October 12, 2010


Before turning the page on a frustrating yet all-too-familiar end to the Twins' season, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped make my ninth season as a blogger such an enjoyable one. I started this blog in 2002 and enjoy doing it as much now as I did then. I'd understand if you were sick of me by now, which is why I'm so grateful that AG.com traffic was at an all-time high this season despite my posting frequency dropping from 4-5 per week to 3-4 per week.

Whether you've been reading since 2002 or this is your first day here, thanks for stopping by. And thanks to all the media members and my fellow bloggers who helped send new readers to AG.com. After a little break to decompress I'll be diving head-first into offseason coverage that includes analysis of free agents and trade possibilities, my annual ranking of Twins prospects, and (hopefully) the continuation of my long-delayed series on the best players in team history.

In other words, if you liked reading this blog for the past seven months you'll probably also like reading it for the next five months. If nothing else, hopefully it can help pass the time and fill the Twins void between Danny Valencia making the final out Saturday night and pitchers and catchers reporting to Fort Myers in the spring. And maybe the links to weird news stories and pictures of Mila Kunis every Friday will help somehow too. Anyway, thanks for a good season.


  1. Thank you, Aaron.

    Comment by doug — October 12, 2010 @ 12:02 am

  2. Thanks Aaron, been reading on here for the past 3-4 years…Love what you write, don’t always agree – but that’s part of what keeps me coming back.

    Comment by TFan13 — October 12, 2010 @ 12:03 am

  3. I vote you receive a promotion and become the Director of Scouting where you will proceed to draft College hitters and high upside power High School arms. All while managing the team as well, thank you!

    Comment by Kurt — October 12, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  4. Your site has become my hub to all things baseball related.

    Thank you for all your hard work and insightful writing. I will continue to stop here first on my daily clicking.

    Comment by neil — October 12, 2010 @ 12:50 am

  5. Thanks for another great year Aaron. I’ve been reading four years now, and have really enjoyed all of your hard work!

    Comment by festivus — October 12, 2010 @ 6:06 am

  6. 7 million and counting – its always a continuation of an education in the making when I stop by. The content is enlightened, easy to read, and void of vitriol. Thank you, Aaron, for allowing me to sound smarter to my compatriots than I (obviously) am.

    Comment by marietta mouthpiece — October 12, 2010 @ 7:24 am

  7. Awesome.

    Comment by dirleton — October 12, 2010 @ 7:56 am

  8. Aaron, love coming to this site, love it. Thanks for your work. It’s appreciated.

    Comment by mike wants WINS — October 12, 2010 @ 8:29 am

  9. Thanks Aaron, your site is truly the “lead-off hitter” among Twins blogs.

    Comment by AK — October 12, 2010 @ 8:31 am

  10. Aaron,
    I found your site 6+ years ago (back in the days of Luis Rivas). It is the best twins blog out there. I come here daily, all year long.
    Keep up the great work, I truly enjoy reading you!

    Comment by theOW — October 12, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  11. Thanks Aaron. I enjoy what you do, so keep on doing it. The 40 Greatest Twins thing…well, you’ve been usurped by the club on that one.

    Comment by Smitty — October 12, 2010 @ 8:44 am

  12. Aaron, thanks for the great work. I have been a loyal reader from back in the “Free Johan!” days. I am glad that your effort eventually resulted in receiving some compensation for it.

    Comment by Mike M. — October 12, 2010 @ 8:58 am

  13. Aaron, whenever something something happens with the Twins I always come here first for more info. Thank you for all the good work you have put in over the years.

    Comment by Army of Dad — October 12, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  14. Thanks Aaron – been reading for about 4 years, and its the best baseball blog I have come across. Keep up the good work, and go Twins.

    Comment by Todd — October 12, 2010 @ 9:21 am

  15. Aaron, your blog has become part of my daily time wasting routine at work. I even signed up for Twitter just to get your in game comments. Thanks for all your hard work.

    Comment by Pedro Munoz — October 12, 2010 @ 9:44 am

  16. Aaron,
    I’ve been reading for 4 years from Nebraska and I can’t put into words how much more informed your blog (and also a few others) has made me. You have increased my appetite for (no pun intended) and knowledge of the Twins. I appreciate the hard work and effort you put into it, and I’m excited you have been able to branch out. Kudos to you sir. You keep on writing, I will keep on reading.

    Comment by Peterson — October 12, 2010 @ 9:53 am

  17. Aaron-

    Thanks for another year of great Twins coverage, and I’m sorry about the times I’ve given you shit for when I disagreed.

    Looking forward to reading your analysis of offseason moves and finding out who’s best Twins of all-time.

