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  1. Beautiful Games: Why Baseball and Soccer Go Hand-in-Foot

    On Friday Mrs. Peanut and I will go to England/Scotland on vacation, this means there will be very few PFH blogs coming out (I have a few scheduled to drop in absentia), but in preparation for that and as fine example of laziness time-management, I'm using a blog from another site: The Montanan Hooligans' World Cup Center since it relates to why I love baseball. If what I write makes you even slightly curious about more soccer writing, feel free to check that out...and know that while baseball might ...

    Updated 07-01-2013 at 12:10 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  2. First Half Review - Minor League Ball Can Be Crazy Sometimes

    Sorry it has taken me so long to get back on here folks, but I’ll give you my latest news here. Here is a review of the first half. It has been quite a whirlwind.

    I arrived in Florida with my wife in early January, so I have been doing Twins related activities for a while now. The first change of plans occurred when I found I would be heading to Cedar Rapids to start the season. I was sent down the last week of Spring Training and began to prepare for the trip back up north. In the ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--July 1

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    Justin Huber (1982)

    First baseman/outfielder Justin Huber had two at-bats with the Twins in 2009. He was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia and was signed by the Mets in 2000. He hit well throughout his early minor league career, reaching AAA briefly in 2004. He was then traded to Kansas City, for whom he reached the majors for a week in June and then received a September call-up in 2005. He had been a catcher in the Mets’ system, but was ...
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  4. Monday Morning Madness: July 1, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    The Twins and Royals split a four-game series over the long weekend. It was an EPIC series! Well, it wasn't all that epic, but PHANTOM CAM made it a bit more epic. I'll be honest, I'd like to watch an entire game in PHANTOM CAM. Although, that would take a few years. Think of all we would see though! Here are some thoughts I have from the PHANTOM CAM series.

    Kyle Gibson

    I believe Kyle Gibson made his debut ...
  5. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 100: Gibsanity

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ID:	4646Aaron and John completely forget that it's their 100th episode and talk about Kyle Gibson's debut, what to do with Aaron Hicks when he's healthy, who Mike Pelfrey should bump in the rotation, being sad about Glen Perkins trade rumors, the demise of the Yankees, Polish pride, Josh Willingham and playing through pain, mailbag questions from listeners, Brad Radke's acedom, and sugar mamas. You can listen by clicking below, download us from iTunes or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. ...
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  6. Trade Talk: The Atlanta Braves

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    Buyers or Sellers
    They sure aren’t selling. The Braves only real competition in the NL East is the Washington Nationals, over whom they hold a 6.5 game lead. But they’re unlikely to take that lead for granted. Last year they won 94 games – and got knocked out in the one-game Wild Card playoff. The year before they collapsed down the stretch, losing eight of their last ten games (including their last five), finishing one game out of the playoffs. This is not a ...
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  7. Twins Minor League Report (6/30): Kernels Keep Winning

    The Twins had a back and forth game on a beautiful afternoon at Target Field. Unfortunately, the club came out on the losing side of their match-up with the Royals. There were home runs from Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe, and Clete Thomas but it still wasn't enough. The bullpen gave up four runs in the last four frames for a tough loss.

    In minor league news, RHP AJ Achter was transferred to Rochester from New Britain. It will be his first trip to Triple-A. Achter had appeared in 24 ...
  8. Mixed Developments For Future of Twins Rotation

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ID:	4641Kyle-a-palooza? Gibsanity? Gibsmas?

    Whatever you wanted to call it, Kyle Gibson's debut on Saturday generated a palpable buzz throughout Twins Territory. Eagerly awaited and long overdue, the rookie's arrival aids a pitching staff amidst its third straight year of sub-mediocrity.

    He doesn't profile as one of the league's elite pitchers, but Gibson is likely the best pitching prospect to graduate from the Twins' system since Matt Garza in 2006, ...
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  9. 5 Nominations for Minnesota Twins' Hall of Shame

    With the addition of Eddie Guardado to the Minnesota Twins’ Hall of Fame two weeks ago, I got to thinking about the complete opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to great players. When I began watching the Twins in the early nineties, Kent Hrbek was retiring, Kirby Puckett was at the tail-end of his career and the Twins were about to be consumed by a period of mediocrity that would damage the franchise for a few seasons. During that time, I grew up expecting mediocrity, but I also got to see ...
  10. Treading Royal Blue Water (Twins versus Royals -- Games 74-77)

    All Summers are Royal Blue (Twins 3 Royals 1 - Game 74)

    When, in the course of baseball events, the Twins are clearly not going to make the playoffs, the Royals will play against them approximately one million times. Neither team will be playing meaningful baseball, and yet they will continue playing.

    I shouldn’t complain. The Twins won.

    Deduno wins again, too. Aaron Gleeman calls him a UFO, because people believe in his pitching prowess even though all ...
  11. Twins Birthdays--June 30

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    Al Newman (1960)
    Mark Grudzielanek (1970)


    Infielder Al Newman played for the Minnesota Twins from 1987-1991. He was born in Kansas City, attended San Diego State, and was drafted by Montreal in the first round of the June Secondary draft in 1981. He was not much of a hitter in the minors, although he did draw a pretty fair number of walks. After the 1983 season, he was traded to San Diego as part of a three-team deal, but in July ...
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  12. Twins Minor League Report (6/29): Goncalves, Pitchers en Fuego

    Merry Gibsmas! Kyle Gibson made his Major League debut this afternoon in front of a nearly-packed house. If you're waiting to get home to watch Gibson's start on DVR, I won't ruin it for you.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 0, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 1
    Box Score

    Offensively, the Red Wings just didn't get it done. Doug Bernier and Jeff Clement both doubled and, throw in a Bernier single, that's all the hits they accounted for today.

    Aaron Hicks struck out twice in an 0-for-4 ...
  13. Twins Birthdays--June 29

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    Harmon Killebrew (1936)
    Trey Hodges (1978)
    Dusty Hughes (1982)

    An original Twin, Harmon Clayton Killebrew was with the Twins through the 1974 season. Born and raised in Payette, Idaho, he was signed by Washington in 1954 under the “bonus baby” rules, which required him to be on the major league roster for two full years. While he obviously overcame it, one has to think that slowed his development, as he got only 93 at bats in his first ...
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  14. Talk to Contact Episode 43: Kyle Gibson's Debut

    Episode 43 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.


    Kyle Gibson, Spring Training 2013. Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen


    Eric and Cody talk recent Twins happenings, including a struggling bullpen, an awful PJ Walters, and whatever it is that is going on with some Twins Minor Leaguers in the ...
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