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  1. Twins Fan Forum with Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki

    The Twins hosted another Fan Forum phone call on Tuesday night, this time featuring closer Glen Perkins and catcher Kurt Suzuki. I took some notes, and I thought I'd kind-of, sort-of transcribe them. My usual caveat: keep in mind, I'm a horrible transcriptionist, my notes are hard to read, my hand cramped up halfway through, and my dog needed to be let out in the middle of it. All the questions and answers written here are rough estimations of what was really said, and most likely somewhat abbreviated. ...
  2. Twins Don't Need More Starters

    Over the past few days, two pitchers that the Twins have been connected to at various points ended up signing with different teams.

    Darren Wolfson reported over the weekend that the Twins were interested in Joe Saunders, but the veteran left-hander agreed to terms Tuesday with the Rangers. And Johan Santana, who has of course been linked throughout the offseason to his former club, chose to sign a minor-league deal with big bonuses in Baltimore.

    A few fans may have been ...
  3. Twins 2014 Locks, Spring Training Battles and the first Battle Dashboards

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
    As in the past few years I will use dashboards to keep track of the performance of the Twins' players during Spring Training in order to get a numerical and visual representation of who is doing what, of the players who are battling for a position on the 40-man roster. With few games in and the first cuts coming early next week, it might be a good time for the first one of these.

    To determine that, we need to figure ...
  4. Soul Patrol 2.0? Let's Hope So...

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    Ah, the good old days of the early 2000s, when the Twins were hanging on to existence by a thread. Back then, after a solid decade of mediocrity, the Twins had finally started pulling things together and pushing forward to respectability. The Twins' 2001 outfield was patrolled by Matt Lawton (replaced by Shannon Stewart in 2003), Jacque Jones, and Spiderman, aka Torii Hunter. The Soul Patrol. Pretty much the only reason I got into baseball when I was young. They

    Updated 03-04-2014 at 12:10 AM by J-Dog Dungan

  5. Wilkin & The Kids: Twins 9, Orioles 2

    Wilkin Ramirez has had to demonstrate a lot of patience in his career. The 28-year-old finally made his way onto an Opening Day roster last year, only to have his season shortened by a concussion and ended by a broken tibia. But the Twins were patient too, re-signing him this offseason. Maybe he could surprise them again, like last spring training.

    Maybe it shouldn't be a surprise any more. Surrounded by Twins prospects in the late innings of a tie game with the Orioles, Ramirez ...
  6. Twins Hangouts: Tuesday, March 4

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    Join Seth and Jeremy on Tuesday night at 8:30 to discuss the events of the last week. Obviously, Miguel Sano is going to be a discussion topic. But there will be many other things you might want to hear.

    You can view live on this page (using the video link above) or you can view live on the YouTube page where you'll have access to the live Q and A.

    You can view all past episodes here (YouTube link) and download all of the ...
  7. Prospects: Who I'm most interested in for 2014

    I've been tossing this idea around in my head a bit as I start getting excited for the upcoming season. We have lots of highly rated prospects, lots of depth, lots of unknowns. I sat back a little and tried to figure out who I was actually most interested in seeing how they performed this year. This isn't a Top 10 prospects list, smarter people than me have already done those.

    I'm assuming Buxton will dominate. I'm interested in that, certainly. But he's not the guy I'm most interested ...

    Updated 03-03-2014 at 02:16 PM by ericchri (Spelling errors)

  8. Matt Hoffman Hopes His Slider Elevates His Career

    After reaching Detroit's AAA Toledo team as a 21-year-old, Hoffman spent his third full year with them last year as a 24-year-old. But the left-handed reliever's stats showed a change. Last year, Hoffman struck out 35 batters in 35 innings. He had never come close to that rate previously. He thinks he knows why.

    "The pitching coach, who is now the coordinator of Detroit, AJ Sager, told me I needed to learn to throw my slider for a strike," says Hoffman. You don't really think about ...
  9. Articles/Blogs/Boring

    Is it wrong that most of the articles I completely skip nowadays and just go straight into commenting like I read the whole thing? No? Whew, that was a load off my shoulders. It must be hard for the regular bloggers to think of stuff (correction... baseball related stuff) to blog about. Usually when I feel the need for a blog it has nothing to do about baseball, not really anyway.

    Its time for a revolution. We as members need to take over the blogs and articles section from current ...
  10. Roughed Up: Rays 6, Twins 3

    In today's 6-3 loss to the Tampa Rays, the Twins pitchers didn't have a great day. Starting was Ricky Nolasco, whose prefix is already slowly turning from "Mr." into "Most Expensive Free Agent the Twins Ever Signed." (MEFATES?) Anyway, Mr. Nolasco threw two scoreless innings, but five of the seven opposing batters hit the ball hard. Fortunately, the last of those hard hits was right at first baseman Chris Colabello to turn a nifty double-play.

    I'm not saying there should be ...
  11. Learning From My New Friends

    I walked outside to grab the mail and a little girl came whizzing by on a bike. She stopped when she saw me. I knelt down and introduced myself, "I'm AJ," I shook her hand. "Hi, I'm Olivia," she responded. She told me she was 6 years old, later I met her twin 4 year old siblings, Alexis and Ray. They were all so full of life.

    I saw them the next day, and the next. Pretty soon they were ringing the doorbell everyday to ask if I could come out and play. Now, each day ...
  12. Spirit of a Ballplayer, Flesh Like Anyone Else.

    "Then the boy saw alló Since he was old enough to know, big boy
    Doing a manís work, though a child at heartó" - Robert Frost

    Got the Sano news via phone notification as I got out of bed, and the grayness hung in the air like it saw this one coming.

    Flesh fails us all, but it is not supposed to crap out on a young physical wonder standing in the wings, moments away from his MLB debut. In January, Sano drew long lines of fans at Twinsfest. Now he begins ...
  13. A New Britain Travel Guide

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    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Every now and then, I'm asked by someone over Twitter or email about traveling to see a Rock Cats series. Usually the questions are pretty basic -- what airport do I fly in to, do I have to buy tickets in advance -- but sometimes the questions are more detailed. I'm always happy to give information, and in fact I've even met up with a couple "displaced" Twins fans at New Britain ...
  14. Pitcher Preparation

    What are pitchers focusing on in the first couple of spring training games? It's pretty basic, but requires some balance. Yesterday's starting pitcher, Scott Diamond, explained "At this point right now, first outing, I'm trying to attack the zone. My focus right now is working down." Closer Glen Perkins, who pitched a scoreless fifth inning, echoed that sentiment. "I just wanna command the ball. I want to throw strikes. I want to get ahead of hitters and keep the ball down, which after [Grady] Sizemore, ...
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