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Twinsights: Bad news for Eduardo Escobar on salary arbitration
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 30, 2014 at 04:29 PM

The Twins may have sliced $1 million or more off their 2015 payroll without lifting a finger. According to a source, unofficial estimates have the Super Two cutoff for salary arbitration settling at two years, 133 days of service time. That would leave shortstop Eduardo Escobar five days shy of qualifying after enjoying a 35-double breakout season. Escobar, who earned $508,000 in 2014, projected t

Twinsights: Does the Twins Way still exist?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Before I ever got to my current post at the Pioneer Press in 2013, I used to hear about the Twins Way. I grew to admire it from afar, placing it right up there with the Cardinals Way and the Braves Way and what used to be called the Oriole Way, going back to the reign of the Earl (Weaver) of Baltimore in the late 1960s and 1970s. Heck, the very address of Target Field, this beautiful outdoor jewel

Twinsights: What role did business factors play in Ron Gardenhire's dismissal?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 08:41 PM

Despite declining attendance over the past several seasons at Target Field, Twins officials insisted business considerations played little role in the decision to dismiss Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons as manager. “I would say virtually zero,” Twins CEO Jim Pohlad said on a conference call with reporters Monday evening. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you the effect on ticket sales of four co

Twinsights: Terry Ryan sketches out what he's looking for in a manager
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 07:35 PM

Terry Ryan never kept a list of potential managerial replacements for Ron Gardenhire because he felt it would be disrespectful. That process began in earnest on Monday as Ryan, in his second tour of duty as Twins general manager, went about trying to find the right man to return the Twins to their misplaced winning ways. “We want him to be a strategy guy,” Ryan said. “I’d like to have him be an at

Twinsights: Former Twins manager Tom Kelly resting at home following "very minor stroke"
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 05:53 PM

Former Twins manager Tom Kelly was back home in Maplewood on Monday and doing well after suffering a minor stroke last week. According to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, it was a “very minor stroke” that led to Kelly, 64, being hospitalized for multiple days. Kelly was due to broadcast the entire three-game home series last week against the Arizona Diamondbacks but was not on the air with Fox Sp

Twinsights: Brian Dozier "shocked" by Ron Gardenhire's departure as manager
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 01:29 PM

Even in the final days of a fourth straight 90-loss season, there were no signs that Ron Gardenhire thought he was about to be replaced as Twins manager. “That’s one of the personality traits, why we love him so much as a manager,” Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said. “He never hinted anything toward that, even to our last meeting before we took off on our separate ways. It was all talking abou

Ron Gardenhire out after 13 seasons as Twins manager
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 01:05 PM

For the first time in a generation, the Twins appear to have fired their manager. Ron Gardenhire was dismissed Monday after 13 years as Twins manager and more than a quarter century in the organization. Gardenhire, 56, had a year left on the contract extension he received after last season. Not since Tom Kelly replaced Ray Miller with 23 games left in the 1986 season have the Twins fired their man

Twinsights: Rick Anderson discusses pros and cons of Twins pitching staff
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

DETROIT--During the final series against the Tigers, Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson discussed the successes and failures of the 2014 season in terms of his pitching staff, which ranked 29th in the majors in earned run average (4.57). Here are some of the highlights from his conversation with the Pioneer Press: On 13-game winner Kyle Gibson: “I’m real pleased with Gibby. I’m real pleased with h

Twinsights: Kurt Suzuki credits Twins training staff for renewed durability
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 28, 2014 at 04:41 PM

DETROIT -- All-star catcher Kurt Suzuki credited the Twins training staff with helping him reclaim the durability and production he had seemingly lost over the past few seasons. Making 115 starts behind the plate, Suzuki collected all $500,000 in a series of four available bonuses atop his $2.75 million contract for 2013. He also made his first all-star game despite being down for the count at lea

Twinsights: Japan tour likely out for Phil Hughes
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 28, 2014 at 11:35 AM

DETROIT -- Phil Hughes passed up a chance to make an extra $500,000 this weekend by pitching out of the Twins bullpen. “For a lot of the same reasons,” the Twins right-hander said, he is likely to remove his name from consideration for Major League Baseball’s first exhibition tour of Japan in eight years. “I’m sort of leaning 90 percent against doing that,” Hughes said. “I’d have to continue throw

Postgame Twinsights: Updates on Josmil Pinto and Danny Santana
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

