Category: Rocco Baldelli

July 19, 2021

All is not well in Twins Territory

The Twins headed into the break with a 7-2 record against the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately, they emerged from it at 7-5 after they were swept by the Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. This is not a good sign. The Twins, other than all-stars Nelson Cruz and Taylor Rogers, essentially had the week off to rejuvenate... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2021

The bad luck continues: Twins now 0-8 in extra innings

I was all prepared to write that the Twins are starting to turn things around, and then they went and lost in extra innings again to the Cleveland Indians on Saturday. The Tribe gave Shane Bieber a 3-0 lead, but the Twins came back against one of baseball’s best pitchers to tie the game. But... Continue Reading »

May 19, 2021

Tyler Duffey was right to throw behind Yermin Mercedes

Social media and the talking heads of ESPN were abuzz on Tuesday, loudly pontificating on the unwritten rules of baseball after the Chicago White Sox’s Yermin Mercedes hit a ninth inning home run off Willians Astudillo to extend Chicago’s lead to 16-4 from 15-4 on Monday. The unwritten rule is that you take a 3-0... Continue Reading »

May 5, 2021

Twins fall to 0-6 when playing free baseball

The Twins remained winless in extra-inning games on Tuesday after the bullpen collapsed late to give the Texas Rangers the 6-3 win. The club beat the Rangers on Monday, 6-5, but both games were very similar. Here’s why: starting pitching did not go deep into the game, which meant manager Rocco Baldelli had to go... Continue Reading »

April 29, 2021

Give more speeches, Rocco

After Tuesday’s terrible Twins loss, manager Rocco Baldelli addressed the club after the game. And whatever he said, worked, because the Twins stepped on the gas early in Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Indians and never looked back. The #MNTwins got a much-needed laugher today. They avoid a series sweep with a 10-2 blowout over... Continue Reading »

April 28, 2021

You can’t make this stuff up: Twins lose in spectacular fashion — again

Sixty-nine years ago Red Smith, the Dean of all American sportswriters, went to his typewriter (or so I presume) and tapped out the most famous sports lede of all time after the New York Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit a ball into the left field stands at the Polo Grounds off the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Ralph Branca.... Continue Reading »

April 27, 2021

Twins fall to 0-5 when playing free baseball

The Twins fell to 7-14 on Monday after another all-too familiar loss. So far this season that has meant not enough hits, not enough runs, mental mistakes and just plain bad luck. Once the Twins play extra innings, it’s like entering Death Valley for some reason, and once closer Alex Colome is handed the ball…... 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 »

April 17, 2021

Twins lose again after snapping 5-game losing streak

During the 2020 season, the Twins, like every team in the majors, played most of their games against divisional rivals. The club was good enough to win a second straight AL Central title, but there was some scuttlebutt: Would the Twins have won the central if they had played outside the division last season? That... 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.