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Patrick Reusse

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Twins reliever Tyler Duffey, catcher Ryan Jeffers and pitching coach Wes Johnson held a discussion on the mound in the seventh inning Tuesday.

Reusse: Twins' Game 1 bullpen usage leaves much to be desired

Pitching decisions need to be adjusted when postseason baseball arrives.
Rocco Baldelli

Reusse: Baldelli won't win another award, but 2nd year also impressive

Rocco Baldelli was AL Manager of the Year in 2019, but keeping this club together during a pandemic was even more impressive.
Reusse: Wrestling star 'Road Warrior Animal' was also a great father

Reusse: Wrestling star 'Road Warrior Animal' was also a great father

Joe Laurinaitis died Tuesday at 60. The wrestling world lamented his passing as a great competitor and face-painted showman. Joe is remembered differently by a legion of his children's friends.
Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios reacted after a strikeout to end the top of the fifth, after allowing two runs against the Reds.

Reusse: In these different playoffs, Berrios under same pressure to produce

Playoff ball means it's Jose Berrios' time to bear down rather than backslide
This is a 1959 photo showing Harlem Globetrotters WIlt Chamberlain. Patrick Reusse, at 13, witnessed Chamberlain’s greatness when the 'Trotters visi

Reusse: Seeing The Big Dipper in a little town in '59 a moment of glory

Patrick Reusse has met most of his boyhood heroes, but he only marveled at Wilt Chamberlain in 1959 in a packed Worthington gym.

More of Patrick Reusse's memories of Wilt Chamberlain

A further look back at a legendary career.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano does everything -- the good and the bad -- in a big way.

Reusse: The many swings of Sano — big hits, lots of misses

There have been position changes, piles of strikeouts and legal entanglements, but there's always the chance he could become the most prodigious power hitter in the game.
Ron Gardenhire has a teaching moment with first baseman Justin Morneau during spring training in 2006.

Morneau says Gardenhire's managing style 'built me up'

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement Saturday, saying he had to put his health before baseball. Justin Morneau fondly recalled Gardenhire's impact on his career.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) attempts to maintain control of the ball in front of Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) and Kelly Olynyk

Reusse: As we watch Butler, we gain insight into Wolves

Jimmy Butler is surrounded by Miami players, young and old, who appreciate the fire, reinforcing the opinion that Butler never was the star we should have been mad at in Minnesota.
Twins' CEO Chris Clouser is interviewed by television reporters on his first day on the job in 2000.

Reusse: Dream of 'Porta Potty Park' not so absurd now

Former Twins CEO Chris Clouser wanted to build "Porta Potty Park" in a pasture near Metropolitan Stadium for one outdoor series in 2000.

Proposed Twins-Rangers outdoor series: how the games went down

A closer look at the three-game series, Sept. 18-20, 2000
The Gophers' Loyd LaMois made it 45 feet, 10 inches to win what was called the hop, step and jump -- now known as the triple jump -- in the 1948 NCAA

Reusse: Wrong call, Coyle. Men's track program too good to cut

Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle should have made other decisions, and found the money necessary in football's fat budget to save the men's track team.
Troy Merritt, ranked No. 131 in the world, plays at Winged Foot during a U.S. Open practice round Wednesday.

Calendar has changed, 'but it's still the U.S. Open,' Merritt says

The 120th U.S. Open starts at sunrise Thursday, and for the sixth time, the challenge will be the West Course at Winged Foot. The coronavirus moved the event from mid-June to mid-September, causing a pair of dramatic changes
Jim Dutcher

Reusse: Dutcher's late '70s decision was the right one

Former Gophers basketball coach Jim Dutcher was part of Nike's first "Coaches Advisory Board" in the late 1970s, and it came with perks.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter

Reusse: Zimmer's lies about Hunter's injury shake out in Vikings' favor

We now can assume Mike Zimmer had added incentive for lying about Danielle Hunter's injury to keep Jacksonville from realizing how needy the Vikings were for a pass rusher as they pursued Yannick Ngakoue.
Syd Davy had his gameday garb on during the NFL draft in April 2019 in Nashville.

Reusse: This week, Vikings superfans must taunt Packers from a distance

"Playing the Packers … and we fans can't be there, trying to make life miserable for Aaron Rodgers. We haven't missed an opener since 1987. This is terrible." That's from a Vikings fan who lives in British Columbia.

