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The best to ever wear a particular Twins' uniform number (by number)
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 28, 2011 at 05:08 PM

The hot stove has been shimmering these days in preparation for next week's Winter Meetings (even though I do not have it beyond the Twins to announce that they have signed someone like Johnathan Broxton to an one year contract soon,) so here is a list I did just for fun. The premise is simple: who is the best (i.e. best overall performance as a player, manager, coach, esecutive etc, not only wi

Twins liabilities in the Rule 5 draft
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 19, 2011 at 03:20 PM

Every year at the winter meetings the Rule 5 draft occurs. This draft (the one that brought Johan Santana to the Minnesota Twins) has 3 parts. The major league part, the AAA part and the AA part. I will try to explain the rules of all 3, because, even though there is a decent understanding of the MLB part of the draft (if someone is not on the 40-man roster can be selected and has to be on the

Meet the newest Twins member, Ryan Doumit
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 18, 2011 at 03:02 PM

It was announced today that the Twins have signed Ryan Doumit to an one year contract. The total amount of the contract has not been released yet, but it is a base $3 million contract that can escalate with incentives. I suspect that part of the incentives will be based on plate appearances, given the fact that Doumit has not been very durable the past few season, most recently being in the DL f

The Twins trade dismal middle infielder for power hitting corner outfielder/DH
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 15, 2011 at 09:32 AM

One of the first moves that Terry Ryan made as the new old Twins' general manager was to announce in an interview with ESPN 1500 that Trevor Plouffe will move from the middle infield to the outfield and the right hand DH position. Ryan astutely said that the defensive side of the game affects him some when he does go to the plate. And Plouffe has been a horrific defender both at second base (-41

Who is the newest Twins' member Jamey Carroll?
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 13, 2011 at 09:25 AM

The first order of business for the new old Twins' general manager, Terry Ryan, was to sign 37 year old free agent Jamey Carroll to a 2 year, about $7 million contract with a $3M mutual option for the 2014 season (his age 40 season.) Several reports from the Twin Cities indicate that he is intended to be the Twins' starting shortstop in the 2012 season. However, by looking at Carroll's past, I s

Can the Twins rebound? Part III: Quick ranking of MLB middle infielders and not only free agents
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 03, 2011 at 01:14 PM

Yesterday I examined the Twins' performance in 2011 and indicated that fielding and hitting were subpar and really needed to improve. Outfield defense with Span and Revere will be fine and also indicated 3 free agent additions (2 OF/DH and a C) who are power right hand bats and will be able to improve both fielding and hitting (and in case of one, base running) if they join the team in 2012. Loo

Can the Twins rebound? Part II: Quick ranking of MLB position player free agents
via The Tenth Inning Stretch November 02, 2011 at 05:02 PM

Looking at what went wrong with the 2011 Twins club and try to prioritize changes that would help the 2012 club rebound, I have previously examined the starting rotation, and concluding that despite the conventional words of wisdom, it should not be a priority, if the best pitchers are used and if they stay healthy. The bullpen is a different story, which I will try to examine in a later day; so

Can the Twins rebound? Part I: Looking at their history
via The Tenth Inning Stretch October 26, 2011 at 04:01 PM

In some respects, I do enjoy blogging more during the off-season than during the baseball season. I ind it more of challenging and rewarding mental exercise to venture into potentiality and looking at minutae, rather than describing actuality and game results. Why is that? a. There are many sources out there that do the latter, and adding another adds to the blasé feeling; b. the Twins' actualit

A contrarian opinion about the Twins' Starting Pitching
via The Tenth Inning Stretch October 24, 2011 at 06:55 PM

It is hard to look back at a 99-loss season and try to figure out what did not work, but it is necessary to just do that and try to pinpoint possible weaknesses that need to be solved. With a 99-loss season, pretty much nothing worked well, but prioritizing changes requires the identification of parts of the team that can be fixed relatively easily or by fixing them, it will make the biggest impa

How much is Michael Cuddyer worth?
via The Tenth Inning Stretch October 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

I am really not going to mention the 2011 season as a whole for the Twins. Just looking forward to the 2012 season hoping for a phenomenal rebound alike that of 1991. It has been reported more than once that one of the Twins' priorities this off-season is re-signing Michael Cuddyer who is a free agent for the first time in his career.Cuddyer comes off a season where he hit .284/.346/.459 with 20

Had an Epiphany the Other Day...
via The Tenth Inning Stretch August 08, 2011 at 11:13 PM

