Category: New York Yankees

January 8, 2024

The Dodgers have spent $1B on 3 players. The Twins have signed Josh Staumont

If you needed another example of the haves and have nots of baseball, look no further than the Twins, who so far this offseason have announced a few minor league deals, picked up a player who had been designated for assignment by the Miami Marlins and signed Josh Staumont to a one-year agreement. Who is... Continue Reading »

October 23, 2023

The not-so-secret stylings of ex-Twin Robbie Grossman

How many major league players have parlayed a .244 batting average with limited power into a career that stands at 11 seasons and counting? Not many, I suspect, but that is precisely what Texas Rangers outfielder Robbie Grossman has accomplished, perhaps prompting many to lift their caps, scratch their heads and ask: What’s so special... Continue Reading »

August 10, 2023

On second thought …

Despite the series win over the St. Louis Cardinals and the sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks, I am going to stick with my original prediction that August is going to present some real challenges for the Twins. I feel more confident in saying that after the team, which should really (by now) be able to... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2023

Twins drop game to Yanks under cloud of controversy

New York Yankees starter Domingo German struck out 11 over six-plus innings on Saturday, leading the Bronx Bombers to an easy 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins in Game 3 of their four-game series at Yankee Stadium. But in the minds of some Twins players, German made it look too easy. That’s according to MLB.com,... Continue Reading »

April 14, 2023

The monkey is dead! (maybe)

The hairy old chimp wearing a New York Yankees uniform that has been standing on the shoulders of the Twins organization for the past 20 years probably isn’t dead, but he was thrown to the ground and possibly is dazed and confused after the Twins walloped their arch-rival 11-2 Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. And... Continue Reading »

April 13, 2023

Twins improve to 8-4. Will they be 8-8 after visit to the Bronx?

The Twins improved to 8-4 after they took the series from the Chicago White Sox, winning Tuesday 4-3 on a walk-off throwing error, then beat them again on Wednesday, 3-1, in a game that was marred by a serious injury to infielder Kyle Farmer. Farmer was hit in the face by a pitch from White... Continue Reading »

December 12, 2022

Zen and the artlessness of the Minnesota Twins

Robert Pirsig, whose manuscript for a book called “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” was reportedly rejected more than 100 times, finally found overwhelming success when it was published in 1974. Ostensibly about a motorcycle trip from Minnesota to California, the book uses the journey and motorcycles to make a philosophical exploration. Its tagline... Continue Reading »

November 14, 2022

What’s the worst season in Twins history? 2011, says this columnist

Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse recently produced an interesting ditty, ranking all 62 seasons of Twins baseball from first to worst. No surprise: No. 1 was the Twins’ 1991 World Series victory. But I was puzzled at his choice for worst season of all time, thinking it might be 2016 or 1982, two seasons in... Continue Reading »

September 8, 2022

Forget Twins/Yankees: It’s time to look at the remainder of the schedule

Despite three ugly losses to the New York Yankees (and probably a fourth on Thursday) the Twins, surprisingly, are still very much in the hunt for a division title in the incredibly weak American League Central. OK, yes, the division is lame, but it’s ours, and it’s still ours for the taking. How are 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.