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Ron Gardenhire tells Iowa audience his opening day (for now) lineup

Posted on Feb 6, 2012Ron Gardenhire tells Iowa audience his opening day (for now) lineup
Not too surprising, but I think we can use this as the baseline for the spring.




Twinkie Town 2012 Top 50...Round 50a!

Posted on Feb 6, 2012After hanging around for sixteen rounds, Angel Mata captured the Forty-Ninth spot in this year's poll with 34 of 165 votes (20%).
We now move on to the first of four preliminary rounds for the Fiftieth ranked prospect in the Twins organization. Today we will vote on ten players who were with the four full-season teams this past year. Tomorrow, we will vote on ten players who were with the two rookie teams. Wednesday will be pitchers from the full-season teams and Thursday, pitchers from the rookie teams. Beginning Friday, we will have a run-off of the four winners.
The ten players eligible for the first preliminary round are Jairo Perez, Anderson Hidalgo, Danny Ortiz, Nate Hansen, Dan Rohlfing, Michael Gonzales, Tyler Grimes, Adam Bryant, Wang-Wei Lin and Danny Santana.

Also Mentioned: Angel Mata



Scenes From An Offseason, Volume 4

Posted on Feb 6, 2012SCENE: The Target Field front office. A pleasant middle-aged lady named Barb sits at the front desk, wearing a headset and answering calls. She is capable, knowledgeable, and helpful, and any observer is struck by the feeling that if she took a sick day, by 5:00pm the entire office would be in disarray, if not actively on fire. As she types away on the computer, the phone rings.
BARB: Minnesota Twins baseball club, how may I help you? Oh, hello, Mr. Nishioka. How has your offseason been? (Listens for a moment.) Oh, geez, I'm sorry to hear that, dear. (Listens some more) Oh. Oh dear. My goodness. Well, listen, how can I help you out today?

Also Mentioned: Wayne Hattaway



Twinkie Town 2012 Top 50...Round 49!

Posted on Feb 5, 2012You selected a slick fielding young shortstop for our Forty-Eighth spot this year, Jorge Polanco. Polanco received 31 of 113 votes (27%), with Jairo Perez second (16), Angel Mata and Steven Gruver tied for third (13), and Brett Jacobson fifth (12).
All of the others received four to seven votes, so none will be dropped from the next to last round. Added will be another exciting young shortstop who the Twins moved up to the GCL from the DSL last summer, Javier Pimentel. Pimentel didn't hit much for the Twins, however, having turned seventeen last March meant that he was one of the youngest players the Twins have moved up to the GCL in recent years. He is another highly thought of prospect who the Twins recently signed out of the Dominican Republic.

Also Mentioned: Angel Mata



Twinkie Town 2012 Top 50...Round 48!

Posted on Feb 4, 2012Danny Lehmann picked up 29 of 137 votes (21%) to capture the Forty-Seventh spot this year. Jorge Polanco was second (22), Jairo Perez third (19) with Angel Mata and Steven Gruver tied for fourth (15).
Dropped from the next round will be Daniel Santana (4) and Jose Gonzalez (2). Added will be relievers Matt Schuld and Daniel Turpen and third baseman Rory Rhodes. Schuld was very effective at Ft. Myers where he was 4-1 with a 3.99 ERA in 70.0 innings. He moved up to AA where he wasn't as effective with a 2-2 record, 8.12 ERA, 27 strikeouts and 21 walks in 41.0 innings. Turpen, the pitcher the Twins received in the Kevin Slowey trade, was 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA in 59.2 innings for Tulsa (AA). He struck out 33 batters while walking 35. Rhodes is a power hitter known for massive batting practice bombs. The young Aussie hasn't done it during games yet, hitting only two home runs last year

Also Mentioned: Steven Gruver



Twinkie Town 2012 Top 50...Round 47!

Posted on Feb 3, 2012Tony Davis had 50 of 188 votes (26%), winning the Forty-Sixth spot in this year's poll. Danny Lehmann was second with 33 votes, Jorge Polanco third (26) and Angel Mata and Jairo Perez tied for fourth with 21.
Dropped from the next round will be Kennys Vargas (5), Michael Tarsi (3) and Phillip Chapman (1). We will bring back four players who didn't make the cut earlier, Danny Santana, Danny Ortiz, Jose Gonzalez and Brett Jacobson. Santana is an exciting young shortstop with some pop in his bat who the Twins may be moving to center field. Ortiz had been highly ranked before having a rough four months in Beloit. Gonzalez has been one of the organizations most effective relievers the past few years. Jacobson came over in the Hardy trade and has done a decent job at New Britain and later in the AFL.

Also Mentioned: Angel Mata



A Thin, Baseball-ish Gruel

Posted on Feb 3, 2012Pitchers and catchers report in less than two weeks, which means in two Fridays, there will be something to write about. Until then, you're going to get your thin, baseball-ish gruel and you're going to like it. LINKS, PLEASE:

While everyone has given the Tigers the 2012 AL Central title already, another Central team that's sorta kinda going all-in for this year is..the Indians? SB Nation's Grant Brisbee looks at their acquisition of Derek Lowe and Casey Kotchman and says it sorta kinda makes sense. Casseroles are used as a metaphor.
TwinsCentric's Parker Hageman and his precious GIFs break down the hitch in Danny Valencia's giddyup. WARNING: he compares Valencia's swing to that of dearly departed Twin Michael Cuddyer, so if you're still smarting from his exit, maybe consider setting this aside until you're ready to confront your emotions? Until then, we're here for you.

Also Mentioned: Jonah Keri



1979 Twins commercial from tcmedianow.com via It's a long season. The 1979 Twins went 82-80....

Posted on Feb 3, 20121979 Twins commercial from tcmedianow.com via It's a long season.

The 1979 Twins went 82-80. Something to shoot for this year!




Twinkie Town 2012 Top 50...Round 46!

Posted on Feb 2, 2012Although it took nearly ten rounds, former Beloit Snapper MVP James Beresford was selected as our Forty-Fifth ranked prospect. He collected 42 of 201 votes (20%) with Tony Davis, Danny Lehmann and Angel Mata all tied for second with 29 votes. Jairo Perez was fifth with 24.
Steven Gruver and Anderson Hidalgo will remain for the next round, however, A. J. Pettersen, Daniel Osterbrock and Luis Nunez didn't make the cut. Added will be Jorge Polanco, Michael Tarsi, Kennys Vargas and Phillip Chapman. Polanco, who is known for his sterling defense, hit a respectable .250/.668 OPS in 208 at bats in the Gulf Coast League. Considering that he turned 18 in early July, he certainly remains one of the most exciting shortstop prospects in the organization. Tarsi spent most of his season in New Britain where he is considered a local. He had a 3-0 record with a 4.22 ERA in 32.0 innings before mo

Also Mentioned: Steven Gruver



The One That Strengthens Our Resolve

Posted on Feb 2, 2012The One That Strengthens Our Resolve
Daily Norseman flexes its muscle. It's not inconsiderable, either. I like it.

Also Mentioned: Omar Little