The waiting continues
via Baseball Outsider October 25, 2016 at 09:38 AM

We may know for certain the name of the president-elect before we know who will hold the title of general manager for the Twins.Derek Falvey, of course, has been named the chief baseball officer. The new GM will be under Falvey. And other than a report that interim general manager Rob Antony will not get that job, there has been little reported about it.Which, I suppose, makes sense. We're working

Broadcaster and two-time Twin Roy Smalley turns 64
via Twinkie Town October 25, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Yesterday, on Gene Larkin's birthday, I mentioned my appreciation of players who spent their entire career with one team. Another oddity that fascinates me is guys who played for the same team for two or more stints, separated by time with other teams. Ken Griffey, Jr, Rickey Henderson, and Jim Thome are some high-profile examples who immediately come to mind, but for every Griffey there's a

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Could Amiel Sawdaye be the Twins’ next GM? October 24, 2016 at 07:32 PM
Inbox: Will Twins improve pitching in offseason?
via - Twins October 24, 2016 at 12:20 PM

Realistically, how much can the Twins improve the pitching staff this offseason? Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

On to the World Series
via Baseball Outsider October 24, 2016 at 09:38 AM

You already know that this World Series pits the two longest title droughts in baseball against each other. Cleveland last won baseball's championship in 1948, the Cubs in 1908.It also -- and this doesn't happen often in this era of wild cards and multi-level playoffs -- pits the best teams from each league. (True, Cleveland didn't have the best record in the American League, but the Texas Rangers

1991 World Series hero Gene Larkin turns 54 today
via Twinkie Town October 24, 2016 at 09:38 AM

I have always had a certain fondness for players who spent their entire career with one team - not just the Kirby Pucketts and Tony Gwynns of the world, but also less-heralded guys like Randy Bush and Tim Flannery. The latter category includes Puckett and Bush's teammate on both of the Twins' World Series winning teams, Gene Larkin. Even if he hadn't spent his entire career in Minnesota, Lar

Pic of the Week
via Baseball Outsider October 23, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Troy Tulowitzki flings his bat away after making thefinal out of Game 5 of the ALCS.There was a famous bat toss by a Toronto Blue Jay last year in a moment of triumph.This one isn't (and shouldn't be) nearly as famous, but it makes an interesting counterpoint to Jose Bautista's fling.

Year in Review: Twinkie Town 2016 Top 30 Prospects; Part 2
via Twinkie Town October 23, 2016 at 09:38 AM

In which SooFoo Fan covers the second half of our top prospects list. The Minnesota Twins 2016 season was one to forget. Actually, we should probably just never acknowledge it happened. But, how did our hand-picked top 30 prospects do? In case you missed part one, where I covered 1-15, here ya go. 16. Engelb Vielma, SS – .271/.345/.318 (AA) Vielma had a pretty good year in AA; at least as

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Playoff Game Thread: NLCS Game 6 October 22, 2016 at 06:02 PM
Don't go there
via Baseball Outsider October 22, 2016 at 09:38 AM

There appears to be a push on to have Charlie Sheen throw out a first pitch at a World Series game in Cleveland this year. His connection to Cleveland, of course, is a work of fiction: He played an Indians pitcher in the "Major League" movies.Which would seem to suggest that there is no real person from the Cleveland area worthy of the honor. I'm no expert on Cleveland, but a city of that size has

Mascot Matchup: Sock Monsters
via Twinkie Town October 22, 2016 at 09:38 AM

Our continuing mascot showdown features the Red Sox, White Sox, and Reds' various abominations. So we're profiling MLB mascots and picking the champions, because this is Sports Journalism. All of our challengers today have one thing in common: they can terrify children. Wally The Green Monster -- Boston Red Sox Wally has his own Wikipedia entry, cut-and-pasted from various material on Boston

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FanPost Friday: Decompressing after a terrible season October 21, 2016 at 09:50 PM
A pre-emptive comment on Bartman
via Baseball Outsider October 21, 2016 at 09:38 AM

The Chicago Cubs now have a 3-2 lead in the NLCS. The last time they were this close to the World Series was 2003, and the popular shorthand for what happened is "Bartman."Which is enough sewage to clog a waste treatment plant.Fox and ESPN being ESPN and Fox, we will be inundated with the Steve Bartman story now. Let it be said right here, right now: Steve Bartman, wherever he is now and under wha

Things TC Bear Might Conceivably Be Doing Right Now
via Twinkie Town October 21, 2016 at 09:38 AM

This is the content you get when the offseason hasn't started yet and there is nothing to write about. Twins mascot TC Bear is the beloved, furry beast that entertains the crowd at Target Field, participates in Home Run Derbies with local shock jocks, and continues to run from a past he cannot escape. Anyway, please enjoy this work of speculative fiction about what he might be up to right no

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Playoff Game Thread: NLCS Game 5 October 20, 2016 at 06:20 PM
Strictly on Merritt
via Baseball Outsider October 20, 2016 at 09:38 AM

The Cleveland Indians did what I didn't think they could: They beat the Toronto Blue Jays in a LCS without their second and third best starting pitchers (Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar). They beat the Jays while getting less than an inning from their No. 4 starter, Trevor Bauer.And kudos to Terry Francona, who probably cemented his Cooperstown credentials with his bullpen mastery in this series

Playoff Game Thread: Wednesday league championship games
via Twinkie Town October 19, 2016 at 02:32 PM

Hey—there’s still baseball going on everybody! Game 1 What: Indians at blue Jays When: 3:00 pm CT Where: TBS Former Twins: Francisco Liriano; R.A. Dickey; Chris Colabello; Jeff Manship. Today's Lineups CLEVELAND INDIANS TORONTO BLUE JAYS Carlos Santana - 1B Jose Bautista - RF Jason Kipnis - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B Francisco Lindor - SS Edwin Encarnacion - 1B Mike Napoli - D

Local writers honor Dozier with 3 Diamond Awards
via - Twins October 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM

The Twins announced Wednesday the winners of the annual Diamond Awards, with second baseman Brian Dozier earning three honors, including the Calvin R. Griffith Award as the Most Valuable Twin.

The problem with fixing September rosters
via Twinkie Town October 19, 2016 at 09:38 AM

I’ve seen a suggestion for September rosters to speed up the game. The problem is that it wouldn’t fix anything. As we indulge in playoff baseball, we see matchups galore as each team’s manager jockeys for the advantage in any important plate appearance. Anthony Rizzo comes to the plate? Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is ready to counter with Grant Dayton. Have a lineup that alternates righti

Game Over: The 2016 Boston Red Sox (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins October 18, 2016 at 03:56 PM

Sorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.