Category: Kirby Puckett

December 11, 2017

Baseball Hall of Fame doors finally open for pitcher Jack Morris

Despite some recent misgivings about whether pitcher Jack Morris deserved to be enshrined, the former pitcher for the Indians, Blue Jays, Twins and Tigers was elected Sunday to the Baseball Hall of Fame via the Modern Era committee. His former Tiger teammate, Alan Trammell, also was voted in Sunday. Yes, as a longtime Twins fan,... 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 2018 Hall of Fame ballot for the first time. 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 are... Continue Reading »

August 13, 2017

Yes, it’s finally happening

I’ve been a Twins fan for more than 30 years. I’ve seen them (and Kirby Puckett) play exhibition games at Civic Stadium in Portland, Oregon, and I’ve seen them a number of times in Seattle to battle the Mariners, both in the Kingdome and at Safeco Field. But I’ve never seen them in Minnesota until... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2017

So I bought some baseball cards for the first time in a long time…

And the three decks I purchased, which I found at a thrift store, included a few memorable and not so memorable Twins: I was surprised to see Willie Banks (Scott Stahoviak and Mike Trombley, too) and it brought back memories of when the Twins thought the world of Banks. He was drafted 3rd overall by... Continue Reading »

March 7, 2017

Hector Santiago has an ERA of 12.27 — and that’s a good thing

Starter Hector Santiago lowered his spring ERA to 12.27 after a much improved effort against the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Normally, an earned run average that high would be no cause for celebration, except that in Santiago’s case, his ERA was even higher after he was on the losing end of a 19-0 blowout loss... Continue Reading »

October 27, 2016

Chicago’s turn: Cubs pitching evens series with Cleveland Indians

Quality pitching is the name of the game. Cleveland’s ace Corey Kluber did his job on Tuesday, and then it was Chicago’s turn as Jake Arrieta took the mound on Wednesday. He allowed one run over five-plus innings and then handed it off to a bullpen as impressive as Cleveland’s, including Aroldis Chapman, who seemed... Continue Reading »

July 13, 2016

Huh? Twins’ Nunez sees little playing time in first All-Star game

As if this season needed to get any worse, Eduardo Nunez, the only member of the Twins to be named to Tuesday’s All-Star game, didn’t get a chance to contribute to the American League’s 4-2 win. Instead, as noted by MLB.com, he sat for eight innings and then came in as a defensive replacement to... Continue Reading »

June 6, 2016

When religion divided the Minnesota Twins

What do you do when the Twins fall to 16-40 by early June? You find a reason to avoid reading depressing box scores. For me that meant buying “Down To The Last Pitch,” sportswriter Tim Wendel’s book on the 1991 World Series between the Twins and Atlanta Braves. Many have called it the greatest World... Continue Reading »

January 21, 2016

Torii’s turn: Hunter reflects on his baseball career via The Players’ Tribune

First Michael Cuddyer and now Torii Hunter, both of whom played for the Twins, has penned some thoughts about his playing career on The Players’ Tribune after he retired at the end of last season. .@toriihunter48 reflects on his baseball beginnings, the 2002 @Twins and pranking Big Papi. https://t.co/nCfeANZw8G pic.twitter.com/cTPWOCTNqS — The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune)... 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.