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Sabermetricians Forced To Rethink Entire Sport

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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.

Videos from Cedar Rapids Kernels 7-5-13

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Videos of Kepler (who had a stellar night), Walker and Goodrum. Also Seth Stohs throwing out a first pitch.

No trades, sez Yahoo guy

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Yahoo, which knows where I live and what kind of turtle-on-turtle Galapagos porn I prefer, threw this in my face from a writer I've never heard of. I agree with it. If you don't, you hate evolution. (Sidebar: P.J.'s next start is against C.C.? That's just MEAN.)

Minorleagueball.com focuses on Twins' prospects

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Busy last couple of days over at the SBNation hub of John Sickels, where they have a couple of posts on (former) members of the Twins minor league system: ------ Outlook on Kyle Gibson ------ Prospect Profile: Max Kepler------- Bonus: 2013 Fantasy Baseball Prospect Rankings - Spoiler: Two Twins in the Top 3, with four more youngsters making the list. ------//Wish there was formating in FanShots//

Gibson Call Up

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Kyle Gibson was called up after the game Sunday, and Pedro Hernandez was optioned down to Rochester. Kyle is scheduled to make his debut on Saturday at Target Field. Now the only issue left: Who wants to take me to the game? Seriously though, best of luck to Kyle! Very exciting news for him and Twins fans in general.

SANO PROMOTED TO AA!!!11!!

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According to Jon Heyman and also rotowire! That was after he went 2 for 4 (all homeruns) for FTM today. Sano hit 16 bombs in 243 PA, while hitting .330, walking at a 12% clip and maintaining his K% from last year. All while hitting in the notorious pitcher's paradise called the Florida State League.

Alex Meyer Tinkers with his Delivery, Gets Results - With Video

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Over on MiLB.com they have a write up of Meyer's most recent start. He talks about his delivery and how he needs to "hold his front side" ... what this means I don't know! But there is video and you can see this super giant look 10 feet tall strikeout a lot of AA guys. As a bonus we can see Pinto catching too!

Legendary Closer Jeff Reardon Signing (Video)

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Original video, with accompanying article, showing all-time great closer/’87 Twin Jeff Reardon signing autographs in Minnetonka.

Mickey Hatcher, 1983-1985

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Hatcher is one of my favorite players ever, but even I find it astonishing that a team would consistently put this kind of hitter 3rd and 4th in a big-league lineup.

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