Category: Kenta Maeda

November 15, 2020

The day Tony Oliva was beaned in the forehead

Tony Oliva, who spent his entire 15-season career with the Twins, had one of the best rookie campaigns of all time, and was the clear choice for AL Rookie of the Year in 1964, capturing 95 percent of the vote, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The numbers are incredible: 217 hits, 109 runs, 94 RBI, 43 doubles,... Continue Reading »

October 31, 2020

There’s a new Sheriff in the AL Central, Twins fans

Hall of Fame manager, Tony La Russa, who began his major league managing career with the Chicago White Sox, is back where it all started after he was named the team’s new manager this week. And that means an extra level of competition for the Twins in the AL Central. The White Sox have a... Continue Reading »

September 30, 2020

Twins’ 17th postseason loss was about one thing: faith

Tuesday’s horrific Twins loss was not about Jorge Polanco, or Marwin Gonzalez, or Sergio Romo, or Tyler Duffey, or a lack of hitting, including 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. After all, the Twins scored the first run of the game. But it was about faith, or in this case, the lack of faith shown... Continue Reading »

September 28, 2020

Twins win Central, face Houston on Tuesday

Despite losing 5-3 to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday, the Twins still won the AL Central title because the Chicago White Sox lost again to the Chicago Cubs, 10-8. The Twins will now host the Houston Astros on Tuesday. I guess the Twins could be criticized for not winning the division outright on Sunday, but... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2020

Twins extend lead in AL Central to 1 game after Tribe sweep White Sox

The Cleveland Indians just played spoiler. The Tribe swept a four-game series from the suddenly reeling Chicago White Sox on Thursday, increasing the Twins’ lead in the division to one game going into the final weekend of the 2020 season. The Twins host the Cincinnati Reds this weekend, while the White Sox host the Chicago... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2020

Fiery Twins drop series on South Side, now head to North Side

The Twins hit three home runs on Thursday, including a controversial blast from Josh Donaldson, but still fell 4-3 to the Chicago White Sox. The Sox took three of four games in the series and clinched a postseason berth for the first time since 2008. You could tell throughout the series that the Twins were... Continue Reading »

September 12, 2020

Twins beat Bieber, leapfrog Tribe for 2nd spot in Central

Cleveland Indians ace Shane Bieber, the best pitcher in baseball, brought his undefeated record and scintilla of an ERA to Target Field on Friday to face the Twins. And this time, after the Twins almost beat Bieber the last time they faced each other, they took the early lead and didn’t look back. Byron Buxton... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2020

Winning streak grows to 5 games after third straight Twins win over Tigers

Remember the six-game losing streak? No? Well, that’s because the Twins have now won five straight games, including their third in a row over the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Sano on Saturday tied the game 3-3 in the ninth on an RBI single, then Byron Buxton, one of the fastest players in baseball, beat out an... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2020

Oh, boy, part 2: Twins swept by Tigers

When it rains it pours, Twins fans. After the Twins lost both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, they returned to the field on Sunday and lost again, swept by the not-so-terrible Detroit Tigers for the first time since 2016. And once again the culprit was the offense, mustering only two runs on five hits:... 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.