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Thursday Links – Minnesota Twins Spring Training Edition

Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE Spring Training is in full swing down in Fort Myers.  The Twins are playing (meaningless) baseball games everyday, often more than a game per day!  Although Ron Gardenhire made a point of beginning Major League camp ...

Back to Baseball: New Twins

The Twins did an excellent job of filling the holes left by the players that decided to leave. Today we’ll take a more in-depth look at the players filling those hole as we start to piece together the Opening Day ...

Twins Position Battle: Middle Infield

In Spring Training, there is a battle for almost every position, whether we realize it or not. For the Twins, the middle infield may be one of the most interesting position battles on the diamond. It’s also one of the ...

The Twins and Fielding

  We saw this kind of thing a lot in 2011. Photo by Leon Halip-US PRESSWIRE

The Wait is Over!

Pretty soon we'll actually be watching Carl Pavano pitch instead of just looking at stock photos. Photo by Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The Opening Day Lineup is Set – Or Is It?

This man will decide the Opening Day lineup. Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Great Games of 2011-Late Rally,Loney Blast, and Bison Walk-Off Lead Dodgers to Win

On August 27, 2011, the Dodgers were playing Colorado at home in the second game of a three game set. This late in the season we had long since given up on actually making the playoffs, and at this point ...

The Reading List

Here’s some of my favorite recent reads from around the web: … [visit site to read more] The Reading List - Lasorda's Lair - Lasorda's Lair - A Los Angeles Dodgers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Thursday Links – Groundhog Edition

Happy Groundhog Day!  Pitchers and catchers report to Ft. Myers in just 16 days, no groundhog, or his shadow, can change that.  Last weekend was a great time to be a Twins fan, especially if you had the privilege of heading over ...

2012 Projections – Carl Pavano

A young Carl Pavano, sans mustache. Ron Gardenhire announced last week that Carl Pavano was going to be the Twins’ 2012 Opening Day Starter.  While Pavano has certainly earned the right to be the Opening Day Starter, the wiley old ...

Great Games of 2011-Dodgers Almost No-Hit, Until Pudjito’s walk-off Says No-No

On Friday July 26, 1991 the Dodgers played the Montreal Expos, one day after Dennis Martinez pitched a perfect game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. What made this game interesting was the Dodgers were no-hit through 9 innings by Montreal ...

2012 Projections – Josh Willingham

Before signing with the Twins earlier this offseason, Josh Willingham was a fairly obscure ball player to many Minnesota fans.  He spent the first five years of his professional career playing for the Florida Marlins before being traded to the ...

The Long and Short ”Stop” of It

The Kansas City Royals have been slightly active again this week.  They have signed all of their arbitration eligible players except for Alex Gordon.  It will be interesting to see if the Royals are able to sign to a long ...

2012 vs. 2008

Nobody knows what the future holds for the Twins, but we’re always wondering. Sometimes, if you want to predict the future, the best you can do is look at the past. The Twins finished last place in 2011. If you ...

Great Games of 2011-The Fog Clears in Chicago for Miracle Dodger Win

On May 20, 2011, the Dodgers played the first game of a three game inter-league series in Chicago against the White Sox. Most of the game was played with a layer of heavy dense fog covering the field, causing us to dubb ...

2012 Projections – Ben Revere

The Twins are pretty set around the infield and behind the plate.  Sure, there are questions about health and durability, but the Twins have a pretty clear idea who they are going to trot out on Opening Day.  Positions 7, ...

2012 Projections – Danny Valencia

After tearing it up in his rookie season in 2010, Danny Valencia experienced a sophomore slump in 2011 and finished the year on manager Ron Gardenhire’s bad side.  Part of Valencia’s issue in 2011 could have been fatigue, as he ...

The 2012 Dodger Offense-How Many Runs Will be Scored?

Today I’m going to be talking about the Dodger Offense. Many fans have some kind of objections about the Dodger’s hot stove activities, and transactions. Some people feel that the Dodgers are no better than they were at the end ...

2012 Projections – Jamey Carroll

Jamey Carroll is so old he played for the Montreal Expos, WHEN HE WAS 30!  Now entering his age 38 season, Carroll will be asked to line up as the every day starting short stop for the Minnesota Twins.  In ...

Brian Dozier: Twins Non-Roster Invitee

Brian Dozier may not be the next Twins superstar, but he’s arguably the best Major League-ready prospect the team has. If the 24 year old shortstop picks up where he left off in 2011, he is virtually guaranteed to be ...

2012 Projections – Alexi Casilla

A year ago, guarded optimism would be an apt description of the feelings of Twins fans towards the middle infield heading into Spring Training.  A recently signed Japanese batting champion, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, was going to fill a hole at short ...

