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 >>
-- 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 >>
In light of the Justin Morneau saga, Joe Mauer's first public comments about the concussion he suffered during a game on August 19 make for depressing reading.SEE ALSO: Joe Mauer has twins: Top 10 tweets"What's scary about it is it's not like a turned ankle, where you give it a day or two and it's b ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Target Field gates will open at 6 p.m. tonight for the 7:10 p.m. Harmon Killebrew memorial service. Admission is free, ballpark concessions will be open, and seating will be general admission, so come on downtown and pay your final respects to the late Twins great. And wear your No. 3 shirt, ... 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 >>
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 >>
Keith AllisonJoe Mauer's got more issues than just a bum knee. By now, you should know that the Twins' franchise player, Joe Mauer, is not yet recovered from his "bilateral leg weakness". Many folks have asked me, "what's up with Mauer's legs"? I don't honestly know, except to say that a 6 ... 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 >>
Would Joe best represent Minnesota at his cabin next week?
Justin Bieber is in town tonight. Have you heard? In addition to jamming up traffic downtown with his show tonight and getting Tony Fly all whipped up about his surprise appearance at the MOA yesterday, the Biebs just gave a "shoutout" to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau on his Twitter account. ... More >>
The righty counted two victories over the Yanks in his 5-win May total.
After a career-high 28 bombs last year, our reigning MVP boasts just 2 in 2010.
Home run balls aren't exactly flying out of Target Field . . . yet.
Let's find something that doesn't steal from the '60's Yankees.
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Local boy makes real damn good, and saves Twins' faithful from enduring the unthinkable. Blissful analysis inside.
Twins catcher dominates MVP voting.
It was a season of surprises in 2009
Listen close Joe Mauer-- the bell tolls for thee.
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?
Opening Day! Will a hot spring training bat translate into early-season success? What about the inverse? Here's what the numbers say.
The Gophers win; the Wild collapse; Sarah Palin's carpet injures a goalie; Vikings allegedly benched on banned substances.
Well, I think it's safe to say that Carlos Silva won't be winning the Cy Young award this year, either. With a 2-1 score going into the sixth inning, it looked as if the Twins were heading into yet another close loss, and another tough break for Mr. Silva, who would be having a good year were it not ... More >>
Only seven games, you tell yourself. Only seven games, and they're 4-3, still a winning record, bunched together in the middle of the Central Division, which means nothing so damned early. After all, it's April, and the season's long. You watch as the Yankees, the New York Yankees, who we fought ... More >>
The future of baseball is a 16-year-old mathlete from Bloomington
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.
Remember this time last year when everyone was falling all over themselves predicting a World Series trip for the beloved Twinkies? Safe to say it's been a long year since then.
Does anyone really take the All-Star voting seriously anymore? Even fans who still profess to love the All-Star game itself (Where are you? There you are!) know that just about any starting line-up for either league is going to be too, too whack. Add to that the desperate marketing tool that was the ... More >>
Snoozing through a pennant race
The Twins Are Playing Like Their Early Slump Is Behind Them. Maybe.
The early woes of Ron Gardenhire's team are as explicable as they are maddening
The Twins slow start is nothing to be concerned about, and fans have the Detroit Tigers to thank for that.
Despite balky starting pitching and an infield that collectively swings a small stick, the Twins hang in there