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  1. Why I love baseball (more than the other sports)

    As I watched the game on TV last night (trying to put comparative images of The Towering Inferno out of my mind) I found myself wondering why I even loved this game so much. I even tried watching some basketball instead, but inevitably my finger kept moving toward the “last” button on the remote to check back on the game. Why? What is it about baseball that has me so ensnared, even when my home team is the Minnesota Twins? After reflection, here are five reasons I still love the game – even this ...

    Updated 08-29-2012 at 09:29 AM by IdahoPilgrim

  2. Deduno Gardenhized?

    I was afraid Gardenhire and Anderson would fool with Deduno, and it looks like it happened. Deduno looked nothing like his former self in his previous start. Why?

    My bet is, that Gardy and Andy just could not stand a guy they see as so atypical,

    "you can't walk that many batters and be successful, Andy...." Hey guys, look a guy you passed on might be the Cy Young in the NL...same reason..

    You have to allow Deduno to be what he is....a pitcher ...
  3. Twins Prospects in Arizona

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    For fans of the minor leagues, this time of year is pretty fun. The Elizabethton Twins will be starting their playoff run tonight. September call-ups can start happening on Friday. The minor league regular seasons come to an end on Labor Day and then more players get called up while those playoff runs start. As you know, Beloit will be in the Midwest League playoffs, and most likely, they will be the lone Twins full-season playoff team. Today, it is expected that ...
  4. Tuesday's Trip through the Minors

    Even though they are a last place team like the Twins, the pesky Seattle Mariners have seemed to have the Twins number in 2012. For the second night in a row, the Twins couldn't get much offense going and it's tough to win games without scoring runs. The good news is that the Twins are getting closer to getting the second pick in next year's draft. Only the Cubs and the Astros have a worse record than the Twins so this recent stretch of poor play has pushed Minnesota ahead of Colorado.
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  5. Beacons of Light

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ID:	2170On the surface, this 2012 Twins campaign seems painfully similar to last season's train wreck. On this date a year ago, the Twins sat with a 56-77 record, which sadly compares favorably to their current 52-77 mark. Both seasons were marked by abysmal starts, midsummer rebounds and late implosions (at least the current squad is headed that way, with an 8-17 record since the start of August).

    Yet, looking beyond the similarly horrible results, this season has ...
  6. Twins Hosting 2014 All-Star Game

    This was announced this morning on ESPN. I'm shocked no one is even discussing it yet. http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/83...ar-game-report
  7. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    Here is this week's installment:

    • Kyle Gibson returned to Rochester about a year or so after he was injured there
    • This is a really interesting article (and well researched too) about Baseball announcers favoring certain kind of players. Interesting to see whether there is a follow up about managers following suit. Great read.
    • The New Britain Rock Cats (Twins' AA affiliate) will host the 2013
  8. Reflections on fan-dom

    So what kind of fan am I? When I was in Fort Myers that was one of the season-long advertising gimmicks they were touting – the varied nature of those who attend ballgames. Yesterday, attending my first Twins game since my minor league trip (I love watching a pitching duel!), I found myself thinking back to the various minor league parks I was at and comparing them to the relative cathedral that is Target Field. I also found myself thinking about who had attended those games, and who I saw around ...

    Updated 08-28-2012 at 11:59 AM by IdahoPilgrim

  9. Twins 2013 Class A Affiliation Gets Muddied

    Originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com.

    These days, it’s not often that I go more than a couple of days without getting asked whether I think the Twins will be the Major League affiliate of my home town Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2013. When I’m not answering that question, I’m the one asking it of pretty much anyone I can think of who might have some insight.

    At the beginning ...

    Updated 08-28-2012 at 10:24 PM by Jim Crikket

  10. Handling of young pitchers has changed

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    The biggest debate in the baseball world over the course of the last few months has been surrounding the Washington Nationals and their decision to shut-down Stephen Strasburg, one of the best young starting pitchers in the game. He is pitching in his first full season at the big league level and he only pitched at the end of last season since he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. Nationals fans see their team in first place and they want Strasburg ...
  11. Suiting up in September?

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    It’s August 28th, just a handful of days remaining until September 1st. At that time, Major League rosters can expand to 40. Of course, no team is going to have all 40 members of their 40 man roster on their big league roster. Generally speaking, the Twins say they want to bring up an infielder, an outfielder, maybe an extra catcher, and a couple of arms. Also, the minor league seasons finish on Labor Day, so most of the call-ups will not happen until after that ...
  12. Back of the Napkin: How Far Are The 2013 Twins From Contention?

    How far are the Twins from contention? One side looks at their dismal record and wants a complete makeover. The other looks at the team's players and thinks they’re just a couple of arms away from a pennant race. Which is it?

    Let’s do some back-of-the-napkin figuring. As of right now, the Twins are 111 runs under .500. Not wins under .500, but runs under .500.

    That isn’t good. The Indians are the only American League team that’s worse. The three teams who have the most ...
  13. Monday Night in the Minors

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    No one expected a slugfest when the Mariners and Twins got together to play in Target Field. Felix Hernandez was on the mound for the Mariners, but Liam Hendriks was on the mound for the Twins. It looked like a mismatch, but it turned into one of the best pitcher’s duals of the year! Liam Hendriks remains winless in the big leagues despite throwing a tremendous, tough-loss, complete game. The one mistake he made was giving up an 8th inning, opposite field ...
  14. Farm kids?

    What is the projected record for a 2013 Twins team with the following rotation:
    (1) Diamond (2) De Vries (3) Hendriks (4) Walters (5) Gibson?

    That would at least be a fun spring if we saw some early success stories. I recognize these are not all farm kids.

    Additionally, could we see Scott Baker back in there ever?
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