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Twins 9, Marlins 6: ByungHo Park homers again
via Twinkie Town February 27, 2017 at 05:14 PM

Ervin Santana had a strong first outing and Korean slugger launched his second bomb in three games this spring. ByungHo Park remained red hot in today’s contest between the Twins and Marlins, which was not broadcast on TV or radio. The aforementioned Korean slugger launched a two-run dong in the bottom of the 1st inning on a 96 mph pitch from Jose Urena. It was especially encouraging conside

The Metrodome was bulldozed just to make an even crappier baseball stadium
via Twinkie Town February 27, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Welcome to the biggest waste of money of all time!!! The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was my favorite place in the world. It’s still the stadium where the Minnesota Twins played the longest, and the stadium where they won all of their World Series Championships. I spent an exorbitant amount of time in there watching baseball. I once even read a poem I wrote about how much I loved the Metrodo

Twins 5, Nationals 2: Jason Castro blasts two-run dinger
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2017 at 05:50 PM

Apparently framing pitches isn’t the only thing Jason Castro can do at the plate. Frame this one as a win! Jason Castro helped power the Twins to their spring training win today with a two-run home run in the 2nd inning. It was part of a four-run 2nd inning for the Twins, which also included a nice little reminder that Byron Buxton is freaky fast. The pitching was probably the

Spring Training Game 3: Nationals at Twins
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2017 at 11:50 AM

First Pitch: 12:05 pm CTTV: NopeRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: Federal BaseballFederal Baseball The Spring training fun continues! Brian Dozier makes his first apperance. Just no TV today... Lineup: Nationals Twins 1 Michael Taylor, CF Byron Buxton, CF 2 Anthony Rendon, 3B Jorge Polanco, SS 3 Chris Heisey, LF Brian Dozier, 2B 4 Clint Robinson, 1B Miguel Sano, 3B

How Joe Mauer got me into baseball
via Twinkie Town February 26, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Inspired by the latest Fanpost Friday, here is the story of how Joe Mauer made me love baseball. I used to kinda hate Joe Mauer. The year is 2009; Joe Mauer is in the midst of his historic MVP campaign and I, a freshman in high school, had no idea what any of that meant. In my head, Joe Mauer was just Sporty McPopularGuy. I didn't really follow sports until 2007 (Vikings w/ Adrian Peterson

Red Sox 8, Twins 7: Phil Hughes a little shaky in return
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2017 at 04:02 PM

Byungho Park hit a home run in his first at-bat, though. Another spring training game, another loss in the books! Although disappointing, the Twins looked good at times, even winning by 7-2 at one point. Byungho Park continued his hot streak with a home run (“Park Bang”) in his first at-bat, and Drew Stubbs added another dinger later in the 4th inning. Park also had a sac-fly later in the ga

Spring Training Game 2: Twins at Red Sox
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2017 at 11:38 AM

First Pitch: 12:05 pm CTTV: MLBN, MLB.tvRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: Over the Monster Baseball is back baby, and this time it's on TV! Here are the beautiful lineups: Twins Red Sox 1 Drew Stubbs, CF Dustin Pedroia, 2B 2 Danny Santana, RF Xander Bogaerts, SS 3 Robbie Grossman, LF Mookie Betts, RF 4 Byungho Park, 1B Hanley Ramirez, DH 5 Ben Paulsen, DH

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 26
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2017 at 10:02 AM

Congratulations to Engelb Vielma for winning Round 25! After 8 rounds on the ballot and 3 runner-up finishes Engelb Vielma finally won an election. Our next add is the last prospect on the 40 man roster. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%) Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%) Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%, Romero 17%, Stewart 4%

Guess that Twin!
via Twinkie Town February 25, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Can you guess the Twins player being described in each of these snippets? Come on down and give it a try! The 2017 Baseball Prospectus Annual boasts a decidedly Minnesota flavor: the tome was co-edited by Aaron Gleeman, longtime Twins blogger and co-host of Twins podcast “Gleeman & the Geek,” the foreword was written by none other than Minnesota’s own Glendrick Perkins, and the Twins’ es

Rays 3, Twins 1: Park looks good, but Twins fall in first spring training game
via Twinkie Town February 24, 2017 at 09:26 PM

Byungho Park had two hits against two fast pitches, which was the most encouraging part of the game for the Twins. The first Twins baseball game of 2017 is in the books, and shocker, it was a loss for our boys. Before you freak out or something, though, keep in mind it’s a long season and it technically hasn’t even started yet. The recently DFAed Byung Ho Park was probably the biggest bright

