Category: Randy Dobnak

February 3, 2020

Don’t make me cry, MLB.com

Like most Twins fans, I’ve been enjoying the warm afterglow of the Josh Donaldson signing these past couple of weeks. Who’s he? He’s the former slugging third baseman of the Atlanta Braves, and a longtime Twins-killer, who agreed to join the Twins on a four-year deal worth $92 million. Donaldson likely brings another 30-home run... Continue Reading »

January 20, 2020

Does Donaldson, plus Hill, plus Bailey, plus Clippard, equal a playoff win over the Yankees?

The Twins missed out on the top free agent pitchers this winter — and I’m still puzzled that the Toronto Blue Jays snagged Hyun-Jin Ryu — but the slugging, Twins-killing third baseman known as Josh Donaldson was still available, and after reports the club was “pessimistic” about landing the “bringer of rain,” the team finally... Continue Reading »

January 6, 2020

What do pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill bring to the Twins? Well…

Like most of Twins Territory, I’m feeling underwhelmed after the Twins added starting pitchers Homer Bailey and Rich Hill. Bailey, in particular, doesn’t move the needle very much, and is already being compared to former Twins pitcher Martin Perez. Perez showed up last season with some lackluster numbers as well, but after working with innovative... Continue Reading »

December 9, 2019

Welcome back… Michael Pineda?

The Twins, according to various reports, apparently have agreed to bring back starting pitcher, Michael Pineda, on a two-year, $20 million deal. He pitched well for the club in 2019 — especially down the stretch — but he also was suspended for using a diuretic (water pill) banned by major league baseball. #BREAKING sources tell... Continue Reading »

September 27, 2019

Twins’ youth movement tops Tigers, earns 99th win

As expected, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli went with a youthful lineup on Thursday, a day after the team clinched the AL Central and celebrated with a birthday cake and booze, according to team photos and videos. Baldelli turned 38 on Wednesday. Cheech and ChongAka Astudillo and Arraez pic.twitter.com/yYkTQ2yA2W — Kyle Gibson (@kgib44) September 26, 2019... Continue Reading »

September 26, 2019

Twins win! Minnesota wins 12th division* title and first since 2010

The 2019 Minnesota Twins booked a ticket to the postseason on Wednesday after they rallied (again) to beat the Detroit Tigers, then watched as the Cleveland Indians fell to the Chicago White Sox. The first-place Twins now lead the second-place Indians by five games with four games left in the season. And that means only... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2019

Twins win… I think

There was plenty to celebrate in the Twins’ 12-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Slugger Nelson Cruz hit the 400th home run of his career, Tyler Duffey and Brusdar Graterol, pitched well in relief and the win reduced the Twins’ magic number to three.   #MNTwins magic number: 3 pic.twitter.com/WHqOKHezTZ — Aaron Gleeman... Continue Reading »

September 21, 2019

Dobnak, Twins make it back to back wins over Royals

I say we call him, “The Dobber.” Randy Dobnak, he of the handlebar mustache who signed as a free agent with the Twins in 2017, got the ball on Friday and gave the Twins five-plus innings of three-hit baseball. The Twins scored first, then held on to win 4-3 over the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

September 16, 2019

The final 13 games of the season are here. What’s it gonna be, Minnesota?

The final two weeks of the 2019 season are upon us. The Twins lead their division by 4.5 games and, by most accounts, it’s easy street from here on out. To wrap up their campaign, they play the 83-loss Chicago White Sox, the 95-loss Kansas City Royals and the 104-loss Detroit Tigers. But seven of... Continue Reading »

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.