Category: Ron Gardenhire

September 21, 2019

Dobnak, Twins make it back to back wins over Royals

I say we call him, “The Dobber.” Randy Dobnak, he of the handlebar mustache who signed as a free agent with the Twins in 2017, got the ball on Friday and gave the Twins five-plus innings of three-hit baseball. The Twins scored first, then held on to win 4-3 over the Kansas City Royals. The... Continue Reading »

June 10, 2019

Twins top Tigers 12-2, win series

What? Me worry? — Alfred E. Neuman After much hand-wringing about the state of the Twins bullpen in my previous post, the Twins returned to the diamond Sunday and reminded Twins fans, including this one, that sometimes they’re not going to need a bullpen at all. In fact, the Twins have already done that several... Continue Reading »

June 9, 2019

It’s the bullpen, stupid

Starter Kyle Gibson fell to 6-3 on Saturday after Gardy’s guys, the Detroit Tigers, knocked off the Twins 9-3. Although Gibson was credited with the loss, it was reliever Matt Magill’s performance that once again has me concerned about the Twins bullpen. What’s there to be concerned about? I hear you ask. After all the... Continue Reading »

May 13, 2019

Twins fall to earth after series split with Tigers

After a convincing sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays and another shutout in Game 1 of their series against the Detroit Tigers, it appeared the Twins were well on their way to a sweep, or at the very least, a series win over Motor City. But that was not to be. After the shutout, the... Continue Reading »

May 10, 2019

Ron Gardenhire and the return of the Detroit Tigers

Manager Ron Gardenhire and the Detroit Tigers return to Target Field Friday night, and I can’t help but think that Gardy, looking up at the red-hot Twins in the AL Central, is wondering what might have been. Instead of managing the Tigers, Gardy could still be with the Twins, a team he led for 13... 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 18, 2018

‘Opener’ format suits Twins’ Stewart

The Twins’ rotation consists of traditional starting pitchers Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson and Jake Odorizzi. After that, things get interesting. This month the Twins, following in the footsteps of the Tampa Bay Rays, began using the “opener” format, in which a reliever starts the game to tee up the primary pitcher for a more effective... Continue Reading »

June 14, 2018

Twins score 2 runs on 4 hits in Wednesday’s loss to Tigers

Jose Berrios held the Detroit Tigers to one run over six innings, then watched as reliever Addison Reed gave it all away in a 5-2 loss on Wednesday. In the bottom of the eighth, Reed gave up five hits, four runs, but only three were earned because of a throwing error. Still, the damage was... 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.