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07-09

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How the Twins Can Fulfill Their Potential
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Parker Hageman

07-08

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: July 8, 2013
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

06-24

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 24, 2013
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BP Prospect Staff

06-17

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 17
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BP Prospect Staff

06-10

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: June 10, 2013
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BP Prospect Staff

06-06

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BP Unfiltered: Buxton-ing (a Poem)
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Jason Parks

06-04

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40

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Poll the Industry: Sano vs. Buxton
by
Jason Parks

04-25

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In A Pickle: Who'll Stop the Run?
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Jason Wojciechowski

04-25

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BP Unfiltered: Pitcher BABIP and Age
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Ben Lindbergh

03-05

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MLBDepthCharts: Minnesota Twins
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Jason Martinez

02-25

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BP Unfiltered: Grapefruit League Journal: Minnesota Twins
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Mike Ferrin

02-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 136: 2013 Season Preview Series: Minnesota Twins
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-15

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Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?
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Ben Lindbergh

01-02

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BP Unfiltered: The Twins and Sabermetrics
by
R.J. Anderson

12-11

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22

Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed
by
Geoff Young

12-11

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Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 11
by
Daniel Rathman

12-10

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The Week In Quotes: December 3-9
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

12-10

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Resident Fantasy Genius: A Manager's Impact on Steals
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Derek Carty

12-07

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Prospect Push: Ranking the Traded Prospects
by
Jason Churchill

08-06

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Bizball: Get Off the Idea of Contraction in Major League Baseball
by
Maury Brown

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Liriano Heads to Rival White Sox
by
Bradley Ankrom and Kevin Goldstein

07-23

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 4: Harp
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-14

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BP Unfiltered: Francisco Liriano's Unconvincing Impression of a Minnesota Twin
by
Ben Lindbergh

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Monday, May 7
by
Daniel Rathman

04-27

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Labrum But it Didn't Kill Him
by
Jay Jaffe

04-21

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Inside The Park Blog: Bullpen Woes
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Jason Collette

04-13

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What You Need to Know: Friday, April 13
by
Daniel Rathman

04-12

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Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, April 12
by
Corey Dawkins

04-04

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9

The Lineup Card: 11 Bench Players Who Could Have a Big Impact
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Baseball Prospectus

04-02

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Loose Threads: Central Division
by
Jay Jaffe

03-26

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28

Future Shock: AL Central Prospect Preview
by
Kevin Goldstein

03-16

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Collateral Damage: Mets Misery
by
Corey Dawkins and Stephani Bee

03-14

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The Platoon Advantage: Why You Should Watch the Non-Contenders
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Jason Wojciechowski

03-12

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Transaction Analysis: Almost Closing Time for Perkins?
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R.J. Anderson

03-07

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The Platoon Advantage: The Terrible Twins of 2012?
by
Bill Parker

03-02

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The BP Wayback Machine: Chasing Ballparks in Minnesota and Florida
by
Neil deMause

02-24

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Big Shoes to Fill
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Jay Jaffe

02-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: What Could Go Wrong in 2012: Minnesota Twins
by
Jason Parks

02-13

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part II
by
Jay Jaffe

02-10

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The BP Broadside: The Latino
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Steven Goldman

02-10

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Vortices of Suck, Part I
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Jay Jaffe

02-07

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Lose-Lose Situation: Revisiting the Johan Santana Trade
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Aaron Gleeman

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

12-15

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Transaction Analysis: In with the New
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Ben Lindbergh

11-08

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The BP Broadside: Tumbling in the Twin Cities
by
Steven Goldman

09-15

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins
by
Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-16

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Contractual Matters: AL Central Payroll Projections
by
Jeff Euston

02-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Francisco Liriano
by
Jay Jaffe

11-15

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GM for a Day: Minnesota Twins
by
Ken Funck

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January 15, 2013 10:43 am

Overthinking It: Have the Twins Learned to Love the Strikeout?

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Ben Lindbergh

Pour one out for Brad Radke and his spiritual descendants.

We don't typically think of particular player types as being associated with certain teams. There are some exceptions that seem to persist over time: the Rockies go after groundballers, for instance, and the Yankees tend to target lefty-swinging sluggers. But those teams' player preferences are tied to their ballparks. If the Rockies played at a lower altitude or the Yankees found they could fit in another luxury box by making their outfield fences more symmetrical, they would adapt to their new surroundings and stop pursuing the same sort of player.

Other apparent preferences are illusions or short-term trends based on temporary team composition or the whims of one front-office regime. The A’s, for a while, liked fat guys, but then they discovered defense. The Royals, under Dayton Moore, have a thing for former Braves. The Tigers, under Dave Dombrowski and scouting director David Chadd, have a reputation for liking big pitchers who throw hard. But that’s almost an obvious affinity, sort of like saying a team favors hitters who hit the ball far. The Tigers might like pitchers who throw hard a little more than most teams, and they might be a bit more willing to overlook the shortcomings of pitchers who fit that profile. But what team doesn’t like big pitchers who throw hard?

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We know the Twins use PITCHf/x data. That's about it.

The Twins use sabermetrics. That is the takeaway from Parker Hageman’s interesting Twins Daily piece on Minnesota’s quantitative analysis. Hageman quotes Jack Goin, Minnesota’s Manager of Major League Administration and Baseball Research (and ostensibly the club’s lead quant), throughout the article. Here are some highlights:

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December 11, 2012 5:00 am

Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed

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Geoff Young

The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.

