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Zach Koenig

Rocco’s Flexible Flyers

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Baldelli may have found his calling card: versatility

In this age of baseball analytics, metrics abound to quantify hitting, pitching, and even defense. Much slipperier is how to measure a manager’s value. Bereft of formulae, I’ve always thought a skipper needs to possess one standout quality—an inherent trait that sets him apart from the rest of the pack.

A few examples from recent Minnesota Twins history: Tom Kelly: Mastery of the...

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Benjamin Jones

Fort Report: Good Health, Bad Pohlads

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Healthy Buxton/Correa/everyone = Good! Payroll being lower than it’s been since the Metrodome = embarrassingly bad!

With games starting up tomorrow against the Golden Gophers, there’s been a deluge of Twins news, some good and some bad. Let’s get right into it.

A Relative Clean Bill of Health

If you’re reading this, please knock on any and all available wood around you. I don’t believe in jinxes, but it’s better to be safe...

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Sportsbooks and MLB Projection Models All Aboard the 2024 Minnesota Twins Hype Train

As we edge closer to spring training, the hype surrounding the Minnesota Twins is growing. 

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Joe Pohlad Confirms Twins are Still Cutting Payroll and Have No Interest in Big Name Free Agents

The Minnesota Twins opened the 2024 offseason by announcing their plans to cut payroll by over $20 million. They pointed to the unknowns surrounding future TV revenue, after their contract with Bally Sports North came to term following the 2023 season, even though they’ve known this was coming for years.

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Twins owner reveals stance on top remaining free agents

Will the Twins be involved with some big name free agents remaining on the market?

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JohnFoley

TT Roundtable: 1998-2023 Best Roster

What’s the best roster you can make with one player from each season from the past 26 years?

With the Twins still another few days away from their spring opener against the University of Minnesota, there are only so many “he’s in the best shape of his life” and “fully recovered from an injury” stories that we can handle. I’m hopeful those turn out to be true, especially for Byron Buxton, but only time will tell.

In the meantime, we still have some time to pass while waiting...

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Zach Koenig

Greatest Minnesota Twins: The Twinkie Town Definitive List (Round 17)

Another Sixties Slugger sneaks in

Rounds 1-16 Results: Harmon Killebrew Kirby Puckett Rod Carew Tony Oliva Joe Mauer Bert Blyleven Kent Hrbek Jim Kaat Johan Santana Torii Hunter Justin Morneau Frank Viola Joe Nathan Brad Radke Gary Gaetti Bob Allison

An interesting—if horrifying to the MN sports community—“what if” in baseball history is the Senators staying in the Nation’s Capitol instead of absconding to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Late-1950s Washington already had an ace starter...

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Byron Buxton Says He Will Set New Career High in Stolen Bases This Season

Byron Buxton is probably still the fastest player on the Minnesota Twins, even at age 30 and with multiple knee surgeries under his belt. Yet, he’s never been one of the top base stealers in Major League Baseball, due to the injury issues he’s dealt with since his arrival on the big league scene back in 2015.

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JohnKe

Monday Morning Minnesota: The Spring Training Starts Edition

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Hope is in the air!

The Past Week on Twinkie Town:

With spring training in full swing now, Ben Jones gives us his first look at the Twins’ Opening Day roster. Amidst the turmoil of the Twins new TV deal, Zach Koenig reminds us of Carl Pohlad’s bet on a Twins TV Network. Baseball is back and so is the first spring training version of the Rival Roundup from Brandon Brooks. Yes, James Fillmore watched a...

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Royce Lewis’ AL MVP Odds and Previewing His Upcoming Season

Last season, Royce Lewis played a crucial role in breaking the Minnesota Twins’ playoff curse, which had seen them lose 18 consecutive postseason games dating back to 2004.

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Byron Buxton key to Minnesota Twins' 2024 hopes

The Minnesota Twins may be even more ecstatic than Buxton that he's finally healthy.

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5 Starting Pitchers Minnesota Twins Could Acquire Before Opening Day

The Minnesota Twins’ rotation we see today is highly unlikely to be the same iteration when they open the regular season March 28 against the division-rival Kansas City Royals.

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Confident Carlos Correa Mashing with New Swing; Twins Hitting Coach Giddy with Excitement

The Minnesota Twins are in Fort Myers and their first game of Spring Training game is Friday against the local Gophers club from back home. 

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James Fillmore

The different versions of "Fever Pitch"

These are the stars of "Fever Pitch." Colin Firth is the one on the right. Ruth Gemmell is clearly not thrilled by the flash in her face. | Photo by George Bodnar/Comic Relief via Getty Images

We look at the better sports movie that was remade into a OK-but-shallower sports movie.

You may remember the 2005 movie Fever Pitch, the rom-com which asks, “can a dedicated Red Sox fan prioritize True Love over being a True Fan?” (Since it’s a rom-com, the answer is “yes, in the end.”)

If...

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Brandon Brooks

Rival Roundup, Vol. 51: Reporting For Duty

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Here it comes.

PITCHERS AND CATCHERS AND PITCHERS AND CATCHERS AND PITCHERS AND CATCHERS AND PITCHERS AND CATCHERS AND PITCHERS AND CATCHERS Yes, that’s right — baseball is back, baby. Pitchers and catchers have been reporting to the Arizonas and Floridas of the world throughout the last week, and we have only six days to go before YOUR Minnesota Twins are back on the radio, late afternoon Friday against the University of Minnesota....

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Zach Koenig

A look back at 2004’s Victory Sports debacle

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When Carl Pohlad went rogue

The recent saga of watching a Minnesota Twins baseball game on television has rivaled Frank Herbert’s Dune. After FOX was forced to diverge itself from the regional sports racket and disappeared from many platforms (YouTube TV, Dish Network, etc.), Bally looked to be a white knight—until parent company Sinclair declared bankruptcy on its Diamond Sports holdings. Whoops.

This offseason, much was made...

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Twins Still Want to Bulk Up Pitching Rotation; Open to Trade for Front-Line Starter

The Minnesota Twins had a mostly quiet and slow-moving offseason. I say ‘had’ because the offseason is over.

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Minnesota Twins Sign Top Cuban Prospect Yandro Hernandez

The Minnesota Twins are gathering in Fort Myers, FL for spring training today, but president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and the team’s international scouting department was busy making moves in the Caribbean, signing 18-year-old Cuban outfielder Yandro Hernandez for a whopping $800,000 signing bonus.

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Royce Lewis May Have Leaked Minnesota Twins City Connect Jerseys

The Minnesota Twins will eventually debut their brand new City Connect jerseys, an alternate they will wear in 2024, possibly longer. We do not know when they will be officially unveiled or what they will look like for sure.

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Benjamin Jones

Breaking Down the Twins’ (likely) 2024 Opening Day Roster

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At least as it stands right now.

Spring Training is here! Pitchers are catchers have reported with hitters officially due soon as well. We have a few injury updates and the picture is becoming clearer on what Rocco and the Twins plan to do in 2024. Let’s get into roster projections as things stand at the opening of Spring.

Catcher Locks (2): Ryan Jeffers, Christian Vazquez In contention: None Next up: Jair Camargo, Patrick...

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