TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

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
8 hours ago

Twins mourn passing of journalist Simons

Longtime Minnesota area sports journalist Rod Simons has passed away at the age of 56, the Twins have confirmed. Simons, who spent the last two decades covering sports in various parts of the country, passed away in Fort Meyers, Fla., while covering Twins Spring Training.
Via Twins.com
14 hours ago

Twins' players take part in unique spring drills

There are the thousands of baseballs the Twins brought down to Fort Myers. There are even more than a few golf balls floating around the clubhouse. But it's some balls you might not expect that the Twins hope give them an edge this spring.
Via Twins.com
16 hours 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
18 hours ago

Dream finally comes true for Twins coach

Jeff Smith has dreamed about reaching the Major Leagues since he was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in 1995. "I've been a Minnesota Twin for almost half my life," Smith said. "I bleed Minnesota Twins."
Via Twins.com
20 hours 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
1 day 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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Dozier surprised he's back to lead young Twins lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) 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...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Minnesota Women’s Hockey’s Annual Senior Celebration

Friday night the University of Minnesota Gopher Women’s Hockey team honored their graduating seniors. Once again the regular season in women’s hockey comes to a close and the start of the hectic postseason, when teams battle for championships and bragging rights, rapidly approaches. However, before the frenzy begins the Minnesota Gopher Women’s Hockey team likes to take an...
Via Hockey Wilderness
1 day ago

Top Ten Twins Prospects: #7 J.T. Chargois

The Minnesota Twins’ Top 10 Prospect Countdown Continues With the Most Major League-Ready of Them All – Chargois. Most of our Top 10 list is at least a season away from significant playing time. Not our choice for seventh best, J.T. Chargois. Last year, Chargois made his Target Field debut, suffered growing pains and also […] Top Ten Twins Prospects: #7 J.T. Chargois - Puckett...
Via Puckett's Pond
2 days ago

Twins' Perkins ready to make a return

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Glen Perkins' professional baseball career began with the Minnesota Twins organization. He wants it to end that way too. He's just not quite ready for that day to come. "In an ideal world I'd get to finish here," Perkins said. "I've been in the organization for 14 years, but there are so many variables, too many things that can happen. That's what I'd like to...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins pitcher explains why he kept the body part doctors removed during surgery

Phil Hughes lost seven games and four months of the 2016 season, along with a rib. Well, he hasn’t exactly lost the rib. The Twins’ right-hander had surgery in July after being diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome. It’s a procedure that involves the removal of a rib in order to take pressure off of the nerves in the shoulder. But what makes this particular case so odd is...
Via FOX Sports
3 days ago

Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects: No. 8 Ben Rortvedt

Puckett’s Pond presents our Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospects. At #8 is Catcher Ben Rortvedt. Previous stories on Puckett’s Pond Top 10 Prospects: Honorable Mentions   #10: Adalberto Mejia #9: Nick Burdi  Ranking at No. 8 on our list of Top 10 Minnesota Twins prospect list is Ben Rortvedt. He is the only catcher (Mitch Garver […] Minnesota Twins Top 10 Prospects: No. 8 Ben...
Via Puckett's Pond
4 days ago

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
5 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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins are proof that MLB teams once again value character and chemistry

The Twins’ signing of free-agent left-hander Craig Breslow to a minor-league contract on Wednesday hardly qualified as a major move. But the Twins had the same idea when they recently tried to pull off something bigger – the addition of free-agent first baseman Mike Napoli.In each case, the Twins wanted the player not only for what he might contribute on the field, but also what...
Via FOX Sports
12 days ago

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
14 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
18 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
22 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
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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