Category: Johan Santana

August 5, 2018

Remembering Bill Rigney, baseball manager

I continue to work my way through “Game Time,” a collection of stories by renowned baseball writer, Roger Angell, best known for his work with the New Yorker magazine. Angell, who was born in 1920, is still among us, which means he’s been writing about baseball for at least 50 years. And yet in all... Continue Reading »

January 27, 2018

Glen Perkins, a poem

Extra innings… -Sluggers Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero and closer Trevor Hoffman have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Thome likely will enter Cooperstown as a member of the Cleveland Indians, but he also spent parts of two seasons with the Twins, including in 2010 when the club last won the American... Continue Reading »

December 2, 2017

Is Johan Santana a Hall of Fame pitcher? Yes, he is

Former Twins ace Johan Santana, who last pitched in 2012, is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time in 2018. Since the ballot was released, a number of Twins bloggers have argued that Santana deserves to be enshrined due to similarities between his and Sandy Koufax’s Hall of Fame career. Yes, there... Continue Reading »

November 1, 2017

Game 6 of the World Series was about the Twins

If you’re not a fan of the Twins, you’re probably reading this headline and thinking, “Are you kidding?” But if you are a fan of the Twins who also happened to watch Game 6 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night, then you probably enjoyed the confluence of... Continue Reading »

August 16, 2017

We traveled 1,600 miles to see the Twins and the game was rained out

Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians was rained out almost immediately after a Northwest-like storm swept through the area, including flash flood warnings. But it’s not a total loss: The makeup game is set for Thursday, which means we will still be able to see a game before we leave. And Wednesday’s experience, despite the... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2016

Twins ‘improve’ to 1-7 versus Tigers

Update: How about that? The more time I spend predicting the worst for the Twins, the better they seem to play. Now, I just have to figure out how to turn this entire season around… The Twins beat the Tigers 4-1 on Wednesday to take two of three from the Detroit-based club. Each team scored... Continue Reading »

December 21, 2015

Former MLB pitcher Philip Humber turns 33 today. Happy birthday, Phil.

Despite winning only 16 games in eight seasons, Philip Humber, who happens to turn 33 today, will be remembered for throwing the 21st perfect game in Major League history. He accomplished that feat for the Chicago White Sox on April 21, 2012, beating the Seattle Mariners 4-0. Humber threw 96 pitches over nine innings and... Continue Reading »

December 12, 2015

Winter Meetings come and go for Twins with no deals; team loses relief pitcher Zack Jones to Rule 5 draft; Cuddyer retires

The Winter Meetings in Nashville have come and gone for the Twins with no deals, including the decision to pass on this year’s Rule 5 draft. The team, though, left relief pitcher Zack Jones unprotected and he was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers. Jones, according to MLB.com, was ranked as the Twins’ No. 23 prospect.... Continue Reading »

February 15, 2014

Twins GM Terry Ryan announces he has cancer

Godspeed, Terry Ryan. Ryan, the longtime general manager of the Minnesota Twins, recently announced he has cancer after doctors discovered a cancerous lump in a lymph node in his neck. This is not an obituary. Ryan’s cancer reportedly is very treatable, but if he should step away from the game, just as he did in... 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.