Category: Gene Mauch

December 11, 2023

The day a Twins reliever improved to 8-1

You never know when you’re going to have a Minnesota Twins moment. But when I do, it’s usually because of something I see on social media, and so it was as I discovered an old game film* of the Twins knocking off the Chicago White Sox 13-6 on Sept. 21, 1976, at Comiskey Park. The... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2022

How bad has it been? For the Twins, that bad

It’s incredible. The Twins lost 3-2 to the Chicago White Sox on Monday and now can do no better than 79 wins this season, which is only six wins more than last season, and that’s after adding Carlos Correa, Sonny Gray, Gio Urshela, Gary Sanchez, Chris Archer, Tyler Mahle, Michael Fulmer, Jorge Lopez, Emilio Pagan... Continue Reading »

June 16, 2022

Twins win back-to-back series, now head to Arizona

The Twins won their second consecutive series on Wednesday with a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners. The Twins won 3-2 on Monday, were blanked 5-0 on Tuesday and then returned the favor the following day. Twins pitching scattered five hits over nine innings, including a five inning, three-hit performance from Sonny Gray, who finally... Continue Reading »

June 1, 2022

Twins fall to 5-5 in their last 10 games

The Twins fell to 5-5 over their last 10 games after they split a day-night doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. The Twins won the first game easily, then showed up flat for the second game, eeking out only three hits in a 4-0 loss. Twins starter Cole Sands, making his first major league... Continue Reading »

April 24, 2022

Buxton powers Twins to 9-2 win over White Sox

Now that’s more like it. The Byron Buxton show was on full display Saturday as the outfielder returned to his spot at the top of the order. And he didn’t miss a beat, cranking out four hits, including a double and home run, in four trips to the plate to pace the Twins to a... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2022

Twins rip Red Sox, but may have lost Buxton to yet another injury

Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan looked great, Miguel Sano finally broke out of a long hitless streak with a home run and the Rod Carew-like Luis Arraez cracked an RBI double to pace the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. But all of that was overshadowed by what happened... Continue Reading »

February 22, 2022

Gene Mauch, Twins manager

Plenty has been written about former baseball manager Gene Mauch, one of the winningest mangers in baseball with more than 1,900 wins, but who also had more than 2,000 losses, including an epic collapse with the 1964 Philadelphia Phillies that has attracted a lot of spilled ink over the years. But in reading about Mauch,... Continue Reading »

February 2, 2021

The day 100 children were reunited with their parents at a Twins game

Once again I fell down the rabbit hole that is the internet and came across a wild Twins game played in June 1977. I found my way to this tilt after reading about the history of Metropolitan Stadium, otherwise known as the Met, that the Twins called home from 1961 to 1981. It was a... Continue Reading »

July 14, 2020

A tale of two seasons, featuring the Twins and Blue Jays

The Twins were barely competitive in 1979, finishing the season with a record of 82-80. It also was manager Gene Mauch’s final full season with the club, and star infielder, Rod Carew, who hit .388 in 1977, was no longer with the Twins after he was traded during the offseason. His departure was almost a... 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.