After punishing spring training pitchers and promoting himself this offseason, Danny Valencia’s output in the regular season has left something to be desired. Coming off a down year in 2011 and made promises of rebounding and rededicating himself for this season. Rather than coming out the gates to a hot start, he now finds himself on the hot seat poised to lose starts.
What has gone wrong for the Twins third baseman?
In 2011, I attributed his
As I was leaving Target Field tonight, I noticed the game attendance was 33,000 and change. On a beautiful night early in the season with the Boston Red Sox in town, we still had over 6,000 empty seats in Target Field. It used to be that when a team like Boston or NY was in town, we would sellout and have another couple of thousand people packed in the ballpark with standing room only tickets. I know that I plan on going to all the games that I have tickets for this year, but with the product
4. Liam Hendriks, RHP, 23 years old
2011 stats: 12-6 with a 3.36 ERA in 139.1 innings, with 111/21 K/BB for New Britain & Rochester
Last Year's Rank: 6
Updated 04-25-2012 at 08:02 AM by shawntheroad
Over the last few weeks, many people have posted about the Twins lack of wins. The poor record last year, along with the slow start this year has people calling for everything from blowing up the team, to firing the manager and front office, to increasing the payroll 20% in an effort to bring in more talent. I suppose a strong amount of emotion helps to show the strength of the fan base.
Over the offseason, the Twins did not blowup the team. Rather they patched up holes with some
Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...e-the-outcome/
The Twins so far this season have a record of 5-12. One of the reasons for this is the fact that they've not taken advantage of scoring opportunities. They've hit into 19 double plays. Not only that, they’re 8-47 with runners in scoring position in their past five games.
Last night's 6-5 loss featured an excellent opportunity in the eighth
Updated 04-24-2012 at 06:25 PM by Troy Larson
The Twins are 5-12. Terry Ryan has brought this team into the 2012 season woefully unable to compete at the major league level. Doing things "The Twins Way" or "The Terry Ryan Way" isn't working. No hard feelings. The Twins should clean house and simply try something different. The new GM should start by firing the entire field staff on Day One. How about starting a list of managerial candidates? Hrbek, Molitor, Carew, Smalley, Laudner, Or my favorite, how about Dan Gladden,
Here is the link to the Snappers White Caps game
Inning 3. 0-0
Current Big Ten standings:
(Conference record, overall record)
1. Purdue 12-3, 31-6
2. Michigan State 7-5, 26-13
Minnesota 7-5, 23-19
4. Nebraska 8-7, 26-15
5. Penn State 6-6, 18-21
6. Indiana 6-6, 18-22
7. Ohio State 7-8, 22-18
8. Illinois 5-7, 22-17
Iowa 5-7, 16-19
10. Michigan 4-8, 17-24
11. Northwestern 5-10, 13-23
Standings summary: There are only 4 teams in the conference that could be called good.
According to Rhett Bollinger, Ron Gardenhire confirmed that Francisco Liriano will skip his next scheduled start and will make his next start in Anaheim on May 1. Gardy said that he attributes Liriano's troubles to both mechanical issues as well as nerves with guys on base. He said that Anderson will watch Liriano throw BP sessions this Thursday and Saturday as they watch for progress.
After Liriano's last start, Gardy said that they would "take a step back" and look at
Over 60 Twins minor leaguers were adopted in yesterday's Twins Adopt-a-Propsect. If you are interested, you can still adopt a Twins prospect by clicking here and selecting a Twins minor leaguer. There is a huge interest in the Twins minor league system, and for good reason. Although you may read or hear that the Twins farm system is struggling and middle-of-the-pack, that certainly does not mean that there are not people worth tracking.
That's what we'll do here today. In each of the
When the idea of adopt a Prospect came up my first choice was Jason Wheeler for several reasons. First he is a impressive young man to talk to, second my wife thought he was a nice boy, third he met Harmon Killebrew and my son is named for Harmon, and fourth he is a member of the Snappers. So a bit about the 6 foot 8 inch, 265 pound left handed throwing young man from Torrance, California.
Jason comes from a family of athletes, mom and dad both played college basketball and his older
Though he had 2 hits last night, Joe Mauer came up
short when it counted the most.
[Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
Regardless of what some people in Twins Territory might think, the fact of the matter is that Joe Mauer
Updated 04-24-2012 at 03:05 PM by Twins Fan From Afar
Here is this week's installment:
Very disappointing loss to the Red Sox last night, but some highlight reel plays and lots of near misses. Unfortunately that left the Twins with a 5-12 record, seven games under .500 and 5.5 games behind the Tigers.The official rule 4 MLB draft order has been announced and the Twins have 6 picks in the top 100, including the second overall pickPhillip Humber, another player discarded by the Twins, pitched a perfect
Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
Seth Stohs and the other TwinsCentric guys have put together an interesting concept for inclusion on their website, TwinsDaily. Yesterday morning fans were asked to "adopt" a player from the Twins minor league system to follow as that player travels through the farm system. Each player was only allowed to be pick once and it was offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Once you selected a player the rules became