Tim Bouvine: New world order diminishes Olympic impact

The opening ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympics begins today in London — and yet the anticipation appears to be less than energetic as the world gathering has become less and less unique due to changing political and economic conditions. Gone [...]

Tim Bouvine: A healthy Mauer still no ordinary Joe

Perhaps no other Minnesota Twin has been the subject of derision more than All-Star catcher Joe Mauer, while accomplishing so much in his eight and a half-year major league career. The three-time American League batting champion with a career [...]

Tim Bouvine: Least tenured Twin has most trading value

Three and a half months and 21 home runs into his first season with the Minnesota Twins, outfielder Josh Willingham has already become the most valuable Twin on the open market. The question staring Twins general manager Terry Ryan in the face [...]

Tim Bouvine: Lucky Liriano on his way out of Minny

Perplexing left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano will be opening up the symbolic second half of the 2012 baseball season for the American League Central last-place Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Target Field. It’s now a matter of when, [...]

Tim Bouvine: ‘Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing’ doesn’t apply to Twins

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi made “quotation eternity” with his famous statement glorifying victory as the only acceptable outcome worthy of praise. As the second half of Major League Baseball begins to unfold it’s apparent [...]

Tim Bouvine: Frankie and Scott plus junkyard lot is all Twins got

The Minnesota Twins have been playing at a respectable rate (21-16) since Francisco Liriano returned to the starting rotation and paired with another lefty Scott Diamond to give the team an effective one-two punch in the starter’s mix. Unfortunately [...]

Tim Bouvine: Huskies swing and miss on historic McLain connection

Former 1968 Most Valuable Player and two-time Cy Young winner Denny McLain is scheduled to appear at Wade Stadium on Friday night to connect a bit of baseball history to the Duluth Huskies and the historic ballpark. The last major league pitcher [...]

Tim Bouvine: Doumit fits Twins like a glove

First-year Twin Ryan Doumit is half way through his inaugural season with the club, and the 31-year-old multi-positional player has already impressed the front office to reward his performance with a two-year guaranteed extension to remain with [...]

Tim Bouvine: Willingham’s blast may have hammered down all-star bid

Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has exceeded expectations as a free-agent pickup from the Oakland A’s in the offseason throughout the first half of the baseball calendar, but one swing of the bat Sunday afternoon may have propelled [...]