Category: Sonny Gray

January 22, 2023

We hardly knew ye, Luis Arraez

Luis Arraez, the defending American League batting champion, is a 25-year-old infielder who has consistently hit near or better than .300 in his young career, a once in a generation talent who is most often compared to Hall of Famer Rod Carew, and a player who has more career walks than strikeouts — only 131... Continue Reading »

November 10, 2022

We hardly knew ye, Miguel Sano

Miguel Sano, the imposing slugger for the Twins who could crush a baseball to the deepest part of most ballparks, but who also struck out at an alarming rate, has become a free agent after the Twins declined to pick up his contract option. In addition to Sano, the Twins also declined the options for... Continue Reading »

October 16, 2022

What does a good pitching coach mean to a baseball team? The world, apparently

In “Facing Nolan,” a relatively new documentary about the Hall of Fame pitcher, Ryan, wild but effective in the early days of his career with the New York Mets, eventually was traded to the California Angels. When Ryan first learned that he was going to California, he thought he was on his way to the... Continue Reading »

October 4, 2022

How bad has it been? For the Twins, that bad

It’s incredible. The Twins lost 3-2 to the Chicago White Sox on Monday and now can do no better than 79 wins this season, which is only six wins more than last season, and that’s after adding Carlos Correa, Sonny Gray, Gio Urshela, Gary Sanchez, Chris Archer, Tyler Mahle, Michael Fulmer, Jorge Lopez, Emilio Pagan... Continue Reading »

September 4, 2022

Twins in a jam after 3 straight losses

Thirty-one years ago, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Buck, whose memorable call of the 1991 World Series will never be forgotten, was clearly in his element as he described the final moments of the Twins’ Game 7 win. The Twins’ Gene Larkin was at the plate, Kirby Puckett stood at second base and Dan Gladden... Continue Reading »

August 17, 2022

Twins a game back in Central after 9-0 win over Royals

The Twins finally got a laugher. They scored early and poured it on late to run away from the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Tuesday at Target Field. The Twins scored their runs on 16 hits. Luis Arraez, Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela accounted for 10 of those hits. Max Kepler played the role of... Continue Reading »

August 1, 2022

Will home cooking be the difference in August for the Twins?

The Twins dropped two of three games to the San Diego Padres and now come home, as many in Twins Territory have noted, to play 20 of 28 games at Target Field in August. But that might sound better than it actually looks, because although the Twins play the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals... Continue Reading »

July 25, 2022

Twins take 2 from terrible Tigers

The Twins made quick work of the Detroit Tigers over the weekend, outscoring Motown 17-5 to sweep the short, two-game series. They are welcome wins and it appears the All-Star break did the Twins some good after their pre-break 11-0 letdown against the Chicago White Sox. Starter Joe Ryan won on Saturday, allowing one run... Continue Reading »

July 4, 2022

Twins drop finale to Orioles

Remember the back-to-back walk-off wins, Twins fans? The good vibrations created by those two late-inning victories quickly ebbed away on Sunday after the Twins mustered only four hits in a 3-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. Despite the loss, the Twins still won the series, although it’s pretty clear that when Byron Buxton gets a... 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.