AL Central

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2012

    Twins' equipment staff mega-fails, misspells pitcher Jeff Manship's name on jersey

    Apparently, Jostens isn't the only local company badly in need of a copy-editor. If you thought the Twins equipment staff might be immune to the franchise-wide malaise that has seemingly afflicted the organization since late 2010, think again.Last night, pitcher Jeff Manship took the mound during th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Rock bottom? Derek Lowe shuts out Twins, admits he basically threw one pitch all game

    Anybody know what Barry Bonds and Chuck Knoblauch are up to these days? Terry Ryan should probably call them -- it's hard to imagine they'd hit any worse than the completely inept players Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is forced to trot out game after game.With a .278 winning percentage, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2012

    The Minnesota Twins are more than twice as bad as the second-worst team in baseball

    The 2012 Minnesota Twins are really frickin' awful. They're so bad that somewhere out there, Butch Huskey is watching film of last night's 6-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays and blushing.With an 8-23 record, the Twins winning percentage of .258 is almost .100 points lower than second-worst San Diego. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Minnesota Twins have worst run differential in the MLB, second largest attendance decline

    Sure, a baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint. But the Minnesota Twins are like a distance runner experiencing bilateral leg weakness during the first mile.You see, through 18 games, the Twins have been bad -- really, really bad, with their struggles epitomized by an 11-2 beatdown at the hands ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2012

    Reggie Williams, former Twins prospect, goes on homophobic Twitter rant

    Reggie Williams was drafted by the Twins in 2007 and spent the better part of five years putting up unimpressive numbers in the low minor leagues. At the time he went wild with a homophobic Twitter rant on Saturday, most everyone thought Williams was still employed by the Minnesota Twins organizatio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Ten local songs the Minnesota Twins should play at Target Field

    Related:Minnesota Twins phase out local music programming, amp up Top 40 hitsIn 2010, the Minnesota Twins won 94 games and were Central Division champions, but last year they slid to 63-99. Chalk this collapse up to injuries, disastrous pitching, or Delmon Young, but don't discount the role that a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    2012 Twins projections: Getting comfy in the AL Central cellar

    The Twins open their 2012 campaign this afternoon in Baltimore. Coming off last year's injury-plagued last-place finish, there's less optimism about the team's chances this year than any season since Ron Gardenhire took over as manager in 2002.Only two years removed from an AL Central-winning campai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Bad news for cig smoking Twins fans: You can no longer smoke at Target Field

    We all know there are fewer and fewer places where smokers can light up these days, including anywhere indoors other than a private dwelling or tobacco store.Now, the Minnesota Twins are taking the smoking crackdown to the next level. Fox 9 reports that before Monday's home opener, the designed smok ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Twins to unveil "It Gets Better" video in May

    ​Last summer, the Twins said they were "looking into" making their own "It Gets Better" video. According to Kevin Smith, Twins director of public affairs, that video will finally be unveiled early this season.In an e-mail to City Pages, Smith said the video will be shot in April and will begin run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Twins auction Kardashian/Humphries baseball in strangely appropriate promotion

    ​Perhaps the only thing in 2011 that was a bigger failure than the Minnesota Twins' season was the marriage of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, so the Twins' latest promotion is strangely appropriate.Our local MLB club is auctioning off a baseball adorned with the signatures of Kim-Kris Hump-das ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Despite quiet offseason, Twins still on track to pack Target Field

    ​The Twins lost 99 games last season, then followed that dismal compaign with a relatively quiet offseason where management cut the team's payroll from $115 million to about $100 million. As Jim Souhan writes: "As [the Angels and Tigers] have invested a combined $454 million on two players, Alber ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2012

    Twins payroll: Why in Gardy's name is it being slashed?

    ​A year ago at this time, the Twins were coming off a rousingly successful inaugural year at Target Field, and the future looked bright.As the old saying goes, what a difference a last-place season makes. After 99 losses and more injuries than you can shake a Punto at, it appears the young-talent- ... More >>

  • Music

    December 14, 2011

    Twin Cities Year in Music 2011

    Howler, Astronautalis, Pink Mink, and more

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2011

    Terry Ryan replaces Bill Smith as Twins general manager

    Screenshot from "Inside Pitch."Terry Ryan will return to his position as general manager.​Coming off a brutal season, the Twins announced today they have replaced general manager Bill Smith with Terry Ryan, who had the job before Smith took over four years ago. "No one in the Twins' organizat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    Cuddyer, Kubel and Nathan: Which player(s) should the Twins bring back? [POLL]

    Michael Cuddyer might have played his last game as a Twin.​The Minnesota Twins awful season is finally, mercifully, over. Now the Twins have to make the hard decisions of which players they want to bring back next year -- and some of those players need to make the hard decision of whether it's wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Denard Span crashed into Twins teammate Danny Valencia's car, both out injured

    Denard Span, Danny Valencia: Teammates in baseball, not ready for NASCAR.​Denard Span and Danny Valencia should be celebrating -- or at least acknowledging -- that the Twins actually won a damn game last night after Minnesota ended its 11-game losing streak against the Seattle Mariners. Instead, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Jim Thome's fate remains in question as he powers Twins to victory

