TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Gibson, Park stand out in Twins' opener

Shortstop Tim Beckham, competing for a utility role, doubled and tripled to help lead the Rays to a 3-0 win over the Twins in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams Friday night at Hammond Stadium.
Via Twins.com
3 hours ago

Gibson's new routine pays early dividends

Right-hander Kyle Gibson, who drastically changed his workout routine this offseason to improve his delivery, came away pleased with how everything felt in his Grapefruit League debut in the Twins' opener against the Rays on Friday night at Hammond Stadium.
Via Twins.com
3 hours ago

Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects: #5 Alex Kirilloff

Top Ten Countdown Continues with Outfielder Alex Kirilloff Last year’s first round draft pick debuts in the Minnesota Twins’ top prospect list at just 19 years of age. Kirilloff has all the tools to make quick ascensions through the Minnesota’s minor league system. The Twins reached into football country to select the home-schooled outfielder. Kirilloff […] Minnesota Twins...
Via Puckett's Pond
6 hours ago

Mauer, Dozier will ease into spring games

First baseman Joe Mauer and second baseman Brian Dozier were both held out of the starting lineup for the Twins' Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on Friday. Mauer isn't expected to play until Wednesday against the Pirates, while Dozier is slated to make his debut on Sunday against the Nationals.
Via Twins.com
6 hours ago

Twins' Park aims for bounce-back year

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Byung Ho Park reported to Minnesota a year ago with a $12 million, four-year contract after the Twins agreed to pay $12.85 million to his South Korean club. After hitting .191 with 12 homers, 24 RBIs and 80 strikeouts in 62 games as a rookie and getting demoted to Triple-A on July 1, he is not even on the 40-man roster at spring training this year. "Simply said...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

'Minnesota kid' Joe Mauer grateful to be starting 14th season with Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- For a local kid that grew up a Minnesota Twins fan, Joe Mauer has had quite a career with his home team. Entering his 14th season with the Twins -- a total that matches two of the organization's previous stars, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Hrbek, and is one year less than former standout Tony Oliva -- the 33-year-old Mauer is touched when his name in mentioned with...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Blunder Polanco's Development

Photo Credit: Brad Rempel, USA Today SportsShortstop has been a revolving door for the Twins for the greater part of the last two decades. Minnesota is set to enter the 2017 season with Jorge Polanco as the newest member of the Opening Day shortstop club. As I wrote about last week, the spot is Polanco's to lose.However, the Twins blundered with Polanco's development during the 2016...
Via North Dakota Twins Fan
4 days ago

Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects: No. 6 Kohl Stewart

Puckett’s Pond presents our Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. At #6 is Kohl Stewart. Previous stories on Puckett’s Pond Top 10 Prospects: Honorable Mentions   #10: Adalberto Mejia #9: Nick Burdi   #8: Ben Rortvedt #7: J.T. Chargois For the second straight year, Kohl Stewart ranks in our top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects list, this year at No. […] Minnesota Twins Top 10...
Via Puckett's Pond
4 days ago

New Additions to Twins Front Office Made Impact in Free Agency

The Twins made a number of changes during the offseason, including adding a number of people to their front office. This was done as part of a rebuilding of the baseball operations side of things, and it saw the Twins finally join the ranks of Moneyball by bringing in Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to run things. Falvey and Levine weren’t the only additions. Former Twins LaTroy Hawkins...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

After winter of speculation, Dozier returns to lead young Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Brian Dozier participated in Minnesota's first full-squad workout on Sunday. Yup, he was a little surprised, too. Dozier set career highs with 42 homers and 99 RBIs last season, one of the few bright spots in a 103-loss season for the Twins. The second baseman was rumored to be on the move for much of the winter, but nothing materialized. "Being honest with you...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Phil Hughes considering turning his removed rib into jewelry

Minnesota Twins pitcher Phil Hughes needed surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome in 2016, and to stop the nerve issues that were happening in his throwing shoulder, a rib had to be removed.It turns out Hughes still has that rib, and he has big plans for it.“I haven’t decided what the next step is. I have a few ideas. Plating it with some sort of precious metal is one way...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Brian Dozier’s Power Repeatable?

When the offseason began, a Brian Dozier trade looked inevitable. The Twins’ second baseman was one of the majors’ most productive players last season, offering elite power, good baserunning, solid plate discipline and steady second-base defense. That all-around skill set would cost just $15 million over the next two years. So as spring training begins, why is Dozier still preparing...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Job Posting: Minnesota Twins Advance Scouting Internship

Position: Minnesota Twins Advance Scouting Internship Location: MinneapolisDescription: Analyze and evaluate relevant performance trends and tendencies of upcoming opponents using video, scouting information, data, and advanced metrics to write, compile, and distribute advance scouting reports for the Major League Manager, Major League coaching staff, Front Office, and players prior...
Via Fangraphs
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why MLB's instant replay, and not the intentional walk, should be altered

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has lived a pretty charmed life as commish since taking over before the 2015 season; the steroid boom that occurred during the Bud Selig regime has largely been dealt with, there was a smooth and quiet negotiation of a new collective bargaining agreement, the Cubs' curse-breaking run led to the Series' highest average ratings in 12...
Via The Sports Quotient
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins: Offseason Rumors, 1/23-2/6

As the 2017 season quickly approaches and the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws ever nearer, the Minnesota Twins have begun final preparations in roster construction. They have continued to cast feelers into an ever-shrinking pool of free agents, and even managed to come up with a find or two. Read on and see how the Twins have managed to improve their roster over the...
Via isportsweb.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Beyoncé announcing pregnancy inspires Twins' gift package

The pop culture world as we know it experienced a seismic event for the ages this week when Beyoncé announced her pregnancy on Instagram and that she and husband Jay Z are expecting twins. Social media denizens lost their collective minds at the news and now the Minnesota Twins not surprisingly are attempting to capitalize on the trending topic to end all trending topics.The Twins...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Justin Morneau, Twins have mutual interest in return

Could Justin Morneau and the Minnesota Twins end up reunited? It appears the possibility is in the cards.The Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino reported on Sunday that there is mutual interest between the Twins and Morneau, who is a free agent.Morneau turns 36 in May and is unsigned, but could provide a left-handed bat and designated hitter for interested teams. He’s preparing for...
Via Larry Brown Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins share footage of Mary Tyler Moore throwing out first pitch in 2002 (vid)

The world lost a true Hollywood legend and beloved, respected woman when Mary Tyler Moore passed away Wednesday at the age of 80. While the actress didn’t seem to get much involved with the world of sports, there was a night in 2002 where she was the star of the show at a Minnesota Twins ballgame. Tyler of course has always been looked upon fondly in Minnesota, as her character...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
29 days ago  |  Discuss
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