Category: Billy Gardner

January 22, 2024

With nothing else to write about, let’s spend a few minutes with ‘The Klaw’

As I thought he might, Strib columnist Patrick Reusse produced a nice piece on former Twins manager and cut up Billy Gardner, who died earlier this month at 96. Reusse recalled some of Gardner’s better quips and mannerisms over the years, including this observation of Gardner as he watched left-handed pitcher Tom Klawitter work during... Continue Reading »

January 8, 2024

The Dodgers have spent $1B on 3 players. The Twins have signed Josh Staumont

If you needed another example of the haves and have nots of baseball, look no further than the Twins, who so far this offseason have announced a few minor league deals, picked up a player who had been designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins and signed Josh Staumont to a one-year agreement. Who is... Continue Reading »

July 14, 2022

So what if the Twins hit a walk-off home run on Wednesday?

I must admit that I don’t have much of a pulse for the 2022 Twins these days, despite the walk-off home run hit by Jose Miranda on Wednesday that carried the club to a 4-1 win and a split of the two-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The problem is this: When is this team... Continue Reading »

February 15, 2016

Ron Gardenhire, baseball player

Long before Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins to six division titles between 2002 and 2014, Gardenhire — like a lot of big league skippers — had a brief career as a player. If you’d like to see Gardenhire in action as a second baseman for the New York Mets — the team he spent five... Continue Reading »

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.