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Sid Hartman

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Sid Hartman is a sports columnist. He also can be heard weekdays on WCCO AM-830 at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m.


Hartman writes three columns each week.
Recent content from Sid Hartman
Owner Jim Pohlad is as surprised as anybody about the Twins’ success and as worried as anybody about recent slippage.

Hartman: Twins owner Pohlad fired up - and fearful - about push for playoffs

Even with the great start, owner Jim Pohlad is no different from many Twins fans. He is concerned that the club went 9-11 over its final 20 games before the All-Star break.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Minnesota United managing director Bill McGuire said a number of prominent families in the Twin Cities are part owners of the club. That…
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was checked by trainer Tony Leo and manager Rocco Baldelli after Buxton was hit in the hand while batting.

Hartman: Twins get rested for key series at Cleveland

Manager Rocco Baldelli said the All-Star break came at the right time for a resilient but weary Twins team that opens its second half at Cleveland.
Minnesota Timberwolves President Gersson Rosas

Hartman: Taylor stands behind Rosas as Wolves reshape roster

The Timberwolves decision to let Tyus Jones go to the Memphis Grizzlies on a three-year, $28 million deal had to be difficult for owner Glen Taylor.
Former University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler organized his bookshelf as he unpacked boxes at his new office at Amundson Hall, where he started

Hartman: Kaler leaves U athletic department better than he found it

"I have tried to leave a university that is well-positioned across the board, and I think that is true in athletics, as well," Kaler said.
Jack Nicklaus made his name as an amateur at the Trans-Mississippi, in which he won back-to-back championships, including one held at Woodhill Country

Hartman: PGA Tour returns to Twin Cities, home of golf history

Jack Nicklaus won here as an amateur, and Keller Golf Course in Maplewood has long stood out.
Tom Lehman has implemented changes that will make a pro golfer test his game.

Hartman: Lehman predicts birdie-fest in inaugural 3M Open

TPC Twin Cities was built for daily use, but co-designer Tom Lehman toughened it up for the first 3M Open.
Free-agent signees Nelson Cruz and Jonathan Schoop are crushing the ball, combining for 26 home runs this season.

Hartman: New class of Twins free agents stark contrast to last year's

The Twins have gotten a lot of praise for the free-agent class they brought in this year, and they should.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • One reason it’s a bad time for Twins injuries to be adding up is because, starting Tuesday night at Oakland, 25 of 37…
Eddie Rosario walked off the field in the third inning Wednesday after injuring his ankle.

Hartman: Cleveland lurks as injuries hit Twins

The Twins still lead the Indians by eight games, but Cleveland is getting healthier and improving.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck talked to the squad before a tackling drill at spring practice.

Hartman: Gophers football has amazing recruiting success in June

New recruiting rules have meant P.J. Fleck and staff are zeroing in on and signing players earlier. The Gophers now have 21 commitments for the Class of 2020, which is the most in the Big Ten
The lines were long outside Target Field on June 13, when an announced crowd of 31,912 saw the Twins beat Seattle 10-5. The Twins’ average attendanc

Hartman: Twins looking to carry success beyond this year

The Twins are off to the best start in club history and hitting at a historic pace, and fans are starting to return to the ballpark.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings assistant head coach Gary Kubiak on how former Washington coach Mike Shanahan’s system is helping him with Kirk Cousins:…
Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter (12) shot against Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver (23) during the first half.

Hartman: Surprising Wolves took another wing instead of a point guard

North Carolina's speedy point guard Coby White was available with the sixth pick and instead was picked by the Bulls one selection later.
Former Twins manager Paul Molitor sat between Johnny Bench and Jack Morris during a pregame ceremony for Joe Mauer on Saturday night at Target Field.

Hartman: Molitor is thrilled Twins are thriving this season

There's no doubt Paul Molitor got a bad shake when the Twins fired the manager after the 2018 season. But Molitor said he's thrilled about the team's current success.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph stood with cornerback Xavier Rhodes during Tuesday’s minicamp in Eagan.

Hartman: Rudolph always wanted to remain with Vikings

The tight end said the contract negotiations took some work, but added that ultimately both sides got what they wanted.
Cretin-Derham Hall's Joe Mauer smiled at a news conference at the Metrodome after signing a contract with the Twins, who made him the No. 1 overall pi

Hartman: Mauer's local-kid legacy will always stand tall in state

The kid from Cretin-Derham Hall showed over his career why he was worthy of a No. 1 overall draft pick.
Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz belted a solo home run off Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi during the third inning Thursday.

