Category: Paul Molitor

November 15, 2017

Your 2017 AL Manager of the Year: Paul Molitor

Twins manager Paul Molitor is the 2017 AL Manager of the Year, an award I thought the third-year skipper would win. Molitor beat out the Houston Astros’ A.J. Hinch and the Cleveland Indians’ Terry Francona for one reason: Neither of those teams lost 100 games in 2016. But the Twins did. They lost a franchise-worst... Continue Reading »

November 7, 2017

AL Manager of the Year finalists: Francona, Hinch, Molitor

Twins manager Paul Molitor on Monday was named one of three finalists for AL Manager of the Year, joining Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona and the Houston Astros’ A.J. Hinch. I expect Molitor to win the award for one reason: The impressive turnaround he helped orchestrate to win 85 games this past season and qualify... Continue Reading »

October 29, 2017

Twins’ Falvey & Co. make under-the-radar pitching coach hire

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised: Twins’ Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to show they are going to do things their way, not the old-fashioned Twins way. (And that’s what we want, right? No?) Despite the rumor mill suggesting the next Twins pitching coach to replace Neil Allen was... Continue Reading »

October 10, 2017

Twins manager Paul Molitor inks new deal with club

After nary a whisper about a contract extension all season long, Twins manager Paul Molitor finally was rewarded with a new three-year contract on Monday. But is this the deal that Falvey & Co. — Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine — really envisioned? I don’t think it is. After all,... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2017

Twins lose 13th postseason game to Yankees

What do the Twins have to do to beat the New York Yankees? That’s what I’m asking myself tonight after the Twins fell to 2-13 vs. the Yankees in the postseason since 2003, including Tuesday’s 8-4 loss in the American League wild card playoff game. The Twins came out swinging and quickly took a 3-0... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2017

A step closer: Twins top Tribe, 8-6

Brian Dozier hit a dramatic three-run home run and the Twins came from behind Tuesday to beat the red-hot Cleveland Indians, 8-6. The Twins have won five straight and improved to 83-74. Every team that was in contention for the second wild card spot in the American League has been eliminated, except for the Los... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2017

No one said it was going to be easy

Here we are three games into September and already I feel emotionally whipsawed. The Twins started the month losing a close one to the Kansas City Royals, followed by a 17-0 blowout victory over the same team, which had me riding high and convinced the Twins were on their way to the post-season. But then... Continue Reading »

July 20, 2017

How ’bout those Twins!

Pitcher Jose Berrios stepped up like a boss and the Twins scored six runs in the second inning to knock off the New York Yankees, 6-1, on Wednesday. It was the Twins’ first series win over the Yankees in Minnesota since 2008, according to MLB.com. I predicted the Twins would go 0-6 (have a little... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2017

Twins take series, but can’t complete sweep of Angels

The Twins fell short of completing the 3-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after they lost 2-1 at home Wednesday night. The loss dropped them to third place in the American League Central. The Twins are now a game behind the Kansas City Royals, while the Royals are a half-game behind the... 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.