Category: Ron Gardenhire

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 20, 2017

Gardy is back! With the Detroit Tigers, that is

Former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is back in the American League Central after he was announced Friday as the new skipper of the Detroit Tigers. He has agreed to a three-year contract, according to various reports. Gardenhire also was under consideration to be the manager in Boston. Gardenhire, this time with the hat and... Continue Reading »

October 19, 2017

Glen Perkins’ tenure with the Twins at a crossroads

Closer Glen Perkins, a Minnesota native who also has spent his entire major league career with the Twins, is a free agent after the club on Wednesday declined to pick up his option for 2018. Instead, he will receive a $700,000 buyout and be free to sign with any team, according to MLB Trade Rumors.... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2017

Jose Berrios has arrived, folks. And he’s the real deal.

Pitcher Jose Berrios improved to 2-0 Thursday after he and two relievers combined on a 3-hit shutout of the Colorado Rockies. But forget the relievers for the moment because the night belonged to Berrios. Berrios, who struggled in his rookie campaign last season, appears to have found a welcome battery mate in Jason Castro. With... Continue Reading »

February 16, 2017

Well, at least Twins pitcher Craig Breslow talks a good game

Longtime relief pitcher Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Twins and he recently talked up the club in an interview with baseball scribe Ken Rosenthal. He also mentioned how he worked on his pitching delivery during the offseason, how he feels he can help the Twins and he had some nice... 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 »

April 19, 2016

Twins extend winning streak to 4 games

Losing streak? What losing streak? The Twins are quickly making the baseball world forget their horrible start after they knocked off the Milwaukee Brewers in a rain-shortened game on Monday, extending the team’s winning streak to four games. After wait of 2:06, Twins declared winner, 7-4 over Brewers, after 6 innings due to rain. First... Continue Reading »

February 21, 2016

Nick Punto, the most celebrated utility infielder in Major League Baseball history, retires

Nick Punto, he of the shredded jersey, the head-first slide into first base, the “piranhas” and who spent seven of his 14 seasons in baseball with the Twins, announced his retirement last week. Punto leaves the game with a career batting average of .245. It hardly matters, though, because Punto endeared himself to teammates, fans... Continue Reading »

February 15, 2016

Ron Gardenhire, baseball player

Long before Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins to six division titles between 2002 and 2014, Gardenhire — like a lot of big league skippers — had a brief career as a player. If you’d like to see Gardenhire in action as a second baseman for the New York Mets — the team he spent five... 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.