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  1. Position Analysis: Catcher

    Likely Starter: Joe Mauer
    2012 Stats: .319/.444/.587, 10 HR, 85 RBI, 81 R

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    Potential Backups: Ryan Doumit, Drew Butera, Chris Herrmann

    Joe Mauer wasn't officially honored as the American League's Comeback Player of the Year last season, losing out to Fernando Rodney, but he had an awfully good case. His 2011 campaign was as tumultuous as that of any player in baseball, seeing him descend from idol to villain in the eyes of a fan base ...
  2. Spring Organizational Depth Chart: The Starting Pitchers

    Last week, we began to look at the Minnesota Twins organizational depth by looking at all of the outfielders and then all of the infielders in the in the system. Yesterday, we reviewed all of the catchers. Today, we will be taking a look at the starting pitchers throughout the Twins system. Consider there are five starters on the big league team plus four full-season affiliates and several remaining in Extended Spring Training. There are lots of pitchers to get through.

    As pitchers ...
  3. The Evolution of Aaron Hicks

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    With the spring being put together by Aaron Hicks, it is looking more and more like he will be playing a part with the big league version of the 2013 Twins. It has been a long road for Hicks since he was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft. There have been ups and downs but the future continues to look bright for this young man.

    Hicks put together his best professional season last year at the Double-A level. It took quite the evolution to get ...
  4. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 84: Aaron Hicks, Bar Dreams and Over-Under

    Vegas Was Built On Guys Like Gleeman And The GeekAaron and John talk about Aaron Hicks' odds of being the Twins' Opening Day center fielder, the pros and cons of service time shenanigans, dreaming of buying a bar together, betting on the over/under win totals for every American League team, why the AL Central is once again underwhelming, the dangers of parallel parking, Ryan Doumit and evaluating catcher defense, unprofessional bathroom breaks, and the stability of one-run games. Here are:

  5. Twins Minor League Spring Training Schedule

    How do they function? Do they decide if they are playing randomly verse other teams? How do fans get to plan for seeing minor league games? Don't games start this week? How far will I have to travel if going to away games? etc. etc.?

    Why so late when other teams are having their games posted?

  6. Twins Option Six Players to Minors

    On Monday, the Minnesota Twins announced more roster cuts. After five non-roster players were assigned to minor league camp on Sunday, the Twins optioned six players from their 40 man roster. This leaves the Twins with 56 players in their MLB camp.

    Likely the biggest surprise is that catcher Chris Herrmann has been optioned to Triple-A Rochester (1st option). This is his third big league camp with the Twins, but it is the earliest that he has been sent to the minor league side of the ...
  7. Welcome to the New Twins Daily!

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    In preparation for the looming 2013 baseball season, we've rolled out a new look for TwinsDaily.com. You should find the new site easier to navigate, easier to read, and hopefully, find your experience an improved one all-around. We've worked to better integrate the forums with the front page, linking the two with widgets to see what is happening in various sections of the website.

    We'd also like to thank Summit Brewing for being the first official Twins ...
  8. Morneau, Plouffe set up to surprise

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    The corner infield positions for any club can be an important part of a team's offensive picture. Power hitters usually occupy these two positions and it helps to be competent on the defensive side of the ball. First basemen and third basemen can former the cornerstone of a franchise and they are important positions for the future of the club.

    Minnesota has basically had one first baseman for the great part of the last decade. On the other hand, third ...
  9. Recapping the Week in Ft. Myers

    I returned to Minnesota on Sunday night after a six-day excursion to southern Florida that featured plenty of baseball, beaches and beer. The vacation was perfect medicine after a long, cold winter here in the northland.

    If you haven't journeyed to Ft. Myers in March before, I can't recommend it highly enough. Beyond the incredible weather and tasty eats in the area, the Twins do a great job of providing fans with a stellar experience at Lee County Sports Complex, whether you're taking ...
  10. Spring Training Organizational Depth Chart: The Catchers

    Last week, we began to look at the Minnesota Twins organizational depth by looking at all of the outfielders and then all of the infielders in the in the system. Today, we return and take a look at all of the catchers. As with all spring trainings, a lot of catchers are needed just to catch bullpens and to allow players to gradually work up to squatting for nine innings.

    As we have done in the previous articles, we will consider which players may fill the rosters of the Twins minor ...
  11. 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 ...
  12. 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
  13. 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:


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

  14. 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)

    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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