Vikings
May 14
Minnesota's most iconic athletes? Here's our list of the 20 best

Minnesota's most iconic athletes? Here's our list of the 20 best

Ten Star Tribune sports writers and editors gathered for a virtual happy hour to select the 20 faces who belong on the highest pedestal of Minnesota sports.
Coronavirus
May 14
Joe Mauer played catcher, starting in eighth grade with Cretin-Derham Hall High School and from 2004-2013 with the Twins, but never during a coronavir

Reusse: Can catchers stay safe at home in pandemic baseball?

Former Twins Joe Mauer and Mike Redmond -- as well as catchers from the Gophers, the minors and amateur ball -- talked with Patrick Reusse about what could be ahead.
Twins
May 13
Expanded playoffs, short schedule should make Twins postseason locks

Expanded playoffs, short schedule should make Twins postseason locks

The proposed format for a truncated, oddball season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic will only enhance the Twins’ playoff chances if the games are played.
Twins
May 12
St. Paul’s Toni Stone waited her turn to make baseball history, and batted an estimated .243 in two Negro League seasons.

Recalling Toni Stone: First woman to be a regular in men's baseball

When Toni Stone of St. Paul signed with a Negro League-era men's team, it was seen as a publicity stunt. But she was good enough for a regular spot in the lineup.
Twins
May 12
Sharp battle lines drawn between MLB players, owners (and for good reason)

Sharp battle lines drawn between MLB players, owners (and for good reason)

When powerful stakeholders get together, even in the midst of a pandemic, the devil still lurks in the details. And the biggest detail? It's all about the money.
Twins
May 12
Major League Baseball could return to Target Field as early as July 4th under a proposal for a shortened 2020 season that the sport’s 30 team owners

Twins baseball in July? Owners approve plan, but will it really happen?

Baseball officials have started their lobbying efforts, including a Monday briefing with Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz. Getting everyone to go along with the current plan is far from guaranteed.
Twins
May 11
An 80-game baseball season? How would that look for the Twins?

An 80-game baseball season? How would that look for the Twins?

After 80 games in 2019, the Twins were 52-28 — eight games clear of Cleveland in the American League Central. But Miguel Sano was hitting only .195 and the bullpen had some issues.
Coronavirus
May 11
The Twins picked reliever Taylor Rogers in the 11th round in 2012, but this year's draft will only go five rounds in a cost-cutting move because of th

Twins aren't happy with baseball's plan for shortened draft

As the Twins try to zero in on whom they might acquire in next month's amateur draft, it's hard not to think about what they'll miss out on, too.
Twins
May 11
Dodger Stadium on what was supposed to be Major League Baseball's Opening Day in March, now postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLB owners

Major League Baseball owners to propose 80-game season

Under the owners' plan, players would report to training camp in June and start an abbreviated season in early July.
Twins
May 11
The reaction to over $1 million a year: All smiles from the Twins’ Kent Hrbek, right, and his agent Ron Simon.

Twins' Hrbek was first local pro athlete to make $1 million per season

The first baseman, who grew up near the Twins' original home of Met Stadium in Bloomington, signed for five years, $5.9 million before 1985.
Twins
May 10
Janie and Jake Reed were both standout athletes at Oregon. Janie is now a United States Olympic softball player, while Jake is a Twins minor league re

Reusse: For Jake and Janie Reed, athletic careers on hold together

Jake Reed was signed by the Twins out of Oregon in 2014. He has pitched in more than 100 games in Class AAA but never in the majors. Janie Reed, Jake's wife, has waited longer to be an Olympian.
Twins
May 10

Twins positions, slot values for the 2020 MLB draft

The 2020 MLB draft is scheduled for June 10-11.
Twins
May 10

Other notable contracts during the Kent Hrbek era

Nolan Ryan became MLB's first guaranteed million-dollar player on Nov. 19, 1979.
Vikings
May 9
Grounds crew member Reid Olson attended to the grass at Target Field on March 27. When Major League Baseball begins its season remains a mystery, alth

Hartman: Minnesota team owners will lead way as sports start to return

The Pohlad family with the Twins, the Wilf family with the Vikings, Glen Taylor with the Timberwolves and Craig Leipold with the Wild are all among the wealthiest owners in sports and some of the smartest business minds around.
Curious Minnesota
May 8
These early Twins bobbleheads mistakenly called the team the Minneapolis Twins. Team owner Calvin Griffith —a legendary penny-pincher — had a secr

Why are Minnesota's pro teams named after the state, not a city?

While most pro teams are named after the cities they are based in, each of Minnesota's six teams uses the state name — the Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, Lynx and United. Blame the Twin Cities.
Vikings
May 7
Pro sports mailbags: From Vikings problems to next season's rosters.

Pro sports mailbags: From Vikings problems to next season's rosters.

Reporters who cover Minnesota's six major pro sports teams took your questions via Twitter and email this week. Here are their answers to some of the biggest issues you raised.
Twins
May 6
The interior of an an empty Target Field, shown an hour before what would have been the home opener on April 2

Hartman: Twins' TV revenue could still be lucrative in suspended season

Losing gate revenue from fans, even if it's only for part of the season, will have a big impact. But Twins President Dave St. Peter said the club is aware of how important the revenue from television could be.
Gophers
May 6
Gophers pitcher Max Meyer threw in the 10th inning against UCLA in 2018.

U's Meyer could be state's highest draft choice since Joe Mauer

Max Meyer hasn't pitched in a game since the pandemic halted the season, but his MLB draft stock continues to soar, thanks in part to a fastball clocked as high as 100 miles per hour.
Twins
May 6
Twins prospect Jake Reed

Reusse: Can a switch to sidearm salvage reliever Jake Reed's career?

Rochester bullpen coach Mike McCarthy gave reliever Jake Reed a blunt message: What you're doing hasn't been good enough.
Twins
May 6
Byron Buxton

For $25, Byron Buxton delivers priceless message to graduating senior

The 90-second video clip Buxton made for the son of a Twins fan urged the graduate to stay positive and focus on the future. RandBall writes about the message and its meaning.
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