Category: Jim Kaat

August 4, 2022

New additions help Twins take series from Tigers

The Twins got a series win over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, getting key contributions from three new faces: catcher Sandy Leon, who drove in two runs and had the only extra-base hit for the Twins, and relievers Michael Fulmer and Jorge Lopez. Fulmer pitched a scoreless sixth inning and Lopez locked down his 20th... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2022

Twins take 2 from terrible Tigers

The Twins made quick work of the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, outscoring Motown 17-5 to sweep the short, two-game series. They are welcome wins and it appears the All-Star break did the Twins some good after their pre-break 11-0 letdown against the Chicago White Sox. Starter Joe Ryan won on Saturday, allowing one run... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2022

It’s time to kick over the buffet table, Rocco

The Twins are a good team. Don’t believe me? Well, they lead the AL Central with a 50-44 record, they rank 4th in runs scored in the American League, 5th in team ERA and 6th in fielding through Sunday. We also know they can play much better baseball — they certainly showed they can through... Continue Reading »

June 22, 2022

Twins’ lackluster play rolls on with 6-5 loss to Guardians

The team that dropped two of three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks returned home to Target Field Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the Twins played like they were still stuck in Phoenix. The Twins were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, struck out 15 times as a team and finally fell in 11 innings to the Cleveland... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2022

Well, what do you know? Twins trounce Yanks 8-1

So it really isn’t hopeless after all, is it? Twins pitching limited the New York Yankees to four hits and the offense did the rest, banging out 11 hits, including three doubles and two home runs, to pace the Twins to an easy 8-1 win on Wednesday. The Twins scored two runs in the fourth... Continue Reading »

May 9, 2022

Twins sweep A’s, improve to 7-3 in 1-run games

The Twins keep winning by the smallest of margins and they did it again Sunday to sweep the Oakland A’s 4-3. The club rallied from an early deficit with a three-run third inning, then the bullpen, which has been terrific, allowed only two hits the rest of the way. Reliever Caleb Thielbar struck out the... Continue Reading »

March 21, 2022

A look at 2 standout games from Hall of Famer Jim Kaat

Class of 2022 Hall of Fame inductee pitcher Jim Kaat, who spent 15 of his 25 seasons in baseball with the Twins, produced two standout games (among many, I’m sure) early in his career and at the beginning of a new decade. On both occasions he was part of shutout wins and homered to support... Continue Reading »

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 »

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.