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Patrick Reusse

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Patrick Reusse is a sports columnist who writes three columns per week. Write to Patrick by e-mailing sports@startribune.com and including his name in the subject line.

Recent content from Patrick Reusse
Inductees Jim Leyland, Adrian Beltre, Todd Helton and Joe Mauer pose with their plaques after the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Sunday.

Patrick Reusse looks back at Hall of Fame weekend in Cooperstown

Joe Mauer, Todd Helton, Jim Leyland and Adrian Beltre went into the baseball shrine.
From left, Joe Castiglione, Rod Carew and Dick Bremer sit Friday in Cooperstown, N.Y. Castiglione, a longtime Red Sox announcer, is to be honored by t

Reusse: Rod Carew still visits Cooperstown to show respect to baseball's legends

The Twins great, a Hall of Famer for more than three decades, is back in New York as "a taller me" is enshrined in Joe Mauer.
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News in 2018.

Reusse: 'Ball writer' Fraley will also have his moment in Cooperstown

The late Gerry Fraley, a longtime reporter for the Dallas Morning News, will be honored at the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend.
Minnesota Vikings newly drafted wide receiver Jordan Addison (3) takes the field without pads or a helmet on the first day of the Vikings mandatory mi

Reusse: Addison is now Vikings' No. 1 knucklehead receiver

There should be no need to gather more information on Vikings receiver Jordan Addison after a second dangerous incident in a vehicle in his two years in the NFL.
Former Iowa standout Monika Czinano stands on the Target Center floor with her former college teammate, Fever rookie Caitlin Clark, after Indiana beat

Reusse: Clark reunited with former Hawkeyes teammate Czinano

After three years competing alongside Iowa star Caitlin Clark, Monika Czinano happy to watch her friend play where the two won the Big Ten tournament in 2023.
Outfielder Ryan LaMarre played two brief stints with the Twins, starting the season with the team in 2018 and eventually working his way back toward t

Reusse: Playing career over, two-time Twin LaMarre has no regrets

The former outfielder is moving on with his life with his wife, former Edina tennis standout Whitney Taney, and their two boys.
Gophers sprinter Devin Augustine, right, will represent Trinidad and Tobago at the Paris Olympics.

Reusse: Augustine rides U's pipeline from Trinidad and Tobago to Paris

Trinidad & Tobago might be a small Caribbean country, but it has produced some standout Gophers sprinters, including Olympics-bound Devin Augustine.
Byron Buxton is healthy and hitting again, but it's his game-changing speed on the basepaths and in center field that is unprecedented in 64 years of

Reusse: Let's savor the blur that is the Twins' Buxton while we can

Byron Buxton's career has long held great promise, but always with the caveat "if he stays healthy." Now he has been playing well for several weeks, and that blinding speed on the bases and in center field is still a wonder to behold.
Twins designated hitter Jose Miranda hits a solo home run against the Astros in the third inning at Target Field on Friday.

Reusse: Pathetic pitching negates Miranda's hot streak

Jose Miranda has had 10 hits in his last 10 at-bats, but Rocco Baldelli had Austin Martin pinch hit for Miranda in the ninth inning of Friday's 13-12 loss to Houston.
Chris Engler was diagnosed with ALS in May 2021.

Reusse: Former Gopher, NBA player Engler persisting in battle with ALS

Chris Engler and his wife, Cara, are hopeful for ongoing treatments to slow ALS and perhaps — 80-plus years after the death of Lou Gehrig — that researchers will find the big answer.
Minnesota Timbwerwloves General Manger Tim Connelly (center) posed with draft picks Leonard Miller left and Jaylen Clark Monday June 26,2023 in Minnea

Clark one of many young Wolves awaiting their shot to contribute

Jaylen Clark, a 2023 second-round pick, didn't play much as a rookie but he believes the end of the bench is full of potential.
Former USC guard Bronny James takes questions from the media as he's introduced as a Los Angeles Lakers draft pick at a news conference in El Segundo,

Reusse: Minnesota basketball fans, envy the Lakers no longer

The Lakers have had plenty of success in L.A. since leaving Minneapolis but after this year's draft, the Timberwolves have the upper hand.
Natalie Darwitz, left, and Krissy Wendell-Pohl pose for a photo as Gophers freshmen in 2002, the year Ridder Arena opened.

