March 1, 2017

Well, at least Byung Ho Park is hitting

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park appears determined to return to the Twins based on his play so far this spring. Park, who struggled last season and eventually was sent to the minors, has three extra-base hits, including two home runs.

As for how well the rest of the Twins are playing, it was hard to tell Tuesday after the team got stomped by the Tampa Bay Rays and lost 19-0. Earlier in the week, I said I would try to not read too much into spring training results. After Tuesday’s loss, I find myself saying, “Thank God it’s spring training.”

Twins pitching got shelled, including starter Hector Santiago, who gave up five earned runs in one inning. And the Rays were just getting started. Also hit hard: Tyler Duffey, Felix Jorge, Matt Belisle and J.T. Chargois.

Meanwhile, the Rays pitched like the 1971 Baltimore Orioles, with six hurlers nearly combining to pitch a perfect game until Neil Wagner surrendered three hits and a walk.

The Twins line when it was all over? No runs, three hits and one error. The Rays? 19 runs, 23 hits and no errors. They also hit five home runs, including a grand slam. Ouch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 26, 2017

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will…

The Twins have lost their first two games of spring training, which would normally be completely unremarkable, except that the Twins coughed up the worst regular season in franchise history last season with 103 losses. In other words, I’m ready for change (aren’t we all?) and signs of improvement from a team that has a... Continue Reading »

February 20, 2017

Is Twins closer Glen Perkins about to call it a career?

Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was named an All-Star for three straight seasons after saving 32 or more games over that span, could start the year on the disabled list, MLB.com reports. And that’s a bad sign for a player who appeared in two games last season, then decided to end it early by having... 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 »

February 9, 2017

Twins’ old man caravan rolls on

Ryan Vogelsong, Matt Belisle and now 36-year-old reliever Craig Breslow has signed a minor league contract with the Twins, according to multiple reports. For Breslow, it’s his second stint with the Twins after he pitched for the club in 2008-2009. Breslow has found enough success to eke out an 11-year career with seven teams. He... Continue Reading »

February 7, 2017

A little love for Byung Ho Park on his way out the door

Korean slugger Byung Ho Park, who was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, has won the support of some baseball writers who say he should not be overlooked. The folks at FanGraphs have crunched some numbers in two statistical categories: Barreled balls and the average exit velocity of fly balls and line drives,... Continue Reading »

February 4, 2017

Twins’ off-season comes to a screeching halt

After the Jason Castro signing and the excitement created by a potential Brian Dozier trade, the Twins’ off-season has gone from hot stove to cold stove. And it only got colder Friday after the Twins announced that former Korean superstar Byung Ho Park, who hit 105 home runs over two seasons in South Korea, was being... Continue Reading »

January 30, 2017

How many designated hitters do the Twins really need?

The Twins probably have generated more speculation than actual news this off-season, and that continued with two recent stories. One, by Jon Heyman, makes the convincing argument that former Cleveland Indian Mike Napoli would be a good fit for the Twins, while the other by Mike Berardino, citing an unnamed source, says the Twins are... Continue Reading »

January 24, 2017

If the Twins still want pitcher Jose De Leon, they’ll have to call the Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays on Monday traded a second baseman to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for a top-ranked pitching prospect. If this deal sounds familiar that’s because the Twins had pursued something similar with the Dodgers. But it’s now clear that the Dodgers were only interested in a 1-for-1 swap for pitcher Jose... Continue Reading »

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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.