Category: Jim Kaat

January 9, 2022

Tony Oliva and a rookie season for the ages

Tony Oliva is headed to the Hall of Fame along with former teammate and pitcher Jim Kaat. While Kaat’s overall body of work might jump off the page a bit more, take a close look at Oliva’s rookie season and it’s hard not to say that he doesn’t belong in the pantheon of peers because... Continue Reading »

December 13, 2021

A stroll down memory lane with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat

It never fails: A current or former Twins player is in the news and before long I have stumbled across something online that is entirely new to me. Who has been in the news? Former Twins Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva, both of whom were recently elected to the Class of 2022 of the National... Continue Reading »

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 »

September 27, 2021

Twins split series with Toronto after clutch hitting disappears

The Twins had to settle with a four-game split in their series against the Toronto Blue Jays. After wins Thursday and Friday, the Twins lost 6-1 on Saturday and 5-2 on Sunday. Contributing to the two losses was a serious lack of situational hitting. Over the weekend, the Twins went 1-for-16 with runners in scoring... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2021

The highs and lows of life after baseball for Harmon Killebrew

Toward the end of Harmon Killebrew’s career, Calvin Griffith, the penny-pinching Twins owner who had backed Killebrew in 1959 for a full-time chance to play with the Washington Senators, now looked for a way not to pay Killebrew as much heading into the 1975 season, according to “Ultimate Slugger,” the 2012 biography of the man... Continue Reading »

August 15, 2021

Twins, Tampa trade blowout victories

The Twins had one of their biggest blowout wins of the season on Saturday, a 12-0 defeat of the Tampa Bay Rays that makes up for the Twins’ 10-4 loss on Friday. The Twins scored the 12 runs on 16 hits, eight of them extra-base hits, including home runs from Max Kepler, Luis Arraez, Brent... Continue Reading »

July 11, 2021

Twins win first 3 of 8 games against Tigers

The Twins made it three wins in a row against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, the first three of eight straight games between the two teams. They fell behind by four runs early, then rallied to take the lead after three big innings. Alex Kirilloff hit a two-run home run, Jorge Polanco smashed a three-run... Continue Reading »

July 9, 2021

Finally, a little offense for the Twins

The Twins scored five runs against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, which wouldn’t normally be cause for celebration, but it is in this case because the Minnesota club scored only two runs over two games against the Chicago White Sox, both of which were losses (no surprise). The Twins fell behind early, then rallied to... Continue Reading »

July 6, 2021

Do the Twins even need Josh Donaldson?

I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips to know whether the Twins are better with or without third baseman Josh Donaldson, but I do know they have certainly looked like a better team the past two days. Pitching and hitting were in sync to win 6-2 over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, and... 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.