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Friday, February 20, 2015

Twinsights: Miguel Sano ‘able to do everything’ as spring camp nears - Twins Now

More than 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery that wiped out his 2014 season, Twins third-base prospect Miguel Sano remains on track to enjoy a normal big-league spring training.

“He’s doing pretty much everything,” said Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operations. “I don’t know if (Twins trainers) are going to watch how much activity he has in the first few days. Sometimes guys get in there and air it out and overdo it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: miguel sano, twins

Monday, February 09, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

Due for a better year: Domonic Brown gets what is maybe his final chance to prove himself as a big league regular. An All-Star in 2013 when he hit 27 home runs, he fell apart in 2014 with a .235/.285/.349 line. There’s still some talent here, but how much?

Due for a worse year: Ruben Amaro Jr.

I’m just the messenger: Everyone has been predicting the decline of the Phillies for a few years and Amaro finally admitted that a rebuilding was in order. He’s been asking for a ransom for Hamels, understandably so because he’s really the only valuable commodity he has, unless Chase Utley agrees to a trade or Cliff Lee comes back and proves he’s healthy. The past two seasons were painful for Phillies fans, but 2015 could be their worst season since losing 97 games in 2000.

The final word: Hey, on the bright side the Phillies outperformed my prediction last year by seven wins .. and still won just 73 games. If there’s a bright spot, it’s the bullpen, led by closer-in-waiting Ken Giles (1.18 ERA as a rookie), which should be solid even if Papelbon is traded.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, phillies, rangers, rankings, rockies, twins

Souhan: Koskie has found his niche after a career in baseball | Star Tribune

In case you have been wondering what Corey Koskie has been up to…

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2015 at 08:24 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: corey koskie, twins

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Al Michaels: Twins used fake crowd noise during ‘87 Series - TwinCities.com

His proof?

“I’m going, wait a minute. This is a baseball game,” Michaels told the host, NBC colleague Mike Florio. “Nobody is screaming like this when the fifth inning starts. ... To me, there was no question” that the crowd noise was not natural.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 05, 2015 at 09:13 AM | 39 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Monday, February 02, 2015

Explaining Phil Hughes’ 2014 success - Beyond the Box Score

2014 was undoubtedly a breakout season for Hughes, and it doesn’t appear to be an anomaly. While sometimes a better-than-expected season can be explained by a fluky BABIP, that can’t be said about Hughes. Last season, his BABIP was an above-average .324, tied for the highest of his MLB career. The primary reason to believe in his future success is because of what changed in 2014. Things like movement and speed can inexplicably disappear during the course of an offseason, but pitch selection and overall strategy are much more controllable, and therefore sustainable.

In 2015, Steamer sees Hughes as a 2.5 win player, while ZiPS is much more confident, forecasting a 4.0 zWAR. As a former first round pick, Hughes has always had high expectations placed on him. However, not every pitcher matures at the projected rate, and in his case it took much longer to reach his prime. With the most successful season of his career under his belt, Hughes can look to build a future with still more upside. He can still make improvements by inducing more groundballs and tinkering with his new cutter.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2015 at 11:49 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, sabermetrics, twins

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Santana, Escobar to engage in shortstop competition | twinsbaseball.com

A battle for shortstop is coming in Minnesota.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 29, 2015 at 07:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: danny santana, eduardo escobar, twins

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The Twins May Have Weakened a Weakness | FanGraphs Baseball

Do the Twins really need defense?

Jim Furtado Posted: December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: defense, sabermetrics, twins

Monday, December 22, 2014

Phil Hughes gets three-year contract extension from Twins


Hughes, who won 16 games in his first season in Minnesota, has been rewarded with a three-year extension that will pay him an additional $42 million, the team announced Monday. The righthander’s $8 million salary in each of the next two seasons has been increased to $9.2 million, and he will earn $13.2 million per year from 2017-2019.

That makes the Twins’ total commitment to Hughes $58 million over the next five seasons. It’s the longest commitment the Twins have ever made to a starting pitcher.

The 28-year-old starting pitcher was considered a mild risk when the Twins signed him to a three-year, $24 million free agent contract one year ago, but he responded with one of the strongest seasons by a Twins starter in the past decade, posting a 3.52 ERA in 32 starts.

He struck out 186 batters and walked only 16, setting a major-league record with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 11.63.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2014 at 02:42 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, twins

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Twinsights: Terry Ryan on defensive metrics and why the Twins ignore them - Twins Now

Hunter has to be better than Arcia and Willingham.

Just like I do all the time: As soon as you get somebody to explain (advanced metrics) …” said Ryan, who has Jack Goin on his staff for just that purpose. “When you look at the rankings of the defensive side of the game, you shake your head many times. I’m not saying a lot of them aren’t accurate, because some of them are, but a lot of them aren’t accurate either.

