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Who's up next in the End of Season Post-Mortem series? Minnesota Twins, come on down!
If you're new here (which about 90% of our reader base is in comparison to last year), here's a brief explanation: after a team is eliminated from the playoffs, we're going to put their season under a microscope and look at just what the hell went wrong, what went right, and so on and so forth. The goal is to post these the day after a team is eliminated. Also, for the first ten teams eliminated, we're going to post a series called "Hope for the Hopeless", which is going to be an expanded version of the "What Went Right" portion of the Post-Mortem series pieces.
Anyway, here we are...the Minnesota Twins. Even with the AL Central heading into (another) down year, there wasn't much hope for the Twins entering the season having just come off a 99-loss 2011 season. Sure enough, the Twins were never a threat in the division but they can take some so...
BEST OF MAXIM
MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Twins sluggers Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham have combined to hit 53 home runs this season, so they know a thing or two about sending a baseball out of the park.
But on Sunday, both Twins players helped send another baseball further than any home run either of them has ever hit. Before Sunday's Twins game against the Chicago White Sox, a group of...
MINNEAPOLIS Despite beginning the year at Triple-A Rochester, Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond has pitched the most innings of any Twins pitcher this season. He lasted 5-13 innings Sunday against Chicago and has now pitched 153-23 innings for the Twins this season, more than he's pitched in a year at any point in his professional career.
Over his last several starts, it...
MINNEAPOLIS Chris Herrmann's major league debut was brief, but it was still a day to remember for the Minnesota Twins catcher.
Herrmann entered Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth inning of the Twins' 9-2 loss.
After replacing Ryan Doumit defensively, Herrmann got his first big league at-bat in the bottom...
Pedro Florimon's work at shortstop late this season has the Minnesota Twins pondering a new position for Brian Dozier, who was the regular shortstop for 84 games as a rookie this year before being swapped out for Florimon in mid-August. "Florimon has kind of made the plays and shown some of the range that you really like from a shortstop, that Dozier didn't necessarily...
Occasionally, a young pitcher will be referred to as "effectively wild." On Saturday, Minnesota's Samuel Deduno was simply wildly erratic.
Deduno began the day owning the second-most wins (six) of any Twins starter. Yet, the right-hander rarely found the strike zone against the first-place White Sox in an eventual 5-3 Twins setback.
Deduno was all over the place...
SHADES OF MAYS
Video: Over the head basket catch
By MATT BEARDMORE,
STATS WriterThe Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians are well out of the AL Central race, but they'll both have a major impact on which team finishes first.Their matchup this week could help determine if Minnesota or Cleveland ends up last.The Twins will try to snap a three-game skid when they go for a fourth consecutive victory over the Indians on Tuesday...
"He's a great communicator. He's up-front, he puts it out there -- what he thinks is best for the union -- and he's just a great leader."
"You're willing to trust his opinion and his leadership and his instincts. He's just a perfect union boss, I think."
-Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins, via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians are well out of the AL Central race, but they'll both have a major impact on which team finishes first.
Their matchup this week could help determine if Minnesota or Cleveland ends up last.
The Twins will try to snap a three-game skid when they go for a fourth consecutive victory over the Indians on Tuesday night.
Long out of the playoff...