American League (MLB)

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2014

    Unbelievable Stat About Minnesota Twins' Sad Pitching Goes Viral

    On the same day the San Francisco Giants closed out the World Series with a Game 7 victory against the Kansas City Royals, local baseball blogger Parker Hageman tweeted out a stat that pretty much sums up how sad the Minnesota Twins pitching staff was this season.Less than 24 hours later, it's been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2014

    20 Things You Never Hear Minnesotans Say

    "Yah, you betcha!" "Oh, fer gosh sake." "Awwww jeez." For better or worse, these are sayings that are associated with Minnesota. Although you'd probably have to go to your 80-year-old grandmother's church basement mixer to hear those in regular conversation uttered without a drop of irony. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2014

    Twins Fire Ron Gardenhire: Top Tweets

    Yesterday, an era of Twins baseball came to an end, as the organization fired Ron Gardenhire, the second-winningest manager in club history (1,068 wins, behind Tom Kelly) and the first to finish his Minnesota tenure with a record over .500 since Bill Rigney left town more than 40 years ago.As with a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2014

    Minnesota Has the Least Derek Jeter Fans

    Perhaps this shouldn't come as a surprise -- after all, his Yankees eliminated the Twins from the playoffs not once, not twice, not three times, but four times -- but according to Facebook, Minnesota has the least Derek Jeter fans of any state.The Facebook data team analyzed Jeter's 2.5 million Face ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    Tom Emmer Campaign Signs Weren't Allowed at Target Field, Twins Officials Say

    As photos of what appeared to be a Tom Emmer event at Target Field during a game on the afternoon of Sunday, September 7, circulated online, we asked Twins officials if Emmer's camp had approval to display his campaign signs at the ballpark.Turns out they didn't, but just went ahead with it anyway.S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. Maria Isa gets things started this week with a fresh new video. New clips are here also from Bob Mould, Trampled By Turtles, What Tyrants, the Cavalier Crooks, Suzie, and a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2014

    Kyatchi's Hide Tozawa on Minnesota sushi bars: "Most aren't doing it right"

    Hide Tozawa is a chef on a mission to show Minnesota a different type of Japanese restaurant. His team at Kyatchi wants to take some of the cream cheese out of your roll and let you chew on something you might actually find in Tokyo. Hot Dish caught up with Tozawa on a recent Monday after he had fin ... More >>

  • News

    May 21, 2014

    How to make the Twin Cities the best region in America

    The good life in Minnesota: A 12-step plan to greatness in the Midwest

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2014

    Farm fresh: Injuries force Twins to rely on minor-leaguers

    What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago this column was devoted to the notion that the Twins had too many outfielders, and that someone, particularly Josh Willingham, had to go. Well, Willingham is still out, the Twins are still waiting for Oswaldo Arcia, and while Aaron Hicks came back afte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Odd man out? The Twins suddenly have a glut of outfielders

    Thanks to the legend of Kirby Puckett, the Twins have a long history of being strong in the outfield -- particularly center field, where Puck passed the torch to Torii Hunter, whose absence still seems to be haunting the team. At 38, Hunter is still beating up on his old club long after they let him ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2014

    An All-Star is born? The rise of Brian Dozier

    As impolitic as it is to say, what with all the "Boston Strong" hullabaloo and the heartfelt and fortunately peaceful return of the Boston Marathon last week, one thing in baseball remains true: It's pretty difficult to like the Red Sox. Still, the Sox have one of the most exciting and respectable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    Twins Territory stretches into Wisconsin, according to baseball fandom map

    -- Update at bottom -- Using data from Facebook, the New York Times put together an awesome map that allows you to look at which Major League Baseball team is the most popular in each ZIP code.Turns out Twins Territory isn't just limited to Minnesota. Check out how the Twins are the peoples' choice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Catch as catch can: Replacing Mauer behind the plate

    When Joe Mauer finally announced in the off-season that he would no longer be manning the plate for the Minnesota Twins, fans and pundits alike who had been clamoring for such a move felt a sense of vindication. But then the next cleat dropped: Who the hell was going to catch? Mauer's natural athle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Midwest Music Showcase at Target Field 2014 schedule

