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Twinsights: Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat among 10 Golden Era Cooperstown finalists
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 30, 2014 at 01:05 PM

Twins greats Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat head the list of 10 names on this year's Golden Era ballot, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday. Oliva, a three-time American League batting champion now serving as a special assistant in the Twins' front office, spent his entire 15-year career in a Twins uniform. The stylish right fielder posted a lifetime .304 batting average, made eight str

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 29, 2014 at 08:35 PM

 Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon went from opt-out to a reported deal with the Chicago Cubs in five dizzying days. The Twins? Their search for Ron Gardenhire’s successor reached Day 31 on Wednesday, and still there were no indications they had offered their manager post to anyone. “The ball is in the Twins’ court,” a person with direct knowledge said Wednesday evening. “Have heard nothing

Twinsights: Why do teams keep passing on Torey Lovullo?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 29, 2014 at 02:11 PM

As we sit and wait for the plumes of white smoke to emerge from One Twins Way, it is worth nothing this is Torey Lovullo's SEVENTH known interview for a big-league managing job. In order, the former big-league utility man and current Boston Red Sox bench coach has fallen short in bids with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2005), Pittsburgh Pirates (2007), Cleveland Indians (2009), Red Sox (2011), Houston

Twinsights: Brian Dozier appears unlikely choice for Japan tour
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 29, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Way back in August, more than two months ago, Twins second baseman Brian Dozier submitted his name as an enthusiastic volunteer for Major League Baseball's first exhibition tour of Japan in eight years. With the so-called All-Star Series set to begin on Nov. 11, less than two weeks away, Dozier still hasn't been told officially whether he's going or not. However, according to a person close to him

Twinsights: "No contact" between Twins and Joe Maddon, source says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 28, 2014 at 04:41 PM

So much for Joe Maddon and the dream scenario. According to a person with direct knowledge, there has been “zero contact” between the Twins and the Maddon camp since the former Tampa Bay Rays manager opted out of his contract on Friday. “There has been no contact -- at all,” the source emphasized. Twins general manager Terry Ryan told the Pioneer Press hours after Maddon hit the market that he wou

Twinsights: Byron Buxton diagnosed with dislocated finger
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 28, 2014 at 01:17 PM

Super-prospect Byron Buxton, the Minnesota Twins' center fielder of the future, has a dislocated middle finger on his right (throwing) hand and will see a specialist for further evaluation. "It's all right," Buxton told on Tuesday in Arizona. "Throbbing a little bit, but stuff happens." Buxton suffered the latest injury in a star-crossed career while attempting to catch a sinking line driv

Twinsights: Byron Buxton to get X-rays after jamming finger
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 27, 2014 at 06:53 PM

Hours after being named to the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, Byron Buxton was removed from Monday afternoon's game after jamming a finger while attempting a diving catch. Buxton was taken to the clubhouse in the late innings of a 3-3 tie at Salt River Fields. He was due to undergo an X-ray, according to his agent, Al Goetz. Buxton, rated the top overall prospect in the minor leagues, had go

Twinsights: Twins manager candidate Torey Lovullo has what it takes
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 27, 2014 at 04:11 PM

Next season will mark Dick Berardino’s 48th consecutive year in the Boston Red Sox organization. A former big-league coach and longtime minor-league manager now serving as a player-development consultant, Berardino has seen plenty of managerial prospects rise and fall during his long tenure. Torey Lovullo, however, is the real deal, he says. “I like him a lot,” Berardino, 77, said Monday of the Re

Twinsights: Byron Buxton, Jake Reed named to Fall Stars Game
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 27, 2014 at 01:59 PM

Despite a slow start in the Arizona Fall League, a healthy Byron Buxton is headed back to one of the sport’s top showcases for young talent. Rosters for the annual Fall Stars Game were announced Monday, and the top-rated prospect in minor league baseball earned his second straight selection along with hard-throwing reliever Jake Reed. The Fall Stars Game will be shown live on MLB Network on Saturd

Twinsights: Twins set to interview Torey Lovullo for second time
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 27, 2014 at 01:53 PM

As the Twins’ marathon manager search opens its fifth week, a third candidate has been granted a second interview. Torey Lovullo, bench coach for the Boston Red Sox, was set to interview Monday for the second time with the Twins, according to a person with direct knowledge. Lovullo, 49, joins in-house candidates Paul Molitor and Doug Mientkiewicz among those known to have reached the second-interv

