Twins
November 15, 2017
The Twins' Paul Molitor won the American League Manager of the Year award Tuesday.

Molitor rewarded with American League's top manager award

Paul Molitor was chosen as the American League's top manager over two other finalists, each of whom led their teams to 100-win seasons
Twins
November 15, 2017
Twins baseball boss Derek Falvey, left, looked on as manager Paul Molitor spoke during an October news conference. Molitor was named AL Manager of the

Souhan: Twins almost had to explain why they let AL's top manager go

If Derek Falvey and Thad Levine had fired Paul Molitor, Tuesday would have become one of the more embarrassing days in Twins history.
Twins
November 14, 2017

American League Manager of the Year voting results

Here are the totals in the AL Manager of the Year voting:
Twins
November 14, 2017
Miguel Sano was greeted by teammates following a July home run, one of 28 he hit in during his injury-shortened season.

Sano has surgery, will start rehab in New York

The operation on the Twins' third baseman was done in New York at the Hospital for Special Surgery. A rod was inserted to help strengthen Sano's lower left leg.
Twins
November 13, 2017
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and General Manager Thad Levine.

Falvey, Levine ready for second GM meetings as Twins bosses

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine spent much of last year's meetings getting a crash course on their own players. Now, they already have "a pretty good understanding" of what other teams covet.
Twins
November 11, 2017
Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier

Reusse: Dozier emulates Grant's credo about durability

It is harder to play through injuries these days than ever. But 50 years ago, Bud Grant came down from Winnipeg to coach the Vikings and soon was telling us durability was as important as ability.
Twins
November 11, 2017
Matt Rourke • Associated Press

Reusse: Halladay's death stings players he influenced, including Twins' May

Trevor May was a high school pitcher in Washington when he was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Soon after, he was exposed to Roy Halladay.
Twins
November 10, 2017
Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton runs down an out on Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez to end the second inning on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Twins' Buxton named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year

Sabermetrics determined the center fielder was the top defensive player in the major leagues this year.
Twins
November 8, 2017
Hockey player Christian Horn, working with mental skills coach Hans Skulstad, sat with mouse traps on his legs to simulate a stressful situation durin

'Hey, Doc. I'd love to talk': When athletes work on their mental game

Kyle Gibson of the Twins credits a sports psychology professional with helping to turn around his 2017 season, and other Minnesota athletes have worked on their mental game since they were teenagers.
Twins
November 8, 2017
Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier (2) and Byron Buxton (25) celebrate after their baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Sunday, April 30, 2017, in

Finest in the field: Buxton, Dozier win Gold Glove awards

It's the first time since Joe Mauer won as a catcher in 2010 that any Twins player has earned a Gold Glove, which is awarded for best defensive player at each position.
Twins
November 8, 2017
Doug Mientkiewicz as Chattanooga manager in 2015.

After firing by Twins, Mientkiewicz hired to manage Toledo Mud Hens

Doug Mientikiewicz will manage the Class AAA minor-league team in the Detroit organization, reestablishing his ties to former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Twins
November 8, 2017
Michael Tonkin

Twins will let Tonkin leave to sign with team in Japan

The Twins will open another roster spot Wednesday by allowing righthanded reliever Michael Tonkin to sign a contract with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.
Twins
November 7, 2017
Minnesota Twins coach Rick Stelmaszek talked to catchers during Spring Training in 2010.

Souhan: RIP, Stelly. You could turn the mundane into the hilarious

'Stelly' helped a young baseball writer learn the game. More important, he treated people well and talked baseball like the savant and grassroots comedian that he was.
Twins
November 7, 2017
Derek Shelton

Twins name Derek Shelton bench coach

Shelton, 47, is a former catcher in the Yankees minor league organization, but he's been in the major leagues as a coach for 13 seasons
Twins
November 7, 2017
Chris Gimenez

Twins release Gimenez, O'Rourke; Molitor is manager of year finalist

The Twins continued to clear space on their 40-man roster by waiving catcher Chris Gimenez and lefthander Ryan O'Rourke.
Twins
November 7, 2017
Twins great Kirby Puckett shared a laugh with coach Rick Stelmaszek in 1999 spring training.

Former Twins coach Stelmaszek dies at 69

Rick Stelmaszek oversaw the bullpen, organized spring training, tutored the catchers and kept Twins players entertained with sense of humor.
Twins
November 7, 2017
Tampa Bay righthander Alex Cobb, 30, was 12-10 with a 3.66 ERA in 2017. He could be a prime free-agent target for the Twins.

Pitching appears to top Twins' priority list as free agency opens

Entering their second year in charge, Twins' baseball executives have made sweeping changes to every area of the organization — except to improve the roster.
Twins
November 6, 2017
Former Twins manager Tom Kelly, left, laughed with Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek after Kelly tossed him a ceremonial pitch during the pregame ce

Reusse: Stelmaszek was wondrous practitioner in noble art of baseball humor

Stelly was a Twins coach for 32 years, and there was not a more popular figure in the clubhouse or the organization.
Twins
November 6, 2017

Five free agents who could interest the Twins

Keep in mind that players who turned down a $17.4 million qualifying offer from their former club would cost a draft pick to sign — and affect the Twins' interest.
Twins
November 6, 2017

Top MLB free agents available

Some are attainable for the Twins; others might be out of their usual price range.
Final, 6/17 R H E
Minnesota 31-37 1 10 1
Cleveland 37-33 4 7 0