“You can use the metrics or you can use the eye, and you should use both. In this instance, I think we’ve seen (Hunter) play probably 30-35 games as an evaluation process this year, and for the most part the lowest grade we had on him was average range. That’s pretty good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2014 at 11:06 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: sabermetrics, twins

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Daily Dish: Twins sign Torii Hunter to one-year, $10.5 million deal

One year? $10.5 million? Torii Hunter?

Paging Sandy Alderson. (Sigh.)

Torii Hunter is going home. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Hunter has reached a one-year, $10.5 million deal with the Twins.

Hunter has been linked to almost a dozen teams so far this winter, with the Rangers, Royals, Mariners and Orioles among the most aggressive in addition to Minnesota. As we reported in mid-November, the Royals and Twins were being most aggressive in their pursuits of Hunter once his last team, the Tigers, dropped out of the running, The Rangers were said to be making a push earlier today, but Rosenthal reports that the Twins made the higher offer and were able to agree to terms with Hunter.

JE (Jason) Posted: December 02, 2014 at 09:24 PM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: free agency, torii hunter, twins

Monday, November 24, 2014

Josh Willingham to retire

The Ham is no longer Willing. Josh retires with a line of .253/.358/.465 with 988 hits and 195 home runs.

Although he said he received a substantial offer from a contending club this offseason, he ultimately decided against returning in 2015.

“After praying on my decision many times and talking to my wife, my father and ex-players who have gone through the same process toward the end of their careers, I have decided to retire,’’ Willingham said.

“I felt like it wouldn’t be fair to myself, and more importantly to the team that was paying me a lot of money to perform at a high level, if there was a chance my dedication would waver—particularly as the season got longer. I’m honored to have played for as many years as I have, and I feel even luckier to walk away on my own terms instead of having the decision made for me.’‘

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 24, 2014 at 01:01 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Arbitration-eligible Twins: Tender or non-tender? » AaronGleeman.com

Aaron Gleeman talks Twins.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: twins

Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Minnesota Twins offer manager contract to Paul Molitor - ESPN

It’s Molitor.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 02, 2014 at 09:39 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Twinsights: Twins still have made no manager offers, source says - Twins Now

Joe Maddon certainly won’t end up with the job.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 30, 2014 at 06:33 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, twins

Friday, October 03, 2014

SBNation: (Satire) Sansevere: Douse Mauer in Gasoline and Chase Him with Matches

Since this blog originally posted, there have been a slew of tweets asking if I’m some kind of maniac for suggesting Mauer be set on fire. News flash: You can catch fire anywhere.  Your kitchen, a forest fire, a place where they make flamethrowers.

Richard Pryor set himself on fire freebasing cocaine in his home. It. Can. Happen. Anywhere.


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New manager should have Mauer catch again

What will the Twins’ next manager do about Joe Mauer?

Here’s a thought: Let him catch again.

The reason he was told to pack away his catcher’s mitt was because he kept getting hurt and there was a belief sticking him at first and having him DH would mean fewer injuries and more games played.

Well …

Mauer played in 113 games and had 445 at bats while still a catcher in 2013. This season, no longer catching, he played in 120 games and had 455 at bats. Yep, a difference of seven games and 10 at bats.

He had 11 home runs in 2013, just four this season. He had eight more doubles and a .324 batting average in 2013. He hit .277 in this just-completed debacle of a season and injuries hijacked about a fourth of the games he could have played in if healthy.

Face it, the guy is brittle wherever you play him.

I usually don’t believe in posting bad articles for people to mock… but in this case, I’m willing to make an exception.


Friday, September 26, 2014

Josh Willingham plans to retire at season’s end, source says

The Ham is no longer Willing.

Josh Willingham insists he hasn’t made any decisions about his playing future.

However, an associate of the 35-year-old outfielder/designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals says he has told people close to him that he is “100 percent retiring” once this season ends.

Willingham, one of just three players in Twins history to hit at least 35 home runs in a season, disputed that version in a text message to the Pioneer Press.

“I haven’t made a decision yet and don’t know what I’m going to do,” Willingham wrote.

Slowed by a groin injury that has limited him to two starts since Sept. 11, Willingham is closing in on the first postseason appearance in his 11-year career.

Only seven active players have more career games than Willingham (1,146) without a postseason appearance.

Closing out a three-year, $21 million contract signed with the Twins after the 2011 season, Willingham was traded to Kansas City on Aug. 11 after the Royals claimed him on waivers. The Twins received Double-A right-hander Jason Adam in the deal, which saw the Royals pick up the remaining $1.836 million of the $7 million Willingham is owed this season.

A right-handed power hitter, Willingham hit 35 homers and drove in 110 runs in his 2012 Twins debut. Only Harmon Killebrew (eight times) has exceeded that homer total in Twins history.

Willingham was unable to follow that up due to nagging injuries to his knee (2013) and wrist (2014). He had a combined on-base/slugging percentage of .761 in 23 games (83 plate appearances) with the Royals.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 26, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, josh willingham, marlins, nationals, retirements, royals, twins

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Phil Hughes sets the all-time strikeout-to-walk ratio record

PHIL HUGHES         2014    11.63
Bret Saberhagen    1994    11.00
Cliff Lee          2010    10.28
Curt Schilling      2002      9.58
Pedro Martinez      2000      8.88
Greg Maddux         1997      8.85
Pedro Martinez      1999      8.46

Harry Balsagne, anti-Centaur hate crime division Posted: September 24, 2014 at 08:43 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, records, twins

ESPN: Phil Hughes 1 out shy of $500K bonus

Phil Hughes likely lost $500,000 because of a persistent rainstorm.

Hughes pitched eight innings Wednesday in the Minnesota Twins’ 2-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, a game that was delayed 66 minutes due to rain.

It was the final start of the season for Hughes, who fell one-third of an inning short of triggering a $500,000 innings bonus in his contract with the Twins. The right-hander has thrown 209 2/3 innings this season; his contract stipulates that he would receive the bonus if he reaches 210 innings pitched.

 

CraigK Posted: September 24, 2014 at 07:36 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: phil hughes, twins

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Gleeman: Twins ask fans which brand of luxury car they are

Okay, now I know this data is useless.

Below you’ll find a question included in a “brand survey” the Minnesota Twins’ marketing department just sent out to their fans via e-mail.

The District Attorney Posted: September 02, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: marketing, twins

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Orlando Cabrera To Retire From Baseball

OH NO, EXPO!

Last season, Orlando Cabrera batted .238 with the Indians and Giants, posting a 61 OPS+. The season before that, he posted a 76 OPS+. The season before that, he posted an 85 OPS+. Orlando Cabrera has been declining, and just turned 37 years old. As a free agent, Cabrera didn’t drum up much interest, which I’m guessing is why he’s intending to hang ‘em up. Enrique Rojas:

  “Orlando Cabrera to retire from baseball, he said in Colombia radio station. Thanks for memories!”

Cabrera had a long career that’ll be difficult to forget. He debuted with the Expos in 1997, and remained there until the giant Nomar Garciaparra three-way trade in 2004. That year, with the Red Sox, Cabrera won a World Series. He wound up with the Angels, earning the unfortunate nickname “The Wizard of O.C.”, and then he wound up with the White Sox, and the A’s, and the Twins, and the Reds, and the Indians, and the Giants ... He remained a shortstop to the end, and collected 2,055 hits. He will always be remembered as a pest. An absolute pest.

Repoz Posted: January 18, 2012 at 09:06 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, expos, giants, indians, red sox, reds, twins, white sox

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Zumaya agrees to deal with Twins

Game on!

The Tigers could end up seeing a lot of Joel Zumaya this year after all. It’ll just be in a different uniform, albeit an awfully familiar one.

After throwing for teams in December and holding out for a roster spot and the right situation, Zumaya has agreed to terms with the Minnesota Twins, the reliever told MLB.com. The two sides spent Saturday putting together a deal that could pay him anywhere from $800,000 to $1.7 million if he reaches incentives.

A Twins official would neither confirm nor deny the deal to MLB.com, but said they’ve been in negotiations since December.

Zumaya weighed what he called “good offers” from three other clubs,  but the Twins included guaranteed money rather than a minor-league deal with a Spring Training invite. If he’s healthy, they’ll bring him to the same mound at Target Field where he last threw a Major League pitch. He fractured his elbow throwing for the Tigers against the Twins on June 28, 2010.

Repoz Posted: January 15, 2012 at 03:00 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: tigers, twins

MLB Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Agrees to Sign With Unknown Team

Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with an unknown club reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today (on Twitter). The right-hander wouldn’t divulge the team because he has not yet passed his physical.

Pretty sure it’s either the All-Stars or the Champs.


Friday, January 13, 2012

BBPro:  Heartburn Hardball - Jack Morris in Motion

Morris, who was the face of the Detroit Tigers’ pitching staff for the entirety of the eighties before spending the early nineties hopping between the Twins, Blue Jays, and Indians, has every right to be thrilled at the news. And the rest of us, especially those who were too young to see him pitch, have every right to ask…why Jack Morris? Why now?

To answer that question, I decide to watch the most famous performance of his career, the game that proved once and for all that he was a true ace and a true winner.

....

The Twins will win 1-0 in the bottom of the 10th, winning the second World Series title in franchise history and solidifying Jack Morris’s place in baseball history.

And when it’s over, I will be more convinced than ever that Jack Morris is not a Hall of Fame pitcher.

 

 

Completely Unbiased 3rd Party Lurker Posted: January 13, 2012 at 01:39 PM | 83 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, hall of fame, tigers, twins

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