Monday, January 31, 2011

TwinsFest 2011 A Success

Joe MauerAs you may know, TwinsFest 2011 was moved to the National Sports Complex in Blaine because of the Metrodome collapse. The festival sold out very quickly and for good reason. The Minnesota Twins continue to be one of the most popular teams in the Midwest and definitely for Minnesotans. It is a team that the people here are proud about. Many of the players were at TwinsFest including Joe Mauer, Denard Span, Danny Valencia, Kevin Slowey, Brian Duensing, Ben Revere, and Anthony Slama. If you have any good TwinsFest 2011 stories, post them here!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Minnesota Twins System Ranked #7 in MLB

Miguel SanoThe Minnesota Twins farm system was ranked #7 in the MLB by baseball guru Keith Law last week. This is what Mr. Law wrote about the Minnesota Twins system: "A sneaky-good system, it's not loaded with big names but boasts a few impact guys and a ton of depth. This is more than just the Twins' usual assortment of strike-throwing fourth starters and speedy outfielders, a testament to good drafting and some major investments in the international arena, where they've been as aggressive as any club."

The Kansas City Royals are #1, with the Rays, Braves, Jays, Phillies, and Angels as the only teams in front of the Twins.

Bert Blyleven Will Have His Number Retired

Bert BlylevenBert Blyleven will be receiving another honor. The new Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven will have his No. 28 jersey retired by the Minnesota Twins in July. The Twins announced on Thursday they plan to hold Bert Blyleven Day when Minnesota hosts the Texas Rangers on July 16. He'll be the 6th Twins player with his number retired, joining Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, and Kirby Puckett. Blyleven ranks first on the Twins career list in complete games (141), shutouts (29) and strikeouts (2,035) and is second in wins (149) and innings pitched (2,566 2/3). He was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1970 for Minnesota.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Minnesota Twins Payroll for 2011

moneyThe new payroll is expected to be at about $115 million in the 2011-2012 season.
After topping out around $101 million last season, a franchise high, general manager Bill Smith is shattering that mark with the most expensive team in Twins history with a payroll likely to tip $115 million. They cleared up $10.1 million in letting Hardy and Hudson go, where Alexi Casilla and Tsuyoshi Nishioka will make $3.85 million. The bulk of the payroll comes from the fact that he has 15 players under contract worth a guaranteed $89.89 million. I approve of Mr. Smith's moves this offseason.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Matt Capps and Glen Perkins Get Deal

Matt CappsMatt Capps and Glen Perkins avoided arbitration, signing one-year deals for $7.15 million and $700,000. The $7.15 million seems high, and it is indeed high. However, it is a contract I will take as opposed to signing Matt Guerrier or Jesse Crain to three year deals. Capps is on the book for one more season as opposed to three. I also like the $700,000 for Perkins. Clearly Perkins has struggled recently but it's a low risk potentially high reward. He was a former first round pick and I still believe in the guy.

Minnesota Twins Sign Carl Pavano to 2 Year Deal

Carl PavanoThe Minnesota Twins have agreed to resign starting pitcher Carl Pavano to a 2-year deal worth $16.5 million. This is a big boost for the rotation, as Pavano went 17-11 last season with a 3.75 ERA. Not to mention he had 7 complete games. The deal I believe is very reasonable and it isn't long term. It is a good deal for both sides. Welcome back 'stache!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can't Wait for Baseball Season

Target FieldAfter the resigning of Jim Thome, I can't wait for the baseball season. I love the Minnesota Twins and the philosophy that they use. They win the right way and have been a first-class organization all the way through. They have great scouts and a great minor league system that has produced many quality Twins players through the years. Spring training will be right around the corner, followed by the best part of the year: Baseball Season.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Will the Twins Push For Any Other Free Agents?

Vlad Guerrero There are still some household names looking for some teams in the free agency pool. Now, most are "over the hill" and past their prime. However, as we know, some players still have some left in the tank and play for the "something to prove" point. Here are still some possibilities:

Andruw Jones
Vlad Guerrero
Troy Glaus
Jorge Cantu (still only 26)
Manny Ramirez

Do you think that the Minnesota Twins will pursue any of these players? Sure, the Twins won't even propose a large sum (which they shouldn't), but would it be worth to invest in a low risk-high reward scenario?

Minnesota Twins Sign Jim Thome to a 1-Year Deal!

Jim ThomeJim Thome is coming back to the Minnesota Twins. After some rumors that the Texas Rangers were interested in Thome he has decided to return to the Twins, with a 1 year $3 million deal with incentives. Last season, Jim Thome hit .283 with 25 homers and 59 RBIs in 276 at-bats. He brought a big bat to the organization and is definitely a fan favorite. He ranks eighth on the all-time list with 589 homers and needs 11 to reach the 600 Home Run Club. Could he hit number 600 at Target Field? That would be a great milestone. Welcome back Jim Thome!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

TwinsFest 2011 Sold Out

TwinsFest 2011Apparently the Minnesota Twins are a popular team around here. TwinsFest 2011 has already sold out. TwinsFest 2011 will be in Blaine this year, like stated below. It's the first time it's sold out in the 23 years of existence. The max capacity is 25,000. Up to 60 current and former players are expected to attend.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Bert Blyleven Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

Bert BlylevenBert Blyleven, you are now a Hall of Famer. The Minnesota Twins color analyst had to wait until his 15th try, but hey, better late than never right? Bert Blyleven pitched for the Minnesota Twins from 1970 to 1976, and again from 1985 to 1988. He won a World Series with the team in 1987 and in 1979 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was elected with 79.7% of the vote. He currently ranks 5th all-time in Strikeouts, 9th all-time in Shutouts, and 27th all-time in Wins. At the time of his election he was the only eligible member of the 3000 strikeout club, and the only person with 50 or more shutouts, not in the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Bert!

Will Carl Pavano Resign?

Carl PavanoCarl Pavano was fantastic for the Minnesota Twins last season. He went 17-11 with 7 complete games. Now the question is, will Carl Pavano resign with the Minnesota Twins? It seems like it is between the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals. It had been reported that he is seeking a 3 year contract. Much like Jim Thome, Carl Pavano is a valuable player that I think many fans hope return. Hopefully the "Pavstache" returns.