Syd Davy's journey to becoming a Vikings superfan

A look back, from the early days until now.
Coach Norm Van Brocklin showed off his throwing arm as the Vikings gathered for their first training camp in Bemidji, Minn., in July of 1961.

Remembering the first training camps as the Vikings turn 60

The expansion Vikings started their 1961 training camp in Bemidji on July 8 and didn't bus the 240 miles back to the Twin Cities until Sept. 1. It barely resembled how teams train for the season now. Patrick Reusse writes about the way it was.

Reusse: Youngest Twins pitcher to start, saw career end in a blink

Jim Manning was 18 years, 281 days when he started for the Twins on April 28, 1962. His big league career was over shortly after.
Caleb Thielbar got the Twins out of trouble twice in the second game of their doubleheader sweep of Detroit on Friday, escaping a bases-loaded jam and

Reusse: Thielbar back with Twins after long wait to pitch in big leagues again

Caleb Thielbar, signed on last fall to be Augustana's pitching coach, caught on with the Twins this spring more than five years after his last Major League appearance. He has pitched nine consecutive scoreless outings.
Former player and longtime Twins broadcaster Bert Blyleven was working his final game Wednesday night.

Reusse: Blyleven exits the Twins TV booth as Minnesota's 'Bert'

Bert Blyleven, a righthander with the wicked curveball who won a World Series with the Twins and spent 25 years in the TV broadcast booth, on Wednesday drew his final circle.
Twins star Tony Oliva smiled from his hospital bed after surgery on his right knee to remove torn cartilage in Minneapolis on Sept. 23, 1971.

Patrick Plus: June 29, 1971, was a crippling day for Tony Oliva

He was never the same player after getting injured in the ninth inning in Oakland.
Nelson Cruz celebrated with Twins teammate Marwin Gonzalez after homering at Target Field on Aug. 17.

Twins' Nelson Cruz could be the MVP … except designated hitters can't win

The 40-year-old is in the top five in the American League in average, home runs and RBI.
These are the Fulda Giants of the late 1940s. Michael Reusse, the bat boy, is sitting in front. Richard Reusse, the manager, is in the back row, secon

Reusse: Memories of my brother include broken shin guard, integrating Fulda baseball

This is a story of a brother's death on Wednesday, a resilient memory of 1940s racism in a small southern Minnesota town and how little things have changed.
St. Paul’s Tim Tschida, an MLB umpire for 27 years, now tends bar at Mancini’s in St. Paul and at Giggles’ Campfire Grill at the State Fair.

Brew chief: Tschida goes from behind plate to behind bar

Former Major League Baseball umpire Tim Tschida left baseball in 2012. He's been back in St. Paul since, tending bar in his hometown.

Tim Tschida's MLB umpiring career

Tim Tschida: MLB umpire • Umpired the first of his 3,358 regular-season MLB games on July 24, 1985. • Was a full-time major league umpire from 1987…

June 2, 1998: Tschida ejects 13 from Angels-Royals game

Tim Tschida recalls the outbreak of brawls.
Minnesota United and Sporting KC warmed up in an empty Allianz Field before Friday night's game in St. Paul.

Reusse: In person is the only way to watch soccer

Loons supporters on Friday night miss out on chance to cheer team on its return to Allianz Field after 10 months.
Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers caught the ball during his MLB debut Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reusse: New kid Jeffers catches on pretty quick

Ryan Jeffers, called-up on Thursday, made an immediate impression for the Twins. That's not new for the 23-year-old, who has been on a fast track to the majors.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders signals to his team alongside D'Angelo Russell in the second half of a game against the Mavericks, on March 1

Reusse: Left outside NBA bubble, Saunders and Wolves work on their own

A madeover roster didn't get much of a chance to play together before the season was shut down, and the Wolves weren't invited to Florida when it resumed.
Milwaukee Brewers sportscaster Bob Uecker

Reusse: Uecker remains a Milwaukee treasure in 50th year behind the mic

Widely known for his self-deprecating baseball stories and memorable cameos in movies and commercials, his work with Make-A-Wish families has often turned tears into smiles.
Gophers coach Marlene Stollings gave instructions to her team at Williams Arena in 2018.

