Category: Tony Oliva

August 5, 2022

Can the Twins’ Michael Fulmer and Jorge Lopez pitch every day?

Twins Territory got a good look at two new additions to the team on Wednesday, seeing the recently acquired Michael Fulmer and Jorge Lopez pitch scoreless frames en route to a 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. After Thursday’s disaster of a game, those same fans might be asking: How often can Fulmer and Lopez... Continue Reading »

August 3, 2022

The Twins have no business losing to the Detroit Tigers

One would think that after a walk-off win on Monday, followed by some pre-game wheeling and dealing to bolster the lineup, that the Twins would emerge from the dugout inspired, a team ready to take on the New York Yankees, let alone the Detroit Tigers. Instead, the Twins took a 2-0 lead over the Tigers... 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 »

June 22, 2022

Twins’ lackluster play rolls on with 6-5 loss to Guardians

The team that dropped two of three games to the Arizona Diamondbacks returned home to Target Field Tuesday night. Unfortunately, the Twins played like they were still stuck in Phoenix. The Twins were 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, struck out 15 times as a team and finally fell in 11 innings to the Cleveland... Continue Reading »

June 10, 2022

Twins hit 5 home runs and still lose 10-7 to Yanks

So it really is hopeless after all, isn’t it? It appeared the Twins had finally turned a corner against the New York Yankees, smashing five home runs early in Thursday’s game to chase former 16-game winner, Gerrit Cole, after two-plus innings. Luis Arraez connected, Byron Buxton hit two deep shots off Cole, Carlos Correa added... Continue Reading »

April 11, 2022

Twins smash 6 home runs, get first win of 2022

After two near misses to start the season, the 0-2 Twins made Game 3 a laugher, hitting six home runs, including a grand slam, to win 10-4 over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. The Twins now have a chance to even the series on Monday. Monstruoso.#MNTwins pic.twitter.com/0Cw1BJmsux — Twins Brasil 🇧🇷⚾ (@TwinsBrasil) April 10, 2022... Continue Reading »

April 5, 2022

Twins get to .500 with 2-0 win over Red Sox

After a 1-5 start to spring training, the Twins have gone 8-4, including their 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Max Kepler and Miguel Sano hit solo home runs and that was enough because Twins pitching limited the Sox to three hits. Twins pitcher Bailey Ober pitched four scoreless innings with three... Continue Reading »

January 9, 2022

Tony Oliva and a rookie season for the ages

Tony Oliva is headed to the Hall of Fame along with former teammate and pitcher Jim Kaat. While Kaat’s overall body of work might jump off the page a bit more, take a close look at Oliva’s rookie season and it’s hard not to say that he doesn’t belong in the pantheon of peers because... Continue Reading »

December 13, 2021

A stroll down memory lane with Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat

It never fails: A current or former Twins player is in the news and before long I have stumbled across something online that is entirely new to me. Who has been in the news? Former Twins Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva, both of whom were recently elected to the Class of 2022 of the National... 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.