December 5, 2015

Inquiring minds want to know: Which position will Miguel Sano play?

Soon after the Twins signed and introduced Korean slugger Byung Ho Park, the questions started. Chief among them: If Park plays DH, where do you put Miguel Sano?

Sano, the 22-year-old slugger-in-the-making, who hit 18 home runs over 80 games for the Twins last season, stands six-foot-four and weighs around 260 pounds. That’s probably perfect for the Minnesota Vikings, but if the sport happens to be baseball, then DH would seem to make the most sense for Sano.

He also plays third base, but that job has been filled by Trevor Plouffe. Joe Mauer is at first base — and likely isn’t going anywhere — so that means Park, who hit 53 homers last season in South Korea, gets slotted in at DH.

So, again, where do you put Sano? Well, the early indication is that Twins fans are going to find out just how fast a 260-pound man can chase down a fly ball because it appears that Sano is headed to right field.

Huh? That’s right, according to the Pioneer Press, which also noted that Sano will be asked to “convert to a position he has never played before at any level.”

Twins GM Terry Ryan sounds confident that Sano can make the switch:

“No, I’m not concerned,” Ryan told the Pioneer Press. “He’s a very athletic, big man that can run and throw. We’re in good shape.”

Sano, through Twins Assistant GM Rob Antony, said he’s ready to make the change to the outfield:

“He said, ‘I love third base, but you tell me where to play and that’s where I’ll prepare to play.'”

Can Sano play right field? I think he can, but not at 260 pounds. In the meantime, let’s enjoy what Sano’s size, strength and bat speed can do to a baseball.

December 2, 2015

Twins strike deal with Korean slugger Byung Ho Park

Well, that was fast. Two days after Korean slugger Byung Ho Park arrived in Minnesota, the Twins and Park have a deal, with Park agreeing to a four-year, $12 million contract, with a club option for 2020, according to MLB.com. All Park has to do now is live up to his end of the bargain... Continue Reading »

December 1, 2015

From South Korea to Minnesota: Will Byung Ho Park sign with the Twins?

Byung Ho Park, the Korean slugger who hit 53 home runs last season for the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization, has landed in Minnesota, according to a published report, and now the Twins and Park will try and strike a deal before a Dec. 8 deadline. The Twins won the right to negotiate... Continue Reading »

November 25, 2015

Twins Hall of Famer Rod Carew awaits heart transplant

Rod Carew, who accumulated 3,053 hits for the Twins and Angels en route to a 1991 induction into the Hall of Fame, nearly left us in September. Rod Carew That’s when Carew, now 70, suffered a massive heart attack while playing golf by himself in California, according to Sports Illustrated and writer Steve Rushin, who recently... Continue Reading »

November 21, 2015

Is a once-heralded Twins prospect on his way to Asia?

Kennys Vargas, who stands six-foot-five and weighs around 280 pounds, has attracted interest from a ball club in Asia, the Pioneer Press reported earlier this week. Vargas made a splash with the Twins in 2014, showing he could hit with power during the second half of the season. But he struggled at the plate the following season... Continue Reading »

November 18, 2015

Sound familiar? Twins Manager Paul Molitor finishes third in AL Manager of the Year vote

A day after Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano finished third in AL Rookie of the Year voting, Twins Manager Paul Molitor was handed the same result. The winner of the AL Manager of the Year award went to Jeff Banister of the Texas Rangers, according to the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. A.J. Hinch of... Continue Reading »

November 17, 2015

Miguel Sano finishes third, Eddie Rosario sixth in AL Rookie of the Year vote

Miguel Sano, the rookie phenom for the Twins who hit 18 home runs in 80 games, finished third in the American League Rookie of the Year vote on Monday. Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa won the award, followed by runner-up and fellow infielder Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians. Correa received 124 votes, Lindor 109... Continue Reading »

November 15, 2015

Twins win right to negotiate contract with Korean slugger; team trades Aaron Hicks and Chris Herrmann

Hang on: Joe Mauer plays first base for the Twins. That was my immediate reaction after learning the Twins had won the rights to negotiate a contract with first baseman Byung Ho Park, a veteran ballplayer for the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. The winning bid was apparently close to $13 million, according... Continue Reading »

November 14, 2015

Can anyone spare a job for former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire?

Maybe I’m just too much of an old-school baseball fan because I can’t understand why Ron Gardenhire, the Twins former manager, is still without a job after the team let him go following the 2014 season. So what’s not to like? Gardenhire, after 13 seasons, left with a winning percentage of slightly better than .500... 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.