Reusse: Now we have clarity on why Stollings had detractors at the U

Marlene Stollings was 24-9 in 2017-18 as coach for the Gophers, yet athletic director Mark Coyle was quick to make no counteroffer when Stollings informed she had a better deal on the table. Now we know why.
Nick Neumann

Reusse: Questions plentiful for Johnnies standout center Neumann

A longer spring football season likely would force Nick Neumann to sit out, but there would be that game against St. Thomas he'd have to miss.
Miah Monahan plays for her dad, Jeff, Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball coach, but might add tennis.

Reusse: Tennis? With no volleyball, Glencoe-Silver Lake's Monahan may try

Miah Monahan will be a Glencoe-Silver Lake senior, and in May accepted a scholarship to play guard for Eastern Illinois. She also plays volleyball but with that sport delayed until spring there could be a new challenge.
Reusse: Bowling team had to clear way for Vikings to land their name

Reusse: Bowling team had to clear way for Vikings to land their name

The original Vikings were a bowling team about to land a franchise in the National Bowling League, a new concept in kegling and planning to start competition in October 1961.
The Twins played the Cardinals on Tuesday night in the Target Field home opener.

Reusse: Regional networks get their night baseball, defy pandemic

If this 60-game schedule is to be completed, the Twins will occupy nine out-of-town hotels and move in and out 11 visiting clubhouses. Why so much moving around and no bubble? Money.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton leapt for a ball hit by Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman that proved to be a home run in the eighth inning.

Reusse: For Buxton, the mind is willing, but the luck isn't

A great coach once said: "An athlete is someone who can do what his mind tells him to do.'' The mind rarely asked too much of Byron Buxton as an athlete. The body has been another matter.
April 24, 1969: Noel Jenke took big swing, and watched the flight of the ball.

Noel Jenke, a three-sport athlete for the Gophers in late 1960s, dies at 73

Jenke was a hard-hitting linebacker and potent lefthanded hitter in baseball. Remarkably, he played Gophers hockey after arriving from a high school without a hockey program.
Fall colors were still hanging on during the a MIAC football battle of the Johnnies and Tommies in 2018. Football games, along with other fall sports,

MIAC to move several fall sports, including football, to the spring

Some coaches and athletes have been told that football, volleyball and soccer are among the sports that will switched from this fall to the spring if the NCAA and public health officials allows it.
Will the Twins stumble in 2020 because their hitters won't be as sharp as the pitchers for part of the shortened season?

Reusse: Twins have easy schedule to playoffs? Stop and think about that

Solid pitching teams will have a greater advantage than normal over hard-hitting teams in this 60-game season. And the 2019 Twins won 101 games as a hitting team
North Stars coach Wren Blair (behind players, from left to right, Parker MacDonald, Ray Cullen, Bill Collins and Andre Boudrias) convinced his bosses

Reusse: North Stars' Blair pulled a fast one in 1967 with camp setup

Wild athletes will have it much more comfortable as they embark on this great coronavirus-era experiment than did the North Stars, as they were launching Minnesota into the NHL as an expansion team 53 years ago.

Reusse: Bulgarian lifter Krastev found a home in Minnesota

Antonio Krastev was heading east on Hwy. 13 in Mendota Heights at 3 a.m. on July 9, speeding and driving on the wrong side of…
Tyler Duffey

Reusse: After long and bumpy road, reliever Duffey plays key Twins role

The many twists in Tyler Duffey's now-lengthy tenure with the Twins is confirmation of how difficult it is to rise through the minor leagues and land successfully in the majors.
Reusse: Small-town Minnesota lefty has Clemens' phone number, Blue Jays' interest

Reusse: Small-town Minnesota lefty has Clemens' phone number, Blue Jays' interest

Brody Rodning of Gaylord, a three-sport high school star, is the only player still employed by an MLB organization with a waiver to be competing in Minnesota amateur baseball.
In this Sept. 27, 2014, file photo, St. Thomas coach Glen Caruso leads his team onto the field

Reusse: In Pioneer League, St. Thomas football in for the long haul

St. Thomas' MIAC football rivals are located 3, 4, 10, 45, 45, 70, 80 and 240 miles away. In the Pioneer League, they'll visit Drake (250), Valparaiso (450), Butler (581) and Dayton (700) as closest rivals.
Lee Trevino posed with Bud Chapman at Rolling Green Country Club in Hamel in 1989.