... and it has nothing to do with Baseball or the Twins. Or maybe it does, partially (or even more than partially, depending how you slice and dice it, but this is not about culinary arts and sciences either.) And it is nothing like about time you bring Slowey up instead of watching Blackie burn a game after another (that is a 'duh moment', really; kinda interesting and somewhat amusing to see h

So how do you fix this Twins mess?
via The Tenth Inning Stretch May 25, 2011 at 09:30 PM

May 25th and the Twins are 14.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians, the way to climb up from that hole looks more and more slippery every day, and the light out of the tunnel is as bright as Camping's predictions about the end of the world (as we know it.) So what you do, if you are the Twins' brass to move on and start preparing for the 2012 season? And I know that throwing the 2011 season under

Twins' week in review: the good, the bad and the ugly
via The Tenth Inning Stretch April 08, 2011 at 06:36 PM

One week is already in the books for the Twins' 2011 season, including a couple of trips to Toronto and New York and the home opener against the Oakland A's earlier today. Here are my random thoughts about the good, the bad and the ugly about the Twins this week:The Good:Denard Span has been a monster on the top of the lineup, getting on base in a close to a .400 clip and having some timely run-d

MLB Predictions for the 2011 season
via The Tenth Inning Stretch March 30, 2011 at 04:48 PM

It is this time of the year. Here are my predictions for the 2011 season:AL EastRed Sox 99-53Yankees 88-64Toronto 79-83Rays 77-85Orioles 69-93AL CentralTwins 92-70White Sox 84-78Tigers 78-84Indians 73-89Royals 72-90AL WestRangers 88-64A's 83-81Mariners 75-87Angels 73-85NL EastPhillies 90-72Atlanta 88-74Mets 82-82Nationals 80-84Marlins 76-86NL CentralCincinnati 86-76Milwaukee 84-78Cubs 80-82Cardin

Tsuyoshi Nishioka video
via The Tenth Inning Stretch December 29, 2010 at 05:53 PM

Happy New Year to every one!This is a 5 minute video of Twins' newest acquisition, Tsuyoshi Nishioka. A lot of similarities with Ichiro, but (unfortunately) Nishioka is slower and (fortunately) he does not play small ball. Very similar OBP abilities.

The Twins new approach to starting rotation success
via The Tenth Inning Stretch July 18, 2010 at 02:54 PM

It has been the result of deep and secret discussions during the All Star break. What can the Twins do to have more success in their starting rotation. Should they trade for one or two new starters who would put them over the top? Should they try to create better game plans? Change their approach? Look at potential mechanics issues?I am happy to report no in all the above.Instead they decided

Pat Neshek, the forgotten man in the Twins organization
via The Tenth Inning Stretch July 02, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Exactly three months ago, I made the case that Pat Neshek should be the Twins' closer, in the absence of Joe Nathan. Unfortunately, these days he seems to be the forgotten man in the Twins organization by the fans, byt the media and, unfortunately by the team.Calls for improvement of the bullpen, either focus on acquiring second class outsize talent (Aardsma) or promoting one of the "Rochester st

Who is Hot in the Twins' Minors: Version 5
via The Tenth Inning Stretch June 30, 2010 at 06:41 PM

The latest installment of the Who is Hot in the Twins' minors, includes players from all levels of play, since all leagues are underway, including the 3 rookie leagues (Dominican Summer League, Gulf Coast League and Appalachian League.) Several recent Twins' draftees who have signed and started their pro careers appear in the listing.Here is the list of who is hot in the minors:Catchers:Felix Gal

Thoughts about the Twins rotation
via The Tenth Inning Stretch June 28, 2010 at 07:59 AM

The Twins have just finished their annual interleague series, with results that did not fulfill expectations, posting an overall losing record, for the first time since 2005. This fact, in addition to an 11-game winning streak by the White Sox and a decent interleague performance by the Tigers, which brought these 2 teams one-and-a-half and half a game respectively, behind the Twins in the standi

GIDP: It "happens" or is it part of the "Twins way"?
via The Tenth Inning Stretch June 18, 2010 at 12:29 PM

Phil Mackey last night had a great article at, discussing the Twins' tendencies to hit into double plays this season, which has been a rally-killer. There was a very interesting quote by Ron Gardenhire:"It's just what it is. When you get the big boys up there, you're looking for doubles and homers. And it's not a situation where you run. You've got to have guys that can run before yo