calls are a part of the game, and while they sometimes ...

    Updated 04-13-2013 at 11:28 PM by IdahoPilgrim

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  10. Game 10 - Back in Time.

    With a ground covered by snow and flakes drifting down from the sky, yesterday made me wonder if spring is coming again and the Twins pitchers and catchers need to report to Florida soon.

    A double dose of spring training couldn't hurt, right? I tuned into the game when I started in on supper, and Vance Worley had coughed up 10 runs by the time our meal was done.

    I had a hankering to go to that game, but when I texted the wife to see if she was down for wintery baseball ...
  11. Twins Birthdays--April 13

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    Jeff Bittiger (1962)
    Kevin Ohme (1971)


    Right-hander Jeffrey Scott Bittiger pitched in three games for the Twins in 1987. He was born in Jersey City and went to high school in Seacaucus, New Jersey. Bittiger was drafted by the Mets in the seventh round in 1980. His minor league numbers were fairly solid–his best year was 1982 with AA Jackson, when he went 12-5, 2.96 with a WHIP of 1.22 and 190 strikeouts in 164 innings. He was promoted ...
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  12. Does Defense really win Championships?

    As I was watching the first of a three game series with the Mets, there was one thing that caught my eye in why the Mets were destroying in that particularly game. It seemed like no matter what Twins tryed to do the Mets were always one step ahead of them.

    But that thing wasn't how bad worly was pitching or how well the Mets hit agianst our bullpen, but it was rather their defense.

    Throughout the game Twins hit the ball hard and far all over the diamond, but each ...

    Updated 04-13-2013 at 12:30 PM by Anorthagen

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  13. Weather Wins... and so do the Miracle

    The weather conditions have wreaked havoc on the baseball schedule for much of this week. Games from the Midwest to the Northeast have been postponed, and the story was the same for Friday night. The Cedar Rapids Kernels were weathered-out for the fourth straight day. New Britain was supposed to play a late-morning game on Friday but it was postponed. Finally, the Rochester Red Wings scheduled game in Pawtucket was postponed by rain. Doubleheaders are scheduled, hopefully for days that the weather ...
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  14. Wha Happened? #2 (@ Orioles and Royals)

    We're happy to keep guiding you through the strange but true events of the Twins 2013 season
    *Note: Events are not actually true, but would be very entertaining if they were.

    Here's our second edition of Twins recaps as only we can do them: inaccurately but chock full of puns and bad jokes!


    Game 4

    Orioles 9-Twins 5
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