July 1, 2017

So I bought some baseball cards for the first time in a long time…

And the three decks I purchased, which I found at a thrift store, included a few memorable and not so memorable Twins:

I was surprised to see Willie Banks (Scott Stahoviak and Mike Trombley, too) and it brought back memories of when the Twins thought the world of Banks. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Twins in the 1987 amateur draft and finally wound up with the club in 1991. As so often happens with top prospects, Banks didn’t amount to much with the Twins. He had a 16-17 record with the team over three seasons and finally was traded to the Chicago Cubs for pitcher Dave Stevens and catcher Matt Walbeck in 1993.

From there, Banks bounced around with several teams until 2002. His career numbers: 33-39 with a 4.75 ERA.

Extra innings…

-The Twins lost badly to the Kansas City Royals on Friday and it’s beginning to feel as though the wheels of the bus are getting a little wobbly. Ervin Santana was not sharp, and he didn’t help his own cause with a throwing error that contributed to a five-run fourth inning. To make matters worse, though, the Twins could muster only three hits and lost 8-1.

-The good news is that Jose Berrios gets the ball for Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, followed by newcomer Felix Jorge for the Game 2 start. Jorge has been called up from Double-A Chattanooga where he was 8-1 with a 3.26 ERA, according to MLB.com.

 

June 30, 2017

Better luck against the Royals, Twins

Perhaps the Twins can get back on track versus the Kansas City Royals, because they were no match for the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox appeared to take three of four games with ease, using left-handed pitching to limit hits and strike out a lot of batters. That was expected against Chris Sale and... Continue Reading »

June 26, 2017

Road warriors: Twins sweep Tribe to retake AL Central lead

Call it payback. After the Twins were swept at home by the Cleveland Indians last week, the Twins showed just how good a road team they are with their own three-game sweep of the Tribe. The Twins improved to 23-9 on the road and pulled one-half game ahead of the Indians in the American League... Continue Reading »

June 23, 2017

As I was saying…

Ervin Santana did just enough to win, Jose Berrios was sensational and… well, Nik Turley was awful on Thursday after the Twins were blanked by the Chicago White Sox, 9-0. The Twins still won the series but a sweep would have been nice before they hit the road to play Cleveland, Boston and the much-improved... Continue Reading »

June 19, 2017

Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios and pray for rain

In a flash, the Twins dropped four straight to the Cleveland Indians and are now looking up at the Tribe in the American League Central. They also are 3-7 in their last 10 games, including the series with the Indians, which reminded us that outside of pitchers Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios, the Twins don’t... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2017

Series with Mariners ends on right note for Twins

It was a wild four-game series with the Seattle Mariners. A blowout loss, followed by a blowout win — the Twins scored 20 runs on 28 hits — followed by a disappointing outing from Ervin Santana. But the series ended well Thursday after pitcher Jose Berrios went eight innings and limited the M’s to two... Continue Reading »

June 13, 2017

About that pitching…

Pitchers Kyle Gibson, Ervin Santana and Jose Berrios all looked good in their respective wins last week, but things didn’t look so good on Sunday and Monday. The bullpen was hammered in a 13-8 loss to the San Francisco Giants — Matt Belisle and Craig Breslow gave up nine runs in the 7th and 8th... Continue Reading »

June 11, 2017

Pitching, not hitting, carries the Twins

Aside from a poor start from Hector Santiago, who has since wound up on the disabled list, Twins pitching has been strong of late, helping the club win three straight games and six of their last 10. If they win Sunday, make it four straight wins and a sweep of the San Francisco Giants. Jose... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2017

Twins salvage win in series with Mariners

After Tuesday’s blowout loss and Wednesday’s walk-off disaster, the Twins got back on track Thursday with pitching and defense to secure a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners. I, along with my father and son, also got to the see the Twins on Thursday, and see them win for a change. Over the years we... 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.