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Twinsights: Paul Molitor, Ichiro Suzuki share special bond
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 28, 2015 at 12:59 PM

As the winter wore on and Ichiro Suzuki continued to seek employment, his agent reached out to the Minnesota Twins on multiple occasions. In particular, veteran agent John Boggs would check in with another client of his, one he's known for more than three decades: Twins manager Paul Molitor. "We kind of had a running thing: 'Paulie! Ichiro! Come on!' " Molitor said during a break over the weekend

Twinsights: Kurt Suzuki offers updates on Terry Steinbach, Rick Anderson
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 25, 2015 at 05:53 PM

Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki had particularly close relationships with two of the four coaches that weren’t retained from Ron Gardenhire’s final staff. Suzuki said this weekend at TwinsFest he has been in contact with former bench coach Terry Steinbach and pitching coach Rick Anderson, neither of whom have taken new jobs elsewhere. “Steiny is good,” Suzuki said. “You can never tell with Steiny if he’

Twinsights: Alex Meyer talks Randy Johnson, blooming late
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 25, 2015 at 05:17 PM

It was probably no accident that towering Twins right-hander Alex Meyer was wearing No. 51 at TwinsFest this year. Those same digits once belonged to Randy Johnson, recently elected in a landslide to the National Baseball Hall of Fame after a similarly late-blooming career. Meyer, who turned 25 three weeks ago, said he is “well aware” of those who wonder what’s taking him so long to reach the majo

Twinsights: Twins committed to one more year of TwinsFest at Target Field
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 25, 2015 at 04:05 PM

This was Year 2 of a three-year experiment of sorts for holding TwinsFest at Target Field. According to Twins president Dave St. Peter, things went about as well as could be expected, even though a potential move to a larger venue will be considered after next year’s event. Total attendance should wind up in the 14,000 range for the second straight year. Once again, about $300,000 was raised for t

Tom Kelly hoping to be cleared this week to attend Twins spring training
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 25, 2015 at 03:23 PM

Tom Kelly’s booming voice echoed again in a crowded hallway in the bowels of Target Field on Sunday morning. “Don’t say hello! Just walk on by,” Kelly barked at Torii Hunter as the prodigal right fielder was escorted to yet another TwinsFest appearance by a phalanx of security guards. “Just don’t say hello. Don’t say hello! Don’t say hello! That’s OK.” Somehow, Hunter never heard his first big-lea

Twinsights: Bridging the gap for Twins' Spanish-speaking players
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 24, 2015 at 05:41 PM

Of the eight active players that gave acceptance speeches at Thursday night’s Diamond Awards, half were from Latin American countries. That Kennys Vargas, Jose Berrios, Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar each made their remarks in English, without the benefit of a translator, was impressive. Escobar admitted to being “very nervous,” and the halting remarks of the others made some in the audience un

Twinsights: Neck procedure improves Tommy Milone's 2015 outlook
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 24, 2015 at 04:17 PM

Tommy Milone finally figured out what was causing the pain in his neck. The Twins left-hander underwent a Dec. 4 procedure in Beverly Hills, Calif., to remove a benign tumor (osteoid osteoma) from the back of his neck. Sixteen days later, he was playing catch again. Dr. Todd Lanman, a top neurosurgeon, performed the surgery, which was not considered “baseball-related” by Milone’s insurance company

Twinsights: Brian Duensing avoids arbitration, agrees at $2.7 million
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 24, 2015 at 03:17 PM

The streak is alive. For the ninth straight offseason, the Twins have avoided arbitration hearings after left-handed reliever Brian Duensing agreed Saturday to a $2.7 million contract for 2015. “I’m excited to get it done,” Duensing said. “I’m just glad the process is over with and we agreed. I love this organization. I’m glad that I’m here.” Right-hander Kyle Lohse beat the Twins at the arbitrati

Twinsights: Lunch with Paul Molitor leaves Joe Mauer inspired
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 24, 2015 at 02:35 PM

Joe Mauer wasn't even sure how long his lunch meeting with new Twins manager Paul Molitor took earlier this week. He just knew it was greatly enjoyable and that "time kind of flew by." It took place at an undisclosed location in St. Paul, their shared hometown, at a "little favorite place I like to go," Mauer said. "I don't want to say it because then it won't be as quiet," he said. Fellow patrons

Byron Buxton on August collision: 'I thought I was paralyzed'
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 23, 2015 at 10:41 PM

After what Byron Buxton experienced last August, in his one and only career game at Double-A New Britain, you might assume he would avoid all replays of his harrowing outfield collision with Mike Kvasnicka. Instead, as Buxton revealed Friday on the opening day of TwinsFest, he has watched that video “a few times.” He sees himself rushing over from center field and leaving his feet in pursuit of a

