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Hello Twins fans and I'm back from Fort Myers where I went to one spring training game. I also listened to a lot of basketball action and went for walks on the beach. Withrecent events that have taken place in the Twins camp I think it's time to revisit the roster picture.
First of all, Tsuyoshi Nishioka was sent to the minor league camp early
Updated 03-26-2012 at 12:50 PM by Troy Larson
After months of expecting Josh Willingham to move from left field, the outfield position he has played the most in his career, across the turf to right field, Ron Gardenhire has switched courses on that plan.
Back in February, Gardenhire acknowledged that the experiment of moving Willingham to right field might not work but that they would be ready if he would be unable to adapt to the new position:
"That's what we are going to do. We're going
Updated 03-25-2012 at 12:50 PM by Parker Hageman
The past two weeks, I have attempted to project the Twins Opening Day roster. This week, weíll try it again. I still believe that there are 20 ďGivensĒ at this point, two weeks before Opening Day. I also believe that the five remaining positions are all pretty intriguing and could have several possibilities at this point, especially since there are some injury questions with Scott Baker and Justin Morneau.
There are still 39 players in Twins big league camp which means 14 players need
Following Mondayís 0-for-2 performance, lowering his spring batting average to .100, Justin Morneau addressed his struggles:
"It's gotten better. It's not where I want it to be yet. The swing's getting better. The swing feels a lot better than it did when I first got down here. It's a process, it's moving along. I just have to keep telling myself that it's slow, and just because it's not here now doesn't mean it's not going to be here a week from now."
When I opened to the front page of the Sunday sports section in the Star Tribune, there was one photo that stood out to me. Justin Morneau was shown taking a swing on a pitch (see photo above) and his size is noticeably different from previous years. This was only one photo from a spring training game but there have been other photos that have trickled out of Fort Myers that show
Updated 03-06-2012 at 06:48 AM by Cody Christie
The Twins are only three games into their Grapefruit League schedule but Denard Span is making sure to put all of his concussion worries behind him. Over the course of the last handful of days, Span has been forced to make numerous plays on the ball that could be troublesome for a player who suffered a concussion last year. Even with all of these rough plays, Span has not suffered
This afternoon, the Twins made their official spring training debut and they came away with a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.
This got off to an ominous start for the Twins. Starter Carl Pavano gave up a two-run, first inning home run to Matt Joyce. In the bottom of the first, David Price hit Jamey Carroll in the helmet with a fastball. Carroll quickly got to his feet and went to first base. (He said later he was fine. It was a glancing blow.) Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau each
Thereís plenty of concern internally for Justin Morneauís future. Now former teammate and friend Nick Punto has echoed that concern.
On Monday, Punto described a game of phone-tag heís been having with Morneau and he sounds like heís having some concerns that the big Canadian is not returning his calls.
From Gordon Edesís ESPN Boston article:
Ordinarily, Punto might think nothing of it. His buddy, the Twins' first baseman and former MVP, is busy.
One of my fantasy leagues started its draft this past week, so I thought it might be a good time to start writing a little about fantasy baseball. I will likely participate in three or four leagues this year, and each is a little bit different. One of my leagues is a keeper league with major and minor league rosters. It is a 5x5 roto league. Another league is a weekly head-to-head, points league. Another league is only on the weekend. Iím in one ten team league and two 14-team leagues. There are
ďThere comes a point when you can only torture yourself so long.Ē
Those are the words of Justin Morneau (courtesy Phil Mackey on Twitter), uttered just this morning while speaking to reporters for the first time since reporting yesterday to Hammond Stadium in Ft. Myers. Today the Twins will hold their first full squad workout of spring training.
Mackey tweeted Morneauís quotes, ďI donít know if I can be a full, 100 percent go, but Iím going to go out there and participate
Last year I had fun writing a post about two of the things I am passionate about, the Twins and the Academy Awards. It was a fun post for me to compile and I got positive feedback from multiple sources after last year's post. With the Oscars around the corner and spring training already started in Florida, I figured it was time for another rendition of my "Twins headlines turned into Oscar movie plots."
Below you will find all of the films nominated for Best Picture in this weekend's
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."
After looking at the catchers throughout the Twins system yesterday, Iíll be looking at the first basemen today before continuing around the diamond throughout the coming weeks. Again, the purpose is two-fold. First, itís a look at the depth at or near the big leagues. Second, itís a glance at the depth at the position throughout the system. You can find out who might be coming up to the Twins if there is a need, and you can find out who the prospects to watch might be.
As I did yesterday,