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Checking in on the status of the Minnesota Twins’ rotation

Checking in on the status of the Minnesota Twins’ rotation

Could a healthy Jake Odorizzi be the (admittedly boring) rotation upgrade the Twins need? | Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports In case you hadn’t heard, the Minnesota Twins have been relatively quiet this winter A little more than a year ago, the Minnesota Twins’ starting rotation consisted of Jose Berrios and ... that was about it. Jake Odorizzi, Michael Pineda, Kyle Gibson, and Martin Perez were all poised to hit free agency. The Twins had just started Randy Dobnak in Game 2 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium, and as much as everyone loves the Dobber, it wasn’t ideal...
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What does the J.A. in “J.A. Happ” stand for?

What does the J.A. in “J.A. Happ” stand for?

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ We have some possiblities The Twins signed veteran MLB pitcher J.A. Happ to a one year deal yesterday, to the joy of headline writers and punsters everwhere, who are “Happ-y” to take advantage of his last name. But I’ve never actually wondered, what does the J.A. stand for? Well, in the finest Twinkie Town tradition, we decided to bring you some possiblilities Johnny Awesome Julius Aurelius Jackie Action James Anthony Julie Andrews John Adams Jordan Awful Ja Aj Justice Always Jennifer Aniston Jack Ass Jason Abnormal Joe...
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It Happ-ened: Twins sign J.A. Happ to a one year deal

It Happ-ened: Twins sign J.A. Happ to a one year deal

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Do we like this one, you guys? There it was. The push notification I’d been waiting for: Twins Free Agency Alert from ESPN. And then I opened it: A one-year, $8 million deal with pitcher J.A. Happ, pending physical. The Twins did what the Twins of yore always did best: They picked up a mid-to-upper 30’s arm that’s mostly used up by the , and hope there’s a bit of gas left in the ol’ tank. Yawn. This was not the splash I’d hoped the Twins would make during this really frigid Hot Stove season. Last week I was still a...
Jan 20, 2021
Should MLB use a universal DH in 2021?

Should MLB use a universal DH in 2021?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Minnesota Twins fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts. Despite the baseball season being just a few months away, there are still major decisions left to be made. We know for a fact the Twins haven’t even gotten started. One player they do want back is Nelson Cruz. Are they going to be competing with 14 or 29 other teams for his services though? If fans have their way, it will be the bigger...
Jan 20, 2021
Twinkie Town Prospect List 2021: Round 3

Twinkie Town Prospect List 2021: Round 3

Congratulations to our Round Two winner Royce Lewis! | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ We’re just getting started, join us for round three! Royce Lewis was the round two winner in a landslide vote. It should be fun being a Saints fan this summer. You should get a look at many of the top prospects on our list. Twinkie Town 2021 Prospect Voting Results Alex Kirilloff 68% (Lewis 19%, Balazovic 9%, Larnach 5%) Royce Lewis 65% (Larnach 17%, Balazovic 16%, Duran 2%) I try to keep a mix of bat-first, glove-first and pitching prospects on the list. Since we...
Jan 18, 2021
2020 Vision (Part 4): More sprint, less grind?

2020 Vision (Part 4): More sprint, less grind?

Photo by George Silk/The LIFE Picture Collection via Does the baseball season need to be 162 games? (In 2020, baseball fans experienced a lot of things they were heretofore unaccustomed too. In this series, I’ll be looking back at some of the changes that pandemic baseball necessitated, giving my thoughts on them, and then asking for your opinion.) Part 4: A shortened season. Of all the major professional sports, MLB features the longest schedule. From 1920-1960, 154 games were completed from April-September. In 1961 (‘62 for the NL), that number was upped to 162. ...
Jan 18, 2021
Monday Morning Minnesota: Prospects and relief pitching edition

Monday Morning Minnesota: Prospects and relief pitching edition

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Can’t think of a subtitle and its 2 AM edition. Previously on Twinkie Town: Round one of DJL44’s something-ith annual Twinkie Town Prospect Vote is finally here, so vote or you will be cursed by an evil internet witch. Look, I’m totally out of ways to describe Rival Roundups. It is news about the AL Central. By Brandon. Is good. Pls Click. Some White Sox hitters are due for regression, at least if you trust Jonathan Gamble. (Please be right, I want a stress free season where the Twins win one bajillion...
Jan 18, 2021
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 2

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 2

Alex Kirilloff gets the #1 spot on our list | Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Alex Kirilloff wins round one of our prospect voting Congratulations to Alex Kirilloff for winning round one. I hope to see him in a Twins uniform this summer competing for rookie of the year honors. Twinkie Town 2021 Prospect Voting Results Alex Kirilloff 68% (Lewis 19%, Balazovic 9%, Larnach 5%) I’m adding a starting pitching prospect to our list of eligible players for round two. After another round or two we will expand to five possibilities per round. Royce Lewis, SS 2021...
Jan 17, 2021
Are you sure you want to spend big money on the bullpen?

