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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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

MN Twins, Byron Buxton’s struggles mount in Detroit Tigers loss

He needs the day off to get his head in a better place.

“It’s all about trusting the process,” Dozier said of Buxton. “He’s learning that. We all have gone through it. If the stats aren’t there in September, then we’ll talk.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 12, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Monday, April 10, 2017

Twins considering Louisville lefty Brendan McKay for top pick

A franchise doesn’t get 1/1 in the draft every year.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2017 at 08:36 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Twins’ CBO Derek Falvey showed initiative, grit from the start

But is it Derek Jeter grit?

Jim Furtado Posted: April 01, 2017 at 10:00 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: derek falvey, twins

Friday, March 31, 2017

Byung Ho Park is a Red Wing, Not a Twin (at Least For Now) | FanGraphs Baseball

The Twins wanted 8 relievers. Eight. 8. Relievers. One catcher. Two back up position players.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2017 at 06:11 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

One year later, ByungHo Park settles in as DH for Twins - StarTribune.com

How to lose a job.

Park slugged a cut fastball from Tampa Bay righthander Austin Pruitt several rows deep into the seats in right-center at Hammond Field during the seventh inning, providing all the offense Minnesota would need to win for the first time since last Thursday. It was Park’s fifth home run of the spring, two more than any teammate, and an effective punctuation mark on a solid bounce-back spring.

It also drained any drama out of the battle to be the Twins’ designated hitter. Molitor said roster moves will come Wednesday that will provide “a fair amount of clarity” about the remaining roster competitions, but with Park batting .362 this spring and Kennys Vargas absent for weeks at the World Baseball Classic and now hobbled because of a bruised foot, it’s difficult to imagine Park heading anywhere this weekend but Target Field.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 29, 2017 at 07:02 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, kennys vargas, twins

Monday, March 27, 2017

Twins’ attempt to chart fatigue raises concerns with players union

“I think it’s a very dangerous proposition to start taking data that’s generated internally by an individual player,” Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, said this spring. “The value of that data, how that data can be used, is a very dangerous, very delicate conversation to have.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 12:51 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, twins

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Twins’ option struggling, ‘overthinking’ J.T. Chargois

Updates on the spring.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 25, 2017 at 08:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton remembers the fun part of baseball

I’m buying in.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 25, 2017 at 10:12 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Twins pitcher Gibson tossing out traditional training methods - StarTribune.com

The drills are meant to retrain Gibson and alter his throwing motion, so he holds the ball more upright, at an angle of less than 90 degrees, which enables him to reach his release point more directly. That, combined with a de-emphasis on extending his arm after releasing the ball, has dramatically reduced the amount of stress on his pitching shoulder.

And so almost every morning before training camp workouts, Gibson goes through a series of unusual throwing exercises, using a balloon-sized rubber ball, an oversized glove that looks like a stocking cap covering his right hand, and a set of hardballs of varying weights. Keeping pressure on the large ball insures his arm doesn’t extend outward too far. The ball he releases into the giant glove acclimates his shoulder to a shorter post-release extension.

“I know how it looks. I hear about it from the guys,” Gibson said. “It’s not easy, because I’ve pitched the same way for 20 years. But I can feel a huge difference in my shoulder and my back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 21, 2017 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: kyle gibson, pitching mechanics, twins

Monday, February 20, 2017

Manny Ramirez gave hitting lessons to Twins’ Kennys Vargas

Now Vargas needs to execute on Manny’s tips.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2017 at 11:11 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: kennys vargas, manny ramirez, twins

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Berrios believes ‘16 struggles can help development with Twins - StarTribune.com

Berrios had never been hit like that before, so it tested his confidence.

“You see what the big difference is between the major league and the minor leagues,” Berrios said. “So now I feel more comfortable and more confident with myself. I feel better. You have to stay mentally strong. Sometimes I feel rushed and it can be tough. But everyone knows I work hard every day. So I go out and do my stuff, the things I can control.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:49 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose berrios, twins

Meet baseball’s latest boy genius – the son of a pile driver operator

A boy genius for you. A boy genius for you. Boy geniuses for EVERYBODY!!

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: derek falvey, general managers, twins

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Twins catcher Jason Castro masters pitch-framing art

How did Castro do it?

“Just a lot of work and a lot of understanding of angles and what it takes to be a good receiver,” said Astros manager A.J. Hinch, a fellow Stanford catching product. “Like most smart players, he found a deficiency where he was being criticized a little bit or he wasn’t being ranked as much.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 09:26 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jason castro, pitch framing, twins

Friday, February 10, 2017

Reusse: Park holds onto dream despite baseball’s humbling snubs - StarTribune.com

“This is the path I have chosen. I am going to work hard and stay positive. That is why I am here early. Maybe that is why the pitching coach, Stew Cliburn, said good things.

