Category: Mitch Garver

April 9, 2021

Andrelton Simmons is worth every cent the Twins are paying him

The Twins’ 10-2 blowout victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday produced a number of storylines, but the one that interested me was the play of shortstop Andrelton Simmons, whose contributions were both obvious and subtle yet equally important. At the plate, Simmons doubled twice and singled in five at bats. I like his attacking... Continue Reading »

April 6, 2021

Nelson Cruz… what’s left to say?

As if we needed another reminder, Nelson Cruz, the 40-year-old designated hitter for the Twins, seems to only get better with age. How good was he on Monday? He was so good that when he failed to connect on an opposite field grand slam, he hit the next pitch for a grand slam anyway. Cruz... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2021

Spring training really is meaningless, Part 2

The Twins appear to have put March and a lack of hitting behind them after they banged out 11 hits on Sunday in an 8-2 win and series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Luis Arraez had a 3-for-3 day at the top of the order, plus Byron Buxton doubled, Mitch Garver and Miguel Sano homered,... Continue Reading »

March 15, 2021

The real-deal Twins looked good on Sunday. However, about the bullpen…

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli unveiled the real deal on Sunday, using a lineup that we can probably expect to see a lot during the regular season. All the familiar names were there: Max Kepler, Josh Donaldson, Nelson Cruz, Mitch Garver, Jorge Polanco, Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton, Andrelton Simmons and Brent Rooker, who played in left... Continue Reading »

March 1, 2021

I will not read too much into spring training, I will not read too much into spring training, I will not…

The Twins knocked off the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, a 7-6 win in Game 1 of Grapefruit League action that means the club is well on its way to winning a World Series. Yes, it’s spring training. I will try to restrain myself. Best thing I’ve seen in a really long time – fans... Continue Reading »

September 23, 2020

Attention South Siders: Here come the Twins

The Twins moved within a half-game of the Chicago White Sox for the top spot in the AL Central after they, and the Cleveland Indians, rallied to beat their respective teams on Tuesday. The Twins topped the Tigers in 10 innings and the Tribe, incredibly, losing 3-1 going into the bottom of the 10th inning,... Continue Reading »

September 19, 2020

Twins blanked by Cubs. Blah.

After a difficult series against the Chicago White Sox, I was hoping the Twins would find their true form Friday night and blast a few home runs out of Wrigley Field for a convincing Game 1 win in their series with the Chicago Cubs. But that was not to be. The Cubs scored a run... Continue Reading »

August 23, 2020

Don’t look now Twins fans because the White Sox and Indians are on fire

It’s a good thing the Twins won on Saturday because it keeps them just a step ahead of the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians, two teams that are playing really well right now. The South Siders had no problems with the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and have now hit 27 home runs in seven... Continue Reading »

August 22, 2020

Twins fall to 0-4 against Royals on the road

The Twins turned in a dud Friday night after a breakout performance by Jose Berrios on Thursday. First, the bad news. Starter Jake Odorizzi and reliever Zack Littell exited Friday’s game with apparent injuries, and Twins hitters accomplished little in between, mustering only six hits in a 7-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The... 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.