    ​ Jim Thome cranked yet another home run last night, as the Minnesota Twins took two of three from the first place Detroit Tigers in an exciting, 6-5 win, decided in the last inning. With the bases loaded in the ninth, Justin Morneau smacked a solid single off normally reliable closer Jose Valver ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Delmon Young traded to rival Detroit Tigers

    ​Delmon Young, left-fielder, uh, not-extraordinaire, crack RBI man, Misfits fiend, movie lover, and hero to every Twin Cities punk baseball fan, has cleared waivers and been traded to the Detroit Tigers. The Twins receive former Edina High School standout Cole Nelson, and the proverbial player t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Jim Thome hits 600th home run in Twins victory

    ​Jim Thome hit a pair of home runs to propel him into the magical 600 home run club, and is assured a place in baseball's Hall of Fame (albeit wearing a Cleveland Indians cap.) The blasts came in the sixth and seventh innings, and capped what might just be the craziest day the Twins have had all s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Justin Morneau to return to Twins lineup on Friday

    ​One of the Twins' biggest bats is about to return to their beleaguered lineup. Justin Morneau is set to join the team tomorrow in their opening game against the Cleveland Indians. According to the Star-Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III, Morneau's taking some cuts today at AAA Rochester before hopp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Twins celebrate '91 championship by throwing season away

    ​ There was a lot of fun at Target Field this weekend, from bizarre bobbleheads to championship reunions to kids running the bases on perhaps the nicest day of the summer. Too bad the game on the field was so damn bad. The Twins were swept by the formerly reeling Chicago White Sox, dropping the h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Twins celebrate '91 World Series with cheatin' bobblehead

    Deadspin​The Minnesota Twins are partying like it's 1991 this weekend, celebrating that year's World Series champions in grand style. Hopefully, it will make fans forget that the current team will probably lose the game that follows. Without question, the acme of this weekend's fun is the Kent Hr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Twins bats get hot against powerful Angels

    ​Last night, the Twins unleashed a rare offensive lightshow, as Delmon Young and Michael Cuddyer smacked two homers apiece, in an 11-4 victory over the surging Los Angeles, California, Angels of Anaheim. Cuddyer's second dinger was a grand slam, giving the lone hero of 2011 five RBIs for the night ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Twins avoid trading; hope AL Central concedes

    ​ As the trade deadline came and went, the Twins chose to do... nothing. This lack of news has everyone talking, almost literally--nearly every blog, every paid scribe, ESPN, etc. have weighed in on the Twins failing to move. Or successfully avoiding a trade, if that's how you choose to spin the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2011

    Cuddyer takes the mound in Twins' lopsided loss

    The Twins' new ace?​ As the Twins slip farther and farther down the AL Central ladder, Michael Cuddyer's name keeps popping up in trade talks. There's a few contenders out there that could use the guy's bat, his glove, and his clubhouse leadership. But who woulda thought that Cuddyer might just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Twins drop three of four to Tigers

    ​Last Friday I wondered if the Minnesota Twins could possibly beat the Detroit Tigers over their remaining three games. They proved that yes, when facing the Tigers' mediocre Brad Penny, that they could, in fact, piece together enough runs to win Saturday's game. Unfortunately, that means that t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2011

    Twins hoping to beat Tigers for first time in 2011

    ​Yes, the Twins have lost ten in a row to the first-place Detroit Tigers, dating back to last season. Numero ten came last night against perhaps the AL's best pitcher, Justin Verlander, who struck out nine Twins with his freaking 97-100 mph fastballs. Among other pitches. The Twins have to play t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Twins now powering through weak AL Central

    ​ Five games under, five games back. On June 1, when they were 20 games under and 16.5 behind of the Cleveland Indians, would you have thought it possible the Twins could close the gap this much? I certainly didn't, though I was having a blast trying to figure out a way to conveniently pigeonhole ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2011

    Minnesota gayer than ever

    The person wearing this shirt is now 50 percent more gay.​Minneapolist-St. Paul might rate as the gayest metro area in the country in acceptance and lifestyle, but that doesn't mean much if there aren't actually gay couples enjoying the gay-friendliness. Turns out, there are. Minnesota's number of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2011

    Twins are second worst team for your buck in MLB

    You'd be happy too if you got paid $23 million.​The Minnesota Twins are the second worst team in Major League Baseball on value-per-dollar, according to a new Forbes Magazine study. The rankings, which compare payroll and success, put the Twins 29th out of 30 teams, ahead of only the Chicago Cubs. ... More >>

  • Music

    June 29, 2011

    Minnesota Twins organist Sue Nelson a game-day mainstay

    Carrying the team through good times and bad

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Gay Minnesota teens report rampant school harassment

    ​Given the the vehemence with which anti-gay activists oppose anti-bullying measures in our schools, the results of a new survey hardly sound surprising: Straight Minnesota teenagers think it's fine to bully their LGBT classmates. What's worse, some teachers are leading the way with homophobi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Twins offer lesbian kissers more apologies, free tickets after guard harassment

