12:53 AM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 5 hours ago

TFD: With Maddon destined for the Cubs, let's get serious about Molitor vs. Lovullo

Joe Maddon was a nice diversion. Our own La Velle E. Neal reported that the Twins at least had preliminary discussions with Maddon’s representatives. We’re assuming that went nowhere. We wish it had gone somewhere. We’re guessing the Twins could have and should have tried harder. But it’s moot now, since most of the free world is reporting that Maddon to the Cubs will be a reality very soon. The attention now returns to the Twins candidates we’ve known about for quite some time. While some of the discussion now could be recycled conjecture, the popular sentiment is that Doug...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 8 hours ago

Twins among teams with longest odds to win 2015 World Series

This might come as a shock, but a team that has lost 90 games in each of the past four seasons, doesn’t have a manager, doesn’t figure to spend much money and had their best prospects waylaid for much of the season and thus delayed their major league arrival … well, that team is not expected to do very well in 2015. As a matter of fact, the Twins are at 100 to 1 odds to win the World Series — tied with the Rockies, Astros and D-Backs for the longest odds in the majors. No team is better than 15 to 2 right now, though, so if you have a strong conviction, money can be made.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 10 hours ago
Twins greats Kaat, Oliva among Golden Era Hall of Fame finalists

Twins greats Kaat, Oliva among Golden Era Hall of Fame finalists

Twins greats Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are among the 10 former players on this year's Golden Era ballot, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

Twinsights: Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat among 10 Golden Era Cooperstown finalists

Twins greats Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat head the list of 10 names on this year's Golden Era ballot, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday. Oliva, a three-time American League batting champion now serving as a special assistant in the Twins' front office, spent his entire 15-year career in a Twins uniform. The stylish right fielder posted a lifetime .304 batting average, made eight straight AL all-star teams and had a league- and park-adjusted on-base/slugging percentage that was 31 percent higher than league average. Kaat, a left-hander who won 283 games in his 25-year career,...

Twins, Maddon did discuss job

The former Rays manager appears to be Cubs-bound.
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 29, 2014
Source says Twins have yet to offer manager's job to anyone

Source says Twins have yet to offer manager's job to anyone

The Twins' search for Ron Gardenhire's successor reached Day 31 on Wednesday, and still there were no indications they had offered their manager post to anyone.

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says

 Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon went from opt-out to a reported deal with the Chicago Cubs in five dizzying days. The Twins? Their search for Ron Gardenhire’s successor reached Day 31 on Wednesday, and still there were no indications they had offered their manager post to anyone. “The ball is in the Twins’ court,” a person with direct knowledge said Wednesday evening. “Have heard nothing.” Twins general manager Terry Ryan was spotted at an Arizona Fall League game on Wednesday afternoon, watching some of the organization’s top prospects on the Salt River Rafters. That...

Rand: Bad luck for Twins’ Buxton, but too soon for ‘injury-prone’

The top prospect has had a rash of freak injuries in 2014

Twins manager update

If Twins GM Terry Ryan has made a final decision on the team's next manager he hasn't told many people, even in the Twins' inner circles.
San Jose Mercury News Oct 29, 2014

World Series: Former Minnesota Twins great Jack Morris would start Bumgarner in Game 7

Jack Morris pitched Games 1, 4 and 7 when the Twins beat the Atlanta Braves in 1991, and he says Giants ace Madison Bumgarner could do the same thing in Game 7 Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals

Twinsights: Why do teams keep passing on Torey Lovullo?

As we sit and wait for the plumes of white smoke to emerge from One Twins Way, it is worth nothing this is Torey Lovullo's SEVENTH known interview for a big-league managing job. In order, the former big-league utility man and current Boston Red Sox bench coach has fallen short in bids with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005), Pittsburgh Pirates (2007), Cleveland Indians (2009), Red Sox (2011), Houston Astros (2014) and Texas Rangers (2014). There have also been mentions in the Boston media of a interview with the Seattle Mariners, but I double-checked with Seattle Times columnist Larry Stone on...

Twinsights: Brian Dozier appears unlikely choice for Japan tour

Way back in August, more than two months ago, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier submitted his name as an enthusiastic volunteer for Major League Baseball's first exhibition tour of Japan in eight years. With the so-called All-Star Series set to begin on Nov. 11, less than two weeks away, Dozier still hasn't been told officially whether he's going or not. However, according to a person close to him, Dozier is "operating under the assumption he isn't going at this point." The person expressed disappointment with the process, calling it "very disorganized," a belief likely shared by many other...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 28, 2014

Twins have made 'zero contact' with Joe Maddon camp

So much for Joe Maddon and the dream scenario.

Twinsights: "No contact" between Twins and Joe Maddon, source says

So much for Joe Maddon and the dream scenario. According to a person with direct knowledge, there has been “zero contact” between the Twins and the Maddon camp since the former Tampa Bay Rays manager opted out of his contract on Friday. “There has been no contact -- at all,” the source emphasized. Twins general manager Terry Ryan told the Pioneer Press hours after Maddon hit the market that he would do his “due diligence” on the two-time former American League Manager of the Year. Ryan called the Maddon lightning bolt “a pretty big opt-out,” adding the news “caught my...

Mid-day talker: If the Twins don't at least try to go after Maddon, it's a big mistake

Two paragraphs from La Velle E. Neal’s Monday update on the Twins’ managerial search: The Twins on Friday expressed interested in speaking with Joe Maddon, who opted out of his contract managing the Rays and became a free agent. According to the source, the Twins had not contacted Maddon as of Monday but are keeping that option open. To do that, the Twins would have to extend their search into November, which isn’t likely. All signs point to the club making its decision sometime this week on a new manager. In other words: The Twins said they were interested in talking to Maddon; a...

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