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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,...
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%...
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...
Jan 25, 2022
Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Twinkie Town

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Twinkie Town

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports Coming Thursday, comments will look different. Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation. This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change. Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL communities in 2020 and to many of our soccer sites and our NHL and NBA communities last...
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%,...
Jan 24, 2022
Lockout, Shmockout: Part 2

Lockout, Shmockout: Part 2

Photo by David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire via You guys, this might actually be a problem. Oh hi there, friends! It’s that time of winter where it’s a big ol’ dead zone. The holidays are becoming a distant memory. Most of our football teams are dunzo for the season. It’s cold and miserable outside (at least here in Minnesota). Spring - which includes baseball season - seems like forever away. And let’s not forget, we are still amid a raging pandemic, thus limiting our options to entertain ourselves outside of our houses because things keep getting...
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)...
Jan 23, 2022
An MLB Alternative to the Winter Classic

An MLB Alternative to the Winter Classic

There’s no more classic Minnesota winter than this. | Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but I’m also not saying it’s a bad one. Ok, here’s a thought. I’m not suggesting it’s a good thought, but it’s a thought. Given the success and attention that the “Winter Classic” brought to Minnesota, it might be time for the “Summer Classic.” Not the All-Star game…been there, done that. I’m talking about something unique, creative. Something really unique and creative could be a cage-match between Rob Manfred and...
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...
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...
Jan 20, 2022
Players locked in for 2022, and how much they are making

Players locked in for 2022, and how much they are making

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/ A quick look at Twins player contracts for 2022 and beyond It’s been a quiet offseason for the Minnesota Twins. Other than the Buxton extension (yay) and the signing of RHP Dylan Bundy, it’s been uneventful. I have been quiet too, but I’m ready to get back in the baseball swing of things. I saw an article recently about Kepler being trade bait. The basis of the article is not why I bring this up. I bring it up because I need a refresher on some current Twins contracts. Let’s start with RF Max Kepler. In 2019 he locked in a 5 year...
Jan 20, 2022
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 6

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 6

Jose Miranda wins round five | Photo by Michael Reaves/ “A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours.” - Ray Fitzgerald Jose Miranda won round five easily after finishing a close runner-up in round four. He is ready to contribute to the Twins right away in 2022. 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%,...
Jan 19, 2022
Lockout Special: Breaking the (Unwritten) Rules

Lockout Special: Breaking the (Unwritten) Rules

Photo by Nick Laham/ Ft. the Unwritten Rules, Collective Bargaining, Jose Mijares, & More Baseball’s locked out and there isn’t much news to speak of. Let me present to you: something relevant-adjacent! As I finished up my Economics Degree, I took a course this past spring about something called “Institutional Theory”. The base definition of what institutions are in economics comes from one of the GOAT’s, Barry Bonds Douglass North. “Institutions are the rules of the game in a society or, more formally, are the humanly devised constraints that shape human...
Jan 18, 2022
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 5

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 5

Balazovic is our #4 prospect | Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via “There are only five things you can do in baseball: run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power” - Leo Durocher Jordan Balazovic comes off the board in round four. If things go well for him we could see him make his Twins debut this summer. 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%,...
Jan 17, 2022
The holidays are over, COVID slogs on, it’s far below freezing—and I’m getting worried about baseball

The holidays are over, COVID slogs on, it’s far below freezing—and I’m getting worried about baseball

John Autey / MediaNews Group / St. Paul Pioneer Press via For those who lived through them, how did you reconcile work stoppages with your fandom? When Major League Baseball’s owners locked out the players on December 2, 2021, I made a vow to not get into the weeds of the disagreement. Not because such topics aren’t useful—they very much are and I’m sure will be covered in excruciating detail by numerous outlets. I just don’t have the energy, at this time, to give to the “millionaires vs. billionaires” back-and-forth. Truly all I care about is having...