Category: Thad Levine

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 »

July 22, 2018

The Twins look like sellers now

The Twins dropped their second straight game and the series to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, increasing the likelihood that Falvey & Co. will be dealing players as we near the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. They might as well start with pitcher Lance Lynn, who has been inconsistent all season, including Saturday when... Continue Reading »

May 24, 2018

Game 3 goes to Gardy and the Tigers

The Twins took two of three games from the Detroit Tigers but were denied the sweep on Wednesday after Tiger pitching silenced the Twins in a 4-1 victory. Despite the two wins, it was a lackluster series. The Twins scored 11 runs in three games, or about four runs per game (which is right around... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2018

The kids are alright

A week ago, I thought the Twins’ season was slipping away. The team finished April at 8-14, the injuries started to pile up and nobody was hitting or pitching, including the bullpen, particularly well. As that win-loss record became more lopsided, I couldn’t help but think of 2016 and how that season quickly got away... Continue Reading »

May 3, 2018

The day a rookie saved the Twins

Desperately needing a win, the Twins turned to pitcher Fernando Romero on Wednesday and he didn’t disappoint after he struck out five in five-plus innings in his major league debut. Fernando Romero's first big league pitch is a strike at 94.7 mph. — Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) May 2, 2018 Romero set the tone, the bullpen... Continue Reading »

October 29, 2017

Twins’ Falvey & Co. make under-the-radar pitching coach hire

I guess we shouldn’t be surprised: Twins’ Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to show they are going to do things their way, not the old-fashioned Twins way. (And that’s what we want, right? No?) Despite the rumor mill suggesting the next Twins pitching coach to replace Neil Allen was... Continue Reading »

October 10, 2017

Twins manager Paul Molitor inks new deal with club

After nary a whisper about a contract extension all season long, Twins manager Paul Molitor finally was rewarded with a new three-year contract on Monday. But is this the deal that Falvey & Co. — Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine — really envisioned? I don’t think it is. After all,... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2017

What do you think of Jaime Garcia now?

Back in July, the Twins’ Falvey & Co. traded a prospect to get starting pitcher Jaime Garcia from the Atlanta Braves, a move that appeared to make sense for a stretch run. But just as quickly he was gone after Falvey & Co. decided to trade him to the New York Yankees for more pitching... Continue Reading »

July 31, 2017

There goes the Twins’ season, folks. So say Falvey & Co.

It appears the Twins’ Falvey & Co. — Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, General Manager Thad Levine and Assistant GM Rob Antony — have decided to not go all in on the remainder of the season after they traded left-handed starter Jaime Garcia to the New York Yankees on Sunday. Garcia made one start for... 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.