“I still have my dream, to succeed in major league baseball.’’

Jim Furtado Posted: February 10, 2017 at 02:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Byung Ho Park clears waivers, will battle for spot with Twins - StarTribune.com

I thought someone would take a flyer on him.

Designated hitter Byung Ho Park has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Class AAA Rochester.

Park was designated for assignment last week as the Twins made room to add free agent righthander Matt Belisle. It was a gamble that no team would claim Park, considering he batted .191 in 62 games for the Twins last season

Any team that claimed him would have to pick up the $9 million remaining on his contract. And, at this time of year, most teams already have a full 40-man roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 02:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

The Twins should be more aggressive on waivers - Twinkie Town

When claiming Ehire Adrianza makes someone happy…

It’s still early to figure out the organizational strategy that Derek Falvey and Thad Levine are pursuing, but I feel that utilizing the waiver wire will be an easy way to cheaply improve the Twins roster. With five of the past six years being utter disasters, the Twins shouldn’t be shunning the ability to make any improvements, no matter how small they may be.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: ehire adrianza, twins

Friday, February 03, 2017

Minnesota Twins designate Byung Ho Park for assignment

To make room on their 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Matt Belisle, the Twins took the somewhat surprising step Friday of designating Park for assignment or release.

Still owed $9.25 million over the next three seasons, including a buyout on a club option for 2020, the South Korean slugger could clear waivers as he works back from August hand surgery and a disappointing debut season in the majors.

Dock Ellis Posted: February 03, 2017 at 05:02 PM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: byung-ho park, dfa, minnesota twins, twins

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Hector Santiago is Not to be Trusted

“Hector Santiago is walking more batters and missing fewer bats than ever — and when he doesn’t miss bats, opposing hitters are wailing on the ball.”

DL from MN Posted: February 02, 2017 at 05:40 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: hector santiago, minnesota twins, twins

Don’t Quit on Byung Ho Park | FanGraphs Baseball

I watched a lot of his AB last season. I still think he can be a quality major league hitter. I hope the Twins give him more AB to prove it.

We’re familiar with what Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu have accomplished. Jung Ho Kang, when he’s on the field, has silenced questions about his ability to hit velocity. Dae-Ho Lee arrived with more modest expectations but was still a league-average bat (102 wRC+) last year in his first year in the majors, and Hyun Soo Kim posted a .382 on-base mark and 119 wRC+ in his first season in transitioning from the KBO to the majors.

Which brings us to Byung-ho Park. Park came advertised with 80-grade power, according to some evalutors, and he demonstrated last year that the power was very, very real.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 09:17 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: byung ho park, twins

Monday, January 30, 2017

Twins looking to add veteran pitcher to roster | MLB.com

One of the major takeaways from TwinsFest over the weekend is that the Twins are still looking for outside help via free agency, and they are specifically targeting a veteran leader.

Although Minnesota reports for Spring Training in two weeks, it’s continuing to monitor the free-agent market, and it has been linked to veterans such as Justin Morneau, Mike Napoli and Craig Breslow. The fits for Morneau and Napoli are questionable, however, given the club’s depth at first base and designated hitter with Joe Mauer, Byungho Park and Kennys Vargas on the roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 02:47 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Twins haggling with Dodgers over potential Brian Dozier trade | FOX Sports

The never-ending trade discussion.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 10, 2017 at 06:38 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, dodgers, notes, twins

Friday, December 23, 2016

Twins have tough decision with Brian Dozier | MLB.com

Aren’t most trades of good players tough decisions?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, twins

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Twins satisified with Miguel Sano’s offseason program

“We hear good reports about his focus,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday. “You heard what he had to say at the end of the year about coming back and things that he wants to do, both in terms of being physically prepared as well as trying to undo some of the things that he found were a little bit humbling this year.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 08, 2016 at 06:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Twins must be “really inspired” to trade Brian Dozier

Kinsler has been the superior player but he’s six years older. Whether that age difference will show up in his play over the next two seasons is questionable.

While Dozier, 28, is signed for two more seasons at a combined $15 million, the 34-year-old Kinsler could be controlled through 2018 for just $6 million more if his option is exercised. Kinsler, a four-time all-star with superior defensive metrics to Dozier’s, can block trades to 10 teams, including the Dodgers, owners of perhaps the game’s deepest farm system but also reportedly in some danger of violating the sport’s debt regulations.
...
“I think we have to evaluate the players who are here and assess whether or not they’re going to be here when we’re vying for the Central title,” Levine said. “If the answer is yes, we’re going to do whatever we can to retain those players and build around them. If the (answer) is maybe, then we’re open-minded. If the (answer) is likely not, then I think what we owe the franchise and what we owe you guys is to do the best we can to accelerate this process of getting back to greatness by using those assets to improve the team.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2016 at 07:41 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brian dozier, ian kinsler, twins

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