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08-16

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Banjo Hitter: Eddie Rosario, Reformed Hacker
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Aaron Gleeman

08-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Twins GM Thad Levine
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Aaron Gleeman

08-11

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Players Prefer Presentation: 18 Minutes at Dodger Stadium
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Meg Rowley

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Rizzo's Relief
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Aaron Gleeman and Greg Goldstein

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Jaime Garcia, Flipped
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Aaron Gleeman, Jarrett Seidler and Javier Barragan

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Altitude Frisbee
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Aaron Gleeman, Zack Moser, Greg Goldstein, Jeffrey Paternostro and Mark Anderson

07-27

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DFA Podcast: Ep. 18: Royal Buyers
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Bryan Grosnick, R.J. Anderson and Shawn Brody

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: Panda 2.0
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Patrick Dubuque, Brett Cowett, Aaron Gleeman, Martin Alonso and Mark Anderson

07-25

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Advance Scouting Series: Jaime Garcia
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Wilson Karaman

07-10

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Transaction Analysis: Big Sexy's Last Call
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Aaron Gleeman

06-21

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Rubbing Mud: Lower is Better for Berrios
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Matthew Trueblood

06-20

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Banjo Hitter: Minnesota's Mess
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Aaron Gleeman

06-14

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Rubbing Mud: No Free Strikes
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Matthew Trueblood

06-05

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Rubbing Mud: The Rise of the Rover and the Fall of Dozier
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Matthew Trueblood

06-04

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Baseball Prospectus Announcement
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Bret Sayre

06-02

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Rubbing Mud: One At-Bat, Turned Inside Out
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Matthew Trueblood

05-31

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Max Kepler
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Aaron Gleeman

05-29

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Prospectus Feature: The Ervin Santana Disagreement
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Jonathan Judge

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: Have Gloves, Will Travel
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Bryan Grosnick

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Muscle Memory of Bunting
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Matthew Trueblood

05-19

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Prospectus Feature: It Finally Clicks for Aaron Hicks
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David Brown

05-04

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Banjo Hitter: The First 162: Byron Buxton
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Aaron Gleeman

03-29

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Minnesota Twins
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Aaron Gleeman

03-24

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Banjo Hitter: Sticking at Shortstop
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Aaron Gleeman

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

02-21

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA's Breakout Bets: Hitters
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Aaron Gleeman

02-16

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Banjo Hitter: PECOTA and the Twins, Sitting in a Tree
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Aaron Gleeman

02-11

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BP Job Postings: Minnesota Twins Advance Scouting Intern
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BP Staff

02-10

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Rubbing Mud: Miguel Sano Through PECOTA's Eyes
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Matthew Trueblood

01-18

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Rubbing Mud: Dozier and the Doyers
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Matthew Trueblood

01-13

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Transaction Analysis: Going Back To Cali
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Aaron Gleeman

12-30

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Best of BP 2016: The Fall of the Ryan Empire
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Aaron Gleeman

11-23

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Transaction Analysis: Twins Pay For Stolen Strikes
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Aaron Gleeman

09-28

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Banjo Hitter: The Derek Falvey Era
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Aaron Gleeman

08-25

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Banjo Hitter: Baseball's Unlikeliest Slugger?
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Aaron Gleeman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Twins, Angels Make Seller-To-Seller Swap
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Aaron Gleeman, Meg Rowley, Christopher Crawford and Wilson Karaman

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: Not Abad Trade
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Aaron Gleeman and Will Haines

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: Nunez's Career-Year Moves to San Francisco
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Aaron Gleeman and Adam McInturff

07-26

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Banjo Hitter: Miguel Sano Is a Strikeout Pioneer
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Aaron Gleeman

07-19

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Banjo Hitter: Twin Killing
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Aaron Gleeman

07-14

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Banjo Hitter: Where These Terrible Twins Go From Here
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Aaron Gleeman

07-12

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Banjo Hitter: The Out-of-Nowhere All-Stars
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Aaron Gleeman

06-26

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Team Chemistry: Explaining the DRA-Beaters
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John Choiniere

06-08

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Team Chemistry: The Outsized Importance of a Joe Mauer Cold Streak
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John Choiniere

05-31

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Prospectus Feature: Buxton's Back, and Not Busted Yet
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Aaron Gleeman

05-24

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Prospectus Feature: Joe Nathan's Got One Thing To Prove
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Aaron Gleeman

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: So You Want to Fire Your General Manager
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Matthew Trueblood

05-19

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Prospectus Feature: So Long, Jose Berrios; See You Soon?
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Aaron Gleeman

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Fredi, Blame, Fired
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Aaron Gleeman, Wilson Karaman and Matthew Trueblood

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace
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Daniel Rathman

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After years of swinging at everything and frustrating everyone, Rosario may have had an epiphany.

