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Patrick Reusse

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Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes two to three columns per week. He also can be heard on AM-1500 KSTP from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Reusse: Outside indications pointed to Cousins being a phoney, but ...

New Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins arrived as a perceived self-promoter, but one phone call changed all that.
Brian Dozier made a play against the Rays last week.

Reusse: Dozier has been a bargain for Twins from the beginning

The Twins have gotten a bargain on Brian Dozier since signing him for $30,000 in July 2009. Now, a playoff contender is likely to get the same in July 2018 by trading for him.
Jamal James, right, will take part in a professional boxing card next month at the Minneapolis Armory.

Pro boxing returns to the Minneapolis Armory in August

There will be another boxing card at the remodeled Armory on Aug. 24, featuring welterweight Jamal James, the event headliner in April, and Caleb Truax, former IBF super middleweight titleholder.
Chris Streveler at Minnesota and with Winnipeg.

Reusse: From Gophers to Canada, Streveler redeems himself at QB

Two years after transferring from the Gophers to South Dakota, Chris Streveler is in the CFL with Winnipeg.
Samantha Seliger-Swenson has helped the Gophers reach two Final Fours. The senior would like to make it three this year.

Reusse: Back from Italy, Seliger-Swenson can 'dream' of Gophers in local Final Four

Now a senior, Gophers volleyball setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson is five weeks away from starting what could be a memorable season. This year's NCAA Final Four is at Target Center.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Jake Cave (60) scored on a two run single by Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier (2) in the fourth inning at Ta

Reusse: Cave thriving as Option A in place of struggling Buxton

Jake Cave comes from a part of the country that is rich with major league talent and, among others he admired growing up, was former Twins star Michael Cuddyer.
Jeff Teague conferred with Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau during a game last season.

Reusse: Say what you will, but Thibs has Wolves on winning track

Making headway in the Western Conference is going to be tough, but the fans have returned to Target Center.

Reusse: Maybe Twins are better off not spending

There is a Twins pattern in this failed decade: Record payrolls lead to lousy records.
One side of the story: Aaron Mathiowetz plays for the Yankees, one of two town ball teams in Milroy, Minn., where family matters became baseball matte

Milroy's big rhubarb

For decades, the town ball tradition in Milroy, Minn., was as deep-rooted a local summer treasure as any in similar locales across Minnesota. The descendants…
The Twins shouldn't have traded catcher Wilson Ramos back in 2010, but now it's too late to want him back. He's 31 next month and wearing the tear of

Reusse: When teams like Twins lack a good catcher, it's a sure sign of trouble

Through Twins history, the good runs — starting with Earl Battey in the 1960s, ending with A.J. Pierzynski and Joe Mauer from 2001-10 — have included catchers who could receive and could hit.
Ron Coomer, working in Wrigley Field in September 2016, is now in his fifth season as a Cubs radio analyst after departing the Twins.

Reusse: Coomer's love affair with Cubs, Chicago still brightly burns

The former Twins infielder and broadcaster seized the opportunity to return to the North Side in 2014.
Bill Veeck stood outside the old Comiskey Park in December 1975, when I purchased the White Sox. Veeck was heard to say, "It's all mine."

Legendary Bill Veeck was as colorful as they came

The longtime MLB owner was revered among the Wrigley Field Bleacher Bums.
Much to the approval of the Cubs fans in the Wrigley Field stands Saturday, plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called Javier Baez safe at home plate as T

Reusse: Wrigleyville is home to many happy Cubs fans these days

An always-popular team seems to be even more so since winning it all two years ago.
Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward and fans watch as a foul ball bounces off the wall along the first base line in the second inning Friday.

