Category: Houston Astros

November 15, 2017

Your 2017 AL Manager of the Year: Paul Molitor

Twins manager Paul Molitor is the 2017 AL Manager of the Year, an award I thought the third-year skipper would win. Molitor beat out the Houston Astros’ A.J. Hinch and the Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona for one reason: Neither of those teams lost 100 games in 2016. But the Twins did. They lost a franchise-worst... Continue Reading »

November 7, 2017

AL Manager of the Year finalists: Francona, Hinch, Molitor

Twins manager Paul Molitor on Monday was named one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year, joining Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and the Houston Astros’ A.J. Hinch. I expect Molitor to win the award for one reason: The impressive turnaround he helped orchestrate to win 85 games this past season and qualify... Continue Reading »

July 15, 2017

This isn’t going to be easy — as expected

The Houston Astros made quick work of the Twins on Friday after they scored eight runs in the bottom of the second inning en route to a 10-5 victory. In four games this season, the Astros have now scored 50 runs against Twins pitching. How dominant are the Astros? They had 60 wins at the... Continue Reading »

June 1, 2017

Well… that was ugly

The Houston Astros can’t leave town fast enough after the Twins got lit up like Dresden in February 1945. The Astros laid waste to Twins pitching by scoring 40 runs over three games (a new franchise record), including 16 runs on Monday and 17 more on Wednesday. In both contests, the bullpen got shelled. In... Continue Reading »

May 29, 2017

Twins fall short in epic rubber match with Rays

The Twins and Tampa Bay Rays squared off for the longest game in Target Field history on Sunday, a six-and-a-half-hour contest that the Twins finally lost 8-6 in 15 innings. The Twins lost two of three games to the Rays to fall to 26-20 on the season, but they’re still atop the American League Central... Continue Reading »

November 18, 2015

Sound familiar? Twins Manager Paul Molitor finishes third in AL Manager of the Year vote

A day after Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano finished third in AL Rookie of the Year voting, Twins Manager Paul Molitor was handed the same result. The winner of the AL Manager of the Year award went to Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers, according to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. A.J. Hinch of... Continue Reading »

September 12, 2013

I spent $47.50 to watch the Seattle Mariners play baseball, but that’s not the whole story

Yes, I’m a baseball fan, which means I’ll try and squeeze in one more game before the season ends, even if it involves watching the Houston Astros, the worst team in baseball. As of this moment, the Astros are 50-96. More shocking, though, was the reminder of just how expensive Safeco Field is. Over nine... Continue Reading »

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.