Twins Rumors & News

  • Girl hit by Yankees’ foul ball has ‘long’ recovery ahead: relative

    New York Post "The little girl who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium remains in the hospital two days after the freak accident — but her recovery could take much longer, a relative said Friday. “She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the family member, who didn’t give his..." September 22

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Twins fire international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have fired international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. It’s the latest in a series of moves as Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to makeover the organization. Norsetter, who..." September 21

  • Play Halted After Line Drive Appears to Strike Child at Yankees-Twins Game

    SI "Wednesday's game between the Yankees and Twins was stopped for about four minutes after a foul ball off Todd Frazier's bat appeared to strike a young fan. After the line drive went into the stands, the crowd let out a gasp then when silent. Frazier looked distraught as he watched events..." September 20

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Bartolo Colon wants to play two more years to chase records for Latin pitchers?

    Larry Brown Sports "Bartolo Colon may be continuing to add to his already indelible mark on the game of baseball for multiple more years to come. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted on Thursday that some believe Colon could pitch for two more years in the interest of some good ol’ record-chasing. Per Heyman:..." September 16

  • Twins fire minors skip Mientkiewicz while he was cleaning up after Irma

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Doug Mientkiewicz, who followed his seven seasons as a player with the Twins with five seasons as a manager in the organization, was fired by the organization on Friday. “I wasn’t shocked, because I had a message that changes were taking place,” Mientkiewicz said. “I feel bad for the kids who..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • Twins’ Miguel Sano ‘inching closer’ to a return, likely as designated hitter

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Injured Twins slugger Miguel Sano participated in running drills Monday and took batting practice on Tuesday as he inches toward a return from a shin injury that has sidelined the third baseman for nearly a month. With only 18 games remaining after Tuesday, manager Paul Molitor indicated he’d..." September 14

  • Twins Designate Engelb Vielma For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins announced today that they’ve selected the contract of left-handed reliever Gabriel Moya from Double-A Chattanooga and designated minor league shortstop Engelb Vielma for assignment in order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Vielma, 23, was added to the 40-man roster last..." September 12

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Twins to honor Bartolo Colon by hosting ‘Big Sexy Night’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are paying tribute to the living legend. The team announced Friday that they will be honoring veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon by hosting “Big Sexy Night” when he takes the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field on September 15. Exclusive “Big Sexy” T-shirts..." September 08

  • Sano suffers setback with left shin soreness

    MLB.com "Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a stress reaction to his left shin, continues to make slow progress with the injury and encountered a slight setback on Thursday. Sano participated in light running drills for the first time on Wednesday, but he came out of it..." September 08

  • Joe Nathan signs 1-day deal to retire as member of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Joe Nathan made it about 20 seconds into his retirement speech before he broke down. The former Twins closer signed a one-day contract to finish his career with the team for which he is the all-time saves leader, put on a jersey, sat down at a Target Field news conference Friday and started to..." September 02

  • Byron Buxton left yesterday’s game with an injury

    Hardball Talk "Twins outfielder Byron Buxton left last night’s game against the White Sox with an injury. The exact nature of the injury is unclear. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger quotes manager Paul Molitor as saying that Buxton was removed from the game “after his hand slipped off his bat on a swing.” That could be..." August 31

  • Joe Nathan To Formally Announce Retirement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Six-time All-Star Joe Nathan will formally announce his retirement in a press conference at Target Field on Friday, the Twins announced. The Twins will not only host Nathan’s press conference, they’ll honor arguably the best reliever in franchise history in a pregame ceremony prior to Friday’s..." August 29

  • Twins place Jason Castro on seven-day concussion disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Jason Castro on the team’s seven-day concussion disabled list while recalling outfielder Zack Granite from Triple-A Rochester, the club has announced. Castro suffered a concussion against the rival Chicago White Sox on Wednesday evening and was removed in..." August 24

  • Miguel Sano fouls a ball off his shin, so a columnist slams him for his weight

    Hardball Talk "As Bill wrote last night, the Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin. He sustained the injury Friday after he fouled a ball off of his leg, attempted to play through it, and left the game on Saturday when the pain became too..." August 21

  • Bartolo Colon Becomes 18th Pitcher to Defeat All 30 MLB Teams

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins' 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sunday's matchup was more than just another regular-season game in the dog days of summer; it was history for Bartolo Colon. According to Jonah Birenbaum of The Score, the 44-year-old became just the 18th pitcher to notch a..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Twins activate reliever Glen Perkins from 60-day DL

    ESPN "The Minnesota Twins activated left-handed reliever Glen Perkins from the 60-day disabled list Thursday, adding the three-time All-Star to their bullpen as they push for an American League wild-card spot. Perkins, 34, hasn't pitched this season as he was recovering from surgery to repair a torn..." August 17

  • Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana multiple times

    Larry Brown Sports "The non-waiver trade deadline may have already passed, but the Seattle Mariners are still pursuing upgrades on the waiver trade market. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported over the weekend that the M’s have tried to trade for Minnesota Twins righty Ervin Santana “multiple times.” Divish..." August 15

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Miguel Sano to undergo MRI, CT scan on hand

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Twins are having Miguel Sano undergo further testing on his hand to determine the extent of his injury. Sano left Friday’s game after being hit by a pitch on the left hand and missed both Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Texas Rangers. The Pioneer Press’ Mike Berardino..." August 07

