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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

frJohn Manuel - Leaves BA and Joins the Twins Organization

BA loses one of its best prospect gurus.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2017 at 08:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: scouting, twins

Friday, October 13, 2017

Next Twins pitching coach must find ways to miss bats

“Certainly swing-and-miss percentage has become even more of a focus as you watch postseason games and you see pitching staffs that are top to bottom capable of doing that,” Levine said. “So, we’re going to be attentive to that as well in trying to round out our staff with a little bit more means of missing some bats.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2017 at 10:17 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Monday, October 09, 2017

Minnesota Twins, Paul Molitor agree to 3-year extension

After guiding the Twins to a record-setting turnaround, Paul Molitor has agreed to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2017 at 08:10 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: paul molitor, twins

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Heyman | Real Wild-Card Loser Is Pace Of Play

When they were just finishing the third inning around 10 PM, I knew there was no way I would make it to the end. I don’t need the games done in two hours. Somewhere between 2 1/2 to 3 hours would be fine. 4+ hour games with 8 PM start times means I’m missing the end. That bites. Tonight I have an extra incentive to stay late. I’ve been rooting for the D’Backs all year since I put $100 down on them at 100-1 odds back before Spring Training started. Unfortunately, I might have to find out if they won Thursday morning.

The wild-card game is a wonderful, fantastic, stupendous idea… in theory, anyway. The games are always energizing and almost always riveting.

Now if only someone could stay up to see them.

For those who didn’t make it to the conclusion of the playoff season opener (just about everyone on the East Coast, I assume), the Yankees beat the Twins, ending Minnesota’s gloriously surprising season, in a game that ended on Wednesday on the East Coast after beginning squarely on Tuesday.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 04, 2017 at 01:31 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: pace of play, twins, wild card, yankees

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Unexpected success could be the start of something big for Twins - StarTribune.com

“The reality is, there are cycles to this game,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said. “You want to avoid significant valleys, the long downturns, and unfortunately, we’ve been unable to do that. But the good news is, it feels like that’s behind us now. We believe we are on the cusp of an upturn that could result in some great things — including, hopefully, bringing another world championship here.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:55 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Scout who signed both wild-card aces has clear rooting interest | New York Post

Teams don’t have to be perfect; they just need to be better than their competitors.

“The percentage of players reaching the major leagues, whether it’s domestic or international, is so low that when someone that you sign or your group has signed reaches the major leagues and has a reasonably successful career, there’s always satisfaction there,” Rowland said Monday in a telephone interview. “Because scouts and directors, particularly directors, understand the odds and understand the percentages and have very, very thick skin.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 03, 2017 at 09:33 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins, yankees

Monday, October 02, 2017

Bartolo Colon wins, doesn’t plan to retire | MLB.com

The Energizer Colon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 02, 2017 at 06:12 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, twins

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Big turnaround leads Twins to Wild Card | MLB.com

What a season for the Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 28, 2017 at 09:00 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, twins, wild card

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Buxton makes 5-star catch, steals base in win | MLB.com

This Buxton kid is pretty, pretty good.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2017 at 09:06 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Electronic device speeds Byron Buxton’s hand recovery

Wherever he goes these days, Byron Buxton has a new constant companion: A rectangular blue box called the True Wave that helps speed his recovery from a bone contusion in his left hand.

“That’s my best friend,” Buxton said Saturday afternoon as he sat at his Comerica Park locker.

In between baseball activities at the park and during his down time at the hotel or while flying from city to city, Buxton has found relief in hooking up a small, oval-shaped electrode patch to the back of his hand and letting the electronic stimulator work its magic.

“You don’t feel anything” while it’s on, Buxton said, but that changes once he removes the patch and holds his hand down by his side.

“I feel a rush of blood,” Buxton said. “It’s like a tingling feeling but it feels good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 24, 2017 at 04:19 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: bryon buxton, twins

Monday, September 04, 2017

Souhan: On Twins and cowardly trolls - StarTribune.com

I’m not sure about the background on this but it’s clear Aaron Gleeman thinks it’s aimed at him.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 04, 2017 at 08:21 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Friday, September 01, 2017

Area woman realizes how many of her kids she likes less than Byron Buxton - Twinkie Town

“I’ll be honest with you, my kids can be pricks,” said the Cottage Grove human resources administrator. “Cale’s got a busted arm from doing skateboard tricks on the stairs at the middle school, which I’ve told him 100 ####### times not to do. Buxton is carrying this team. He needs to be healthy, especially if (Miguel) Sano is still hurt.”

Hauser said her relationship with her children is far from strained, but Buxton’s injury has clarified some things.

“When I heard the news, I thought, ‘Why not Tyler? He’s a little #### sometimes.’ Same thing goes for Brendan, my youngest. Kid can’t stay out of detention. All three boys take after their dad (Hauser is divorced), so I assume they’ll just leave home for the next redhead who’ll give ‘em a beej in the Friday’s parking lot. Buxton seems he’s got a good head on his shoulders.

“That’s when I realized that I was pretty invested in this team. And that my boys, God love ‘em, are…”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 01, 2017 at 01:25 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Twins’ Byron Buxton exits with hand injury | MLB.com

A possible left hamate bone injury. MRI was done this morning. Bummer.

Update: Bone contusion and not a break.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 31, 2017 at 12:22 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, twins

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A Hall Of Fame Case For Johan Santana

I think the high-level data does show that Sandy Koufax was a little better statistically in his era during his peak than Santana was. Looking at their full careers, the argument could certainly be made that Santana had the better career.

 

DanG Posted: August 24, 2017 at 10:32 AM | 72 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, johan santana, mets, sandy koufax, twins

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The unusually healthy Twins - Twinkie Town

All told, the Twins have been a fairly healthy group of players this year and that has been helpful towards keeping this team in playoff contention as the season enters its final month. With September callups looming, the influx of minor leaguers will help stifle the loss of any additional injuries, but we all hope that it won’t be a worry as the Twins fight for the Wild Card.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 23, 2017 at 10:11 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: disabled list, twins

Monday, August 21, 2017

Colon becomes third active pitcher to beat all 30 teams

Minnesota Twins starter Bartolo Colon became the third active MLB pitcher to beat all 30 teams with a 12-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

“It means a lot to my career,” Colon said through a translator after matching the Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer and the Cubs’ John Lackey, who accomplished the feat last season. “Now, I haven’t won in two stadiums, so that’s the next goal.”

Chris Fluit Posted: August 21, 2017 at 04:10 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: bartolo colon, diamondbacks, john lackey, max scherzer, twins

Souhan: Pounds sneak up on injured Sano as Twins get back in race

According to my information, Sano’s weight has gradually risen all season and is now well above 260 pounds, which is the number listed on the Twins roster. He might be 20 to 25 pounds heavier than that.

Sano is 24 and until this week he had not suffered any injuries related to his bulk, but even his strength and assorted other athletic gifts will not allow him to be the player he should be if he isn’t careful.

Pablo Sandoval comes to mind. The two-time All-Star third baseman failed to control his weight, and it has severely damaged a promising career. And for all of his talent and accomplishments, Sano has not yet put together a full, outstanding big-league season.

LA Podcasting Hombre of Anaheim Posted: August 21, 2017 at 03:30 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: diet, disabled list, fat, food, sano, twins

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 | 1 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 | 26 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 an Absurd Doubles Machine 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

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