The Tigers were supposed to run away with the division last season but their team showed some holes. This allowed a club like the White Sox to surprise the baseball world and finish in second place by only three games. The Indians and the Royals have made some offseason moves to try and push themselves closer to the top.
The AL Central is considered one of the weaker divisions in baseball but the reigning American League Champions reside in the division. Detroit wants to get back to
If ever there was a clear culprit for a ruined season, it was the Twins' starting pitching corps in 2012. While reasonably decent in the lineup and bullpen, the team stood no chance of competing thanks to an outrageously bad year from the rotation.
Pinpointing exactly what went wrong within that unit is more complicated. When you're talking about a group that ranked last in the AL in ERA, hits allowed and opponent OPS, there are obviously a multitude of factors in play. But if you had
Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
I arrived North a tad too late from Fort Myers last night, so I did not quite had time to compile my last Spring Training report, so here it goes:
Mainly a drills day over at the Minor League fields yesterday with no games or scrimmages schedules. Interesting to see Ray Olmedo, who was cut earlier in the morning participate in drills with the position players who will likely stay at Fort Myers for
The Twins season begins in less than 1 week! And yet there are still more players to meet as we continue to get to know our versions of the major league roster.
Meet Brian Dozier! (Second Baseman/Infielder)
Player's Background: A small, scrappy infielder out of Mississippi, Brian Dozier earned the attention of Twin scouts at the University of Southern Mississippi (presumably because the same year he was drafted Brett Favre [another Southern Miss grad] was working
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Jarvis Brown (1967)
Jason Maxwell (1972)
Eric Hacker (1983)
Outfielder Jarvis Ardel Brown played for the Twins in parts of two seasons, 1991 and 1992. Born in Waukegan, Illinois, Brown was drafted by the Twins with the ninth pick of the January draft of 1986. A small man (5'7", 165), he was known for speed rather than power, although he did hit 14 home runs in AA Orlando in 1990. He did not hit for much of an average his
Trying to predict baseball is becoming harder and harder. With the addition of the second wild card spot, it seems like almost every team has a shot at earning a trip to the postseason. No one saw the Orioles and the Athletics making it into the postseason last year. It is also hard to believe the playoffs occurred without the Angels participating.
That is what makes this game so much fun. Fans from every team have hope at the beginning of the year and there are 162 games to separate
The Twins have long credited themselves with being able to throw strikes and then catch the ball. Itís well known that it is very important to be strong up the middle. In 2012, the Twins middle infield was a mess which didnít help a pitching staff that was already behind the eight ball.
The Twins addressed their middle infield deficiencies by, well, non-tendering Alexi Casilla. It appears that the Twins are counting on major improvements from the other guys that were there a year ago.
Aaron and John talk about the Twins officially naming Aaron Hicks their starting center fielder, Drew Butera's demotion to Triple-A, the Twins Daily get-together at 612 Brew, the rotation with Scott Diamond on the disabled list, meeting podcast listeners and smart fans, realistic expectations for prospects, trying to get to second base without passing out, Joe Benson's future, remembering their debut episode, feeling old because of Tupac, trying not to hate Duke,
Likely Starter: Chris Parmelee
2012 Stats: .229/.290/.380, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 18 R
Potential Backups: Darin Mastroianni, Wilkin Ramirez, Ryan Doumit
One of the big storylines for the Twins this year will be the trio of former first-round draft picks getting opportunities to prove their worth in the majors. Aaron Hicks is the headliner, and Trevor Plouffe has plenty of fanfare after launching 24 homers last season, but Chris Parmelee has slipped
It's your last chance to cruise over to our original site and vote for the PFH Hall of Fame: honoring the funnest Twins players in the history of our blogging.
We're a week into getting to know OUR versions of the Minnesota Twins. And while there's plenty to cheer for already, there are others we have yet to meet...so here we go!
Meet Trevor Plouffe! (Third Baseman/Infielder)
Player's Background: Drafted in 2004, Plouffe's rise to prominence has been
On Monday morning, the Minnesota Twins made several very telling roster decisions.The Twins optioned catcher Drew Butera. They also reassigned catcher Dan Rohlfing, infielders Ray Olmedo and Jeff Clement, and outfielder Brandon Boggs. The roster is now at 31. The news is good for outfielder Wilkin Ramirez.
There is really just one more offensive, Opening Day roster spot that is up for grabs. Drew Butera had an option remaining, so he was sent to Rochester. This means that the Twins
Erik Schullstrom (1969)
Pitcher Erik Paul Schullstrom was with the Twins for parts of two seasons in 1994 and 1995. He was born in San Diego, went to high school in Alameda, California, and then went to Cal State--Fresno. He was drafted by Baltimore in the second round in 1990. Oddly, he never spent a full year with one team at any point in his career. He was originally a starter. He had a pretty good year in 1991, mostly at Class A Frederick, but overall his minor league numbers
It's preview week here at NoDak Twins Fan so everyone should get excited!! This means it is the last full week before the regular season begins. The start of real baseball can't get here soon enough.
Throughout the week, I will be making my picks for the National League, the American League, the AL Central, and awards for the Twins. Here is a look at the schedule so make sure to stop in all week to get yourself primed for the season to come.
2013 Preview Week
I have been in the military a long time and have been privileged to come close to seeing my Twins play. When I was in Minot ND, I had purchased my tickets, right behind third base, had a hotel picked out, selected a friend to go with me, and was two days away from my trip when I got the call. The man on the other end was one who did not ask questions, he was more of a hard assed supervisor who did not discuss much with those he out ranked. I knew I should not have picked up the phone; after all,