6:40 AM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
11 hours ago
Twins 5, Nationals 2: Jason Castro blasts two-run dinger

Twins 5, Nationals 2: Jason Castro blasts two-run dinger

Apparently framing pitches isn’t the only thing Jason Castro can do at the plate. Frame this one as a win! Jason Castro helped power the Twins to their spring training win today with a two-run home run in the 2nd inning. It was part of a four-run 2nd inning for the Twins, which also included a nice little reminder that Byron Buxton is freaky fast. The pitching was probably the more important aspect of this game. Trevor May, who is trying to get back into the starting rotation (presumably to get as far away from Eddie Guardado as possible), pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. He...
17 hours ago
Spring Training Game 3: Nationals at Twins

Spring Training Game 3: Nationals at Twins

First Pitch: 12:05 pm CTTV: NopeRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: Federal BaseballFederal Baseball The Spring training fun continues! Brian Dozier makes his first apperance. Just no TV today... Lineup: Nationals Twins 1 Michael Taylor, CF Byron Buxton, CF 2 Anthony Rendon, 3B Jorge Polanco, SS 3 Chris Heisey, LF Brian Dozier, 2B 4 Clint Robinson, 1B Miguel Sano, 3B 5 Stephen Drew, SS Max Kepler, RF 6 Matt Skole, DH Kennys Vargas, 1B 7 Jose Lobaton, C Eddie Rosario, LF 8 Brian Goodwin, RF Chris Gimenez, C 9 Corban Joseph, 2B Jason Castro, DH A.J....
22 hours ago
How Joe Mauer got me into baseball

How Joe Mauer got me into baseball

Inspired by the latest Fanpost Friday, here is the story of how Joe Mauer made me love baseball. I used to kinda hate Joe Mauer. The year is 2009; Joe Mauer is in the midst of his historic MVP campaign and I, a freshman in high school, had no idea what any of that meant. In my head, Joe Mauer was just Sporty McPopularGuy. I didn't really follow sports until 2007 (Vikings w/ Adrian Peterson, but that's another story), and baseball was definitely not an interest of mine at the time. The major reason was probably that I didn't play any sports growing up, so the interest was never there as a...
Feb 25, 2017
Red Sox 8, Twins 7: Phil Hughes a little shaky in return

Red Sox 8, Twins 7: Phil Hughes a little shaky in return

Byungho Park hit a home run in his first at-bat, though. Another spring training game, another loss in the books! Although disappointing, the Twins looked good at times, even winning by 7-2 at one point. Byungho Park continued his hot streak with a home run (“Park Bang”) in his first at-bat, and it was one of those no-doubters where the camera man has trouble figuring out where the ball even is. #ParkBang! ByungHo Park sent one deep in the 2nd inning! #MNTwinsST pic.twitter.com/j0AEKkNbrK— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) February 25, 2017 Drew Stubbs added another dinger later in the...
Feb 25, 2017
Spring Training Game 2: Twins at Red Sox

Spring Training Game 2: Twins at Red Sox

First Pitch: 12:05 pm CTTV: MLBN, MLB.tvRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: Over the Monster Baseball is back baby, and this time it's on TV! Here are the beautiful lineups: Twins Red Sox 1 Drew Stubbs, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B 2 Danny Santana, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS 3 Robbie Grossman, LF Mookie Betts, RF 4 Byungho Park, 1B Hanley Ramirez, DH 5 Ben Paulsen, DH Mitch Moreland, 1B 6 Matt Hauge, 3B Chris Young, LF 7 Eduardo Escobar, SS Pablo Sandoval, 3B 8 John Ryan Murphy, C Steve Selsky, CF 9 Tommy Field, 2B Christian Vasquez, C Phil Hughes, P Roenis...
Feb 25, 2017
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 26

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 26

Congratulations to Engelb Vielma for winning Round 25! After 8 rounds on the ballot and 3 runner-up finishes Engelb Vielma finally won an election. Our next add is the last prospect on the 40 man roster. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%) Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%) Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%, Romero 17%, Stewart 4%, Mejia 4%) Alex Kirilloff - 51% (Romero 35%, Stewart 9%, Mejia 6%) Kohl Stewart - 43% (Romero 29%, Chargois 14%, Javier 9%, Mejia 6%) Fernando Romero - 48% (Chargois 32%, Javier 11%, Mejia 10%) Wander...
Feb 25, 2017
Guess that Twin!

Guess that Twin!