The Padres have been huge players so far this offseason, acquiring Brandon Kloess, A.J. Kirby-Jones, Tyson Ross, and Wilfredo Boscan in trades, and signing free agents Travis Buck and Jason Marquis. This has the potential to upset the balance of power in the National League West.

Such are the problems when a new ownership group comes in and starts flinging money like there's an endless supply of the green stuff. Drop enough Lincolns and other teams reflexively recoil in fear. It is impossible to deny the intimidation factor that accompanies such brash spending. Opponents feel deflated and stop trying to compete. This is great for the Padres, but think of the poor Dodgers and Giants to the north. What will become of them?

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December 11, 2012 5:00 am

Rumor Roundup: Tuesday, December 11

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Daniel Rathman

The Phillies could add a bat soon, the Dodgers probably aren't done spending, and information about the lead-up to the Royals-Rays blockbuster is coming to light.

A busy weekend gave way to a lethargic Monday: Apart from the Twins reaching a two-year deal with Kevin Correia, the transactions wire was completely dormant. As we await more action, here’s a glance at two recent developments and a look back at the lead-up to the weekend’s most polarizing trade.

Phillies likely to land one of top three free-agent corner outfielders
Over the past seven days, the Phillies have acquired center fielder Ben Revere from Minnesota and third baseman Michael Young from Texas, in an effort to revamp their lineup, which lost Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino in midseason trades. But Revere and Young combined for just eight home runs in 2012, all of them hit by the former Ranger, and considering that manager Charlie Manuel’s power bats are riddled with question marks, the Phillies still need to add some thump.


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Running through the notable quotes of the week that was.

A-ROD BRACES FOR SURGERY
“I am fully committed to a very hard road back. We've done it before in '09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I'm excited for the challenge.”
—Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who will have surgery on his left hip in January and could be out until the All-Star break. (ESPN.com)



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December 10, 2012 5:00 am

Resident Fantasy Genius: A Manager's Impact on Steals

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Derek Carty

How will a major-league team’s manager affect your fantasy team’s stolen-base totals?

Major League Baseball clubs often pride themselves on being aggressive on the basepaths. While the scope of this article isn’t to examine whether this strategy helps win ballgames, we can say with absolute certainty that being aggressive on the bases is the favored approach among fantasy owners. Stolen bases can be difficult to come by, so finding unexpected sources of steals can make a big difference for a team looking to win a championship.

One way to come across such bargains is to look at players who are changing teams, going from one with a passive organizational philosophy to one with an aggressive philosophy. Lots of teams claim to be aggressive, but as with most things in this game, you can’t always take people at their word or reputation.

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December 7, 2012 5:53 am

Prospect Push: Ranking the Traded Prospects

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Jason Churchill

How good are the hauls teams received in recent trades?

Each offseason—and occasionally during the season, especially in July—clubs acquire proven big-league players by sending prospects to their tango partners as part of the return. There already have been a handful of such trades since the end of the 2012 season, and there are numerous rumors suggesting more could be in the offing.

Let's rank those that have been moved to date.

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A look at why contraction is not a legitimate option for Major League Baseball.

For those that haven’t followed baseball’s history outside the diamond, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf could well be defined as one of baseball’s hardliners. While neither he nor Bud Selig would admit it, the two were greatly responsible for driving former commissioner Fay Vincent, Selig’s predecessor, out of office.

Reinsdorf has been a hardliner on other issues as well. He’s a key sounding board on labor issues and has often chimed in on paring the league down via contraction. Whether this was in 2002 when the league owned the Montreal Expos or now, when the difficulty of new stadium construction comes along, Reinsdorf has hit on the “C” word.

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The White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano from their division rival, the Minnesota Twins.



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Ben and Sam discuss the disappointing Miami Marlins and resurgent southpaw Francisco Liriano.

Effectively Wild Episode 4: "Harp"

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If it doesn't look like a Twin, soft-toss like a Twin, or pitch to contact like a Twin, it's probably not a Twin.

Francisco Liriano throws hard. He misses bats. He also misses the strike zone. In other words, he's never seemed much like a Minnesota Twin. Still, we went along with his act, as long as he wore the uniform and from time to time let Ron Gardenhire tell him to pitch to contact. But on Friday night, he completely blew his cover, striking out 15 batters in a loss to the A's. Fifteen batters! That's more than Nick Blackburn strikes out in most months​. 

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Fans were treated to weird baseball in Boston when the O's and Sox resorted to using position players as pitchers.

The Weekend Takeaway
Everyone loves a good dose of weird baseball, and that’s precisely what fans at Fenway Park were treated to on Sunday afternoon. The Orioles capped off their first sweep of the Red Sox in Boston since 1994, but that does not even begin to describe what transpired on Yawkey Way.

In one of the most bizarre goat-to-hero stories you will ever see, designated hitter Chris Davis hit like a pitcher… and then pitched like one, too. Davis began the afternoon by collecting a platinum sombrero, added a double-play ball in his sixth at-bat, and wound up 0-for-8 by the time the 17-inning marathon was over. But with the media preparing to make Davis the butt of many a Monday joke, Davis put the joke on the hometown nine, hurling two shutout innings to earn the win.


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