Category: Ron Gardenhire

October 27, 2018

Let’s remember a time when the Twins crushed the Red Sox, Part 5

The Boston Red Sox have the lead in this year’s Fall Classic. If you’re tired of seeing the rich get richer, indulge me for a moment and let’s remember a time when a good Red Sox team had no answer for an up-and-coming Twins team. The year is 1990. The Twins won it all in... Continue Reading »

October 3, 2018

We hardly knew ye, Paul Molitor

You need look no further than the Twins to see how much baseball has changed. I say that after Twins manager, Paul Molitor, was fired Tuesday. It’s a reminder that the young executives running baseball teams today, executives armed with numbers and statistics, are going to run them so that the formulas work. And if... Continue Reading »

September 18, 2018

‘Opener’ format suits Twins’ Stewart

The Twins’ rotation consists of traditional starting pitchers Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi. After that, things get interesting. This month the Twins, following in the footsteps of the Tampa Bay Rays, began using the “opener” format, in which a reliever starts the game to tee up the primary pitcher for a more effective... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2018

Twins score 2 runs on 4 hits in Wednesday’s loss to Tigers

Jose Berrios held the Detroit Tigers to one run over six innings, then watched as reliever Addison Reed gave it all away in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday. In the bottom of the eighth, Reed gave up five hits, four runs, but only three were earned because of a throwing error. Still, the damage was... Continue Reading »

May 15, 2018

Thinking of you, Ron Gardenhire

Forget that the Twins were shutout on four hits Monday night and consider this: The Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians and are now 18-22 this season. I know you’re thinking: So what? Well, the Tigers were picked by many to finish dead last in the American League Central with 90 or more losses in... 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 »

February 26, 2018

It’s just spring training, it’s just spring training, it’s just…

Spring training is underway, which means it’s time to once again fight the urge to declare every Twins win a sign of invincibility and every loss a sign that the team is doomed. Why? Well, spring training is meaningless, right? You can’t glean anything from a handful of games played over the next month or... Continue Reading »

January 18, 2018

Justin Morneau, who won 2006 AL MVP award with Twins, retires

Justin Morneau, who spent 11 of his 14 seasons with the Twins and was the American League MVP in 2006, announced his retirement on Wednesday. This didn’t come as too much of a surprise because news broke last week that he was joining the team as a special assistant. During a press conference, Morneau talked... Continue Reading »

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 »

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.