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 will work alongside new manager Torey Lovullo. Twins fans should pay attention to this tandem.

If the Diamondbacks turn things around next season, Twins fans may begin to wonder what might have transpired for the Twins had Gardenhire never lost his job. Or, if Lovullo had been hired instead of Paul Molitor, who had a winning season in his first year as manager of the Twins and then a disastrous 103-loss season in his second year.

That’s right: Lovullo was in the running for that managerial opening in Minnesota. Instead, he stayed with the Boston Red Sox. Working alongside manager John Farrell, he helped the club win and return to the postseason. There are even those who think Lovullo should have replaced Farrell as manager.

Extra innings…

-The only member of the Twins who had a chance to pick up a few votes during awards season was second baseman Brian Dozier — and he did just that on Thursday after the AL MVP award was announced. Dozier hit 42 home runs this past season and set a new AL home run record for second baseman. The winner was Mike Trout of the Angels, who won the MVP award for the second time in his career.

-One more thing about Gardenhire: As manager of the Twins, he won the AL Central title six times.

(Let me try this again. One thing I’ve learned about using a manual typewriter: Just when you think you’ve avoided yet another typo, you haven’t).

 

November 13, 2016

(Let me try this again) Oh, to be a Twins fan in the Northwest, a poem

November 12, 2016

Twins’ Bruno and Butch are gone. So says Falvey & Co.

Falvey & Co. made their first moves of the offseason by firing two of manager Paul Molitor’s coaches: Hitting coach Tom Brunansky and first-base coach, Butch Davis. Not sure if Tuesday's biggest surprise was The Trumpster or Neil Allen staying as Twins' pitching coach. — Patrick Reusse (@1500ESPN_Reusse) November 9, 2016 I can’t offer an... Continue Reading »

November 8, 2016

35 days after he was hired, Twins finally introduce CBO Derek Falvey

More than a month after the Twins announced that the team had hired Derek Falvey away from the Cleveland Indians to be the club’s first chief baseball officer, the Twins finally introduced him to local media and Minnesota on Monday. Jim Pohlad, Derek Falvey, Thad Levine and Dave St. Peter are ready to meet with... Continue Reading »

November 3, 2016

An open letter to Derek Falvey, Twins chief baseball officer

October 31, 2016

If only the Twins’ Kurt Suzuki played for the Cleveland Indians

There have been plenty of facts and figures bandied about this postseason and World Series, but how about what we learned Sunday night during Game 5? As Cleveland dug in against the Chicago Cubs’ flame-throwing, Aroldis Chapman, Fox broadcaster Joe Buck let it be known that the last person to hit a home run off... Continue Reading »

October 30, 2016

Some second thoughts on former Twins pitcher, Jack Morris

Twenty-five years ago this past week, the Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves met in what many have called the greatest World Series of all time. Several of the games were won in the final at bat and Game 7 was no different. Former Twins pitcher Jack Morris blanked the Braves for 10 innings and then... Continue Reading »

October 27, 2016

Chicago’s turn: Cubs pitching evens series with Cleveland Indians

Quality pitching is the name of the game. Cleveland’s ace Corey Kluber did his job on Tuesday, and then it was Chicago’s turn as Jake Arrieta took the mound on Wednesday. He allowed one run over five-plus innings and then handed it off to a bullpen as impressive as Cleveland’s, including Aroldis Chapman, who seemed... Continue Reading »

October 26, 2016

*Derek Falvey’s Cleveland Indians take Game 1 of World Series

Cleveland Indians pitcher Hans Kluber, also known as Corey, struck out nine over six innings and the No. 9 hitter in the lineup smashed two home runs to beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-0, in Game 1 of the 2016 World Series. Both teams feature outstanding pitching, but it was the Indians who showed off those winning... 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.