Category: Hiroshima Carp

August 19, 2018

The Minnesota Twins? Go figure

After losing series to the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers, the Twins won the next four games and could have tied their longest winning streak of the season at five games if they had beaten the Tigers on Saturday. That did not happen. Instead, the Tigers got to starter Kohl Stewart and reliever Tyler Duffey... Continue Reading »

September 11, 2016

Twins-related news: Hiroshima Carp win first Central League title in 25 years

In Twins-related news, the Hiroshima Carp, a team that hadn’t won a Central League title since 1991, ended that title drought on Saturday by beating the Tokyo Giants, 6-4. 広島 #カープ優勝 おめでとうございます! Congrats #HiroshimaCarp on winning the pennant! No Carp, no life. #Carp #広島カープ #NoCarpNoLife pic.twitter.com/T5TUGNnvKT — キャロライン・ケネディ大使 (@CarolineKennedy) September 11, 2016 How is this... Continue Reading »

May 29, 2016

Kris Johnson of the Hiroshima Carp: The Twins need you

Despite consecutive wins against the Royals and Mariners, the Twins still need a lot of help, particularly in the rotation. The Twins have the worst team ERA in the American League, and while Pat Dean and Tyler Duffey have made encouraging starts this year, there’s more work to be done. Just ask pitching coach Neil... Continue Reading »

November 21, 2015

Is a once-heralded Twins prospect on his way to Asia?

Kennys Vargas, who stands six-foot-five and weighs around 280 pounds, has attracted interest from a ball club in Asia, the Pioneer Press reported earlier this week. Vargas made a splash with the Twins in 2014, showing he could hit with power during the second half of the season. But he struggled at the plate the following season... Continue Reading »

July 3, 2015

Go east, young man: a foreign baseball tradition in Japan

Pitcher Kris Johnson, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, has found success playing ball in Japan for the Hiroshima Carp. He began the year running his record to 4-0 with an ERA of 0.71. He’s no longer undefeated, but he still has a record of 7-3 with an ERA under 2.50. Victor Starffin won 300 games... 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.