    A new season of the Midwest Music Showcase will hit Target Field during Minnesota Twins games this year. Introduced last year, the format brought a range of local artists -- P.O.S., Trampled by Turtles, the 4onthefloor, and more -- out to the ball game to perform during pitching changes and between ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Snowdiculous: Top images from Minnesota's April snowstorm

    After the winter we just endured, Minnesotans couldn't be blamed for experiencing some PTSD this morning when we woke up, saw white stuff on the ground, and heard the sound of ice being scraped off cars in driveways and on streets.Of course, we tend to forget that the Twin Cities was rocked by a big ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Jason Kubel proves you can go home again

    A new favorite past time in Twins Territory is tracking all the former players for the Minnesota ball club who have gone on to greater success elsewhere. The last few years have been agonizing as players who made up the core of the team for so long have moved to greener fields - and bigger contracts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2014

    Twins home opener: It has to get better, right?

    The most pressing question surrounding your 2014 Minnesota Twins, after three consecutive seasons with more than 95 losses, is: Things can't get worse, can they? The general feeling in the off-season among most die-hard supporters and close observers was, "Of course not." Certainly not all the piec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2014

    Kent Hrbek: I had tears watching them blow the Metrodome up

    Seasonal thaws and spring training starting up in Florida are plenty to get Minnesota Twins fans giddy for the sights and sounds at Target Field. Music plays a huge role in baseball, so events like Rock N Jock Expo can feed urges for all sorts of fans this weekend. The now-annual event brings togeth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2014

    Green Bay wrestling fan trolls Minnesota with LOL-worthy sign at WWE Raw

    A fan at last night's WWE Monday Night Raw in Green Bay wanted an international television audience to know that we're the worst, my fellow Minnesotans.SEE ALSO: Minnesota Twins squabbling with WWE divas over "Bella Twins" trademark We realize we should probably be offended, but mostly, we find it t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    1987 Twins World Series ring selling for $7,499

    A 1987 Twins World Series ring that goes on sale Friday at Pawn America will sell for $7,499.Pawn America is vouching for the authenticity of the 10-carat ring -- a size 9.5 that includes 15 small diamonds to make up the Twins "M" logo. The name on the inside does not belong to a player, but rather ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

    Local Frames is a weekly column spotlighting the best new music videos featuring musicians and directors with Minnesota ties. We get things going this week on Local Frames with a premiere of the brand new video from Twinkie Jiggles Broken Orchestra, a new project led by local music luminary Sean Mc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    Minnesota Twins okay with Republicans using their audio in attack ad

    The National Republican Congressional Committee recently debuted a controversial radio attack ad aimed at 7th District Minnesota Democrat Collin Peterson. (Listen to it here.)RELATED: DFL blasts Republicans for politicizing Minnesota Twins The spot uses dramatic audio from the Twins' dramatic 1991 G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    DFL blasts Republicans for politicizing Minnesota Twins

    As we told you about Friday, a new attack ad bought and paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee uses audio from the Minnesota Twins' World Series triumph in 1991 to attack Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson.THE BACKSTORY: Republican attack ad uses Minnesota Twins against Collin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Joe Mauer switching positions, becoming first baseman [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom --Joe Mauer's season-ending August concussion fueled speculation he might switch from catcher to first base in time for the 2014 season, during which he'll be 31 years old.SEE ALSO: Patrick Reusse blasted for calling Mauer "sissy," suggesting he should've played with concussion T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2013

    Minnesota Twins' anti-LGBT bullying Facebook post brings out the homophobes

    Today, all 30 Major League Baseball teams published Facebook posts in support of #SpiritDay, a GLAAD-sponsored event in which folks are encouraged to "take a stand against bullying."SEE ALSO: Target Field guard scolded lesbian Twins fans for kissingIf you think that'd be uncontroversial, think again ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Ex-Twin Carlos Gomez gets into brawl during ill-fated home run trot [VIDEO]

