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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
druminhands/flickrIf 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
WikipediaIf you dig long odds, bet it all on the Twins to hit the playoffs.Feeling lucky? When you're gambling, do you dig long odds? Well, then the Minnesota Twins are the team for you. According to the geniuses at the online Baseball Prospectus (and I'm not being snarky--those guys are sh ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the criticism of the new Minnesota Twins music director Dan Edwards reaching a deafening roar on social media networks, it sounds like Edwards finally took note of some of the feedback that's been flung his way.Last night, as hail pelted down on the attendees at Targe ... More >>
Minnesotans don't want to pay for a new Vikings stadium.If this morning's Minnesota Poll is accurate, roughly 70 percent of Minnesotans are opposed to their tax dollars being used to help Zygi Wilf pay for a new Vikings stadium. Would the result have been different if Brad Childress and Bret ... More >>
Since the no-no, the Twins haven't exactly lit up the scoreboards.So much for that. Francisco Liriano's no hitter last Tuesday was, in the minds of many, the champagne bottle smashing against the hull of the good ship Turnaround. Despite the fact that our boys squeaked out that victory, 1-0, ... More >>
Photo by Andrea SwenssonWith the first month of the Twins season completed, Minnesota baseball fans may have noticed something a little different about this year's home games: The music. That's because longtime music director Kevin Dutcher, who was with the team from 2000 up until last year's ina ... More >>
Glory Days Bar and GrillIn 2011, it's difficult to understand where the concept of the sports bar originated. With multiple and massive flat-panel HDTVs in just about every bar or restaurant in town--regardless of theme or philosophy--it's not easy to remember a time when the sports bar could ... More >>
TwitPicThe Minnesota Twins are avowed tree huggers, unless you're talking about the trees in their own stadium. They didn't want to see those trees, so they dug 'em up and shipped 'em off to greener pastures. Now, this being Earth Day, the local nine are doubling down on their enviro street ... More >>
Things are far from OK for the reigning manager of the year.Ron Gardenhire is facing, or should be facing, some serious heat with his Twins in the AL Central basement. After all, the local nine were picked to walk away with the division, or at the very least get into some serious fisticuffs w ... More >>
City PagesThe Twins need to win so a Wayzata couple can afford to tie the knot.It's a simple law of baseball economics: No matter how new the stadium, the prices of a ticket on the black market--legal or otherwise--increases or decreases with the team's fortunes. When the Twins are doing we ... More >>
Save $$ on food/beverage before or after the game. Have you seen what Twins tickets are going for on StubHub these days? Thirty-some bucks to watch them play the Brewers...and that's standing room only. After a rough loss to the Royal's last night, the Twins are hitting the road. But here a ... More >>
For the home opener, I could drone on about the new scoreboard, the new salty snacks, the lack of trees, or my take on whether or not the Twins have figured out their Target Field home run problems. Instead, I'm going to focus on the thing that bothered me most of last season: What is that ... More >>
Photo: Bree McGeeThere's a million stories in the naked stadium.Allow me to introduce myself: I'm Peter Schilling, a local sportswriter, and author of the novel, The End of Baseball. You may recall my writing about the Twins for the "Balls" blog in 2007, arguably the worst season of the last ... More >>
WikiHarmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with cancer.Sad news today for Twins fans, and baseball fans in general: Harmon Killebrew is battling esophageal cancer. In a statement, he called his condition serious, while remaining optimistic about his chances for recovery in the hands of Mayo Cl ... More >>
Too much coffee, man.What a year. Jonathon "The Impaler" Sharkey wanted to be our governor. We got a brand spankin' new Twins ballpark. Michele Bachmann took the tingle out of Chris Matthews. And the Metrodome roof collapsed in the Blizzard of 2010. All of that and more was caught on vide ... More >>
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Brad who?Gov. Tim Pawlenty, lately given to smacking fly balls into right field, has finally done something we can all agree with. He named today Ron Gardenhire Day in honor of the Twins' AL Manager of the Year.
Were the Twins just an arm away from beating the Yanks?
Conspiracy theory and lament herein. Join the frustration.
The Twins now try to become the fifth LDS team to come back from 0-2.
NY Daily News: Cocky.The New York Daily News front page predicted an "E-Z Pass" for the Yankees over the Twins in the ALDS earlier this week. Today, the headline writers struck again: "Pettitte turns Minny into a mouse." "The Yankees beating the Twins is not really news anymore," scribble ... More >>
Game 1 impressions and Game 2 Preview.
Time for The Franchise to open the store.
A role reversal is needed for the Twins to extend their season.
Can the Twins erase their recent history against the Evil Empire?
At least one 40-year-old jock in this town is producing.
What history says of playoff clubs in new ballparks.
A case can be made for the newcomer.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins are clearly flying high after our beloved local 9 clinched the Central Division title late Tuesday night (their 6th title in 9 years). And, perfectly timed to celebrate the occasion and to get all of us psyched for the postseason (as if we weren't, already), avid Twins ... More >>
Photo: Keith AlisonJoe Mauer has a lot to smile about.Last night in Chicago as his team was beating the White Sox 9-3, catcher Joe Mauer became only the 11th Minnesota Twin ever to reach a career-high 1,000 hits. Then he stroked in two more for good measure. It took him 827 games.
Weather or not -- here they come.
The club is running toward the postseason with little speed on the base paths.
Flexible game. Iron philosophy.
A sweep gives the Twins a six-game lead in the Central.
Target Field is not good enough for the Star TribuneThe Star Tribune has been accused of being a relentless shill for building new stadiums on the taxpayer's dime, so it's notable that the Minnesota paper of record declared the new Twins ballpark to be "overrated" in Sunday's edition.Writer Lauri ... More >>
What are your likes and dislikes for the ballpark? Reader feedback encouraged.
Young led all of baseball with a monster .434 average in July.
Results without the first baseman over the last two years pose some interesting questions.
Photo: marnanelESPN finds a lack of happy mealsTake a look at that that soggy half-time hamburger wrapped in foil, sitting under a heat lamp, that you're going to count as your evening meal. Forget the calorie count; is the sorry-ass looking thing even safe? ESPN is out with a nationwide surv ... More >>