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  • Thoma column: Mid May is moving time for marginal regulars The middle of May. About a fifth of a way through the season. This is frequently the point at which the Twins are willing to discard certain offseason or spring training decisions -- the veteran starter on a low-priced contract (think Sidney Ponson

    May 12, 2014

  • Cute, cuddly — and kinda vicious In the wild, nature doesn't always nurture

    May 11, 2014

  • Thoma column: History lesson: Bill Veeck and the aborted black Phillies The Donald Sterling scandal in the NBA -- in which the league is now trying to strip an owner of his franchise after some racist comments -- has an obvious parallel in baseball history, the Marge Schott case. Schott was the managing partner -- de fac

    May 5, 2014

  • Thoma column: The Twins have an Aerosmith offense (Walk This Way) We sure didn't see this coming during spring training, when the Twins were struggling to score more than once a game in Florida. But we're about a month into the season, and the Twins are plating more than 5.5 runs a game. And they're doing it, in es

    April 28, 2014

  • Cross column: Killing wood ticks instead of gobblers Some things just naturally go so well with turkey, don't they? There's turkey and dressing. Turkey and gravy. Turkey and wood ticks. Wood ticks? If you've spent anytime shopping in the spring time woods for a Butterball's wild brethren, you know the

    April 27, 2014

  • Thoma column: Bartlett's failure no surprise — except to the Twins The Jason Bartlett Experiment ended last week with its inevitable failure; the former shortstop aborted his rehab assignment in Fort Myers and retired. The idea that Bartlett would be a ideal bench component was always illogical. That Ron Gardenhire

    April 21, 2014

  • Thoma column: Twins are scoring lot of runs; can this continue? The Minnesota Twins entered Sunday's play with the American League's second-highest number of runs scored. And, they haven't had the advantage of hitting off their own pitching staff. OK, it's dreadfully early in the season, far too early to draw co

    April 14, 2014

  • Thoma column: We all know the Ryan Braun saga: Winner of the National League MVP award, flunked a drug test, convinced the arbitrator to toss his suspension on the basis that his sample was mishandled, was snagged anyway in the Biogenesis investigation, suspended

    April 7, 2014

  • Thoma column: For the remade Twins, 2014 looks like more losing The start of the baseball season is supposed to be about fresh beginnings, wide open promises and the hope that springs eternal in the human breast. I'm here to quash that kind of optimism among the followers of the Minnesota Twins. (I strive to be a

    April 1, 2014

  • mfp sports jccolumn 3-30 Cross: Focusing on future of Minnesota's deer herd Minnesota deer hunters are never short of opinions. Put a bunch of them in the same room, ask them how the state's deer herd is doing, and you're sure to get an earful of divergent views. But that was the point Thursday as the Minnesota Department of

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo