Obscured amid the chaos of the world shutting down, emerge the barely-perceptible buds and blossoms of a remarkable turnaround. In his short 14 month tenure, Minnesota Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas has made a Turkish bazaar look sedate. He has wheeled and dealed the downtrodden franchise into a promising and even enviable position for next year.
When Rosas arrived, the Wolves were mired in salary cap hell, a mere $3 million short of the luxury tax. A very informative analysis by Dane Moore displayed...
Hall of fame tennis coach Steve Wilkinson rousted the Gustavus Adolphus Black Team early for the long van ride to Grambling, Louisiana. The day’s match represented a daunting task because the Black Team was the junior varsity from the Division III school facing off against Grambling’s Division II varsity.
The team understood that Grambling was a primarily black school and I’m sure that jangled the nerves of some on our lily white roster. After all, just two...
Last season, the Minnesota Twins had a major turnaround following the worst season in Twins history in 2016. They finished last season with a record of 85-77 and made it to the American League Wild Card game in which they were defeated by the New York Yankees.
This year’s team is somewhat different from last season with several players leaving due to free agency or retirement. Some of the key departures from last year’s team include: backup catcher Chris Gimenez, starting pitchers Hector Santiago and Bartolo Colon and reliever Matt Belisle. Also, reliever Glen Perkins retired.
In the offseason, the Twins upgraded their bullpen. They...!--more-->
It was announced on Sunday that Jack Morris had been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee. Morris, who had 254 career wins in an 18-season career, received 14 votes from the 16 member committee that consisted of Hall Of Fame members, Major league executives and veteran historians.
Morris, who was elected along with his fellow Detroit Tigers teammate, Alan Trammelll, is best remembered by Minnesota Twins fans for pitching a ten inning, complete game 1-0 shutout in game seven to win the 1991 World Series
over the Atlanta Braves.
A long time Minnesota tradition is returning to Minnesota in 2018 -- fans will once again tune into WCCO Radio, 830 on your AM dial to listen to Minnesota Twins baseball.
The Twins had been on WCCO radio since they moved from Washington D.C. back in 1961 until the end of the 2006 season. Broadcasters such as Ray Scott, Herb Carneal and John Gordon called the team’s games for 46 seasons on WCCO whose 50,000 watt signal boomed across the upper Midwest and could be picked up in more distant places at night.
In 2007, the Twins took their broadcasts in house and put the games on AM 1500 KSTP, who outbid WCCO for the rights. Unlike WCCO, KSTP’s...!--more-->
After some time to really let this year's World Series sink in and hearing several fans and sports pundits gloat about 2017 being the best World Series fans had ever seen, I had to dig my heels and boast about 1991 still being the greatest display of championship baseball, ever
Sure, I'm biased. I'm from Minnesota, I'm a Twins fan -- but I'm sure most baseball experts would agree, the 1991 World Series, a championship bout which featured the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves, is still the greatest World Series of all-time. And it's not close.
If you want to get some chills and remember what championships feel like, ...
The Minnesota Twins have had a roller coaster of a season thus far. The Twins will resume play Friday after the All-Star break with a record of 45-43, 2.5 games behind the American League Central Division leading Cleveland Indians. They are one game back in a crowded American League Wild Card race.
Yet, the Twins have over achieved given circumstances. To start with, they’re on pace to use a record number of pitchers again this year. Last season, they used 29 pitchers including one appearance from backup infielder Eduardo Escobar.
So far, they’ve had used 27 pitchers including having six relief appearances from backup catcher Chris Gimenez. A 28th...!--more-->
When I look at the success of the Minnesota Twins thus far this season, there’s one pitcher that stands out -- Ervin Santana.
When Santana takes the mound tonight against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field, he would be making his 13th start of the season which leads the club. He has a record of 8-3 with a 2.20 ERA in 90 innings pitched. He’s allowed 23 runs, 22 of which are earned. He has held opponents to a .154 batting average, but unfortunately has given up 11 home runs. He also has 33 walks with 63 strikeouts.
Santana has pitched three complete game shutouts this season which leads the majors. His most recent shutout Occurred on Friday in the...!--more-->
The Minnesota Twins have completed their first month of play, finishing above most fans' expectations. This is a much improved ball club from the Twins of last April where they had a record of 7-17 that month and would go on to finish the season 59-103 and would never get out of the cellar.
Part of the Twins much improved play is the performance of Miguel Sano. Sano currently has a batting line of .317/.446/.707 with 8 HRs, 27 RBIs and 19 runs scored. He also has 19 bases on balls and 33 strikeouts.
In Sunday’s 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals, Sano was basically a one man wrecking machine. He drove in five of the Twins runs on three hits in five at bats with three of those RBIs coming...!--more-->
The Minnesota Vikings all-time leading rusher, Adrian Peterson, after what seemed like forever, has finally landed with another NFL team -- but despite his many contributions to the Minnesota football community, few fans in the Land of 10,000 Lakes actually care. And I once considered myself one of Adrian Peterson's biggest fans -- I couldn't care less that he's gone.
After months of sitting as a free agent, the aging Peterson finally inked a deal with the (still hated
) New Orleans Saints.
For an athlete to have such a huge impact...!--more-->