Hartman: Twins' power gives Baldelli flexibility

This year's dangerous squad has threats to hit the ball out of the park up and down the lineup.
Rob Brzezinski is in charge of managing the Vikings' salary cap issues.

Hartman: Vikings have ideal salary cap manager in Brzezinski

Rob Brzezinski works many miracles, as he did with the Kyle Rudolph extension, to creatively pay players.
Selected 18th in April’s draft, Garrett Bradbury, right, is being earmarked to start in the middle of the Vikings offensive line.

Hartman: Vikings eye first-round pick Bradbury as starter at center

This will be the second time in three seasons that the Vikings have had a rookie at center. Pat Elflein started there in 2017 but has moved to guard.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • As recruiting picks up for 2021, Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck described how he decides when to offer a player: “Every case…
C.J. Cron (24) is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium on May

Hartman: Cron sparks Twins after Rays let him go

After leading Tampa Bay with 30 homers and 74 RBI last year, C.J. Cron plugged nicely into the Twins' lineup.
Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton watches his three-run home run off Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Tyler Olson during the second inning of a baseball g

Hartman: Buxton's play vital to Twins' success

Byron Buxton has always been an exceptional outfielder, but now he's producing big numbers at the plate.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman has liked what he’s seen so far after significant offseason changes to the roster.

Hartman: Spielman sees progress on both sides for Vikings

With so much roster and coaching turnover, Vikings GM Rick Spielman noted that OTAs were important for getting everyone on the same page and the coaches are leading that.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Can the Gophers basketball team survive the loss of Jordan Murphy, Dupree McBrayer, Isaiah Washington and Amir Coffey despite…
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash talk before the game on Thursday

Hartman: Twins' fast start boosted by former Rays

Plenty of coaching and playing talent now in Minnesota came from Tampa Bay, which is still winning with a modest payroll.
From left, Minnesota Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey, shortstop Jorge Polanco, and outfielder Max Kepler answered questions from reporters i

Hartman: Twins had eyes on Kepler early, and now he's rewarded

The Twins gave Max Kepler a five-year, $35M deal in February, and now he's putting up great stats. Kepler has been on the Twins' radar since he was 14 years old in Germany.
Linebacker Anthony Barr brought down Miami’s Ryan Tannehill for one of his three sacks for the Vikings in 2018.

Hartman: Barr will remain at linebacker for Vikings this season

There had been some talk before Anthony Barr re-signed that he could be moved to defensive end to help the pass rush. But coach Mike Zimmer said Barr will stay where he is.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • A nice note for Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph, who is still in contract negotiations and attending OTAs: He was given…

Hartman: Schoop proving to be smart acquisition for Twins

Jonathan Schoop has bounced back from his tough 2018 with a strong 2019 for the Twins.
Newly named Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders took questions from the media following Tuesday's news conference.

Hartman: Wolves owner Taylor a big booster for hiring Saunders as coach

Ryan Saunders' popularity with Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and players helped get him the full-time coaching job, but now he'll have to produce.
Vikings owner Zygi Wilf left a December game at U.S. Bank Stadium applauding, but last season didn’t always go that well.

Hartman: Wilf family is doing all it can to win a title for Vikings

Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said that when the Vikings lost their final regular-season game to the Bears, thus missing the playoffs, the ownership group knew major changes had to happen.
Western Michigan center John Keenoy during his final college game, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl against BYU on Dec. 21.

Hartman: Vikings rookie lineman credits Fleck, staff for his development

Center John Keenoy started 51 of 52 games at Western Michigan, where he played for current Gophers coach P.J. Fleck."I think he will be successful wherever he goes," Keenoy said.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph said he believes the Vikings and his representatives are still on the same page in trying to get a deal done.

Hartman: Rudolph rules out Vikings pay cut. 'I am too young for that'

The tight end wants to remain with the Vikings, but knows other teams would want to acquire him. He had a two-word answer when asked if he'd take a discount to stay.
Twins hitting coach James Rowson joked with center fielder Byron Buxton during spring training.

Hartman: Twins prospects emerging into stars under Rowson

The Twins offense has posted back-to-back solid seasons in James Rowson's two full seasons as hitting coach.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • According to betonline.ag, the Vikings are tied with the Cowboys and Packers with the ninth-best odds of winning the Super Bowl at 22-1.…
Nelson Cruz (23) and Eddie Rosario celebrated after scoring on C.J. Cron's RBI double against the Astros in Houston.

