1. The Negative VORP club of the Twins

    Value Over Replacement Player, or VORP, is a counting stat which awards players runs based on offensive performance compared to the statistical concept of the replacement player. The distribution of talent in baseball is not normal but pyramidal...

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  2. Previewing the Minnesota Twins' Playoff Run: Part III, Position Players

    Joe Mauer, Catcher He’s the best offensive catcher in the American League and one of the most valuable players in baseball. He’s an effective glove behind the plate and manages pitchers very well...

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  3. Minnesota Twins: Previewing the Playoff Run, Part II, Pitching

    Taking a peak at the Twins pitching staff reveals a lot of talent and a number of reasons to expect big things from the Twins down the stretch and into the future.Scott Baker, RHSPSo far he's been the ace of the Twins starting staff...

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  4. Minnesota Twins: Previewing the Playoff Run, Part I, Team Splits

    Let's take a quick look at some of the important splits of the Twins team as they come down the stretch this baseball season.—At the All-Star break, the Twins are 53 and 42, a game-and-a-half behind the AL Central leading White Sox...

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  5. Twins Trading Dilemma

    There aren’t enough players traded, promoted or fired. This is a broad generalization but basically it applies to most major league baseball franchises...

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  6. Minnesota Twins Wish Every Month was May

    In April, the Twins were terrible. They ranked near the bottom in the majors in OPS, and they had a terrible time producing enough runs to win, even with the quality starts their pitching staff kept putting together...

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  7. Chris Coste, the 33-Year-Old Rookie, Appears with Philadelphia Phillies

    It takes a certain amount of unhealthy obsession to spend 11 years in the minor leagues in the hopes of making it to the show. Chris Coste took a long and hard road to become a major league baseball player...

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  8. Twins April Notes III

    Here’s a quick statistical look at the position players on the Twins’ active roster: Catchers Joe Mauer A .333 BA and ...

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  9. Twins April Notes II

    I wanted to spend some time briefly looking at each person on the Twins active roster, first we’ll start with the pitchers...

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  10. Twins April Notes I

    -Twins finished the month 13-14, giving up 122 runs and scoring only 102 runs but this was good enough (at time of publishing) for second place in the American League Central Division...

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  11. Baseball Stupidity: Debunking the Game's Most Outdated Cliches

    What are some of baseball's dumbest aphorisms? Let us educate ourselves: RBI OK, it’s been several decades since the RBI statistic was completely discredited, yet it’s still being used by the members of the media and many fans...

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  12. MLB: Sabermetrics Fazing Out All-Around Players

    What makes trying to beat the stock market so difficult is the fact that once you have a system which consistently beats the market, people will notice and the secret will get out. Soon enough, the market adjusts and the system is no longer effective...

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  13. Minnesota Twins Notes: Offense=Pathetic

    Boof Bonser gets a quality start, allowing three runs in seven innings, and the bullpen once again held the score. The Twins offense, however, manages just one run in a 3-1 loss. It looks like the Twins are having another Piranha year...

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  14. Twins Notes: Small Ball Tactics Defeat Royals by One

    -Scott Baker, Twins Starting Pitcher, struggled early in this game. He gave up two runs early but settled down and went six and two-thirds with just the three runs...

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  15. Minnesota Twins Box Score Notes

    -In four games the Twins offense has scored just eight runs. Averaging two runs per game simply isn’t going to continue—the Twins will regress to the mean, which is a good thing, but it still shows a clear weakness for this team...

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  16. Minnesota Twins Notes: Nick Blackburn Looks Good

    Minnesota Twins notes from April 2:-Nick Blackburn starts and does very well. A lot of 'stats people' were wary about Blackburn and so am I, but he went seven innings only giving up but one run...

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  17. MinnesotaTwins Notes: Boof Bonser Stumbles in First Lightweight Start

    -Boof Bonser lost 30 pounds during the offseason because he had a reputation for not being able to get far into games. Well, in 2006 is xFIP was 4.39 and he averaged just .6 less pitches per inning than he did in 2007...

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  18. Why Are There so Many Minnesota Twins Fans on Bleacher Report?

    Look around the MLB section of Bleacher Report and you’ll see all sorts of articles dealing with the Minnesota Twins. Where did they come from? Why are they here?To understand this, we must first understand the media market in Minnesota...

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  19. Twins Notes: Livan Hernandez Goes Seven Innings in Opener

    Livan Hernandez went seven innings and allowed just two runs in a start that surprised, among others, me. Has pitching coach Rick Anderson performed a miracle?Hernandez has this pitch, a 59 MPH ...

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  20. Minnesota Twins: At the Start, Part Two

    The previous column dealt with the position players, in this one we’ll go through the Twins pitching staff.This offseason saw Johan Santana leave the Twins after he was traded to the Mets...

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  21. Minnesota Twins: At the Start, Part 1

    There have been a lot of changes in the Twins organization since last year. The most prominent is the departure of longtime GM Terry Ryan and the ascendency of Bill Smith to the throne...

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  22. Packs or Singles

    From Joey Abna writing at Beckett.com:"One of the questions I have gotten more than once in my inbox relates to the best way to grow your collection...

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  23. Top 100 Baseball Prospects and Rookies

    The season has begun, in fact, it couldn't start soon enough. To stave off the sports doldrums of February I decided to rank the 100 top "impact" prospects based on statistical analysis alone...

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  24. Twins-Yankees: Spring Training Notes

    —Carlos Gomez is not ready to be a Major League player. He needs at least a half season at AAA to start getting his baseball brain working. At centerfield in this game he looked terrible...

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  25. Why Buying Veterans is a Gamble

    Bill Smith has done a fair job in his first year as GM. Acquiring/trading for Delmon Young, Mike Lamb, Brendan Harris and Adam Everett were good moves...

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