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  1. Twins Birthdays--May 10

    Also posted in wgom.org

    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 ...
  2. 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 Twins’ 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 Gardenhire’s vital fifth spot in the batting order, Doumit’s woes directly impacted the team’s offense. An offense, which had concluded April with just 92 runs scored – ahead of only the Chicago ...
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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).

  5. 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 ...
  6. 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

    Rochester Red Wings
  7. 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 ...
  8. Twins Birthdays--May 9

    Also posted at wgom.org

    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 ...
  9. Big Night for the Twins: Arcia, Pressly, Gibson & More

    It was a very good night for the Twins on Wednesday. Expectations coming into the season were that the Twins offense could be very good. To this point in the season, the Twins offense has been pretty non-good. A 15-run game can really help get things going for individuals, but hopefully also for the offense and the team as a whole.
    There were a lot of highlights in the game, but amazingly, there were even a couple of important highlights for pitchers as well.

    The one negative ...
  10. The Rise of Josmil Pinto

    Contrary to what is implied here, I can report that Josmil Pinto DOES
    indeed know how to wear his tools of ignorance
    Twins catchers. There's Joe Mauer. Then a big, big gap. Sure, Ryan Doumit can technically sit there and intercept a pitch before it hits the umpire. But
  11. Correia and Doumit: A Bad Pitcher-Catcher Combo

    Remember back in 2011 when the Twins didn't have Ryan Doumit? Or Kevin Correia? The good old days some would say....but not many. After that horrendous 2011 season for the Twins, Ryan Doumit finished had his career as a Pittsburgh Pirate and was looking for a possible new home. In that season he played 77 games (in 60 of
  12. Would you have gone 5 years and $80M for Anibal Sanchez?

    This is a repeat of a forum post I made in December 2012. I'm blogging it now mostly for my own convenience; I took the time to look up several pitchers and I don't want to have to search again when I try to remember what I learned. The question was, if you were GM would you have matched the 5/$80M deal for Detroit's Anibal Sanchez? The context now is, when if ever would you sign a pitcher to a long term deal, given that there is room in the budget until the rookies start to earn big dough ... ...
  13. Twins Behind in Golden Age of Leadoff Hitter

    On Tuesday over at ESPN's Sweetspot, an article was penned about the golden age of leadoff hitters. Major League Baseball could be in the middle of one of the best year's ever for the leadoff hitter. 1965, 1975, 1987, and 2004 were some other great years for men at the top of the order but this year could be historic.

    Players like Shin-Soo Choo, Austin Jackson, Alex Gordon, Ian Kinsler, and Carl Crawford are leading a pack of leadoff hitters that are among some of the best in all of ...
  14. Twins Birthdays--May 8

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Steve Braun (1948)

    Left-handed hitter Stephen Russell Braun played for the Twins from 1971-1976. He was born in Trenton, New Jersey, went to high school in Pennington, New Jersey, and was drafted by the Twins in the tenth round in 1966. He was in rookie ball for two years, doing nothing special, and then missed two years to military service. He came back to hit .279 at Class A Lynchberg in 1970 and started 1971 with the Twins. He was used mostly ...
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