Hartman: Twins didn't wait to sign key free agents this offseason

Compared to a year ago, the club signed players earlier and had better luck with the results.
Glen Taylor and Gersson Rosas

Hartman: Most Minnesota pro teams shuffle their leaders

The Wolves just joined the Twins and Wild in making recent changes in management.
Mike Zimmer smiled Friday, the first day of Vikings rookie minicamp at their Twin Cities Orthopedic Center in Eagan. Zimmer, who is about to begin his

Hartman: Zimmer's expectations, excitement are sky high for Vikings

One of the biggest reasons for his optimism is the completely reworked offensive coaching staff: starting with offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski but also with bringing in Gary Kubiak.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • There is no doubt Ryan Saunders will be named Timberwolves coach as a part of Gersson Rosas being named president of…
Twins pitcher Jose Berrios pitched seven innings of two-run ball while striking out five vs. the Astros on Thursday.

Hartman: Twins pitching staff is quieting doubters as team surges

Big performances against the Astros showed that the pitchers are taking to new coach Wes Johnson.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

Hartman: Baldelli has Twins off to historic start

A dominant 6-2 win over the Astros on Wednesday moved Minnesota's record to 18-10 through 28 games, matching their fourth-best start and the best in the American League.
The Vikings drafted Garrett Bradbury, center, to address a glaring need on the offensive line. General Manager Rick Spielman, left, and coach Mike Zim

Hartman: Change is still spinning off Vikings' season-ending loss to Bears

This weekend's draft was another sign that a lot of the plans for this Vikings franchise changed after that loss in December.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings will play back-to-back home games just once in 2019, the same situation they had in 2018.   • The Vikings selection…
Garrett Bradbury at the NFL Combine.

Hartman: Vikings draft picks must pan out - fast

Garrett Bradbury will be one of many players they will ask to contribute early in their NFL careers.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked by the 49ers’ DeForest Buckner in the first quarter.

Hartman: Vikings' 2019 success will depend on offensive line play

In Sid Hartman's 21,000th byline, he writes that new coaches, drafted players and developing talent should help improve the Vikings' offensive line for the 2019 season.
Matt Kalil, second from left, next to Harrison Smith, was the last offensive lineman the Vikings picked in the first round of the NFL draft, in 2012.

Hartman: If Vikings draft O-lineman first, it will break a trend

In the past 24 years the Vikings have used only two of their 27 first-round picks on offensive linemen — Matt Kalil in 2012 with the No. 4 overall pick and Bryant McKinnie in 2002 with the No. 7 overall pick.

Sid's Sunday jottings

JOTTINGS • The Twins were sold for $44 million in 1984; Forbes Magazine put their value at $1.2 billion this month. The Twins were ranked…
Mark Coyle spoke at the opening of the U's track and field complex last year.

Hartman: U's athletic department revenue pales in comparison to some

Football ticket sales for schools such as Penn State and Wisconsin provide a big advantage.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and bench coach Derek Shelton during a spring training game in Florida.

Hartman: Shelton's return to Twins is big help to Baldelli

Bench coach Derek Shelton's long friendship with new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli was a key factor in agreeing to come back.
Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck during a tackling drill. The Gophers held a practice at TCO Performance Center, home of the Minnesota Vikings.

Hartman: Fleck says Gophers need to carry over momentum

The only Big Ten team that was more dominant down the stretch than the Gophers last season was Iowa.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Timberwolves (and Star Tribune) owner Glen Taylor on the team’s plans for restricted free agent Tyus Jones: “It’s a little bit…
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns was congratulated by team owner Glen Taylor and his wife Becky after a win over the Golden State Warriors

Hartman: Taylor says draft staff will stay while search for basketball boss begins

Whether Ryan Saunders and Scott Layden stay or go could depend on who is hired as the Timberwolves' new basketball boss.
Virginia and Texas Tech played in the NCAA basketball championship game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Monday night. Virginia won 85-77 in overtime.

Hartman: U.S. Bank Stadium GM touts success of Final Four

Patrick Talty has done several national events before and says he hasn't seen it done better.
Fans — 72,711 in all, according to the NCAA — flocked to U.S. Bank Stadium for the Final Four semifinals on Saturday. They packed the building aga

Hartman: Minneapolis reaps rewards for building big-time stadiums

This weekend's Final Four was another resounding success not only for U.S. Bank Stadium but for Minnesota and downtown Minneapolis.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The announced attendance at the 2001 NCAA championship game between Duke and Arizona at the Metrodome was 45,944. In 1992 for Duke vs. Michigan…

Jim Nantz — by a long shot — has announced the most Final Fours

nantz’s job security TV play-by-play announcers of the Final Four since it first aired on network television in 1969: Name<CHARENTITY>8</CHARENTITY>Years worked Jim Nantz29 (CBS,…
Dick Vitale poses with Villanova fans before the 2016 Final Four in Houston.

