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  1. Will the real Twins please stand up?

    This has been a strange year for the Twins. I don't know if most realize it but take a couple of horrendous stretches out that amount to about 3 weeks of games and the Twins are 8 games over .500. The Twins had a 10 game losing streak and another where they lost 11 out of 12. So which team are they closer to be being? The one that was gawd-awful for 3 weeks or the one that has been pretty decent about 85% of the time? If a hitter was batting .290 for the season but that was done by batting .250 ...
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  2. Manager - How much difference can one make?

    It is commonly accepted that one manager is not worth more than another manager - that the results would be the same no matter who is at the helm.

    However, if one looks at the standings over the last few years, it appears to me that a manager might make quite a bit of difference.

    Bob Melvin in Oakland, Buck Showalter in Baltimore, Terry Francona in Cleveland, John Farrell in Boston, Clint Hurdle in Pittsburgh to name a few have turned teams around over the last couple of ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--August 15

    Also posted at wgom.org


    Jim Snyder (1932)
    Joe Lis (1946)
    Tom Kelly (1950)
    Randy Johnson (1958)


    Second baseman James Robert Snyder played briefly for the Twins in 1961-1962 and 1964. He was born in Dearborn, Michigan, went to Eastern Michigan University, and was signed as an amateur free agent by the St. Louis Browns in 1952. He spent the next ten years in the minors, playing in the organizations of St. Louis/Baltimore (1952-56, 1957), the ...
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Atherton Sparkles

    http://nodaktwinsfan.comThe Twins bullpen had been solid in recent weeks before laying an egg at the hands of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday afternoon. Casey Fien gave up three runs and later in the game Glen Perkins and Ryan Pressly allowed some late inning runs. Joe Mauer had five hits and came within one hit of tying Kirby Puckett's team record of six in a game.

    There was some exciting action this evening as multiple teams were part of walk-off wins. Not all of those walk-offs ...
  5. Talk To Contact: Ep 49 - Andrew Albers Awesome Adventures

    Episode 49 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.
    This week Paul returns from the wilderness to banter with Eric and Cody about Andrew Albers who continues to impress and pitch well with his 86mph fastball, Brian Dozier and his silky smooth hair, the loss of Jamey Carroll, the return for Drew Butera and other happenings surrounding ...
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  6. Glitches in the Order of Things (Twins versus Indians 116-118)

    Weíre So Happy, Andrew Albers (Twins 3 Indians 0 Ė Game 116)

    Andrew Albers mustíve felt relieved when he finally hit the sack last night. He picked the Twins up with his right arm, the Twins fans up with his left, and still pitched a complete game shutout. Thatís a lot of weight to haul around.

    I miss watching the games on cable more as the season stumbles toward a finish. Carrollís gone to the Royals, who are eyeing life beyond the season finish. Even if the players ...
  7. Dog Days: The Ideal Offense

    Hello Humans...my name is Sidney. I am a dog. I am going to write some blog posts this month.


    My humans normally write this blog thingy about baseball and good stuff. But lately they've been all tired and stuff. They get up and run many miles while I sleep on the porch. They work on things like spreadsheets and lesson plans while I sleep on the couch. They clean up the house ...
  8. Views from Rock Cats Games - Sano, Rosario, May, Rohlfing, Santana

    What do we really have, and how close are they really?

    Isn't that the real question we always ask? After reading BA and Sickels and Law, you want to see "how do these guys compare with the hype?" This year, I decided to travel a little bit and see some these guys for myself. Here are some quick observations based on seeing multiple games. The quick punchline -- the future is bright, but we're not there yet.

    Sano
    The Good
    Okay, he really is a man-child. ...
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  9. Danny Santana: Shortstop of the Future?

    Shortstop appears to be the weakest position in the Twins organization. Danny Santana is the closest legitimate SS prospect to the majors. But with a .691 OPS this season and 29 errors already (Alexei Ramirez leads all shortstops with 21), does Santana have a legitimate chance to be a franchise shortstop? Hereís a closer look.

    Hitting
    Here are Santanaís numbers the last 3 seasons:

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  10. Sano's first contract

    I wrote this article in June right after Sano was promoted to AA. Even though I clearly state that this was a conversation for next March IF Sano did well in AA, it was still ridiculed by a few short sighters. I wanted to repost and see what everyone thinks now.


    "Now that Sano is in New Britain I thought we start speculating on how the Twins should handle him. I would love to see the Twins be proactive with him like the Rays were with Longoria. I think you go this agent ...
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  11. Twins Birthdays--August 14

    Also posted at wgom.org


    Bert Cueto (1937)
    Mike Cook (1963)


    Right-hander Dagoberto (Concepcion) Cueto pitched for the Twins in their inaugural season of 1961. He was born in San Luis Pinar, Cuba, and was signed by Washington as an amateur free agent in 1956. He worked his way up from Class D, pitching well at nearly every stop. There apparently was some indecision about whether Cueto should be a starter or a reliever, as he did some of both every year ...
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  12. Is Kernels Record in Reach?

    Adam Brett Walker II is the first player in the MiLB this season to reach 100 RBI. After his sac fly on Monday - he stands at 103 RBI. The question is:
    Can he break the CR Kernels Franchise record with 20 games remaining?

    That total ranks third in the modern day (since 1949) history of the Cedar Rapids baseball club. He is 10 behind Larry Barnes, who played for the Kernels in 1996. John Tanner is the modern day record holder with 121 set in 1949.
    Where will his ...
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  13. Twins Minor League Report (8/13): Twins Acquire Miguel Sulbaran

    The Rochester Red Wings and the Cedar Rapids Kernels each had the day off on Tuesday. The Red Wings made the long trek back up north from Virginia. The Kernels didnít play, but they were still in the news. The Twins found out that they received LHP Miguel Sulbaran from the Dodgers as the Player to be Named Later in the Drew Butera trade. He has pitched for Great Lakes in the Midwest League throughout this year and will report to the Kernels. Sulbaran pitched in 23 games for Great Lakes, making 16 ...
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  14. What's the Plan: Miguel Sano

    In this new series, we'll take a look at several young players in the Twins' organization who may be ready to contribute by next season. How will they be handled? How should they be handled? What do their ascensions mean to players already on the MLB roster?

    What's the plan?

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    There may have been a short period of time where the clamor to see Miguel Sano promoted from Single-A looked a little silly in hindsight. After his first 13 games in Double-A ...
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