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  1. Countdown Begins! 14 Days!

    Now that the All Star break is behind us it's time to start thinking about the Trade Deadline. July 31st is the last day where trades can happen for any baseball team. 14 days left until the Trade Deadline and there is much discussion on key players. Players like David Price, Ben Zobrist, Josh Willingham, Kurt Suzuki, and many more. The only big trade that has happened this season is between the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics. The Athletics traded some key prospects for Jeff Samardzija and Jason ...
  2. Deal or No Deal: Considering Contract Extensions

    As the Twins put the All-Star Game behind them and gear up for the final 68 games on the schedule, they face much uncertainty. They're only six games below .500 -- a marked improvement from recent years -- and although they trail the Tigers by 10.5 games in the Central, they are within seven games of a wild-card spot.

    While it's nice to be in a spot where contention is a feasible scenario, we've got to keep in mind that the Twins are still behind seven other AL clubs in the wild-card ...
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  3. ASG Weekend Reflections

    The big All-Star bash in Minneapolis is behind us now and by most accounts, it was somewhere between very successful and close to perfect.

    I saw the Futures Game/Celebrity Softball Game in person on Sunday and watched the Home Run Derby and ASG on the tube. My conclusion is that, while I wouldn't say it was all perfectly staged and performed, the Twin Cities and those from MLB and the Twins who were involved all did themselves proud.

    It was the kind of event that ...
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (7/17): Kohl Stewart Looks Like an Ace!

    The Twins didn't lose today, and they haven't lost a baseball game for almost a week! The Twins return to the diamond on Friday, fresh off the All Star fun in Minneapolis, and are riding a hot stretch, having won five of their last seven games.

    With the All Star games over in the Minor Leagues as well, we have a full slate of Minor League action to discuss.

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    Updated 07-18-2014 at 06:53 AM by Eric R Pleiss

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  5. That's The Ticket: Rays of Sunshine


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    If you missed the All-Star festivities at Target Field over the past few days, perhaps the incentive of seeing one of baseball’s hottest teams will bring you back downtown at a more reasonable price.


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    For most of their existence, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays were a league laughingstock destined to finish last in the AL East for eternity. Then they got a new ownership, smartened up and figured out how ...
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  6. Summary For Troy's Twins Chat For July 17 2014

    Hello Twins fans. Here's a run down of what dad and I talked about on tonight's show. My dad and I talked a little about our experiences at FanFest. We also talked about the All Star game itself. We also discussed upcoming roster moves for the Twins. To top it off, Dad and I made some predictions as far as the playoff picture is concerned. And one more thing, I commented on the Yankees fan who's suing ESPN for 10 million dollars.

    To listen to the show, click on the following link. ...
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  7. Buxton Went 3 for 4 Wednesday Night

    While the All Star break was happening for the MLB, Byron Buxton was showing why he should be in the All Star Game soon. Buxton went 3 for 4 on Wednesday night's game against Dayton. This is Buxton's sixth game since coming back from his injuries. Byron Buxton has been bothered with a wrist injury throughout the majority of the season. He came back in early May to play four games but then aggravated his wrist again to be put on the DL.

    Buxton is ranked number one for prospects in the ...
  8. Twins top 19 position prospects as ranked by JAVIER

    Over at Beyond The Boxscore, Chris St John revealed a system for predicting major league success of minor leaguers based on prospect age and level. The system is called JAVIER (named after Cubs SS prospect Javier Baez), and you can read about it here. The system predicts whether a prospect will bust, have an average career, or be a productive player (defined as having at least 1000 MLB PAs and producing at least 0.0275 VORP per PA - read about VORP here), based on a dataset of 41,238 player-seasons ...

    Updated 07-17-2014 at 01:01 PM by Willihammer

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  9. Three Strikes... Puig's Out!


    Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder, Yasiel Puig, was chosen to participate in the Home Run Derby and was a starter for the National League during the 2014 All Star Game. Let’s just say Puig will cherish the memories of meeting new players but will want to forget his actual performance throughout these last couple of days in Minneapolis.

    Strike One: Monday night was the Home Run Derby which featured five ...

    Updated 07-17-2014 at 10:21 AM by Brian Mozey (Wanted to add a picture)

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  10. Episode 92: Reviewing the First Half

    You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here, and if you want to add the show to your non-iTunes podcast player, this is the RSS Feed.

    “Peace to my All Star homies in West Fargo.” – Cody Christie, probably

    This week we talk all about the first half, the Twins best players and worst players before the All Star break, and what we think might ...
  11. Framing by Battery

    Baseball Prospectus has pitch framing data organized by battery.

    Framing data by battery

    The data looks at pitches where the umpire needs to make the call and compares actual strikes with predicted strikes.

    While looking at splits creates small sample sizes, I wondered if it would be clear that Josmil Pinto's framing skills are significantly worse than Kurt Suzuki.

    The natural place to start is Glenn Perkins.


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  12. Right field wall

    Michael Rand today quotes extensively from an article by Washington Post writer Thomas Boswell. The gist of Boswell's article is to criticize the high wall in right center that makes home runs to that part of the ballpark much too difficult.

    Target Field is a lovely downtown home for the Twins, classy and comfortable if not breathtaking. But until that right field wall becomes remotely fair to hitters, especially in the 120-foot-long power-alley expanse from the 385-to-403 signs, this is a
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  13. Around the Bases All Star Edition

    Single: The single moment tonight came from Idina Menzel at the opening ceremony for the All Star Game. Not one, but two amazing performances. First, Menzel sang "Forever Young" for the thirty amazing teachers that were nominated by their respective teams. Then she sang a beautiful "Star-Spangled Banner" with a breath taking flyby. The Minnesota Twins and MLB chose a great artist to sing the National Anthem and Menzel definitely proved it.


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    Updated 07-16-2014 at 05:09 PM by Brian Mozey

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  14. An All-Star Showing From the Twins

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ID:	8242As I write this, I'm feeling pretty giddy. I just got done watching Glen Perkins pitch to Kurt Suzuki in the ninth inning of the All-Star Game, closing out a victory for the American League in Derek Jeter's final hurrah.

    Admittedly I don't usually get too worked up about pageantry of the so-called Midsummer Classic, but with my lifelong city being showcased -- and with our site holding an event downtown -- I couldn't help but get drawn in this year.
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