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Tawny Jarvi

Monday Morning Minnesota: Scandals Edition

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That’s all anyone is talking about, sorry!

Previously on Twinkie Town:

Zach explained why what the Twins need more than anything now is a healthy Byron Buxton. Good luck?! People be cheatin’ apparently. Rumored among the filthy cheats is the Yankees. Could this be the explanation for the curse? If so then I’m pretty upset and kinda want my first born back from that swamp witch. Twins ownership has a reputation for being cheap....

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5 Songs That Should Be Added to the Target Field Playlist for New Twins Slugger Josh Donaldson

Music always adds a little spark to the stadium experience. With Josh Donaldson now a member of the Minnesota Twins, here are some songs that need to be considered as additions to the Target Field stadium mix for 2020.

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Last Stand: Twins Finally Win a High-Stakes Offseason Showdown

In both the postseason and offseason, Twins fans have grown accustomed to letdowns. The franchise's historical run of futility in October is exacerbated by (and maybe reinforced by) its routine shortcomings in the months that follow. By snapping one of those trends last week week, Minnesota took a huge step toward ending the other.

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Twins targeted Wheeler, Bumgarner, Ryu before signing Josh Donaldson

Before the holidays, the Twins offered Josh Donaldson a four-year, $84M contract that would have made him the second-highest paid player in team history after Joe Mauer, writes Phil Miller in a profile well worth a read from the Star Tribune. Another interesting tidbit from Miller confirmed that Zack Wheeler had been the Twins’ primary target at the outset of the offseason, shifting only to Donaldson after missing out on Madison Bumgarner and Hyun-Jin Ryu. Donaldson offered a potent...

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4 Starting Pitchers the Twins Could Potentially Trade for at the Deadline

The Twins addressed one of their biggest needs by signing Josh Donaldson, yet, many people feel like the rotation is still a problem. Last night, we talked about how Minnesota can possibly afford to wait until July to make an impact trade. Today, we'll take a look at who the best starting pitching options might be.

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2020: Round 7

There are no pictures of Jhoan Duran in the database. Enjoy this picture of Duran Duran instead. | Photo by Gary Miller/Getty Images Is there something I should know? Yes! Our choice for #6 prospect on our list is Jhoan Duran (and he dances on the sand). Twinkie Town 2020 Prospect Voting Results Alex Kirilloff 40% (Lewis 28%, Graterol 24%, Larnach 8%) Royce Lewis 48% (Graterol 29%, Balazovic 12%, Larnach 12%) Brusdar Graterol 59% (Balazovic 22%, Larnach 19%, Cavaco 1%) Trevor Larnach 48%...

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Zach Koenig

What the Twins need now is a healthy Byron Buxton

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Maybe the front office needs to invest in some industrial-strength bubble wrap

In a 1959 episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “What You Need”, a street peddler is bestowed the special ability to give passersby exactly what they are in need of. It may be a curious object, like a pair of scissors or a bus ticket, but it comes in handy at the exact right moment.

When TJ posed the question of what the Twins’ biggest need might be (outside of...

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Twins center fielder Byron Buxton received medical clearance for workouts

In a Twins lineup loaded with power hitters, center fielder Byron Buxton can get lost in the shuffle. Buxton’s nevertheless a valuable member of the reigning AL Central champions’ roster, though, and after undergoing left shoulder surgery last September, he’s recovering well, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. The 26-year-old Buxton received medical clearance this week to swing a bat again and could be ready to face live pitching by the time the Twins’ full-squad workouts begin...

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Devil's Advocate: Why the Josh Donaldson Deal Isn't Good for the Twins

Alright, we’ve all had time to be excited about the Minnesota Twins making an impact move and landing MLB Trade Rumors' fifth-best free agent of 2020. Now, it’s time to look at the other side: why isn’t this a good deal for the Twins as they enter their competitive window?

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TJ Gorsegner

There might be another explanation for the Twins playoff curse

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Rumors are swirling about the Yankees being filthy rotten cheaters

What if I told you that the Twins pitchers melting down against the Yankees in the playoffs isn’t because they’re bad pitchers, or not mentally tough?

Logan Morrison (remember him) made some interesting statements on his Instagram the other day. Long story short, he’s basically accusing the Yankees of stealing signs, in a manner similar to what the Astros and Red Sox are currently...

