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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reusse: Twins’ altercation in 1967? Part about a gun on team bus was avoided

The “by-play” among Ted Uhlaender, Tony Oliva, and Dave Boswell on the Twins team bus from the Detroit airport to the hotel is evidently a euphemism for gunplay.

Then, Tony took the copy of the Star’s front sports page, looked at the headline – “Ermer’s Strong Hand Calms Twin Squabble’’ – and offered the slight smile that indicates he’s interested in something.

“There was a part of this that no one would talk about, and the writers didn’t write,’’ he said. “Boswell had a gun on the bus.

“It was an exhibition game, and I don’t know – there was probably a lot of drinking by some players, if they weren’t playing, or after they left the game. We were on the way in from the Detroit airport, and Boswell started waving around a gun, above his head, like he was going to shoot a hole in the roof.

“I don’t know if the gun was loaded or not. I told Boswell to put the gun away, that it was not funny, it was dangerous.

“That’s when Uhlaender got involved.’’

Greg Franklin Posted: August 19, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alcohol, guns, history, twins

Friday, August 18, 2017

Twins Byron Buxton evolving as a hitter | MLB.com

If Buxton never learns how to hit, the glove alone—depending on your metric, he’s one of the best outfielders in baseball along with Ender Inciarte and Mookie Betts—makes him useful. If he’s a league-average hitter, he’s a star. If Buxton is actually the dangerous hitter we saw last September and are seeing now, the sky is almost literally the limit.

We’re a long way from that, of course. Buxton is only 23. He’s been poor at the plate more this year than he’s been an asset. But when a player has all the tools, you’re just looking for signs that the talent is breaking through. We are most certainly seeing those signs from Buxton.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 18, 2017 at 08:02 AM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Buxton’s catch at the wall | MLB.com

This Buxton guy is pretty good.

Since he’s returned from the DL his bat is showing some life as well:

 

Jim Furtado Posted: August 16, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins, video

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton: A bust? - Minor League Ball

Byron Buxton’s progression fascinates me. His minor league track record suggests offensive ability. Except in his late season return last year, however, he’s been bad with the Twins. I wonder, though, how much the constant modifications to his hitting mechanics have hurt him? It will be interesting to see how he progresses once he sticks to the same mechanics over an extended period.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 08, 2017 at 10:39 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Don Baylor - Toughest and Gentlest of Giants

He was celebrated for once throwing a temper tantrum and tipping over the food table with the postgame spread. Why? A young Angels rookie had a bad game in the field, in a bad loss, and was surrounded by the media. Don wanted, needed to pull the media to him. He told me that’s what veterans, team leaders do. So he stagecrafted his way into an impromptu state-of-the-team scrum with reporters, pulling attention away from the kid.

Jose is El Absurd Bronson Y Pollo Posted: August 08, 2017 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, orioles, red sox, rockies, twins

Monday, August 07, 2017

Don Baylor, who won MVP with Angels and World Series with Twins, dies at 68

Don Baylor, the 1979 American League MVP, died Monday of cancer. He was 68.

“Don passed from this earth with the same fierce dignity with which he played the game and lived his life,” his wife, Rebecca, said in a statement.

Baylor played for the Orioles, Athletics, Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Twins over a 19-year baseball career. He was an All-Star and the MVP winner with the Angels in 1979, when he led the majors in RBIs and runs.

He reached the World Series three straight times at the end of his career from 1986 to 1988 and won the title with the Twins in 1987.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 07, 2017 at 09:42 AM | 78 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, cubs, don baylor, obituaries, rockies, twins

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Nats trade for Twins closer Brandon Kintzler | MLB.com

After months of bullpen woes and closer changes to begin the season, the Nats continued their bullpen overhaul by trading for right-hander Brandon Kintzler from the Twins. He becomes the third reliever Washington has acquired this month, as it sent left-hander Tyler Watson, who was its No.17 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, and international bonus money to Minnesota.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 01, 2017 at 06:57 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: brandon kintzler, nationals, twins

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MLBTR: Twins, Yankees Moving Toward Jaime Garcia Trade

The Twins are sellers now? What a difference a week makes.

7:10am: Talks between the Twins and Yankees are “at the 1-yard line,” tweets ESPN’s Buster Olney. The Yankees will continue to talk to the A’s about acquiring Gray as well even after the Garcia trade is finalized.

12:53am: Yankees Double-A pitching prospect Zack Littell is part of the talks, tweets Jon Morosi of MLB Network. The Yankees scratched the righty from his start Saturday. MLB.com ranks Littell as New York’s 22nd-best prospect.

Renegade (((JE))) Posted: July 30, 2017 at 08:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brian cashman, trade deadline, twins, yankees

Friday, June 30, 2017

Breaking Byron Buxton - Minnesota Twins - Articles - Homepage - Twins Daily

What the Twins have done with Byron Buxton development is abysmal. They rushed him up too soon and he’s never been able to get comfortable in a MLB box.

