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Welcome all pitchers and catchers....

Live each day to the fullest!


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2/17/13 6:50 P

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Me too! emoticon

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emoticon I love catchers

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2/15/13 6:26 P

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Is this ever news that we need right now! WooHoo!

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2/15/13 8:35 A

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Sweet!

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2/14/13 10:01 P

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2/14/13 1:07 P

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Pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training - welcome back, baseball!

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2/7/13 9:17 P

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Absolutely! Pitchers and catchers report next week!! emoticon

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2/7/13 12:31 P

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Yeah, the groundhog means nothing to baseball fans. Spring Training....now that's what heralds the end of winter, lol!

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2/7/13 11:05 A

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The Trucks are headed to Fort Meyers. Can spring be far behind?

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Buxton was drafted right out of high school, so I'm sure he'll need a year or two in the minors. Still, he sounds like the Twins future center fielder - so I hope he moves through the minors quickly.

Two of the six Twins in the top 100 were pitchers - good to know there are some arms coming up.

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1/31/13 11:02 A

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I remember being excited about signing Byron Buxton. Funny....I had forgotten all about him until now! I wonder how soon he'll be ready?

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1/31/13 6:14 A

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That's a relief to hear about those guys. Thanks for sharing!

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1/30/13 10:00 P

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The 100 top prospects list for 2013 has been published, and the Twins have 2 guys in the top 20: Miguel Sano at #12 and Byron Buxton at #19. A few other guys are further down the list. Not bad - the Twins have some good talent in the pipeline.

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1/23/13 11:52 A

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Cassie, I think a lot of Phillies fans agree with you! And I don't think we Twins fans regret the trade - it made way for Josh Willingham!
I'll be interested to see which Delmon Young shows up at spring training, though.

Sharon, I'd love to get to some Phillies games this year, though tickets can be hard to come by. I should be able to catch them on TV once in a while.

I definitely want to see more live baseball this year. There are two minor league teams pretty close to me, and I've yet to go see either. Hopefully this summer...



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1/23/13 10:16 A

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I was surprised about how little he signed for, too. I can't say I miss him all that much with all the reputation troubles he has been having. That kind of thing always makes me a little nervous, lol.

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1/22/13 10:45 P

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Maybe you'll be more likely to attend a Phillies game or two, Carren!

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1/22/13 7:45 P

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I believe this was the first time two Hall of Famers passed away on the same day. I'm sure the Cardinals will make 2013 a year-long celebration of Musial.

In free agent news, former Twin Delmon Young was picked up by the Phillies - for less that $1 million! I was a little surprised that he signed for so little, coming of the ALCS MVP award. Guess his reputation has preceded him. Philly now has 2/3 of Minnesota's 2011 outfield.

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1/19/13 11:24 P

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I had not heard about Stan Musial -- how coincidental that two legends would pass on the same day!

Woo Hoo about Brian Duensing though!

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1/19/13 10:21 P

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Sad day in baseball - Hall of Famers Earl Weaver and Stan Musial both passed away today.

On a happier note, the Twins and Brian Duensing agreed on a contract, so no arbitration for the Twins this year!

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1/18/13 2:27 P

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Cassie, that is AWESOME!

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1/18/13 12:40 P

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I love that story too, Cassie! Thanks for sharing :)

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1/18/13 12:05 P

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Great close encounter story! Butera is one of my favorites!

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Possible Perk vs Morneau matchup? Love it.

Speaking of Butera...I don't think I ever mentioned this story here. If I did already tell it, I apologize, lol!
I worked at a cake shop up until last November. They make and decorate anything from simple birthday cakes all the way to elaborate wedding cakes or impressive 3D cakes.
Back in August, I was reviewing orders for the following week to see what the girls needed to prepare for. I started looking over an order sheet, and the message was "Butera #41." This immediately caught my attention. Then, I noticed the decor called for a "cutout cake of a catcher's glove--see pictures attached." The pictures attached were, indeed, of an actual used catcher's glove.
My heart started beating faster.
I looked at the name on the bottom of the order form. Long story short...Butera's mom had ordered his birthday cake from us. I freaked out. Like hopping up and down and scaring my coworkers, who had no idea who he was. Haha.
It ended up being a beautiful cake, and she loved it. She told my co-worker that she ALMOST brought him with to pick it up. I'm kinda glad she didn't, because I couldn't be there at pickup time, lol. I would have been even more jealous.

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1/17/13 9:22 P

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Yes, I'm glad to hear the Twins signed Butera. I do think Butera adds something to the Twins defense. Hopefully Duensing will get wrapped up soon, too.

Speaking of the Caravan, has anyone else seen the photo of the little girl who decided to sit down at the autograph table at one of the stops. One of the Twins PR people tweeted the picture - so cute!

