Twinsights: Paul Molitor says meeting with Terry Ryan "went fine"
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 21, 2014 at 06:41 PM

Paul Molitor had his second full-length meeting with Twins general manager Terry Ryan on Tuesday regarding the team’s open manager position, and the hall of famer apparently came away encouraged by the discussion. “I think it went fine,” Molitor told the Pioneer Press in a text message. No job offer was extended, Molitor said, but the incumbent Twins infield coach remains the apparent frontrunner

World Series Game Thread: Game 1
via Twinkie Town October 21, 2014 at 06:29 PM

Where? FOXWhen? 6:30pm CT pre-game; 7:00pm CT game time. BASEBALL IS BACK! BASEBALL IS BACK! Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Eric Hosmer - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Billy Butler - DH Brandon Belt - 1B Alex Gordon - LF

Darnell honored for his community service
via Twins Digest October 21, 2014 at 01:47 PM

Rochester Red Wings starting pitcher Logan Darnell made significant contributions both on and off the baseball diamond in 2014. Darnell has been named co-winner of the John L. Seebach Volunteer Award as announced by the Federation of Social Workers.

Latest On Twins' Managerial Search
via MLB Trade Rumors October 21, 2014 at 01:11 PM

As the Twins continue to seek a replacement for longtime skipper Ron Gardenhire, here are the latest news and rumors: OCTOBER 21: Molitor has a one-on-one meeting with GM Terry Ryan today, tweets Wolfson, which could mean a number of things. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets that Lovullo is “very much” still in the mix, and Mackey echoes that sentiment. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports

Managerial search news and a World Series prediction
via Baseball Outsider October 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Word Monday was that the field of candidates for the Twins managerial job was narrowing.SOURCE: Sandy Alomar Jr. has been told he's OUT. Reported last week same on McEwing. Toronto Sun reports Demarlo Hale out too. #mntwins— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) October 21, 2014If so, the known candidates are down to the three insiders (Gene Glynn, Doug Mientkiewicz and Paul Molitor) and one outsider (T

Thrilled to be back, Buxton leads Twins' AFL class
via Mlb.com - Twins October 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

After a 2014 season that saw him play in just 31 games because of injuries, Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is simply happy to be playing baseball. "It couldn't be a better feeling to be back out here, playing games and being healthy," he said about returning to the Arizona Fall League for a second straight season.

Minnesota Twins Arizona Fall League Update 2.0
via Twinkie Town October 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

How have the boys done this week? We're now roughly one third of the way through the 2014 Arizona Fall League schedule, and we're starting to get a glimpse of which guys are turning into league stars for the Twins. Suffice it to say, it's probably time we start checking the box scores every morning to see how Eddie Rosario is doing. Pitchers Name G IP BB K WHIP ERA Adam, Jason 4 6.0 1 2

MLB Trade Rumors » Minnesota Twins 2014-10-20 12:52:22
via Twins Digest October 20, 2014 at 12:59 PM

SungWoo Lee, the diehard Royals fan from South Korea whose visit to Kansas City earlier this summer made headlines around the sports world, is on his way back to watch his favorite team compete in the World Series.  The Royals have gone 40-20 in the r...

AL Central Notes: Tomas, Tigers, 2014 Draft
via MLB Trade Rumors October 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

SungWoo Lee, the diehard Royals fan from South Korea whose visit to Kansas City earlier this summer made headlines around the sports world, is on his way back to watch his favorite team compete in the World Series.  The Royals have gone 40-20 in the regular season and playoffs since Lee first arrived in the United States on August 5.  Lee’s very first game at Kauffman Stadium was a matchup b

Competing inferences from a prolonged managerial search
via Baseball Outsider October 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Ron Gardenhire was ousted as Twins manager on Sept. 29. Three weeks and at least eight candidates later, Terry Ryan is apparently still not ready to make a hire. With the World Series starting Tuesday and the usual pressure from the commissioner's office to avoid significant moves during the series, it seems likely there will be no hire before November. This is, presumably, not a good sign fo

