Category: Los Angeles Dodgers

October 16, 2022

What does a good pitching coach mean to a baseball team? The world, apparently

In “Facing Nolan,” a relatively new documentary about the Hall of Fame pitcher, Ryan, wild but effective in the early days of his career with the New York Mets, eventually was traded to the California Angels. When Ryan first learned that he was going to California, he thought he was on his way to the... Continue Reading »

August 15, 2022

The season is slip slidin’ away, Twins fans

It’s one thing to lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the best team in baseball; it’s quite another to lose to the team across town, a club that’s 23 games out of first place in the AL West. But that’s exactly what happened to the Twins. After an encouraging win Friday over the Angels, they... Continue Reading »

August 10, 2022

If the Twins should meet the Dodgers in the World Series…

I have a dream that the Twins win the division, then make their way through the postseason to the World Series. And then that dream turns into a nightmare because they have to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s then that I hear a chorus of Twins fans say, “Well, at least we made it... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2022

Twins look completely overmatched in series versus Dodgers

Boy, oh, boy, major league baseball teams are not created equal, are they? The big-money, big-talent Los Angeles Dodgers looked every bit the part in their short, two-game series with the Twins. The Twins are nothing to sneeze at this season as well, but after a 7-2 loss on Tuesday and an ugly 7-0 loss... Continue Reading »

April 13, 2022

Twins lose Tuesday night in game that never should’ve been played

The Twins lost 7-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday night in a game that seemed to conspire against them at every turn. First, it rained, and it rained most of the game, finally resulting in a 90-minute weather delay in the bottom of the eighth inning AFTER the Dodgers had busted open a 1-1... 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 »

June 13, 2021

James Timothy Grant Jr., better known as Mudcat, is dead at 85

Mudcat Grant, who won 145 games over a 14-year major league pitching career, including 21 wins for the World Series-bound Twins in 1965, died Saturday, the Twins announced. He was 85. Grant spent the bulk of his career with the Cleveland Indians, but he had his best season in 1965, helping the Twins win 102... Continue Reading »

January 24, 2021

How do you like the Twins now?

A recent check of social media showed that all was not well in Twins Territory. Twins fans, at least on Twitter, appeared to be coming unglued due to the lack of deal-making so far this offseason. As top free agents continued to come off the board and go elsewhere, such as reliever Kirby Yates and... Continue Reading »

July 18, 2020

The year the Boston Red Sox had no answer, and I mean no answer, for the Minnesota Twins

After Ted Williams retired, and before Carl Yastrzemski rose to prominence, the Boston Red Sox were not very good. They lost often during the early 1960s and finally hit bottom with 100 losses in 1965, including to the Twins, who pushed them around in 17 of 18 meetings that season. That’s right: the Twins were... 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.