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 >>
In case you haven't noticed -- and judging by the attendance you haven't -- Joe Mauer is hurt again. As of today, he's hitting .314 and putting up a better year than the last, but it's still not enough for the Homer Hanky-less crowds at Target Field this season. People are getting impatient, b ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Were the Twins just an arm away from beating the Yanks?
Conspiracy theory and lament herein. Join the frustration.
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.
Jim Thome at the batStarting about the time his Labor Day home run hit the flag pole at Target Field, everyone's been expecting big things out Jim Thome and the rest of the Twins as they head into their playoff run this week against the Yankees. We've named Thome our Twin of the month. Sport ... More >>
At least one 40-year-old jock in this town is producing.
Jim Thome defies the Sports Illustrated cover jinx -- so far.So much for the Sports Illustrated jinx. The day after word spread that Jim Thome was the subject of this week's SI cover story, he slammed career home run No. 589, and No. 25 for the season, as the Twins claimed the American Leag ... More >>
Jim Thome and Target Field star on the new cover of Sports Illustrated.Jim Thome and Target Field are the stars of the latest Sports Illustrated cover, in a beautiful wide shot capturing the leftie DH downtown on his home turf. Now let's just hope the SI cover jinx doesn't hold true, as the ... More >>
We should not forget the blast.
The former "Crain Wreck" has turned into one of baseball's most dominant relievers.
Flexible game. Iron philosophy.
How does your favorite Twin baller grade out at mid-season?
Who's the top threat to unseat the Twins as Central Division champs? Welcome back to baseball!
The Twins stack up just fine against the A's--if you ignore a few nagging details.
The Twins continue to defy conventional wisdom
Handicapping the races in baseball's first full season since 1993.