Category: Roy Smalley

January 22, 2024

With nothing else to write about, let’s spend a few minutes with ‘The Klaw’

As I thought he might, Strib columnist Patrick Reusse produced a nice piece on former Twins manager and cut up Billy Gardner, who died earlier this month at 96. Reusse recalled some of Gardner’s better quips and mannerisms over the years, including this observation of Gardner as he watched left-handed pitcher Tom Klawitter work during... Continue Reading »

June 27, 2022

Twins get series win over Rockies, plus items about Arrigo, Carew, Clyde, Johnson and Smalley

Byron Buxton singled, doubled and tripled and starter Joe Ryan did just enough to rise above the Colorado Rockies on Sunday for a 6-3 win. With the win, combined with a Cleveland loss, the Twins now have a two-game cushion in the AL Central ahead of their upcoming five-game series with the Guardians. It all... Continue Reading »

April 16, 2022

Twins rip Red Sox, but may have lost Buxton to yet another injury

Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan looked great, Miguel Sano finally broke out of a long hitless streak with a home run and the Rod Carew-like Luis Arraez cracked an RBI double to pace the Twins to an 8-4 win over the Boston Red Sox on Friday. But all of that was overshadowed by what happened... Continue Reading »

December 16, 2020

Six degrees of separation with Bert, the White Sox and 2 HRs (or something like that, anyway)

I hope you read Strib columnist Patrick Reusse’s recent blog post/column about Dick Allen, the fearsome slugger, best known for his years with the Philadelphia Phillies, who recently passed away. Reusse not only touched on his contributions as a player, but also about a unique game against the Twins. Very sad to hear of Dick... Continue Reading »

July 14, 2020

A tale of two seasons, featuring the Twins and Blue Jays

The Twins were barely competitive in 1979, finishing the season with a record of 82-80. It also was manager Gene Mauch’s final full season with the club, and star infielder, Rod Carew, who hit .388 in 1977, was no longer with the Twins after he was traded during the offseason. His departure was almost a... Continue Reading »

April 13, 2020

April 10, 1982, a date which will live in infamy (for Twins fans, that is)

The 39th anniversary of a fateful trade made by the Minnesota Twins came and went last week, a date that likely slipped past many Twins fans. But not this fan. That’s because I’ll never forget sitting in the Kingdome with my father, watching the Twins increase their lead over the Seattle Mariners to 7-4 as... Continue Reading »

November 25, 2019

The day the Twins’ Mike Cubbage bailed out over an old flame

It’s back to the well with another look at “The Baseball Codes,” a book about the unwritten rules of the game, including the business of beanballs. Hitting a batter, it turns out, is not always about retaliating after the batter takes the pitcher deep, or tosses the bat too far, or stares too intently at... Continue Reading »

February 18, 2019

The day the Twins took a 7-run lead into the 8th inning and lost

Baseball-Reference.com never ceases to amaze. I visit this site nearly every day and always find something of interest, including a new list of the biggest regular season and postseason comebacks in baseball history. I quickly scanned the list of regular season comebacks for the Twins and came across an ugly team and an ugly loss in... Continue Reading »

October 6, 2018

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

The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees on Friday in Game 1 of their playoff series. But I’m no fan of either team, so let’s remember the year 1977 when the Twins rolled into Fenway Park for a doubleheader and blew the doors off the place. Of course, I was too young to... 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.