Friday, December 31, 2010

TwinsFest 2011 Moved to Blaine

National Sports CenterSo, if you haven't heard, the Metrodome collapsed. That meant that TwinsFest 2011 at the Metrodome would be in jeopardy. It has now been announced that TwinsFest 2011 has been moved to the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. It remains scheduled for January 28 to 30. TwinsFest 2011 admission prices are $9 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under.

Minnesota Twin Legend Harmon Killebrew Has Cancer

Harmon KillebrewHall of Famer Harmon Killebrew was diagnosed this week with esophageal cancer and will undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he has a home. It is a rare form of cancer but it definitely is one that takes a vigorous approach to overcome. Killebrew has an optimistic outlook, setting a goal to recover in time to make his trademark appearance during spring training in Fort Myers, Florida in February. Best wishes to Harmon Killebrew and we are all praying for you!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Will Jim Thome Re-sign with Minnesota Twins?

Jim ThomeJust about every Minnesota Twins fan has been paying close attention to whether Jim Thome will re-sign with the team or move along to another team. Fans are hoping and crossing their fingers that Jim Thome returns to the Minnesota Twins. Not a whole lot has been made about where he might possibly go, but it has worried most fans. The free agency period has upgraded some teams with Cliff Lee headed back to Philly, Zach Greinke to the Brewers, and Adam Dunn to the White Sox. The Minnesota Twins are hoping their upgrade may come in the form or re-signing their powerful designated hitter, Mr. Jim Thome.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Minnesota Twins Top Prospects

Kyle GibsonHey, it's the offseason right? If you paid attention, the Minnesota Twins didn't make a huge splash this offseason. It just didn't happen. I'm okay with that though because we did upgrade in the infield with "Yoshi" and the contracts that Jesse Crain and Matt Guerrier got were too much in my opinion. We also gained a draft pick because of Orlando Hudson leaving and still have a chance to resign Jim Thome and Carl Pavano.

Anywho, instead of talking about who we didn't get or who we should get, how about we talk about who we have. Here are my Minnesota Twins Top Prospects currently:

1) Kyle Gibson - could make the rotation as early as this season. Big arm, big guy and hopefully can upgrade our 4/5 starter
2) Aaron Hicks - unlimited potential with high baseball IQ. Smart player that "could" be a 5 tool player, has speed, can field, can hit for average, and hopefully hit for power.
3) Miguel Sano - extremely young and raw but has scouts drooling over his game already
4)Alex Wimmers - very good command and control, a prototypical Twins arm. I feel I value him more than some other critics have given him credit for.
5) Ben Revere- saw a glimpse of him last season. You're gonna see with what you get from him, he has speed, field, and hit for average. Won't be a power guy by any means but the guy has a love for the game and can slap the ball around (Juan Pierre in my mind).

Monday, December 20, 2010

"Yoshi" is Officially a Twin

Tsuyoshi NishiokaTsuyoshi Nishioka is officially a Minnesota Twin. We got him for 3 years, $9 million. He hit .346 last season with 22 steals and 206 hits. I am excited to see this guy play and hope he can bring his ability to hit and run with the Minnesota Twins. Welcome aboard, Yoshi.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Think Spring, Twins Spring Training

Since the weather is FRIGID here in Minneapolis this week, I am thinking SPRING...Minnesota Spring Training.

Wish I was here:

Hammond Stadium home of Minnesota Twins Spring Training

Watching This:

Twins Spring Training Game - Fun in the Sun

Friday, December 10, 2010

JJ Hardy Traded to the Baltimore Orioles

JJ HardyShortstop JJ Hardy was traded from the Minnesota Twins to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. The official trade was J.J. Hardy, Brendan Harris and cash to the Orioles for Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. Hoey and Jacobson are two minor league relief pitchers. The theory behind the trade most likely indicates that the Twins did not value Hardy. That means Tsuyoshi Nishioka will be playing either shortstop or second base and Alexi Casilla at the other position. Hardy did not have a lot of speed, was hurt often, and really did not make that much of an impact to me. Good luck in Baltimore JJ.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Winter Meetings Begin

Bill SmithOver the next four days, the MLB's Winter Meetings will take place. All of the general managers of the MLB meet together in Florida and negotiate with eachother. For the Minnesota Twins there are several hot topics. Will we sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka over the winter meetings? His agent apparently is meeting with Twins GM Billy Smith. If we sign Nishioka, will we deal JJ Hardy? Apparently there are abot 6 teams interested in JJ Hardy's services. Also, will we look for another starting or relief pitcher? Maybe even dare I say, Zach Grienke? Stay tuned.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Jason Repko and Pat Neshek Signed and Will Return

Jason Repko is on the rightUtility outfielder Jason Repko has signed a 1 year tender for $600,000 and relief pitcher Pat Neshek has signed a 1 year contract worth $625,000. I like both of these signings since they are essentially cheap contracts. Repko provides solid defense, a great arm, and speed on the basepaths. Neshek obviously did not pitch for the team that much this year but he continues to improve from his surgery. Hey, I'd rather see the Minnesota native get back on track for the hometown team than another team. Plus, it's not a longterm or expensive contract. Also - Adam Dunn appears headed to the Chicago White Sox. He can hit absolute rockets.