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  1. Thoughts on 10 Position Players

    Unless the Twins make a waiver claim, their roster is set for the start of the 2014 season. Several players have been hot topics here on Twins Daily. I will offer my takes on 10 players and hope that they stimulate some conversation.

    1) Joe Mauer--Now the Twins regular first baseman and unquestioned best player. Mauer is the biggest certainty on the team. He will hit and he won't say anything controversial. Joe still needs to learn a little about first base, he has struggled ...
  2. 10 Opinions

    1) All baseball fans that have the capacity to visit Spring Training should do so. Hope springs eternal, but more than that, fans can watch drills and minor league games and scrimmages. At Fort Myers, we can sit next to minor league prospects, scouts, and knowledgeable fans. In past years, TR was on the premises and talked with fans sharing much more than makes the papers. It is great to watch both the top prospects and the most anonymous players. Autographs are fairly easy to get and the atmosphere ...
  3. 10 Opinions

    1) All baseball fans that have the capacity to visit Spring Training should do so. Hope springs eternal, but more than that, fans can watch drills and minor league games and scrimmages. At Fort Myers, we can sit next to minor league prospects, scouts, and knowledgeable fans. In past years, TR was on the premises and talked with fans sharing much more than makes the papers. It is great to watch both the top prospects and the most anonymous players. Autographs are fairly easy to get and the atmosphere ...
  4. Richard Sherman, The Twins Way and StrengthsFinder


    Q:
    How many hipsters does it take change a light bulb (craft a social commentary about what Richard Shermanís outburst, and our reactions to it, really means)?


    A:
    Itís a really obscure number, I doubt youíve heard of it (at least one more).

    So, unless you are unaware that technology exists, you probably know that Richard Sherman said some stuff Sunday night after the Seattle ...

    Updated 01-24-2014 at 02:07 PM by DreInWA

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  5. 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. ...
  6. My First Projection of the 2014 Twins

    The Twins will finish their third straight losing season late this month. In a year where I expected they would not contend, they haven't but more to the point they have had precious few players step up and establish themselves. All true-blue Twins fans know that there is impressive talent on it's way to Minnesota, especially among the position players. What was needed this year was to have some of the current roster establish itself for the second half of the decade. With the exception of second ...
  7. Mauer's value

    This past series,and the next, Mauer will be watching his teammate,from home, as they get ready to face the Kansas City Royals. A month ago us fans were hoping by now we would be ahead in the standings looking down on the Royals and maybe even the Indians. And after having 23 games in the month of August against central division opponents this isn't the case. The Twins only ended up winning 9 out of those 20 games (3 left to be played against Kansas City).


    After going onto ...

    Updated 08-26-2013 at 10:56 PM by Anorthagen

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  8. 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 ...
  9. Let's not forget... Mauer is a projected HOFer

    At work today I was clicking around Baseball Referenceís website and I stumbled across an interesting section of the website that I have never explored before. If you scroll to the bottom of a playerís profile page you will see a section titled Hall Of Fame Statistics, which is a bunch of sabermetrics designed to project if a player is a Hall of Fame candidate.


    Amongst the multiple equations there is one that is entitled JAWS which stands for Jaffe WAR Scoresystem, the system ...
  10. Swing's the Thing: Twins versus Mariners (Games 51-53)

    Twins versus Mariners

    No Big Deal (Game 51)

    The ball game was relegated to nothing more than background noise. The goose-egg on the Twinsí side of the scoreboard did little to lure me back in.

    With baseball refusing to signal the beginning of weekend joy. My conversation with my friend turned to ghost stories and hard luck tales. I even dug out the flashlight for that special campfire vibe.

    And so itís like this: Baseball is apple pie, and ...
  11. Dimly Aware in Detroit: Twins at Tigers (Games 44-46)

    Twins at Tigers

    10 Pins Fall Down (Game 44)

    I asked the score if I should watch the Twins game. The score said no, and I had no regrets about spending some time with my wife, my friend, and an awful movie called The Greenskeeper.

    The formerly infamous John Rocker, pitcher, played the killer.

    Itís on Netflix.

    In the ninth inning, we watched our phones to make sure the Twins avoided getting no-hit.

    Following a baseball ...
  12. Game 4 - Everything Awful Returns

    A day after imaging a Twins path to the playoffs, everything awful I was expecting from the team showed up for 9 innings of baseball. Mauer didn't get a hit. The starting pitcher didn't go 5 innings. The bullpen gave out like a bad back.

    To top it off, the sky filled with snow while the game was on. I didn't catch much of this one - just enough to give me the idea that Liam Hendriks might be a threat to my blood pressure this year.

    Snow after opening day is like getting ...
  13. Mauer sure looks great batting second

    Doesn't Mauer batting second feel so much better? If you are like me, it makes the frustration I have that he does not drive the ball to RF almost completely go away. I now think of him as a Rod Carew type #2 hitter and not an Albert Pulhols or Miguel Cabrera type hitter that can carry the team on his back. I could never understand why Gardy wanted him in the #3 slot. Now I can finally appreciate him for who he is and not be annoyed that he is not the hitter he was the year before he signed ...
  14. Game 1 - Slushy

    When I sat down in my home office and turned on the Nationals game to hear how Denard Span did with his new team, the sun was friendly and my view was mostly free from snow. By the time I got in my car and tuned into the Twins game, all I could see were piles of snow and gloomy skies.

    Gray is the official color of being down by two runs.

    The Twins must have settled in after that, but when I got back in my car I listened to them waste a bases loaded opportunity. Duensing ...
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