February 20, 2017

Is Twins closer Glen Perkins about to call it a career?

Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was named an All-Star for three straight seasons after saving 32 or more games over that span, could start the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports. And that’s a bad sign for a player who appeared in two games last season, then decided to end it early by having shoulder surgery.

Perkins was set to throw his first bullpen session of the spring, but that scheduled bit of throwing got pushed back after some rotator cuff issues, according to MLB.com. The bullpen session eventually took place and Perkins threw 15 pitches.

Here’s what Twins manager Paul Molitor had to say:

“He was excited about getting out there today, so that was good,” Molitor said about Perkins. “I don’t know if I could give you a percentage on effort, but I’m guessing probably somewhere close to three-quarters. The good news was when he came to [pitchers’ fielding practice] after, he still was able to make pitches and throw to bases a little bit, too.”

If Perkins does start the year on the disabled list, what then? How many comebacks does he have in him? If he continues to struggle with injuries, I don’t see him staying in the game much longer. And that would be too bad because Perkins is a fan favorite and, like Joe Mauer, a Minnesota native.

While the Twins wait for Perkins to get healthy, the team appears to have the heir apparent in Brandon Kintzler. Kintzler, who signed as a free agent in 2015, filled in to notch 17 saves with a 3.15 ERA in 2016. Perkins has spent his entire 11-year career with the Twins and has 120 career saves.

 

February 16, 2017

Well, at least Twins pitcher Craig Breslow talks a good game

Longtime relief pitcher Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Twins and he recently talked up the club in an interview with baseball scribe Ken Rosenthal. He also mentioned how he worked on his pitching delivery during the offseason, how he feels he can help the Twins and he had some nice... Continue Reading »

February 9, 2017

Twins’ old man caravan rolls on

Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Belisle and now 36-year-old reliever Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Twins, according to multiple reports. For Breslow, it’s his second stint with the Twins after he pitched for the club in 2008-2009. Breslow has found enough success to eke out an 11-year career with seven teams. He... Continue Reading »

February 7, 2017

A little love for Byung Ho Park on his way out the door

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park, who was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, has won the support of some baseball writers who say he should not be overlooked. The folks at FanGraphs have crunched some numbers in two statistical categories: Barreled balls and the average exit velocity of fly balls and line drives,... Continue Reading »

February 4, 2017

Twins’ off-season comes to a screeching halt

After the Jason Castro signing and the excitement created by a potential Brian Dozier trade, the Twins’ off-season has gone from hot stove to cold stove. And it only got colder Friday after the Twins announced that former Korean superstar Byung Ho Park, who hit 105 home runs over two seasons in South Korea, was being... Continue Reading »

January 30, 2017

How many designated hitters do the Twins really need?

The Twins probably have generated more speculation than actual news this off-season, and that continued with two recent stories. One, by Jon Heyman, makes the convincing argument that former Cleveland Indian Mike Napoli would be a good fit for the Twins, while the other by Mike Berardino, citing an unnamed source, says the Twins are... Continue Reading »

January 24, 2017

If the Twins still want pitcher Jose De Leon, they’ll have to call the Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays on Monday traded a second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a top-ranked pitching prospect. If this deal sounds familiar that’s because the Twins had pursued something similar with the Dodgers. But it’s now clear that the Dodgers were only interested in a 1-for-1 swap for pitcher Jose... Continue Reading »

January 23, 2017

Happy 95th, Sam Mele!

Sam Mele, who won more than 500 games as manager of the Twins in the 1960s and guided them to the World Series in 1965, turned 95 on Saturday. Mele was born Jan. 21, 1922 in Astoria, New York. Before managing the Twins, Mele spent 10 seasons in the majors as a player, playing both... Continue Reading »

January 14, 2017

Meet the new boss, not the same as the old boss

Falvey & Co. made a small but significant move this week when they signed pitcher, Ryan Vogelsong, best known for his years with the San Francisco Giants, to a new contract with the Twins. Here’s what stood out to me: Vogelsong was signed to a minor league contract, not a multiyear, major league deal. And... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone and I love the Twins.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.