Reusse: When Darwitz, Wendell-Pohl played together, Minnesota hockey went next level

In a fitting tribute, the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto announced it will be inducting Darwitz and Wendell-Pohl together.
Memorial Ballpark in Dundas, Minn., on Sunday, June 23, 2024, as sandbagging around the infield could not keep the rising water from the Cannon River

Reusse: Summertime deluge no match for determined Dundas Dukes

Conditions looked fabulous for town-team baseball playing games as scheduled this summer — until the rain started.
As the 3M Open approaches its sixth edition on the PGA Tour, executive director Hollis Cavner (2015 photo) remains proud of the tournament's resilienc

Reusse: Despite COVID and LIV tests, 3M Open's Cavner undaunted

The 3M Open's first five seasons on the PGA Tour faced unforeseeable challenges, but executive director Hollis Cavner is proud of the tournament's resiliency and its providing a showcase to the game's up-and-coming college stars.
Simeon Woods Richardson did not begin the 2024 season in the major leagues but has developed into a reliable starter since the Twins brought him up to

Reusse: Up-and-down Twins season has produced plenty of surprises

While several players have disappointed through the first three months of 2024, others have stepped up in impressive fashion.
The sun is setting on the Oakland Coliseum as a home for Major League Baseball.

More memories of the Oakland Coliseum since 1968

The Athletics became a powerhouse and a Twins rival playing in the East Bay.
Twins second baseman Denny Hocking pulls down the final out of the 2002 Division Series with the A's, securing a 5-4 victory at Oakland and advancing

Reusse: Twins ruined the ending of 'Moneyball' in 2002 playoffs

A victory over the A's feature a dramatic ending in Game 5 at the Coliseum.
Tommy Ahneman, a center from Fargo who is North Dakota's top recruit and a target of the Gophers, is transferring to Cretin-Derham Hall.

Reusse: There's legend behind tall transfer to Cretin-Derham Hall

Tommy Ahneman's mother was a Hastings athlete, and his grandpa was a Hall of Famer at St. Cloud State. Tommy's being recruited by the Gophers, but first he'll spend his last high school year surrounded by other talented transfers.
The Cupitos from left: mom Carly, Minnehaha Academy grad Callie, Ava, Jack, Carter and dad Bryan.

Reusse: Years later, former Gophers QB still enjoying Minneapolis life as a dad

Long after his days in maroon and gold, Bryan Cupito is a busy father of four and a volunteer leader for the Phelps Falcons in southeast Minneapolis.
Jerry West took the Los Angeles Clippers' video crew to Dan Tana's, the famed Hollywood restaurant. Dan Fitzpatrick, from Edina, center, has his arm a

Reusse: Jerry West's legion of admirers included Minnesotan Dan Fitzpatrick

Jerry West, the Lakers star who died this week, made a strong impression on the Clippers video coordinator.
There is outrage in the air that Caitlin Clark was not chosen for the U.S. Olympic team after just 13 games with the Fever in the WNBA.

Reusse: Clark hasn't earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Yet.

Caitlin Clark was a wondrous college player who has brought huge numbers of ticket buyers to arenas and viewers to TV dens. None of that matters when choosing an Olympic team.
You need two Ants and a half-dozen other pieces to get a chance to play for an NBA title. The Timberwolves face an improbability of about 85% to win i

Reusse: Slim chances for a big-four championship here this decade

The Twin Cities have been waiting since 1991 for our next massive celebration for a major league men's franchise, and it's hard to picture that drought ending any time soon.
Twins top prospect Brooks Lee gets ready to play in the field at CHS Field for the Saints last August. Lee, who was injured to start this season, made

Reusse: Talent up, fun down with Saints since Twins takeover

The players rank among some of the best in the Twins farm system, but the wackiness of the independent era seems to be lacking at CHS Field these days.
Napheesa Collier was part of Team USA at the last Olympics and wants to be back on the five-on-five team for Paris this summer.

