Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Order Your TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook

The Twins' front office faces an exceedingly difficult task this offseason as they try to pick up the pieces from a disastrous 99-loss season and put the franchise back on the path to contention.

How much money will they have to work with? Who's available on the free agent market at areas of need? Which players might be available in trade? How will arbitration shake out? How much might it cost to bring back internal free agents like Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel and Joe Nathan?

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We answer all these questions, and more, in the latest edition of the TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook, a comprehensive e-book guide to the Hot Stove League geared specifically toward Twins fans. We provide all the information you need to step into the general manager's shoes and craft your own offseason blueprint within a realistic budget.

You can order your copy of the 136-page e-book now for 9.99 and receive it immediately. The GM Handbook is a must-own for hardcore Twins fans eager to follow the crucial action in these coming months. Just click the button below to secure your copy:

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Maple Street Press Twins Annual 2011 is HERE!

On 2/17, pitchers and catchers begin their first workout AND the 2011 Maple Street Press Twins Annual ships, hopefully to you. There’s a good chance you’ll have it before Jim Thome has a bat in his hands.

At first, it looks like a 128-page magazine previewing the baseball season. But unlike anything else you’re buying, it isn’t half ads. In fact, it doesn’t have any ads. It also isn’t a preview of every team in the league. It’s JUST the Twins. It is like nothing else you have ever read in its breadth and depth of coverage of your favorite team.

That’s one reason we're so proud of it. Nobody else dares risk something like this. This is our chance to show that a product like this, created for Twins fanatics, can work. Needless to say, if you’re a regular reader of TwinsCentric, this magazine is your payoff.

And like our Star-Tribune blog, it’s a product of TwinsCentric. Nick, Parker, Seth and I helped arrange and edit its 19 feature-length stories and player profiles. But unlike our other products, this is old-school: a collectible with paper and great pictures, available on your magazine rack in March.

But who wants to wait until March? Not you. All offseason you’ve been talking about how winter can’t end soon enough. Here’s a chance to put your money where your mouth is. Enjoy your early spring.

You can find out a LOT more about it here.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Here it is: 2010-11 TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook!

The firs dominoes have fallen in this offseason but there's still plenty of action yet to take place, with the GM Meetings sure to spark plenty of new hot stove banter. This is the perfect time for you to get ahead of the game with a resource that gives you the inside edge on how your favorite club will handle business this winter.

The TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook allows you to treat the Twins like your own fantasy team, but within real world parameters. This $9.95 e-book will give you everything you need to enjoy the offseason almost as much as the real season:
- What free agents are available?
- Who can the Twins afford to bring back?
- Who are the trade targets?
- What can Twins fans expect from the farm system?

Last year's book placed JJ Hardy at the top of the Twins' trading wish list and identified Orlando Hudson as a top free agent target. This year's 95-page e-book is even better, giving you the chance to develop your own blueprint and get the low-down with competitive reports on what the other AL Central rivals are up to. It's less than the cost of a hot dog and a beer, and it will last you all offseason. Just click on the button to add it to your shopping cart and receive it almost immediately!

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This year's version includes a foreword by KSTP's Joe Schmit, and is the in-depth analysis that the Minnesota media relies on and values. Just ask them!

"If you want the best data for playing along with the Twins front office, what you really need to do is order the soon-to-be-released 'Off-Season GM Handbook' by the TwinsCentric crew. It's 30,000-plus words about all the issues that will go into shaping the Twins in 2011 and beyond. It's on my list of the Top 10 things you can buy for under $10, right up there with the Kramarczuk's sausage at Target Field."
- Howard Sinker, editor,

"The book sets out practical, realistic assessments of what the organization has, what it needs, and where and how it might fill those needs. There are no 'trade Nick Blackburn even up for Felix Hernandez' pipedreams here."
- Ed Thoma, Mankato Free Press

"I also look forward to reading the 2010-2011 TwinsCentric Offseason GM Handbook. I followed the TwinsCentric crew long before they joined the Star Tribune's blogging army and their exhaustive work continues to impress me."
- Joe Christensen, Star-Tribune beat reporter

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Right about now is when someone asks about a paper version. And unfortunately, it's also when I explain why it won't be available in as a paper book. The reason? It just plain has too much information in it to print at a reasonable price level. I'm sorry.

Last year we offered both, sold the paper version at a LOSS - and still sold 10 times the number of ebooks as hard copies. It also ends up being considerably more work as the retailers require reformatting for it to work on paper. Instead, we're looking into sites where you can turn the e-book into a paper book for those who don't mind the extra cost. Again, I'm sorry, but we can't offer it.

The good news? You get it almost immediately after you order it, and since most smartphones support the pdf format it is in, you'll have it at your fingertips all offseason. Provided, of course, you buy it....

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Still not convinced? Well, we're so sure you'll like it that we'll give you your money back if you don't. Just email us at and John, Seth, Nick or Parker will make sure to get your money refunded. Give it a shot.

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Previous Projects

2010 Trade Deadline Primer

Whether you're a Twins fan, a baseball expert or a fantasy baseball guru, this is your reference guide to the 2010 trading season. Written by TwinsCentric's John Bonnes, Nick Nelson, Seth Stohs, Parker Hageman and a host of experts from other teams, this 160+ page e-book provides all the info you'll ever need:

- Foreword by Rob Neyer of
- Summaries of what every other team is looking to do at the deadline, including how it could help your fantasy team
- 150+ easily referenced trade targets with breakdowns
- 120+ impact prospects
- Essays about what other team in the Twins division may be focusing on.

Order now and you'll receive your copy within minutes!


"Reading a sample portion of this 2010 Trade Deadline Primer, it occurs to me how much love went into this project. And I don't mean love of money; you probably don't need me to tell you that nobody's getting rich. I don't mean love of fame; you probably don't need me to tell you that, either. Rather, most of the writers involved in this project are here for the same reason you are: They love baseball, and they love the teams they're writing about."
- Rob Neyer,