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What Qualifies as Success for 2012?

Posted on Feb 7, 2012Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE How high should we set the bar for the 2012 Twins? What do they have to accomplish this season for us to sit back and say “that was a good season?” There are many baseball fans who feel that no season is a success for a team unless that team wins the World Series. I understand this view, since the World Series is the ultimate goal for all teams, but I disagree with it. There are 30 teams in MLB, and every year 29 of them fail to win the World Series. If none of those 29 [...]

2012 Projections – Scott Baker

Posted on Feb 7, 2012  Jun 18, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Scott Baker (30) looks on during the seventh inning against the San Diego Padres at Target Field. The Twins won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE In addition to having a deceptive name, Baker, along with Francisco Liriano, is one of the Twins’ only strike out pitchers. His career K/9 is 7.2, higher than 2012 projected starters Carl Pavano (5.5), Nick Blackburn (4.3), and Jason Marquis (5.2). Only Liriano (8.9) among projected Twins starters has a higher career K/9 rating, and Baker edged him out in 2011 8.2 to [...]

Also Mentioned: Jason Marquis

Puckett’s Pond’s Super Bowl Predictions

Posted on Feb 5, 2012Today is Super Bowl Day, and even though we’ve been getting more and more excited about the coming baseball season, this is the one day of the year when baseball just cannot compete with football. So Puckett’s Pond is going to take a break from our consistently brilliant and life-changing baseball analysis to bring you some good old-fashioned pigskin picks with a modern Minnesota fan perspective. We’ll start with Senior Staff Writer Eric Pleiss’s prediction: “Tom Brady endorses Ugg slippers, which does not carry a lot of weight for a lot of people, but I happen to own a pair [...]

Also Mentioned: Tom Brady

Upcoming Milestones for the Twins

Posted on Feb 4, 2012If you like baseball, there’s a good chance you like numbers, too. More than any other professional sport, baseball fans love to keep track of stats and figures. And it’s always fun when a player or a team reaches a numerical milestone, even though it doesn’t always mean a whole lot for the actual game play. The best recent example would be Jim Thome‘s 600th home run. Unfortunately, none of the Twins will chase any illustrious numbers like that this year, but there are a few potential milestones worth mentioning. Joe Mauer needs 16 more home runs to reach 100 [...]

Also Mentioned: Rod Carew

MLB History: Who is Ron Gardenhire? #Twins

Posted on Feb 3, 2012The original piranha Ron Gardenhire is not edgy. Ozzie Guillen is edgy. Ron Gardenhire does not get you excited about baseball. Ron Gardenhire is as interesting as a bucket of acorns. Yes, he has an excellent winning percentage as the Twins manager, and an even better record for home games, but he’s just not exciting. Gardy’s middle name is Clyde, and that’s the only interesting thing I knew about the Twins skipper before embarking on an exhaustive search of the internet. According to his Wikipedia page, Ronald Clyde Gardenhire was born on a couch in West Germany on 24 October [...]

Also Mentioned: R. Clyde Gardenhire

Which Non-Roster Invitees will help the Twins?

Posted on Feb 2, 2012If you’ve read Puckett’s Pond in the last month, you already know that there is a small army’s worth of non-roster invitees joining the team in Spring Training this year. There are 25 of them, which is a lot of players to keep track of. Fortunately, one hard-working, intelligent website has done a profile on every one of those non-roster invitees to keep you informed. They run the gamut from young prospects who haven’t seen AA to grizzled MLB veterans. Among them are some hard-throwing pitchers, free swinging hitters, and stout defenders. And their personal stories are just as interesting. [...]

Also Mentioned: Luis Perdomo

Thursday Links – Groundhog Edition

Posted on Feb 2, 2012Happy Groundhog Day! Pitchers and catchers report to Ft. Myers in just 16 days, no groundhog, or his shadow, can change that. Last weekend was a great time to be a Twins fan, especially if you had the privilege of heading over to the Metrodome to experience TwinsFest. While I did not make the trip to Minneapolis for the event, many Twins bloggers did, and shared their experiences with their readers (including this very awesome Kirby Puckett jacket). TwinsFast has come and went (Here is a great TwinsFest vlog from Drew Butera and with Spring Training right around the corner, and [...]

Twins Talking Points: Matt Capps, the rotation, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka

Posted on Feb 1, 2012The Matt Capps re-signing is not new news, but I would like to direct your attention to this piece written by Aaron Gleeman. It is the most perfect summary I have seen so far of all the reasons why the Capps deal made no sense at all. Defenders of the move point to the fact that Capps was hurt last year and is likely to pitch much better in 2012. Fine. I am willing to believe that will be the case, and I fervently hope it is. But as Gleeman points out, the Twins could have rebuilt their entire bullpen [...]

The Countdown to 10,000 Home Runs

Posted on Feb 1, 2012Most of us are counting down the days until Spring Training right now, but if you pay especially close attention to the Twins, you might be interested in another, wider-reaching countdown. Dating back to 1901, when they were founded as the Washington Senators, the Twins franchise has hit 9,613 home runs. 10,000 is not far off. It sounds like a lot, but this franchise has actually been one of the weakest homer-hitting teams for most of its existence. Over their 110 season history, the Senators/Twins have averaged just 87.39 homers per year, thanks to the Deadball era: in 1917 and [...]

2012 Projections – Carl Pavano

Posted on Feb 1, 2012A young Carl Pavano, sans mustache. Ron Gardenhire announced last week that Carl Pavano was going to be the Twins’ 2012 Opening Day Starter. While Pavano has certainly earned the right to be the Opening Day Starter, the wiley old veteran is not likely to be confused as the ace of the Twins pitching staff. Over the past four seasons Pavano has been slightly worse than league average, posting an average FIP- of 104, meaning that he was about 4% worse than an average Major League pitcher over that period of time. Despite those numbers, Pavano has been one of [...]