Keep coming back to NoDak Twins Fan in the offseason as there will be lots of good content that continues to filter out through my site. I am currently working on a 2012 MLB Draft article for the upcoming release of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook which is produced by Seth Stohs of SethSpeaks.net. To go along with the handbook, I will also be compiling my list of the top 20 prospects in the Twins organization. Free agency will start in the coming days and there is a lot to look at for the future of a Twins team that struggled in 2011. I will be posting my offseason blueprint as well as a ton of other stories from all aspects of the Twins organization.
So the moral of the story is.... bookmark my site, follow me on Twitter, and "Like" my blog on Facebook so you can keep up with the latest in Twins news and commentary.
Here are my weekly links of interesting Twins stories from the week:
- The Twins Centric group has put together 130-pages of content on what the Twins should do this offseason. I haven't seen this year's GM Handbook but last year's was full of great content.
- I was co-host on the SethSpeaks.net Minnesota Twins Podcast and we talked about the Twins closer situation, middle infield options, and other offseason topics.
- Stohs was also featured in an interview with a Cleveland Indians blog called "Did the Tribe Win Last Night?"
- The Baseball Outsider has some great insights into the clubhouse of the Twins in September and it doesn't sound good for some of the younger players.
- Can the Twins rebound? That is the question that The Tenth Inning Stretch asks in Part I of his series.
- MiLB.com named Eddie Rosario as the Hitter of the Year for all of the short season teams in the minor leagues.
- The Biz of Baseball took a look at the possible candidates to replace Bud Selig as Commissioner of MLB. One of the candidates has worked for the Twins in the past.
- The Twins declined Joe Nathan's $12.5 million option for next season but his agents says Nathan wants to be a closer next season and he might prefer to play for a winner.
- Who is the worst World Series winner in history? The Platoon Advantage takes a stab at the top eight worst teams to be called champion.
- Nick Punto couldn't come up with a big hit and then he attempted to break his bat. SPOILER ALERT: The bat won.
- A teacher won $1 million for pitching a perfect game on MLB 2K11. It shouldn't count since he used Roy Halladay against a AAA team called the Houston Astros.
- The New York Times wrote an article over the weekend talking about the phones in the dugouts and bullpens. The ironic thing is Tony La Russa is the coach featured in the picture and he had some trouble with those phones this week.
- Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League made the switch to a standardized ball this season. That must have been Nishioka's problem this year, he wasn't use to a standardized ball.
- Nate Gilmore over at Puckett's Pond thinks the Twins farm system is getting better.
My posts from the week:
- Monday: Morris offered coaching job with GCL Twins
- Tuesday: Thome headlines continue to swirl
- Wednesday: 20 years later, Puckett's performance hard to top
- Thursday: Twins' top prospects looking to improve in AFL
- Kemp unanimous pick for NL Stan Musial Award
Video of the Week: This week marked the 20th Anniversary of the best World Series in history and the Twins happened to be the team who came out on top. Here is a great video from MLB that discusses the decisive seventh game: