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Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to ban defensive shifts
via Twinkie Town January 26, 2015 at 02:05 PM

There's irony in the agenda of Major League Baseball's new commissioner. And he's not making many friends. The King is dead; long live the King. Bud Selig is officially no longer at the top of baseball's food pyramid. Baseball's new commissioner is Rob Manfred, and he's already making enemies after one day in his new chair. In an interview with ESPN, he had this to say. "I think the second s

No, please, keep shifting on Oswaldo Arcia
via Twinkie Town January 26, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Oswaldo Arcia drinks your milkshake. And beats your shift. Defensive shifts are fun. They're a new wrinkle to the game, even if the new commissioner isn't a fan. But here's the thing: they don't always work. You can understand why teams do it. Studying batted ball tendencies and aligning the defense accordingly is a great idea in a vacuum. Just any other piece of evaluation, however, there a

Twins notes: Hunter, Santana, Papelbon, recommended reading
via Twinkie Town January 24, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Welcome to the sports abyss: the odd hole in the year where neither baseball nor football is being played. Your soundtrack for today's reading is Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds with Ballad of the Might I. Hunter mentors at Diamond Awards Torii Hunter is already being the guy the Twins have brought him in to be. At the Diamond Awards this week, he told a story about Paul Molitor and then

Grown-Ass Man Waits Two Hours for B.J. Hermsen's Autograph
via Twinkie Town January 23, 2015 at 11:05 AM

"Totally worth it." Lifelong Twins fan and grown-ass man Chris Sorum waited two hours in line for B.J. Hermsen's autograph at TwinsFest on Saturday. "Totally worth it," said the 37-year-old Bloomington native who has a mortgage. TwinsFest, the annual meet-and-greet that unites Twins fans and absurd lines for Dan Gladden's signature, is an annual rite for Sorum, a husband and father of three.

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 13
via Twinkie Town January 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Congratulations to the Kepler contingent, who get their man onto the list. This turned out to be a somewhat close race, with just 12 votes separating first and second place. Our third and fourth place finishers picked up a significant number of votes, too. Congratulations to Max Kepler for coming through. We're going to experiment with something a bit different this round. Tyler Duffey, Trav

Johan Santana shut down due to shoulder discomfort
via Twinkie Town January 21, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Another bump in the road for yet another Johan Santana comeback attempt. According to LVBP.com, Johan Santana has been shut down due to discomfort in his left shoulder. He was scheduled to start for the Navigators on Sunday, but now will be out for the remainder of the Venezuelan winter league playoffs. Santana would have been scheduled to pitch again tomorrow. An MRI has revealed no structu

2015 ZiPS smackdown: Jordan Schafer vs Peter Bourjos
via Twinkie Town January 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Because defense does matter. One of the apparent tenets of Billy Beane in 2002, the season that became forever regaled through Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, was that defense mattered less than a player's ability to get on base. Beane believed that whatever runs the team could manufacture from their "team of misfits" would overshadow any runs the team may hemorrhage due to the

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 12
via Twinkie Town January 19, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Lewis Thorpe...with authoritah. As expected, Lewis Thorpe destroyed the field in Round 11 and earns himself the first spot on our list outside of the Top 10. It's hard to deny Thorpe's upside considering his youth relative to experience level, even if it's worth keeping an eye on his arm. Oddly enough, coming in at number 11 is a one spot demotion from where he was on 2014's list. No additio

2015 Minnesota Twins ZiPS projections: over and under
via Twinkie Town January 18, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Let's play a game, since we have to look at some pretty pessimistic predictions for our favorite team. ZiPS is a notoriously pessimistic projection system. Or, perhaps more accurately, it's a cold mechanism that is the most popular of baseball's projection oracles because of how often it hits its mark. How you view ZiPS probably depends on how much it likes your team. In our case, ZiPS is no

Minnesota Twins arbitration tracker 2015
via Twinkie Town January 16, 2015 at 02:41 PM

The Twins have made announcements related to all six of their arbitration-eligible players today. A couple of hours agon.com/2015/1/16/7557069/twins-avoid-arbitration-with-tommy-milone, we heard that the Twins had reached an agreement with Tommy Milone on his salary for 2015 and therefore avoided arbitration. Now it looks like the team has actually made agreements with four of their six arbi

