A dozen managers on MLB’s 2014 hot seat

Even with Mike Scioscia seemingly safe, there are still a lot of skippers in varying degrees of danger as baseball fast approaches its stretch run. Here is my ranking of 12 managers who may feel the seat starting to get warm, and one who may be the first casualty of 2014 as soon as this week.

Down on Farm: St. Paul Puts on a Show

The St. Paul Saints predate their big-time friends across America’s chief river by nearly a century. This is actually the fourth incarnation of the franchise, beginning briefly during the Benjamin Harrison administration, then returning a decade later through 1899, followed by a 1915-60 run, ending just before the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins.

Down on the Farm: Anchors Away

The fourth season of Down on the Farm continues with a trip to Knute Nelson Memorial Park in Alexandria, Minnesota.

Down on the Farm: Stingers Reward Supporters

As a resident for nearly a year now, I realize Minnesota is a hockey state. However, baseball is surprisingly well-funded across the Land of 10,000 Lakes too. This is particularly validated when traveling back roads through small Minnesota communities that seem to encompass one hidden gem of a ballpark after another. Considering the harsh winters, the immaculate conditions of fields by May is also rather impressive.

Miguel Sano: Top Twins prospect to undergo Tommy John surgery

Miguel Sano is a physical specimen. For those who have seen the young third baseman play there is no other way to describe him. As one of the Minnesota Twins’ top prospects, he had a legitimate chance to reach the majors in 2014 thanks to his raw power and all-around solid game. Unfortunately, that won’t be happening.

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: The top 10 events in the venue’s long history

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has closed its wind-blown doors after 32 years with a checkered legacy. Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka likened the venue to that of a roller rink while conspiracy theorists mused about ventilation possibly being cranked up in the late innings of Twins games.

Minnesota Twins: Joe Mauer lands on disabled list with concussion

The Minnesota Twins are having another disappointing season and things just got much worse. Joe Mauer, the face of the Twins franchise, was diagnosed with a concussion on Tuesday and has landed on the disabled list as a result.

Down on the Farm: Rox near the river

Perched on both sides of America’s longest river, one finds the thriving city of St. Cloud, Minn. And from early June to mid-August since 1998, grateful fans of all ages have been entertained at Joe Faber Field.

Down on the Farm: Logging Some Quality Time

Situated among lush hills on the eastern bank of America’s longest river, one finds the charming city of La Crosse, Wisc. And from early June to mid-August since 2003, the La Crosse Loggers have entertained grateful fans of all ages.

Justin Morneau and the curse of Minnesota sports

I’ll make this introduction short. I’m from Minnesota, and for the most part I stand behind my home-state athletics. I won’t share my religious views, but I don’t subscribe to karma, because as a fan of Minnesota sports believing in it would be depressing.

Video: Byron Buxton makes incredible catch

When the Minnesota Twins made Byron Buxton the No. 2 pick in the 2012 MLB Draft, they knew they were getting a supremely athletic, toolsy high school outfielder who could play some incredible defense. Buxton also had the added value of being a guy who will likely stick in center field. So far, the kid […]

2012 MLB Win-Loss Predictions Revisited

Kurt compares the final win totals for 2012 MLB regular season to his predictions from March. How many did he get right?

White Sox Fans Should Be Optimistic as August Beckons

After answering the question marks on the ball club about a third baseman and depth in the bullpen and starting rotation, the Sox are in a pretty good place roster-wise and primed for the pennant race.

Beginning Baseball: The Best Way To Cope With a Losing Season

Sixty-six games into the season and the Minnesota Twins sit 8.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. There is little hope for a 2nd half charge, so Amanda Lawson has turned her attention elsewhere to find joy and meaning during the long baseball summer.

Beginning Baseball: Photo Diary of MSF Writer Shenanigans in Milwaukee

What happens when MSF writers get together for a baseball game? Amanda shares a picture diary of last weekend’s events in Milwaukee. Let the shenanigans begin!