Reusse: Bud Chapman was popular club golfer, artist and storyteller

Chapman was an artist and became famous in the golf world with drawings of fantasy holes located at some of this planet's greatest natural wonders.
Joe Shallenberger laughed with teammate Mike Davis, left, before a Minnetonka Millers game on July 6.

Reusse: 'Town team' wins with guys who'll remind you of Puckett, Ripken

Led by three star players, the Minnetonka Millers are shooting for their 15th state championship among amateur teams that are based in the metro area.
Kristi Copham, the owner of Brainerd International Raceway, with her son Ayden at the track.

Reusse: Brainerd racetrack deserves a victory

Brainerd International Raceway will host a Trans Am Series event this weekend, with social distancing rules in place.
Hillcrest Prep five-star recruit Makur Maker elected to play college basketball at Howard rather than one of the sport's perennial powers.

Patrick Plus: Howard University celebrates another whopper of an upset — in hoops recruiting

One of the nation's top college basketball prospects is headed to a historically Black college.
Twins relief pitcher Sergio Romo wore a mask as he took the field for practice Friday.

Reusse: You can expect unpredictable Twins' season to zoom right by

This will be a Twins season that's going to be like none other in more ways than one and with no guarantees: not in the result from 60 games, nor from a pandemic that might not allow that many.
Jack Wassel and Patrick Fredrickson

Reusse: U baseball standouts plan on sticking around

Jack Wassel and Patrick Fredrickson went unselected in an abbreviated MLB draft and are aiming to win a Big Ten title in 2021 instead.
Gophers sports information director Otis J. Dypwick watched a fooball game in October 1961.

Reusse: Otis Dypwick, golf author, to be part of 2020 Hall of Fame class

Best known for his role publicizing Gophers sports, he also produced instructional golf books.
Minnesota Crookston football players Joe Warner, left, and Will Cross.

Reusse: Time is right to honor sport's resolute: Meet Joe Warner and Will Cross

They played football at Minnesota Crookston, where victory came around only every few years.
September 12, 1981: Mickey Hatcher gave Dave Engle a high five after Engle hit his first major league home run to lead the Twins to a 4-3 victory over

Reusse: Twins' second-half run in '81 should give woeful Tigers hope

A bad Twins team somehow got in playoff contention the second half of the 1981 split season.
St. Paul Saints owner Mike Veeck

Reusse: Daughter's death took wind out of St. Paul Saints owner Veeck

Only now is the baseball showman starting to show signs of at least a partial return to his affable self.
Legendary Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak was quite a catch for John and Lyn Erickson at their Detroit Lakes hockey camp in 1991.

Reusse: How did a Russian sports legend end up in Detroit Lakes?

In the early '90s, goalie Vladislav Tretiak became a goalie instructor at a hockey camp -- and faced tough questions from 9-year-olds.
Reusse: Four-man Gibbon track team gave metro powers a run for 1954 title

Reusse: Four-man Gibbon track team gave metro powers a run for 1954 title

Dr. Edgar Taggatz "keeps the Wildcats spirit alive," one of the key figures says.
Calvin Griffith applauded Rod Carew after the Twins star was named 1977 AL MVP. But Carew was gone by the 1979 season.

Reusse: Yes, tear down the Griffith statue — and also listen to Carew

Remember former Twins owner Calvin Griffith in whatever way you choose, but there's no defending his racist comments of 1978.
Alex Richter (31) and his Augustana (S.D.) teammates celebrated after defeating Lincoln Memorial 90-81 in the NCAA Division II championship basketball

Reusse: Summit League deals blow to Augustana's Division I hopes

Seven months after offering St. Thomas membership, the conference denied the South Dakota's schools application to join.
The Elrosa Saints changed into their uniforms in the dugout before Friday's Stearns County League game against the Cold Spring Rockies, before Gov. Ti

Reusse: In defiance of governor, it's 'Play ball!' in Stearns County

Tradition (and beautiful weather) override concerns over the coronavirus pandemic in townball hotbeds such as the Stearns County League.
Baseball is making a comeback in ballparks such as Milroy.

Baseball is back in Minnesota as amateur league creates own path to play

Facing growing unrest from teams, the Minnesota Baseball Association board agreed not to punish teams under MBA rules if they were to start playing this weekend under specific conditions.
Town ball baseball traditions have deep roots in Minnesota.

