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…

Why the Twins Should Consider Platooning Max Kepler

Since getting called up in June of 2016, Max Kepler has quickly become a fan favorite in Minnesota. He has shown signs of being a good all-around player, as he has produced both at the plate, and out in right-field defensively. However, there is one glaring thing that Max Kepler cannot do, and that is hit left-handing pitching. Since his call to the bigs, Kepler has hit a measly .175 against lefties, with absolutely no power, producing just 12 extra-base hits in 222 plate appearances. Max has also had a…

Jaime to Minny?

By the time you read this, it might be a done deal, or it might be caput, but here’s what I have on the proposition of the Twins trading for Jaime Garcia. Let’s start with some good old fashioned stats. Career: 65-52 record, 3.65 ERA, 804 strikeouts in 1002 innings, 1.288 WHIP. 2017: Keep in mind, this is for the Braves, who have scored 4.64 runs per game (17th in MLB) The Twins are 20th in the category at 4.55. 3-7 in 17 starts, 4.33 ERA, 81 Ks in 106…

Big Sexy is a Minnesota Twin

I get notified for every single roster move in Major League Baseball. When my phone buzzed a little bit ago, I didn’t think anything of it. Until I read it. Something along the lines of “@Twins sign Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal.” Minnesota just got sexier! #MNTwins sign Bartolo Colón to a minor league deal. #BigSexy pic.twitter.com/kwAL2bmoFm — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) July 8, 2017 Why not? You can’t not like this guy. He’s just too awesome. I’m not sure he belongs in the American League, though, ’cause he…

Five Takeaways from the Minnesota Twins April

  The Record is Not a Fluke The first half of the season has been a pleasant surprise to many Twins fans. After finishing 2016 with the worst record in baseball, the Twins have gotten off to a good start, posting a 12-11 record through the first month of the season. While it might be easy to think this success will be short lived, there are some good indicators that would suggest that the Twins might be able to keep this up. One of the best signs is the Twins…

10 Things You May Have Missed In The MLB This Week

Just a quick 10 things I saw so far since Opening Day Sunday in Major League Baseball. 1. Twins Sweep? Woah guys. Is this team good? Sorry I titled this article “things you may have missed” and then start with the one thing that you could not have missed if you’re in any way a Twins fan. Minnesota swept the Royals this week. Last year, they finished 4-15 against them and never won two in a row. Overall, the Twins only had winning streaks of three or more four times. That…

Heyyyyooooo Twins Win

Hey guys. The Twins are 1-0, and they actually looked pretty good in all facets of the game today. They hadn’t won opening day since 2011. Lesson number one though: this team is not very good. They had one good inning and got some exception pitching from Ervin Santana, which won’t happen often. Things I am happy about: Santana allowed just one run on two hits and two walks in seven innings. His control was unreal for almost every batter. Who knows, maybe that’s on Castro behind the plate. He didn’t…

Congratulations Michael Cuddyer, Twins HoF

This photo of Michael Cuddyer and me was taken about Jan. 15, 2003 at Polaris in Roseau, Minnesota during the Twins Winter Caravan. I met Dick Bremer that day, and he asked me who my favorite player was. “Torii Hunter,” I answered, without hesitation. “Well,” he replied. “Today your favorite player is Michael Cuddyer.” To my credit, I was eight, and Mr. Cuddyer had only stepped up to the plate 143 times in a Twins uniform at that point in time. I was, and still am, a big Twins fan, but I had…

Results Are In: Fans Pick Which MN Team They Want To Win A Title

We might be on to something here. These polls are fun, and I like seeing what people think. With this one, I guessed the Vikings would win, but I didn’t see it being by this big of a margin. This poll crossed the screens of 1,482 Twitter users, and 483 people couldn’t scroll past without voting. I’m not sure how the rest didn’t vote, because I can’t scroll past a poll and not vote. I don’t care if it’s something I have absolutely no knowledge about. It could be a poll…