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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

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

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

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

Playoff Game Thread: Cardinals at Giants
via Twinkie Town October 16, 2014 at 06:59 PM

Will the giants clinch today? How much do we care? 7:00 pm CT, FS1: Cardinals at Giants Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C Jhonny Peralta - SS Pablo Sandoval - 3B Matt Adams - 1B Hunter Pence - RF Randal Grichuk - RF Brandon Belt - 1B Kolten Wong

The longest Twins home runs of 2014
via Twinkie Town October 16, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Dingers! Whammy! Our friends at South Side Sox put up their results earlier today, and it got me thinking about how Minnesota's results might look. Besides, after all the negativity surrounding payroll and timelines to contention, we could all use a distraction. Right? You can verify all of this by heading over to ESPN's home run tracker. It's a great tool with a number of fun details. First

Playoff Game Thread: ALCS & NLCS
via Twinkie Town October 15, 2014 at 02:53 PM

More playoff baseball! Will the Royals clinch today? Let's find out! Today's games: 3:00 pm CT, TBS: Orioles at Royals Today's Lineups BALTIMORE ORIOLES KANSAS CITY ROYALS Nick Markakis - RF Alcides Escobar - SS Steve Pearce - 1B Norichika Aoki - RF Adam Jones - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF Nelson Cruz - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B Delmon Young - DH Billy Butler - DH J.J. Hardy - SS Al

The Irony of Spending
via Twinkie Town October 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Twins fans want to see a top free agent signed for the umpteenth year in a row. However, these same fans also despise the two priciest players on the roster. What gives? For years we've watched the Twins be a small market team with a low payroll. That changed when Target Field opened and the cumulative salaries pushed $113 million and $100 million in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Still, we wa

On Twins payroll, upgrades, and frustration
via Twinkie Town October 14, 2014 at 07:35 PM

We all want the Twins to put resources into payroll. But their options for 2015 are rather limited. This morning, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune submitted an article on how the Twins have said that their existing commitments mean their resources for free agency will be limited. Miller's quotes from Dave St. Peter and Terry Ryan include in the following. DSP: "We haven't finalized a 2015 bud

Playoff Game Thread: ALCS & NLCS
via Twinkie Town October 14, 2014 at 02:59 PM

The game thread is back! Today's games: 3:00 pm CT, FS1: Cardinals at Giants Series tied 1-1 Former Twins: A.J. Pierzynski (Cardinals); Pat Neshek (Cardinals). Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C Matt Adams - 1B Pablo Sandoval - 3B Jhonny Peralta

Minnesota Twins Arizona Fall League Update
via Twinkie Town October 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Catching up with Minnesota's prospects one week into the 2014 AFL season. The Salt River Rafters are 5-1 after their first full week of the 2014 season. Let's check in on Minnesota's seven prospects and see who's worth getting excited over at this early stage. Pitchers Name G IP BB K WHIP ERA Adam, Jason 2 3.0 1 1 2.33 12.00 Jones, Zack 2 3.0 1 3 1.00 0.00 Reed, Jake 2 3.0 1 5 1.00

"The Twins just suck!"
via Twinkie Town October 13, 2014 at 11:05 AM

A 14 year old author weighs in on the struggles of the 1993 Twins. Friends, I have spent the last week or so preparing for and then executing a move to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, which has left me greatly out of touch with the wider world around me. In fact, I don't even have internet yet, and am scamming a McDonalds out of its Wi-Fi as I post this and eat my McWhatever breakfast sandwich. The move

The FOX Sports 1 Sabermetrics Broadcast Reviewed
via Twinkie Town October 12, 2014 at 03:47 PM

FS1 did an experiment during Game 1 of the NLCS last night, providing a sabermetric-heavy broadcast. Here's what I felt were the pros and cons from yesterday. I'd like to offer up a disclaimer here first. I did not watch the entire NLCS Game 1 on FOX Sports 1 last night. This review is merely from the half-hour or so that I did catch because it was a date night with my wife and life does co

Playoff Game Thread: ALCS
via Twinkie Town October 10, 2014 at 06:53 PM

When? 7:10 CT (if not delayed by rain) Where? TBS The Orioles versus Royals ALCS everyone has been waiting for! Today's Lineups KANSAS CITY ROYALS BALTIMORE ORIOLES Alcides Escobar - SS Nick Markakis - RF Norichika Aoki - RF Alejandro De Aza - LF Lorenzo Cain - CF Adam Jones - CF Eric Hosmer - 1B Nelson Cruz - DH Billy Butler - DH Steve Pearce - 1B Alex Gordon - LF J.J.

Would playing the outfield be better for Miguel Sano short-term?
via Twinkie Town October 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Since Terry Ryan announced that Miguel Sano could see some outfield in 2015, the position change has been a hot topic of conversation. Miguel Sano was Minnesota's number two prospect going into 2014, when he was also ranked as highly as number three among league-wide prospects. Those kind of rankings carry some pretty lofty expectations, but that's come from day one with Sano when he was com

2015 Stock Market Report: Josmil Pinto
via Twinkie Town October 09, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Pinto's 2014 was a source of frustration - in terms of fans with Twins management, and Twins management with Pinto. What will 2015 hold? Pinto was something of a late bloomer in terms of his prospect status with the Twins. After signing out of Venezuela in 2005 as a 16-year old, he displayed some power but largely wasn't a player who you would have pegged as a future top 10 prospect in his o

Miguel Cabrera, Mike Stanton, and fake mega-trades
via Twinkie Town October 08, 2014 at 11:05 AM

How many of the six players the Marlins received from the Tigers for Miguel Cabrera do you remember? What if we tried to replicate that deal with the Twins and another young, incredible hitter? In December of 2007, the Tigers and the Marlins made one hell of a trade. The Tigers received 24-year old Miguel Cabrera, a .313/.388/.542 hitter in parts of five seasons, as well as Dontrelle Willis,

Playoff Game Thread: Dodgers at Cardinals, Nationals at Giants
via Twinkie Town October 07, 2014 at 03:35 PM

The Playoff Game Thread is back! Will we have any clinchers today? Let's find out. Today's Lineup: 4:00 pm CT, FS1: Dodgers at Cardinals8:00pm CT, FS1: Nationals at Giants GO BASEBALL GO!

Arizona Fall League preview: Twins prospects, schedules, new rules
via Twinkie Town October 07, 2014 at 11:05 AM

The story of the AFL will rise and fall with the fortunes of Byron Buxton, as far as the Twins are concerned. The short Arizona Fall League season is always intriguing. It's an opportunity for clubs to send a handful of prospects into a focused and competitive league where good showings can boost status. Minnesota's gaze will be firmly locked on the Salt River Rafters and Byron Buxton. But t

Re-Appreciating Torii Hunter
via Twinkie Town October 06, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Torii Hunter's considering retirement, which has one writer reconsidering Torii. In the wake of his Tigers being swept by the Orioles, Torii Hunter has announced he's strongly considering retirement. Thirty-nine years old, and having lost several steps in the outfield and on the bases, Hunter has become much less effective over the past few seasons. However, he still hit .286/.319/.446, a 1