Category: Paul Molitor

October 3, 2018

We hardly knew ye, Paul Molitor

You need look no further than the Twins to see how much baseball has changed. I say that after Twins manager, Paul Molitor, was fired Tuesday. It’s a reminder that the young executives running baseball teams today, executives armed with numbers and statistics, are going to run them so that the formulas work. And if... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2018

Twins’ experiment with ‘opener’ strategy goes horribly wrong in Texas

Taking a page from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins employed an “opener” strategy on Sunday, in which a series of relievers pitches the game instead of a traditional starting pitcher. The theory behind it is that once the starting reliever or closer has faced the toughest part of the batting order, the “primary pitcher”... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2018

Twins fall victim to yet another walk-off hit

The Twins lost in walk-off fashion for the seventh time this season after Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his eighth home run in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Twins, 4-3. Other than the home run, Zunino struck out three times and is hitting .198. The Twins also fell to 3-10 in... Continue Reading »

March 30, 2018

No, no, no. The Twins do not need Fernando Rodney

Twins fans who are old enough to remember reliever Ron Davis likely had a debilitating flashback on Thursday after watching closer Fernando Rodney serve up a walk-off home run to Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles prevailed 3-2 in 11 innings and the Twins lost on Opening Day for the ninth time in... Continue Reading »

March 5, 2018

Anibal Sanchez follows scoreless spring debut with a dud

Newly signed free agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez followed his Twins scoreless spring debut with a dud on Sunday, eventually walking off the mound with both the blown save and the loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates rallied from three runs down to beat the Twins 9-3. All went well early in the game. Pitchers... Continue Reading »

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 »

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.