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Be the Twins GM

Posted at 9:27 AM on September 20, 2006 by Ben Tesch

The 2007 GM Cheat Sheet
TwinsGeek put together a fun exercise:

Your mission (impossible), should you choose to accept it, is to create a competitive team for 2007 while keeping the total payroll under $67 million (a pretty realistic guess as to next year’s total).

We’ll get you started. We’ll fill in most of the blanks with players who will likely be back, including listing their approximate salaries, along with some assumptions, in case you want to challenge any of the core positions.

Below that, we’ll list the positions where there will be more debate, and list some of the players (and how much they cost) for each of them. You can build your team, and compare it to how Ryan does this offseason – just make sure it comes in under $67 million. (Or figure out how you’re going to get Carl to part with more.)

Hank Aaron polls open

Posted at 11:58 AM on September 20, 2006 by Ben Tesch

You can now go place your vote for the Hank Aaron Award, which is for the "best overall offensive performer". It looks like it should be a tight race in both leagues. If you wish to sway people's votes, state your case in the comments. (And no, just because last night Morneau got 5 hits and Ortiz got none, that doesn't mean he wins.)

Closing out Corky's season....

Posted at 12:36 PM on September 20, 2006 by David Zingler (1 Comments)

Sure the Twins are in a heated pennant race, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a little time out to check up on Corky Miller. Our favorite catcher was called up by Boston on August 6th and played the next day going 0 for 4 in a 7-6 loss to Tampa. The Cork Man was then sent down on August 15 without appearing in another game. He is now 1 for his last 55 (.018) in the big leagues.

At Triple A, the news was better. The International League fan favorite finished the season in Pawtucket, playing well. In 65 minor league games (2 with Tacoma), the Corkster hit .260/.346/.505 with 13 homers and 36 RBI. Here’s to hoping Corky has a great winter and gets a big league hit next season....

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The Twins way

Posted at 2:21 PM on September 20, 2006 by Ben Tesch

Twins are making the system work
Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe gives a nice rundown for the Boston fans on who these people are that keep beating the Red Sox.

Also, the Twins got a second opinion on Liriano's arm. Turns out it was the same as the first.

Little fish, big bites.

Posted at 11:48 PM on September 20, 2006 by Josh Lee (1 Comments)

That Schilling guy is a pretty good pitcher, but he only lasted five innings against the Twins, despite only giving up one run on seven hits. The piranha attack pressured Schilling for 104 pitches to get to Boston's relief early, and without Papelbon at the end of it, Boston's bullpen isn't all that intimidating. The Twins kept nibbling at the Red Sox's heels, and bled seven runs off of Boston in the final two innings of the game to win, 8-2.

The big hit of the game, though, was less of a piranha bite and more of a shark attack. Torii Hunter's three-run homer was his second shot over the Green Monster in two nights. Torii currently has 28 homers and 90 RBIs. If he stays on anything resembling his current hot pace, the Twins would finish the season with two 30-homer players and three 100-RBI guys. That would be the first time this has happened in Minnesota since -- well, has this sort of thing ever happened?

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