- The North Score analytics beat over at the Strib keeps the hits rolling, so to speak. They looked at the impact of the shift on Joe Mauer and how it has changed over his career. Joe Mauer retrospective articles are scary, because pretty soon we will be without Mauer. I don’t know how to handle that idea.
- At the Minnpost, they looked at what the Twins trade-deadline moves mean for Joe Mauer’s future with the Twins. Their conclusion is that he probably isn’t a part of their plans. I seriously might cry when he retires. Myjah will for sure. Just reading this probably has her in tears.
- Another Twins’ first baseman hasn’t been hitting this season. In a look at the odds of a player finishing below the Mendoza Line this season, Dan Szymborski identifies Logan Morrison as one of the most likely players to do so this year. Not a great look for the late free-agent signing this spring.
- While the optimists among us see the Twins as contenders in the near future, with a good young core, one writer thinks we may be in for a longer rebuilding process. Let’s hope he is wrong, because that would be no fun!
- Speaking of rebuilding, the Twins did acquire a bunch of new prospects during the trade deadline frenzy. FSN put together a nice resource to learn just a little bit more about each of these new players. Hopefully they will be joining a team in a few years that is in the middle of a dynasty. A guy can dream, right?
- SBN has compiled some glorious pictures of everyone’s old friend, Bartolo Colon, being doused. This is of course, in celebration of Bartolo setting the record for most wins by a Latin-American pitcher.
Thursday Twins: Joe Mauer vs. the Shift
Is Mauer part of the future; Logan Morrison vs the Mendoza Line; Rebuilding thoughts; and celebrating Bartolo