Paul Molitor has always been a believer in Eddie Rosario’s swing. As a roving hitting instructor, Molitor worked with Rosario in the minors as far back as 2010, saying later that the left-handed hitter’s “ability to square up the ball” immediately caught his eye. Molitor replaced Ron Gardenhire as Twins manager in 2015, and during his first spring training at the helm he praised Rosario’s hitting ability on a daily basis. At the time Rosario was 23 years old and coming off a disappointing Double-A season in which he hit just .243/.286/.387 and was suspended 50 games for marijuana use, but Molitor believed.

Early that May the Twins needed outfield reinforcements and at Molitor’s urging they bypassed Aaron Hicks to call up Rosario, who was hitting just .242/.280/.379 with a 17/5 K/BB ratio in 23 games at Triple-A. For all the talk about his upside, Rosario had a sub-.700 OPS above Single-A for his career and it had been around 18 months since he was a productive hitter at any level, but as Molitor explained: “I wanted to give Eddie an opportunity to get up here. I’ve been around him enough to know that for that kid, it’s just been a matter of him learning to apply himself a little bit more consistently, and I think he’s been doing that.”

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Thad Levine talked deadline deals, Tinder, analytics, and lots more at Baseball Prospectus Night in Minnesota.

As part of Baseball Prospectus Night at Target Field on August 5, Minnesota Twins general manager Thad Levine joined us for an interview and audience Q&A. The following is a transcript of his interview with me, which has been edited for clarity and brevity, as the entire session lasted more than an hour and was over 10,000 words when transcribed. You can listen to the unedited, hour-plus Levine audio, including the audience Q&A, on the "Gleeman and The Geek" podcast.

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Time is a flat circ ... OH MY GOD, HURRY UP ALREADY!

On July 25, the Dodgers played the Twins, in Los Angeles. The game featured an 18-minute delay after the umpires and Twins manager Paul Molitor got mixed up over a double-switch in the sixth inning. It wasn’t the most important game the Dodgers have played lately, or even the most interesting. But it did show us a few things.

By my count, Yasiel Puig was announced as the batter two hours, 39 minutes, and 15 seconds into the game. This is an account of what and who followed.

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Washington adds another veteran late-inning reliever, snagging All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler from Minnesota.

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Jaime Garcia is on the move for the second time in a week, going from Minnesota to New York.

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Colorado picks up bullpen help in Pat Neshek, Washington calls up Andrew Stevenson, and Minnesota unloads one of the old regime's mistakes.

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On the 18th episode of the DFA podcast, it's time to talk about all those medium-sized deals that are part and parcel of deadline season. The Padres and Royals swap intriguing pitchers, Jaime Garcia (finally) heads to Minnesota, and the Red Sox add two third basemen: one from within and one from without.

It's Baseball Prospectus's newest podcast: DFA! Host Bryan Grosnick (Baseball Prospectus), co-host R.J. Anderson (CBS Sports), and producer Shawn Brody (Beyond the Box Score, BP Mets) are talking about all the transactions and roster moves that make MLB go. From trades and signings to callups and disabled list stints, DFA is here to provide analysis and commentary on all things baseball.

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Pablo Sandoval heads back to San Francisco, the Twins add much-needed rotation help in Jaime Garcia, and the Mariners swap four minor leaguers for David Phelps.

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The Twins haven't seen an acquisition this middling since Edmure Tully.

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Released by the Braves, 44-year-old Bartolo Colon will try to make it back to the majors with the Twins.

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Jose Berrios' slight adjustments have had big payoffs, as 23-year-old thrives in Minnesota's rotation.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before.

Jose Berrios entered 2017 with his career arc somewhat in doubt. Formerly a top prospect, he’d struggled—no, he had outright failed—in his first extended look in the majors, and despite his youth and his raw stuff, even his most enthusiastic supporters were forced to admit that big changes were needed if he was going to turn himself into a valuable big-league hurler.

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Minnesota's hitting and defense look ready for prime time, but the pitching remains a mess.

Monday was an off day for the Twins, and boy did they need it. As of Friday night they sat atop the American League Central, the unlikely owners of a 34-29 record following a disastrous 103-loss season. Then the second-place Indians came to town for a three-day, four-game series at Target Field and swept the Twins out of first place, thoroughly thrashing Minnesota by a 28-8 aggregate score. In less than 48 hours the Twins went from surprising division leaders to looking like merely something that the defending American League champions had to step over on their inevitable climb back to the playoffs.

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