Category: Chicago White Sox

July 27, 2020

Twins’ ‘bomba’ squad is alive and well

During the 2019 season, the Twins earned the nickname “bomba” — Spanish for bomb — for the record number of home runs the team hit. In case you’ve forgotten, it was 307 home runs, a new single-season record. And after Sunday’s beat down of the Chicago White Sox, it’s clear the bomba squad is alive,... Continue Reading »

July 26, 2020

Blowout loss follows blowout win as Twins split 2 games with Chisox

Everything that went right for the Twins in Game 1 of the 2020 season went wrong on Saturday as the Twins lost to the South Siders, 10-3. On Friday, outfielder Max Kepler hit two home runs, including one on the first pitch of the game, to pace an 11-hit attack for a 10-5 win. The... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2020

The day Twins bullpen coach Bob McClure was locked in an outhouse

Bob McClure, a former longtime relief pitcher who was named Twins bullpen coach this year (but who later had to step aside due to COVID-19 concerns), fell victim to a prank in the 1970s while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. McClure got his revenge by dishing out an all-timer after he released a dung-covered pig... Continue Reading »

May 10, 2020

The week the Twins had 4 walk-off wins, all by a score of 2-1

In 1987, the Twins were nearly unbeatable at home, compiling a record of 56-25 at the friendly, but strange confines of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. They didn’t play nearly as well on the road, so when the season was over, the Twins inched over the finish line, a mere eight games over .500. That... Continue Reading »

May 4, 2020

Did Eric Fox sink the Twins in 1992?

Twins beat writer, LaVelle Neal, has an interesting story in the Strib, one that looks back (like we all are these days) at a Twins loss in late July 1992. Neal writes that it spelled doom for the Twins that season and became an omen for the rest of the decade. The Twins had only... Continue Reading »

March 29, 2020

The day the Twins’ Brant Alyea went 4-for-4 in 1970

I wasn’t sure I was going to come up with a Twins-related nugget to write about this week as baseball sits on the sidelines, waiting, like we all are, for the curve of the coronavirus to flatten. But then the Baseball-Reference.com newsletter landed in my inbox and there it was: a little item about top... Continue Reading »

December 25, 2019

Tigers, White Sox take steps to get better… and the Twins?

There’s activity afoot in the American League Central and it’s not being generated by the Minnesota Twins. Oh, the Twins have cast a few pebbles into the pond, but nothing that’s caused anything beyond a ripple. In Detroit and Chicago, both teams appear ready to ride a slow, but growing wave of potential success. For... Continue Reading »

November 4, 2019

The day the Twins gave up 9 stolen bases and still won

In 1976, Gene Mauch took over as Twins manager, Rod Carew hit better than .330 and the club would go on to have one of its best seasons since 1970. They were especially good down the stretch — 21-8 in September and October — but in mid-May they were still trying to overcome a slow... Continue Reading »

September 25, 2019

Twins inch closer to division title

The worst team in baseball held the Twins scoreless for six innings on Tuesday before the club finally scored in the top of the seventh and beat the Detroit Tigers, 4-2. The Twins’ magic number is now two. If the Twins win Wednesday and the Cleveland Indians lose, the division is theirs. Jake Odorizzi, who... 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.