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Rival Roundup, Vol. 30: All Quiet on the Central Front

Rival Roundup, Vol. 30: All Quiet on the Central Front

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports As the coastal elites hand out their nine-figure deals, the ALC waits patiently. It’s been a great week for offseason baseball, as the first Winter Meetings in years delivered with a Brinks truck backed up on nearly every corner. Stars are going to Texas, moving from Boston to San Diego, staying in New York, and seemingly using the San Francisco Giants for all their negotiating needs. But one division in particular has been awfully quiet — you guessed it! It’s all us small-market Midwesterners, hunkering down and avoiding the frigid...
22 hours ago
When will the next Twins steal of home occur?

When will the next Twins steal of home occur?

I want to be at Target Field when it happens! This past summer, I read the recent Howard Bryant biography of Rickey Henderson. It got me thinking about how much I miss the stolen base in modern, analytics-driven baseball. While not advocating a return to the Willie Keeler “hit ‘em where they ain’t” era, I just think that a steal attempt is one of the most exciting plays on a baseball diamond—and boy howdy does the game ever need some more non-K/BB/HR excitement. More specifically, I’ve always wanted to see a steal of home in the flesh—to experience those few...
Dec 7, 2022
Bombshell Report Points Toward MLB Corruption

Bombshell Report Points Toward MLB Corruption

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Not just incompetence? Here around Twinkie Town, we would never slander the good name of beloved commissioner Rob Manfred, especially not in any comment sections. However, I'd like to bring your attention to a bombshell story that dropped yesterday. Most of us were probably distracted by esteemed reporter Jon Heyman prematurely breaking the (as-yet-to-happen) Aaron Judge signing and then essentially shrugging and saying "sorry, bro". Coincidentally (wink-wink), at the same time as Heyman's folly, Insider released a story on the findings of a...
Dec 7, 2022
Lottery results: Twins to pick fifth in 2023 MLB Draft

Lottery results: Twins to pick fifth in 2023 MLB Draft

At last, luck comes to Minnesota. | Photo by NurPhoto/NurPhoto via The inaugural draft lottery produces beneficial results for Minnesota. Entering the inaugural draft lottery, the Twins sat in 13th place in reverse MLB standings. Their chances of a top-six pick were minimal, their hopes for the top slot overall sitting at just 0.9 percent. While that 0.9-percent chance failed to come to fruition, luck was on Minnesota’s side. After the drawing, the Twins landed the fifth pick in the upcoming 2023 MLB draft, giving them increased chances to add a marquee...
Dec 6, 2022
Making Sense of the Case for Emilio Pagán

Making Sense of the Case for Emilio Pagán

Photo by David Berding/ “Having a vision for what you want is not enough. Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison I want to say right up front that this is not going to be a piece defending the Twins’ decision to bring back Emilio Pagán. I’ve already published my offseason plan and it did not include Pagán. Despite his results and much chagrin from Twins Twitter, the Twins tendered Pagán a contract for 2023. That always seemed like it was going to be the case, especially after Darren Wolfson shared the Twins had floated the idea of a...
Dec 5, 2022
Twinkie Town Community Build-A-Team Offseason Plan (part 2)

Twinkie Town Community Build-A-Team Offseason Plan (part 2)

Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/ A community sourced, perfect offseason plan for the Twins. What kind of plan is this? Previously, I asked the people of Twinkie Town to make the tough decisions. Below are the results and my plan, based on the results: Decision #1: CatcherVote: 44% - Sign a Little Ticket FA. Sign: Omar Narvaez for 2 years/$14 million ($7 AAV)Note: Narvaez should be a good compliment to Jeffers and one many fans are pulling for. Decision #2: ShortstopVote: 49% - Correa or bustSign: Carlos Correa for 8 years/$280 million ($35 AAV)Note: It’s impossible to...
Dec 4, 2022
Winter Meetings Drafts Primer

Winter Meetings Drafts Primer

Photo by Bruce Bennett/NHLI via All the specs for the new draft lottery and the return of the MLB Rule 5 draft The Winter Meetings are often the high point of the long baseball offseason calendar and they will take place in person for the first time since 2019 this week in San Diego, today through Wednesday. Trade and free-agent activities have already started to pick up with all the decision-makers in one place. Jacob deGrom is a (very well-paid) Ranger. Kyle Gibson will be an Oriole. Jake Cave is no longer an Oriole and he’s (probably temporarily) a Philly. While...
Dec 3, 2022
Ranking Twins’ offseason priorities ahead of the Winter Meetings

