Category: Byron Buxton

March 10, 2019

It’s always good to see the Twins beat the Red Sox

The Twins ran all over the Boston Red Sox the other day to win 12-1 in exhibition play. The club scored 12 runs on 18 hits, getting multiple-hit performances out of several players: Jake Cave had three hits, Ronald Torreyes had three hits, 35-year-old Adam Rosales went 4-for-4 and Luke Raley drove in four runs... Continue Reading »

March 3, 2019

There are the Twins, and then there are those Tampa Bay Rays

Twins pitching scattered eight hits over nine innings the other day, seemingly enough quality pitching to earn any team a win. Adalberto Mejia and Fernando Romero were among those Twins pitchers who pitched scoreless baseball in that game. Yet the Twins didn’t get the victory. The Tampa Bay Rays, on the other hand, sent eight... Continue Reading »

February 26, 2019

Is it too early to declare that Byron Buxton is back and better than ever?

What will it take to convince you that Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has turned a new leaf? If he hits .300? If he chases down fly balls with record speed? Or if he goes 5-for-5 with two home runs and drives in 10 runs in early exhibition play? If that last sentence meets your... Continue Reading »

February 24, 2019

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I…

Twins baseball is back, and with it a win and a loss in split-squad action on Saturday. The Twins’ B-team lost to the Baltimore Orioles, but forget about that game for a moment because the A-team knocked off the Tampa Bay Rays with little trouble, or so it appears. Even better? Twins outfielder, Byron Buxton,... Continue Reading »

January 28, 2019

Is there still room for Cesar Tovar in the Twins Hall of Fame?

Former reliever Joe Nathan and team president Jerry Bell are the newest inductees into the Twins Hall of Fame. I have no opinion on whether Bell deserves to be included, but Nathan certainly does. Nathan was one of three players the Twins were able to get from the San Francisco Giants for catcher A.J. Pierzynski... Continue Reading »

December 28, 2018

Twins get their man in Nelson Cruz

Despite being in the twilight of his career, a rumored deal for slugger Nelson Cruz (who turns 39 in July) became a reality Thursday after the club and Cruz agreed on a one-year deal worth $14 million, according to various reports. The Twins also have a $12 million club option for 2020 with a $300,000... Continue Reading »

December 17, 2018

Jim Palmer and the Hall of Fame case for Tony Oliva

Harold Baines, the longtime DH and outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last week, along with longtime Chicago Cubs reliever, Lee Smith. Smith’s enshrinement went down relatively easy for most baseball fans, but that was not the case for Baines as the twitterverse and blogosphere came up choking... Continue Reading »

December 1, 2018

It’s never too early to predict the Twins will win the AL Central

Wasting no time, the MLB.com website Cut 4 is predicting the Twins will displace the Cleveland Indians atop the American League Central and win the division in 2019. That’s fine with me, of course, but I should point out that many (OK, some) made that prediction in 2018 and look where it got them. But,... Continue Reading »

October 1, 2018

That’s all, folks (and maybe that’s it for Joe Mauer, too)

So, where was this all season? That’s the question Twins fans might be pondering after the Twins took two of three games from the Detroit Tigers and then swept the four-game series against the Chicago White Sox, including Sunday’s 5-4 win on the last day of the 2018 season. The result is that the Twins... 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.