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.








Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

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.