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Twins baseball from the perspective of a long-time fan

August 4, 2015
Twins closer Glen Perkins

Section 219: A short-and-sour thought about the Twins

The Twins inability to improve their bullpen is frustrating because it reduces their postseason hopes to hoping for the best, rather than having much reason to expect it.
July 14, 2015
Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks and Torii Hunter celebrate their 9-5 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

Twins at midseason: Present and future are finally the same thing

We're beyond reminding each other how the Twins are playing much better than expected. At the All-Star break, it's time to look at what's gone right.
July 3, 2015
Ervin Santana will start Sunday against Kansas City.

Section 219: Hey, Twins fans. A moratorium on whining for now, OK?

Maybe the Twins are catching Kansas City at the right time, the same way Milwaukee chewed on the Twins last month when they were struggling.
June 29, 2015
Milwaukee Brewers' Jean Segura, left, awaits the ball to tag out Minnesota Twins' Eddie Rosario (20) who was trying to steal second base during the fi

Section 219: A reminder for Twins fans, courtesy of the Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers were a big deal at this time last year, which should be a caution for Twins fans based on what's happened to the Brewers since.
June 13, 2015
Paul Molitor

Are we watching the Twins you were afraid of seeing?

The Twins have played shabby baseball recently and that needs to change for their season to keep from slipping into another bad one.
June 1, 2015
Minnesota Twins celebrate after the final out of the World Series, Oct. 25 1987.

Section 219: When the Twins went from terrible to the top in '87

Before the 1987 season, I wrote that fans shouldn't expect a great season -- and then told them how it could happen. Here's a look back.
May 28, 2015
Minnesota Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks (32), from left, Minnesota Twins right fielder Torii Hunter (48) and Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Ros

Section 219: You didn't think the Twins would do this well, either

We can still debate Twins issues. But their record and current place in the standings mean the discussions shouldn't be grumpy ones.
May 23, 2015
Minnesota Twins players celebrate their 8-7 win over the Oakland Athletics at Target Field in Minneapolis on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Are the Twins as good as their (unexpectedly good) record?

The question of the moment for Twins fans is whether their team is really as good as its record through the first quarter of the season.
May 12, 2015
Minnesota Twins' Kurt Suzuki, left, congratulates teammate Torii Hunter after Hunter scored on an RBI-single by Joe Mauer in the first inning of a bas

Section 219: Hey, it's kind of a big series for the Twins

We're going to start finding out whether the Twins are really as good as their recent performance.
May 4, 2015

Section 219: Watching players grow (Trevor Plouffe edition)

For all of the worst-case situations and scenarios that Twins fans have dealt with in recent seasons, Trevor Plouffe may be creating options based on positives.
April 27, 2015

Section 219: Figuring out the Twins (as fans and as the manager)

Three weeks into the season, the Twins are more interesting that you might have expected.
April 14, 2015
Brian Dozier, right, and Danny Santana miss a fielder during the Twins home opener against the Kansas City Royals at Target Field in Minneapolis on Mo

Section 219: Are the Twins really this bad?

Is the first week of games an indication of how bad the Twins are going to be in 2015? Probably not, but that's because they can't continue being this bad.
April 11, 2015

Section 219: For Twins fans, the road from trepidation to swagger

A week of games is too little to judge anyhting in baseball. But it can help frame the issues ahead.
April 6, 2015

Section 219: We already know how the Twins season ends, right?

I'm not filled with optimism heading into the 2015 season but Opening Day is too early to give up hope.
December 13, 2014

Live tweets from the Ervin Santana press conference

Here's some of what Ervin Santana told reporters during Saturday morning's press conference at Target Field.
December 4, 2014

Section 219: Bringing back Torii Hunter: Once bitten...

So far, the remaking of the Twins has the feel of reassembling a hair band that used to play arena shows and sending it on a casino tour.
November 6, 2014

Section 219: Is Molitor really a 'safe' choice?

There are all kinds of things that would make Paul Molitor look like an outside-the-box choice if it wasn't for his connections to the Twins and to the Pohlad family.
October 23, 2014

Section 219: Why is Terry Ryan's manager search taking so long?

Ryan is making his choice against a backdrop of skepticism that the Twins have earned by bungling more things than they have gotten right recently.
September 30, 2014

Section 219: A needed change -- and a big test for Terry Ryan's job

It was time for Ron Gardenhire to go. Now the pressure is on Terry Ryan to produce.
September 26, 2014
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes hands the ball over to manager Ron Gardenhire, right, as he walks off the mound in the eighth inning of a

Section 219: Give some credit to the Twins and Hughes

This may have been the ultimate First World issue, whether the Twins should have found a way to give pitcher Phil Hughes the $500,000 he would have earned.
September 6, 2014

Section 219 guest post: 'Talent needs leadership to win'

Frequent commenter Jason Iacovino takes over the Section 219 blog to share his thoughts about the Twins.
September 1, 2014

Section 219: 'September to forget' coming up for the Twins

Who else wants to join me in largely ignoring what happens on the field for the Twins in the season's final month?
July 3, 2014

Section 219: Believing and pretending with Gardenhire's Twins

After a couple years of wondering whether he still should be managing the Twins, Ron Gardenhire has kept a troubled team together through the first half of 2014.
June 9, 2014
Kendrys Morales will reportedly sign with the Twins.

Section 219: Adding Kendrys Morales (Sick of being -- and looking -- bad)

The surprise signing of Kendrys Morales says good things about the Twins in several ways.
June 5, 2014

Section 219: I'm in the Joe Mauer debate by staying out if it

I have pretty much done my best to stay out of the Joe Mauer discussions, which is a polite term for much of what I've heard and read.