    The Twins say they're re-evaluating policies to make sure this was an isolated incident.​Taylor Campione and Kelsi Culpepper -- the two lesbian women who were scolded by a Target Field security guard for kissing -- met with Twins administrators last week to talk about preventing future harassm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Twins unravel, bicker, then stumble into basement

    Imgur via RedditAt least someone appreciates Joe.​After going 15-3 in June, easily the best record in the majors' in that time, our gimpy Twins have fallen back to earth in a big way, dropping the last five games, including a three game sweep at the hands of the red-hot Milwaukee Brewers. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Twins eight-run first dooms Giants

    ​Single. Double. Single. Double. Single. Double. Single. Double. Strikeout. Double. That's the Twins first inning recipe for eight straight runs with only one out--and that "K" was the result of Carl Pavano trying desperately to join the chorus with three straight hacks. This off the normally ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Twins sweep Padres, are literally best team in the Majors ...

    ​ least for the month of June. With the sweep of the lowly San Diego Padres this weekend, the Twins have gone 14-3 for June, the best record in both leagues during that time. On May 31, we were 17-36 and a seemingly insurmountable 15.5 games behind. Today? Still 8 games under .500, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Twins 'midgets' squeak out a victory

    WikiOzzie's pissed that the Twins 'midgets' beat his Sox again.​It was a busy day in Twins Territory: our boys edged the White Sox in a 1-0 victory yesterday afternoon, their fourth in a row over the Chicago nine, and seven straight dating back to last season. The Japanese press was in full ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Twins take Rangers, beginning to play like it's 2006

    ​ After yesterday's commanding 6-1 victory over the Texas Rangers, our beleaguered Minnesota Twins have won three straight series, and are 9-3 thus far in June. This after taking only three series in the first two full months, and two of them were against a pair of the weakest-hitting clubs i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Twins sign Tar Heels shortstop in 2011 First-Year Player draft

    ​As if expecting their middle-infield problems to continue into the distant future, the Minnesota Twins signed University of North Carolina Tar Heels shortstop Levi Michael as the 30th overall selection in the first round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. The man from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Twins take my advice, start playing like '62 Mets

    metstradamusAre the '11 Twins really the '62 Mets?​As if someone from the Twins' PR department read yesterday's blog and saw the proverbial lightbulb shining overhead, our basement-dwelling team took a page from those beloved Mets of old and threw away a winnable game against the Detroit Tiger ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Justin Morneau blasts two home runs, plays through pain...

    The first of Morneau's two homers.​But the Twins still suck. Despite scoring seven runs last night, despite--again!--leading in the 7th inning (the tenth time they've blown that kind of lead), despite Justin Morneau's cracking two powerful home runs, including a two-run dinger, the Twins fell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Gardenhire blows cool over Avila's controversial double. (Yes, the Twins lost again)

    Gardy pops.​We wuz robbed. And with the utterly awful Twins scrounging for every run they can this season, is it any wonder Ron Gardenhire went crazy on the umps for allowing the Tigers' a double off Alex Avila's bat in the eighth? Avila knocked the ball off the ground-level stands on the lef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Kevin Slowey becomes convenient scapegoat for the Twins

    MLBTo read the Strib, this man's to blame for the Twins woes.​ After 48 games resulting in a 16-32 record, with the worst run differential in the majors, and sitting at the bottom or near the bottom of both leagues in nearly every measurable offensive and defensive statistic, our Minnesota Twi ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Twins swept this weekend as world comes to an end

    MLBLiriano's got the best bat on the team.​ Despite what the mainstream media will tell you, the Twins actually achieved a sort-of baseball rapture this weekend, dropping three in a row to a truly resurgent Arizona Diamondbacks club, and perhaps watching the world come to an end as they fell f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Twins bats come alive against the A's

    Justin Morneau invokes the Killer with this towering home run.​As if to invoke the offensive fireworks of dearly departed Harmon Killebrew, the Twins scored in double digits for only the second time this season, unleashing an 11-1 onslaught against the nearly woeful A's. It was a great aftern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Target Field named Best Sports Facility, but the Twins still suck

    druminhands/flickr​If you're going to have the worst record in the American League wrapped around your neck, you may as well take the edge off by having playing in America's Best Sports Facility. And as humbled as the Twins must surely be by having their home base named with such an honor, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    RIP Harmon Killebrew: Esophageal cancer claims Twins legend

    Harmon Killebrew, the way we'll remember him.​Harmon Killebrew, the former Twins great who announced just last week that he had entered hospice care in Arizona after a months-long battle with esophageal cancer, died today. He was 74 years old. "I have exhausted all options with respect to contro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Twins trying to make 2011 twice as interesting as 2010

    Keith AllisonNick Blackburn was one of the few bright spots this weekend.​ Let me sum up the Twins' futility this way: After Toronto's Jose Bautista launched his fifth home run this series on Sunday (and third that game), he came within two of matching the Twins entire team output. The Twins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2011

    Target Field's free parking is no more

    The enemy on the prowl.​Sorry to all the Twins fans who have enjoyed free parking since Target Field opened, but your luck has just run out. That's right: Those insufferable money grubbers down at City Hall have finally caught on to the parking on 4th Street North, adjacent from the stadium.

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