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  1. Over and Under: The Royals

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ID:	3443Can any season for the Royals, who have only finished above .500 once since strike-shortened 1994, really be considered a disappointment? Maybe not, but last year was close.

    Last year was supposed to be the year the the Royals perennial rebuilding efforts finally paid off. Vegas gave them an over/under of 80.5, giving them even odds at that elusive .500 year. It wasn't to be. Their offense was below average (20th in runs scored) and their pitching was worse ...
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  2. The Minnesota Twins first manager

    Originally posted at www.twinstrivia.com with additional photo's.


    Harry Arthur "Cookie" Lavagetto

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    Harry Arthur "Cookie" Lavagetto was born December 1, 1912 in Oakland, California and died in his sleep on August 10, 1990 in Orinda, California at the age of 77. He acquired his nickname from his Oakland Oaks teammates, who called him "Cookie's boy," because he had been hired by Oaks' president
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  3. Analyzing the 2013 Twins using MLB 13: The Show

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    If you prefer real baseball news to tomfoolery, I analyzed the Kyle Lohse signing that hasn't happened yet. You can read it here: Kyle Lohse signs with [MLB Team]. If you like tomfoolery...

    I buy MLB the Show every single year. I always think that I won't and then I do. I buy it, play it a lot, then completely forget about it. In fact, here is an easy to use monthly breakdown of my MLB the Show usage:

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    Updated 03-09-2013 at 06:44 PM by Brad Swanson

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  4. 2013 Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboard 2.0, pre first cuts edition

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (with the full size images; for some reason hard to reproduce here)
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    It is already two weeks into Spring Training games for the Twins, so it is time for the second version of the dashboards. You can find all 2013 Spring Training dashboards here, for reference.

    Again, you can find explanations of the measures and the colors of the dashboards to quantify Spring Training performance of the combatants in both the ...
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  5. Talk To Contact-EP28: Worldly Baseball Talk

    Episode 28 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.Eric and Paul are joined this week by not one, but two guests with international flavor. In the first segment the twins are joined by Gary from Italy (@ForzaGemelli) to talk about baseball in Italy and hopes for the Italian team in the WBC (including Drew Butera, the boat anchor). Later ...
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  6. Further Investigation into the Lack of Quality Middle Infielders

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Last weekend, I introduced the Gagne Threshold. I used a variety of criteria to find good middle infielders over the past 30 seasons. I'm not going to go through everything again, but if you missed it and want to take a look, you can find it here. To summarize, I found 63 good players, 33 at second and 30 at short. I also found that there wasn't a specific team that was more or less adept at finding these players, as the sample is so ...

    Updated 03-09-2013 at 01:02 PM by Brad Swanson

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  7. Spring Training Report: March 7

    The headliner on Thursday was Aaron Hicks, who blasted three homers in a game against the Phillies in Clearwater. I didn't make the three-hour trip, opting to stay back in Ft. Myers for the home half of the split-squad set, and thus missed out on my favorite prospect's banner day.

    I can hardly complain. While hanging around the Lee County Sports Complex, I had the opportunity to check out plenty of intriguing prospects, and while the home game against Boston wasn't anywhere near as ...
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  8. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    After taking a break for the offseason, "Friday Links-N-Thinks" are back here at NoDak Twins Fan.

    For those that aren't familiar with this type of post, I will provide a bunch of different links to stories that have interested me from the last week. Some of the stories will be Twins related and others will just be interesting baseball stories. All together, it is a great way to catch-up on the baseball related news from the last week.

    The Twins are in the midst of spring ...
  9. Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 2.0

    Three weeks ago, as spring training was starting, I posted my first roster projections. In it, I gave percentages for what I felt was likelihood of each player, 40 man roster players and non-roster invitees, making the Opening Day roster. The Minnesota Twins have now played more than a dozen spring games. There have been some injuries. Some players have done well while others have struggled. Of course, the final rosters wont likely be known for another three weeks, but it is fun to try to project ...
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  10. Would be a terrible mistake to send Hicks to Rochester

    If the Twins send Hicks to Rochester this will send a very poor message to their fans. Mainly, Team politics are more important than winning.

    The base is excitied about Hicks. After today, its hard to imagine the Twins without him. Keeping him on the big team would send very positive messages about the organization and their will to win, not always salvage the dollar. It would also be a big signal to their young players, prove you are good enough and we wont worry about the money ...
  11. The Laughs of the 90s Are Alive With Provus.

    I've liked Cory Provus from day one. The man calls a good ballgame. He doesn't oversell the drama. He sounds like baseball ought to.

    Since I've permanently ditched cable for the radio, I've been spending a lot more time listening to Mr. Provus. My opinion hasn't changed.

    However, I've begun to notice something.

    He's funny.

    He's really funny.

    He isn't flashy about it. He's not about loud voices, zingers, or crazy stories. I can't quote ...
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  12. Spring Organizational Depth Chart: The Infielders

    On Tuesday, I began my look at the Twins organizational depth chart by looking at all of the outfielders in the system. Today, we jump back into the Twins system by looking at the infielders. Compared to the outfielders, Id say its more than fair to say that the Twins have not had as much success grooming infielders. Could that trend be changing? Read below and decide for yourself.

    In the following, we will consider which players may fill the rosters of the Twins minor league affiliates. ...
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  13. Spring Training Report: March 6

    After watching my hometown get blanketed with several inches of snow on Monday and Tuesday, I finally said, "Screw it, I need to get out of here." So I hopped on a plane and flew to Florida.

    OK, it wasn't quite that spontaneous, but I am down here in Ft. Myers, and making several trips to the ballpark this week, so I figured I would share some of my observations. On Wednesday, I had the chance to take in the tilt between the Twins and Puerto Rico's World Baseball Classic squad at Hammond ...
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  14. What does Liam Hendriks need to do to succeed?

    Liam Hendriks delivering a pitch in SeptemberLiam Hendriks could very well be one of the five starting pitchers the Minnesota Twins take north when camp breaks at the end of the month.

    He has the minor league numbers to show that he capable of retiring batters. He just needs to do the same against major league hitters. One area he needs to improve on in 2013 is achieving better result when he releases a slider from his fingertips.

    Coming off the season he had last year, no one would blame ...
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