Category: Derek Falvey

November 18, 2019

The day Bert Blyleven beaned a batter over a labor dispute

As the baseball offseason rolls on, the need for content for this blog rolls on, too, and that means reading various books about the game to find an interesting Twins-related nugget. In 2010, Jason Turbow and Michael Duca published “The Baseball Codes,” a book about the unwritten rules of the game regarding a number of... Continue Reading »

November 10, 2019

Twins’ Baldelli will win AL Manager of the Year award, but he shouldn’t

Despite the record number of home runs, the number of runs scored, the number of team wins (second most in franchise history) and any number of things that Twins manager, Rocco Baldelli, did right this season, he does not deserve to be AL Manager of the Year. Oh, he’s going to win the award, of... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2019

Twins shut out Royals, earn first sweep since late May

Twins rookie starter Devin Smeltzer allowed only two hits over six innings and three relievers pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way to shut out the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday.  It was the Twins’ eighth sweep of the season and the club’s first since late May when the Twins took three games... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2019

Twins’ Berrios fools Fish, strikes out 11

As predicted, Twins starter Jose Berrios had no trouble with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out 11 over seven innings on a very efficient 81 pitches. He allowed only two hits before stepping aside for the bullpen, which quickly got into trouble. Rookie reliever and Harvard man (Porcellian perhaps?) Sean Poppen served up... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2019

What’s it gonna be, Falvey & Co? A deal or no deal?

The Twins scored 27 runs in three games against the New York Yankees. As good as that sounds, it wasn’t good enough because the Yanks scored 30 runs over that span to take two of three games from the Twins, including Wednesday’s 10-7 win. The Twins ability to hit and score runs has never been... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2019

Twins end June with 15-12 record

Any number of teams in major league baseball would welcome a one-month record of 15-12. But for the Twins, who went 38-18 from the end of March through May, finishing three games over .500 amounts to a June swoon for this club. You could hardly call their play of late bad baseball, but let’s hope... Continue Reading »

October 27, 2018

Let’s remember a time when the Twins crushed the Red Sox, Part 5

The Boston Red Sox have the lead in this year’s Fall Classic. If you’re tired of seeing the rich get richer, indulge me for a moment and let’s remember a time when a good Red Sox team had no answer for an up-and-coming Twins team. The year is 1990. The Twins won it all in... Continue Reading »

October 3, 2018

We hardly knew ye, Paul Molitor

You need look no further than the Twins to see how much baseball has changed. I say that after Twins manager, Paul Molitor, was fired Tuesday. It’s a reminder that the young executives running baseball teams today, executives armed with numbers and statistics, are going to run them so that the formulas work. And if... Continue Reading »

July 22, 2018

The Twins look like sellers now

The Twins dropped their second straight game and the series to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, increasing the likelihood that Falvey & Co. will be dealing players as we near the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They might as well start with pitcher Lance Lynn, who has been inconsistent all season, including Saturday when... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.