Can you guess the Twins player being described in each of these snippets? Come on down and give it a try! The 2017 Baseball Prospectus Annual boasts a decidedly Minnesota flavor: the tome was co-edited by Aaron Gleeman, longtime Twins blogger and co-host of Twins podcast “Gleeman & the Geek,” the foreword was written by none other than Minnesota’s own Glendrick Perkins, and the Twins’ essay was penned by Parker Hageman of Twins Daily. The annual also even includes statistics and analysis of each Twins player, an awfully charitable inclusion considering that the 103-loss Twins...
Feb 24, 2017
Rays 3, Twins 1: Park looks good, but Twins fall in first spring training game

Rays 3, Twins 1: Park looks good, but Twins fall in first spring training game

Byungho Park had two hits against two fast pitches, which was the most encouraging part of the game for the Twins. The first Twins baseball game of 2017 is in the books, and shocker, it was a loss for our boys. Before you freak out or something, though, keep in mind it’s a long season and it technically hasn’t even started yet. The recently DFAed Byung Ho Park was probably the biggest bright spot for the Twins. Park went 2-for-2 with a single (a “Park Bing”) and a double (a “Park Bong”), although sources who were watching the game say the double was actually a miscalled home run...
Feb 24, 2017
Spring Training Game 1: Rays at Twins

Spring Training Game 1: Rays at Twins

First Pitch: 6:05 pm CTTV: NopeRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: DRaysBay It's Twins baseball, and it's back! Unfortunately, this game isn't on TV, but you'll be able to listen on the radio, through MLB.com (with subscription), and follow along on Game Day at MLB.com. Kyle Gibson is starting the game today for the Twins, and he is apparently also a witch. Who won @Twins Media Day? Hands down @kgib44 in this incredible walk off. [Why this was at thing coming up at 10 on @kare11] #mntwins pic.twitter.com/uOB77uQKwa — Brandon McCauley (@bpmccauley) February 24, 2017 ...
Feb 24, 2017
TwinkyLeaks hack explains Breslow deal

TwinkyLeaks hack explains Breslow deal

Yet still another in a seemingly endless supply of Dave St Peters hacked emails has been released. “TwinkyLeaks,” a mysterious group of hackers from Iceland has released another email taken from Dave St Peter’s cellphone, that he left behind after eating lingonberry pancakes at Keys Cafe & Bakery in Minneapolis. This correspondence gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the deal that brings Craig Breslow to the Twins on a minor-league deal when he reportedly received higher offers from at least one other team. From: Dave St Peter [UNDHockeyDave85@minnesotatwins.com] To: Derek Falvey...
Feb 24, 2017
Joe Mauer Critics Report to Spring Training

Joe Mauer Critics Report to Spring Training

Local friendless men round into rage shape as season approaches. Spring training is not just for those who play the game. Kent Wegmann, a 45-year-old IT consultant from Farmington, knows this all too well. As soon as the calendar hit February, he started calling in to both KFAN and 1500ESPN. The topic: Twins first baseman Joe Mauer. “The trick with calling into the stations is to not call him a murderer or a sexual deviant,” confided Wegmann. “Even with Trump in charge, the Obammunists at those stations will tell the producers to hang up on you if you go there. Instead, just say you...
Feb 24, 2017
FanPost Friday: Your Spring Training Guide?

FanPost Friday: Your Spring Training Guide?

Welcome to FanPost Friday! This is the thing where I ask you a question, you consider it, and then your write a FanPost in response. We;ve been able to put together some cool things. This week I wanted to put together a Twinkie Town Spring Training Guide,  all about Ft. Myers, FL and all about us! So  we ask... What are your Spring Training tips? This is really three different questions: Been to Twins Spring Training? What was it like? Have any tips? Memories? Planning to go this year? Heard of good restaurants there? Help? Not going anywhere anytime soon, but can make up a gnarly...
Feb 23, 2017
Twins Spring Training 2017: Infielders, outfielders, and DHs

Twins Spring Training 2017: Infielders, outfielders, and DHs

Twins start spring training games tomorrow! Lets look at the infielders, outfielders, and designated hitters in camp and the questions that need to be answered this spring. Last week we previewed the pitchers and catchers in Twins spring training camp and what they need to show in camp this year. Hence, it’s only right we now take a look at the rest of the position players currently down in Florida. The Twins have 14 infielders, 9 outfielders, and 2 designated hitters in camp this year. Below are their names, numbers, 2016 major league stats, and the questions that need to be settled in...
Feb 23, 2017
Your favorite Twins of all time

Your favorite Twins of all time

We asked the Twinkie Town community to tell us about their favorite Twins players of all time. Who's your favorite? Last week I asked you guys to write about who your favorite Twins player of all time was. I thought it was a natural projection since the week before I asked you who your favorite terrible baseball player was. Good (?) news: There were no overlapping players in responses to the two FanPost prompts. Here’s the great Twins you guys did say were your favorites. Danny Gladden The Dazzleman is probably the weirdest player of this bunch, and DakotaTwins openly acknowledged it in...
Feb 23, 2017
Thursday Thunder Dump!

Thursday Thunder Dump!

All the Twins news you can’t possibly use on a Thursday! Twins ready to put 2016 behind them Numerous articles reporting that many of the Twins are showing up for Spring Training in the best shape of their lives and feeling more comfortable than last year. Their injuries are feeling 100% better and they will be ready to go from day one. They are looking forward to contributing to the team’s success this year. Molly’s Polly Folly Derek Wetmore at 1500 ESPN has a story about Paul Molitor reflecting on whether they screwed up having Jorge Polanco playing second base in the minors then...