Hartman: For ESPN's Vitale, nothing tops the Final Four

Lengendary college basketball announcer Dick Vitale said what makes this event so special is the unique drama of the NCAA tournament.
Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight diagrams a play with his players in the first first half of a college basketball game against New Mexico at The Pit in A

Hartman: Beard's coaching legacy at Texas Tech started under Knight

One of the first assistant coaches Bobby Knight hired when he took over at Texas Tech in 2001 was Chris Beard
Duke forward Zion Williamson walks out of the Duke locker room with teammate Tre Jones

Hartman: No Zion, no Duke is a loss for Minneapolis' Final Four

No disrespect to the other teams, but Zion Williamson and the Blue Devils were going to be the talk of the town this weekend.
The Kentucky basketball team celebrated its NCAA championship after beating Kansas State 68-58 on March 27, 1951, at Williams Arena. The NCAA wouldn�

Hartman: Scandal plagued Kentucky's 1951 title game at Williams Arena

Adolph Rupp long denied any knowledge of point shaving, but the NCAA still eventually banned the Wildcats for the 1952-53 season.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • The Vikings schedule features seven games with teams that reached the 2018 playoffs, and five of those are away from home. Besides facing…
Minnesota Twins first baseman C.J. Cron (24) celebrated after scoring off a two run double hit by left fielder Marwin Gonzalez (9) allowing he and des

Hartman: Revised Twins of Derek Falvey, Thad Levine start strong

Thursday's Opening Day victory was two years in the making for bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine.
Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli (5) walked past the Opening Day logo painted on the field during workouts Wednesday.

Hartman: Twins president 'confident we have the right guy' in Baldelli

Twins president Dave St. Peter said when it comes to judging how new manager Rocco Baldelli will perform, he's going to give the 37-year-old former first-round pick some breathing room.
In previewing the 2019 Twins, NBC Sports noted that center fielder Byron Buxton “is still young enough to put it all together one year.” The 25-ye

Hartman: Twins expected to be Indians' lone challenger this season

The Vegas oddsmakers have the over/under on season victories as such: Cleveland at 90.5, the Twins at 84.5, the Chicago White Sox at 74.5, Kansas City 69.5 and Detroit 68.5.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman on how the team got Everson Griffen to rework his contract: “We were able to…
The Gophers bench celebrates a three-point basket during the second half against Louisville

Hartman: Gophers' win sets up rematch with Michigan State

Richard Pitino's squad on Thursday played confidently vs. Louisville, but Michigan State offers another tough challenge.
Amir Coffey (left) and Jordan Murphy

Hartman: NCAA tournament success for U depends on Murphy, Coffey

When the Gophers win, the team's best two players have shined. In the losses, not so much. Here are some numbers that tell the story.

Sid's jottings

JOTTINGS • Kyle Rudolph is such a great locker room presence for the Vikings and offers so much value that it’s hard to believe…
Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino directs his team during the first half against Purdue.

Hartman: Pitino's tenure as Gophers coach comparable to Tubby Smith

This is Richard Pitino's sixth season, and only seven coaches in Gophers history have lasted more than six years.
Duke's Tre Jones followed his brother, Tyus, and chose Duke after a successful career at Apple Valley.

Hartman: Apple Valley basketball talent can't pass up Duke

Three of the Eagles' best — Tyus and Tre Jones and Gary Trent Jr. — were wooed by 'Coach K.'
The Twins fired Paul Molitor one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award. In four seasons under Molitor, the Twins went 305-

Hartman: Molitor remains out of baseball for now

The Twins still hope to find a role for former manager Paul Molitor and are paying him $3 million a year for two more years.
Football coach P.J. Fleck held up the champions trophy after the Gophers crushed Georgia Tech 34-10 in the Quick Lane Bowl in December.

Hartman: Big Ten football title is realistic goal for Gophers

Coach P.J. Fleck is bringing back 37 of 44 players from the Gophers' two-deep chart from the 34-10 victory over Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Paul Fenton

Hartman: Wild's trades spark recent surge

GM Paul Fenton's trades are trying to make the team younger and faster, and create more cap space.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman.

Hartman: Vikings have been adept at handling NFL salary cap

Rick Spielman said his team's salary situation isn't as troubling as it has been in past seasons.
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