Category: Michael Pineda

August 30, 2018

Perhaps Kris Johnson still wants to pitch for the Twins

After the Twins’ blowout loss to the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, it had me seeking solace in other baseball news. I decided to look up Kris Johnson, who had a cup of coffee with the Twins in 2014, and discovered that he continues to pitch well for the Hiroshima Carp of Japan’s professional baseball league.... Continue Reading »

August 27, 2018

Well? Now what?

The season appears to be slipping away from the not-very-good-but-at-times-pretty-awesome Twins. It’s been clear for some time that the Twins were not going to contend in the division, but now they find themselves eight games under .500 and 13 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The Twins didn’t get any help... Continue Reading »

March 8, 2018

Do the Twins need more pitching? Yes, they do

After the busy offseason the Twins had, it might come as a surprise to think that the Twins would entertain more starting pitcher now that Anibal Sanchez, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda are in the house. Pineda is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, while Odorizzi has a job. Odorizzi improved to... Continue Reading »

February 26, 2018

It’s just spring training, it’s just spring training, it’s just…

Spring training is underway, which means it’s time to once again fight the urge to declare every Twins win a sign of invincibility and every loss a sign that the team is doomed. Why? Well, spring training is meaningless, right? You can’t glean anything from a handful of games played over the next month or... Continue Reading »

January 11, 2018

The Offseason, a poem

December 16, 2017

Are the Twins ready for the Fernando Rodney experience?

Closer Fernando Rodney is in the house after the Twins signed him to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million. Here’s the good news: Rodney has 300 career saves, including 39 last season, a career ERA of 3.73 and he struck out 65 batters in 55-plus innings in 2017. Apply that over nine innings and Rodney... 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.