As a reminder, this is what he did last year:

This is what he’s done so far this season:

Now I don’t expect him to hit 9 homers every month but the guy clearly has enough power to make a ground ball approach seem like a tremendous waste of talent.

From what I’ve seen of the guy, his biggest problem is his approach. He doesn’t seem to have a plan. He’s lost. Adding in shifting mechanics only makes things worse and destroys what little confidence that guy has.

Here’s a link to his September play. Here’s a link to his 2017 play.

I don’t have time to embed the graphics here but if you look at the graphics, I believe they support the notion that his approach is the problem.

His pitch recognition on breaking pitches stinks. He swings at way too may breaking pitches down and away. He often then gets beat on hard stuff because at other times he’s looking for breaking pitches. Now, thanks to the wonder that is the Internet and MLBAM, I’ve been able to watch a lot of his ABs, but I haven’t watched them all. Am I wrong? I’m sure some of you watch every Twins game. What do you think?

Jim Furtado Posted: June 30, 2017 at 09:13 AM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Monday, June 26, 2017

Different seams no longer bothering Twins’ Jose Berrios

This story has balls.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 26, 2017 at 09:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Twins to play 2 games in Puerto Rico in 2018

The Minnesota Twins will host the Indians in Puerto Rico for two games at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico next season, the team announced Wednesday…..

To be held April 17-18, 2018, the trip will be legitimate “home games” for four Twins players with roots in Puerto Rico. Starting pitcher Jose Berrios, outfielder Eddie Rosario and slugger Kennys Vargas were born there, and left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago’s grandparents hail from Puerto Rico.

All four players suited up for Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, where they made a deep run in the tournament but lost to the United States 8-0 in the championship.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 21, 2017 at 04:54 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, puerto rico, twins

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

How the Twins are proving the value of defense

I see three reasons they could be a model for other clubs. For one, defense is cheap. The 10 players with the most fielding runs over the past three seasons generated 90.6 wins above replacement in that span, according to FanGraphs. They are earning a total of $70.4 million this year, or about $776,500 per WAR since 2015. The 10 best hitters have 143.8 WAR and are costing their teams $153.1 million in 2017, or 37 percent more per win. Those numbers are skewed, because some of MLB’s best defenders haven’t yet reached free agency. But Rob Arthur of FiveThirtyEight recently studied all open-market contracts for non-catchers since 2006 and found something even more drastic: Front offices paid more than twice as much for offense as for defense. His results were so stark that Arthur wondered whether the “metrics might just be wrong.” But the publicly available stats seem reasonable, rating players like Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Crawford as defensive wizards. I think it’s more probable that most teams just don’t yet pay for runs prevented the way they’ll pay Nelson Cruz or Edwin Encarnacion for their runs created.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, twins

Twins pummel Mariners behind club-record 28 hits

This is run support.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2017 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Twins take California high school shortstop Royce Lewis

With the flatter bonus structure, some analysts have said it will be more difficult to use the extra slot money to make an impact. We’ll see how much the Twins will save with this pick and what they can do with it. Boras gets to add another 1st overall pick to his portfolio.

Lewis becomes the 11th first-overall pick advised by powerful agent Scott Boras. That run started in 1983 with small college right-hander Tim Belcher, who didn’t sign with the Twins, and now includes six of the past 12 top overall picks.

The Twins took Joe Mauer in 2001 the only other time they held the No. 1 pick.

Slot value for the No. 1 overall pick this year is $7.77 million, but the Twins aren’t expected to pay that much to steer Lewis away from a University of California, Irvine commitment. The slot value at No. 35 is $1.94 million, while the 37th pick comes with an approved limit of $1.85 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 13, 2017 at 06:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, royce lewis, twins

Monday, June 12, 2017

Explaining the economics behind Twins’ draft indecision

According to Baseball America, a Twins official said signability “will play a significant role.” With Twins general manager Thad Levine already on record as saying there is no “generational talent” in this year’s draft pool — no matter what Sports Illustrated would have you believe about Greene — it stands to reason the Twins will look for value.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2017 at 06:55 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: amateur draft, twins

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Tyler Duffey has evolved - Twinkie Town

Some interesting analysis of Tyler Duffey.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 07, 2017 at 11:09 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, tyler duffey

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Heyman: Twins expected to pass on Hunter Greene

Word is, barring a late change the Minnesota Twins will pass on prep pitching phenom Hunter Greene, which means there still wouldn’t have been a high school righty ever picked No 1 overall.

Greene has hit 100 mph and he’s seen as an extremely fine and polished young man, as Lee Jenkins wrote in a Sports Illustrated cover story. He also is a very good shortstop, but he’s seen as a pitcher in pro ball and most see a prep pitcher as a gamble at No. 1.