Reusse: Even in down season, Twins fans flock to Wrigley Field

A three-run home run into the basket in left field from Joe Mauer gave the hordes of Twins fans in Chicago on Friday something mighty to cheer about.
Still muscle-bound more than 20 years after retiring from baseball, Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, shown in this undated photo, thinks even he could

Reusse: Start of Killebrew's career comes with asterisk

Sid Hartman, the GOAT of Minnesota sports writing, had a moment of heresy recently when mentioning Miguel Sano in the same sentence as Harmon Killebrew as a slugger of baseballs.
Eduardo Escobar doubled to right against the Angels earlier this month.

Reusse: Pint-sized pop. Escobar part of MLB's new power generation

There have been suggestions that in this age of constant, 97-mile-per-hour fastballs that players of smaller stature can benefit from a naturally quicker stroke.
Jay Pivec, in 2012

Reusse: Pivec decides it's time to leave college hoops coaching

Junior college Hall of Fame coach Jay Pivec learned from many of Minnesota's basketball coaching legends. But something happened recently that told him it was time to move on.
Colin Kaepernick (left) and Luke Heimlich.

Reusse: NFL and MLB have 62 teams, and they're all cowards

The dramatically different cases of Colin Kaepernick and Luke Heimlich lead us to the same conclusion about those who run pro football and baseball teams.

Reusse: Tale of two Twins shows baseball can throw a curve

As Miguel Sano and Randy Rosario have proven, you just never know what might happen next.
Spectators sat and watched Colin Montgomerie putt during the 3M Championship in 2017. A news conference will be held Monday at the TPC Twin Cities cou

Announcement about PGA event in Minnesota expected Monday

A news conference is scheduled in Blaine on Monday and the expectation is that a PGA Tour event will be coming to the Twin Cities for the first time in a half-century.

Reusse: On the road, an old gym and remembering a friend much missed

  BELVIEW, MINN. – Sportswriter and everyone’s friend, the late and much-missed Mike Augustin had numerous tales that were worth repeating. One of our…
Jockey Mike Smith reacts aboard Justify after winning the running of the 143rd Preakness Stakes. Smith was one of the top jockeys when racing came to

Reusse: Mike Smith's rise from Canterbury teenager to Triple Crown hopeful

In the early days of horse racing in Shakopee, one thing that you could count on was young Mike Smith's ability to turn $5 into $25 more often than the other jockeys at the track.
Gophers baseball head coach John Anderson watched his players during batting practice at Siebert Field.

Reusse: U's Anderson won't seek victory at expense of pitcher's arm

Last weekend, the legendary coach at another school sent his starting pitcher out for the ninth inning of an NCAA regional game after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. That's not how Gophers coach John Anderson rolls.
Reusse: How do Gophers fans see success? Depends on the sport

Reusse: How do Gophers fans see success? Depends on the sport

Some Gophers sports teams have to win and win it all to be successful, others get recognized just because they're relevant.
Minnesota's Toby Hanson hit an RBI double in the third inning against Canisius

Reusse: Anderson did right thing in keeping Gophers baseball on campus

In the madness of building sports facilities in the Twin Cities, none has been done better for the money than Siebert Field.
Terrin Vavra

Reusse: Vavra watches from Detroit as son makes All-America at U

The sons of Tigers coach Joe Vavra, who used to be with the Twins, have been outstanding baseball players, with the youngest in the NCAA tournament for the Gophers.
Obsa Ali of the Gophers won the steeplechase at the 2018 Big Ten Outdoor Championships.

Reusse: Once a reluctant runner, Ali now shattering records for U

The former Richfield standout is aiming for an NCAA title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in Oregon.
Byron Buxton stole third base in the seventh inning vs. St. Louis last week.

