Category: Ron Gardenhire

May 13, 2022

Houston makes it look too easy in sweep of Twins

The Houston Astros swept a three-game series from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, and if somebody told me that not a single Astros player broke out in a sweat during that series, or that manager Dusty Baker napped for 72 carefree hours, I’d believe them because they appeared to win with ease, like it was... Continue Reading »

February 2, 2022

Cesar Tovar gets Twins’ Hall of Fame nod

Utility man Cesar Tovar, former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and Dan Gladden, a key fixture on the Twins’ two World Series winning teams, have been elected to the club’s Hall of Fame. Cesar Tovar avoids a Thurman Munson tag while getting the slide sign from Tony Oliva. #MNTwins pic.twitter.com/kBYQXginyI — Jeff (@MNTwinsZealot) February 2, 2022... Continue Reading »

January 23, 2022

We hardly knew ye, Francisco Liriano

Pitcher Francisco Liriano, who spent seven of his 14 seasons with the Twins and who at one time appeared to be the second coming of ace Johan Santana, announced his retirement this month. He exits the game at 38 with a career mark of 112-114 with a 4.15 ERA. In one of the best trades... Continue Reading »

December 26, 2021

Corey Koskie made the final out in the 2002 ALDS? No, he didn’t

I recently re-watched the Hollywood adaptation of “Moneyball,” a good movie that captures one of the great seismic shifts in baseball as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane embraces the work of longtime statistician Bill James to newly evaluate and find overlooked and inexpensive talent in a game that favors wealthier teams. All went according... Continue Reading »

November 3, 2021

When Round 1 went to the old-school Twins

Nineteen years ago the Oakland A’s were the talk of baseball, a franchise that had seemingly found a magic elixir that allowed them to win and win often with the tiniest of payrolls. A year later author Michael Lewis explained it all in a best-seller called “Moneyball.” Baseball would never be the same. Surprisingly, Lewis... Continue Reading »

September 20, 2020

Twins win, return to postseason for 14th time in team history

This time the Twins scored first and piled on late to carve up the Cubs and clinch a playoff berth with an 8-1 victory on Saturday. The power show had been missing of late until Eddie Rosario hit a first-inning home run. The unrepentant Josh Donaldson hit one out as well, but it was Miguel... Continue Reading »

August 31, 2020

Oh, boy, part 2: Twins swept by Tigers

When it rains it pours, Twins fans. After the Twins lost both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, they returned to the field on Sunday and lost again, swept by the not-so-terrible Detroit Tigers for the first time since 2016. And once again the culprit was the offense, mustering only two runs on five hits:... Continue Reading »

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 »

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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.