Let’s talk Twins: Spring Training Is Here

We got about a foot of snow like in the last 12 hours, it seems, yet spring is in the air. Spring camp has started in Florida, and the Twins have acquired some of the pitching help we’ve been asking for the last few years in relievers Fernando Rodney and Addison Reed, as well as starters Michael Pineda, Anibal Sanchez and Jake Odorizzi. I realize two of those three starters likely won’t factor in this season (if Sanchez does at all), but it’s still good to see some transactions happening…

Do Your Job

What does Merriam-Webster say desperate means? “Utter loss of hope” What does success mean? It means that you don’t put up with shit. I’m new to this, but I spent the last few days in New England. You know, Connecticut, Boston, quaint, folksy, covered bridges, and the rest? You know what they’re good at? Winning. They win a lot. This is not to say that they have never lost, let us not forget, the Patriots were once so desperate that they hired a coach that had been fired by the…

Twins ink Michael Pineda to a 2-Year Deal

The Twins made their first big move of the offseason this morning by signing 28-year-old, starting pitcher, Michael Pineda to a 2-year, $10 million deal, with possible incentives that could add an additional $3 million to his contract. This is an interesting move for the Twins, as Pineda is coming off Tommy John surgery this summer, and he will most likely not be available for the Twins in 2018. This will cause some reservations among Twins fans, but it is exactly the kind of low-risk, high-reward move that could pay…

Why the Twins Should Trade Away Their International Free Agent Money

All of the talk that has dominated this MLB offseason has revolved around which team will sign Japanese sensation Shohei Otani. This two-way star, whom I wrote about last winter, has an opportunity to make an immediate impact as both a pitcher and as a hitter for whichever MLB team he signs for. What makes this 23-year-old free agent so unique, besides his two-way talents, is the fact that he is still subject to MLB’s international free agency rules, as he is under the age of 25. This means that…

Byron Buxton: Fielding Phenomenon

What. A. Season. The Twins lost to the Pinstripes. I don’t care. I wrote the Twins off this year. I thought Mauer was over the hill. I thought the rotation would be the worst in the league. I thought the bullpen would be the worst in the league. I thought Miguel Sano and, maybe, Max Kepler would produce decently on offense. Boy was I wrong. Sure, the pitching was by no means top-of-the-line, but those boys kept the Twinkies in ball games. Ervin Santana was the ace I said time…

Twins Offseason Preview

Now that the World Series has ended, the MLB offseason is now officially underway. So now is a perfect time to take a look at some of the moves that the Twins can make this winter to put themselves right back in the playoff hunt in 2018. The obvious focus for the Twins this offseason should be the same as it has been for that past decade, GET BETTER PITCHING! The Departures Probably the best thing that the Twins have going for them is they are still a very young…

It’s Time to Stop Complaining About Juiced Baseballs

“It’s a deep fly ball, back at the wall, and it is GONE!” If you have been watching any of this year’s World Series that is a phrase you have heard Joe Buck say a lot recently, 22 times in fact, which is already a World Series record. This has helped create two of the most exciting games that have ever been played in the history of baseball. However, the underlying story of this entire World Series has been, are the baseballs juiced? Now if you follow baseball year-round, you…

Time To Let Kershaw Off The Hook?

“He’s an elite pitcher, but he can’t pitch in the playoffs.” 7IP, 3H, 1ER, 1HR, 11K, 83P. Clayton Kershaw led the Dodgers to the World freakin’ Series, and he puts up numbers like that. People can no longer say he doesn’t have the clutch factor because of a couple rough starts in years past. The guy is lights out, period. Invincible. I think I saw last night was the first time a pitcher has struck out 11 with no walks in the World Series, and I’d look it up to…

Chad Bettis Makes Ultimate Comeback

In a game where playing it was more important than winning it, Chad Bettis did both and completed an awe-inspiring comeback from chemotherapy on testicular cancer to pitching seven scoreless innings to help the Rockies to a win Monday over the Braves. This is the stuff that makes me love the game of baseball. These inspirational, motivational events have a way of pulling at your heartstrings. Last year it was Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen hitting a home run right after returning to the game after his father’s death, as well…