    Comment by Jeremy — October 12, 2010 @ 10:43 am

  18. Great job Aaron. I cut way back on the number of baseball related blogs I follow in Google reader this year. It was getting out of hand. You and Joe Posnanski are the two I decided to keep. Always the good stuff and the best insights.

    Comment by John P — October 12, 2010 @ 11:23 am

  19. It was great following you again this year. I’m not going to say I support the change from 4-5 per week to 3-4 per week, but we all got bills to pay.

    Comment by 0_for_7 — October 12, 2010 @ 12:20 pm

  20. Add my sentiments of fawning admiration to those above. I have an AG.com widget top-left on my homepage.

    Just want to thank you for, in addition to the baseball stuff, the links to podcasts. I am using Pollack’s “LarryKing” game and Carl Pilkington’s wisdom to help me survive a month of intolerable campaigh ads and Twins post-season failure. Thanks for finding these kinds of pop culture gems.

    Comment by itch — October 12, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  21. Thanks for this past year, Aaron. I’ve been coming to your site for 5-6 years, I’d guess. I enjoy your writing, though I don’t always agree with everything you say. I often have more of a positive view of things than you, but that’s okay. I’ll look for your upcoming off-season bits and pieces. Best wishes for the off-season!

    Comment by Scott in IC — October 12, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  22. Another great season of blogging Aaron. Thank you.

    Comment by Large Canine — October 12, 2010 @ 1:06 pm

  23. Thanks AG and look forward to continue reading your material. Keep those Link-O-Rama posts constant so my Friday mornings continue to fly by!

    Comment by Parkman — October 12, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  24. Thanks for your great insight and statistical analysis. I really enjoy your blog.

    Comment by Jim in Chanhappnen — October 12, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

  25. Thank you, Aaron, for providing the most honest, in-depth and representative analysis of the twins, along with helpful links and informative background information. Your blog is the best twins (and baseball) blog around!

    Comment by Paul in Rockville, MD — October 12, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

  26. Aaron-

    You about scared the shit out of me. I was sure you were going to say you were calling it quits. when I saw the RSS feed with only ‘Thanks’ in the title. I am sure it is because of all the negative energy from the losses of both the twins and the Vikings.

    Anyway, I have been reading you for years, keep up the good work and I look forward to ‘hot stoving’ with you later.


    Comment by Jeff — October 12, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  27. Thanks Aaron, keep up the good work. You’re the best Twins blogger out there

    Comment by Kat — October 12, 2010 @ 9:27 pm

  28. AG rocks.

    Comment by brian — October 12, 2010 @ 9:58 pm

  29. Proud to be #7 million. Been reading since 2003. Thanks Aaron.

    Comment by Jeff — October 12, 2010 @ 11:32 pm

  30. as an out of the area Twins die-hard, you’re the best source I have in following this team. thanks for the effort that you put into this.

    Comment by Chris — October 13, 2010 @ 12:52 am

  31. Congrats on the 7million Aaron… can’t wait to read you through 10million and beyond… keep up the good work!

    Comment by Dan — October 13, 2010 @ 10:05 am

  32. Thanks for another good year! Go Minutemen Hockey!

    Comment by ganderson — October 13, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  33. Many, many thanks for sharing your baseball analysis with the masses and adding to my enjoyment of the game. The offseason sucks. But your blog will make it suck a whole lot less.

    Comment by gramtwins — October 13, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

  34. Thanks Aaron for the great analysis you provide. I wish the Twins would hire you but then we’d lose this; so the Twins loss is our gain.

    Comment by steve r — October 13, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  35. Thanks for what you do. It’s helped me enjoy following the Twins (and baseball for that matter) on a deeper level.

    Comment by Billy Gardnerhire — October 13, 2010 @ 8:45 pm

  36. Thanks for the insights, comments and opinions. Been reading you for 3 years now and my only negative comment is you don’t do this 7 days a week but then, even the good Lord rested now & then.

    Comment by Richfield Tom — October 14, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  37. Way to check the egos at the door! Keeping it to AG, where it should be.

    Comment by brian — October 15, 2010 @ 3:09 am

  38. Thanks for helping me win bets. (My first one I made using yor site was back in the days of “Free Johann”; betting that Johann was going to win a Cy Young within a few years.)

    Thanks for the entertaining reading.

    Thanks for giving my son and I things to talk about. (for all future parents out there, baseball IS the greatest way to have a connection to your kids!)

    Thanks for encouraging me to start my own blog (after 6 months I have almost 100 hits.)

    You are thanking US? We are thanking YOU.

    PS I am a Yankee fan, and each time the Yankees beat the Twins I actually feel for Twins fans, all becasue of you. The Red Sox fans on the other hand, can drop dead.

    Comment by noodle — October 15, 2010 @ 8:04 am

  39. Thanks

    Comment by PaulJ — October 15, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

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