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There is always a bit of a lull between the end of the minor league playoffs in September and the start of the annual top prospects lists in early November. Because of that gap, I’m breathing new life into an old feature that I wrote for the site in FanGraphs’ infancy back in 2008 and 2009.
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The season has been a nightmare for the Minnesota Twins, both from an organizational standpoint and from the viewpoint of the team’s fans. It only makes sense that when the team initiated its annual rookie hazing, a long-standing fall tradition in baseball, it only makes sense that it too would give both fans and, well, […]The post Rookie pitcher Cole De Vries hazed by Twins...
Although time is running out for Joe Mauer to appear on a Minnesota Twins lineup card before 2013 is over, general manager Terry Ryan still believes that Mauer can overcome his concussion problems and get back on the field before the end of September. According to MLB.com's Jeff Kirshman, Mauer is responding well to treatment and could potentially rejoin the team when they start...
At least the shellackings are over well before the ninth inning.
A night after handing the Twins their second double-digit losing margin in the span of a week, the American League Central Division's worst team gave Minnesota an unneeded reminder that the close ones hurt, too.
Three well-hit balls in the ninth inning of a 4-3 defeat -- the Twins' 10th in their last 13 outings...
Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer provided enough encouraging signs during his workout Thursday that general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire remain optimistic he will play again this season after a concussion.
After Mauer spent three days at home, he returned to the ballpark to do some cardio exercise and leg work. He hasn't resumed baseball activities, but that...
With some MLB teams making their final road trips of the season, rookie hazing season is upon us. The Minnesota Twins used the opportunity to dress pitcher Cole De Vries up as a slutty school girl – complete with a wig, tied tank top, plaid skirt, and fishnet stockings. Talk about no mercy. De Vries was a pretty good sport about the whole thing, uploading the below picture to his...
Scott Diamond pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since June, and the Minnesota Twins avoided a three-game sweep by beating the Chicago White Sox 4-3 on Wednesday.
Diamond (6-11) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings to earn his first big league win since June 20 against the White Sox. Since then, he was 0-5 with a 6.20 ERA in eight starts and spent more...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer provided enough encouraging signs during his workout Thursday that general manager Terry Ryan and manager Ron Gardenhire remain optimistic he will play again this season after a concussion.
"I'm holding out hope, as you know, that we ultimately can get him back on the field, so we're working toward that,"...
Mike Pelfrey came into Tuesday's game struggling and a team that appears to have his number kept him on a downward slope.
Pelfrey (5-13) lost his third consecutive start, giving up three runs in just 4 1-3 innings as the Minnesota Twins lost 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Pelfrey's early struggles had to do with a poor curveball...
The Minnesota Twins sure made an interesting game out of it with Oakland, rallying back only to be done in by the longball. Several times.
Coco Crisp connected for a go-ahead, two-run drive in the eighth inning, and the Athletics lowered their magic number to clinch the AL West to four with a back-and-forth 8-6 victory over the Twins on Thursday night.
Brian Dozier hit a tying...
So this is the third and probably final article I’ve written in this vein. If you’re interested in this kind of thing, you can check out the 5 Worst Seasons with 120+ RBI and the 5 Worst Seasons with 20+ Wins. I went back to 1931, the first year that the BBWAA started voting for the MVP award. I was informed by WAR, but it was not decisive. Debate is welcomed.
The Chicago White Sox have won five straight over the Minnesota Twins and will try to complete a three-game home sweep as a pair of struggling left-handed starters match up.
Minnesota's Scott Diamond is 2-0 this year against the White Sox, who will counter with John Danks on Wednesday in Chicago.
The Twins (64-86) took 10 of the first 13 meetings between the AL Central's...
The Twins jumped on White Sox starter John Danks early and pulled out a 4-3 win at U.S. Cellular Field on Wednesday.
Twins lefthander Diamond 6-11 faltered some late but can still feel good about his outing as he snapped a five-game losing streak that went back to June 20. Over 61/3 innings Diamond gave up three runs on five hits and two walks - enough for a quality start. He entered...
On the day Coco Crisp earned the Cat Fish Hunter Award, the team’s table-setter delivered the decisive table-clearing shot.
“That was huge,” Sean Doolittle said of Crisp’s go-ahead two-run shot. “When it looked like they were maybe starting to take some of that momentum there in the eighth. For him to hit that home run took the wind out of their sails.”
The force was strong with the A’s Friday night, or at least so it would seem on Star Wars fireworks night at the O.co Coliseum.
And honestly, I am not sure how else to explain a pair of a misplays in right field by Twins’ outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and a very costly throwing error by third baseman Eduardo Escobar. It was as if the Yoda version of Stomper that toured the Coliseum...