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  1. Paul Molitor Talks Sano, Buxton, & the Organization Being Open to New Ideas

    I'm not sure how much others in the organization are on the same page as Paul Molitor, but he is in the organization and a person gaining more and more influence.

    He was interviewed on 1500espn Thursday.

    Bullet List:
    - Robinson Cano getting $305M
    - Dozier and Arcia are bright spots.
    - Dozier should hit around .270 when all said and done.
    - Twins Front Office being open to putting something exciting on the field, point blank, seeing if young players ...
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  2. Awardin' 2013: The American League!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Welcome back to Award Season! In my previous installment, I handed out the major NL awards. If you missed it, click here. I also lamented the lack of an actual Awards Ceremony for these important honors. Think of the bowties and suspenders we are missing out on! Danny Valencia would look great in a suit, but he wouldn't get invited to the ceremony so we're kind of just back where we started, aren't we?

    AL Breakout Player ...

    Updated 09-27-2013 at 07:45 AM by Brad Swanson

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  3. Spidey's Successors

    Now that the NFL has started, I hardly have the gumption to watch the Twins for more than a few innings. Let’s face it...it’s not the NFL’s fault at all. The Twins were horrible this year. It was a combination of stuff, and it was all bad stuff. I long for the days of Johan…

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    Once upon a time, the Twins had an epic center-fielder nicknamed “Spiderman.” He owned center-field, like Jordan owned Ehlo. He took back home-runs like they were apples, ...

    Updated 09-27-2013 at 10:06 AM by mnfanforlife

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  4. No more room in the Twins Inn-OF

    As AA Twins become AAA Twins, Room for AAAA players is becoming more scarce. With many 30 plus "prospects" called up this year, and several more failing to get called from Rochester, there will be many players released into oblivion this off season. Before even considering Free Agents (Please Ryan, Sign some Free Agents) If I was General Manager, I would have to make the following decisions:

    Part One:
    OUTFIELD
    Currently the Twins have Clete Thomas, Wilkin Ramirez, ...
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  5. Acquiring Talent the Twins Way: Terry Ryan vs. the AL (part 3 of 3)

    Resuming where we left off, we're now going to compare the Twins' successes in the 6 methods of talent acquisition versus the rest of the American League.

    Part 1: here
    Part 2: here
    Data: here

    TWINS VS AMERICAN LEAGUE

    1. Amateur Draft

    We already know the Twins have acquired the most positional talent and the 2nd most pitching talent from the Amateur draft, as measured by WAR.
    But roster space is limited. How does the average Amateur ...

    Updated 09-26-2013 at 06:29 PM by Willihammer

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  7. The Turnaround in Cleveland

    The Cleveland Indians are in Minneapolis, ready for a four-game, season-ending series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Twins watched the Oakland A's celebrate winning the AL West Division title last weekend. Last night, they watched the Detroit Tigers win the AL Central for the third straight year. It is possible that the Twins will also watch Cleveland celebrate a playoff berth this weekend.

    With four games to play, the Indians are currently one game ahead of the Texas ...
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  8. A Season Blank and Pitiless as the Sun (Twins versus Tigers - Games 156-158)

    Look Upon Mauer and Tremble (Twins 4 Tigers 3-- Game 156)

    Mauer's out for the season, like we all knew he would be. Concussion City gains a new resident. And this Pinto kid seems like he's ready to play some catcher. People wonder if Mauer can come back to put on the tools of ignorance. People wonder if Mauer can come back at all.

    The M and M boys are gone, leaving Target Field empty like a Halloween candy bowl. Mauer seems likely to be back in some way, shape, or form. ...
  9. Gardenhire Already Re-Hired?

    Bruce Brothers' Pioneer Press column on Tuesday's loss contains this quote from GM Terry Ryan, regarding the need to upgrade the 2014 staff:

    "I would like to think I'm going to be able to get Gardy some people here."

    http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_2...sues-91st-loss

    This seems to confirm rumors about Gardy's future contract status raised by ESPN 1500's Wolfson, and provides the most clear evidence to date that, ...
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  10. Kevin Correia Talks Pitching

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ID:	5705When the Twins signed Kevin Correia this offseason, they knew his ceiling was not high as, say, Francisco Liriano’s would be. They also figured that Correia’s floor would not be as low as Liriano’s either. Their goal was to acquire some semblance of consistency that was grossly lacking in 2012.

    To their credit, the Twins got just that – a pitcher who made every start and, after tonight’s outing, will have accumulated almost 200 innings. Sure, the win/loss ...
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  11. Acquiring talent the Twins Way: pitchers (part 2 of 3)

    In Part 1, we looked at the Twins history of acquiring positional talent via the Amateur Draft, Amateur Free Agency, the Rule 5 Draft, Trades, Waivers, and Free Agency, during the Terry Ryan era (1995-2013). Here we will do the same for pitchers.

    PITCHERS

    1. Amateur Draft

    Since 1995, the Twins trail only the Toronto Blue Jays in their reliance on the Amateur Draft for pitching talent, getting 136 player-seasons from 39 pitchers, good for 120 WAR. Notably, Brad
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    Updated 09-25-2013 at 03:38 PM by Willihammer

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  12. Liam Hendriks Deserves Another Chance

    Plenty of Twins players will have things to reflect on this coming offseason. When a team has multiple 90-loss seasons in a row, changes are likely and some of those situations started to play themselves out. Minnesota needs pitchers to stand out in the final games of the season as the team tries to figure out the future.

    Liam Hendriks is one player on shaky ground for 2014. The team rushed him to the big leagues as a 22-year old and struggles followed him since he got called up. Next ...

    Updated 09-25-2013 at 09:17 AM by Cody Christie

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  13. Catching No Longer an Option For Mauer

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Size:  26.8 KBExactly five weeks after he last played in a game, the Minnesota Twins announced on Monday that Joe Mauer would be shut down for the remainder of the season. The decision has seemed obvious and inevitable ever since it was revealed the catcher was still suffering symptoms weeks after sustaining a concussion while behind the plate.

    Ultimately, the incident will end up costing Mauer 39 games, or roughly a quarter of the season. In other words, this is a serious ...
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  14. Morneau

    Anybody else love the fact that Morneau was directly involved in the play that clinched the Pirates first playoff berth since 1992?
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