Category: Paul Molitor

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 »

December 22, 2016

Molitor’s staff complete after Twins hire first-base coach and ‘conduit coach’

Twins manager Paul Molitor’s coaching staff is set after the Twins added Jeff Smith and Jeff Pickler on Wednesday. Smith is the team’s new first-base coach, while Pickler, previously with the Los Angeles Dodgers, comes aboard as a coach who “will serve as a conduit between the front office and the coaches to convey analytics... Continue Reading »

December 5, 2016

So what if the Twins new hitting coach couldn’t hit?

Professional sports are filled with examples of the marginal athlete who later finds his or her true calling by becoming a successful coach. Here’s just one example: Calvin Coolidge Ermer, who played in one major league baseball game, later went on to win more than 1,900 games as a minor league manager. It appears that... Continue Reading »

November 18, 2016

Gardy is back! But not with the Twins…

Ron Gardenhire, American League Manager of the Year in 2010, a five-time runner-up for the same award, and who managed the Twins to more than 1,000 wins over 13 seasons, is back in the dugout. But it’s not with the Twins. Gardy has landed a job as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks where he... Continue Reading »

November 8, 2016

35 days after he was hired, Twins finally introduce CBO Derek Falvey

More than a month after the Twins announced that the team had hired Derek Falvey away from the Cleveland Indians to be the club’s first chief baseball officer, the Twins finally introduced him to local media and Minnesota on Monday. Jim Pohlad, Derek Falvey, Thad Levine and Dave St. Peter are ready to meet with... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2016

Twins finally confirm hiring of Derek Falvey as chief baseball officer

A week after Derek Falvey was rumored to be the Twins’ new front-office executive, the team finally announced his hiring as executive vice president and chief baseball officer on Monday. Falvey, 33, had spent his entire baseball career with the Cleveland Indians, including as assistant general manager, before coming to the Twins. He arrives as... Continue Reading »

September 30, 2016

Is Paul Molitor’s job with the Twins really safe? After Tuesday’s loss, I’m not so sure

Jim Pohlad, the owner of the Twins, has said that he remains committed to manager Paul Molitor for the 2017 season. For Molitor’s sake, let’s hope he didn’t watch Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, because if he did, he might be having second thoughts after the Twins finally collapsed in the 11th... 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.