    Last season, Carlos Gomez took a home run trot following a foul ball. Yesterday, the Atlanta Braves cried foul (and then some) for his trash talk-laden trot during the first inning of a game.SEE ALSO: Twins blogger uses barfing misadventure to demonstrate art of Twitter storytelling It's probably th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    A's clinch against Twins, celebrate with beer-drinking baby [PHOTO]

    Yesterday, for the 90th time this season, the Twins lost and another team won. That's not news. But Oakland's sweep of the visiting Twins meant the A's clinched the AL West, and following the game the party was on.SEE ALSO: Glen Perkins buys round of beers for Twins fans stuck at Target Field Like, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Glen Perkins buys round of beers for Twins fans stuck at Target Field during rain delay

    On Saturday night, Twins closer Glen Perkins did something Andrew W.K. would be proud of.SEE ALSO: Glen Perkins hooks up Twins tickets for "screwed" fan Perkins bought a round of free drinks for a group of fans who were imbibing at Kent Hrbek's Target Field bar during a rain delay.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Dan Israel named final Midwest Music Showcase artist to play Target Field

    The Minnesota Twins have done an amazing job this season integrating the fire of local musicians into the flow of their games. While it hasn't always translated into success on the playing field, the Midwest Music Showcase is a reminder that Target Field is only a few short steps from the downtown m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Watch: Trampled by Turtles play "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at Target Field

    After hitting a Twins game last Father's Day, Trampled by Turtles made their return to Target Field on Wednesday. The gorgeous day for an afternoon game against the Cleveland Indians got an extra boost from Dave Simonett and company as they picked through several songs during breaks of a contest tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Twins blogger uses barfing misadventure to demonstrate art of Twitter storytelling

    Over the weekend, the Twins were in Seattle for a series against the Mariners. And blogger Parker Hageman was there with them.SEE ALSO: Strangers at the Twins game: A blind date outing in their own tweets But we're not writing about Hageman's weekend because of all the baseball he wat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2013

    Twins' Brian Dozier reflects on his college band, Silky Smooth

    Photo courtesy of the Minnesota Twins When Minnesota Twins radio personalities Cory Provus and Dan Gladden were filling airspace during a blowout earlier this year, it came out that second baseman Brian Dozier played in a band called Silky Smooth. It was during his college years at the University o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Grain Belt Premium named best cheap beer in America

    Grain Belt Premium was named the best cheap American beer by Deadspin today, confirming what Minnesotans had long suspected and vociferously argued.To capture the honor, Grain Belt beat out 35 other  beers, including such notables as Milwaukee's Best, Yuengling, and that favorite of hipsters, P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2013

    Dan Gladden trolls Atlanta Braves fans with Kent Hrbek jersey [PHOTO] [VIDEO]

    Today, the Twins wrap up their first series in Atlanta since 1991, when Kirby and the crew took down the Braves in one of the most exciting World Series of all time. (Apparently, at one point in time, Minnesota sports fans could really have nice things.)WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Ex-Twin Knoblauch is repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Twins Midwest Music Showcase series features P.O.S., Trampled By Turtles, the 4onthefloor, and more

    Anyone who has been to a baseball game at Target Field knows that you can have a good time there no matter if the Twins are winning or losing -- though a victory by the hometown squad certainly helps make the experience even more memorable. Well, good times are going to be even easier to be had at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    Twins criticized for having only one African-American player

    Last fall, the Minnesota Timberwolves took heat from local black leaders for putting together the whitest roster the NBA had seen since the Bird- and McHale-led Celtics teams of the late 1980s. Now it's the Twins' turn.SEE ALSO: Twins offer lesbian kissers more apologies, free tickets after guard ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Twins have fourth-highest beer price in baseball

    The Twins keep slicing their payroll. On Tuesday, the organization drew tons of heat after unveiling a plan that would've charged fans $15 to watch batting practice. (They scrapped the idea later that day!) And after an ugly three-game sweep in Kansas City, the team's record is back in familiar terr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Twins backtrack on charging for batting practice tickets [UPDATE]

