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Girl Rejects Marriage Proposal at New Britain Rock Cats Game

The title pretty much says it all. Get your poppin' fresh schadenfreude here, folks!

KSTP's Post Game Coverage of Twins 1987 WS Victory

October 25, 1987: The Minnesota Twins moments ago had won game 7 of the World Series. The first for the franchise since 1924 (as the Washington Senators) and the first in Minnesota. Stan Turner, Ruth Spencer, and the entire KSTP Sports team provide team coverage of this historic event.

An actually fun "Sports Illustrated" article

This is an excerpt from a new book about how athletes become great. It has a killer lead: college softball pitcher Jennie Finch embarrasses MLB hitters like Albert Pujols, who says "I never want to experience that again." The gist is that people who practice things, a lot, develop visual memory banks which allow them to process information much faster than people who haven't practiced as much. Situations which don't conform to their memory banks reduce their advantage, and that's why college girls can hit Jennie Banks but Pujols and Bonds and A-Rod couldn't. The excerpt appears to be saying that conventional wisdom is wrong, genetic ability matters less than brain programming through repetition. If so, Drew Butera could be better than Joe Mauer if he practiced more. This is dumb. I assume the book is more elaborate than that. The lead, however, is huge fun. And there's cool science stuff on how fast baseballs move and how quickly batters have to decide if/where to swing the bat. (Really quickly, as it turns out, which is why Mariano Rivera's late-breaking cutter has bamboozled hitters for 42 years.)

Welcome to the team, Emily and Maren

Congrats Joe and Maddie!

Video Of Kyle Gibson’s First Professional Autograph Event

Original video, with accompanying article, chronicling Kyle Gibson’s autograph signing appearance at Fan HQ in Minnetonka, last week.

The Twins have the No. 1 Prospect in all of baseball!

And his name is Byron Buxton. Duh! At least, that is, if you listen to John Sickels or Keith Law (paywall). In fact, things are even better with Miguel Sano being slotted at 3 and 4 by Sickels and Law respectively. And there are two more Twins in Sickels list. Head on over and check it out.

SBM Exclusive Feature – Tales of Depression and Sorrow: The Chicago Cubs

Face it Twins' fans...there are teams out there who have it worse...

MLB Players Weigh the Pros & Cons of Being an All-Star

Joe Mauer is one of many MLB All-Stars in this special edition of Jimmy Fallon's "Pros & Cons."

Sabermetricians Forced To Rethink Entire Sport

Panicked Sabermetricians Forced To Rethink Entire Sport After Discovering They Missed At Bat From Lou Brock On August 3, 1975 PHOENIX—The entire field of sabermetrics was thrown into a frenzied panic Thursday after a previously undocumented at bat from former St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock on August 3, 1975 forced sabermetricians to completely rethink their understanding of the sport of baseball. "So if you plug Brock’s 3-2 count and ground out into the OPS formula, the standard deviation and expected value for every single player and team is completely off—goddammit, none of this makes sense now," said visibly anxious Society for American Baseball Research sabermetrician Tony Branham, sweating profusely as he pored over thousands of pages of statistics from the last 30 MLB seasons. "The Total Pitcher Index, Wins Above Replacement, Batter-Fielder Wins, batting averages, ERAs, RBIs—that one third-inning at bat against the Cubs makes all of this stuff meaningless. How the hell does baseball work?" At press time, based on the new understanding of sabermetrics, Braham confirmed that former New York Yankees first baseman Mickey Mantle did not actually exist. From The Onion.
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