Category: Byron Buxton

December 6, 2021

For the Twins, a shrewd deal to retain Buxton and a head-scratcher for pitcher Bundy

The Twins front office showed off some excellent negotiating skills to retain and extend outfielder Byron Buxton, keeping the brilliant but often injured Buxton in Minnesota on a seven-year, $100 million deal. Frankly, it’s a steal of a deal for the Twins who agreed to a number of incentives on paper that could pay Buxton... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2021

The real 2021 Twins finally showed up on the last day of the season

The team I think we all knew the Twins could be, a team that would make an immediate impact with its hitting, pitching and bullpen, finally showed up on Oct. 3, 2021, the final game of the season. It was hard not to feel that way watching them play on Sunday. Luis Arraez, the best... Continue Reading »

October 2, 2021

Twins pitching allows 21 runs in 2 games

The Twins’ disappointing 2021 season is winding down to a disappointing close after team pitching served up 10 runs on Thursday and 11 more on Friday. The Twins lost 10-7 to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, a game that was tit-for-tat for most of it until Motown pulled away late. As for Friday’s loss to... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2021

How do you like the Twins now, Canada?

The spoiler tour rolled on Friday after the Twins topped the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1, knocking the Jays two games back in the AL wild card race. The Jays now find themselves tied with the Seattle Mariners for that second wild card spot. Not only did the Twins best the Jays for the second night... Continue Reading »

September 22, 2021

Twins finally score some runs in win over Chicago

For only the second time this month, the Twins scored nine or more runs against their opponent. They beat the Kansas City Royals, 9-2, on Sept. 11 and on Tuesday they banged out 16 hits, including three extra-base hits, to knock off the Chicago Cubs 9-5. The Twins scored first, then fell behind and then... Continue Reading »

September 12, 2021

Familiar win-loss pattern continues for Twins (but at least the pitching future looks bright)

A four-game losing streak was followed by a four-game winning streak, followed by a loss and then a win on Saturday over the Kansas City Royals, 9-2. What does it all mean? Not much. The Twins finished a game over .500 in August and so far are playing .500 ball in September, which isn’t nearly... Continue Reading »

September 7, 2021

Polanco’s big day helps Twins take Game 1 in Cleveland

One day it’s Nick Gordon, the next it’s Jorge Polanco. A day after Gordon played a key role in a Twins win, Polanco stepped up Monday and showed why he is leading the team in every major offensive category. He went to the plate five times and banged out three doubles, a home run, scored... Continue Reading »

September 6, 2021

Twins avoid the sweep, snap 4-game losing streak with win at Tampa

Rookie second baseman, Nick Gordon, was the big man on campus Sunday, collecting three hits and driving in two runs to help the Twins edge the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5. The Twins took an early lead, fell behind late, but kept on hitting to secure the win. In all, the Twins banged out 13 hits.... Continue Reading »

August 30, 2021

Twins lose finale, but still take series from Brewers

Despite Sunday’s loss, the Twins still managed to take the series from the Milwaukee Brewers after wins Friday and Saturday. And the standout performance of the series belonged to pitcher Andrew Albers, who hadn’t pitched at the major league level in four years until he recently faced the New York Yankees. He pitched well against... Continue Reading »

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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.