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3 things Josh Donaldson brings to the Twins

The Minnesota Twins landed their big free agent, but what does “The Bringer of Rain” bring to a team that won 101 games last season? The Minnesota Twins offseason appeared to be a repeat of a movie that Twins fans had seen before after striking out on adding an impact pitcher. However, the Twins continued […] Minnesota Twins: 3 things Josh Donaldson brings to the Twins - Puckett's Pond - Puckett's Pond - A Minnesota Twins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

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The Twins' Great Advantage (That They Aren't Taking Advantage Of)

Fresh off the Josh Donaldson news, it is becoming harder to criticize the Twins front office as they pushed their chips in and took a free agent risk that the franchise has never seen before. For that, they should absolutely be commended. However, there does remain one area where they have been stingy but should look to change their ways.

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Community Discussion: What is your opinion on the consequences of the Houston Astros cheating scandal?

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Does the time fit the crime?

This week was pivotal in the baseball world as Major League Baseball Commissioner Robert Manfred announced the punishment he bestowed upon the Houston Astros for their activities regarding sign-stealing in past seasons. A .pdf document of the entire statement and conclusion of MLB’s investigation into the Astros organization can be found here.

Essentially, the Astros were found to have cheated by...

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Twinkie Town Prospect Vote 2020: Round 6

Congratulations to our 5th pick - Jordan Balazovic | Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Jordan Balazovic wins round five, now pick number six

Jordan Balazovic won round five in a landslide. There seems to be a clear top 5 prospects in this system with blue-chip talent that is ranked on MLB top 100 prospect lists.

Twinkie Town 2020 Prospect Voting Results

Alex Kirilloff 40% (Lewis 28%, Graterol 24%, Larnach 8%) Royce Lewis 48% (Graterol 29%, Balazovic 12%, Larnach...

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Twinkie Town Talk: The Josh Donaldson Edition

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Plus snippets of info on earthquakes, a new coach, and the Baseball Brit.

So the Minnesota Twins signed someone, I guess.

What you missed on Josh Donaldson Town Twinkie Town so far this week:

Okay, so first thing’s first: Minnesota signed someone named Josh Donaldson and he plays third base. Hayden has all the deets for you! We also have some follow-up to the big signing: TJ takes a look at the Twins’ books, Cooper breaks down what the roster looks like...

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Do the Twins Really Need to Add Another Starter?

The 2019 Minnesota Twins offense put up some historical numbers. On Tuesday, we learned that the team had added one of the best hitters over the last dozen years to the already-strong lineup. Twins fans got excited, thinking about the offensive numbers the team could produce. At the same time, many quickly jumped back to asking if the team still needs to add some more pitching.

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Josh Donaldson, Twins agree to four-year, $92M deal

The Twins have agreed to a four-year contract with free agent third baseman Josh Donaldson, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com tweets. There’s an option for a fifth season on the deal, tweets Darren Wolfson of 1500 SKOR North Radio. Donaldson is represented by the MVP Sports Group.  The $92M guarantee makes this the largest free-agent signing in team history and the second-largest contract the franchise has ever given out, trailing only Joe Mauer’s eight-year, $184M mega-deal. Donaldson will...

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Donaldson signs with the Twins thanks to your grandmother’s famous hotdish

He’s a hungry man, what can I say?

It was no secret that the Minnesota Twins were “in” on third baseman Josh Donaldson, who signed with the team last night for a guaranteed four years and $92 million. Reports said that the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals were also looking to woo “The Bringer of Rain” to their respective rosters before the start of the 2020 season. But was Donaldson demanding something else?

A source has confirmed that a sticking point between Donaldson and...

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Braves to pursue Marcell Ozuna, Nick Castellanos after losing Donaldson

The Atlanta Braves were among the teams who were trying to give their lineup a major boost by keeping Josh Donaldson, but the star third baseman signed with the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday. Some have wondered if the Braves could try to pull off a blockbuster trade to make up for that, but they are not thinking that big. Jim Bowden of CBS Sports reports that the Braves are likely to shift their attention to free agent outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Nick Castellanos after they missed out on...

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Jonathan Gamble

Josh Donaldson can’t pitch, and that’s OK

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Bring the (purple) rain

The Twins, heading into the off season, promised to spend big money on impact pitchers. They did not do this. They missed out on their man (Zack Wheeler) largely due to forces outside of their control. Instead of panicking and signing someone who would have received an impact contract for less than an impact performance (Bumgarner or Keuchel), they signed a couple undervalued assets (Homer Bailey and Rich Hill) who...

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