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Twinsights: Tom Brunansky, Twins coaches in 'limbo' during manager search

In recent days the New York Mets hired Kevin Long, becoming the fifth big-league team to fill an open hitting coach position since the season ended. Meanwhile, former Twins all-star and World Series champion Tom Brunansky and the rest of Ron Gardenhire’s former coaching staff remain in limbo while the Twins’ manager search reached Day 27 on Saturday. According to Brunansky, the Twins’ hitting coach the past two seasons, he hasn’t been informed of any interview requests that may have been submitted by other clubs. The Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers...

Twinsights: Joe Maddon 'looking for a big challenge,' agent says

Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is prepared to sit out the 2015 season as he waits for the right opportunity to return to the dugout, agent Alan Nero told a Chicago radio station on Saturday morning. Maddon opted out of his contract with Rays after taking them to the postseason four times in nine seasons, including a World Series runner-up finish in 2008. “There’s no deadline,” Nero told 670 The Score. “We’re going to go about our business and be very careful to not get out of sorts with this. If someone comes at us full force and […] The post Twinsights: Joe Maddon...

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St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 16, 2014
Twins aren't done interviewing manager candidates, Terry Ryan says

Twins aren't done interviewing manager candidates, Terry Ryan says

With jobs filled this week in Arizona and Texas, the Twins are the only team in major league baseball without a manager. That doesn't appear to have increased Terry Ryan's urgency to fill the job.

Twinsights: Twins reportedly interested in Toronto's DeMarlo Hale

The Toronto Blue Jays recently granted permission for the Twins to interview bench coach DeMarlo Hale for their vacant managing position, according to the Toronto Sun. The Twins requested permission to interview Hale on Oct. 7 and were granted permission at the start of this week, the report said. Hale, 53, has made a number of stops in a well-traveled baseball career. After a long and highly successful minor-league managing career, Hale joined the big-league coaching staff of the Texas Rangers in 2002. By 2006 he had jumped to the Boston Red Sox, who employed him on their big-league staff...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 16, 2014

Tom Powers: A harrowing vision of the perfect Twins field staff for 2015

It might have been the peanut butter sandwich just before bed.

Twinsights: Virgil Vasquez goes from no-hitter to pitching coach

Virgil Vasquez can still pitch. The veteran right-hander showed that in his penultimate start for Triple-A Rochester this August, striking out 11 and walking just one in seven strong innings against the New York Yankees’ top farm team. He also showed it on Aug. 16 in throwing a seven-inning no-hitter against Harrisburg for Double-A New Britain. At 32, however, the former big-league pitcher with the Detroit Tigers (2007) and Pittsburgh Pirates (2009) couldn’t pass up an opportunity like the one the Twins placed before him last month. “I listened to what my insides wanted to do,”...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 16, 2014
Twins: Phil Hughes heads list of Diamond Awards winners

Twins: Phil Hughes heads list of Diamond Awards winners

As free-agent bargains go, it would be hard to do much better than Phil Hughes.

Twinsights: Phil Hughes heads list of Diamond Awards winners

As free-agent bargains go, it would be hard to do much better than Phil Hughes. Hughes' record-setting debut season with the Twins will be honored Jan. 22 at the 10th Annual Diamond Awards, when he will be recognized as the Twins' 2014 Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year. The Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America handled the voting. The program at Target Field will once again benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota. Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also will be honored with the Media...

TwinsCentric: Contemplating the Royals

The Royals are heading to the World Series. How did their roster come together, and how to the Twins plans compare to how the Royals have done it.

Here's how the Twins' opening day payroll ranked in MLB, from 1998-2014

Here’s a very basic web site that has some very good information all in one place: the opening day payrolls of every MLB team from 1998-present. That has allowed us to show you where the Twins have ranked every year during that span: 1998: 24th 1999: 29th 2000: 30th (last) 2001: 30th (last) 2002: 27th 2003: 18th 2004: 19th 2005: 20th 2006: 19th 2007: 18th 2008: 25th 2009: 24th 2010: 11th 2011: 9th 2012: 13th 2013: 22nd 2014: 24th What do these numbers tell us? Well, there are nuances — but here are some things we think they tell us as we go back through the years: *When they were...

Twinsights: Aaron Hicks heads to Venezuela

Big news out of the Venezuelan Winter League on Tuesday night. Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks made his 2014 debut for Bravos de Margarita. Hicks, who turned 25 shortly after the regular season ended, pinch hit and played an inning in center field for a team that boasts Triple-A Rochester manager Gene Glynn as its bench coach. With a Nov. 8 wedding date planned with longtime girlfriend Lauren Roberts, Hicks probably won't stay for long in Venezuela. But the mere fact he has returned to winter ball should help his chances with the Twins going forward. A year ago, some in […] The post...

Rand and Miller: Payroll freeze could mean more of same for Twins in 2015

It will be hard for the team to improve much if it isn’t willing to spend

Tuesday (Preparing for more of the same from Twins in 2015) edition: Wha' Happened?

It’s not hard to listen to comments from Terry Ryan and Dave St. Peter in two different venues — a recent conference call with season ticket holders, and again in interviews with the Star Tribune’s Phil Miller — and reach this conclusion: 2015 will be more of the same from the Twins, by design. Or, in perhaps more flattering terms: the Twins are going to hope that 2015 is the kind of year they had hoped 2014 would be, and they are a year behind schedule in their rebuild because of injuries to key minor league players and the underperformance of players on the major league club. How...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 13, 2014

Former Twin Chip Hale named Diamondbacks' new manager

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have hired Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale as their next manager.

Proactive manager would be ideal for Twins

I want someone who is going to deal with the players in a real way, not with worn-out clichés.

Twins Player News

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    Phil Hughes

    Twins: Phil Hughes heads list of Diamond Awards winners

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    Jared Burton

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    Eric Fryer

    Twinsights: Josmil Pinto leaves with illness

  • Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco

    Filling Out The Rotation

  • Trevor Plouffe

    Trevor Plouffe

    Twinsights: Trevor Plouffe to visit Mayo Clinic for second opinion on fractured forearm

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