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    by 04-23-2014, 11:11 PM
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    The Chris Colabello Story continues. Since signing with the Twins before the 2012 season, his story has continued to get better and better. Wednesday night was another highlight in what has been a remarkable start to his career and specifically to his 2014 season. On Wednesday, he gave his Mom a great birthday present and then made his teammates happy again with a huge extra inning hit.

    Maybe I am a horrible child! I think the best gift I ever gave my mom for her birthday was, well, maybe when I drew/colored her a picture or something when I was really young. Chris Colabello gave his mom a really cool birthday present last night.

    With his mother, Silvana, chatting on FSN with Marney Gellner, she saw her son tie the game at two with a two-run home run. In her excitement,
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    by 04-23-2014, 10:44 PM
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    Alex Meyer had one of the best starts of his minor league career on Wednesday night. He set a career-high in strikeouts and went into the 7th inning for the first time this season. On this night, one could make the argument that his performance was the third best by a starting pitcher in the organization (though you could also make a case for best or second-best very easily, as well). Ft. Myers' Tyler Duffey and Cedar Rapids' Ethan Mildren each made a strong case as well.

    Also, Chris Parmelee remains on fire!!

    photo by Mark Rebilas

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    Also, on last night’s Talk to Contact podcast, the guys
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    by 04-22-2014, 12:41 AM
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    I am all for getting the calls right if we have the technology, but I am not a fan of how the new replay rules are working. I think they need to be much more efficient (or quick!) to not annoy and potentially lose a small part of any team's fan base.

    With the new replay rules, something that has long been a part of baseball will be much more rare. There won't as many great manager/umpire arguments like there were in the past.

    We have all seen video of Earl Weaver and Billy Martin in the face of umpires. We have seen dirt kicked and caps thrown.

    I thought it would be fun to take a look back at Minnesota Twins history and go a little deeper.

    During the past offseason, video of a July 1978 Twins,
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    by 04-20-2014, 09:49 PM
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    ~ Sponsored by Switch My Trip ~

    Ron Gardenhire and Jason Kubel were insistent throughout spring training. Is it possible that they knew what they were talking about when they kept saying the veteran would be just fine when the regular season began? Fans and many writers wondered aloud which Jason Kubel we might see in 2014.

    Kubel hit just .196/.288/.283 (.571) in spring training, and that’s only because he ended the spring schedule on a good note. Fortunately, he has been able to flip a switch with the regular season and has been one of the Twins’ top offensive performers in the early weeks.

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    by 04-20-2014, 11:07 AM
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    SUNDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE

    The Twins and Red Wings were the only two organizational teams in action on this Easter Sunday. Coincidentally, both teams used strong starts from their pitchers and big offensive outputs to power their records back to .500.

    The Twins announced before today's game that they were awarded OF Sam Fuld off waivers. (He'll join the team on Tuesday.) To make room for Fuld, Darin Mastroianni was designated for assignment.
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    by 04-18-2014, 10:59 PM
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    I remember asking Kyle Gibson several years ago what it meant to be the Twins #1 prospect. He said that it was an honor, but all being a prospect meant was that you hadn’t done anything yet. It is a great point for all to remember.

    Friday was the third time this season when Twins top pitching prospects were all on the mound. Friday was a good reminder that there is a reason these guys are at the levels they are at, that there is still work to be done.

    The Twins lost the opening game of their three game set in Kansas City and are back at .500 (8-8). There were also five Twins minor league games on Friday, and the Twins affiliate lost each of them.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday, but first a look at the Transactions:

    TRANSACTIONS

    The big news was that Jason Bartlett has decided to retire from baseball. According to a Mike Berardino
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    by 04-17-2014, 11:13 PM
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    There were four games in the Twins' farm system, and the Twins were able to play a split double header at Target Field in some record cold conditions. More impressive, they were able to win two games against the Blue Jays, a team they have been crushed by in recent years. Kyle Gibson threw eight shutout innings in the afternoon game. In the evening game, the Twins used eight eighth inning walks, and three wild pitches in that same inning, to turn a 5-3 deficit into a 9-5 win.

