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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
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…
Twins executive vice president and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey.

Reusse: Spring training is near, but baseball brass not big on big deals

There is considerable angst among Major League Baseball union leaders, players and agents as the start of spring training beckons and high-profile free agents remain unsigned.
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick stared out onto the field after a key strip sack of quarterback Tom Brady late in the fourth quarter of Supe

Reusse: Brady was brilliant for Patriots, but Belichick wasn't

Tom Brady gave the best that a quarterback could offer while it appeared that his boss, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, had a bad night.
Four Super Bowls and four losses led former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall to this conclusion: “We were a great team that never managed to play

Even now, the regrets remain for Vikings ironman Jim Marshall

Jim Marshall, the ironman defensive end for the Vikings, sees four opportunities lost
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, left, hugs coach Bill Belichick after the AFC championship game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Foxbor

Reusse: Everything, and nothing, has changed in the past 17 seasons in New England

Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are the most astounding example of a dynasty in the 50 years of full-blown Expansion Era of major league sports.
In this Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 photo, Hall of Fame football player Earl Campbell smiles as he eats grapes a friend brought him during the Fifth Annu

Reusse: For recovering addicts like Campbell, 'Sober Bowl' as satisfying as Super Bowl

Earl Campbell, the Hall of Fame running back, has been sobver for nine years and was involved with the first Sober Bowl.
Norm Van Brocklin, left, quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles to a 17-13 win over the Green Bay Packers Dec. 27, 1960 in NFL championship game in Phi

Reusse: Eagles fans have been angry ever since Van Brocklin left

Coach Doug Pederson gets the third shot at the Eagles' first championship since the expansion Vikings hired away their MVP quarterback in 1961.

Having only one good eye didn't keep Al Frost from greatness at Hamline

Al Frost was 18 months old and toddled after his father throughout the house. On Easter Sunday morning, his dad was shaving and Al was…
Paul Johnson — “Pickle” — is Tom Brady’s first cousin, and his man cave in Browerville, Minn., pays tribute to the man who he knew as a kid

Reusse: Welcome home to Super Bowl LII, Little Tommy Brady

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is headed to U.S. Bank Stadium for the Super Bowl, much to the delight of family in Browerville.
Former Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez, right, in 2009.

Reusse: It's a Hall of Fame voter's prerogative to change mind

As times change and more conversations are had, the look of Hall of Fame ballots can - and will - change.

Vikings' recent first-round draft picks a mixed bag

The Vikings last played in the NFC title game in January 2010. Defensive end Brian Robison will be the lone holdover to be playing for…
Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was all smiles as they team stretched on the field for a practice before they travel to Philadelphia. ELIZABETH FL

Reusse: Vikings in position to duplicate 1973 dominance

The Vikings put a 27-10 shellacking on the Cowboys in Dallas in 1973 en route to the Super Bowl. Don't be surprised if we see that again Sunday in Philadelphia.
Gophers defensive tackle John Schlecht gets a hand on Purdue quarterback Drew Brees' third quarter pass in 1999.

Reusse: As young gunslinger at Purdue, Brees had Gophers' number

The first start Drew Brees made in the Big Ten was as a sophomore vs. the Gophers on Oct. 3, 1998, at Purdue. Final: Boilermakers, 56-21.
Derek Falvey, left, and Thad Levine of the Minnesota Twins

Reusse: Twins front office bringing in the brainpower

The environment surrounding the Twins has changed dramatically since Derek Falvey took over the baseball operation from Terry Ryan.
Eden Prairie’s Ryan Connelly didn’t attract any D-I offers. As a preferred walk-on for Wisconsin, he’s helped win an Orange Bowl.

Reusse: Eden Prairie's Connelly shows recruiters what they missed

Ryan Connelly was offered one scholarship out of high school at Eden Prairie. He walked on at Wisconsin, and last week played a big role in the Badgers' Orange Bowl victory over Miami.
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