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  1. 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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  2. The Cuts Continue, 7 Twins Reassigned

    On Sunday morning, seven players from Minnesota Twins spring training were told that they would not be on the Twins Opening Day roster. The most intriguing name of the bunch was infielder Chris Colabello. This leaves the Twins with 42 players on their spring roster.

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    Here are the players sent to minor league camp:

    Chris Colabello was last year's feel-good minor league story. He has had a great past 12 months. At this time last year, ...
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  3. So Should We Care About the World Baseball Classic?

    As I write this I am reading that the United States has crashed out of the World Baseball Classic (again) and will end up officially in 6th place – just below Cuba. I find myself of two minds about this. On the one hand, I share the understandable disappointment in the results. On the other, I find myself wondering if I should even care. After all, if MLB and the MLBPA don’t take this tournament seriously, why should I?

    Let me back up a bit and explain why I make that admittedly unfair ...

    Updated 03-16-2013 at 06:37 PM by IdahoPilgrim

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  4. Finding Pedro Florimon's Value

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Yesterday, I unveiled what will almost certainly go down in history as my most popular original idea: a weekly (fake) mailbag. In that mailbag I asked myself... I mean, I was asked about the Twins player I am higher on than most. I chose Pedro Florimon because I think his defense can provide enough value to overcome his complete lack of contribution on offense. I am not sure I explained my point very well and I wasn't feeling good about ...

    Updated 03-16-2013 at 04:01 PM by Brad Swanson

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  5. 2013 Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboard 3.0: The final stretch edition

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch (where the graphics are better for some reason)
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    t is already almost a month into Spring Training games for the Twins, and 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 position player ...
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  6. Twins Birthdays--March 16

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    Rick Renick (1944)

    Infielder/outfielder Warren Richard Renick played for the Twins from 1968-1972. Born and raised in London, Ohio, he attende Ohio State and was signed by Minnesota as a free agent in 1965. Renick did not show a whole lot of promise in the minors, although he did hit 20 homers at Class A Wilson in 1967. He was hitting .247 with ten homers at AAA Denver in 1968 when he was called up in mid-July to try to fill a void at shortstop. ...
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  7. Twins Option Arcia, Roster at 49

    On Saturday morning, the Minnesota Twins announced that they had optioned outfielder Oswaldo Arcia to Triple-A Rochester where he is likely to begin his 2013 season.

    Arcia was the Twins minor league hitter of the year in 2012 when he combined to hit a combined .320/.388/.539 (.928) with 36 doubles, 8 triples, 17 home runs and 98 RBI between Ft. Myers and New Britain. He played very well in the Venezuelan Winter League.

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    Unfortunately, ...
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  8. Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 3.0

    In two weeks, the Minnesota Twins will start their trek north for the start of the regular season. In the last few days, the Twins have sent several players down to minor league camp. There are still 50 players in camp and half of them will not be on the active roster on Opening Day. Here is this week’s look at my Twins Roster Projection.

    Let us know what you think. There are still a few roster spots up for grabs. Do you think any of the other players are givens? Which question marks ...
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  9. Sabermatic Analysis Of WBC Determines That Horns Have No Place At A Baseball Game.

    This ain't soccer, folks. People have learned to use their arms and hands, there are no 0-0 games, and nobody has to flop around and act like they are hurt. Wave the flags and whatever, make your signs, wear your outfits, scream your lungs out....... but the horns are just annoying.

    Updated 03-15-2013 at 05:28 PM by h2oface

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  10. Talk To Contact Ep 29 - Spring Training and the WBC

    Episode 29 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
    "Murica!

    This week on the Talk to Contact Podcast, the brothers Pleiss dicusss, among other things, their plans for the weekend, Anthony Slama, Hudson Boyd, Bob Allison and Roy Halladay, among other Twins related topics, to include Aaron Hicks, Jamey Carroll and some dude named Eduardo Escobar. ...
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  11. Technology and two Twins

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ID:	3513Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

    Sure, we’re missing the flying cars, moon colonies and hover boards but the fact that we all basically carry around personal computers/television sets that can make phone calls in our pocket is pretty mind-blowing.

    Baseball, while it may seem archaic with the bats made from trees and game play which doesn’t involve a time clock, is actually progressive and embracive of new technologies off the field. Not long ...
  12. Friday Mailbag (3/15/2013)!!!!!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    I get asked a lot of questions in my daily travels. Most of them are related to social studies and asked by 14-year-olds. However, I was once asked a question about the Twins and that inspired me to start a weekly (probably not) Friday mailbag!

    A recent report stated that the Texas Rangers are likely to trade Elvis Andrus if they cannot extend him. With Jurickson Profar on his way to stardom, should the Twins try to low-ball ...
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  13. Twins Birthdays--March 15

    Wayne Granger (1944)
    Steve Stroughter (1952)
    Mickey Hatcher (1955)
    Mike Pagliarulo (1960)
    Dan Perkins (1975)

    Right-handed reliever Wayne Allan Granger was co-closer with Dave LaRoche in 1972. He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, went to high school in Huntington, Massachusetts, and then attended Springfield College, the same school attended by ex-Twin Glenn Adams. Granger signed with St. Louis as a free agent in 1965. He was a starter that year, but ...
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  14. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    The grounds crew is getting the snow off of Target Field and the beginning of the regular season continues to inch closer. Twins players continue to represent the organization in the World Baseball Classic while others are training in Florida for the start of the year.

    It seems like Opening Day can't get here soon enough and it helps that Team USA keeps winning in the World Baseball Classic. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau could help the Stars and Stripes upend the two-time defending ...
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