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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 8

Welcome to Round 8 | Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

“Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” – Yogi Berra

Josh Winder was our selection in round seven. He is on the 40 man roster and on the cusp of making his debut for the Twins.

Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Jordan Balazovic 48%...

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Twins SP Kenta Maeda aiming for September return from Tommy John surgery

Maeda, 33, struggled through groin and elbow injuries last season before ultimately going under the knife on Sept. 1. 

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Yo Rocco—evaluating the Twins skipper

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Baldelli has seen it all during his three years at the helm

Nearly 30 years ago—September 1992—Twins manager Tom Kelly passed Sam Mele to become the winningest manager in franchise history. It’s a rank TK holds to this day.

Yes, this man is the winningest manager in Twins history

Despite the proliferation of metrics everywhere on the diamond, evaluating the individual at the end of the dugout is still tricky business. Was, say, Joe Torre one of the...

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Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Twinkie Town

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 7

Jhoan Duran takes round six | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“In baseball, even the best hitters fail seven of ten times, and of those seven failures there are different reasons why.” - Ichiro

Jhoan Duran is our selection in a close round six vote. We are wishing him a healthy season and hoping for a 2022 major league debut for Duran.

Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%,...

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Lockout, Shmockout: Part 2

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You guys, this might actually be a problem.

Oh hi there, friends!

It’s that time of winter where it’s a big ol’ dead zone. The holidays are becoming a distant memory. Most of our football teams are dunzo for the season. It’s cold and miserable outside (at least here in Minnesota). Spring - which includes baseball season - seems like forever away. And let’s not forget, we are still amid a raging pandemic, thus...

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Brandon Brooks

Should Joe Nathan be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

The powerhouse closer probably deserves a better look than he’s getting.

This is the second article in a breakdown miniseries regarding the 2022 Hall of Fame candidates with ties to YOUR Minnesota Twins. Links to previous/future articles will be updated here!

HOF, Minnesotan Style | Justin Morneau | Joe Nathan | Torii Hunter |

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Nathan, Texas Ranger.

And San Francisco Giant, Detroit Tiger, and — remember this one? — Chicago Cub. Also,...

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Bob Engvall

An MLB Alternative to the Winter Classic

There’s no more classic Minnesota winter than this. | Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images

I’m not saying it’s a good idea, but I’m also not saying it’s a bad one.

Ok, here’s a thought. I’m not suggesting it’s a good thought, but it’s a thought. Given the success and attention that the “Winter Classic” brought to Minnesota, it might be time for the “Summer Classic.” Not the All-Star game…been there, done that. I’m talking about something unique,...

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Ron Gardenhire, Dan Gladden, César Tovar named to Twins Hall of Fame

Unlike this play, Gladden is now safe at home. | Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

The three will be inducted in August.

The Minnesota Twins have announced their three newest members of the team’s Hall of Fame:

Congratulations to the #MNTwins Hall of Fame Class of 2022! We can't wait to celebrate during Hall of Fame Weekend in August. pic.twitter.com/aWHSWiIxcQ

— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) January 20, 2022

Gardenhire began his managerial career as the Minnesota skipper in...

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Benjamin Jones

Friday Four: Liriano, Top Prospects, International Signings, and Some Dongs

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Welcome back to another edition of the Friday Four! I normally like to open these with a funny anecdote, but I’ve been in a bit of a slump recently. I tried using my wife’s keyboard, made some tweaks to my typing stance, even tried out Jason Giambi’s gold thong for good measure, but no luck. Please enjoy this video of the 1991 Twins behaving in the most 1991 way possible instead.

Liriano Hangs ‘Em Up

On Monday, Francisco Liriano officially...

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Players locked in for 2022, and how much they are making

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A quick look at Twins player contracts for 2022 and beyond

It’s been a quiet offseason for the Minnesota Twins. Other than the Buxton extension (yay) and the signing of RHP Dylan Bundy, it’s been uneventful. I have been quiet too, but I’m ready to get back in the baseball swing of things.

I saw an article recently about Kepler being trade bait. The basis of the article is not why I bring this up. I bring it up because I need a refresher...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 6

Jose Miranda wins round five | Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

“A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours.” - Ray Fitzgerald

Jose Miranda won round five easily after finishing a close runner-up in round four. He is ready to contribute to the Twins right away in 2022.

Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%,...

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Lockout Special: Breaking the (Unwritten) Rules

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Ft. the Unwritten Rules, Collective Bargaining, Jose Mijares, & More

Baseball’s locked out and there isn’t much news to speak of. Let me present to you: something relevant-adjacent!

As I finished up my Economics Degree, I took a course this past spring about something called “Institutional Theory”. The base definition of what institutions are in economics comes from one of the GOAT’s, Barry Bonds Douglass North.

“Institutions are the rules of the...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 5

Balazovic is our #4 prospect | Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

“There are only five things you can do in baseball: run, throw, catch, hit and hit with power” - Leo Durocher

Jordan Balazovic comes off the board in round four. If things go well for him we could see him make his Twins debut this summer.

Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%,...

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The holidays are over, COVID slogs on, it’s far below freezing—and I’m getting worried about baseball

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For those who lived through them, how did you reconcile work stoppages with your fandom?

When Major League Baseball’s owners locked out the players on December 2, 2021, I made a vow to not get into the weeds of the disagreement. Not because such topics aren’t useful—they very much are and I’m sure will be covered in excruciating detail by numerous outlets. I just don’t have the energy, at this time, to give to...

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A Hot Stove session with Frank Quilici

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Here’s a little tale that would have been suitable for James Filmore’s Twins memorabilia series. But I think it fits better in the Hot Stove season, although as you can see it is a fireplace not a stove.

Frank Quilici made his major league debut in July 1965. He had a very good rookie season and ended up playing every inning of the ‘65 World Series. That was the high water mark of his playing days, he spent 1966 in Triple A ball and when he got...

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Trade candidate: Twins outfielder Max Kepler

Even subtracting his 4.5 fWAR season from 2019 from the mix, Kepler has still been worth 8.2 fWAR over his other five seasons.

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Ronald Acuña Jr.'s teenage brother signs with Twins

The two Acuñas are both right-handed hitters.

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Friday Four: Lockout Update, Kaat, Streaming, Torii Hunter Saves the Day

This picture feels a bit dramatic, no? | Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I love baseball, but I’m beginning to believe most of the owners don’t.

We made it through another week without baseball, and though the weather may be deceiving, spring training is right around the corner. It’s supposed to be anyway. In the meantime, I wrote you another edition of the Friday Four. If you stick around until the end, I brought Torii Hunter with me to tell you a story.

Lockout...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2022: Round 4

Congratulations to Joe Ryan | Photo by David Berding/Getty Images

“You spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball, and it turns out it was the other way around all the time.” - Jim Bouton

Joe Ryan wins round three without much trouble. He is penciled into the starting rotation for 2022.

Royce Lewis 40% (Martin 37%, Balazovic 23%) Austin Martin 65% (Balazovic 25%, Duran 7%, Woods-Richardson 2%) Joe Ryan 43% (Balazovic 27%, Miranda 24%, Duran 4%, Woods-Richardson 2%)

We still...

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