Twins Looking For Relievers
via MLB Trade Rumors January 21, 2017 at 01:14 PM

The Twins bullpen “still needs some work,” Paul Molitor tells MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, as the manager says the team is continuing to look for possible upgrades.

Could successful comeback solidify Johan Santana's Hall of Fame bid? (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins January 21, 2017 at 11:44 AM

The 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot will include some interesting new names and cases, such as Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. Former Minnesota Twins and New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana is also currently slated to be among that group. As we first learned in November and FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reminded us Friday, Santana is working out again in hopes of making a comeback in 2017. Johan

Contemplating Ryan Pressly
via Baseball Outsider January 21, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was known for his verbal tics -- stock phrases that he used so frequently that they essentially became meaningless, at least to a lot of fans. "Get after it." "Hustle their tails off." "The ball comes out of his hand real good."One of the underrated ones was "spin it." As in, "He can spin it," meaning throw a quality breaking ball. I remember a Gardenhire monolo

Trumbo, Orioles finalize $37.5 million, 3-year deal (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins January 20, 2017 at 05:26 PM

For the second year in a row, the Orioles negotiated a deal to keep the major league home run champion in Baltimore. Mark Trumbo's $37.5 million, three-year contract Friday was finalized Friday, a day after the sides reached agreement subject to a successful physical. Trumbo had a limited no-trade provision, allowing him to list seven teams each year he cannot be traded to without his consent.

FanPost Friday: Rank your favorite MLB teams, first to last
via Twinkie Town January 20, 2017 at 03:14 PM

Welcome to FanPost Friday! Yes, this still exists! This is the thing where I give you a question or topic, you think about the topic, write a FanPost, and then we recap what everyone came up with on Monday. Sound fun? Well it is! It's a slow part of winter, so I had a fun topic for today... What are your favorite MLB teams, all 30, ranked from favorite to least favorite? That's right, I

Twins continue to monitor relief market
via Mlb.com - Twins January 20, 2017 at 02:20 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine are continuing to look for ways to improve the roster, particularly the pitching staff.

Jorge Posada and the 10-player limit
via Baseball Outsider January 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Jorge Posada didn't draw the magical 5 percent of the vote from the writers, so he's off the Hall of Fame ballot for future elections.This is unfortunate. Posada is, in truth, a highly qualified candidate. But he's hardly the only such to be one-and-done with the writers. So too were Kenny Lofton and Jim Edmonds; Bernie Williams got only two turns on the writer's ballot. And that's just three cent

Ron Gardenhire Reviews the Gilmore Girls
via Twinkie Town January 20, 2017 at 09:38 AM

The former Twins manager gives his thoughts on the Netflix revival of the popular family drama. I don’t know what the hell I just watched. I mean, first of all, everyone’s talking too fast. Nobody talks that fast. Geez Louise, I’m used to being around guys like Matty LeCroy and Brad Radke. Those guys, when they talked at all, spoke at a real natural pace about Bass Pro Shops, stuff like that

Rosenthal On Dodgers’ Search For Second Baseman
via MLB Trade Rumors January 19, 2017 at 10:38 PM

The Dodgers have expanded their search for a second baseman, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Los Angeles remains engaged on longstanding targets Brian Dozier, Ian Kinsler, and Logan Forsythe, but appears to be looking elsewhere in the event that those players can’t be had at a palatable rate. Among the players that could potentially be fits,…

First leg of Winter Caravan warmly received
via Mlb.com - Twins January 19, 2017 at 07:56 PM

Despite the Twins coming off a rough season, the first week of the annual Twins Winter Caravan drew large crowds of passionate fans, especially at each of the night stops.

Rod Carew doing “great” after heart and kidney transplant
via Twinkie Town January 19, 2017 at 02:02 PM

We can all rejoice, because the hitting legend is reportedly doing great after receiving a new heart and kidney last month. Good news for adorable human being and mad-hits-haver Rod Carew: According to a release from the American Heart Association, the Twins-great is doing great after undergoing heart and kidney transplant surgery a little over a month ago. Doctors are reportedly thrilled wi

More updates from Twinkie Town
Six former Twins will appear on the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot January 19, 2017 at 12:50 PM
Three for Cooperstown
via Baseball Outsider January 19, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Finally.The writers made a small dent in the growing backlog of obviously qualified Hall of Fame candidates, electing Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez.It was quickly noted that the writers have now chosen 12 players in four years, matching the Hall's first four years for the most selections. But it's also the first time in those four years that the majority of selectees were not first-t

Molitor Hopes Twins Add Veteran To Clubhouse
via MLB Trade Rumors January 18, 2017 at 08:56 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor tells La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that he’s hopeful the front office will add a veteran to the roster to help bring some experience to what is overall a young clubhouse. “I’ve talked to Thad and Derek about my opinions about adding, where we could, more experienced…

Jorge Posada falls off Hall of Fame ballot after just one year (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins January 18, 2017 at 08:26 PM

The first member of the Core Four eligible for the Hall of Fame might be the only member who never gets the call. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada received just 3.8 percent of the vote Wednesday, falling off the Hall of Fame ballot after just one year. The fact that Posada was not inducted into Cooperstown shouldn’t come as a major surprise.

Sidney Ponson trolls Curt Schilling on Twitter over Hall of Fame vote
via Twinkie Town January 18, 2017 at 08:08 PM

I’m not sure if this account actually belongs to ex-pitcher Sidney Ponson, but I sure hope it does because this is fantastic. Hey kids! Remember Sidney Ponson? You know, the kinda overweight, kinda major league pitcher guy? He started seven games for the Twins in 2007 before they sent him packing because, well, he just wasn’t very good. If you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself here

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins January 18, 2017 at 07:20 PM

First baseman Jeff Bagwell, outfielder Tim Raines and catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on Wednesday were selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2017. Bagwell (381 votes) received 86.2 percent of the vote, one year removed from falling just 15 votes shy of the 75 percent needed to gain entry into the exclusive club. Raines (380) garnered 86 percent on his final year on the ba

Top spin rates helped Pressly post solid '16 numbers
via Mlb.com - Twins January 18, 2017 at 05:44 PM

With a fastball that averages 95 mph, to go along with a wipeout slider and a nasty curveball, it's easy to see Twins reliever Ryan Pressly has impressive stuff.

Baseball Hall of Fame results 2017: Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez elected
via Twinkie Town January 18, 2017 at 05:32 PM

Three players will be inducted next summer in Cooperstown (and no former Twins). The 2017 MLB Hall of Fame results have been announced, and three players will be heading to Cooperstown next summer: Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell, and Ivan Rodriguez. It was a long wait for Tim Raines, who was in his tenth and final year of eligibility on the ballot. He received 86% of the vote, a big jump from the

WATCH LIVE: HOF announcement coverage
via Mlb.com - Twins January 18, 2017 at 02:08 PM

Which players will earn immortality in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? MLB.com's live simulcast of MLB Network's Hall of Fame coverage is underway, with the announcement at 6 p.m. ET.