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06-28

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The Call-Up: Kyle Gibson
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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

06-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 234: Byron Buxton, Joe Mauer, and the Twins/Dylan Bundy, Tommy John Surgery, and PRP
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-25

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BP Unfiltered: Pitcher BABIP and Age
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Ben Lindbergh

03-29

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel
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Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller

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

11-30

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 92: Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-16

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Prospect Debate: Buxton or Sano for Twins Top Prospect?
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BP Prospect Staff

11-15

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

10-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Can Say No to Twins?
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Joe Sheehan

08-06

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

07-14

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

06-14

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Painting the Black: The Incredible Underdog Story Nobody Is Watching
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R.J. Anderson

03-02

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

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

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
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Jonathan Bernhardt

11-08

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The BP Broadside: Tumbling in the Twin Cities
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Steven Goldman

09-15

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

06-24

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Prospectus Perspective: Minnesota Miscasts
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Christina Kahrl

06-08

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Anatomy of a Collapse
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Jay Jaffe

04-01

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On the Beat: Two Twins Are Better Than One
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John Perrotto

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-04

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Purpose Pitches: Mourning for Morneau?
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Christina Kahrl

02-23

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

11-15

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GM for a Day: Minnesota Twins
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Ken Funck

10-11

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Answering Questions, Dusting Brooms
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Jay Jaffe

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Home Sweet Dome No More
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Brandon Warne

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Twins vs. Yankees
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Jay Jaffe

09-24

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Prospectus Perspective: October in Minneapolis
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Marc Normandin

09-13

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On the Beat: Breaking It Open
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John Perrotto

08-25

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Prospectus Perspective: A Trip to Target Field
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Jay Jaffe

08-09

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On the Beat: Heading Toward a Showdown
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John Perrotto

04-04

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Central Competitive Ecology
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Jay Jaffe

10-13

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Minnesota Twins
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Baseball Prospectus

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Yankees versus Twins LDS
by
Joe Sheehan

08-10

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Changing Speeds: Twin City Triplets
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Ken Funck

06-21

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Prospectus Idol Entry: The 1991 World Series: An Adventure in Championship Expectancy
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Matt Swartz

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

02-19

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Future Shock: Twins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

09-25

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Prospectus Today: Twins Go Wild
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Joe Sheehan

09-04

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Prospectus Today: Looking for an Advantage
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Joe Sheehan

08-14

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Twins!
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Jay Jaffe

07-20

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Every Given Sunday: Beating Expectations
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John Perrotto

04-03

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-16

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Every Given Sunday: Competing with the Kids
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John Perrotto

03-12

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Team Health Reports: Minnesota Twins
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Will Carroll

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June 28, 2013 12:12 pm

The Call-Up: Kyle Gibson

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Jason Parks and Bret Sayre

With Mike Pelfrey injured, the Twins bolster their rotation with a former first-rounder.

The Situation: Mike Pelfrey hit the shelf with a back injury, and Gibson was already on alert-five in Triple-A, eagerly awaiting his first major league opportunity.

Background: Gibson was a highly touted collegiate arm coming out of Missouri, but a few velocity valleys and an injury concern (forearm stress fracture) pushed him down the board. He fell to the Twins with the 22nd pick and signed for $1.85M. Most thought that when and if healthy, Gibson could move through the ranks of the minors in short order and provide the major league staff with an innings-chewing arm with upside. Healthy in 2010, the tall right-hander looked the part, making 26 starts and logging 152 IP in his minor league debut, erasing most of the injury concerns, and looking like a safe bet to develop into an above-average starter.

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Ben and Sam discuss three things about the Twins, then talk about Dylan Bundy and the PRP approach to treating partial UCL tears.

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Do most young pitchers have high BABIPs?

On Wednesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press published a piece by Mike Berardino about how the Twins—well, more like one full-time employee of the Twins—are starting to explore sabermetrics. It's worth a read. The article won't leave you with the sense that the Twins are anywhere close to the cutting edge, relative to teams that aren't the Phillies, but at least they're not opposed to the idea of incorporating statistics into their decision making.

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The final installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the worst odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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How does the Twins' current rebuilding effort compare to their previous one?

You’re familiar with most of the four-letter words that go by one letter: the S-Word, the F-word, the B-Word, and more. But you may not have heard of the R-word: Rebuilding.

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Ben and Sam preview the Twins' season with Michael Bates and Bill Parker, and Pete talks to Star Tribune reporter Phill Miller (at 20:26).



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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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Ben and Sam discuss why prospect Alex Meyer isn't the Twins' usual type, then wonder why teams didn't think Russell Martin was worth more than the Pirates paid him.

Ben and Sam discuss why prospect Alex Meyer isn't the Twins' usual type, then wonder why teams didn't think Russell Martin was worth more than the Pirates paid him.

Episode 92: "Why the Twins' New Prospect Isn't Their Type/Why Didn't Russell Martin Make More Money?"

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November 16, 2012 5:00 am

Prospect Debate: Buxton or Sano for Twins Top Prospect?

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BP Prospect Staff

The BP prospect team has its say about the leading candidates for the top spot in the Minnesota system.

As Jason Parks noted in his prospect rankings primer, this year’s rankings are the product of a collaborative process. Before each system’s prospect list is finalized, members of the BP prospect team trade emails about the players involved, enriching the rankings with their own opinions and perspectives. We’ll be publishing excerpts from the best of those discussions throughout the offseason, generally the day after the prospect lists in question appear. Some exchanges have been edited for language or trimmed to stay on topic.

Link to Minnesota Twins prospect rankings

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November 15, 2012 5:30 am

Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects

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Jason Parks

A strong crop coming out of the Appalachian League gives the Twins plenty of high-end talent.

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A look back at baseball's most recent single-elimination game.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Almost three years ago, the Twins and Tigers played a memorable 163rd game to decide the AL Central. Joe recapped the events in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published on October 7th, 2009.
 


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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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