Twinsights: Joe Mauer is "in a good place," Paul Molitor says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 23, 2015 at 08:05 PM

A couple of St. Paul guys had a chance to share a meal earlier this week. They had been meaning to get together all winter, so when it finally happened, Paul Molitor and Joe Mauer had a lot to discuss. “We talked about a lot of things, to be honest with you,” Molitor, the new Twins manager, said Friday of his franchise first baseman. “It was good to see Joe in a good place. I think he feels really

Twinsights: Twins Hall of Fame voting fails to produce new inductee
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 23, 2015 at 06:29 PM

For a second straight year, the Twins won’t be inducting anyone into their franchise hall of fame. The top three finishers in balloting among former players were Dan Gladden, Cesar Tovar and Jim “Mudcat” Grant, but none of them reached the required 75 percent for election. In addition, former radio voice John Gordon and former club officials Andy MacPhail and Jerry Bell fell short of election. The

Twinsights: Terry Ryan says Ricky Nolasco has "a lot to prove"
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 23, 2015 at 05:59 PM

Ricky Nolasco was a late arrival on the first day of TwinsFest, where he had been scheduled to sign autographs for an hour, starting at 6:45 p.m. “Flight complications,” was the official explanation from the Twins, who said they expected the veteran right-hander to arrive later Friday evening. He was later rescheduled for a photo booth on the club level at 8:35 p.m. Before boarding his flight, Nol

Twinsights: Twins settle with Jordan Schafer, still working on Brian Duensing
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 23, 2015 at 04:11 PM

The Twins avoided arbitration with reserve outfielder Jordan Schafer on Friday, announcing a salary agreement at $1.55 million for 2015. That figure represents the midpoint between Schafer's request ($1.7 million) and the Twins' offer ($1.3 million) with arbitration hearings scheduled to begin on Feb. 2. Schafer, 28, hit .285 with a .345 on-base percentage in 147 plate appearances for the Twins la

Twinsights: Season-ticket base continues to plunge for Twins
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 23, 2015 at 03:05 PM

For the fourth straight year, the Twins are projecting a significant drop in their season-ticket base. Twins president Dave St. Peter said Friday that figure could settle in between 13,000 and 14,000 in terms of full-season equivalents. That's down as much as 23.5 percent from last season and, at its low end, represents a decline of almost 50 percent from the 25,000 FSEs the Twins sold in 2010-11,

Twinsights: Torii Hunter tells a great Paul Molitor story
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 22, 2015 at 11:29 PM

Torii Hunter wasn't eligible to win any Diamond Awards this year from the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, but the sage right fielder still managed to steal the show on Thursday night. Called onstage at Target Field along with Ervin Santana for a discussion late in the program, Hunter was asked by Twins TV play-by-play man (and program emcee) Dick Bremer if he w

Twinsights: Class A pitcher Hudson Boyd draws 50-game suspension
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 22, 2015 at 06:11 PM

Twins minor-league right-hander Hudson Boyd, a former supplemental first-round pick in 2011, has been suspended for the first 50 games of 2015 after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Boyd, 22, also missed time last season at Class A Cedar Rapids for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Drafted 55th overall out of Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, Fla., Boyd received a $1 million

Twinsights: Twins granted fourth option year on Oswaldo Arcia
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 22, 2015 at 04:47 PM

Late last March the Twins ran into some issues when they tried to outright a trio of players that were out of options. Alex Presley was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros, but Chris Parmelee and Scott Diamond remained in the organization. This year there should be no such difficulties as virtually every borderline player in terms of making the 25-man roster has at least one minor-league opt

Twinsights: Tommy Milone inherits Justin Morneau's No. 33
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 22, 2015 at 11:47 AM

For the first time in a decade, someone besides Justin Morneau will wear No. 33 for the Twins this season. According to the team's web site, left-hander Tommy Milone recently switched to No. 33 after wearing No. 49 for the Twins in 2014. Milone was acquired on July 31 from Oakland, where he had worn No. 57. When he broke in with the Washington Nationals, Milone wore No. 46, so this marks the first

Twinsights: Twins won't be sorry to see Max Scherzer leave AL Central
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press January 19, 2015 at 11:35 AM

When it comes to addition by subtraction, Sunday was a pretty good day for the Minnesota Twins. That's when reports first surfaced that free-agent right-hander Max Scherzer would be leaving the Detroit Tigers to sign with the Washington Nationals. The reported price tag -- seven years at a heavily deferred total of $210 million -- hardly matters to the Twins. They don't play at those tables anyway