1. 2010 MLB Preview: NL West

    Originally published at TwinsTarget.com . Historically, the NL West has been an extremely competitive division. Although there was a 25-game difference between the first- and late-place teams ...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about over 4 years ago 864 reads 6 comments

  2. Minnesota Twins: Evaluating the 2003 Draft

    Originally published at TwinsTarget.com. The Twins’ scouting department had a down year in 2003, drafting just three players who eventually reached the Big Leagues. Of those three, just Scott Baker is putting together a solid career...

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  3. 2010 MLB Predictions: Why the St. Louis Cardinals Will Roost Atop the NL Central

    Originally published at TwinsTarget.com. Historically, the National League Central has been filled with some of the best and worst teams in baseball. The St...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about over 4 years ago 1,520 reads 4 comments

  4. 2010 MLB Preview: NL East

    Originally published at TwinsTarget.com . Not too many years ago, the National League East was one of the more competitive leagues in baseball...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about over 4 years ago 898 reads 7 comments

  5. Minnesota Twins' Offseason Roundup: As Good As It Gets?

    Did the Twins just execute a "perfect" offseason? JJ Hardy. Carl Pavano. Clay Condrey. Jim Thome. Orlando Hudson. (Joe Mauer?) Talk about a study in a wise allocation of resources...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about over 4 years ago 563 reads 12 comments

  6. Minnesota Twins, Evaluating a Draft: 2001

    The 2001 MLB Draft could be labeled as a success, if for no other reason than bringing Joe Mauer to the Twin Cities. In 2001, the Twins focused on a thick crop of prep talent, as their first four picks were fresh out of high school...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about over 4 years ago 478 reads 1 comments

  7. Minnesota Twins: Through the Eyes of the Front Office

    Originally published at TwinsTarget.com Being the owner of a professional baseball team can be one of the most demanding, and rewarding, jobs on the planet...

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  8. Why Minnesota Vikings Fans Shouldn't Be Worried...Yet

    After the third loss of the month for the Minnesota Vikings, fans are pouring off the bandwagon as if avoiding the Black Plague? Yes, the Vikings have a history of late-season collapses, but ...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about over 4 years ago 1,870 reads 13 comments

  9. Busting the Myth: Why the Vikings Should Be Considered Elite

    For even the most optimistic of fans, the 2009 season of the Minnesota Vikings has been a pleasant surprise. Looking more dominant every week, the Vikings have been unable to grab the national ...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 1,050 reads 10 comments

  10. Minnesota Twins Top-15 Prospects: No. 12: BJ Hermsen

    2009 stats: 1.35 ERA, 53.1 IP, 42/4 K/BB, 0.675 WHIP at GCL (Rook) Last year’s rank: Not ranked Acquired: Sixth round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 draft BJ Hermsen ...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 2,475 reads 1 comments

  11. Top 15 Minnesota Twins Prospects: No.13: Rene Tosoni

    2009 stats: .271/.360/.454, 490 PA, 15 HR, 98/45 K/BB at New Britain (AA) Last year’s rank: Not Ranked Acquired: 34th round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2004 draft; 36th ...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 468 reads 2 comments

  12. Top 15 Twins Prospects: No.14: Tyler Robertson

    14. Tyler Robertson, LHP, 21 years old 2009 stats: 3.33 ERA, 143.1 IP, 103/51 K/BB, 1.326 WHIP at Ft. Myers (A+) Last year’s rank: 7 Acquired: Third-round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2006 draft...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 481 reads 0 comments

  13. Top 15 Twins Prospects: #15: Deolis Guerra

    The Minnesota Twins are known throughout the league for their deep minor league organization and uncanny ability to supplement established major-league players with young minor-league talent...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 661 reads 2 comments

  14. Rene Tosoni: The Future Of The Minnesota Twins Outfield

    With the departure of Carlos Gomez , the role of most scrutinized player in the outfield has unequivocally been awarded to Delmon Young . His status as a below-average defender has been well-documented, and 2010 will be a do-or-die season for him...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 775 reads 2 comments

  15. Fits Like a Glove: Placido Polanco

    Much fuss has been made on this blog recently in regards to Minnesota's complete lack of a No. 2 hitter to bat behind Denard Span ...

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  16. Is Carl Pavano Worth Bringing Back?

    Following the acquisition of JJ Hardy, there are two major needs on this Minnesota team. First, and in my opinion the most important, a No. 2 hitter is needed to bat behind Denard Span...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 240 reads 4 comments

  17. The Akinori Iwamura Trade That Almost Was

    Despite the anxious wishes of Twins’ fans everywhere, the Twins have yet to make their first move this offseason. Akinori Iwamura , 30, was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates a few days ago for young reliever Jesse Chavez ...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 408 reads 4 comments

  18. Minnesota Vikings Impress In A Game They Had No Business Losing

    Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was a painful game for the Minnesota Vikings, to be sure, but one they had no business losing...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 1,186 reads 22 comments

  19. Why Keeping Joe Crede Is a Must For The Minnesota Twins

    Despite playing just over half of the season, Joe Crede managed to be Minnesota's second most-valuable infielder...

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  20. The Joe Mauer Situation

    Winning the division and going to the postseason is not a treat awarded every team. Many would agree that the Twins enjoyed a respectable 2009 campaign, despite it being a roller coaster of emotion...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 475 reads 6 comments

  21. Why Nick Punto Needs to Start For the Minnesota Twins

    Following the infamous Game Three baserunning error, Nick Punto may be one of the most hated men in Minnesota. He ignored the (possibly late) stop signal from third-base coach Scott Ullger in favor of the roaring crowd...

    Andrew Kneeland Written by Andrew Kneeland about almost 5 years ago 331 reads 9 comments

  22. Infurating Loss Puts Minnesota Twins In 0-2 Hole

    3,208 and counting. That's the number of seismographs that have registered Joe Nathan's implosion in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday night against the New York Yankees...

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  23. Minnesota Twins Out-Matched By New York Yankees In Game One

    You have to hand it to the Yankees—they are exactly who we thought they were. Brian Duensing didn't pitch poorly by any stretch of the imagination, but it is not difficult to surrender runs to this potent New York offense...

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  24. Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers Fans to Enjoy Free Fall Baseball

    For the second time in as many years, 162 games aren't enough to determine the best team in the AL Central. If that isn't a testament to how evenly-matched the majority of the division is, I don't what would be...

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  25. Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Small-Ball, and the Three-Run Home Run

    Ron Gardenhire is generally regarded as a good manager. He is a likable man and a likable manager, but that doesn't mean he isn't second-guessed. Yesterday, in both games of a crucial doubleheader, Gardy made some questionable decisions...

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