Minnesota Twins Midseason Report — Hitting Success and Pitching Failures

The Minnesota Twins have had a roller coaster of a season thus far. The Twins will resume play Friday after the All-Star break with a record of 45-43, 2.5 games behind the American League Central Division leading Cleveland Indians. They are one game back in a crowded American League Wild Card race.

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Ervin Santana Continues to Be the Twins Rock in the Rotation

When I look at the success of the Minnesota Twins thus far this season, there’s one pitcher that stands out — Ervin Santana.

When Santana takes the mound tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field, he would be making his 13th start of the season which leads the club. He has a record of 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 90 innings pitched. He’s allowed 23 runs, 22 of which are earned. He has held opponents to a .154 batting average, but unfortunately has given up 11 home runs. He also has 33 walks with 63 strikeouts.

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Miguel Sano Stays Red Hot

The Minnesota Twins have completed their first month of play, finishing above most fans’ expectations. This is a much improved ball club from the Twins of last April where they had a record of 7-17 that month and would go on to finish the season 59-103 and would never get out of the cellar.

Part of the Twins much improved play is the performance of Miguel Sano. Sano currently has a batting line of .317/.446/.707 with 8 HRs, 27 RBIs and 19 runs scored. He also has 19 bases on balls and 33 strikeouts.

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2017 Minnesota Twins Season Preview

The Minnesota Twins had an awful season last year — they finished with a record of 59-103 — the worst in Twins franchise history and the worst record in the majors last year. This performance by the club prompted a front office overhaul with Derek Falvey hired from the Cleveland Indians as the Chief Baseball Officer and Phad Levine hired from the Texas Rangers as General Manager.

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Minnesota Twins Caravan and Twinsfest Prep Fans for Summer of Baseball

It’s the middle of winter and we have all been hibernating as much as possible from the cold weather. Yet, it’s only about a month before the Minnesota Twins officially arrive at Spring Training on February 13 with pitchers and catchers reporting. The rest of the players report on February 17. However, if you’re looking for a baseball fix, the Twins have some events to get you ready for the upcoming season.

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Where Does the Twin Cities Fall in the National Sports Cities Rankings?

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Most of us Minnesotans follow at least one sport. We follow our favorite team(s) by several means like watching them on television, listening to them on the radio or following the team through our mobile devices. Some would rather attend a live sporting event in person to cheer on their favorite team(s).

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Twins Hire Young Talent for Front Office — Who is Derek Falvey?

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Back in the fall of 1986, the Minnesota Twins promoted 33 year-old Andy MacPhail to General Manager. MacPhail had been serving as Vice President of Player Personnel since August of 1985 with the Twins. He had been an executive in the Houston Astros organization early in his career and had previously worked in the Chicago Cubs organization as well.

When the Twins were sold to Carl Pohlad back in 1984, then owner Calvin Griffith suggested to keep Howard Fox on as General Manager. Griffith had been the Twins GM since moving to Minnesota from Washington D.C back in 1961. This meant the front office was staffed by largely members and friends of the Griffith family.

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Twins Drop 10th Straight, Eye Franchise Losing Streak and Single Season Loss Records

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Rewind time 17 months. End of March. 2015.

It’d been a rough four year stretch at 1 Twins Way entering the 2015 campaign. Since finishing 94-68 and making the playoffs in 2010, the Twins had lost 90+ games in each of the next four years, becoming all too familiar with the cellar in the AL Central Division — they finished in last three out of those four seasons.

Enter Hall of Famer (and former Twin/Gopher great) Paul Molitor, who took over as the Twins’ manager for the 2015 season.

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A Look Back at Terry Ryan’s Tenure With the Minnesota Twins

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Last week saw the shocking announcement that Minnesota Twins General Manager Terry Ryan had been fired from his duties with the organization. While at the helm as GM from 1995-2007 and then from 2012-2016, he saw the Twins to four American League Central Division Championships, finished second and third place twice each, finished fourth four times and finished in last place five times. This season, the Twins appear to be headed to another last place finish which cemented Ryan’s fate.

When I look at Ryan’s tenure as GM, I see plenty of good, as well as plenty of bad. Let’s take a look at some of the good and the bad that stand out.

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How the iPhone Helps a Blind Baseball Fanatic

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There are many ways an iPhone can help a blind person like myself. You might wonder how since the device relies heavily on a touch screen. Let me share with you my experiences with my iPhone.

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