Category: Phil Hughes

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... 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 »

April 1, 2018

What? Me worry?

Despite the walk-off home run served up by the Twins bullpen in Thursday’s Opening Day loss to the Baltimore Orioles, the overall pitching was pretty good. And on Saturday it was even better. Twins pitching no-hit the Orioles until they got a hit with two outs in the eighth inning. Reliever Gabriel Moya then surrendered... Continue Reading »

March 19, 2018

Welcome to the Minnesota Twins, Erick Aybar

Veteran infielder Erick Aybar and relative newcomer Ehire Adrianza likely will have expanded roles with the Twins after shortstop Jorge Polanco was suspended 80 games on Sunday for using performance enhancing drugs. Sunday’s announcement was an unfortunate blemish on an otherwise promising offseason in which Falvey & Co. have worked hard to add depth to... Continue Reading »

March 11, 2018

Attention Cleveland: Here come the Twins

Nine months ago, the Twins, mired in a mid-season slump, traded pitcher Jaime Garcia in exchange for prospects, a move that many regarded as a sign that Falvey & Co. wanted to build for the future, rather than win now. Despite the move, the Twins finished strong down the stretch and secured their first post-season... Continue Reading »

March 4, 2018

Leave it to the Blue Jays to make life hard for the Twins

The Twins offense finally came alive Saturday and scored eight runs on eight hits, including three doubles and two home runs. That would’ve been plenty against most teams, but not when it comes to the Twins playing the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blue Jays banged out 12 hits for a 13-8 win. And that was... Continue Reading »

March 2, 2018

Don’t look now, Jorge Polanco, but you’ve got competition

A season ago, Twins infielder Jorge Polanco won the job of shortstop, beating out Eduardo Escobar, who would go on to split time with Miguel Sano at third base. Polanco is likely to hang onto that role this season, but he also might be looking over his shoulder at two players who could replace him... 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.