Reusse: Buxton's bat looking as feeble as ever

Byron Buxton's defense is phenomenal, yes, he has speed. But at the plate he still hasn't been able to sustain any kind of consistency.
Reusse: Minnesota's NBA hex dates back to plane crash in a cornfield

Reusse: Minnesota's NBA hex dates back to plane crash in a cornfield

Too bad "Dark Clouds" is already taken by local soccer fans. It would be a fine handle for Minnesota's NBA followers, dating to a belly landing in a cornfield 58 years ago.
Rob Fornasiere, in 2016

Reusse: U baseball assistant leaving team in good place after 33-year run

Next week, the Gophers will be in the NCAA baseball tournament for the 17th time in the 33 years that John Anderson and soon-to-be-retired Ron Fornasiere have been a team.
Former Twins player, manager and broadcaster Frank Quilici, shown in April 1971

Reusse: For Quilici to succeed with Twins, he had to get around his nose

Frank Qulici's death on Monday led to a reporter digging up a story in which Quilici said his hot streak at the plate could be tied to changing his head position to account for the size of his nose.
Byron Buxton (top) and Miguel Sano

Reusse: If Sano and Buxton continue to struggle, Twins will be mediocre

This team will struggle to reach .500 if someone doesn't get to Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano.
Catcher Bobby Wilson

Reusse: Well-traveled Twins catcher Wilson gets to unpack for a while

Bobby Wilson started his pro career in 2003. Name a baseball outpost and Wilson probably has played in it, either for the home team or as a visitor. But now he figures to stick in Minnesota for the season.

Reusse: Gophers baseball followed WWII stint on B-24 bomber for Koch

Norb Koch was a righthanded pitcher who could top his Gophers teammates on a golf course and in war stories.
Roseau product Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets is one Western Conference series victory away from skating in the Stanley Cup Final.

Reusse: Jets have Up North fan bases in their corner

Winnipeg's Dustin Byfuglien grew up in Roseau, 22 miles west of Warroad and the archrival for hockey supremacy in the northwest corner of Minnesota.
Fans in Las Vegas watch a second-round playoff game outside T-Mobile Arena.

Reusse: Playoffs show success of Gary Bettman-era NHL expansion

Nashville, Tampa Bay, Las Vegas and soon Seattle are alive with hockey fever while the NBA has settled for relocating teams in secondary markets like Oklahoma City,

Reusse: Choosing to play football for Notre Dame never a mistake

There are other options, clearly, but it never can be declared a mistake for a much-sought football recruit to take his shot with the Irish.
Defender Alan Merrick nearly had his uniform torn off by excited spectators after the Kicks defeated San Jose 3-1 in August, 1976.

Reusse: State's first try at big-time soccer was a memorable time

It was so much simpler when Minnesota first tried an excursion into the North American version of big-league soccer in 1976.
Miguel Sano tossed his bat after striking out earlier this season.

Reusse: Swinging for the mountains is Sano's weighty issue

Once a young major leaguer with a sweet swing, the Twins third baseman has been derailed on his way to stardom.
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Thomas Hyka is part of the expansion franchise that romped to the Pacific Division title with 51 wins.

Reusse: NHL expansion paying off in Vegas - Minnesota not so lucky

While the Vegas Golden Knights thrive this season, initial investments in Minnesota pro sports franchises were modest and so was the access to talent.
Minnesota Twins pitcher Lance Lynn (31) hands the ball to manager Paul Molitor as he leaves the game during the fourth inning of a baseball game again

Reusse: Twins set sad standard for 'This Is How We Baseball'

The Twins' new slogan doesn't do good things for the English language in the same way that the team's performance hasn't exactly done good things for building excitement.
Damon Gibson was a nine-man football standout in western Minnesota before playing college football at Division II Minnesota State-Moorhead.

Reusse: Next stop for former Nine-Man star Gibson could be NFL

Damon Gibson, the quarterback of a wing T offense in Nine-Man football at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, is a late-round draft prospect as an H-back or tight end.