The choice seems to have come down to Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright, Louisville pitcher/first baseman Brendan McKay and San Juan Capistrano Junipero Serra shortstop Royce Lewis, with rivals suggesting they see Wright as the most likely of the three.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 25, 2017 at 02:24 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: draft prospects, hunter greene, twins

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How a Defensive Leap Has Fueled the Twins’ First-Place Run

It’s in the third phase of the game, defense, that the 2017 Twins exhibit signs of a remarkable turnaround. Last year, the Twins supplemented a bad pitching staff with a porous defense, which ranked 28th or 29th in MLB by all three major advanced defensive metrics. This year, the staff is just as poor, but it’s supported by a defense that leads the majors with 27 defensive runs saved — no other team exceeds 17 — and ranks second in fielding runs above average and third in ultimate zone rating. The effect on the Twins’ bottom line is stark: Last year they allowed 5.49 runs per game, just six-thousandths of a decimal point out of last place, but this year they’re allowing 4.58 per game, directly in line with the league average.

The Twins’ transformation from MLB’s worst team to a division leader — albeit one that’s unlikely to maintain its current pace — is attributable mainly to that defensive leap.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 23, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, twins

Thursday, May 18, 2017

LaTroy Hawkins says Tommy Kahnle “one of the worst teammates I’ve ever had in my life.”

Former major league reliever LaTroy Hawkins pitched for a lot of teams, two of which were the Twins and Rockies. As it happened, the Twins were in town to visit the Rockies. Hawkins, now a member of the Twins’ broadcast team, told a story on air about he and former teammate Tommy Kahnle got into a fight back in 2014 when the latter was a rookie. Hawkins’ partner, Dick Bremer, tried to create a way for him to sugarcoat what he said, but Hawkins didn’t bite, calling Kahnle “one of the worst teammates I’ve ever had in my life.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 18, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: latroy hawkins, rockies, tommy kahnle, twins

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Twins defense is propping up a staggering pitching staff - Twinkie Town

An interesting comparison using Catch Probability. (Cubs fans should pass by this link.)

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2017 at 11:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, twins

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pretty in pink: See Buxton’s gorgeous grab | MLB.com

This guy is pretty, pretty good with the glove.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2017 at 06:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, defense, twins

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton shows off blazing speed | MLB.com

This guy is a special player. He just needs to be a more consistent hitter to be a star.

Edit: Aaron Gleeman wrote a little about Buxton today over at BP.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 04, 2017 at 06:51 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Former Red Sox player, scout Sam Mele dies at 95

Former Red Sox player and longtime instructor and scout Sam Mele died last night at his home in Quincy. He was 95.

Born Sabath Anthony Mele, he signed as an amateur free agent with the Red Sox prior to the 1946 season. He went on to play 1,046 games over 10 seasons, including parts of five with the Sox (1947-49, 1954-55). He hit .278 for Boston over that span, including .302 as a rookie in 1947.

Mele went into coaching after his playing career and managed the Minnesota Twins for parts of seven seasons (1961-67). He was named the Sporting News’ Manager of the Year in 1965 after leading Minnesota to an AL pennant-winning record of 102-60.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 10:29 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, red sox, sam mele, twins

Mock Draft: Twins grab McKay, Greene to Reds

1. Twins
Callis: Brendan McKay, 1B/LHP, Louisville. While Minnesota is considering as many as seven candidates, most teams at the top of the Draft believe McKay will be the pick. Whether it’s as a first baseman or a left-handed starter remains to be seen.
Mayo: McKay. It’s still unclear whether he’ll be drafted as a hitter or a pitcher, regardless of what team takes McKay, but it does seem almost certain he’ll go in the top few picks.
2. Reds
Callis: Hunter Greene, RHP, Notre Dame HS (Sherman Oaks, Calif.). He may not become the first high school right-hander ever taken No. 1 overall, but Greene won’t get past the first three selections.
Mayo: Greene. He’s still very much in the mix at No. 1 and likely still very much desired by the Padres at No. 3, though it’s hard to see Cincinnati passing up the opportunity to add Greene’s arm and athleticism.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 02, 2017 at 11:54 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: brendan mckay, draft, hunter greene, jim callis, mock draft, reds, twins

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tempers flare in Tigers-Twins; Matt Boyd, Miguel Sano ejected

Tempers flared in the fifth inning of Saturday’s game in Minnesota after Detroit Tigers pitcher Matt Boyd threw behind Twins first baseman Miguel Sano.

Sano pointed at Boyd. Tigers catcher James McCann came up and exchanged words with Sano, who reacted by landing a punch to McCann’s protective gear.

Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos came running in, yelling at Boyd. Both teams came into the field before order was restored.

Boyd and Sano were both ejected. It was the first career ejection for Boyd and second for Sano.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 22, 2017 at 05:24 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, tigers, twins

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