The Kid

Ken Griffey Jr. goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. For thousands of baseball fans my age, this will be a coronation as much as a formality. After all, he seemed destined to end up in Cooperstown since the moment he stepped onto a big league diamond at age 19. Griffey and Kirby…
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One Man’s Fantasy Football Take

The NFL season kicked off Thursday night with all eyes on Tom Brady in his return to the field and Rob Gronkowski doing Gronk things. But tomorrow, Sunday, that’s when most teams open their seasons. Sunday is the day fantasy football fans live for. Go to a local bar or restaurant that has NFL Sunday…
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Dealing With Hunting Failure

Strandquist, Minn. There it was. Just a few dozen yards in front of me. A deer skipping through the woods, its big white tail flopping as it leaped over a fallen branch. Unfortunately, this scene played out on a walking path in Thief River Falls, Minn., on Sunday and not on hunting land. And as…
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The Time Was Right To Part Ways With Gardy

For just the second time since 1986, the Minnesota Twins are looking for a new manager. And after four straight 90-plus loss seasons, who can blame them? Is Ron Gardenhire to blame for the lack of talent? No. When given pitching staffs in recent years with Carl Pavano, Scott Diamond and Ricky Nolasco as aces,…
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Hicks, Arcia Are Keys To Respectability For Twins

After three straight seasons with 90-plus losses, the uphill climb that the Minnesota Twins face entering today’s season opener has become very steep. There is hope for the future, which I touched on in our season preview in today’s paper. The Twins farm system is highly ranked by a number of sources, including Baseball America.…
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Twins Caravan Leftovers

Nothing really beats talking baseball on a cold January night like we endured in Fargo-Moorhead last night. The Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan stop at The Hub couldn’t have come at a better time. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, reliever Anthony Swarzak, Twins broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven, bench coach Terry Steinbach and Twins…
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