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  1. Happy Birthday--May 25

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Glenn Borgmann (1950)
    Dave Hollins (1966)
    Todd Walker (1973)
    Jason Kubel (1982)

    Catcher Glenn Dennis Borgmann played in part or all of eight seasons for the Twins, from 1972-1979. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey and attended the University of South Alabama. Minnesota drafted him in the first round of the June Secondary draft in 1971. He advanced rapidly through the minors, and after hitting .336 with 12 homers at AAA Tacoma ...
  2. The Unfortunate end of Oswaldo Arica

    All good things must come to a end. Oswaldo Arcia has been demoted back down to AAA today, after the one-hitter thrown by Anaibal Sanchez. During his a little over a months stay in the Major leagues, he hit .263 an OPS. Of .372 (4th best on the team might i add) along with 4 home runs and 14 RBIs. Much better then any other Twins rookie or second year player.

    Yet he gets demoted back down to the minors only because the Twins are in desperate need of pitching. In which P.J. Walters ...

    Updated 05-25-2013 at 10:59 AM by Anorthagen

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  3. Renew Gardy

    After consecutive 95+ loss seasons where the Twins were easily one of the worst teams in either league, they break out a (current) 10-game losing streak in May of 2013, one in which they are repeatedly pummeled early in the game. An announcer said not only have the Twins allowed the most runs in the 1st inning, but that the runs allowed in the 1st are the most runs allowed in any inning by any team in baseball in 2013. Think about that: right when you take the field to get a good start, you perform ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (5/24): Ain't No Sunshine

    If seeing this makes you not watch tonight's Twins game, you can thank me later.

    Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
    It's not warm when they play
    Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
    And they've been gone for way too long
    I'm not sure they know how to play.

    One a less depressing note...

    Transaction round-up for today:

    Rochester fills the spot vacated by Deduno by activating #FreeAnthonySlama. If Anthony Slama was
  5. 25 Minnesota Twins Drafts in 25 Days: 2000

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    If you are interested, I have recaps from 1998 and 1999 as well. Just click on the years and you will be transported to a wonderful new world filled with bad jokes, silly puns and petty insults aimed at baseball players far superior to me.

    Here is my 2000 draft recap:

    Welcome to the new millennium!!!!!! Do you remember the Willennium?

    In 1999, the Twins finally added B.J. Garbe to their system. ...
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  6. What Affiliate has the Best Promos?

    This is a very well done Kernels Promo. It would make me want to go to a game or two. That being said - I wondered what are some of the other affiliate promos out there? Post your teams promo link and lets see what affiliate does the best job of creating a buzz. What are your opinions on the following promos?

    Come Out and See the Kernels
  7. Twins Birthdays--May 24

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    Willy Miranda (1926)
    Todd Rizzo (1971)

    Infielder Guillermo (Perez) “Willy” Miranda did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system in 1961 at the end of his career. He was born in Velasco, Cuba and signed with Washington as a free agent in 1948. He was in the Washington farm system through 1951, spending three of those four seasons at AA Chattanooga. He did not hit much, averaging around .240, but got about six weeks in ...
  8. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    It was a rough week for the Twins with nine straight losses. The club hasn't won a game since May 13th. Two fifths of the starting rotation was replaced including sending down Opening Day starter Vance Worley. Even on a night where Josh Willingham hits two home runs, the club still can't find a way to win.

    Minnesota does have two of the best team's in all of the minor leagues. This can make it fun to dream about the future. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton could turn into monster MLB players. ...
  9. Examining Oswaldo Arcia's recent struggles

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ID:	4160Figuring hitters out, a baseball lifer told me recently, is like trying to untangle a giant knot.

    At first you just try to attack it in the easiest manner possible. If that does not work, you pick another course. And then another and another. You keep trying different things until something gives and you attack that spot until the knot becomes and unraveled mess of string with a sub-.200 batting average and a ticket back to Triple-A.

    That, in ...
  10. Twins Minor League Report (5/23): Baxendale, Darnell Shine

    I’ve been following the Twins minor league system pretty much daily for the past eight years. I can honestly say that I have not seen a pitcher have a stretch like DJ Baxendale has to start this season. His May numbers (see below) have been incredible. But there were other great performances including a 22-year-old southpaw throwing eight innings in New Britain. And Ft. Myers continues to get offense from unlikely sources.

    Check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on ...
  11. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Clint Frazier, OF

    Who IS This Guy?
    Frazier is a high school center fielder from Georgia. He is widely considered to have the best bat speed in the entire draft. This enables him to have very good raw power. His 5-foot-11 frame has a muscular build at 190 pounds. This makes it tough to project him adding more weight but he looks like an MLB player. He also plays with a ton of energy.

    On the defensive side of the ball, there are some questions about whether he can stick in center field. He is starting ...
  12. What Worly's demotion means for the Twins

    With the Twin not having a win in over week, it was obvious there was a need for change. The first change came earlier this week with the long over due demotion of Pedro Hernandez to AAA. Only to bring up a iffy pitcher in Samuel Deduno who excelled in the WBC, while allowing one too many walks per 9 innings.

    The other change, came more as a surprise to me, coming yesterday on Wednesday, demoting Vance Worly to AAA. At first this move didn't make any sense, knowing that the ...
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  13. Fixing this mess

    We are in the middle of an 8-game losing streak which has seen the Twins outscored 51-22 and completely inept at times. The starting rotation is in shambles and managed to make it through just 29.1 innings in these games with only 2 starts getting past the 5th inning. Needless to say, the offense hasn't been much better. A bad starting rotation and an anemic offense amount to losing games in bunches.

    How do we fix it? Luckily for the 3 people that read this,I know all the right answers. ...

    Updated 05-23-2013 at 04:48 PM by Badsmerf

  14. Twins Birthdays--May 23

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    Ramon Ortiz (1973)

    Right-hander Ramon Diogenes Ortiz was a member of the Minnesota Twins for about four and a half months in 2007. A native of Cotui in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz was signed by the Angels as a free agent in 1995. He generally pitched well in the minors, although he appears to have been slowed by an injury in 1998. He reached AAA in 1999 and after only nine starts there was promoted to the majors in August. He was immediately ...
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