Twins avoid arbitration with Tommy Milone
via Twinkie Town January 16, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Minnesota's only left-handed option for the rotation is now under contract. Per Mike Berardino on Twitter, the Twins have avoided arbitration with Tommy Milone. Milone, the club's only left-handed starter currently in the running for a spot in the starting rotation, is the first of six arbitration-eligible players to be tendered by Minnesota. #MNTwins have avoided arbitration w/LHP Tommy Mi

The Minnesota Twins and the best starting pitchers of the 2015-2016 free agent class
via Twinkie Town January 15, 2015 at 05:41 PM

If the Twins want to keep improving the rotation at a time when the team is on the verge of contention, next winter will offer a plethora of options on the free agent market. Earlier today, I advocated the Minnesota Twins "going all-in" next winter. The reasoning goes: when the wave of prospects arrive, surround them with the best talent that you possibly can. There are the obvious caveats,

When should the Twins go all-in?
via Twinkie Town January 15, 2015 at 11:05 AM

At some point in their rebuilding phase, the Minnesota Twins will need to put the pedal to the floor and start playing for the now as much as they're playing for the future. Let's talk about that for a minute. Being a fan of a losing team is hard. Sure, your team wins more than 60 games a year, but they're also losing more than 90. When a rebuild is taking place for an organization that was

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 10
via Twinkie Town January 14, 2015 at 05:29 PM

Ready to round out the top ten Twins prospects for this year? You make the call. Round 9 was a throwback to the first few rounds of our community prospect voting, where the winner ran away with it. Jorge Polanco takes the ninth spot on our list, probably a bit lower than he's qualified to finish, but it just goes to show just how strong of a system the Twins have. We're adding four pitchers

Breakfast and Baseball: Tim Stauffer, Twins prospects, Winter Caravan, Winter Meltdown
via Twinkie Town January 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM

It's Wednesday morning so here's some Twins baseball stuff. I was trying to think of a soundtrack for this morning's link-tastic baseball-related breakfast, but instead I noticed a new Honest Trailers video. So you can watch that instead, if you want. Fair warning: spoilers. If you plan on watching Gone Girl, don't watch this trailer. Tim Stauffer could make some bank Mike Berardino has a

A Recent History of Short-Term Failures
via Twinkie Town January 13, 2015 at 10:47 PM

The Twins haven't had much luck when it comes to short-term acquisitions, but at least cutting bait is made far easier. In late December, the Twins made a bit of a surprise move when they signed RHP Tim Stauffer to a 1-year contract. Although they had just released Anthony Swarzak, it sure looked like the bullpen would already be overflowing with options and thus there wouldn't be room for

Can the Twins create more depth before Opening Day?
via Twinkie Town January 13, 2015 at 11:05 AM

The organization has been up front about their desire to add depth. Who could they target? One of the hallmarks of a winning team, and there are many, is that they have depth. Having players who can put up four or five-win seasons is a big measure of success, but so is having a limited number of players who are essentially replacement level (or worse.) This is the area where the Twins have b

Minnesota Twins 2015 Prospect Vote: Round 9
via Twinkie Town January 12, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Go on then, Nick Burdi. Take your spot on the podium. Nick Burdi didn't lead this ballot until sometime after we'd received 300 votes, at which point the next 50 or 60 votes went - almost in their entirety - in Burdi's favor. It was enough to push him into the lead, and over the weekend his margin of victory only increased. Congratulations to a guy who may be Glen Perkins' setup man by some

This Post Mentions B.J. Garbe Twice
via Twinkie Town January 09, 2015 at 11:05 AM

This is what happens when you have 20 minutes to write something. Minnesota had a storm yesterday, and I was stuck in St. Paul and unable to get back to my home in St. Cloud.  It also prevented me from writing any humorous content for the Twinkie Town website, a property of SB Nation.  So, I am scrambling to write something before work on Friday morning, and unable to come up with anything g

Peter Bourjos could be available for a song
via Twinkie Town January 08, 2015 at 06:41 PM

At least it's true if you believe the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. At the risk of beating it to death, I'm still very much interested in the idea of the Minnesota Twins pursuing Peter Bourjos of the St. Louis Cardinals. If you've just found Twinkie Town or haven't visited in a while, allow me to get you up to speed on the handful of times we've mentioned/expressed our undying love and admiration