DETROIT -- Ricky Nolasco was warming up with Eric Fryer before the bottom of the first inning, fully expecting Josmil Pinto to emerge from the Twins dugout and take over catching duties, per the lineup card. As Nolasco used up his allotment of warmup pitches, both he and Fryer kept looking into the dugout until finally it became apparent that Pinto could not stay in the game. "I didn't know what w

Twinsights: Trevor Plouffe to visit Mayo Clinic for second opinion on fractured forearm
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 27, 2014 at 07:23 PM

  DETROIT -- Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe will visit the Mayo Clinic in Rochester on Monday for a second opinion on his fractured left forearm. Plouffe was told after an initial exam on Thursday in the Twins Cities that surgery would not be needed. According to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, Plouffe suffered a “clean break” of the ulna. His radius is intact. Forearm fractures tend to

Twinsights: Josmil Pinto leaves with illness
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 27, 2014 at 06:53 PM

DETROIT -- Twins catcher Josmil Pinto left Saturday’s game in the middle of the first inning with an unspecified illness. Pinto, who was standing on-deck as the top of the first ended, was replaced in the lineup by fellow backup Eric Fryer. Pinto had warmed up Twins starter Ricky Nolasco in the bullpen and made the long walk back to the dugout with Nolasco and Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson. P

Twinsights: Phil Hughes "would love to stay" with Twins long term
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 27, 2014 at 06:23 PM

DETROIT -- As his record-setting debut season with the Twins draws to a close, Phil Hughes already has enough information to know one thing. If the Twins were to approach their top starting pitcher about a possible contract extension, he would be all ears. “I’ve felt really comfortable here,” Hughes told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. “It’s certainly a place I would love to stay if they would have

Postgame Twinsights: Gardenhire defends latest sacrifice bunt
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 27, 2014 at 11:05 AM

DETROIT -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has taken some shots lately in the media over his old-school insistence on using the sacrifice bunt, even when the run expectancy doesn't improve with that decision. After Friday's 11-4 win over the Detroit Tigers, Gardenhire jokingly gloated after a two-run fourth inning that included Eduardo Escobar's fourth successful sacrifice bunt. "We executed and got

Twinsights: Elbow issue lingering for Jordan Schafer
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 26, 2014 at 06:41 PM

DETROIT -- Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer suggested Friday his hyperextended right elbow hadn’t improved enough for him to do more than pinch run. He remains day to day 11 days after initially suffering nerve irritation while swinging a weighted bat in the on-deck circle. “It’s lingering,” Schafer said. “I’ve been trying to battle through it, and it just hasn’t gotten better yet.” Twins general m

Twinsights: Former Twins farmhand scored on Derek Jeter's walk-off hit
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 26, 2014 at 06:29 PM

DETROIT -- Like the rest of North America, Triple-A Rochester manager Gene Glynn watched the highlight of Derek Jeter’s walk-off single in his final career at-bat at Yankee Stadium. It wasn’t until a reporter mentioned it to him Friday that Glynn realized one of his former Red Wings played a key role in the classic moment. Antoan Richardson, a speedy outfielder who spent the 2013 season in the Twi

Twinsights: Could Terry Steinbach be a managerial candidate in Arizona?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 26, 2014 at 05:23 PM

DETROIT -- Seven weeks ago, on Tony La Russa Day in Oakland, Twins bench coach Terry Steinbach eased into his catcher’s crouch and caught the ceremonial first pitch from the manager he played 10 seasons under with the A’s. Now that former A’s World Series MVP Dave Stewart has been hired as a first-time general manager under La Russa with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Twins won’t be surprised if th

Postgame Twinsights: Jordan Schafer limited by hyperextended elbow
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 25, 2014 at 11:35 PM

DETROIT -- Twins outfielder Jordan Schafer has made just one start in the past four games, and now we know why. After Schafer again failed to leave the bench in Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire revealed the speedster is dealing with a nerve issue in his right (non-throwing) arm. Schafer was available to pinch run on Thursday, but hitting and playing defense r

Twinsights: Twins ask Trevor Plouffe to seek second opinion on fractured forearm
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press September 25, 2014 at 07:17 PM

DETROIT -- The Twins have asked third baseman Trevor Plouffe to seek a second opinion on whether surgery will be necessary to repair his fractured left forearm. Plouffe came away encouraged by Thursday’s visit to Dr. Thomas Varecka, who noted a “clean break,” according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan. “No surgery required,” Plouffe wrote on his Twitter account. “Just a cast and 6-8 weeks” of r