Exciting news on the World Baseball Classic front - the Twins will have two representatives on Team USA, both home-grown Twins. Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins will be suiting up. Perkins may get a chance to pitch against teammate Justin Morneau when USA plays Canada. emoticon

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1/17/13 7:42 P

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I was glad to hear today that Butera will not ge going to arvitration. Now it's just Duensing, and he's been on the Caravan, so I'm assuming he will be settling soon too???

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1/10/13 10:48 P

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Interesting article - thanks for posting the link!

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I, too, was very disappointed. Kinda of surprising not seeing anyone go in. First time since '96, right? I think that's what I heard.
And I believe Jack only has one year of eligibility left. I'd be sad to see him not get in, but I saw this article that breaks down some of his numbers. www.forbes.com/sites/waynemcdonnell/
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Interesting enough, but I still like the guy. emoticon

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1/9/13 7:08 P

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Regarding the rotation....I'm definitely going to need a program at the beginning of this year! But the outcome can't be worse than the last two years....

Regarding the HOF, what a disappointment! Not just for Jack, but for baseball in general. I like seeing a couple of new inductees every year. And if Twins fans could sway the vote, I totally agree about Jack Morris' World Series performance! I'm sure we're not alone!

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1/9/13 4:51 P

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The big baseball news today - no inductees for the Hall of Fame this year.

I was really hoping for Jack Morris this year - his career stats may not be that impressive, but I think he should get in for Game 7 alone!

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So, what does everyone think of the 'new' Twins' rotation. I'll admit I don't know a lot about any of the new signings. It can't get much worse, can it? (furiously knocking on wood!) emoticon

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12/15/12 9:33 P

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In the latest big free agent signing, Josh Hamilton joins the California, I mean, Los Angeles Angels.

After all the big signings the Halos had last year, I wonder if this one will work out any better for them?

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12/6/12 6:05 P

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Yeah, it was a busy day for trading! I thought Revere was the future CF, but now I bet they will be looking at Hicks. I feel good about today's trades.

We'll hardly recognize the team come February!

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Wow, I did not see this one coming - the Twins trade Ben Revere to the Phillies for two pitchers - one a major leaguer!

Gotta admit, while I wonder who's playing center in 2013 (Mastroianni? Hicks?), I like the deal. I'll definitely miss Revere's web gems and personality, but the Twins seem to have actually gotten some decent, ready to contibute pitching in this trade!

As long as this doesn't become a fire sale, I think the Twins are looking up!

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12/3/12 5:23 P

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AMEN! emoticon

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12/3/12 7:18 A

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Agreed. I just wish we had a trade where the word "prospect" didn't come up. Yes, this may bode well for a few years down the road, but I want good stuff NOW! Haha. That was super impatient and whiny of me. I just love this team and know they have the potential to do great things. Such a crazy derailment the past couple years. I'll try to be patient during this whole rebuilding thing if it means we're gonna have some good pitching.

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11/29/12 8:08 P

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I'm not surprised, but pretty annoyed that Terry Ryan & Co. only got one Single-A prospect for Span. Seems like they could have held out for a little bit more.
From what I've read, if Meyer pans out, he has potential to be an ace pitcher. Problem is, he seems to be 2-3 years away from the majors.

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11/29/12 7:16 P

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I'm not surprised, but still disappointed about the Span trade.... :(

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11/16/12 11:43 A

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I hate to say it, but I think Torii may be the cog the Tigers need to go all the way next year. As long as they trounce the Yankees in the process, I'm happy. emoticon

On another subject - It will be interesting to see if the big Marlins-Blue Jays trade goes through. Poor Mike Redmond - gets his first big league managing job, and the GM sells the team out from under him!



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I was surprised about the Torii Hunter trade to Detroit. He wanted a chance at a World Series ring....but my thinking is that Detroit's flash in the pan was this year...I wouldn't expect them to make it again next year.

I had thoughts in the back of my mind of him returning to Minnesota....I know he loved it here. But he got a nice 2-year contract with the Tigers. Can't beat that at age 37!

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The Twins definitely need to sign a pitcher - although after the Jason Marquis experiment that worries me too!

What does everyone think of Torii Hunter returning to the AL Central? I'll admit I was holding on to hope that he'd return to Minnesota. With either Span or Revere likely trade pieces, right field would be wide open for Torii!

On the awards front, R.A. Dickey won the NL Cy Young. (Think he'd come back to the Twins?)

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11/14/12 10:44 A

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We definitely need to do some serious signing, that's for sure. It'll be interesting to see where this offseason goes.

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Sheesh, not a Baker fan either, but our pitching staff has almost completely turned over in the space of 2 years. That's crazy!

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I know this opinion isn't popular, but I've never been a Baker fan. We definitely need to pick up some help in the pitching department, but I don't think Scott Baker will be missed all that much.

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Gotta start this discussion with the disappointing news that Scott Baker signed with the Chicago Cubs. Now the Twins' rotation is REALLY in trouble.

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Well, it's that time. The World Series is over, the awards are being handed out, and the baseball news is free agent signings and trade rumors. Discuss it here!

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