1. Mauer-Less Minnesota Twins Powerless Against Seattle Mariners

    The Seattle Mariners got a taste of what life is like without Ichiro Suzuki in the lineup. The Minnesota Twins got a reminder of what life is like with Joe Mauer missing in action. The advantage goes to the Mariners...

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  2. NCAA Final Four; Was Ty Lawson Bad?

    I really don't have a problem with Ty Lawson. By now you've heard that the North Carolina guard created quite a stir, when it was discovered that he won $250 gambling, earlier this week in a Detroit casino...

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  3. Minnesota Twins Could Use a Quick Start

    The Minnesota Twins haven't been a quick study in recent years. Under Manager Ron Gardenhire, the Twins are just three games over .500 in the first 25 games of each season since he took over in 2002...

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  4. Baseball Anxious To Learn the Truth About Dontrelle Willis

    High kickin'. Free wheelin'. Charismatic. No, strike that. Magnetic, in a Vida Blue, Mark Fidrych, Fernando Valenzuela sort of way. An arm seemingly elastic as a rubber band. A present armed with rich possibilities...

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  5. Barry Zito, David Ortiz Among Those Hoping To Silence Their Critics

    Forgiveness and forgetfulness are interwoven into the fabric of baseball. Organized baseball has yet to forgive Pete Rose's gambling transgressions...

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  6. Ten Terrible Minnesota Twin Killers To Watch Out For In 2009

    Who strikes terror in the hearts of the Minnesota Twins? Is it David Ortiz? Travis Hafner? Jermaine Dye? Alex Rodriguez? Or maybe Gary Sheffield? Surprisingly enough, these feared sluggers don't ...

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  7. Thoughts on Character, Spitballers, Steroid Users, and the Baseball Hall of Fame

    They are instructed that "voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played...

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  8. What's in Store for Minnesota Twin Carlos Gomez?

    The Minnesota Twins' Carlos Gomez displayed last year some of the raw natural ability that he possesses. Blazing speed, for instance. Gomez stole 33 bases in 2008, his first full season of Major League baseball...

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  9. And the American League Individual Leaders Are ...

    Spring is the ideal time to be taking flights of fancy. Especially when it comes to forecasting the outcome of the upcoming Major League baseball season...

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  10. Future Headaches for the Baseball Hall of Fame

    The current debate that rages on about Curt Schilling's worthiness for the Hall of Fame is just the tip of the iceberg...

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  11. Forgive Me, 1964 New York Mets

    My first love was the 1964 New York Mets. If you don't count a little girl down the street whose name or face I can't remember. Oh, yes, there was my kindergarten teacher Mrs. Lawson. Sorry, teach, I forgot you for an instant...

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  12. Bring Me The Head of Eppa Rixey

    Here's a suggestion. To make room for players who truly belong in the Hall of Fame, like Bert Blyleven, Tommy John, and Andre Dawson, let's toss out the members who, unaccountably, inexplicably, mysteriously, achieved "immortality...

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  13. A Bad Case of Vida Blue

    I've got a bad case of Vida Blue. It's been dormant for nearly two decades, or about as long as the once-vibrant left-hander for the Oakland A's, the San Francisco Giants, and the Kansas City ...

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  14. Are There Any Future Hall-of-Fame Arms Out There?

    There was a time in the not-too-distant past when baseball observers conjectured that pitchers who attain 300 or more career victories will be fewer and fewer with each passing season...

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  15. Curt Schilling a Hall of Famer? Not Now, but Maybe Later

    Curt Schilling officially announced his retirement on Mar. 23, prompting immediate debate whether he should be worthy of inclusion in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown when he attains eligibility...

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  16. Minnesota Twins: Ron Gardenhire's Wit and Wisdom

    There's no way around it. Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is a divisive personality. You either love him or you hate him. However, give the devil (if that's the way you prefer to view him) his due, Gardenhire has a way with words...

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  17. No Rip on Cal Ripken Jr. But Kent Hrbek Deserved 1982 AL ROY Honors

    Gandhi took home the 1982 Oscar for Best Picture. Either E.T. or Tootsie would have made for a better choice. A few months later, judges in another area of human endeavor also would make a questionable selection...

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  18. Jamie Moyer Slowly Building His Case for the Hall Of Fame

    Talk about a Jekyll-and-Hyde. Talk about the difference between day and night. Talk about what a difference a few years can make...

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  19. Are The Minnesota Twins Deconstructing Terry Ryan's Vision?

    During his 13-year tenure as a Major League executive, former Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan acquired the reputation of being a prudent horse trader and a proponent of developing players from within the organization's ranks...

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  20. Five Best Minnesota Twins Fantasy Bets

    The 2008 Minnesota Twins presented an entirely new look to the baseball world. Young guns like Carlos Gomez, Alexi Casilla, and Denard Span made solid strides forward last season. Jason Kubel developed into a reliable power hitter...

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  21. 10 Worst Moments in Minnesota Twins History

    Professional sports fans know that they will suffer through their share of last-second heartaches, missed opportunities, and close calls that could have gone either way. Minnesota Twins fans are no exception...

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  22. Minnesota Twins: Best/Worst Free Agent Moves 2000 to the Present

    Hindsight is always 20/20, says an old English proverb. At the very best, signing a free agent is a crapshoot. Sometimes, you strike gold. Sometimes, you strike out. The Minnesota Twins have excelled in the amateur baseball draft...

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  23. Corey Koskie Back in the Game

    Spring training is a time when possibilities are endless. There's room for unheralded youngsters to raise eyebrows. There's room for grizzled veterans to latch on to new teams.There's even room for those whose best days were behind them to find new life.

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  24. The Minnesota Twins' Batting Order for Opening Day Is...

    I know. It's spring training. It hasn't been decided who's going to make the final roster. Spitballing, though, is a year-round sport. With that in mind, here's a take on what the Minnesota Twins' ideal batting order should look like in 2009...

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  25. Did the Minnesota Twins Give up Too Soon on Craig Monroe?

    The Detroit Tigers soured on him. The Chicago Cubs didn't want him. The Minnesota Twins barely gave him a chance...

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