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DJL44

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Looking over the SABR defensive ratings

Community member DL44 gives a quick overview of defensive ratings as they relate to the Minnesota Twins.

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Interactive map of Twins Territory

Ever wondered how far Twins Territory extends into Wisconsin and Iowa? The NY Times has used Facebook data on fandom to show the top team in each area h...

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2013 All-Star Game is a former Twin reunion

It's a little surprising how many former Twins are in this year's All-Star Game. Besides hometown players Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins there will be seven more former Twins participating. They're...

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Baseball is printing money

Forbes says that national TV and internet revenue is now greater than $75M. The Twins are making their $80M opening day payroll before they touch a dime of local TV, radio or stadium...

Sano #21, Buxton #30 in MLB top 100 prospect list

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Hicks is #67. Rosario #88. MLB's top 20 Twins prospects 1) Sano 2) Buxton 3) Hicks 4) Rosario 5) Arcia 6) Harrison 7) Salcedo (?!) 8) Berrios 9) Joe Benson 10) Angel Morales (?!!!) 11) Hudson Boyd 12) Corey Williams 13) Matt Hauser 14) BJ Hermsen 15) Madison Boer 16) Kyle Gibson 17) Matt Summers 18) Max Kepler 19) Alex Wimmers 20) Niko Goodrum

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Updated - AAA players who could help the Twins

Following up on a FanPost from last month, examining a few minor leaguers who could help our Twins.

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AAA players who could help the Twins

These players should be fairly easy to obtain. To make the list they had to be signed as minor league free agents this past offseason. There are several players who could be useful stopgaps. We'll...

Variable Pricing for all Twins single game tickets

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Prices for all single game tickets will fluctuate with demand. Not sure how this is balanced out with promotions, group sales, etc.

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Why doesn't INSERT TWIN hit home runs?

Target Field has ranked as the worst park in the AL for home run hitters. I nicked the list from someone who nicked it from ESPN. There were 43% more HR hit at Metrodome.ESPN HR Factors, 2009-2011...

Bill Smith has a plan!

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You can summarize it like this: 1) Find a shortstop 2) Find enough starting pitching to bump Swarzak and Duensing to the bullpen 3) Find a backup catcher who can hit 4) Offer fair contracts to Cuddyer and Nathan but don't break the bank

Hicks going to the Arizona Fall League

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P Cole DeVries, Scott Diamond, Brett Jacobson, Bruce Pugh C Chris Herrmann IF Brian Dozier OF Aaron Hicks No Bromberg, looks like he'll have to get his innings in winter ball

Wimmers Blows Up

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ESPN Insider article on Wimmers' first start. He couldn't find the plate and was placed on the DL

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Thoughts on minor league assignments

Seth has the list of minor league assignments here and there are a few surprises. I'd like to run through them here and get your thoughts.

Liriano not doing his exercises

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Liriano is experiencing shoulder soreness because he didn't keep up on his offseason workouts. Baseball is hard. Players who don't prepare flame out. This is why we have the Liriano trade rumors.

John Gordon retiring after 2011

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Thanks for the memories Gordo. Can you convince Gladden to go with you?

MLB.com article on Aaron Hicks

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I learned quite a few new things in this article. Hicks didn't start playing baseball until he was 12. His dad played in the minors. He's a terrific golfer. There's more in the article - like whether he should dump switch hitting.

Jim Perry - Twins Hall of Famer

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Jim Perry elected to the Twins Hall of Fame. Not a bad choice at all.

Cal Ripken on JJ Hardy

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"...when I watch shortstops, I watch all the things that happen once the ball is hit, and J.J. is always in the right spot. He's always in the right place for the cutoff and relay. He does the little things that I notice. That's the first thing you need - a take charge, active guy in the middle of the field. It looks like he has good leadership qualities and makes good decisions."

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Mauer 8th in MVP voting

Joe Mauer finished 8th in the MVP voting. Delmon Young was 10th. Jim Thome picked up two 10th place votes to finish 18th. Josh Hamilton wins MVP. Some unusual players received votes - see after the...

ROY Voting

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Valencia 3rd in AL ROY voting

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The "Take What You Need From the Royals" Plan

The crux of this plan is pulling off a blockbuster deal with the Kansas City Royals. The Royals have exactly the players the Twins need to fill their holes and become a favorite among the...

Fielding Bible awards announced

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Twins did pretty well in the voting Morneau 7th @ 1B Hudson 2nd @ 2B Punto and Valencia received votes @ 3B JJ Hardy received votes @ SS Joe Mauer 4th @ C Carl Pavano received votes @ P (for some reason)

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Twins Free Agents and Elias status

Using the reverse engineered Elias bureau ratings on mlbtraderumors.com here is the list of Twins free agents and their status for draft pick compensation.

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Minnesota Twins - Large Market Behemoths

Interesting story at Minnpost about how the economy of the Twin Cities is performing relative to the rest of the country and the midwest in particular. It shows MSP emerging as the second largest...

2010 Fans Scouting Report

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Tango Tiger's annual fan's scouting report

Calvin Griffith was a racist

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Good article about the racial factors involved in Carew leaving the Twins.

Gardenhire hopes to get Punto activated, suggesting he could use the infielder even as a pinch...

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Gardenhire hopes to get Punto activated, suggesting he could use the infielder even as a pinch bunter and have him "jog" to first base.

http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_15995156?nclick_check=1

Thome understands his limitations. He can't catch up with an inside fastball anymore, though he'll...

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Thome understands his limitations. He can't catch up with an inside fastball anymore, though he'll hit a mistake 300 miles. Many pitchers work Thome on the outside third of the plate in the hope he'll pull a weak grounder. But Thome can still drive the ball to the opposite field, so he uses the old George Brett approach: Look middle-away, stay back and hit the ball where it's pitched.

http://www.minnpost.com/patborzi/2010/07/15/19713/twins_hitter_jim_thome_is_always_at_the_ready_thanks_to_his_high_maintenance_approach

KC road trip

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I am 90% sure I'm headed to KC the last week in July for the Royals series and a trip to the Negro Leagues museum. I'm also planning on going to see Beloit @ Burlington on the way back Wednesday. Anyone else going to KC? Any hotels to avoid?

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