Twinsights: Joe Maddon 'looking for a big challenge,' agent says
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 25, 2014 at 03:35 PM

Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is prepared to sit out the 2015 season as he waits for the right opportunity to return to the dugout, agent Alan Nero told a Chicago radio station on Saturday morning. Maddon opted out of his contract with Rays after taking them to the postseason four times in nine seasons, including a World Series runner-up finish in 2008. “There’s no deadline,” Nero told

Twinsights: Tom Brunansky, Twins coaches in 'limbo' during manager search
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 25, 2014 at 01:23 PM

In recent days the New York Mets hired Kevin Long, becoming the fifth big-league team to fill an open hitting coach position since the season ended. Meanwhile, former Twins all-star and World Series champion Tom Brunansky and the rest of Ron Gardenhire’s former coaching staff remain in limbo while the Twins’ manager search reached Day 27 on Saturday. According to Brunansky, the Twins’ hitting coac

Twinsights: Winter ball out for Miguel Sano, in for Chris Parmelee
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 24, 2014 at 08:05 PM

Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic this offseason, Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday. The slugging third baseman, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in March, remains on track for the start of spring training. He has not experienced any setbacks, Ryan said, but team doctors are wary of a freak accident that could land him back

Twinsights: Terry Ryan says Joe Maddon news 'caught my eye'
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 24, 2014 at 07:23 PM

Friday marked Day 26 of the Twins’ exhaustive manager search, and suddenly there was a fascinating new candidate on the market. Highly regarded Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause to escape the final year on his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Early speculation had Maddon potentially heading to the Chicago Cubs and seeking a deal in the range of five years and $25 million, but the process is

Twinsights: Could Joe Maddon be the next Twins manager?
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Back on Sept. 29, Day 1 of a Minnesota Twins manager search that has now reached 26 days, I asked Twins CEO Jim Pohlad about the value of managers in the modern game. If you want to know if there's ANY chance whatsoever that the Twins will get into the bidding for Joe Maddon, who opted out of the last year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, it seems this is the best way to read the

Twinsights: Ron Gardenhire raves about Paul Molitor as potential successor
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 23, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has made his first public comments since Sept. 29, the day he was fired after 13 seasons. Those comments came on MLB Network Radio, where Gardenhire has made frequent appearances over the years. Thursday, he was asked about hall of famer Paul Molitor as a potential replacement, and Gardenhire gave what sure sounded like an endorsement of his long-rumored success

Twinsights: Mientkiewicz family eyeing another championship
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 23, 2014 at 11:05 AM

While waiting for the Twins’ marathon manager search to reach its conclusion, Doug Mientkiewicz is hard at work in South Florida, plotting his next championship course. Steel Mientkiewicz, his 9-year-old son, plays on a U-10 youth soccer team that is off to a 7-0 start. His father is the head coach. “I know I’m coaching a soccer game on Saturday for my son,” Doug Mientkiewicz said this week in a p

Twinsights: Kris Johnson's rights sold to Japanese team
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 22, 2014 at 06:53 PM

You can close the book on the August 2013 deal that sent Justin Morneau to the Pittsburgh Pirates. According to a source, the Twins sold the rights to left-hander Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League. Johnson, who turned 30 last Tuesday, went 0-1 with a 4.73 earned run average in three starts for the Twins this season. The Twins will receive a sum in the "mid six

Twinsights: Relief prospect Mason Melotakis undergoes Tommy John surgery
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 22, 2014 at 04:11 PM

Twins pitching prospect Mason Melotakis is expected to miss the vast majority of the 2015 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left (throwing) elbow last week. Melotakis, 23, was a second-round draft pick in 2012 out of Northwestern (La.) State. He showed the ability to start or relieve, but in 2014 he made all but two of his 38 outings in relief. He posted a 3.14 earned run average i

Twinsights: Paul Molitor says meeting with Terry Ryan "went fine"
via Twins Now - Pioneer Press October 21, 2014 at 06:41 PM

Paul Molitor had his second full-length meeting with Twins general manager Terry Ryan on Tuesday regarding the team’s open manager position, and the hall of famer apparently came away encouraged by the discussion. “I think it went fine,” Molitor told the Pioneer Press in a text message. No job offer was extended, Molitor said, but the incumbent Twins infield coach remains the apparent frontrunner