Managing Expectations
via Twinkie Town October 20, 2014 at 11:05 AM

None of us know anything about anything when it comes to the Twins managerial candidates. Torey Lovullo. Demarlo Hale. Paul Molitor. Doug Mientkiewicz. Terry Steinbach. John Russell. Gene Glynn. Probably a couple guys who I'm forgetting. They all have one thing in common: I have no idea how they would do as the Twins manager, and neither do you. Oh, we can speculate. We speculate plenty here

Gleeman and The Geek #167: Payroll and Terry Ryan Quotes
via Aaron Gleeman October 19, 2014 at 08:29 PM

This week's "Gleeman and The Geek" episode was recorded at the brand new LynLake Brewery and topics included the Twins' lack of spending, Parker Hageman's lengthy interview with Terry Ryan, how Ron Gardenhire's exit probably happened, the value of outfield defense, fans going from frustrated to angry, playoff payrolls, imagining the Twins as the Vikings, […]

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider October 19, 2014 at 11:05 AM

According to the Associated Press caption, thisphoto from Monday's rainout in Kansas City shows theKaufmann Stadium scoreboard through the water drops.Every once in a while The AP moves a photo -- and labels its an "APTOPIX," indicating that it's among the best work of the day -- that leaves me puzzled.What newspaper ran this photo, I wonder. And why?Arty, OK. I'll buy arty, As photojournalism, it

List of World Series winners (Reuters)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins October 18, 2014 at 12:53 PM

(Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 - San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 - New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 - Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 - Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0

Dear Lord, not another reunion tour
via Baseball Outsider October 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Torii Hunter is 39 years old. He played like it this year. I've been seeing in recent days tweets and blog posts from people who really ought to know better suggesting that the Twins bring back Torii Hunter (to play left field). Or Jesse Crain (to pitch middle relief).Dear Lord, no. This year's Reunion Tour (Jason Bartlett, Jason Kubel, Matt Guerrier) was bad enough. Let's not do Reunion Tour

Pitchers unfazed by 20-second clock in third test run
via Mlb.com - Twins October 18, 2014 at 11:05 AM

In the third test run of the 20-second pitch clock at the Arizona Fall League, there were no violations of the time-saving measure as Peoria and Salt River played to an 11-inning, 3-3 tie Friday night. Twins prospect Eddie Rosario shined for Salt River, going 3-for-6 with two stolen bases.

Twinsights: Former pitcher breaks down Gene Glynn, John Russell as managers
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 17, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Newly retired right-hander Virgil Vasquez has a unique perspective on two reported candidates to be the Twins’ next major league manager. In 2009, Vasquez made 14 appearances (seven starts) for a 99-loss Pittsburgh Pirates team managed by John Russell. “I enjoyed him as a manager,” said Vasquez, hired Thursday as the pitching coach for the Gulf Coast League Twins. “He was kind of a quiet manager,

DeMarlo Hale's managerial influences
via Baseball Outsider October 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

DeMarlo Hale, currently the Toronto Blue Jays bench coach, apparently got a under-the-radar interview a few days ago with the Twins for the managerial vacancy.Hale, 53 and black, gives the Twins a second minority candidate for the job.Hale was a minor league infielder in his playing days who never rose above Double A in five seasons in the Boston and Oakland organizations in the 1980s. Most of tha

Area Twins Fan Apologizes for Stagnant Payroll
via Twinkie Town October 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

"My lack of enthusiasm is at fault. The Twins deserve better." Michael King is 45, lives in Eagan with his wife and three children, and works as a financial consultant.   He would also like to let the Minnesota Twins know he's sorry. "I've stopped going to games. This whole payroll thing? It's on me. Sorry guys." King addressed his lack of accountability at a Thursday press conference at th

Link-O-Rama
via Aaron Gleeman October 17, 2014 at 11:05 AM

• Approximately one million people sent me the New York Times' "brunch is for jerks" article, but here's the thing: Combining breakfast food and booze is undeniably great. End of story. • UFC announcer Mike Goldberg did play-by-play for the Vikings-Lions game and it was a mess, with botched names and confused calls throughout. Afterward […]