Reusse: Brainerd area loses a visionary with death of Boos

Feed Boos was an avid golfer, and he came to see that as the future of bringing groups to Grand View Lodge in bigger numbers than family fishing and boating vacations.
Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Minnesota Wild in the first period of an NHL hockey game on

Reusse: Wheeler's journey from Minnesota star to leader of Jets

From superstardom at Breck School to Gophers standout to a multi-team NHL journey, Blake Wheeler has credentials that make him a key part of Winnipeg's success.
Gophers athletics director Mark Coyle

Reusse: Coyle leaves his mark with coaching changes

AD Mark Coye has been aggressive in remaking coaching staffs around Gophers athletics.
The Minneapolis Armory, a parking garage in its most recent previous life, can comfortably hold 5,000-6,000 fans for boxing.

Reusse: Twin Cities boxing and the Armory a 1-2 punch

Building has enjoyed a rebirth and Friday it'll host its first pro fight card since 1973.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns prepared to dunk in the first half.

Reusse: Remarkable effort, noble veterans bring back meaningful basketball

When you have been away from the playoffs for 14 straight years, there was a desperate need for the Wolves to win to finally give their fans something to scream about.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins

Reusse: Wiggins' woe is accuracy, not effort

If Andrew Wiggins' approach was as lackadaisical as his critics claim, he would have figured out a way to miss eight or 10 games a season. He's done the opposite.
Teammates gathered around Mitch Garver to congratulate him on his first career home run, which was the game-winner.

Reusse: Garver steps up as unlikely hero in Twins' home-opening victory

Last season, Mitch Garver played sparingly for the Twins, with 23 games, 46 at-bats and a .196 average. And no home runs.

Cold-weather memories: 12-degree wind chill, players who wouldn't leave the hotel

Baseball lifers reflect on the coldest games they've been part of.
A statue of former Twin and multiple time All-Star Rod Carew is coated in fresh snow

Reusse: Baseball fights a never-ending war with spring cold

The Twins and Opening Day fans are lamenting Thursday's forecast high of 38 with snow and rain at Target Field but that's far from the worst this state has seen for "baseball weather."
(Clockwise) Jimmy Butler, Jamal Crawford, Taj Gibson and Jeff Teague

Reusse: Veteran newcomers are why Wolves are winners

The four veterans brought in by Timberwolves coach/boss Tom Thibodeau before the start of the 2017-18 season have proved to be sizable assets.
Andrew Carroll, right, played for the Bakersfield (Calif.) Condors of the East Coast Hockey League in 2013-14.

Reusse: Former UMD captain's suicide stuns family, hockey community

As the hockey world that Andrew Carroll touched has mourned and wondered about his death at age 32, the former UMD star's immediate family has remembered a wonderful uncle.
Bob Motzko, shown coaching St. Cloud State in 2014

Reusse: Motzko brings success, informal style to U

Bob Motzko has an easy manner -- a people person but certainly not a super salesman. His business plan to get fans back to Mariucci Arena will be simple: Win.
Alex Kirilloff during the home run derby at Perfect Game All-American Classic high school baseball game in August 2015.

Reusse: Kirilloff emerges as prospect after Twins' big miss in 2015

Through his spring, Kiriloff has been receiving strong reviews and will open at low-A Cedar Rapids.
Joe Mauer Action from an MLB game between the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Reusse: Mauer has been all he was supposed to be

As a No. 1 overall draft pick who carried the hopes of his hometown and bore the pressure of a $184 million contract, Joe Mauer continues to deliver.
Twins manager Paul Molitor earlier this spring.

Reusse: Molitor rarely touts Hall of Fame background

The Twins manager is mostly mum about his time as one of the game's all-time greats.
Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco was suspended for 80 games on Sunday.

Reusse: For Twins' Polanco, there can be life after PED suspension

He did offer the traditional "I thought it was a dose of B-12'' angle that is popular when ballplayers are caught, but as long as there is no indignation over being treated unfairly, he will be fine.
Twins catcher Bobby Wilson practices his swing during spring training.

Reusse: Twins have a veteran plan for call-up at catcher

Bobby Wilson figues to start the year third on the depth chart. He played in the big leagues in eight of the nine seasons from 2008 to 2016. He played a total of 75 games with three clubs in 2016.

