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dwintheiser

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TTFBL Bottomfeeder's Report: Week One

In which some trades are completed and a demon awakened.

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TTFBL Bottomfeeder's Report: Draft Night

In which lessons are learned and a handful of players go for wildly inappropriate prices.

Neifi Perez - Bad Baseball Hall of Famer

"The worst player in the major leagues is a hell of a ballplayer. The worst player in the history of the major leagues, whoever he was, was a hell of a ballplayer. Neifi Pérez was a hell of a ballplayer." - King Kaufman And Nick Punto is even better!

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Nick Punto - Whiplash Man

Little Nicky Punto. What can you say about him that hasn't already been said? Well, how about this: - Nick Punto is almost certainly the most inconsistent offensive player ever to wear a Twins...

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The New Mr. October?

Time for a player A/player B: A - 95 PA, 29 H, 5 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, .330/823 B - 104 PA, 32 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .344/869 Player B is Delmon Young in games in September and October of this...

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Dialing back the Leverage Index

We're living in an age of baseball analysis where new measures and ways of looking at the numbers of the game seem to reveal fresh insights as to how the game should be played. In some cases,...

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Gaaaaah!

Guys, I don't think I can handle it anymore -- the undeserved love for Carlos Gomez, and the undeserved hate for Delmon Young.

Sympathy for the Wild Card

Written after game one of the Twins-A's series; an attempt to argue that the Twins would have been better off with the Sox winning more games. More importantly, it hurts baseball's feelings when you treat it like football.

This one's got the makin's

Hey guys -- shamelessly promoting my presence on another website here. Sure, if you're a Twins fan, you'd rather have seen the club blow past all opposition and wrap up the division title a month ago. But if you're a baseball fan, you've got to love these past two months.

New blog with old, tired writer

Hey, guys -- I've been asked to uphold the honor of the Twins in a new AL Central group blog, and the first post is up. I'll try to swing by for comments and criticism, and to chime in on the occasional game thread, but obviously I'm going to try to put a good effort in over on the other blog as well, so you might not see as much of me here. (And that's not necessarily going to be seen as bad news by everybody, I'm sure. *grin*) Feel free to drop in, leave some comments, and tell me I'm full of crap, especially when I try to do things like defend Ron Gardenhire as a good manager...

St. Louis Cardinals' Kelvin Jimenez regroups as Pittsburgh Pirates' Luis Rivas circles the bases after hitting a grand slam in the third inning of a MLB baseball game Saturday, May 31, 2008 in St. Louis.(Photo/Tom Gannam)

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St. Louis Cardinals' Kelvin Jimenez regroups as Pittsburgh Pirates' Luis Rivas circles the bases after hitting a grand slam in the third inning of a MLB baseball game Saturday, May 31, 2008 in St. Louis.(Photo/Tom Gannam)

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Better Than Expected, or Just Better?

We're one-third of the way through the 2008 regular season, and the Twins are still performing better than expected. At what point does 'better than expected' turn into 'better'?

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Buster Olney strikes again

Joe Christiansen passes along a tidbit from Buster Olney's ESPN blog, where Olney wonders if Johan Santana, at age 29, is already past his prime.

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A Trip to the What-If Ball

Howard Sinker passes along a comment from Seth Stohs, proprietor of SethSpeaks.net: Has Carlos Gomez already helped the Twins to more wins than Johan would have been able to? I would argue that...

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Best Value?

Recently I've come to the realization that fans have a tendency to grant a value premium to players who qualify in some way as the 'best' at what they do, even in situations where a value premium...

Twins Insider: Tolbert to DL, Mauer hurt?

LENIII is reporting that Matt Tolbert injured his thumb sliding into first in the final game of the Toronto series at the Dome. Also, there's concern that Joe Mauer may have strained his neck during early BP and may be scratched from the lineup. When I wrote that this 40-games-in-41-days stretch would likely turn into a Bataan Death March, I certainly didn't expect the baseball gods to take me literally.

"Twins win totals, 2002-2006: 94, 90, 92, 83, 96. Four division titles in five years. You're tell...

"Twins win totals, 2002-2006: 94, 90, 92, 83, 96. Four division titles in five years. You're telling me that a team that won four division titles in a five year stretch ending in 2006 is the seventh worst franchise in all of sports?

Fire Joe Morgan's Ken Tremendous, refuting a claim by Fox Sport's Dave Golokhov.
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I have a cold...

...and the only prescription is...less Kubel!

"There were so many times over the course of the last 20 years - when we had Greg Gagne, he was s...

"There were so many times over the course of the last 20 years - when we had Greg Gagne, he was so fast, and people said, 'Why doesn't he steal more bases?' And Tom Brunansky, 'Well, he hits for power, but he's only a .270 hitter,' " he said. "I've kind of quit looking at what (players) can't do and how you wish they could do this or that and kind of appreciate them for what they (can) do."

Twins Assistant GM Rob Antony, in reference to Joe Mauer not yet hitting for power.
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Notes on a Cycle

I've been tinkering with an essay asking the question why people are going so ga-ga over Carlos Gomez. Then Gomez hit for the cycle in Wednesday night's game against the White Sox. This is...

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Half-Full or Half-Empty?

Many observers are choosing to look at the 2008 Twins as a glass half-full, especially since they're currently leading what looks to be a surprisingly weak division. But there's an argument to be...

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Great story out of Oregon

I don't want to blow it by giving away the kicker, but a women's baseball game in western Oregon reminds me what can be so great, about baseball, athletics in general, and people. Here's the...

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Rage Against the Machine

There's a lot of anger out there when the home team fails. It's not a good thing.

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Mini-sota Twins

Over the past couple of years, I've taken up a hobby playing a tactical miniatures game based of the Dungeons and Dragons ruleset. (At this point, two things are happening: first, everyone who...

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One game in April

As much as the excitement of Opening Day inspired some folks to wax poetic about the Twins chances in 2008, the brutal beatdown administered by the Angels in game 2 of the season seems to have put...

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Kubel freed?

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Pirates outfielder Xavier Nady, fresh from a heroic two-homer performance in lifting his hometown club over the visiting Atlanta Braves, is reporting...

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100 Losses?

There's a lot of optimism surrounding the start of the 2008 Twins season, but closer examination suggests that the club hasn't been in this precarious a position since 1982.

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2008 Shadow Twins

In a year with more new faces than we've seen in a long time, it might be more important than ever to make those faces recognizable -- thus, the 2008 Shadow Twins!

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Tommy John's Shadow

With the trade of Johan Santana, eyes now turn to rehabilitating pitcher Francisco Liriano as the next great Twins starter. But what are his chances of escaping Tommy John's shadow?

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871 Runs?

During the thread on Ramon Ortiz, I ended up doing a small experiment using Tom Tango's Marcel projections for 2007. I'm just going to copy what I wrote in that thread for clarity's sake:"With all...

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