Spring Training Game 1: Rays at Twins
via Twinkie Town February 24, 2017 at 05:02 PM

First Pitch: 6:05 pm CTTV: NopeRadio: 96.3 GO, TIBN, MLB.comKnow Thine Enemy: DRaysBay It's Twins baseball, and it's back! Unfortunately, this game isn't on TV, but you'll be able to listen on the radio, through MLB.com (with subscription), and follow along on Game Day at MLB.com. Kyle Gibson is starting the game today for the Twins, and he is apparently also a witch. Who won @Twins Med

TwinkyLeaks hack explains Breslow deal
via Twinkie Town February 24, 2017 at 09:38 AM

Yet still another in a seemingly endless supply of Dave St Peters hacked emails has been released. “TwinkyLeaks,” a mysterious group of hackers from Iceland has released another email taken from Dave St Peter’s cellphone, that he left behind after eating lingonberry pancakes at Keys Cafe & Bakery in Minneapolis. This correspondence gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the deal that bring

Twins Spring Training 2017: Infielders, outfielders, and DHs
via Twinkie Town February 23, 2017 at 06:38 PM

Twins start spring training games tomorrow! Lets look at the infielders, outfielders, and designated hitters in camp and the questions that need to be answered this spring. Last week we previewed the pitchers and catchers in Twins spring training camp and what they need to show in camp this year. Hence, it’s only right we now take a look at the rest of the position players currently down in

Your favorite Twins of all time
via Twinkie Town February 23, 2017 at 12:32 PM

We asked the Twinkie Town community to tell us about their favorite Twins players of all time. Who's your favorite? Last week I asked you guys to write about who your favorite Twins player of all time was. I thought it was a natural projection since the week before I asked you who your favorite terrible baseball player was. Good (?) news: There were no overlapping players in responses to the

Thursday Thunder Dump!
via Twinkie Town February 23, 2017 at 09:38 AM

All the Twins news you can’t possibly use on a Thursday! Twins ready to put 2016 behind them Numerous articles reporting that many of the Twins are showing up for Spring Training in the best shape of their lives and feeling more comfortable than last year. Their injuries are feeling 100% better and they will be ready to go from day one. They are looking forward to contributing to the team’s

Twinkie Town Prospect Vote: Round 25
via Twinkie Town February 22, 2017 at 01:08 PM

Congratulations to Luis Arraez for winning Round 24! It was a close election but 2B Luis Arraez edged SS Engelb Vielma for your choice in round 24. For round 25 we add an infielder who was also one of last summer's draft picks. Twins top 30 prospects for 2017 Stephen Gonsalves - 52% (Gordon 34%, Kirilloff 8%, Jay 7%) Nick Gordon - 73% (Jay 15%, Kirilloff 13%) Tyler Jay - 46% (Kirilloff 29%

Pour one out for Pat Light and the botched intentional walk
via Twinkie Town February 22, 2017 at 10:50 AM

The young righty will never have to try and intentionally walk a hitter ever again Twins fans never knew Pat Light too well. The 25-year-old joined the Twins in August of last season and appeared in 15 games out of the bullpen. The Twins’ new front office, having signed veteran righty reliever Matt Belisle, did us all a favor by trading Light to the Pirates for cash considerations or a playe

Ryan O’Rourke pukes before every time he pitches
via Twinkie Town February 22, 2017 at 10:38 AM

The 28 year-old recently admitted he blows chunks in the bullpen basically all the time. Twins Communications and Player Relations guy Dustin Morse has been doing an on-going Twitter series this Spring Training where he shares little-known facts about various Twins players. Just little nuggets of info like Adalberto Mejia used to play basketball while growing up and Eddie Rosario worked in a

Embracing a new type of thinking
via Twinkie Town February 22, 2017 at 09:38 AM

It appears the Twins may finally be embracing the player that thinks outside the box. Quick, what’s your memory of Kevin Slowey? Probably a gopher ball-prone soft-tossing righthander with impeccable control. You probably remember him irritating some people within the clubhouse with his attitude and that he complained about being a reliever during his final season in Minnesota. Finally, the

The Twins’ draft drought
via Twinkie Town February 20, 2017 at 12:08 PM

What happens when you strike out for a decade — and how can you reverse it? I recently received my 2017 Baseball America Prospect Handbook, an annual occurrence that ranks somewhere ahead of New Year’s Eve and behind Thanksgiving on Louie’s Annual Event Power Ranking. Each edition, BA lists every team’s “Top Draft Picks of the Decade,” which serves as a quick-and-dirty rubric for earl