‘We couldn’t resist’: Andrelton Simmons has the Twins thinking big defensively

Andrelton Simmons is one of the best defensive shortstops ever, a four-time Gold Glove winner whose plus-191 Defensive Runs Saved rank third in MLB history behind Ozzie Smith and Mark Belanger. However, last year’s DRS was negative for the first time in his career, naturally leading to questions about whether he’s lost a step at […]

Simba out to ‘keep everybody on their toes’

It’ll probably be best for opposing hitters to avoid the left side of Minnesota’s infield in 2021. The Twins have their new starting shortstop after signing free agent Andrelton Simmons to a one-year, $10.5 million deal on Sunday. It’s an addition that figures to benefit Minnesota in several different ways, as Simmons not only provides a steep […]

Ranking the Twins’ top 10 seasons ever by a 3B: Harmon Killebrew rules again

We’ve got some time on our hands, so please join me for a position-by-position look at the best seasons by individual players in Twins history. Note that each season will be evaluated independently and players are eligible only at their primary position that season. These aren’t career rankings. Those come later. Next up? Third base. […]

JAWS and the 2020 bWAR Update, Part 2

Josh Donaldson is one of the game’s elite two-way players, but like the late Ernie Lombardi, he received rude treatment when it came to Baseball-Reference’s latest update to its version of WAR. Last week I began a breakdown of B-Ref’s influx of new data, which resulted in alterations to five different areas of its version of WAR, some aspects of which […]

How Jorge Polanco Can Develop into a Better Defensive Shortstop

In the latest Gleeman and the Geek, John posited that Jorge Polanco’s arm might be a compound problem for him as a defender if his lack of confidence in making long throws led him to play a step shallower than stronger-armed shortstops. Despite his good sprint speed, and despite hands deft enough to generate one […]

See what's up.