Reusse: Hunger for baseball is obvious in Minnesota's town ball communities

Minnesota town ball teams, barred by restrictions, have been traveling to neighboring states to play. ""People want to see baseball so badly we've had 40, 50 people watching us practice," said Milroy Irish manager Bob Dolan.
John Henry and Butch Davis

Reusse: On Hiawatha's tees, black golfers group sees course of America changing

At Hiawatha Golf Club on Tuesday, there was a search for perspective on where we are, where we could be going, in a city and a state these older black men have made home.
The sun sets over Irish Yard in Milroy, Minn., in 2018.

Reusse: Threat to Minnesota summer baseball is a false alarm

There had been a hint baseball was classified as "high risk" by Gov. Tim Walz's latest briefing and there was no go-ahead to finally start the Town Ball season. But teams can relax.
MSU Mankato hockey coach Mike Hastings

Reusse: MSU Mankato was biggest loser when college hockey shut down

The Mavericks had veterans dedicated to putting past NCAA woes behind them, a 31-5-2 record, another WCHA regular-season title, and a grip on a No. 1 regional seed.
September 7, 1980: Gophers football players William Humphries, Ken Dallafior, Kent Penovlch and Ed Olson. Bob Rohde, the team’s weight-training

Reusse: Longtime Gophers strength coach weighs in on way to retirement

Bob Rohde will retire Friday a couple of months short of 41 years with the Gophers. He was hired for football, although all athletes could use the weightlifting room at the Bierman Building. And they did.
Nicollet Baseball Park

Reusse: Baseball memories of Lake Street turn to ashes

The final game at Nicollet Baseball Park was Sept. 28, 1955. The site became a bank, which was torched Friday night.
Former Hopkins basketball player Royce White spoke at a rally in downtown Minneapolis on Friday.

Reusse: Stephen Jackson, other activists score with straight talk at Mpls. City Hall

Longtime NBA player Stephen Jackson bared his soul in talking about George Floyd, a dead friend that he called his "twin."
Much of Danielle Andersen’s card playing these days is with her son, Easton, and their neighbors Emmerson (on lap) and Kendall.

Pro poker player Anderson waits for 'real Vegas' to return to life

With casinos closed, Minnesota native Danielle Andersen has resorted to playing card games with neighborhood kids.
From Left to right: Mohammed Kayongo, Marchello Roland, Ryan Burnet, D’Trell Larkins, Garrett Neal, Phil Williams at Northside Boxing.

Reusse: Brothers in boxing can't fully share pain over George Floyd's death

For Phil Williams and Ryan Burnet, bonded by their work together at a boxing gym in north Minneapolis, emotions are running raw in the wake of Floyd's death.
Lakefield native Teresa Resch, with the 2019 Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy won by the Toronto Raptors, was the first woman hired by Masai Ujiri,

Minnesota native thriving as executive with Toronto Raptors

Lakefield native Teresa Resch was the first in a succession of women — now numbering 14 — whom Masai Ujiri hired for his Toronto Raptors.
Jerry Havens, the soldier whose life Rich Nuessle helped save in Vietnam, visits Nuessle’s grave every year to pay his respects.

Reusse: Remembering a good Marine and a beloved sports photojournalist

Rich Nuessle was once a staple in the Twin Cities sports media. If you were in that circle and failed to have a wacky adventure with Rich, you had to be in quarantine. Behind the fun, though, was a hero with a tortured soul.
Aaron of FSV Mainz 05 took a corner kick during the Bundesliga soccer match at FC Cologne on Sunday. Germany's Bundesliga is the world's first major s

Patrick Plus: Mainz becomes my main team in European soccer

Swansea City, Borussia Fulda both let me down.
A family portrait from Christmas of Denard Span and Anne Schleper and their two sons, Jace (now 6 months) and D.J. (now 2½).

Reusse: Faith, not Minnesota ties, brought Denard Span, Anne Schleper together

The former Twins outfielder was hoping to play in majors this season; instead he has been spending quality family time with his wife, a former Gophers hockey standout.
The grounds crew cut the grass at Target Field on March 27. There is still no definitive date for baseball's return.

Reusse: There's room to roam in MLB parks, so let's get teams back

Players in other sports might have more trouble social distancing in smaller arenas and/or with more inherent collisions, but MLB is over-regulating with its 67-page list of dos and don'ts for reopening in the coronavirus era.