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  1. 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 ...
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  2. Twins Birthdays--May 9

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    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 ...
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  3. 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 ...
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  4. 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
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  5. 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
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  6. 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 ... ...
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  7. 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 ...
  8. Twins Birthdays--May 8

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    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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  9. Twins Minor League Report (5/7): Long Night in Toledo

    On Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids Kernels had a day off. So did Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, though for different reasons. Sano and Rosario got their first days off for minor injuries. The Red Wings played the longest game in the Twins organization so far this year, 16 innings. The Rock Cats bats definitely got going. And, the Miracle got a nice pitching performance to make up for the loss of their top two hitters.

    Jairo Rodriguez was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fr. Myers. Bryan Santy ...
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  10. Aaron Hicks defense graffes draws manager's ire

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ID:	4017On Tuesday night in Boston, Aaron Hicks compounded his issues with the manager with a seemingly innocuous action on the field in the eighth inning with the Twins securely up by six runs.

    With Jonny Gomes up at the plate, the Sox’s beefy right fielder lifted a fly ball into short center field. Hicks came racing in from the deepest regions of center field Fenway (which is also shallow Maine) and in one motion nabs the falling sphere and flips it to second baseman ...
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  11. Don't Lose Faith in Unlucky Worley

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ID:	4015You've probably heard the story by now. On the very day that Vance Worley was told by Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. that he'd been traded from the Phillies to the Minnesota Twins, the 25-year-old pitcher had been planning to pick up an engagement ring from the jeweler so that he could propose to his girlfriend.

    Worley, who had just signed a lease for a new house in South Jersey nearby Philly, suddenly had his entire life uprooted. He would ...
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  12. Clash of Buxton & Correa May Have to Wait

    Wednesday, May 8, was supposed to be a big night for fans that follow the top minor league prospects in professional baseball. Quad Cities shortstop Carlos Correa, selected with the No. 1 pick overall by the Astros in last June’s amateur draft, was set to go head-to-head against Kernels’ center fielder Byron Buxton, chosen as the No. 2 pick overall in the same draft by the Twins.


    Byron Buxton ...
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  13. Which Team's Aces Did the Twins Miss?

    CAUTION: This exercise is meant to be a fun. There is obviously a lot that goes into finding a starting pitcher for the top of the rotation. In the past, the Twins have had the opportunity to draft some of the top pitchers in the game.

    The Twins have struggled to accumulate starting pitching. This stems from a variety of factors. Their drafting strategy, their ability to sign international players, and their willingness to spend big money on the free agent market are all factors that ...
  14. Twins Birthdays--May 7

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    Manny Hernandez (1961)

    Right-hander Manuel Antonio (Montas) Hernandez did not play for the Twins, but was in their minor league system for most of 1989. He was born in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and signed with Houston as a free agent in 1978. He was very young, of course, and as a result he was in rookie ball for two years and Class A for three more. He pitched well in every year except 1982. He jumped to AAA Tucson in 1984 and stayed there ...
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