October 20, 2017

Gardy is back! With the Detroit Tigers, that is

Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is back in the American League Central after he was announced Friday as the new skipper of the Detroit Tigers. He has agreed to a three-year contract, according to various reports. Gardenhire also was under consideration to be the manager in Boston.

Gardy was most recently the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bench coach, sitting alongside manager Torey Lovullo. The D-backs won 93 games in 2017. Before that, former Twins’ GM Terry Ryan hired Gardenhire to be a special assistant in 2016.

But Gardy is best known for his 13 seasons with the Twins in which he won more than 1,000 games and led the Twins to six division titles from 2002 to 2010. He was named the American League Manager of the Year in 2010 and also is a five-time runner-up for the same award.

Gardy’s Twins struggled in the postseason, largely because they always had to play those damn New York Yankees, and then the Twins went on a prolonged losing skid after 2010 that eventually got Gardenhire fired in 2014.

The Tigers lost 98 games in 2017 and finished last in the AL Central. Gardy will have to win without longtime star pitcher, Justin Verlander, and slugger, Justin Upton. Both were traded to contenders during the season. He’ll also have to figure out how to coax a little more production out of aging slugger Miguel Cabrera.

Still, the Tigers have established a winning tradition of late, including four consecutive postseason appearances from 2011 to 2014. In 2012, the Tigers went to the World Series and were swept by the San Francisco Giants.

As for the Twins and Tigers, they will play each other 19 times in 2018. Gardy and the Tigers come to Target Field for a three game set, beginning May 21.

Best of luck, Gardy.

October 19, 2017

Glen Perkins’ tenure with the Twins at a crossroads

Closer Glen Perkins, a Minnesota native who also has spent his entire major league career with the Twins, is a free agent after the club on Wednesday declined to pick up his option for 2018. Instead, he will receive a $700,000 buyout and be free to sign with any team, according to MLB Trade Rumors.... Continue Reading »

October 10, 2017

Twins manager Paul Molitor inks new deal with club

After nary a whisper about a contract extension all season long, Twins manager Paul Molitor finally was rewarded with a new three-year contract on Monday. But is this the deal that Falvey & Co. — Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine — really envisioned? I don’t think it is. After all,... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2017

Twins lose 13th postseason game to Yankees

What do the Twins have to do to beat the New York Yankees? That’s what I’m asking myself tonight after the Twins fell to 2-13 vs. the Yankees in the postseason since 2003, including Tuesday’s 8-4 loss in the American League wild card playoff game. The Twins came out swinging and quickly took a 3-0... Continue Reading »

October 2, 2017

This is how the Twins can beat the Yankees

Every Twins fan knows it: Whether it’s the regular season or the postseason, the Twins have struggled to beat the New York Yankees. In the postseason, the Twins lost to the Yankees in 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2010. And now they are set to meet again Tuesday in the Bronx. It’s the Twins’ Ervin Santana... Continue Reading »

September 29, 2017

Hungover Twins lose finale to Cleveland

After the Twins clinched the second wild card spot in the American League Wednesday night, the party started in the visitor’s locker room at Progressive Field in Cleveland. But the party didn’t stop there, according to ESPN.com news services. The party moved outside Progressive Field, so it wasn’t surprising that a few Minnesota players, some... Continue Reading »

September 28, 2017

The Minnesota Twins make history on Sept. 27, 2017

The Twins are headed to the postseason after they clinched the second wild card spot in the American League. In the process, they become the first team in major league history to make the playoffs after losing 100 games the previous season. When they say you can’t … prove ‘em wrong. #CLINCHED pic.twitter.com/QKLr8l9LJN — MLB... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2017

A step closer: Twins top Tribe, 8-6

Brian Dozier hit a dramatic three-run home run and the Twins came from behind Tuesday to beat the red-hot Cleveland Indians, 8-6. The Twins have won five straight and improved to 83-74. Every team that was in contention for the second wild card spot in the American League has been eliminated, except for the Los... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2017

Closer to the goal: Twins sweep Tigers

The Twins made up for their disappointing effort in New York by routing the Tigers in four games, outscoring the Detroit-based team 39-12, including another double-digit, 10-4 victory on Sunday. The Twins now have a four and a half game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with six games left in the season.... 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.