TWINS 2017 PREVIEW

New Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine came to town as part of the new analytics mafia in baseball, but their approach to rebuilding the worst team in baseball will be slow and methodical … at least for now.  Read more

Smiling about the season’s possibilities, Brian Dozier said a postseason berth is the only way he’ll call 2017 a “success.”
Jerry Holt, Star Tribune
The Twins' Brian Dozier is looking ahead.
TWINS OPENING DAY

Twins plead for open minds as they turn page on 103-loss season

April 3, 2017

Hope and renewal are the currency of Opening Day, and while the Twins tried to hawk both Sunday, it’s not clear they have the inventory on hand, not with 103 losses still so fresh.

“There hasn’t been a lot to cheer about, at least very consistently for a while,” manager Paul Molitor empathized. “We understand our fans are looking for hope.”  Read more

From left, starting outfielders Byron Buxton, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario.
Aaron Lavinsky, STAR TRIBUNE

Souhan: Hope roams in the Twins' outfield

April 3, 2017

When the Twins and the architectural firm Populous designed Target Field, they wedged the ballpark into an improbably small footprint and unwittingly damaged the careers of their two most important players. In its early years, Target Field proved to be a beautiful beast.

A grass infield and higher outfield wall turned many of Joe Mauer’s Metrodome hits into outs. Whether because of curing concrete or unpredictable airflow, Justin Morneau’s drives to center and right-center too often fell short of the seats.  Read more

Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. ] AARON LAVINSKY � aaron.lavinsky@startribune.com Minnesota Twins players took part in Spring Training on Wednesday,
Aaron Lavinsky, STAR TRIBUNE

Breaking down the 2017 Twins roster

April 2, 2017

It’s a new era, all right. Given carte blanche to raze the roster, new Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine open the 2017 season with a radically reconfigured club that includes … let’s see … just five players who didn’t play for the Twins last year. Truthfully, Falvey and Levine are probably the most intriguing Twins employees of 2017, as they evaluate their assets and execute their blueprint for a team that has certainly avoided the weight of expectations following a disastrous, 103-loss crash landing. Here’s the team ...

New Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, left, and Senior Vice President, General Manager Thad Levine, were all smiles after they were
Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Souhan: Twins' new bosses inherit the worst and hope for the best

April 2, 2017

Monday is signified as Opening Day, which for the 2017 Minnesota Twins is unfortunate. This is a franchise much more desperate for closure than the false promise of a baseball holiday.  Read more

Dan Gladden's Twins career included two World Series championships. He scored the winning run in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series against Atlanta at th
Mark Duncan

Reusse: Gladden first came onto Twins scene 30 years ago

April 2, 2017

The Arizona portion of spring training was over on March 28 for the ’84 Giants, and they were on buses at the Scottsdale ballpark, heading for the Phoenix airport.  Read more

FILE - In this April 3, 2010, file photo, the new Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, is shown during a spring training game against the St. Lo
Jim Mone, Associated Press

Star Tribune staff predictions for 2017 Twins

April 2, 2017

Columnists and beat reporters get their chance to predict the future.

Twins executive vice president and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey watched practice.
Aaron Lavinsky, STAR TRIBUNE

Getting analytical with the Twins' Derek Falvey

April 2, 2017

In the advanced era of baseball numbers-crunching, Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey talked with Star Tribune baseball writer La Velle E. Neal III about meaningful statistics.

The Twins enjoyed a sunny day when they opened the 2013 season at home against the Tigers. The Twins hope for bright days ahead both from the weather
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Hartman: St. Peter tells fans to stay patient with Twins

April 2, 2017

Dave St. Peter joined the Twins in 1990 as an intern when they were in the midst of turning a last-place club into a World Series winner one year later.

St. Peter has seen more losing seasons than winning seasons as he has advanced to become the Twins president and chief executive officer. He’s watched the Twins lose 90 or more games 10 times in 28 years while they’ve made the playoffs in seven of those seasons.  Read more

Some would say that Twins second baseman Brian Dozier doesn’t look the part of a power hitter, but his 42 home runs in 2016 say otherwise.
Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Dozier's home runs strike blow for the 'little man' at second base

April 1, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The pressure was mounting. Each swing mattered. The score was tied, and connecting on a fat pitch would win the game, electrify the tense crowd, crush the losers. “I was a little nervous, to be honest,” Brian Dozier said.

It didn’t show. Dozier let a couple pitches go by, then unleashed his high-in-the-zone uppercut and launched a blast that easily cleared the fence in left field and nearly carried over the one beyond it. His teammates cheered and congratulated him. Another Dozier walk-off.  Read more

Final, 9/23 R H E
Detroit 22-32 6 11 0
Minnesota 35-22 7 7 1