Category: Paul Molitor

January 24, 2024

Say it’s so, Joe

Minnesota native and catcher Joe Mauer, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Twins, was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday in his first year of eligibility. Mauer appeared on 76.1 percent of ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, just inching past the 75 percent mark to... Continue Reading »

October 30, 2023

Would the Twins have been better off with Torey Lovullo as manager?

From 2011 through 2014, the Twins never won more than 70 games, a streak that finally had dire consequences for longtime manager Ron Gardenhire and longtime general manager Terry Ryan, both of whom were let go. The Twins replaced Ryan with the tandem of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine and then the organization had to... Continue Reading »

June 10, 2023

Twins win, Luis Arraez still hitting .400

The Twins snapped a season-long five-game losing streak on Friday, getting a 3-2 win in 10 innings over the Toronto Blue Jays. Scoring three runs is not exactly opening the flood gates, but it is for the Twins who last scored more than two runs on June 1. And center fielder Michael A. Taylor drove... Continue Reading »

April 26, 2021

This Twins season is starting to feel a lot like 2018

In 2017, the Twins shocked the baseball world, and perhaps themselves, after they were good enough to finish eight games over .500 and claim a spot in the postseason as a wildcard team — all this after losing 103 games in 2016. Twins manager Paul Molitor was named AL Manager of the Year and it... Continue Reading »

December 17, 2018

Jim Palmer and the Hall of Fame case for Tony Oliva

Harold Baines, the longtime DH and outfielder for the Chicago White Sox, was inducted into the Hall of Fame last week, along with longtime Chicago Cubs reliever, Lee Smith. Smith’s enshrinement went down relatively easy for most baseball fans, but that was not the case for Baines as the twitterverse and blogosphere came up choking... Continue Reading »

October 27, 2018

Let’s remember a time when the Twins crushed the Red Sox, Part 5

The Boston Red Sox have the lead in this year’s Fall Classic. If you’re tired of seeing the rich get richer, indulge me for a moment and let’s remember a time when a good Red Sox team had no answer for an up-and-coming Twins team. The year is 1990. The Twins won it all in... Continue Reading »

October 3, 2018

We hardly knew ye, Paul Molitor

You need look no further than the Twins to see how much baseball has changed. I say that after Twins manager, Paul Molitor, was fired Tuesday. It’s a reminder that the young executives running baseball teams today, executives armed with numbers and statistics, are going to run them so that the formulas work. And if... Continue Reading »

September 3, 2018

Twins’ experiment with ‘opener’ strategy goes horribly wrong in Texas

Taking a page from the Tampa Bay Rays, the Twins employed an “opener” strategy on Sunday, in which a series of relievers pitches the game instead of a traditional starting pitcher. The theory behind it is that once the starting reliever or closer has faced the toughest part of the batting order, the “primary pitcher”... Continue Reading »

May 27, 2018

Twins fall victim to yet another walk-off hit

The Twins lost in walk-off fashion for the seventh time this season after Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino hit his eighth home run in the bottom of the 12th to beat the Twins, 4-3. Other than the home run, Zunino struck out three times and is hitting .198. The Twins also fell to 3-10 in... 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.