TWINS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Twins mourn passing of Fernandez

When Twins second baseman Brian Dozier woke up Sunday morning, he immediately checked Twitter and saw the breaking news that 24-year-old Marlins ace Jose Fernandez had tragically died in a boating accident. "I had to read it over and over to make sure I was reading it right," said a somber Dozier.
Via Twins.com
20 hours ago

Polanco homers, Twins snap streak with win over Mariners

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and Tyler Duffey pitched seven strong innings for his best start in more than a month as the Minnesota Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 Saturday night.Duffey (9-11) had allowed at least five earned runs in three of his past five starts. The right-hander gave up the two runs and four hits while...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Santiago takes on M's in Twins' last home game

With the Mariners still alive in the chase for an American League Wild Card spot, they'll turn to right-hander Taijuan Walker in the final game of a three-game series against the Twins on Sunday in the season finale at Target Field. Walker, who will start opposite lefty Hector Santiago, is looking to replicate his only previous outing at Target Field, when he threw a complete game...
Via Twins.com
1 day ago

Defensive whiz Buxton also impresses with bat

While Byron Buxton has continued to prove himself to be an elite defender in center field, as evidenced by his leaping catch to rob Nelson Cruz of a potential three-run homer on Friday, it's Buxton's offense this month that has the Twins excited about his future.
Via Twins.com
1 day ago

LOOK: What happened to all the Twins’ fans?

The fans attending Thursday afternoon’s game between the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins needn’t worry about elbow room or personal space. After estimating that the crowd at the game was well under 2,500 LaVelle E. Neal of The Minneapolis Star Tribune took a picture that proved he’s no liar. Game time pic.twitter.com/6FtdPQq7WC — LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) September...
Via Sportsnaut
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Almost nobody shows up at Target Field for Twins makeup game

Being a Minnesota Twins fan is rough. The Twins have been largely abysmal over the past few seasons and are on pace for a 100 loss season in 2016. With the season coming to a close, almost nobody showed up to watch Minnesota take on the Detroit Tigers on Thursday afternoon. I’m not being hyperbolic. Check out the scene at Target Field during the first inning. There only appears...
Via The Comeback
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins’ Brian Dozier sets American League home run record for 2B

Minnesota Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier slugged his 42nd home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Detroit Tigers. It was Dozier’s 40th home run of the season as a second baseman, setting a new American League record. It is also worth noting that his latest […] The post Twins’ Brian Dozier sets American League home run...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 days ago

Trevor May Diagnosed With Stress Fracture In Back

Twins righty Trevor May has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports. His specific condition was diagnosed as a “pars defect” by specialist Dr. Robert Watkins. It seems that the injury has been present for some time, with Watkins telling May that it had already undergone “cycles of healing” that never completed...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Three Needs: Minnesota Twins

The Twins are up next in MLBTR’s Three Needs series, and while isolating three individual needs for a team with the worst record in Major League Baseball is a tall order, here are three aspects that the organization needs to shore up in order to facilitate a return to relevance in the AL Central… 1. Improve the player development process. There’s been plenty written about...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
4 days ago

Minnesota Twins: Why I’m Still Optimistic About the Future

With the disappointing 2016 campaign coming to an end for the Minnesota Twins, the focus will be on the front office and what they do to help bring some clarity to the future of the franchise. First off will be the hiring of the next Minnesota Twins General Manager. Whoever that may be, they will […] Minnesota Twins: Why I’m Still Optimistic About the Future - Puckett's Pond...
Via Puckett's Pond
5 days ago

Minnesota Twins: Stumbling to Finish Line, Trending Toward #1 Pick

The Minnesota Twins’ end of summer swoon continues as they sink further in standings. Despite a historically bad start to the season, the Minnesota Twins were actually competitive for a long stretch in the middle of the Summer. Since then, they’ve sunk to near franchise-worst pace to finish a season. It was fun for a […] Minnesota Twins: Stumbling to Finish Line, Trending Toward...
Via Puckett's Pond
5 days ago

Tigers go to Minnesota 2 1/2 games out of playoff spot

When a season of high expectations started for Minnesota, a mid-September series at Target Field between the Twins and the visiting Detroit Tigers was expected to be a fight for postseason position. Playoffs are still in the picture for Detroit. But the optimism created by the Twins' 83-79 record in 2015 ended quickly and has led to another long summer as Minnesota begins its final...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2016 Minnesota Twins

Despite coming into the season with postseason aspirations based off their 2015 success and not playing in a division with the Cubs, the Minnesota Twins have been the first team eliminated from the playoffs in the 2016 season. Bolstered by a group of talented rookies, Minnesota finished the season in second place in the AL Central last year, winning 83, but with nearly a month left...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Dozier: Home runs don’t matter if team isn’t winning

Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier has been one of the MLB’s best surprises this season, flashing a surprising amount of power for a middle infielder with 38 home runs on the year. But with the Twins at the bottom of the AL Central with a dismal record of 51-87, that doesn’t mean a lot to him. After exploding for three homers in an 11-5 loss to the Kansas City Royals...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

How Brian Dozier Put Together a Season for the Ages

Yes, it’s true that this is the year of the second baseman. As a group, second basemen are putting up better offensive numbers than they have in nearly a century, and are outhitting their defensively challenged counterparts in left field for the first time in the history of the live-ball era, dating back to 1920. And yes, it’s true that power across the sport is nearly at an...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss
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