Category: Phil Hughes

March 23, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce, Mr. Phil Hughes (applause)

Former starting pitcher, Phil Hughes, who is perhaps best known as an ex-Yankee, was also long-coveted by the Twins. And he finally joined the Minnesota team as a free agent in 2013, then put together a record-setting season in 2014 on a club that lost 92 games. Hughes would win 16 games that season with... Continue Reading »

July 24, 2019

Twins fall short to Yankees after epic, extra-innings slugfest

Tuesday’s Twins/Yankees game featured 35 hits and 26 runs, but when it was all over the Twins came up just short to the Yanks, losing 14-12 in 10 innings, despite loading the bases in the bottom of the 10th. In the bottom half of the inning, Max Kepler came to the plate and hit a... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2019

The Twins’ first 3-game losing streak of the season is here, folks. And it was ugly.

It’s gut check time, Minnesota. And Shannon Stewart is not coming through that door. The Twins’ Mitch Garver scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning against the New York Mets on Wednesday, only to see that 3-2 lead turn into a complete nightmare. Reliever Trevor May served up a three-run home run, terrible fielding... Continue Reading »

May 28, 2018

The day Johnny Goryl grounded out on May 22, 1959

Johnny Goryl was a player, base coach and manager for the Twins, but before he was connected to the Twins organization, Goryl played for the Chicago Cubs, according to “The Long Season,” a book by Jim Brosnan, a former reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds. My interest in typewriters led me to... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2018

Twins erase losing streak with winning streak

The Twins have erased a three-game losing streak with a three-game winning streak after they squeaked by the Detroit Tigers on Monday and blanked ’em on Tuesday, 6-0. Lance Lynn won for the second time this season after he showed much better command, throwing 100 pitches in six-plus scoreless innings with a walk and four... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2018

Nick Coleman, the reporter who captured Calvin Griffith at his worst, is dead at 67

Nick Coleman, a former reporter and columnist for the Pioneer Press and Star-Tribune, died this week, and the only reason I know that is because I was catching up on my Twins news when I came across his obituary in both papers. And then I learned that it was Coleman, who had attended a service... Continue Reading »

May 1, 2018

Twins will start top-ranked prospect Fernando Romero on Wednesday

The Twins announced Monday they will call up pitcher Fernando Romero to face the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Romero is the No. 2 prospect in the Twins organization, according to MLB.com. MLB.com also reports that Romero struck out 20 batters in 21 innings and had a 2.57 ERA at Triple-A Rochester. To make room... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2018

Somebody needs to apologize to Twins pitcher, Kyle Gibson

The Twins were swept by the New York Yankees, the losing streak stands at seven games and Thursday’s loss was made all the more painful because Kyle Gibson pitched the game of his life and yet the Twins still lost in heart-breaking fashion. For six innings, Gibson one-hit the Yankees and struck out 10 batters,... Continue Reading »

April 23, 2018

Twins swept by Rays. Now, it’s on to New York. Good luck.

The Twins were swept by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday after old friend Carlos Gomez, best known for scoring the winning run in Game 163 of the 2009 season, hit a walk-off home run to beat his old club, 8-6. It was a terrible series for the Twins. They had no business losing to... Continue Reading »

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Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.