Category: Los Angeles Dodgers

July 10, 2017

Get your beauty rest, Minnesota Twins. You’re going to need it

The Twins on Sunday finished their 7-game home stand at 4-3. That’s not terrible, but it’s far from the cushion they need to withstand the start of the second half of the season. That’s when they will face the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers. They are a combined 204-147... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2017

Sam Mele, who managed Twins to 102 wins in 1965, dies at 95

Sam Mele, the second manager in the history of the Minnesota Twins and who guided the team into the 1965 World Series, died Monday, according to various reports. Mele, who spent 10 years as a player in the majors, replaced manager Cookie Lavagetto during the 1961 season, the Twins’ first after previously being known as... Continue Reading »

January 24, 2017

If the Twins still want pitcher Jose De Leon, they’ll have to call the Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays on Monday traded a second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a top-ranked pitching prospect. If this deal sounds familiar that’s because the Twins had pursued something similar with the Dodgers. But it’s now clear that the Dodgers were only interested in a 1-for-1 swap for pitcher Jose... Continue Reading »

January 23, 2017

Happy 95th, Sam Mele!

Sam Mele, who won more than 500 games as manager of the Twins in the 1960s and guided them to the World Series in 1965, turned 95 on Saturday. Mele was born Jan. 21, 1922 in Astoria, New York. Before managing the Twins, Mele spent 10 seasons in the majors as a player, playing both... Continue Reading »

January 7, 2017

While we all wait for Brian Dozier to be traded (or not), a few thoughts about the weather

Well, I knew the offseason would be slow, but this slow? Wow. There’s no mistaking it: Baseball really is a summer sport. I think all of us Twins bloggers are waiting to pounce on the much talked about potential trade that would send second baseman Brian Dozier to some team (possibly the Los Angeles Dodgers)... Continue Reading »

December 17, 2016

Is Twins’ Dozier to Dodgers a done deal?

It appears Falvey & Co. may be on the verge of making their first big transaction of the off-season, sending Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for highly rated pitching prospect Jose De Leon. There may be more players attached to this potential deal, but it seems to hinge... Continue Reading »

January 18, 2016

Sam Mele, who guided Twins to 1965 World Series appearance, turns 94 this week

Sam Mele, who won 524 games as manager of the Twins from 1961 to 1967, will celebrate his 94th birthday on Thursday. Mele’s tenure with the Twins wasn’t long, but after the Washington Senators relocated to Minnesota for the 1961 season, it also wasn’t long before the Twins showed improvement. Under Mele, the Twins won... Continue Reading »

December 30, 2015

New Billy Martin biography sheds light on Martin’s time with Twins

When one thinks of Billy Martin, synonymous with the New York Yankees as a player and manager, this image doesn’t come to mind: The Martins’ Richfield neighborhood had big, old maple trees and was close to the Twins’ ballpark in Bloomington. There was a backyard for Billy Joe — Gretchen called him B.J. — and... 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.