The Twins and OBP

The Twins were bad at a lot of things last year, but one underachievement really stands out. The team was 13th in the American League in on-base percentage with a laughable .306 mark. Only the Seattle Mariners (who play at ...

Minnesota Twins January Moves

November and December were two very busy months for the Twins. For a team that normally tends to wait until later in the offseason to scoop up bargain basement players, it was very out of character to sign four significant ...

Looking Forward to Spring Training

Hard to believe that there are still 48 long winter days until Twins pitchers and catchers report to sunny Ft. Meyers for Spring Training on February 18, 2012.  The only other team reporting that early is the World Series Champion ...

Thursday Links

If nothing else, this offseason has been busy for the Minnesota Twins.  Well, busy up until this past week.  With Twins executives and other front office types taking time off for holidays any and all baseball news has pretty much ...

How is Terry Ryan Doing So Far?

With 2011 drawing to a close, Terry Ryan has had about seven weeks back on the job as the Twins GM. So, how’s he doing? Below you’ll find a list of his major personnel moves graded and ranked from best ...

A.L Central Being Aggressive In Off-Season

With what has been somewhat of a slow off-season thus far, and the GM’s around the league digesting the new CBA whether they like the taste or not, one division has remained relatively aggressive in acquiring players. If you read ...

Thankfulness

Happy Thanksgiving, Puckett’s Pond readers. Like all of you, I have much to be Thankful for today, including my loving wife, first-rate family and friends, and the fact that I live in a country where I can eat a giant ...

Dodgers Do Not Offer Arbitration to Anyone on a Blue Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving all.The deadline to offer arbitration to free agents came and went last night, and the Dodgers declined to offer arbitration to any of their free agents. This means that they will receive no draft compensation if any of ...

Thursday Links (Thankful Edition)

Gobble Gobble!  Happy Thanksgiving Twins fans! As Twins fans we have a lot to be thankful for, like Terry Ryan, Target Field, and a $100 million dollar payroll.  Personally, I’m thankful that I am an actual Twin, even  if I ...

The Freddy Sanchez Extension – Eight Months Later

About eight months ago — April 1st — the Giants extended Freddy Sanchez through 2012 for $6MM. The timing of the move was a bit peculiar, but it ultimately seemed like a prudent deal. The 2B free agent ...

What Still Needs to be Done?

By their normal standards the Twins have had a very busy November so far. They’ve added free agents Ryan Doumit and Jamey Carroll, brought in a couple of bargain-basement bullpen possibilities (Jason Bulger and Jared Burton), and restored Terry Ryan ...

Friday Links (NOW A DAY EARLY!)

Once again I’d like to welcome Christian Engels to the Puckett’s Pond staff.  I know he is going to continue to uphold the high standards we have here at the Pond. (Christian is on Twitter, but he hasn’t tweeted anything yet. ...

Dodgers Sign Mark Ellis to Two-Year Deal

Source: Zimbio.comThe big news today was of course the huge Matt Kemp deal which left us all giddy. Yet there was another deal in the works as we learned that the Dodgers were close to signing free agent Mark Ellis ...

Blue Bios: Justin Sellers

Source: Zimbio.comJustin Ryan Sellers 12Bats: Right Throws: Right   5’10″ 160 lbs.Born February 1, 1986 in Bellflower, CAPeriodically I like to sprinkle in a biographical piece about our Boys in Blue. Let’s take a closer look at S...

Adios Carroll, You Will be Missed!

He didn’t hit a single home-run as a Dodger, has a below average arm and was never a full time starter but Jamey Carroll was one of the most important pieces on the Dodgers the last two seasons. Signed to ...

Jamey Carroll and RBIs

There is no such thing as an MLB transaction that pleases all of a team’s fans. No matter how big or small a move is, you’ll find a contingent of angry people who absolutely hate it. The Twins could sign ...

Possible Back Ups for the Crawfish

A little while ago, I posted a list of free agent shortstops with my comments on them. Now that it has become apparent that Brandon Crawford will most likely be the San Francisco Giants primary shortstop(YIPPEE!!!!!!), I would like to ...

Carroll Departs Dodgers, Leaving Black Hole at Second Base

The hot stove is just getting warmed up guys…..This just in, the Dodgers have lost Jamey Carroll. Carroll signed a two year 7 million dollar contract with the Twins today. Minnesota intends for Carroll to be their starting shortstop. Carroll ...

The Free Agent Shuttle Has Left Without the Brewers

  For the first time this off-season, we saw some major action today.  The Phillies went out and overpaid Jonathan Papelbon (some ridiculous number like 4yrs/ $50 mil) and the Twins snuck up on everyone and signed veteran shortstop Jamey ...

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