    -- Update at bottom --The Twins are finding new and creative ways to squeeze a few more bucks out of fans.FROM LAST WEEK: Twins owner Jim Pohlad says there's "no ceiling" on payroll, yet it keeps going down anywayToday, team officials announced that starting Friday, they'll sell $15 batting practice ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    Twins owner Jim Pohlad says there's "no ceiling" on payroll, yet it keeps going down anyway

    The 2013 campaign is the Twins' fourth in Target Field. Unfortunately, new digs didn't usher in a golden age from the team -- on the contrary, after winning the division championship in 2010, the on-field product has deteriorated to the point where you'd have a hard time finding a baseball pundit wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Love 105 FM is now sports talk station The Ticket

    The lite-rock stylings of Love 105 are no more. On Monday, April 1, the station became The Ticket, a CBS sports talk station.This is the latest move for the frequency that once held alt-rock listeners with Rev 105, and has revamped several times since. The switch from Drive 105 to Love 105 occurred ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards is out

    The Minnesota Twins have decided to take their in-game music in a new direction by letting go of music director Dan Edwards. So when the season begins on April 1, a new man with ties to another local sports team has been hired to fill the role.The move was confirmed to Gimme Noise by Joe Pohlad, Dir ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2013

    Major League Baseball's screwball economics

    As another baseball season begins, MLB faces an unstable future — and you're picking up the tab

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Joe Mauer is keeping T.I.'s "What You Know" as his walk-up music

    Well, what DO you know? Joe Mauer is keeping with tradition and T.I.'s "What You Know" remains the song we'll hear booming in Target Field when he walks to the plate in 2013.Today on Twitter, Dustin Morse who is Director of Baseball Communications and Player Relations for the Minnesota Twins confirm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2013

    Minnesota Twins should pick a Bob Dylan song for a new anthem

    Summer un-officially began this month as pitchers and catchers reported to Florida to mark the start of another season of trying to survive in Twins territory. Even though about 12 inches of snow covers Target Field, we can still daydream of April 1 when the skies will be blue, and Joe Mauer and Jus ... More >>

  • Arts

    January 30, 2013

    Johnny Baseball swings and misses

    Park Square Theatre's production boasts a strong creative team for an entertaining, but poorly written musical

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Remembering Michael "Sammy" Samuelson, Twins fan and Best Heckler 2012

    When Michael "Sammy" Samuelson went into hospice care in mid-December, the move also meant involuntary retirement from heckling the Twins. At the time, I asked him to guess the number of games where he had been in the stands, lobbing his signature long, creative, elaborate taunts at the players. He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Smoking is slowly becoming illegal in Minnesota

    One day after Gov. Dayton proposed a 94-cent increase in the state's cigarette tax, State Fair officials announced that smokers will be huddled into pens starting with this year's Great Minnesota Get-Together.FROM OCTOBER: State smoking ban turns five today In other words, smoking continues down the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Delmon Young must take program at Museum of Tolerance for yelling "F**king Jews!" during scuffle

    One of the more bizarre stories of the spring was former Twin Delmon Young's booze-fueled arrest for yelling "Fucking Jews!" at a yarmulke-wearing man before getting into a scuffle while in Manhattan for a Tigers-Yankees series. So it's fitting that his punishment also contains a twist of the bizarr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka apologizes for sucking, leaves Twins

    So what was your favorite Tsuyoshi Nishioka Twins moment?SEE ALSO: Tsuyoshi Nishioka, new Twins infielder, spotted at Origami downtownWas it when he botched the first routine grounder he saw this season so badly it prompted fans to wonder whether he'd been drinking sake before the game? Or maybe it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Twins finally release "It Gets Better" video, but omit GLBT-rights component of bullying issue

    SEE ALSO:-- Twins' "It Gets Better" video delayed because of Dan Savage controversy, but still in works-- Minnesota Twins plan "It Gets Better" video shoot-- Target Field guard scolded lesbian Twins fans for kissingAfter being in the works for more than a year, the Twins finally released their "It G ... More >>

  • More >>