Reusse: Minnesota connections galore in emerging 3x3 hoops space

Lynx star Napheesa Collier will become a changemaker. Kareem Maddox, Timberwolves employee, will be a hoop-maker in Paris.
Gophers baseball coach Ty McDevitt shakes hands during a game against Northeastern on Feb. 24 in Fort Myers, Fla.

Reusse: U picked right replacement for legendary baseball coach Anderson

A health scare kept new head coach Ty McDevitt from doing his job in 2023, but he is back, and the Gophers are in good hands.
Jaden McDaniels makes a pass in the first quarter of Game 5.

Reusse: Jaden McDaniels and the Wolves' summer project

Edwards dribbling around won't beat Dallas next season. In McDaniels, the Wolves already have the guy who can boost their offense.
Kansas City Royals' Salvador Perez, right, celebrates his three-run home run off Minnesota Twins pitcher Lance Lynn with Alex Gordon in the first inni

Reusse: Royals veteran Salvador Perez embraces the catcher's grind

Royals catcher Salvador Perez, still a mainstay in the lineup, looks to be on track for the Hall of Fame.
Twins closer Jhoan Duran celebrates with catcher Ryan Jeffers after pitching a 1-2-3 ninth to earn a save in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Rangers a

Reusse: A tale of two teams as Twins get Duran back while Wolves stumble

After giving up home runs in three straight showings, closer Jhoan Duran protected the Twins' 3-2 lead Friday and 5-3 lead Saturday, giving fans who showed up to get his bobblehead something special.
Mavericks guard Luka Doncic talks with Wolves guard Mike Conley in the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference finals at Target Center.

Reusse: Mavs have two best players in the series. Should Wolves panic?

The mood from Wolves fans after Game 1 was to stay calm, but with Kyrie Irving and Luka Doncic performing their magic tricks, it's easy to see trouble brewing.
Sean Sweeney, middle, works for a rebound with Cretin-Derham Hall teammate Joe Mauer against Highland Park's Maurice Hargrow on Feb. 13, 2001, helping

Reusse: Top Mavericks assistant has big fans in Wolves country

Joe Mauer was Sean Sweeney's teammate at Cretin-Derham Hall and saw what he believes are the makings of a future head coach.
1962: Bob Bruggers, the pride of Danube, Minn.

Reusse: What a life it was for Bob Bruggers

The Danube legend somehow jammed basketball, football, pro wrestling, even a plane crash, into 80 remarkable years.
Willi Castro taps his helmet during Thursday's loss to the Yankees, the finale of a series dragged down by Twins fielding errors.

Reusse: 378 pitches of agony for Twins at Target Field

How weak was the Twins offense? Even the Loons and PWHL Minnesota outscored the Twins this week. The defense also fell short as the Yankees made their series sweep look easy.
Yankees designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, right, celebrates his third-inning solo homer with teammate Anthony Rizzo against the Twins on Tuesday ni

Reusse: Yankees' World Series drought should end soon

The Yankee haven't been in a World Series since 2009. But their current roster gives them a good chance of getting there and winning the title.
Gophers baseball coach John Anderson, center, accompanied by wife, Jan, and daughter, Erin, chant the “Rouser” at Anderson’s retirement celebrat

Reusse: Gophers honor coach with retired number, then big number

The Gophers baseball team beat Michigan State 21-3 after a ceremony to honor retiring coach John Anderson.
The improvement of Simeon Woods Richardson, the most recent addition to the Twins' rotation, was one of the most encouraging signs of the team's 5-2 h

Reusse: Twins' revamped rotation succeeds, with more help on the way

The Twins pieced together an unproven starting rotation coming out of spring training, but the addition of Simeon Woods Richardson has made the group particularly effective of late.
St. Olaf senior Sam Lavin is 6-2 as a pitcher and carries a .390 batting average as well. (Michael Turner, St. Olaf Athletics)

Reusse: With influx of out-of-state recruits, St. Olaf baseball rises to MIAC's top

Two-way standout Sam Lavin, from Algonquin, Ill., is among the players who've discovered St. Olaf as a potential stepping stone.
Georgia head coach Wes Johnson meets with umpire crew and UNC Asheville head coach Scott Friedholm during an NCAA baseball game in February.

