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What Could Have Been for Kirby Puckett

Twenty-four years ago today, the Minnesota Twins put Kirby Puckett on the disabled list, so we took a look back at what could have been for the outfielder. After doctors determined his blurry vision was caused by a partial blockage of a blood vessel in his right eye, the #MNTwins placed Kirby Puckett on the […] Minnesota Twins: What Could Have Been for Kirby Puckett - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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Remember when the Twins chose Matthew LeCroy over David Ortiz?

David Ortiz with his former Twins teammates (and Gardy). | Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Reliving one of the worst roster decisions in Twins history Remember when the Minnesota Twins non-tendered and released a future Hall-of-Famer in favor of Matthew LeCroy? Sure, it was technically every bit as bad as it sounds, but hindsight is always 20/20, right? Let’s take a quick peek back at the decision the Twins had in front of them in the winter between the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2002, the...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2020: Round 32

Dakota Chalmers wins round 31 | Photo by Billie Weiss/MLB Photos via Getty Images

“Dwell upon the brightest parts in every prospect... and strive to be pleased with the present circumstances” - Abraham Tucker

Dakota Chalmers won round 31, his first round available for voting. He has an interesting arm and not just because of all the tattoos.

Twinkie Town 2020 Prospect Voting Results

Alex Kirilloff 40% (Lewis 28%, Graterol 24%, Larnach 8%) Royce Lewis 48% (Graterol 29%, Balazovic...

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Twins 6, Oakland 1: Cruz-ing back to bomba-land (simulated)

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images A salami for the slugger Today’s lineups: MIN: Kepler RF, Polanco SS, Cruz DH, Sano 1B Rosario, LF, Donaldson 3B, Garver C, Arraez 2B, Buxton CF, CF, Odorizzi P OAK: Semien SS, Laureano CF, Olson 1B, Chapman 3B, Canha LF, Davs DH, Piscotty RF, Kemp 2B, Murphy C, Montas P Jorge Polanco had been the only member of the bomba squad to get going so far this spring—but Nelson Cruz was going to fix that today. We’d have to wait a little...

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Ranking 5 best moves by Twins brass Falvey, Levine

FOX Sports North lists the best moves by Minnesota Twins brass Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.

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Trevor May in the MLB the Show Players’ Tournament

The only Minnesota Twins player in the tournament, Trevor May fell in the semifinals of the MLB the Show Players tournament. With no major league baseball to play or watch, Minnesota Twins players and fans have resorted to other sources to get their baseball fix. Some watch the replays of games on television, while others […] Minnesota Twins: Trevor May in the MLB the Show Players’ Tournament - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More...

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A Twins baseball-themed cryptic crossword puzzle

If they make a mistake and start swearing at each other, they’ll be exchanging cross words.

Turn it 45 degrees and it’s a baseball diamond.

If you didn’t already know from my previous articles here, I’m a nerd.

As such, I’ve passed a good portion of the week leading up to what would have been Opening Day by constructing a Twins- and MLB-themed cryptic crossword puzzle.

For those who aren’t as familiar with cryptics, such puzzles differ from those crosswords we Americans are...

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Brandon Brooks

Rival Recap: the Chicago White Sox off season

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Another look at what’s changed around the division since October.

This winter, the Chicago White Sox had one of the most talked-about off seasons in recent memory.

Each year, there seems to be a different sub-.500 team that does a little bit more than expected, and suddenly they’re everybody’s dark horse pick for the upcoming campaign.

The Padres come to mind; in 2015, they acquired Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton, Derek Norris, Brandon Morrow, and...

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TJ Gorsegner

As 2020 MLB contigency plans start to appear, the season will start with a 29-man roster

among other agreements between league, union yesterday.

We don’t yet know if there will be a 2020 MLB season, when it might start, or how many games we will get. The league and the players union did come to an agreement that covers some of the lingering details of postponement.

Most interestingly to the fans, each team will start the 2020 season, whenever it starts, with a 29-man roster, three more than they planned to carry. This seems like it would primarily benefit pitchers, as they...

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Twins 5, Oakland 2: Maeda Maekes his Maerk.

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(Maeda makes his mark, if that helps)

Today’s lineups:

MIN: Garver C, Polanco SS, Kepler RF, Cruz DH, Rosario, LF, Donaldson 3B, Sano 1B, Arraez 2B, Buxton CF, Maeda P

OAK: Semien SS, Laureano CF, Olson 1B, Chapman 3B, Canha LF, Davs DH, Piscotty RF, Pinder 2B, Murphy C, Manaea P

A slow start to the scoring in this one ended up with some fireworks, and the Twins are back to .500 on the season. Both pitchers started by trading quick innings, as Manaea...