Reusse: No-look pickoff one of Twins catcher's many skills

Willians Astudillo became an internet sensation.
Free agents are thinking about Minnesota as a place where they can be part of winning teams.

Reusse: Then and now, chance to win draws free agents to Minnesota

The signing of Lance Lynn and the arrival of Kirk Cousins provide comparisons for the franchises that arrived at Met Stadium in 1961, when Minnesota became a major league market.
The three-week period between adding starting pitchers Jake Odorizzi (pictured) and Lance Lynn also included the signing of free agent Logan Morrison,

Reusse: With Twins' spring pick-ups, we ask (again), what's not to like?

What's obvious is that Derek Falvey and the Twins' front office has been aggressive throughout the off-season in seeking upgrades for the roster.
Twins pitcher Jim Perry shown in 1968

Reusse: It was a memorable Sunday for more than just the Perry brothers in July 1969

Major leaguers Jim and Gaylord Perry were making big plays on the field while out-of-this-world activity was literally going on above them.
Setup man Sergio Romo will be one of the relievers in line to work more innings when the Tampa Bay Rays open the season with a four-man starting rotat

Rays might be on to something with permanent four-man rotation

Tampa Bay appears set to try using a four-man rotation as long as possible this season.
Twins reliever Ryan Pressly has made 156 appearances in the past three seasons.

Reusse: Pitching 101 for Pressly is throwing the curve for strikes

In his sixth season, Ryan Pressly is still the guy trying to convince the Twins there's a big payoff to come by sticking with his power arm.

Gophers don't deserve latest gifts

The University of Minnesota has allowed the athletic department to plead with donors for pledges to cover as much of the $170 million financial burden…
Robbie Grossman

Reusse: How do Grossman, Adrianza fit into Twins plans? Or do they?

Despite their play in 2017, the two utility players must prove their worth in the outfield after the team signed Logan Morrison.
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano made his spring training game debut Wednesday.

Reusse: Sano tries to put weighty issues behind him

The fact that he was in a game Wednesday — a week earlier than seemed likely when spring training opened — was the first positive sign for Miguel Sano since he fouled a ball off his shin last August.

Turmoil forces Twins, Major League Baseball to vacate Venezuela

FORT MYERS, FLA. – Bill Smith was in charge of setting up a training academy for the Twins that opened in Bejuma, Venezuela, in…
Eddie Rosario

Reusse: Hot hitting, not anger, fueled 2017 Twins to grab wild-card spot

Legend has it the Twins were agitated by trade deadline moves in 2017 and that sparked a wild-card run. In reality, four young hitters paved the way.
Twins infielder Jorge Polanco hit a low in 2017 with the death of his grandfather, followed by the high of becoming a father to Jorge Jr. Inside: Twin

Reusse: Baby, encouraging finish to '17 have Twins' Polanco feeling good

Becoming a father was the peak of an amazing 2017 for Jorge Polanco, where the highs and lows were dramatic personally and as a player.
Ron Gardenhire, left, and Doug Mientkiewicz, right.

Reusse: Gardy went to bat for Mientkiewicz to get him a job

Mientkiewicz was dropped as an always-winning manager in the minor leagues by the Twins' new regime last fall.
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire walks onto the field at baseball spring training camp, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne

Reusse: Gardy appears healthy, happy as Tigers new manager

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire turned 60 four days after he was announced as Tigers manager last fall. His weight is down, his blood pressure is down, and he looks more energetic than exhausted.
Twins catcher Mitch Garver

Reusse: Twins keep Garver's bat over leadership of Gimenez

The Twins will miss the clubhouse leadership of Chris Gimenez but believe they have the possibility of a breakout hitting catcher in Mitch Garver

Tom Brady still brilliant after eight Super Bowls

The 2001 New England Patriots had benefitted from the "tuck rule'' decision to defeat Oakland in the first round of the AFC playoffs, and then…
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