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Monday Morning Minnesota: Roundup Edition

Monday Morning Minnesota: Roundup Edition

Not a lot on the Twins front right now. Since not a lot is going on for the Twins (or any other eliminated team really) right now, and since the Astros beat the Yankees to avoid a Yankees/Dodgers world series which would have caused me to swear off baseball for all eternity, I’ll round up a few tidbits from the last few weeks that you might of missed out on. Or maybe you didn’t. My job is harder during the off-season, I don’t know! This week’s soundtrack is from Bionic Commando, in which a man’s dead wife is actually his own arm. The Twins hired John Manuel of Baseball America...
Oct 22, 2017
Comparing the Twins’ homegrown pitchers and batters since 2004

Comparing the Twins’ homegrown pitchers and batters since 2004

How did the 2017 youngsters compare to years past? Let’s take a look. One of the best parts of being a Twins fan is watching the team draft a player, bring him up through the minors, seeing him break into the majors, and (sometimes) be successful. It's one of those things to take pride in. Like, look at Joe Mauer (except for you, Blame Mauer bot). Mauer is every fan's dream. He was a number one overall pick who moved through the system with ease, put up historic numbers with the big kids, and brought the team accolades and many, many victories. It's just so satisfying. The theme of the...
Oct 21, 2017
Playoffs Game Thread: ALCS Game Seven

Playoffs Game Thread: ALCS Game Seven

Its either going to be the Yankees or the Astros. Come watch. Welp... this is it. Game One: Yankees at Astros When: 7:00 pm CT Where: FS1 Former Twins: Aaron Hicks, Jaime Garcia, Francisco Liriano, Juan Centeno Series Record: Tied 3-3 Pitching Match-up: Sabathia (14-5) at Morton (14-7)
Oct 21, 2017
Can you name every player on the 2017 Twins?

Can you name every player on the 2017 Twins?

The Twins used 52 different players in 2017, and no, you most likely can’t name all of them. Wanna try anyway? Over the entire 2017 season, the Twins used an amazing 52 different players, including 36 different pitchers alone. That’s almost record breaking—the most players used by a single team in a single season is 60, set by the Rangers in 2014. But, how many of those 52 players can you actually name? I thought this would be an interesting exercise, even for myself. Hence, Andrew Mearns—former Pinstripe Alley writer/editor and current MLB.com Cut4 writer—graciously agreed to...
Oct 20, 2017
The Twins should go after Mike Maddux

The Twins should go after Mike Maddux

The Nationals just fired Greg’s older brother, which could be really good news for the Twins. Maybe Gardy should have waited another day before taking the Tigers managerial position, because a new job just came on the market. The Nationals announced this morning that they will not be bringing back Dusty Baker to manage in 2018. It’s a bit shocking, considering Baker had managed the team to back-to-back division titles and was popular in the clubhouse. Now, the Twins aren’t looking for a new manager, but they are looking for a new pitching coach—and, apparently, the entire Nats...
Oct 20, 2017
FanPost Friday: 2017 Twins—The Movie

FanPost Friday: 2017 Twins—The Movie

FanPost Friday is back! This week we’re asking: If the 2017 Twins were a movie, what movie would they be? Welcome to FanPost Friday! Yes, this thing still exists! If you forgot what this is, it’s the thing where I ask the Twinkie Town community a question, you consider the question, write a FanPost in response, and then we recap what everyone had to say the next week. It’s fun! This week we are asking you... What movie title or plot best describes the season the Twins just had and why? You can go anywhere with this. Think this season was Forest Gump? Bam, okay, tell me who Lieutenant...
Oct 20, 2017
Scott Ullger waits by phone, watches Nick at Nite

Scott Ullger waits by phone, watches Nick at Nite

“Blew it with Rachel, blew it with Emily, and there’s no way this date is gonna end well.” Former Twins coach Scott Ullger spent Thursday night sitting by his landline telephone and watching Nick at Nite reruns on the small TV in his kitchenette, per multiple reports. Ullger’s former boss, Ron Gardenhire, is expected to take the vacant Detroit Tigers managerial post. “Oh yeah, I figure I’ll be hearing something sooner rather than later,” Ullger told reporters as he nursed a Diet Rite while microwaving a Philly Steak & Cheese Lean Pocket. “Topped off the tank of the Grand Am...
Oct 19, 2017
Playoffs Game Thread: Dodgers at Cubs

Playoffs Game Thread: Dodgers at Cubs

The Dodgers could clinch a World Series berth tonight at Wrigley Field! Come watch the game with your fellow Twins fans. Dodgers could end the Cubs misery tonight. I really want that to happen because I love seeing a stadium full of sad Cubs fans! Maybe you’re into the Cubs, though, or just cheering for more baseball. Everyone’s welcome here! Game Two: Dodgers at Cubs When: 7:00 pm CT Where: TBS Former Twins: Brian Duensing, Rene Rivera, Henry Blanco (Quality Control Coach) Series Record: Dodgers lead 3-1 Pitching Match-up: Kershaw (18-4) at Quintana (11-11)
Oct 19, 2017
Tigers hire former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire

Tigers hire former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire

Gardy’s got a new managing job, and it’s in the central division! The rumors have been swirling, and now they are a reality: The Tigers have hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire as their new manager. The Athletic broke the news late this afternoon. I, personally, am ecstatic for Gardy. I don’t think he was to blame for the horrendous Twins seasons in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. You can only polish a turd so much. He also gracefully exited, basically telling Terry Ryan to fire him just days after the 2014 season ended. Well, it was either grace or he was just sick of managing a...
Oct 19, 2017
Twins 2017 minor league prospect review

Twins 2017 minor league prospect review

Let’s take a look at the seasons and final stats for the Twins top prospects. With the 2017 minor league season firmly in the rear-view mirror, let’s look at how the future organization was able to do this year at their respective levels. We won’t look at all of the Twins top 30 prospects, but we will look at the best seasons of our top prospects and also the best efforts of more fringe prospects. All ranked prospects are ranked according to MLB.com’s mid-season prospect rankings. Top Prospects 1. Royce Lewis, SS Taken first overall in June by the Twins, Lewis impressed enough to...
Oct 19, 2017
What I want in a new Twins pitching coach

What I want in a new Twins pitching coach

The Twins are on the market for a new pitching coach, and these are the qualities I hope he has. I’m not nearly smart enough to tell you who the Twins should replace Neil Allen with, but I do know what I’d be looking for in a new coach if I was the one doing the looking. Here are a few key traits I think would help the Twins now and set them up nicely in the years to come. The new pitching coach should be bilingual If it’s not obvious, I mean fluent in both English and Spanish. I don’t care what his ethnic background is, but being able to communicate in both languages would be a...
Oct 18, 2017
Playoffs Game Thread: ALCS and NLCS again

Playoffs Game Thread: ALCS and NLCS again

Come watch the Yankees play the Astros and the Dodgers steamroll the Cubs with your fellow Twins fans. It’s fun. Will the Yankees take the series lead over the Astros tonight? Will the Dodgers sweep the Cubs to get a World Series berth? That would be hilarious. Game One: Astros at Yankees When: 4:00 pm CT Where: FS1 Former Twins: Aaron Hicks, Jaime Garcia, Francisco Liriano, Juan Centeno Series Record: Tied 2-2 Pitching Match-up: Keuchel (14-5) at Tanaka (13-12) Game Two: Dodgers at Cubs When: 8:00 pm CT Where: TBS Former Twins: Brian Duensing, Rene Rivera, Henry Blanco (Quality...
Oct 18, 2017
Twins 2017 AFL Week One: Tyler Jay cruising, Chris Paul mashing

Twins 2017 AFL Week One: Tyler Jay cruising, Chris Paul mashing

Hope you didn’t forget about the Twins prospects playing fall ball down in Arizona! Seven Twins prospects just wrapped up their first week playing for the Surprise Saguaros in the 2017 Arizona Fall League. If you’re not familiar with the seven players the Twins sent down south this year, check out our 2017 AFL preview to learn more about how they did during the 2017 season and what they hope to accomplish this fall. The Saguaros are 4-3 so far as a team, which is fine. Here’s what each of the individual prospects has been up to. Tyler Jay - LHP As the Twins’ first round pick in the...
Oct 18, 2017
Pitching coach candidates for the Twins

Pitching coach candidates for the Twins

After surviving the first round of cuts when Derek Falvey and Thad Levine joined the Twins last offseason, it appeared that Neil Allen’s job was safe. However, it was a bit surprising when it was announced that he was fired and the Twins would be looking for a new pitching coach. While Allen wasn’t exactly handed a staff of Cy Young candidates and elite relievers, the team did make improvements during the 2017 season, even if most of those improvements were due to a better defense behind the hurlers. With a new coach will likely come a new philosophy and it’s already clear that the...
Oct 17, 2017
Twins hire Baseball America Editor in Chief to join pro-scouting department

Twins hire Baseball America Editor in Chief to join pro-scouting department

John Manuel is moving from baseball journalism to baseball scout, joining Derek Falvey and Co. in Minnesota. I woke up this morning to find baseball Twitter abuzz with some big news: The Minnesota Twins hired John Manuel to join their pro-scouting department. The buzz wasn’t all just from Twins fans either, but a whole spectrum of baseball people. good luck to john. twins got a good one. https://t.co/c8krVFxjLm— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 17, 2017 Pretty amazed that the Twins hired John Manuel, that's a big name and a helluva get— Andrew Mearns (@MearnsPSA) October 17,...