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Twins southpaw Blaine Hardy undergoes Tommy John surgery

Southpaw Blaine Hardy, who was in camp with the Twins on a minor league deal, will now be sidelined until 2021. He underwent Tommy John surgery last Friday, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. The 33-year-old Hardy has thrown plenty of innings against the Twins over his six seasons with the Tigers. His tenure in Detroit wrapped up after 289 2/3 innings of 3.73 ERA ball. While he has turned in solid overall results over the years, Hardy has had some ups and downs and never really...

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The Top 5 Right Fielders in Franchise History

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Ten questions with Dick Bremer about his book, baseball, and more

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images I probably could have listened to him talk for hours I wrote in more detail about Game Used: My Life in Stitches with the Minnesota Twins, the new book from Dick Bremer earlier this morning. Not only do you get my two cents there, but you can also read some excerpts from the book. I was also able to have the opportunity to talk to Dick for awhile, and truly enjoyed the conversation. On the off chance he actually reads this, I want to...

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Part Twins history, part biography, all fascinating; Dick Bremer’s new book is a worthwhile journey for any Twins fan

The long-time broadcaster brings to life the team in 108 quick stitches You may have heard that long-time Twins play-by-plan man Dick Bremer wrote a book, which was released a couple weeks ago. That his book, Game Used: My Life in Stitches with the Minnesota Twins, is well-written, humorous, and full of astute baseball observations probably won’t surprise fans who have watched the Twins on an occasional-or-more basis any time since 1983. In almost four decades calling games on TV for our...

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Twins option Poppen, Wade Jr

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As a writer, I only thrive when news happens or when games are going on. So when I was told that by a good friend that I missed a 14-word tweet from Betsy Helfand of the St Paul Pioneer Press yesterday, I knew I was still in some type of trance or alternate universe. Nonetheless, the Minnesota Twins did make two roster moves yesterday.

Pitcher Sean Poppen was optioned down. The righty saw action in four Grapefruit League games,...

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Discussion Post: Which 2000’s Twin would you add to this year’s team?

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Firing up the time machine once again

The 2000’s were a wondrous time for Twins baseball. The names of legends such as Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Brad Radke, Johan Santana, and Nick Punto graced the field for the Twins under the teflon sky of the Metrodome (RIP.) But if you were to add one player from this era to the current iteration of the Twins, who would it be?

There’s definitely a strong case to be made for 2008 Joe Nathan. The...

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Looking back at Y2K’s opening weekend

A wild start to a disappointing season

Twenty years ago, the Minnesota Twins were about to embark on an altogether disappointing campaign. All told, the year 2000 would produce a 69-93 record (the 4th consecutive 90-loss slog), good for dead last in the AL Central and a full eight games back of even fourth place Kansas City.

Long before all that ultimately came to be, however, the Twins welcomed the Tampa Bay Devil Rays into the Metrodome to kick off the ‘00 proceedings. The four-game tilt...

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The long and short version of Twins vs. As memories

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Yesterday was supposed to be the day. Opening day. Since I can’t even watch a live little league game, let alone a major league game at this moment, I thought I’d take the time to write about my memories of attending a weekend series at the Oakland Coliseum on June 1, 2, and 3, 2007. After all, it’s that very stadium in which the Twins should be playing as this is written. Not to mention the inescapable fact that writing about baseball right...

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Seth's Spring Training Standouts: 2020 Edition

For the past six or seven years, I have gone down to Minnesota Twins spring training in Ft. Myers. I most enjoy spending time down on the minor league fields, head on a swivel, watching prospects do their work, practice and play games. It’s fun to see the top prospects in action, but for me it’s always fun to find a few players who aren’t talked about as much, or I haven’t seen in action, that stand out. Here are my three players from 2020 Twins minor league spring training (and a...

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Twins Ready for a Re-Up with Nelson Cruz?

Back in early March, when the United States was still experiencing a simpler time, Darren Wolfson noted some big news about a Twins slugger. Minnesota was suggested to have had dialogue about bringing Nelson Cruz back for the 2021 season. Regardless of the looming uncertainty, should that be a consideration, and should they want to?

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