    It would be very cool if the story in the minor leagues on Thursday were to become a great story of the Twins 2014 season as well. Who was it? Well, keep reading to find out…

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins' farm system on Thursday. And, by the way, it's another Top Pitching Prospect Day on Friday.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 1, Pawtucket 2 (11 innings)
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    by 04-16-2014, 10:28 PM
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    Winter just does not want to go away. Much of the state of Minnesota woke up to cold and even snow on Wednesday. The weather has been difficult around the country. New Britain was weathered out. The Minnesota Twins game on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays was postponed. They will play their regularly scheduled game at 12:10 on Thursday and then the makeup game at 6:10.

    When there is a doubleheader, teams are able to add a 26th player. The Twins will promote the recently acquired Eduardo Nunez. In his week with Rochester, he has played shortstop, third base, right field and DH.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday:
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    by 04-15-2014, 01:10 AM
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    You’ve heard of the Mendoza Line. Named after Mario Mendoza, a shortstop for the Pirates, Mariners and Rangers in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was a career .215 hitter. To this day, when a hitter has a batting average hovering around .200, it is known as the “Mendoza Line.” In his era, that wasn’t good, but shortstop did not become an offensive position until the mid-1990s. So today, I have to ask one question for Twins Daily readers to consider. What is the “Limbo Line” as it relates to offense from a shortstop? How Low Can They (the offensive numbers) Go?
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    by 04-13-2014, 04:47 PM
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    For the third straight game, the Minnesota Twins got a quality start, and for the third straight game, they got a win. Still, it took some late-inning dramatics, but the team goes into a Monday off-day with a .500 record (6-6). Raise your hand if you saw that coming. Just 150 games to go!

    The four minor league affiliates played afternoon games. They also went .500 on the day. Two affiliates won, two lost.
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    by 04-12-2014, 11:09 PM
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    The weather on Friday meant that the Red Wings needed to play their second double-header of the week. For the second time this week, the now 6-2 Red Wings swept a double-header. Australian James Beresford led the way, continuing to be the most consistent hitter at the start of this season.

    Mitch Garver had hit two home runs on Friday to take over the organizational lead in home runs this season with four. In the Twins 7-1 win over the Royals on Saturday, Brian Dozier led off with his fourth homer. Then later in the afternoon, Adam Walker hit his fourth homer of the year. Of course, with the Twins three top pitching prospects starting on Saturday, there’s plenty of pitching to talk about as well.
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    by 04-11-2014, 09:11 PM
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    Weather was again a factor in the Twins farm system. Of course, it appears that the Red Wings get rained out whenever Alex Meyer is scheduled to pitch. His first start was pushed back twice by weather, and he was supposed to start on Friday night for Rochester but it was rained out as well. As Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writer Jim Mandelaro noted on twitter, “Nine days into the season, the Red Wings have as many wins (4) as games postponed.”

    Of course, that lines up a replay of last Sunday’s pitching matchups highlighting the Twins top pitching prospects.
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    by 04-09-2014, 10:34 PM
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    Wins and losses are far from the most important thing in the minor leagues. Player development matters above all else. That said, winning is always fun. And, to be fair, part of a player’s development is learning how to win, and learning how to play team baseball. When a team is able to develop players while also finding ways to win, it is a perfect collision. On Wednesday, the Twins four affiliates played five games, and the result was five wins. Call it a good day. Of course, winning at the big league level does matter, and the Twins lost their second straight game to the Oakland A’s.
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    by 04-08-2014, 12:31 AM
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    I promised last week we would have a minor league update each day from last Thursday through Labor Day. In a way, I have to go back on that promise. Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids both had a scheduled off day. Rochester and New Britain both had games rained out. So, none of the four full-season affiliates played a game.

    That said, I thought it would still make sense to post a couple of minor league updates. With the transactions of the last couple of days, there is plenty of good information to pass along. As always, if you have any questions, please let me know.
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