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How Will the Twins Replace Jason Castro this Offseason?

One of the first moves the Twins front office made under the Derek Falvey and Thad Levine regime was signing former Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro to a three-year $24.5 million deal. That was a move that paid off well for the Twins over the past three seasons. In 2017, Castro was the Twins primary catcher, and he put up a respectable 2.1 fWAR in 110 games played that season. After missing nearly all of 2018 with a knee injury, Castro had another strong 2019 campaign in a catching role...

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Twins 1B C.J. Cron reportedly undergoes thumb surgery

Twins first baseman C.J. Cron underwent a successful procedure on his right thumb on October 16, according to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park. The “surgical debridement” Cron underwent generally requires a six-to-eight week recovery period. Cron, 29, just wrapped up a fairly pedestrian 2019 campaign that saw him hit .253/.311/.469 (101 wRC+) with 25 home runs across 499 plate appearances for Minnesota. As Park notes, Cron’s right thumb issues likely played some role in suppressing those...

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TJ Gorsegner

Grading the 2019 Twins: C.J. Cron

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Who passes, and Who fails?

Today brings the first installment of a series that will grade the individual performances of the key members of the 2019 Twins (you’re nuts if you think I’m going to do it for some random guy that played a handful of innings in September. Lookin’ at you Ian Miller.) Each player will receive a classic grade on the scale of A through F, based on their hitting, fielding, and whatever else the author...

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5 bold predictions for the Twins this offseason

The Minnesota Twins should have a busy offseason trying to build off their 2019 success, but what moves could be made between now and opening day? Over the past couple of seasons, the winter has been quiet for the Minnesota Twins. While there is a large contingent of fans that have been begging for the […] Minnesota Twins: 5 bold predictions for the Twins this offseason - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Twins AFL Report - Week 5: Raley Locks In

The Salt River Rafters finished week five of the Arizona Fall League season with a 3-3 record that kept themselves atop the East division standings. After a big week four that saw him collect several accolades, Royce Lewis finally appeared somewhat human, but Luke Raley more than picked up the slack with a monster week that could go a long way toward his 2020 prospects with the big-league club. Dakota Chalmers also had another strong start and reliever Zach Neff continued to baffle his...

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World Series discussion

NLCS MVP Howie Kendrick waits in line for batting practice | Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

This is your place to chat about each and every World Series game.

This is your thread for any and all World Series games. It will be updated (a lot) by me, as more information comes out.

Astros vs Nationals. The matchup everyone across the country has been wanting. It is finally here, and I am as excited as a 6-year-old watching cat videos. This is going to be a great series.

The thing is,...

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September At Twins Daily: Part 1, Stories & Traffic

On a monthly basis we like to check in on the health of the site and bring news and notes to the community. September was a remarkable month in stories, authors, traffic, and community building. Let’s cover it.

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TJ Gorsegner

Twinkie Town talk: the “Baseball is boring this week” edition

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Not much going on, but we still dug up some links for you

Hey folks, how’s the baseball doldrums treating you? Hot stove season is just around the corner, and the World Series starts tonight, so we’ll have lots to talk about soon. In the meantime, here are some baseball bullet points. I’m eschewing my usual categories, and just throwing them all out there for you all to discuss

Randball suggests five questions for the Twins to answer this...

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World Series 2019: What the Minnesota Twins can learn from the Nationals and Astros?

The Minnesota Twins took a big step forward in 2019, but there are still a few things they can learn from the teams in this year’s World Series By most accounts, the Minnesota Twins had a solid season in 2019. By setting an MLB record for home runs and winning 101 games, the Twins went […] World Series 2019: What the Minnesota Twins can learn from the Nationals and Astros? - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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MLB Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Jackie Bradley Jr., Minnesota Twins

With the MLB playoffs in full swing over the past few days and the World Series beginning Tuesday, the trade rumor mill has quietened down. But bits and pieces of information still float out every so often...

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James Fillmore

Old and new links for you

Winter is coming. Hopefully not with ferocious animals anywhere near your backyard. | Photo by Kirill KukhmarTASS via Getty Images

To ease your sorrow after New York’s elimination, here’s going-ons around the baseballs, some more current than others.

