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Tuesday Twins: Who should the team protect from the Rule 5 Draft?

Tuesday Twins: Who should the team protect from the Rule 5 Draft?

They’ve already protected a couple guys, but who else should be added to the 40-man roster? Plus, Joe Mauer stuff. Here are the links: The Twins have until 7:00 pm CT Tuesday night to add prospects to their 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Who will they add? Well, we already have at least two names: Nick Gordon and LaMonte Wade. Who else do you think the Twins will protect? Who do you want them to protect? Remember how the Twins got rid of the Metropolitan Club at Target Field and turned it into another giant bar? It won the 2018 Ballpark Digest Award for Best...
Nov 16, 2018
Twins add Tommy Watkins and Tony Diaz to coaching staff

Twins add Tommy Watkins and Tony Diaz to coaching staff

Minnesota is moving quickly to build their team around around new manager Rocco Baldelli. News broke yesterday that the Twins had hired University of Arkansas pitching coach Wes Johnson as their new MLB pitching coach and former Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner as their new bullpen coach. The team hasn’t seemed to slow down one iota, as they made two “new” hires for Rocco Baldelli’s new coaching staff Friday: Tommy Watkins and Tony Diaz. Watkins will be joining the Twins as their new first base coach. He is, of course, a former Twins player who has been coaching and managing in the...
Nov 16, 2018
Twins hire Johnson, Hefner as new pitching coaches

Twins hire Johnson, Hefner as new pitching coaches

Wes Johnson is not the former Timberwolf, but rather the current University of Arkansas pitching coach Where would the Twins braintrust turn for their new pitching coach? A former pitcher? An analytics-focused stathead? Dick Such? As it turns out, they went to college. Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that the Twins hired University of Arkansas pitching coach Wes Johnson. He is not the former Minnesota Timberwolf, but rather a lifelong pitching coach, first in high school and Legion ball, then at college with stops in Central Arkansas, SAU, Dallas Baptist, and Mississippi State...
Nov 15, 2018
Top five Joe Mauer memories

Top five Joe Mauer memories

Here are the things I’ll remember most about #7. A lot has already been written about Joe Mauer after his emotional final-game farewell at the end of this past season. Heck, I myself was even chiming in, describing how Mauer was my last tangible link to Metrodome baseball. After his recent announcement, letter, and press conference put the final amen to his career, however, I found myself again thinking of the memories I had watching Mauer do his thing. By the time Joe Mauer debuted at the major league level in 2004, I was already a well-established Twins fan. As such, like many others...
Nov 15, 2018
Thursday Twins: Rocco Baldelli is so tall

Thursday Twins: Rocco Baldelli is so tall

Another visit to the Joe Mauer zone, a look into the future, and going way back with Disco Dan. ESPN’s Sam Miller undertook a “tall” order this week — tackling the subject of why MLB managers are so short, relative MLB players. One outlier is Rocco Baldelli, who at 6’4” is tied for the tallest manager in the MLB. For the record, Joe Mauer is listed at 6’5”. If you want to know a bit more about our dearly-retired Joe Mauer, John Shipley complied seven (twice over) factoids about Mauer. There were a few I either didn’t know or had forgotten. My favorite is that he is the...
Nov 14, 2018
Replacing Joe Mauer at first base

Replacing Joe Mauer at first base

With Joe Mauer’s retirement, the Twins suddenly have a hole at first base. While no perfect options exist, there are still plenty of choices for the organization. We all knew that Joe Mauer’s retirement would come someday and now it’s actually here. The organization has to find a way to fill first base and fortunately for them, they have several options to consider. While this is not a complete list, I’ve included multiple players that could be Mauer’s replacement for Opening Day. Miguel Sano His move to first base is inevitable, but moving him across the infield diamond would...
Nov 13, 2018
Joe Mauer thanks everyone in his farewell press conference

Joe Mauer thanks everyone in his farewell press conference

Former players and managers Kent Hrbek, Glen Perkins, Paul Molitor, Ron Gardenhire, and more had lots to say about the Twins legend. On Monday morning, Joe Mauer held a press conference addressing his official retirement from MLB. It was sad. Mauer spent about the first 15 minutes thanking everyone he’s ever met between sniffles before just opening it up to questions. If you would like to watch the entire press conference yourself, it’s available here (It’s 35:47 minutes long,FYI): Some of my initial take-aways from the press conference: Jim Pohlad talked so earnestly bout watching...
Nov 13, 2018
My baseball memories all involve Joe Mauer

My baseball memories all involve Joe Mauer

When you’re still just a teenage, it’s hard to imagine baseball without Joe Mauer. On October 1st, 2006, I attended my first ever Twins game. The Twins were playing the White Sox, and they had a chance to clinch the AL Central that day, the final day of the season. All that had to happen was a Twins win and a Tigers loss to the Royals. The Twins win happened first. The Twins defeated the White Sox 5-1, backed by a stellar pitching performance from Carlos Silva and a 2-for-4 day from Joe Mauer. Joe clinched the batting title that day as w, hitting .347 on the season. It is a day I...
Nov 12, 2018
Monday Morning Minnesota: Life after Mauer

Monday Morning Minnesota: Life after Mauer

Everyone get their milk jokes off while you still can! Everybody welcome to the MAUER ZONE! Please politely drink your complimentary 2% milk and enjoy your single slice of white bread as you enjoy these Joe Mauer related links. In case you didn’t see his letter to Twins fans, you can read it here, assuming you can see through all of the tears. Then thank whatever deity or scientific theorem of chaos you may worship that it doesn’t have comments enabled. Fox Sports gathered up all the tweets by ex teammates and managers saying goodbye. Bobby Mueller of Call to the Pen talks about Joe...
Nov 10, 2018
Twinkie Town’s Best of Joe Mauer

Twinkie Town’s Best of Joe Mauer

We’ve written a lot about Joe Mauer over the years, so let’s revisit some of our best work. There are many, many reasons why we all love Joe Mauer. His prowess at sports (especially baseball), his humble demeanor, his intense love for family, his loyalty to his hometown — the list goes on. One of the best things about Joe Mauer for us here at Twinkie Town, was how much fun we had making fun of him (all in good jest). In the history of this site, I can think of only two other people who can rival the comedic level of Joe Mauer (obviously Ron Gardenhire and Nick Punto). Just keep in...
Nov 10, 2018
My Joe Mauer jersey

My Joe Mauer jersey

Some of us have a lot of jerseys and shirseys, but then then there is one perfect one. I’ve always had an on/off relationship with baseball jerseys. The appeal of wearing them has always been because I feel like I’m making a statement, like, “Hey, not only do I support this team, but I support this specific player on this team because he is frick’in awesome.” But baseball things happen and ruin my jerseys. Players get traded. They get released, they get injured, sometimes they even retire. And for me, that’s always made wearing jerseys difficult sometimes. I’ve had four...
Nov 9, 2018
Joe Mauer officially retires after 15 seasons in MLB

Joe Mauer officially retires after 15 seasons in MLB

The hometown boy of the Minnesota Twins is hanging it up for good. In the 9th inning of the last Twins game this season, Joe Mauer surprised the crowd, coming out onto the field in his old catcher’s gear. He caught one pitch (which the opposing White Sox batter was specifically instructed not to swing at), was removed from the game, waving to his hometown fans in the crowd, everyone of them on their feet. Though it sure seemed like his last hurrah, Joe didn’t announce anything official about his career at the time. On Friday, Joe Mauer officially announced his retirement from Major...
Nov 9, 2018
Local skateboarding dog added to FSN Twins broadcasts

Local skateboarding dog added to FSN Twins broadcasts

Champ, 7, is expected to plug gaps in wake of Blyleven’s reduced role. When news broke that Bert Blyleven’s role would be reduced in the FSN broadcast booth, media critics speculated that this meant expanded workloads for Justin Morneau, Jack Morris, Torii Hunter, and other ex-Twins. While that may be true, they’ll also have another guest in the booth: Champ, the Skateboarding Dog. “We’re really looking to shake things up in the booth while still providing the excellent mix of play-by-play and analysis our viewers expect,” said FSN Director of Communications Becky Mielke....
Nov 8, 2018
SBN GM Simulation 2018 — Meet the 2019 fake Twins

SBN GM Simulation 2018 — Meet the 2019 fake Twins

TJ got to step into the (fake) shoes of Falvine for a couple days. How did he do this year? It’s that time of year again — our friends over at Royals Review convened the annual MLB GM simulation. Like last year, I got to play GM for the Twins for a few days. With a flurry of trades and a few free agent signings, I put together a team I think should be able to take advantage of our weak AL Central competition and make a deep playoff run. The short version of the rules are: We rewind to the end of the regular season. The assumption is your GM has resigned and been replaced. The new GM is...
Nov 8, 2018
Thursday Twins: Are the Twins conspiring to get rid of older employees?

Thursday Twins: Are the Twins conspiring to get rid of older employees?

and nostalgia, so much nostalgia A former Minnesota Twins scout is suing the team, claiming age discrimination. Howard Norsetter, who was once the team’s international scouting coordinator is claiming he was fired in 2017 as a part of a push to put younger people into positions in the organization. Sheryl Ring, who is like the best baseball-law person out there right now, has a great breakdown over at fangraphs of what is going on. Sports Illustrated is profiling this offseason’s new MLB managers, and Rocco Baldelli just got his turn in their spotlight. There isn’t a lot of...