Ranking Twins’ offseason priorities ahead of the Winter Meetings

Carlos Correa. Carlos Correa. Carlos Correa. And then what/whom? | Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports How the Twins prioritize should based on needs and market availability The Minnesota Twins have been a massive disappointment over each of the last two seasons. But that doesn’t mean they can’t bounce back in relatively short order. On the heels of back-to-back division titles in 2019 and 2020, the Twins entered 2021 as the A.L. Central favorites. But they laid an egg, winning just 73 games and finishing in dead last. In 2022, the Twins were largely thought to be the...
Dec 2, 2022
Rival Roundup, Vol. 29: A Light Flurry

Rival Roundup, Vol. 29: A Light Flurry

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports The stove is a-simmer as one of the bigger names goes off the board. December is upon us — pinecones are in the air, snow is in the lungs, chestnuts are openly roasting on lawns across the nation. Stockings are hung on the front door (with care), and folks everywhere are sitting down to a nice mug of hot wreath. Something, something, holidays. Buzzword buzzword. Michael Buble. But here in the great state of Twinkie Town, it’s red-hot baseball hot stove summer hot season, fools! So take off those fuzzy socks and put on your...
Dec 1, 2022
All aboard the Joe Ryan Express

All aboard the Joe Ryan Express

Photo by David Berding/ Was his 2022 the best MN rookie pitching season ever? Since Minnie & Paul began shaking hands over the Mississippi River in 1961, the Twins have had five players take home MLB’s Rookie of the Year Award for the American League: Tony Oliva (1964) Rod Carew (1967—he was so good he now has an entirely different award in his moniker) John Castino (1979) Chuck Knoblauch (1991) Marty Cordova (1995) As is generally the case with this franchise, those awards are the sole propriety of batsmen. Yet, Minnesota has indeed been home to some fantastic...
Nov 30, 2022
Luis Arraez’s Coronation

Luis Arraez’s Coronation

Photo by Michael Reaves/ Making good on expectations This is part of an off-season series on 2022’s silver linings. Check out parts one, two, three, and four. The 2022 season did not end on a happy note for the Twins- especially considering they led the AL Central for most of the first half. However, there’s plenty of things to look at with optimism, both from 2022 and for 2023. Today’s topic: Luis Arraez’s 2022 batting title coronation. Part V: Luis Arraez’s Coronation When Luis Arraez burst onto the scene with the 2019 “Bomba Squad” club, the baseball...
Nov 29, 2022
Was the version of Jorge López the Twins acquired a mirage?

Was the version of Jorge López the Twins acquired a mirage?

Photo by Matt Krohn/ The Twins bought high on a breakout and then saw it turn into a lemon. How can López get right for 2023?  On the morning of the trade deadline last summer, the Twins were in first place in the AL Central, a game up on the surprisingly pesky Guardians and two games in front of the heavily favored White Sox. The front office pored over the trade market, assessed their own needs, and looked for matches with other clubs looking to trade current talent for future prospects. Then, the Twins did what first-place teams do at trading deadlines. They...
Nov 28, 2022
Rounding up what the ‘experts’ think the Twins will do this offseason

Rounding up what the ‘experts’ think the Twins will do this offseason

Plenty of experts think Carlos Correa will end up back in Minnesota. | Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports Hope for Carlos Correa’s return? The Minnesota Twins have plenty of money to spend this offseason. Here at Twinkie Town, we’ve detailed just how much the Twins might be able to do in terms of signing top-50 free agents, as well as providing a template to put together your own ideal winter for the Twins’ front office. Now, let’s take a look at what some of the national experts are projecting for the Twins. All aboard the Correa-back-to-the-Twins train Over at ESPN,...
Nov 27, 2022
Monday Morning Minnesota: Hot Stove Is Hot Edition

Monday Morning Minnesota: Hot Stove Is Hot Edition

David Banks-USA TODAY Sports Sign Correa already. Previously on JamesFillmore.Blogspot.com James Fillmore got a cool box. James Fillmore has all the James Fillmore Box coverage you need. James Fillmore reviews a baseball documentary about the Spiders V Yankees rivalry of his youth. Zach Koenig(James Fillmore Alias?!!!) wonders who the best Twins tag-team of all time was. Features a comment by THE James Fillmore. What is he filling more of???? Elsewhere in Twins Territory: The Twims have made “multiple” offers to Carlos Correa, and hopefully will continue to...
Nov 25, 2022
In which I sing the praises of a box

In which I sing the praises of a box

Green highlight marker not included in box. You have what makes you happy, I have what makes me happy. When I was 18, I worked a little bit at my college paper. This wasn’t like, work work. I wasn’t paid and I didn’t officially apply or interview. I just showed up one day and started doing stuff. Layout, at first. Later, articles. Just whatever nobody else was doing. I would get interviews with people that I had no clue who they were. One, some English spy novelist, was really sweet about it and kindly explained what his fiction was, so I could write a review of...