Greetings and salutations! Here’s some stuff I’ve collected these last few months. Like, links to articles, not hoarding-style stuff. That’s all in boxes I’m scared to open.

Who should you root for in the World Series? Well, one...

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Jonathan Gamble

The Twinkie Town staff’s unofficial off-season predictions

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Peering into our crystal balls, yet again....

With the off-season just around the corner, I thought I’d like to make some predictions of my own and see what the other folks around Twinkie Town thought about how the Twins off-season will go down.

Which position would you like to see the front office address the most this offseason?

Jonathan Gamble: The Twins biggest need is to address the pitching staff, full stop. With one starter under contract for...

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Twins fan, hamster refusing to seek solace in other disappointing Minnesota professional teams this winter

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DON’T CAVE TO THE OTHER TEAMS

SCENE: A Minnesota Twins fan, Imakesandwichesforaliving, a.k.a. JOHN, is seen returning home from work, walking from his garage to the apartment building he resides in. He enters the building and checks his mail, where he has a package waiting for him. He grabs it and lets himself in and enters his apartment. He opens the package and sees a red towel - the 2019 Minnesota Twins Homer Hanky. He grabs it and sits down on the couch...

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Kyle Edelbrock

The 2020 rotation plan part two: Free Agents

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Who are the Twins going to target this offseason?

Welcome to the second part of our series on the Twins 2020 rotation. Last time we looked at the Twins pitchers from 2019 who are entering free agency this offseason, and who of that group the Twins should retain.

With only Jose Berrios guaranteed to return next season, I postulated that the Twins offseason would be easiest if they retain both Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda in some capacity.

I also...

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2019 Minnesota Twins awards, presented by Twinkie Town!

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After a long season, here is the award show everybody has been waiting for

Hello everyone. This is the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the 2019 Minnesota Twins awards! I, Joseph7823, will be your host. After a huge season in which your hometown team won 101 games and won the division, there are many awards to be given out. This will include all of the traditional awards that are given out across the MLB plus a couple of my own. So without further ado,...

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Zach Koenig

The three reasons the Twins were swept in the ALDS

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No Buck, bad luck, and injuries suck

Now that a full week has passed since the Twins’ ALDS carnage, I’m better able to reflect back on the “why” of it all. Don’t get me wrong—it still stings. I honestly haven’t watched more than a few minutes of any playoff game since last Monday. But the passage of time always allows for a more objective view.

So, looking back, I’ve identified three areas that really hampered the Twins in their quest...

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Five players you should expect the Twins move on from in 2020

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Minnesota’s quest for improvement will mean saying goodbye to several players.

As much as we enjoyed the exploits of the record-breaking Bomba Squad, the 2020 Minnesota Twins will not sport the exact same list of players as the 2019 Minnesota Twins. (Obviously.)

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine will be looking to improve the team throughout the offseason, from free agency, trades, and rising minor leaguers. Part of bringing one player up...

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Kyle Edelbrock

The 2020 rotation plan part one: Potentially returning pitchers

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What starters should the Twins bring back for 2020

As I’m sure many of you are already aware, here is a list of starting pitchers guaranteed to be with the Twins for the 2020 season:

Jose Berrios

And that is it.

For a team who just won 101 games and sitting at the beginning of what is hopefully along reign atop the AL Central, there is a striking lack of stability within the starting rotation. The Yankees exposed this Twins weakness in the ALDS, and...

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Every Twins’ biggest bomba of 2019

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Breaking down the most important homers of the 2019 Season

The 2019 Twins hit many. many home runs, but some stood out more than others. Here is the biggest bomba for every member of the Bomba Squad.

Nelson Cruz - His 400th career bomba

September 19 vs Royals

Nelson Cruz has hit many a bomba in his long big league career, but his 400th of those came against the Royals. It was a three-run, game-tying blast, and he later would add on...

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Kyle Edelbrock

Arizona Fall League Update: Royce Lewis is unstoppable

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YA BOY IS BACK

While most Twins prospects have been off the field since early September, the Arizona Fall League has given fans of prospects something to watch for a few weeks now.

What is the Arizona Fall League? It is an off-season league with six teams that play for six weeks from mid-September through the end of October. Each team consists of players from 5 MLB organizations, most often from Double-A or Triple-A and generally players...

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