  • Colon becomes oldest Twins pitcher to toss complete game

    USA Today "Bartolo Colon is a legend at this point. Maybe not a Wins Above Replacement legend or a Baseball Hall of Fame legend, but he’s a folk hero of the truest form. Friday, he pitched nine innings for the Minnesota Twins, and while he allowed four runs and nine hits in that span, he got a victory..." August 05

  • Twins to call up Dillon Gee, expected to activate Byron Buxton

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Dillon Gee is getting his chance. The Twins are calling up the righthander from Class AAA Rochester to fill one of two openings on the 25-man roster following the trades of Jaime Garcia and Brandon Kintzler. The this is according to a source with knowledge of the move. Gee, 31, was signed as..." August 01

  • Brandon Kintzler was on safari when he found out he had been traded

    Larry Brown Sports "Nationals fans are quickly discovering the quirks of their newest reliever. In an appearance Monday on MLB Network Radio, Brandon Kintzler said that he was on a safari in San Diego when he found out that he had been traded to Washington by the Minnesota Twins. “I was in the middle of feeding..." August 01

  • Nationals trade for Twins closer Brandon Kintzler at deadline to help steady nagging late-game situations

    Washington Post "The Nationals will acquire closer Brandon Kintzler from the Twins, according to a person familiar with the situation, close to the buzzer of Monday’s 4 p.m. MLB trade deadline. The other pieces being exchanged have yet to be announced. Kintzler, 32, does not have the profile of some of the..." July 31

  • Yankees Acquire Jaime Garcia From Twins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees and Twins have agreed to a trade that will send left-hander Jaime Garcia from Minnesota to New York, tweets FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan first broke news that the two sides were moving toward a deal last night, and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand tweeted recently that minor league..." July 30

  • Twins expected to be sellers at MLB trade deadline

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Twins’ brass seems a tad confused about the direction of the team. Shortly after acquiring veteran starter Jaime Garcia earlier in the month, it was reported that the Twins were looking to move Garcia as well as fellow starter Ervin Santana. This comes after the team yielded a top-25..." July 30

  • Yankees’ closing in on Garcia: How it affects the Sonny Gray talks

    New York Post "The Yankees apparently are obtaining a lefty and leverage. Jeff Passan of Yahoo reported early Sunday morning that the Yankees and Twins were closing in on a deal that would send southpaw Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. That would not dull the Yankees’ desire to obtain Sonny Gray from Oakland...." July 30

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Red Sox, D-Backs interested in Twins' Kintzler

    Scout "The Minnesota Twins have found themselves on the verge of selling in recent days, as a recent slump, as well as hot streaks from AL Central rivals, the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians, has inflicted serious damage to their chances at a post-season berth. One of the players who..." July 28

  • Twins Reportedly Listening To Offers On Short-Term Assets

    MLB Trade Rumors "After dropping three straight games to the Dodgers and falling below .500 for the first time since April, the Twins are now fielding offers on their shorter-term assets, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). That includes right-hander Ervin Santana and newly acquired lefty Jaime Garcia...." July 27

  • The Twins and Diamondbacks make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they’ve acquired minor league catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Gabriel Moya. Murphy has played in 141 major league games across four seasons, three with the Yankees, one with Minnesota." July 27

  • Twins could sell at the deadline even after adding Jaime Garcia

    CBS Sports "Thanks to yet another miraculous Dodgers comeback (LAD 6, MIN 5), the Twins lost their fourth straight game Wednesday night. It was also their 10th loss in their last 14 games. Minnesota led Wednesday's game 5-0 at one point. The tying run scored when rookie center fielder Zach Granite threw to..." July 27

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Twins Acquire Jaime Garcia, Anthony Recker

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired lefty Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker from the Braves, per a club announcement. Cash considerations will also go to Minnesota in the deal, in which Atlanta acquires young righty Huascar Ynoa. While these two clubs had seemingly been nearing a deal involving..." July 24

  • Twins DFA reliever Craig Breslow, recall Alan Busenitz

    Fox Sports North "The Minnesota Twins designated left-handed reliever Craig Breslow for assignment Monday, recalling right-hander Alan Busenitz from Triple-A Rochester to replace him on the 25-man roster. Breslow last pitched for the Twins during a marathon loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday. Originally..." July 24

  • Garcia deal to Twins not finished

    TSN "On Thursday night, it appeared the Minnesota Twins were putting on the finishing touches to a trade that would land them starting left-hander Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, but MLB.com's Mark Feinsand says the deal has not yet come to fruition. Not only the deal not done, but the Braves..." July 21

  • Jaime Garcia Reportedly Traded by Braves to Twins

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins acquired starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reported Thursday. FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman confirmed Garcia is on the move. According to Bollinger, Atlanta will receive a minor league player in a one-for-one swap. Garcia has..." July 21

  • Bartolo Colon Has Considered Retirement

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon tells ESPN’s Marly Rivera that he’s considered retirement recently. The 44-year-old signed a minor league pact with the Twins and made his debut in Minneapolis last night, surrendering four runs in four innings vs. the Yankees. Colon hasn’t made up his mind yet,..." July 19

  • Phil Hughes returns to disabled list, expected to be out for the season

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Phil Hughes just wanted to find a way around his injury, to help the Twins win games. After three weeks, he and the team have given up on this season. Hughes was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, effectively ending his season after just nine starts, five relief appearances, and a..." July 18

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18