Category: Derek Falvey

July 31, 2021

Twins trade Jose Berrios, Happ and others on busy deadline day

It wasn’t a rebuild, but the Twins certainly retooled — to borrow a word from president of baseball operations, Derek Falvey — sending a handful of players to other teams on Friday, including a bit of a shocker: Right-handed pitcher, Jose Berrios, the homegrown Twin who compiled a record of 55-43 with a 4.08 ERA... Continue Reading »

July 23, 2021

Farewell, Nelson Cruz

Designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who hit 76 home runs for the Twins over two-plus seasons, is gone after he was dealt Thursday to the contending Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two Triple-A pitchers who aren’t expected to stay in the minors for long. The trade is not surprising — Cruz was signed with the... Continue Reading »

October 1, 2020

There is no God

If you’re a Twins fan of faith, you probably picked up the Good Book, then put it down, or perhaps even put it away. You probably also removed the cross on the wall behind the bed, and before you knelt bedside to say a few words to the almighty, you probably just sat there, head... Continue Reading »

November 18, 2019

The day Bert Blyleven beaned a batter over a labor dispute

As the baseball offseason rolls on, the need for content for this blog rolls on, too, and that means reading various books about the game to find an interesting Twins-related nugget. In 2010, Jason Turbow and Michael Duca published “The Baseball Codes,” a book about the unwritten rules of the game regarding a number of... Continue Reading »

November 10, 2019

Twins’ Baldelli will win AL Manager of the Year award, but he shouldn’t

Despite the record number of home runs, the number of runs scored, the number of team wins (second most in franchise history) and any number of things that Twins manager, Rocco Baldelli, did right this season, he does not deserve to be AL Manager of the Year. Oh, he’s going to win the award, of... Continue Reading »

August 5, 2019

Twins shut out Royals, earn first sweep since late May

Twins rookie starter Devin Smeltzer allowed only two hits over six innings and three relievers pitched scoreless baseball the rest of the way to shut out the Kansas City Royals 3-0 on Sunday.  It was the Twins’ eighth sweep of the season and the club’s first since late May when the Twins took three games... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2019

Twins’ Berrios fools Fish, strikes out 11

As predicted, Twins starter Jose Berrios had no trouble with the Miami Marlins on Wednesday. He struck out 11 over seven innings on a very efficient 81 pitches. He allowed only two hits before stepping aside for the bullpen, which quickly got into trouble. Rookie reliever and Harvard man (Porcellian perhaps?) Sean Poppen served up... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2019

What’s it gonna be, Falvey & Co? A deal or no deal?

The Twins scored 27 runs in three games against the New York Yankees. As good as that sounds, it wasn’t good enough because the Yanks scored 30 runs over that span to take two of three games from the Twins, including Wednesday’s 10-7 win. The Twins ability to hit and score runs has never been... Continue Reading »

July 1, 2019

Twins end June with 15-12 record

Any number of teams in major league baseball would welcome a one-month record of 15-12. But for the Twins, who went 38-18 from the end of March through May, finishing three games over .500 amounts to a June swoon for this club. You could hardly call their play of late bad baseball, but let’s hope... 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.