Reusse: Ex-Twins pitching coach Johnson brings velocity to Georgia

Wes Johnson was asked about the strength of the Southeastern Conference in baseball. "There is our league and there is everybody else," he replied.
Twins relief pitcher Cole Sands delivers against Red Sox during the ninth inning Saturday at Target Field as the Twins stretched their winning streak

Reusse: Just as in 1980, surprising contributors fueling Twins' 12-game winning streak

Only this time, the winning streak has come to save the season, rather than at the tail end of a lost one.
There's no one quite like Byron Buxton at his best in center field, and both Buxton and the Twins would prefer to keep him there.

Reusse: When or if Buxton plays, his place is in center field

Last year's DH experiment fizzled out, proving that despite a dodgy knee the Twins need Buxton on the grass.
NBA referee Jacyn Goble gets between Nets forward Dorian Finney-Smith (28) and Timberwolves guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker during a February game at T

Reusse: Hey, NBA refs! Time to stop putting up with the abuse!

How has the NBA gotten to a point that over half of the possessions end with a player or coach barking, often with animation, toward a referee?
Wolves guard Mike Conley drives past Suns guard Bradley Beal in the first half Friday night, one of dozens of possessions that helped decide the outco

Reusse: Constant action is what keeps eyes glued to NBA playoffs

The modern NBA draws its fair share of criticism, but the excitement and tension of it all cannot be topped, especially when the Timberwolves are in the playoffs.
Al Shaver, pictured in 1979, arrived with the North Stars in 1967 and chose not to follow the franchise to Dallas after the 1993 season. He instead wo

Reusse: Shaver was 'Voice of the North Stars' and an all-time great guy

Al Shaver, who had a premier standing among Minnesota sports radio voices, died Monday at 96. He made many friends and called it like he saw it.
Chris Finch has made many right moves regarding the handling of his players, including star Anthony Edwards.

Reusse: There's no doubt Finch is the right coach for the Wolves

Chris Finch is a finalist for NBA Coach of the Year, but he brings more to the table than just victories, including lessons learned in faraway places.
Twins starter Chris Paddack shut out the White Sox for seven innings and struck out 10 at Target Field on Monday night.

Reusse: How bad are the White Sox? They made Twins look good.

The offense is still mired in a terrible start, but Twins' hitters and pitcher Chris Paddack looked rejuvenated on Monday. The White Sox looked like, well, the White Sox.
Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins speaks during a news conference March 13.

Reusse's Tortured Columnist Department update: Yes, Vikings won the offseason

The Vikings have made nearly two full albums-worth of smart moves, including letting Cousins go and bringing in Aaron Jones. Will this unusual trend continue in the draft?
Suns guard Devin Booker gets pinched by Kyle Anderson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker, right, last Sunday.

Reusse: Wolves need stopper for Booker? NAW, it's not a problem.

The best way to stop Phoenix scoring threat Devin Booker may be on the Timberwolves bench, which means there could be extra minutes for Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
Ethan Casson has been chief executive officer of the Timberwolves, the Lynx, the Iowa Wolves and T-Wolves Gaming since August 2016.

Reusse: Success on court helped Timberwolves do strong business

CEO Ethan Casson was prepared for the Wolves finally roaring through an impressive regular season.
Wolves majority owner Glen Taylor claps during player introductions before the team played Toronto earlier this month.

Reusse: Taylor's story. 'I just bought the Minnesota Timberwolves.'

Thirty years ago, Glen Taylor went from frustrated mediator to NBA owner with a phone call, some writing on the back of an envelope and a handshake in a conference room full of lawyers and accountants.
On Friday night, Karl-Anthony Towns returned after missing 18 games with a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Reusse: Back from injury, Towns doesn't have to carry load

It is now nine years since Flip Saunders selected Karl-Anthony Towns, and the Wolves are finally enjoying a season comparable to the excellence of 2003-04.
Byron  Buxton struck out twice against Tyler Glasnow on Tuesday. Glasnow struck out 14 batters in the Dodgers' 6-3 victory.

