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MINNEAPOLIS—Including his team's Tuesday, Oct. 3, cameo at Yankee Stadium in New York, Twins owner Jim Pohlad has been watching the 2017 postseason with great interest. In particular, he's been noticing the high-velocity arms the rest of the postseason field has been putting on the mound. "It's daunting," Pohlad said this week. "It's super daunting. They look so good, but I suppose in the postseason you tend to watch the games more intensely and watch every single pitch and see the movement and stuff on it and the velocity. It's really daunting."
MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Falvey and Thad Levine appear ready to change the way the Minnesota Twins pitch, from top to bottom. As they set out to hire just the Twins' fourth pitching coach since 1986, the "pitch to contact" approach ridiculed by frustrated fans — and often denied by former management — seems an anachronism in the age of unprecedented velocity and strikeout rates.
MINNEAPOLIS — Paul Molitor's decision to accept a three-year deal to continue as Twins manager probably made one person happiest of all: his 11-year-old son Ben, an aspiring ballplayer himself and a regular presence around the team's clubhouse. "He's excited," Molitor said Tuesday, Oct. 10, at Target Field. "I mean, this is his domain down here, man. He doesn't know how good he has it, hanging around a big-league clubhouse all the time."
MINNEAPOLIS — Surgery is still being considered as a last resort for Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been slow to heal from a stress reaction in his left shin.
MINNEAPOLIS — Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was outspoken in his support of manager Paul Molitor in the immediate aftermath of a wild-card playoff loss last week at Yankee Stadium. Not surprisingly, Dozier, the Twins' nominee for the Hank Aaron Award for top hitter in the American League, was very pleased to hear Molitor would be retained on a new three-year contract.
MINNEAPOLIS — After guiding the Twins to a record-setting turnaround, Paul Molitor has agreed to a new three-year contract, the team announced Monday. Oct. 9. Molitor, 61, was invited back on Oct. 5, two days after a season-ending loss to the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card game. Molitor, whose original three-year deal had expired, then spent the better part of the next four days weighing the merits of a Twins offer that likely improved over the weekend.
MINNEAPOLIS — While Twins players looked forward to success they believe was kick-started by this season's postseason appearance, the team's first since 2010, a series of personnel decisions hovered close by. Minnesota's season ended with an 8-4 loss to the Yankees Tuesday, Oct. 3, in New York, a wild card playoff appearance that made the Twins the first major league team to lose 100 games in a season and make the postseason the next.
MINNEAPOLIS — Contract talks between the Twins and manager Paul Molitor have entered a "holding pattern," a person with direct knowledge said late Friday afternoon. According to that source, as well as another person who had been briefed on the talks, it could take until early next week to sort through the remaining issues.
MINNEAPOLIS — Paul Molitor has been invited to return as Twins manager in 2018, according to two sources with direct knowledge, but there was still work to be done to make that a reality early Thursday evening, Oct. 5. "Nothing has been decided or agreed to at this point in time," a person with direct knowledge told the Pioneer Press.
MINNEAPOLIS — While Twins players looked forward to success they believe was kick-started by this season's postseason appearance, the team's first since 2010, a series of personnel decisions hovered close by. Minnesota's season ended with an 8-4 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday, Oct. 3, in New York, a wild card playoff appearance that made the Twins the first major league team to lose 100 games in a season and make the postseason the next.