Troy’s Twins Chat Summary For April 21, 2014

Hello Twins Fans, On tonight’s show, draysbay.com blogger Ian Malenowski joined us to discuss the Tampa Bay Rays and their upcoming series. My dad and I got into a discussion as to why Tommy John surgeries are up in baseball. We also talked about the crazy eighth inning in last Thursdays 9-5 comeback win in Game 2 of the doubleheader against the Blue Jays as well as Gibson’s performance.

To listen to the show, click on the following link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/04/22/troys-twins-chat

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Troy’s Twins Chat Summary For April 14, 2014

Hello All, Here’s the summary for what my dad and I discussed on tonight’s Troy’s Twins Chat episode. I started off correcting the mistake I made last week in the order of wins the top five managers are. Then dad and I had a brief discussion of instant replay. We also talked in general of how the Twins are doing.

To listen to the show, go to the following link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/04/15/troys-twins-chat

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Summary For Troy’s Twins Chat For April 8, 2014

Tonight, Dad and I started off looking at some of the managers that have won 1000 games. We also talked about the Twins shortstop position and the team’s performance so far.

To listen to the show, click on the following link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/04/09/troys-twins-chat

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A Look at the managers with 1000 wins

Ron Gardenhire won his 1000th game today in Cleveland as the Twins beat the Indians 7-3. He’s now part of a list that now includes 60 managers. Let’s highlight some of the managers that are on this list.

The Manager with the most wins is the Philladelphia Athletics, Connie Mack, with
3,731 wins and he’s also the leader with the most losses at 3,948. he won 9 penants and 5 World Series while managing the Athletics throughout most of the first half of the 19th century.

John McGraw has the second most wins with 2,763 and lost 1,948. Most of his managing career was spent with the New York Giants from 1902-1932 where he won 10 penants and 3 World Series.

The next three managers on the list are all being inducted in Baseball’s Hall Of Fame this year. They are Tony La Russa (
2,728-2,365), Bobby Cox (2,504-2,001) and Joe Torre (2,326-1,997).

There are eight other managers in Minnesota Twins franchise history that have won 1000 games in their careers. They include: Tom Kelly, Gene Mauch, Bill Rigney, Billy Martin, Clarke Griffith, Bucky Harris, Joe Cronin, and Chuck Dressen. Griffith, Harris, Cronin and Dressen managed the franchise before 1961 when the Twins were the Washington Senators.

Besides Gardenhire, Kelly is the only manager to have spent is entire managing career with the franchise. Harris had three diferent stints as manager: 1924-1928, 1935-1942 and 1950-1954. Harris, who’s ranked 7th all time with 2,158 wins, has the most wins in franchise history with 1,336 and the most losses with 1,416. Kelly, has the most wins in Twins history at 1140.

Harris led the then Senators to their only World Series title in 1924. Kelly would lead the franchise to two more World Series titles in 1987 and 1991.

Gardenhire becomes the 12th manager on the list who hasn’t been in the World Series. he also becomes the fifth manager currently managing to reach 1000 wins. the other four Are: Buck Showalter, Bruce Bochy, Mike Scioscia and Terry Francona.

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Troy’s Twins Chat Summary For March 31 2014

Hello Twins fans. Here’s a summary of what dad and I talked about on tonight’s Troy’s Twins Chat. First, we discussed the Twins earlier 5-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox. We also gave some keys for what the Twins need to do for the season. We also briefly previewed each of the other teams in the American League Central.

To listen to the show, click on the following link.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/04/01/troys-twins-chat

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Keys To The Twins 2014 Season

It’s getting close to the start of a new season for the Twins. I’m optimistic that the Twins could have a 500 season. You could say I’m being overly optimistic here, but a new season always is a fresh start.

However, there are some things that Twins will have to do in order to have a more successful Season this year. Their three consecutive seasons of 90 plus losses is certainly not something to be proud of, unless you want to draft as high as possible in the draft. So, here are some things that the Twins will have to do in order to improve this year.

Last season, the Twins were second to last in pitching in the American League with an ERA of 4.55. The Twins Starters had the worst ERA in baseball of 5.26. This year, the Twins should have an improved rotation with the additions of Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes. If Mike Pelfrey improves from last year, it would be a big help. Plus, most of the bullpen that was fifth in the AL with an ERA at 3.50 is intact.

As for the lineup, last season the Twins scored 614 runs, good for 13th in the AL. They hit 151 Home runs, good for 11th in the Al.
Brian Dozier led the team with 18 homeruns with Justin Morneau second at 17. Dozier also led the team with 72 runs scored while Morneau led the team with 74 RBIs.