Reusse: Payroll-cutting Twins no match for big-spending Dodgers

Unstoppable forces met Tuesday at Target Field, those being Tyler Glasnow's pitching prowess and the Twins' spectacular ability to strike out.
Reliever Michael Tonkin (shown in 2017) has taken a roundabout route back to the Twins roster.

Reusse: 'The Tonk' crisscrossed globe before returning to Twins

Quirky reliever Michael "The Tonk" Tonkin has played in Japan, Mexico, even Lew Ford's Long Island Ducks before being reacquired on Tuesday.
Twins shortstop Carlos Correa holds his two sons, Kylo and Kenzo, left to right, before Thursday's home opener against the Guardians at Target Field.

Reusse: Correa follows Twins lineage as team's next great, and greatest, shortstop

Shortstop Carlos Correa "is the complete package," said former Twins shortstop Roy Smalley. Starting Season 3 in Minnesota, he will be the Twins' best-ever shortstop.
Willi Castro scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning on Opening Day, one of only two runs in the Twins' 4-2 loss to Cleveland.

Reusse's impressions from the home opener. (He's not a happy columnist.)

The Twins opened their 15th season in Target Field on Thursday, and 24 hours later, witnesses can state the most positive element of the experience was the weather: 48 degrees and sunny
FILE - In this April 4, 1983, file photo, North Carolina State coach Jim Valvano, center with fist raised, celebrates after his basketball team defeat

Reusse: Another N.C. State team a big part of college ball's golden age

Men's college basketball was in a golden age in the 1980s, and Jim Valvano's Wolfpack helped make it so with a run of upsets that led them to the NCAA title. Is there another such run coming?
Wild goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) skates to the bench after coach John Hynes pulled him during overtime.

Reusse: Hynes, Wild go out gambling by pulling goalie in OT

In the spirit of Minnesota's sporting past, coach John Hynes took a courageous gamble and lost, costing the Wild against Vegas.
Gophers goalie Robb Stauber and teammates including Randy Skarda (10) celebrate a 7-4 victory against Maine before playing Harvard in the 1989 NCAA ch

Reusse: '89 Gophers came close to a title. Now some of their sons have their chance.

Dave Snuggerud, Lance Pitlick and their 1989 Gophers teammates are waiting to see if Jimmy Snuggerud, Rhett Pitlick and others can finish on top.
Glen Taylor and his wife, Becky, walk off the court after the Timberwolves defeated the Mavericks earlier this season. Taylor is remaining as majority

Reusse: Taylor on sale for Wolves, Lynx falling through: 'It's business'

"Everyone has the right to bring in the lawyers," Glen Taylor said after Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez didn't hit deadlines to complete the purchase of the Timberwolves and Lynx.
West Texas A&M men's basketball coach Tom Brown played for Woodbury High and then Winona State, where he got his start in coaching. On Thursday, his t

Got time for a tale? Reusse muses on Mankato, Winona, West Texas and St. Thomas

An NCAA Division II semifinal game in men's basketball has a lot of ties to Minnesota powerhouse teams.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Jhoan Duran celebrated the final out of the game. The Minnesota Twins defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in Game 1 of t

Reusse: Dark cloud looming over the Twins as season begins

Closer Jhoan Duran's injury is just the poster for a horrible spring training for a Twins pitching staff that already suffered from a lack of depth.
Cherry's Isaac Asuma, second from left, defended by Fertile-Beltrami's Bryer Strem (1), makes a shot during the Class 1A boys basketball championship

Reusse: Boys basketball continues surge under four-class tournament

The old two-class system brings about nostalgia, but the eye-popping talent in Saturday's championship games should be appreciated.
Two versions exist of a saga involving betting, bookies, lies and theft, with Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani, right, and his interpreter Ippei

Reusse: Who's lying in this Ohtani debacle?

Betting, bookies, lies, theft — the barely begun baseball season has taken one on the chin.
Elijah Hazekamp (12) and Kyreese Willingham (1) celebrate after Hazekamp's buzzer-beater on Tuesday, which sent the Mavericks to the Elite Eight.

