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  1. Fan Forum Conference Call: Brunansky and Steinbach

    Originally posted at k-bro's baseball blog.

    The Twins conducted another Fan Form conference call for season-ticket holders, this time featuring new hitting coach Tom Brunansky and new bench and catchers' coach Terry Steinbach. I furiously scribbled notes as fast as a could so I can recap the call for you. As always, I'm pretty crappy at taking dictation, so please don't consider any of this true quotes, but rather regard it as paraphrases and general ideas. I apologize in advance if ...

    Updated 03-19-2013 at 11:15 PM by Kirsten Brown

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  2. Position Analysis: Third Base

    Trevor Plouffe homers for the Minnesota TwinsLikely Starter: Trevor Plouffe
    2012 Stats: .235/.301/.455, 24 HR, 55 RBI, 56 R

    Potential Backups: Eduardo Escobar, Jamie Carroll


    Identifying a solution at the hot corner has turned into a game of hot potato for the Twins. Since Corey Koskieís departure, the list of players who have had a hand on the gig is lengthy: Tony Batista, Mike Lamb, Joe Crede, Nick Punto, Brian Buscher, Brendan Harris, Danny Valencia and more. Unfortunately, in each ...
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  3. The Two Week Warning

    You may not have realized it by looking out your window at the new snow Monday morning, but the Twinsí Opening Day is just two weeks from yesterday. That means itís probably time to start taking a more serious look at how the team is rounding in to shape in Fort Myers.

    This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    Although Spring Training has officially been in gear for about a month, itís usually pretty pointless to pay a lot of attention to individual performances ...
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  4. Twins Birthdays--March 19

    ​Also posted at wgom.org.

    Paul Powell (1948)
    Tim Corcoran (1953)

    Outfielder Paul Ray Powell was with the Twins for about six weeks in 1971. He was born in San Angelo, Texas and attended Arizona State. He played both baseball and football at ASU, playing as a defensive back and as a place kicker (in 1968, he led the NCAA in scoring by kick). He was chosen by Minnesota with the seventh pick of the 1969 draft. He hit .291 in AAA Evansville in 1970 and started 1971 ...
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  5. Twins Birthdays--March 19

    Paul Powell (1948)
    Tim Corcoran (1953)

    Outfielder Paul Ray Powell was with the Twins for about six weeks in 1971. He was born in San Angelo, Texas and attended Arizona State. He played both baseball and football at ASU, playing as a defensive back and as a place kicker (in 1968, he led the NCAA in scoring by kick). He was chosen by Minnesota with the seventh pick of the 1969 draft. He hit .291 in AAA Evansville in 1970 and started 1971 as a reserve outfielder on the big club. ...
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  6. Soon to be World Champions recognize Deduno SPECIAL

    Question: Why does the DR pitch Deduno in the Championship game?

    Answer: Simple, they want to win! (what a concept!)

    Deduno would be no worse than the Twins 2nd best Pitcher and very possibly could be the best, what do the Twins have to lose? Their repuation for smart?

    Think of Deduno as a knucleballer and that might help you to deal with his erratic pitching..but remember this, he can beat anybody anytime, can you really say that about Correia and company? ...
  7. Meet OUR Minnesota Twins (Part 1)

    This is the start of a new series available at Peanuts from Heaven! and our partnered site at Twins Daily.


    While many of the people who check out this website are serious seam-heads, committed to knowing the depth charts from Minnesota through Elizabethton, not everyone knows that much...so in an effort to get new fans committed we offer a quirkier look at the local 9. These are not "your Minnesota Twins," they aren't the guys who run out on to the field to the strains ...
  8. Drew Butera and the cost of a third catcher

    The addition of free agent Ryan Doumit during last offseason raised an interesting question for the Twins. Should the club carry a third catcher? Joe Mauer was coming off an injury-plagued year and it seemed like the club might need a little insurance with the big league squad.

    If Mauer and Doumit were in the line-up on the same day, the team could run into some problems without an extra catcher. There is a chance the team could lose the designated hitter spot or the club could be ...
  9. Looking Back: 2008 Minnesota Twins Draft

    Aaron Hicks is the most talked about Twins prospect these days as he is making the strong case that he should be the Minnesota Twins Opening Day leadoff hitter and centerfielder. Hicks was the Twins first 1st round draft pick that year. Some of the other the other top picks didnít pan out, but there are still ten in the organization.

    Letís take a look:

    THE FIRST-ROUNDERS


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ID:	3527Aaron Hicks was taken with the 14th overall pick. He slowly ...
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  10. Have the Twins been lucky in the Gardenhire Era?

    "Luck is the great stabilizer in baseball"--- Tris Speaker, Hall of Fame Centerfielder

    Baseball is a game of numbers. The statistical side of the game continues to grow as the Sabermetric world adds new information. There are stats for what seems like everything that a person can think of in relation to baseball.

    One area of baseball is hard to quantify and it can be the area that makes the game so exciting to follow. There is an element of luck involved and it can be ...
  11. Twins Birthdays--March 18

    Also posted at wgom.org.

    Corky Miller (1976)

    One of the finest fourth-string catchers in the history of baseball, Abraham Philip "Corky" Miller played for the Twins at the beginning of 2005. Born and raised in Yucaipa, California, he attended the University of Nevada--Reno and was signed by Cincinnati as a free agent in 1998. He had an excellent year in 2001 split between AA and AAA, hitting .309 with 16 home runs in 314 at-bats. That got him a September call-up,
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  12. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 85: Kyle Gibson, John Mulaney and St. Patrick's Day

    In their Minnesota Twins podcast, Gleeman and the Geek talk about Kyle Gibson's early assignment to Triple-A, going to Dinkytown on St. Patrick's Day eve to see John Mulaney, Samuel Deduno starring in the World Baseball Classic, if the Twins are becoming more aggressive promoting minor leaguers, the Brass Kings, the differences between baseball and football playoffs, Deolis Guerra's scary injury, the lack of Jim Thome news, and going deeper down the bar-buying path. Here are:

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  13. Position Analysis: Second Base

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ID:	3521Likely Starter: Brian Dozier
    2012 Stats: .234/.271/.332, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 33 R

    Potential Backups: Jamie Carroll, Eduardo Escobar

    From the outside, nothing about Brian Dozierís career path suggested stardom was in the cards. In fact, there was little to suggest that he possessed the capability of turning into an MLB regular.

    A Southern boy out of Mississippi drafted in the eighth round, Dozier debuted in 2009 with good numbers ...
  14. Twins Birthdays--March 17

    Also posted at wgom.org.

    John Smiley (1965)
    Dan Masteller (1968)
    Scott Downs (1976)

    Left-hander John Patrick Smiley pitched for the Twins in 1992. He was born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania and went to high school in Graterford, Pennsylvania. He was drafted by Pittsburgh in the twelfth round in 1983. He struggled early in his minor league career and was moved to the bullpen in 1986. He had a very good year in relief, posting an ERA of 3.10 and a WHIP of 1.16 ...
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