Why the Twins will win the Central
Many have already written the twins off for this year, ESPN has them ranked near the bottom of every power ranking. A team that two years ago was a favorite to reach the World Series as the American League representative, has been left for dead, destined for a rebuild. But when I look at the roster, I don’t see that much of a difference from two years ago. Sure, Minnesota had its problems last year, but could that just have been a chance for the younger
Anybody know where I could see Kelly's reax to Twins HOF announcement. I don't have access to FS North and have checked their page and Youtube. Thanks in advance
This offseason it seemed as though the Twins were losing free agents and not replacing them. Cuddyer, Kubel and Nathan come to mind right away. But in reality were the Twins picking up a different kind of free agent? These free agents I speak of are the guys already on the roster that can make significant impacts simply by returning to form and staying healthy. During the dismal 99 loss campaign of 2011 the Twins lost two former MVP's (Mauer and Morneau), their spark plug lead off hitter (Span)
Here is the thing that I am most looking forward to in the AL Central: with Ozzie now roaming South Beach, new White Sox manager Robin Ventura will be on my watch list. No, I don't think the Sox will be a factor in the division race. I am waiting for the first bench clearing brawl between the Sox and Twins. Nothing would be more epic than to see the Baby Jesus having said coach in a headlock giving him noogies out on the mound. Ok, it probably won't happen, but I can sure hope.
Jesse over at TwinkieTown published an essay over the holiday weekend which was the result of a bit of soul-searching over Kirby Puckett and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jesse's point seems to be that, when comparing Puckett to the other centerfielders in the Hall of Fame, Puckett may be far below the best, but he's certainly not the worst and he's also not unworthy of being in the Hall. I may need to turn in my contrarian bona-fides for this, but I find myself largely agreeing with Jesse. I continue
Updated 02-21-2012 at 04:07 PM by dwintheiser
I'm sure you've all heard the news by now, but Rhett Bollinger (Twins beat writer for MLB.com) reports that Joel Zumaya, newly acquired righty reliever, "intends to stay healthy" this season. The main point of this article (I'm guessing since have only actually read the headline) is that in the past years, Zumaya has gone into the season looking to get hurt. "In 2010, I went into the season with one goal: breaking my arm while pitching," Zumaya probably said in this article
For good reason, most Twins fans have low expectations and lots of questions going into the 2012 season. I am no different. However, I do have a handful of interests that will keep me watching and following the Twins and their farm system this season:
1. Ryan Doumit and Josh Willingham - These two hitters have the ability to make the Twins' lineup a very productive one. I enjoy seeing new faces in Twins' uniforms, and I sure hope these two produce more like Shannon Stewart and Jim Thome
Sticking with the running theme of celebrating pitchers & catchers reporting -- a Shakespearian sonnet:
The grassy fields of Hammond Stadium
Are live this morn with sound of bat and glove.
Walkways and bleachers filled with fandom's hum
As sunlight and hope stream from skies above.
Mauer stretches and tests an achy knee,
While Cisco winds and loosens up his arm,
And Revere runs the fields smiling with glee
La Valle had a good piece on Rule 5 pick Terry Doyle at the Strib today. The 26-year-old right-hander discussed some his route to the Twins organization, listening in on Internet radio at his home in Warwick, Rhode Island when he found out that Minnesota had drafted him.
For their part, the Twins were impressed with Doyle’s performance in the Arizona Fall League in which he went while in the Chicago system and, as Neal writes, “Doyle he was dominant at times while going 4-0 with a
This is a regular weekly feature on my blog originally posted there this morning, and partially reposted here
Here is this week's installment (The spring training edition) :
Looks like one of the new Twins' players will be a daddy again, for the 4th time
Interesting news from the Twins' Blogosphere. The 4 bloggers (John Bonnes, Parker Hagaman, Nick Nelson and Seth Stohs - alphabetically) who were part of Twinscentric, desided to discolve their individual blogs and
The way it seems right now, even with the optimism that accompanies Spring Training, it's tough to imagine the Twins hoisting the 2012 World Series trophy. In fact, I can't reasonably imagine the Twins having the AL Cy Young award winner on their pitching staff, or the AL MVP in their batting order. But there is one award that this team was built for: The Comeback Player of the Year.
According to the criteria, the award is given to a player judged to have "re-emerged on the baseball field during a given season."
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It seemed no one was safe from the plethora of injuries suffered by Twins players in 2011 as it seemed to hit every part of the roster. From position players to the pitching staff, there was hardly anyone who was safe from the injury bug. One of the players that missed a big chunk of the second half of the year was Nick Blackburn. In the midst of a multi-year contract extension, Blackburn was limited to 148.1 innings and 26
The biggest news in recent days is obviously that pitchers and catchers have reported and are participating in baseball activities. Finally. However, there are a couple other news bits to mention since I last checked in.
Alexi Casilla avoided the opportunity to have the Twins tell him that he's not as awesome as he thinks he is. He and the Twins settled on a one-year, $1,382,500 contract. The amount is a smidgen under the halfway point between the numbers the two sides
Players with less than three years of major league service time will typically sign one year, two-way contracts. Now that spring training has started, expect many of the Twins players to sign such contracts in the next week. These two-way contracts are for a certain dollar value if the player is in the big leagues, and another (significantly smaller) dollar value if they are playing in the minor leagues.
The Two-Way Contract means that a player is EITHER making $X in the big leagues