Reusse: Ugly game, beautiful ending gets 2 Mankato teams to Elite Eight

Minnesota State Mankato's women blew out its opponent to move into the NCAA Division II quarterfinals this weekend. Then, the men took a very different path.
Purdue center Zach Edey falls to the floor as he's defended by Wisconsin's Steven Crowl on Saturday.

Reusse: Minnesota-bred big men help Wisconsin fell Purdue and its giant, Edey

Ex-Twin Cities high school standouts Steven Crowl, Tyler Wahl and Nolan Winter all fouled out, but Wisconsin still outlasted Purdue in overtime, 76-75.
Tyler Kim holds up the "Swens-Milboy Belt," awarded to the winner of the Augsburg-Wartburg men's wrestling dual meet, after his win at 285 pounds clin

Reusse: Why Augsburg, heavyweight star deserve their spotlight

Tyler Kim and the Auggies will be battling for another Division III wrestling title this weekend in Wisconsin.
Daniel Freitag played a key role in Breck's 91-74 victory over Minneapolis North in the Class 2A, Section 5 championship game on Friday.

Reusse: Transformational drink of water led Breck boys hoops over Minneapolis North

The Class 2A, Section 5 championship pitted two dangerous teams with star names in tow, but only one could break its fast.
St. Cloud Cathedral's Nick Hansen celebrates a 3-1 victory against Hermantown in the Class 1A title game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday

Reusse: St. Cloud Cathedral's title was a tribute to Mack Motzko

Mack Motzko, who died in July 2021, played for Cathedral but was at Minnetonka during the Crusaders' 2019 Class 1A championship.
Iowa guard Caitlin Clark pulls up for a three-pointer — which she missed — over Penn State's Moriah Murray during the first quarter Friday in the

Reusse: Caitlin Clark hype has been percolating for years - and I saw it coming

Back when Caitlin Clark was just coming onto the national radar Patrick Reusse knew this would happen: She's going to be a star. Sure enough, Target Center was sold out Friday.
Lou Nanne, our main hockey man since the 1960s.

Reusse: Last call for Lou Nanne at this year's state hockey tournament

Nanne is providing TV commentary for the last time at the 2A boys hockey tournament. But that doesn't mean he's slowing down at age 83.
Loons forward Tani Oluwaseyi beats Columbus goalie Patrick Schulte from in tight to snatch a tie in the home opener.

Reusse: With new pressing tactics, Loons fans could be in for a fun season

Minnesota United's home opener featured a Liverpool-style, high-intensity press that left even Patrick Reusse begrudgingly entertained.
Herb Brooks and the 1974 national championship team won the Gophers' first national title 54 years after the program's official start.

Reusse: With playoffs looming, Gophers hockey honors the men who won it first

Motzko's boys are gearing up for another playoff push. They could learn a thing or two from Herbie's boys, winners of the program's first NCAA title in 1974.
Phil Roof (shown in 2018) has been a mainstay at spring training for the Twins for 63 years — in that time he learned how to throw a perfect batting

Reusse: Master at throwing batting practice replaced by machines

Phil Roof has been invited to spring training with the Twins for 63 years and he could lob a home run ball with the best of them. In that department, his services are no longer needed.
“I’m not going to dive in spring training," says Byron Buxton from Fort Myers, Fla. That is consistent with the way he plans for training and the

Reusse: Buxton is back in center field. If he stays there, watch out

Byron Buxton is 30 years old and hoping to convince everyone — including himself — that the good parts of his baseball story have not yet been written in full.
Calvin Moehrle, an 8-year-old from Minneapolis, showed off his autographed Twins cap and Royce Lewis-signed ball outside Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers

Reusse: Payroll, Pohlad debates swirl around Twins pitching lineup

Sonny Gray is now with the Cardinals and the Twins are taking their chances with cost-effective arms. But are the Rays really the team to emulate?
A couple of Minnesota icons, Gophers baseball coach John Anderson and Twins mascot TC Bear, hung out Friday morning in Naples, Fla.

Reusse: Anderson still maintaining Gophers-Twins bond established by Siebert

Ahead of Friday's exhibition game vs. the Twins, and his final season as Gophers coach, John Anderson looked back fondly on a decadeslong relationship between the Minnesota baseball teams.