October 17, 2023

We hardly knew ye, Trevor May

Relief pitcher and Northwest native Trevor May, 34, who spent six of his nine seasons in major league baseball with the Twins, announced his retirement on Monday.

The announcement was apparently made using a social media platform called Twitch, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

“I love talking pitching, I love talking about the game, I love teaching people about the game… this is not the end of my relationship with the game of baseball, I just want to go out on my own terms,” said May during his announcement as reported by MLB Trade Rumors.

May was born in Longview, Washington, which is about two hours south of Seattle, and grew up in the nearby town of Kelso. He was drafted out of Kelso High School by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008 and later traded to the Twins with pitcher Vance Worley (remember him?) for Ben Revere in 2012.

His best season with the Twins was probably 2019. He was 5-3 with a 2.94 ERA and appeared in 65 games, striking out 79 batters in 64-plus innings for a strikeout per nine ratio of 11.1.

May later signed as a free agent with the New York Mets and appeared in 68 games, a career high. He was 7-3 and pitched to a 3.59 ERA. He struck out 83 in 62-plus innings for a strikeout ratio of 11.9.

He wrapped up his career with the dismal Oakland A’s in 2023, and yet he managed to set another personal best with 21 saves. May was not known as a closer, but he did record a total of 33 saves.

His other career marks: 36-28 with a 4.25 ERA and 520 strikeouts over 450-plus innings for a strikeout ratio of 10.4.

-And then there was this …

Twins GM Thad Levine is reportedly meeting/has met with the Boston Red Sox about their opening as the head of baseball operations after Chaim Bloom was let go.

According to NBC Sports Boston:

“In addition to Kim Ng, who opted not to return to the Miami Marlins front office, Minnesota Twins general manager Thad Levine has emerged as a strong candidate to become Boston’s head of baseball operations. WEEI’s Rob Bradford reported Monday that the two sides have ‘elicited mutual interest.'”


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.