Right now, the lineup is the biggest question mark going into the season which might explain why a lot of fans still feel that the Twins will have another 90 loss season. The additions of Jason Kubel and Kurt Suzuki should help the offense provided Kubel performs close to what he did in 2012 with the Arizona Diamondbacks when he batted .253/.327/.506 with 30 HRs, 90 RBIs and 75 runs scored. Plus, if Josh Willingham can bounce back, it would also be a help.

Also, if the Twins can get the team to steal more bases, it would also be a plus as far as scoring runs is concerned. Last season, the Twins stole 52 bases, good for 13th in the AL with Pedro Floremon leading the team with 15. Brian Dozier was second at 14 and Aron Hicks stole 9 in 81 games.

In all, I think the Twins have the potensial to have a much improved season. I don’t think we’ll win the division, but I do think that there is optimism to think that the Twins could potensially be around the 500 mark this season. So, let’s sit back and get ready for the start of the 2014 season.

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Given Recent Trade History, Trevor May Has To Pan Out For The Twins

When the Twins traded Ben Revere to the Philadelphia Phillies during the 2012-2013 offseason, it looked like the Twins were winners in that trade, having received a couple of pitchers. Vance Worley had previous pitching experience in the majors with the Phillies. Trevor May was one of the Phillies better pitching prospects.

Since then, Worley has turned into a batting practice pitcher this spring for the Twins to trot out against their opponents. That’s a far cry from Worley being the Twins opening day starter last season. In fact, he only lasted for a couple of months with the big club before his 1-5 record and 7.21 ERA had the cleaning lady emptying his locker and packing his bags to send along with Worley to AAA Rochester where he eventually suffered an elbow injury.

Because Worley wasn’t performing in spring training like the Twins were hoping, they sent him through waivers last week. Since he wasn’t claimed, he was sent to Rochester. Last Tuesday, Worley was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash.

Meanwhile, May had an okay season at AA New Britain last season. With the Rock Cats, he pitched in 27 games where he had a record of 9-9 and an ERA of 4.51. He struck out 159 batters and walked 67.

While with the Phillies, Revere batted .305/.338/.352. He scored 37 runs while playing in 88 games. Despite not having as good of runs scored and RBI totals compared with the previous two seasons while with the Twins, Revere certainly sounds like a better player to have in centerfield than Aaron Hicks right now.

The Twins are counting on Hicks to start the season in center with Byron Buxton waiting in the wings. The eventual plan is to move Hicks to left once Buxton is called up. They won’t bring back Josh Willingham next season unless he performs significantly better than last season.

There’s also the trades the Twins have made in the past decade. Most of those trades haven’t worked out in the Twins favor. Proably the best trade was trading outfielder Bobby Kielty to the Torronto Blue Jays for outfielder Shannon Stewart who helped lead the Twins to the second of three consecutive central division titles.

During the offseason, the Twins traded catcher A.J. Pierzynski to the San Fransisco Giants for pitchers Joe Nathan, Fransisco Liriano and Boof Bonser. Not only that, they traded pitcher Eric Milton to the Phillies for utility player Nick Punto and pitcher Carlos Silva. Most of these players would help the Twins win the Central Division in four out of the next six seasons at one time or another.

Since then, a more recent history of trades has help send the Twins in to three consecutive losing seasons. One such trade was trading pitcher Matt Garza and shortstop Jason Bartlett to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Delmon Young and infielder Brendan Harris after the 2007 season. Garza and Bartlett would help the Rays to the 2008 World Series. Meanwhile. Young had one solid season for the Twins in over three and a half seasons before being traded to the Detroit Tigers.

That same offseason, the Twins traded pitcher Johan Santana to the New York Mets for outfielder Carlos Gomez and three other pitching prospects. Gomez didn’t seem to quite put it together in two seasons for the Twins and was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for shortstop J.J. Hardy.

After the 2010 season, Hardy was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for pitchers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson. Hoey was inconsistent for the Twins that season and Jacobson never pitched with the big club and was eventually let go.

Shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka was brought in from Japan to replace Hardy. That turned into a disaster thanks to a broken leg early in the season and was not able to adjust to playing baseball here in the U.S. He just looked overmatched at the plate and was eventually let go.

And of course, you could mention the Wilson Ramez trade for Matt Capps during the 2010 season. If it wasn’t for that trade, there would have been someone to replace Joe Mauer as catcher although Josmil Pinto looks like he could be a solid catcher for the Twins in future years.

Given the recent trade history, the Twins should hope that Trevor May can contribute to their team’s success in the future. it might be harder for him to be in the starting rotation given who the Twins have for starting pitching, but May could be someone to help contribute in the bullpen in the future. If May isn’t successful, it looks like the Ben Revere trade will go down as another bad trade for the Twins.

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