Are you sure you want to spend big money on the bullpen?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ The data shows the ‘pen is not the place to splurge in free agency The bullpen was a major strength of the 2020 Twins. The reliever group performed at one of the highest levels in baseball — tying with Tampa for the major league lead in fWAR (3.6), finishing fifth in FIP (3.85), strikeout rate (27.4%), and win probability added (2.26); and sixth in ERA (3.62). Fast forward to the middle of this frigid offseason, though, and the bullpen is now one of the Twins’ position groups most in need of strengthening before the 2021...
Jan 17, 2021
Rival Roundup, Vol. 13: Gimme Hendriks

Rival Roundup, Vol. 13: Gimme Hendriks

Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/Minnesota Twins/ News and notes from a ramping-up divisional market. The year - 2021. The date - January 17th. The article - Rival Roundup, Vol. 13 on Twinkie Town. This has been an up-to-the-minute recap of your life! Spooky, no? Chicago White Sox This week, the South Siders stoked the flames of our rivalry by announcing a major free agent signing one day after the release of a Rival Roundup issue. There’s no other reason they would have waited until a Monday to do this, and I will hear no arguments that contradict this opinion. The White...
Jan 16, 2021
Which White Sox hitters are primed for regression?

Which White Sox hitters are primed for regression?

Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/ Hello, White Sox Twitter A couple weeks back, I hinted in one of my posts that the White Sox could be primed for some regression, and our resident Gintzer commented that he’d like to see a more in-depth analysis of some Chicago regression candidates. I’ve identified three candidates for your consideration. The challenge with really predicting which White Sox batters could regress in 2021 is a lack of career sample size with which we can draw comparisons to their 2020 stats. Being such a young team, it is also difficult to tell what is...
Jan 16, 2021
Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 1

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2021: Round 1

Those stands are there waiting for us | Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports It’s a new year, right? Welcome to the Twinkie Town Community Prospect Vote 2021! If players are acquired during the voting I will add them to the next available round. We will start round one with four players who will appear on top 100 prospect lists for all of MLB. You should be able to see all four of them playing in the Twin Cities this summer. Royce Lewis, SS 2021 Age: 22 2019 High Level: Pensacola (AA) Drafted first overall in 2017, Royce Lewis did his best to live up to those lofty...
Jan 15, 2021
Gabbing w/ Gamble: Which player’s departure hit you the hardest?

Gabbing w/ Gamble: Which player’s departure hit you the hardest?

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Right in the feels Hello and happy Friday to all of you! Another work week down, another Twinkie Town discussion to take you into the weekend. However, we’re getting sad on this Friday. The question I have for you today is this: Which former Twin’s departure made you the most sad at the time? (Non-retiree division) There’s obviously no shortage of options for this question. Most players aren’t Twins for life, especially these days. Lots of fan favorites have come and gone ever since free agency’s dawn. Below you’ll...
Jan 14, 2021
The winter of our discontent? Or the winter of our complete disinterest

The winter of our discontent? Or the winter of our complete disinterest

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ I mean this in the nicest possible way. I respect all of my colleagues, and I read all of their work. Frankly, I’d read their work before my own, but let’s face it, as Cooper did a few days back, it’s getting difficult to write about nothing. Seinfeld managed a successful television show about it, but I’m no Jerry Seinfeld. I may not even be George Costanza. But the point is, the Twins don’t seem to be doing anything this winter. Which, leaves us writing, mostly, about nothing. Obviously, they are doing something. I...
Jan 13, 2021
Top ten Twins things I’m looking forward to in the next few months

Top ten Twins things I’m looking forward to in the next few months

Or.. hope to see anyway. Oh hey there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? For reals. I took a months-long hiatus from writing. I don’t know about you guys, but in the midst of all the things going on in the world over the last year or so, baseball just hasn’t been at the forefront of my headspace. Like, I LOVE baseball. I’ve loved it my whole life. But not being able to go to live games, watching the owners and players bickerer how/when to play during a pandemic, and the Twins crumbling in the post season yet again, I just haven’t cared enough about any baseball stories...