5:14 AM EST, Sat January 29, 2022
Puckett's Pond 14 hours ago

Minnesota Twins: Breaking down the Twins on Upcoming HOF Ballots

The Minnesota Twins have had six players appear on the Hall of Fame ballot over the past two years, but with the 2022 voting process in the rearview mirror, only one of those players remains in Torii Hunter. While it’s no surprise that Michael Cuddyer, Latroy Hawkins, Justin Morneau, and A.J. Pierzynski didn’t last long, […] Minnesota Twins: Breaking down the Twins on Upcoming HOF Ballots - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Twinkie Town 20 hours ago
Friday Four: Hall of Fame, King Kenta, and the Revenge of the Nerds

Friday Four: Hall of Fame, King Kenta, and the Revenge of the Nerds

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ In my head canon, I am Joe Mauer conforting Joe Nathan after falling off the HOF ballot. Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by. There’s fresh-baked Twins news coming out of the lukewarm stove, and a Manny Ramirez reference for those of you who have been around the Twinkie Town block. While you’re here, take our new comment section for a spin. I know change is scary, but the hardest part is the beginning. You’re going to love it before long. A Hall of Fame Stalemate On Tuesday, the full results for 2022 Hall of Fame voting were released,...
Puckett's Pond Jan 27, 2022

Minnesota Twins: Biggest Hall of Fame Snubs at Each Position

The Minnesota Twins have seen a lengthy list of great players come through the organization, and several of them have made the Hall of Fame. Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva join Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, and Harmon Killebrew as players that have the Twins listed as their primary team. If you include members of the […] Minnesota Twins: Biggest Hall of Fame Snubs at Each Position - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Twinkie Town Jan 27, 2022
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 8

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 8

Welcome to Round 8 | Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra Josh Winder was our selection in round seven. He is on the 40 man roster and on the cusp of making his debut for the Twins. Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Jordan Balazovic 48% (Miranda 45%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%, Celestino 1%) Jose Miranda 68%...
Twinkie Town Jan 26, 2022
Yo Rocco—evaluating the Twins skipper

Yo Rocco—evaluating the Twins skipper

Photo by David Berding/ Baldelli has seen it all during his three years at the helm Nearly 30 years ago—September 1992—Twins manager Tom Kelly passed Sam Mele to become the winningest manager in franchise history. It’s a rank TK holds to this day. Yes, this man is the winningest manager in Twins history Despite the proliferation of metrics everywhere on the diamond, evaluating the individual at the end of the dugout is still tricky business. Was, say, Joe Torre one of the true managerial greats—or did having the 2000s Yankees lineup and...

Dominant DH David Ortiz makes Hall of Fame in first year on ballot

This summer's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies took on even more of a Twins tint with the election of David Ortiz, who will join Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat in Cooperstown.
Puckett's Pond Jan 25, 2022

Minnesota Twins: No Twins Baseball? At least we have the St. Paul Saints

As fans of the Minnesota Twins, we were hoping MLB brass and the MLBPA would play fair and timely in contract negotiations to avoid any delays to the MLB season. In a billion dollar industry, these can be tricky things to just expedite along. As it stands today, a delay to the season seems to […] Minnesota Twins: No Twins Baseball? At least we have the St. Paul Saints - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Puckett's Pond Jan 25, 2022

Minnesota Twins: My 2022 FanSided Hall of Fame Ballot, Explained

As the lockout continues onward, Minnesota Twins fans don’t have much to look forward to for the rest of the offseason, with no clear end in sight and a strong chance that some baseball will be missed due to the owners locking out the players (though the MLBPA hasn’t been completely blameless in all this). […] Minnesota Twins: My 2022 FanSided Hall of Fame Ballot, Explained - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Twinkie Town Jan 25, 2022
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 7

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 7

Jhoan Duran takes round six | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports “In baseball, even the best hitters fail seven of ten times, and of those seven failures there are different reasons why.” - Ichiro Jhoan Duran is our selection in a close round six vote. We are wishing him a healthy season and hoping for a 2022 major league debut for Duran. Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Jordan Balazovic 48% (Miranda 45%, Duran 4%,...

Joe Nathan, a dominant reliever for Twins, hopes to stay on Hall of Fame ballot

A crowded field of candidates might prevent the righthander from getting five percent of the votes from writers, but Joe Nathan thinks he deserves a closer look.
Twinkie Town Jan 24, 2022
Should Joe Nathan be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

Should Joe Nathan be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

Photo by Adam Bettcher/ The powerhouse closer probably deserves a better look than he’s getting. This is the second article in a breakdown miniseries regarding the 2022 Hall of Fame candidates with ties to YOUR Minnesota Twins. Links to previous/future articles will be updated here! HOF, Minnesotan Style | Justin Morneau | Joe Nathan | Torii Hunter | JoeurneymaNathan Nathan, Texas Ranger. And San Francisco Giant, Detroit Tiger, and — remember this one? — Chicago Cub. Also, unofficially, Washington National. After six incredible (and one explainably mediocre)...
Twinkie Town Jan 22, 2022
Ron Gardenhire, Dan Gladden, César Tovar named to Twins Hall of Fame

Ron Gardenhire, Dan Gladden, César Tovar named to Twins Hall of Fame

Unlike this play, Gladden is now safe at home. | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via The three will be inducted in August. The Minnesota Twins have announced their three newest members of the team’s Hall of Fame: Congratulations to the #MNTwins Hall of Fame Class of 2022! We can't wait to celebrate during Hall of Fame Weekend in August. pic.twitter.com/aWHSWiIxcQ— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) January 20, 2022 Gardenhire began his managerial career as the Minnesota skipper in 2002 after the retirement of fellow MINHOFer Tom Kelly. He helmed the team for the next 13...
Puckett's Pond Jan 21, 2022

Minnesota Twins: Three New Additions to the Twins Hall of Fame

Every year, the Minnesota Twins elect a class to the Twins Hall of Fame, from the first year they started the process in 2000 up until the present. The only exceptions were 2014, 2015, and last year in 2021. To make up for a lost year last year, the Twins added three new members for the […] Minnesota Twins: Three New Additions to the Twins Hall of Fame - Pucketts Pond - Pucketts Pond - Minnesota Twins News, Rumors, and Fan Community
Twinkie Town Jan 21, 2022
Friday Four: Liriano, Top Prospects, International Signings, and Some Dongs

Friday Four: Liriano, Top Prospects, International Signings, and Some Dongs

Photo by Hannah Foslien/ Welcome back to another edition of the Friday Four! I normally like to open these with a funny anecdote, but I’ve been in a bit of a slump recently. I tried using my wife’s keyboard, made some tweaks to my typing stance, even tried out Jason Giambi’s gold thong for good measure, but no luck. Please enjoy this video of the 1991 Twins behaving in the most 1991 way possible instead. Liriano Hangs ‘Em Up On Monday, Francisco Liriano officially announced his retirement, to which many responded, “he was still playing?” While the last...

Twins elect Gardenhire, Gladden, Tovar to team Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Twins will induct former manager Ron Gardenhire and former players Dan Gladden and César Tovar into the teams Hall of Fame this summer.

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