Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!
OHHHHH man, the Madness has returned. Normally, a return of my madness would be concerning, but in this case, it's a good thing. Every Monday I'll recap the Twins' weekend series and throw in some silly stuff at the end for the kids. Come for the analysis, stay for some muted chuckles. Let's go!
Hey cool, the Twins looked pretty good this weekend. After dropping two of three to a ratty White Sox
This is the 3rd year I have been writing about the big lefty from California. Wheeler has steadily moved through the organization from Beloit to Fort Meyers to now...Fort Meyers? Ok I get it. He doesn't throw as hard as the sexy guys, Meyers, Berrios, Stewart etc. All he does is go out every few days and give you 5 to 6 solid innings. He is the very capable Kenny Jay of organization. Maybe, just maybe this year he could be bringing big Sexy Back to the Miracle and beyond.
* The Twins' offense has been a very pleasant surprise in the first week of the season.
Though it hasn't always been pretty, and sloppy play from opposing defenses in Chicago and Cleveland were undeniable contributors, the Twins have scored 38 runs through their first six games.
The biggest story in the lineup is Chris Colabello. He has already piled up 11 RBI in five starts after hitting .349 in spring play. This guy is just sitting dead red.
Aaron and John are back on the radio at KFAN and talk about the Twins' opening week, Ron Gardenhire's milestone win and place in history, getting home opener tickets, Chris Colabello's great story, choosing Derek Jeter's career, Twitter slap fights, trading producers, the changing bullpen roles, college tours, and The Church of Mase. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com.
Sunday marked the home opener for the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field. After a couple of days of snow& rain, Sunday was near 60 degrees and sunny, a perfect spring day to kick off baseball season.
Coming into the 2014 home opener,Rochester had lost two home openers in a row, and were 0-4 against the Buffalo Bisons all time in home openers at Frontier Field. Twins top pitching prospect Alex Meyer made his Triple-A debut for the Red
After watching the Twins today in Cleveland, several impressions come to the forefront.
First, the pitching seems to be no better than last year, and quite possibly even worse. The starter, Nolasco, stunk it up with 5 runs in only 4 innings, and could not seem to locate his pitches to save his life. The bullpen quickly coughed up two more runs, a performance that could put a game essentially out of reach by the halfway mark.
The defense was also laughable, with somebody
Updated 04-06-2014 at 04:48 PM by ashburyjohn
Photo credit: Baseball America
Name: Byron Buxton
DOB: December 18, 1993 (age 20)
POB: Baxley, Georgia
Everyone's prospect ranking: 1
Cedar Rapids: G 68, PA 321, AB 270, H 92, 2B 15, 3B 10, HR 8, SB 32, CS 11, BB 44, SO 56, .331/.431/.559/.990
Fort Myers G 57, PA 252, AB 218, H 71, 2B 4, 3B
Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/a-look-at-the-managers-with-1000-wins/
Ron Gardenhire won his 1000th game today in Cleveland as the Twins beat the Indians 7-3. He's now part of a list that now includes 60 managers. Let's highlight some of the managers that are on this list.
The Manager with the most wins is the Philladelphia Athletics, Connie Mack, with
Updated 04-08-2014 at 11:05 PM by Troy Larson
How Phil Hughes WorkedOf all starting pitchers who threw more than 100 innings last year, Phil Hughes led the group with a first-pitch strike rate of 71% -- only one of two pitchers who cracked the 70% mark (Arizona’s Patrick Corbin being the other). Naturally, Hughes continued that first-pitch strike tendency in his first start with the Minnesota Twins, turning the count over to 0-1 on 19 of the 24 batters he faced.
Sticking mainly with his heat in the situations (20 of 24),
Some of my fondest childhood memories were with the Twins game playing on the radio in the background. I remember going to bed early on school nights against my will and catching the end of the game on my transistor radio laying there in the dark in my bed.
I remember laying elbows down on the living room carpet in front of a black and white tv on a Saturday afternoon watching a ball game while sorting my Topps baseball cards in to piles by team and wishing I had a few bucks to buy
Maybe it's too early for this, but...Kurt Suzuki:
Great free agent signing, or the greatest free agent signing?
Joe Mauer’s 8 Balls-In-Play Have Been Grounders
So, yeah, infinitesimally small of eight plate appearances in which Joe Mauer has put the ball in play have resulted in grounders. One of those games was against Chris-Freaking-Sale who was so dominant against left-handed opponents that he only faced 163 in 2013 because no manager in his right mind would trot his lefties out there to spin holes in the batter’s box (Sale led the league with
The highlight of this week's episode is an interview conducted with the Twins relief pitcher Casey Fien. We discuss the path his career took as he made his way from a 20th round draft pick to an Opening Day roster and what his strategy is when he's out there on the mound. You can follow Casey on Twitter, @CaseyFien. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.
Besides talking to notable relief pitchers, we also spend some time "Down
Updated 04-02-2014 at 09:52 PM by Paul Pleiss
It was "Meet the Kernels Night" at Veterans Mermorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids Tuesday night, giving local fans and media a first look at the 2014 version of the Twins' Class A Midwest League affiliate and giving the Kernels players their first look at chilly Iowa April temperatures.
After the media portion of the event, players and coaches mingled with fans on the concourse to chat and sign autographs. Then, they shed their parkas for a brief workout.