Sunday, March 18, 2007
Boof struck out 5, gave up 7 hits, walked 0, allowed 0 runs over 4 innings. He has yet to walk a batter all spring.
Thursday, March 15, 2007
To make this a post worth posting, have another Bonser pic:
Monday, March 12, 2007
Twins on the mound: Boof Bonser made a strong statement in the race for a starting spot as he threw four scoreless innings. Bonser did not allow a hit or a walk and struck out three, as the only baserunner reached on a Michael Cuddyer fielding error.
Don't be fooled by that statement. MLB.com makes many settled spring training roster spots "battles" to increase readership. Boof's in the rotation.
"I'm trying to get as many guys out as I can," Bonser said. "I don't need no trouble. I don't want no trouble, let's put it that way. Let's keep it rolling."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire would like to see Bonser keep it rolling as well.
"Pitching-wise, we threw the ball well," Gardenhire said. "We like to see Boof attack the strike zone, and that's what he did."
I think Boof has a good strategy. Get guys out.
Sarcasm never comes off well in print. Give Boof credit for trying.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Saturday, March 3, 2007
For his first time out, I suppose he didn't do too terribly. Boof has always been a Bob Wickman-style starter. He gets the job done, but you're usually too busy cowering in fear to notice.
Hey, with Sidney Ponson guaranteed a spot, Boof could decide to take up the left-handed knuckleball and keep his starting spot.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
A close call: Jason Tyner drove Boof Bonser's changeup right back at Bonser on Sunday. Though he was pitching behind a screen, Bonser barely avoided having the seams of the Spalding baseball tattooed on his torso.
In the give-and-take of Spring Training, his teammates who saw it were giving Bonser a heavy dose of teasing. Gardenhire threw in his two cents' worth, as well.
"Boof," he said, "that ball wouldn't have been close to most guys. But there's a lot of Boof behind that screen."
No word yet on when Bonser will make his 2007 Spring Training debut. The Twins kicked off their pre-season yesterday, and played another game today. Carlos Silva was hit hard (what a suprise) in today's contest.
Will update as situation warrants.