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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
"Dude, you didn't throw the game away!"For tossing a sloppy, six walk, two-strikeout, possibly LSD influenced no hitter, Francisco Liriano, with his 6.61 ERA, 24 bb to 20 K ratio, shared the American League Player of the Week award with the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander. Verlander also t ... More >>
Now that's a low scoring game we can live with.Last night, Francisco Liriano threw the first no-hitter of the 2011 season against the woeful Chicago White Sox. Considering that the Twins have the worst pitching in baseball, this is quite a feat. When you take into account that Liriano enter ... More >>
The man who hit the first homer at Target Field is now eschewing the long ball. Jason Kubel has been one of the bright spots on an anemic Twins team. His stats have placed him squarely on baseball's leader board: a .347 batting average, .390 on-base percentage, and a .520 slugging percentage ... 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 >>
Note to the Yankees fan: Put the onion rings down before making the catch.Not only does Jason Kubel lead the Twins in batting average, sporting a delicious .353 after five games, he's also waging psychological war against the Yankees. Though he didn't score or drive in any runs last night, ... More >>
Spring has sprung, at least in Florida.For those of you stung by the site of all this new snow, after a week-long thaw, be of good cheer. Spring will come. It always does. For proof you need look no further than Fort Meyers, Fla., where spring training is underway for the Twins, and Michael ... More >>
The Twins now try to become the fifth LDS team to come back from 0-2.
A case can be made for the newcomer.
The former "Crain Wreck" has turned into one of baseball's most dominant relievers.
How does your favorite Twin baller grade out at mid-season?
After a career-high 28 bombs last year, our reigning MVP boasts just 2 in 2010.
A sweep of the Yankees sends a potent message to the baseball power structure.
The "Baseball Tonight" analyst is deeply worried about our struggling DH.
Bright lights. Big city. Less room for outstate kidsSo here you are, a good student at Neveln Elementary School in Austin. You sign up for crossing guard duty and student council because you know, just like in years passed, you're going to get a trip up to the big city to catch your heroes, t ... More >>
Were you there? Reader impressions encouraged.
Who's the top threat to unseat the Twins as Central Division champs? Welcome back to baseball!
True or not, this is sure to get in Detroit's head.
Dome departure ceremonies prove premature as Detroit visits for game 163. Loser goes home; winner gets a playoff date in New York vs. the Yankees.
The hottest starter on what is suddenly one of baseball's hottest teams.
Let the stretch run gymnastics begin.
Which Twin-mannerisms do you most enjoy (or abhor) over the course of the season?
How does your favorite Twin grade out at mid-season?
April Twin of the Month: Jason Kubel
Opening Day! Will a hot spring training bat translate into early-season success? What about the inverse? Here's what the numbers say.
This hapless Devil Rays franchise, "celebrating" their tenth anniversary (and what memories those must be), must have some kid, somewhere in the bay area, cheering for 'em. But today, there's a brief burst of joy when his Rays split a four-game series against the heralded Twins, winning game four ... More >>
...One of the great joys of this punishing sport is that you can fall backward and into the distant past when the present is a strong disappointment. And tonight's game was not a strong disappointment if only because it's tempered with the thought that the season is a long one and it is but one gam ... More >>
First snowfall bedamned. No December event elicits that warm holiday spirit more than the annual Major League Baseball Winter General Managers' Meeting. Maybe that's just me.
The greatest moments of the hometown team's season (so far)
The Twins (finally) discover the youth movement
...and everything changes.
Snapshots of a long-shot season to come
THE LINEUP Shannon Stewart, LF: Like his new teammate Rondell White, he's a pretty good player on the downhill side of a career marked by extraordinary physical wear and tear. Stewart's 32 now, and last year he dropped 60 points apiece from his on-base (.380-.323) and slugging (.447-.388) percenta ... More >>
Suffering through the dome days of September