Have a heart, Rod Carew. Literally.
via Baseball Outsider November 24, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Rod Carew during the pregame festivities at the2014 All-Star Game at Target Field.The news Monday that Rod Carew is in need of a heart transplant was a bit of a thunderbolt, especially to Twins fans of my age. For a good chunk of the 1970s, Rod Carew was the focal point of the Twins -- perennial All-Star, perennial batting champion.Steve Rusdin of Sports Illustrated broke the news.One aspect of Ca

Tuesday Twins: Park hits one out of the park, and other off-season notes
via Twinkie Town November 24, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Hello y'all! Here's today's links: Hey, remember that Korean guy the Twins won the posting big on? He hit a massive home run to win the WBSC Premier 12 for Korea. In fact, Patrick Reusse compared Byung-ho Park's career to that of former Twin David Ortiz. As you've most likely already heard, David Ortiz announced that he would retire after next season. On a

Good-bye, Josmil
via Baseball Outsider November 23, 2015 at 09:16 PM

Josmil Pinto spent2015 in Rochesterand on the disabledlist.The Twins have moved rather aggressively to reshape their catching options for 2016.Kurt Suzuki is still around, of course. But Chris Herrmann was traded to Arizona, Eric Fryer was outrighted and signed with St. Louis, and Josmil Pinto was claimed by San Diego. That's three catchers with major league experience cleared off the roster -- an

A’s Announce 2016 Beloit Coaching Staff
via Twins Digest November 23, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The Oakland Athletics are pleased to announce the coaching staff for the Beloit Snappers.

Carew embraces second chance after heart attack
via Mlb.com - Twins November 23, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Hall of Famer Rod Carew closed an emotional media conference call on Monday afternoon with a message that was both personal and universal.

Hall of Famer Rod Carew, 70, hopes to get heart transplant (The Associated Press)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins November 23, 2015 at 09:15 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Hall of Famer Rod Carew is hoping to qualify for a heart transplant after a massive heart attack two months ago.

Rod Carew suffered massive heart attack in September
via Twinkie Town November 23, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The Hall of Famer has been quietly receiving treatment over the past two months. Rod Carew, one of the greatest Twins and overall baseball players of all time, revealed Monday that he has been recovering from a massive heart attack he suffered in September. The reason you hadn’t heard about this before now is, unfortunately, not because this was a minor incident. This was a very serious inci

The Sunday Funnies
via Baseball Outsider November 22, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The great 19th century catcher/outfielder King Kelly is playing right field in Boston. The game goes into the 12th inning, and it's getting dark. With two outs, the batter drives a pitch deep to right. Kelly dashes back, leaps for a two-handed catch and trots back to the bench. The umpire calls the batter out and calls the game on account of darkness as a tie.Kelly's teammates congratuate him for

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Setting the stage for Rule 5 November 21, 2015 at 09:15 PM
Twins at the heart of Fall League title win
via Mlb.com - Twins November 21, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The Scottsdale Scorpions earned the 2015 Arizona Fall League championship, beating the Surprise Saguaros, 6-4, on Saturday thanks in large part to the performance of several Minnesota Twins prospects.

South Korea celebrates Premier 12 championship with epic teammate flip (Big League Stew)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins November 21, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The inaugural Premier 12 tournament held in Japan and Taiwan had a little bit of everything. That includes dominant pitching, long home runs, epic bat flips  and, yes, even epic teammate flips. After South Korea completed its improbable run to the Premier 12 championship, defeating the United States 8-0 in the tournament final on Saturday, the team celebrated by launching one of their own into

Good-bye, 'Sugar Shane'
via Baseball Outsider November 20, 2015 at 09:15 PM

We've signed outfielder Shane Robinson and catcher Adam Moore to minor-league deals with Spring Training invites. pic.twitter.com/NzxO1WCCzC— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) November 19, 2015Shane Robinson made it through the entire season with the Twins and set career highs in at-bats, hits and runs, but it's hardly surprising that the veteran reserve outfielder went elsewhere. He barely played in S

Twins protect 7 prospects from Rule 5 Draft
via Mlb.com - Twins November 20, 2015 at 09:15 PM

With Friday's deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from December's Rule 5 Draft, the Twins added outfielder Adam Brett Walker and pitchers Taylor Rogers, J.T. Chargois, Pat Dean, Mason Melotakis, Randy Rosario and Yorman Landa to their Major League roster.

Twins Add Seven to Roster; Lose Pinto, Achter
via Twinkie Town November 20, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Why's it so hot in here OHHHHHHH SHIT IT'S THE HOT STOVE Josmil Pinto, once the catcher of the future for the Minnesota Twins, will have to fulfill that promise in San Diego, as he was claimed by the Padres today.  The Twins also lost reliever A.J. Achter on waivers to Philadelphia. The Twins did add seven to their 40-man roster: Baseball murderer Adam Brett Walker, probable vintne

Twinsights: Talking hitting (and strikeouts) with Adam Brett Walker II
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press November 20, 2015 at 09:15 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Lost in the mania over Miguel Sano’s arrival in 2015 was his alarmingly high strikeout rate: 35.5 percent. Add the 68 strikeouts the Twins rookie accumulated over the first half at Double-A Chattanooga to his big-league total in the second half, and you get 187 strikeouts. Or just eight fewer than Adam Brett Walker II piled up for the Lookouts in becoming the first Twins farmh

From the Handbook: Molitor tactically, Part II
via Baseball Outsider November 19, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Part II of these managerial posts compared Paul Molitor to his predecessor. What about compared to the rest of the league?Molitor was neither first nor last (with one exception) in any of the categories tracked by Baseball Info Systems. He wasn't often in the precise middle either.He used 75 pinch hitters, for example; this is near the bottom of the American League in rankings, but almost twice as

Optimistic Twins won't divulge Park negotiations
via Mlb.com - Twins November 19, 2015 at 09:15 PM

The Twins remain optimistic they'll be able to sign Korean slugger Byung Ho Park after learning they had submitted the winning bid for the first baseman/designated hitter on Nov. 9.

How rule will prevent Korean teammates from coming to MLB together (Yahoo Sports)
via Yahoo Sports - Twins November 19, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Lotte Giants stars Ah-seop Son and Jae-gyun Hwang both want to come to the United States. Only one can.

Twinkie Town podcast: Episode 2
via Twinkie Town November 19, 2015 at 09:15 PM

We've somehow survived the first episode. Here's another one! This week Jim and I discuss serial killer John Ryan Murphy and the departure of Aaron Hicks, the fallout on the rest of the roster (including Byron Buxton and Trevor Plouffe in particular), the Arizona Fall League, and we go into some depth on the SB Nation off-season simulation. Twinkie Town Podcast, Episode 2: The Arrival of J

Twinsights: Shane Robinson expected to sign with Cleveland Indians
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press November 19, 2015 at 09:15 PM

Outfielder Shane Robinson, a valuable reserve for the Twins last season, is expected to sign a minor-league deal with the Cleveland Indians, according to two people familiar with the situation. Robinson, 31, elected free agency after he was taken off the 40-man roster and outrighted to Triple-A Rochester last month. He hit .250 with a .299 on-base percentage in 197 plate appearances (83 games) aft