Betsy Helfand, Pioneer Press

Betsy Helfand

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Recent articles by Betsy:

Saints, Twins partnership thrives in first season

When the Twins and Saints introduced their new partnership last December over a Zoom call with the media, both sides made one thing abundantly clear: The “Fun is Good” mantra that has guided the Sa… → Read More

Jorge Polanco voted Most Valuable Twin as Diamond Awards winners announced

Jorge Polanco’s stellar 2021 season has led to him being named both the Most Valuable Twin and the Most Improved Twin in a vote by the local chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.… → Read More

For Twins, collective bargaining agreement negotiations cast uncertainty over offseason

When Taylor Rogers took over as the Twins’ Major League Baseball Players Association representative before last season, the Twins’ reliever could have had no way to guess how much the job would ent… → Read More

Plenty of former Twins competing for a ring this October

The Twins missed out on the playoffs, but quite a few of their former players did not — including three who were with the team earlier this season. The American League Division Series begin on Thur… → Read More

Twins shake up coaching staff after disappointing season

the Twins will be looking to fill three positions on their coaching staff this offseason: bench coach, hitting coach and major league coach. → Read More

Forest Lake’s Matt Wallner among Twins prospects headed to Arizona Fall League – Twin Cities

Forest Lake native Matt Wallner highlights the list of seven minor leaguers the Twins will be sending to the Arizona Fall League later this month. Wallner, the club’s No. 14 prospect per MLB Pipeli… → Read More

Josh Donaldson stays healthy, productive during second season with Twins

Josh Donaldson spent half of last year’s truncated season on the bench dealing with a calf injury. By the time the playoffs rolled around, Donaldson had aggravated his right calf again, and he was … → Read More

Twins enter offseason with plenty of questions that need answers

KANSAS CITY — So, where do the Twins go from here? They concluded an underwhelming 2021 season with a 7-3 victory over the Royals on Sunday in Kansas City, sending them into an important offseason,… → Read More

Twins avoid 90-loss season with 7-3 victory over Royals in finale

KANSAS CITY — It was late May, and Twins catcher Mitch Garver already was feeling the urgency. The Twins had gone 9-15 in a horrid April marred by poor pitching and a COVID-19 outbreak. If things d… → Read More

Griffin Jax shines in final start as Twins look toward offseason in need of pitching

Jax’s five scoreless innings of one-hit pitching helped lead the Twins to a 4-0 win over the Royals on Saturday night. → Read More

With future uncertain, Byron Buxton focuses offseason on health

Buxton’s 2021 season was marred by injuries, but when he was on the field, he was easily the Twins’ most productive player. → Read More

Twins seal last-place finish with loss to Royals

A season that began with playoff aspirations will officially end with a fifth-place finish for the Twins. → Read More

Twins’ Miguel Sanó enters offseason with plans to shed 30 pounds – Twin Cities

Sanó reached the 30-home run milestone Tuesday for the second time in his career, but on the whole, he says he was unhappy with his season. → Read More

Proud Twin Taylor Rogers ready to watch brother, Tyler, pitch in playoffs

Season-ending injuries, especially ones that occur in July, don’t often come with many silver linings. But there was one very distinct one for Twins reliever Taylor Rogers: He had plenty of t… → Read More

Charlie Barnes throws four scoreless inning in Twins win

On a day when the Twins shut down one young starter for the season — the club placed Bailey Ober on the injured list with a right hip strain before Tuesday’s game — they recalled another. And that … → Read More

Twins starter Bailey Ober wraps up successful rookie season

Before the 2021 season began, Bailey Ober figured he might get a call-up later in the year, perhaps to help the Twins make a September push for the playoffs. There was no push for the playoffs, of … → Read More

The Zoom where it happens: A peek on the other side of Twins’ video calls – Twin Cities

The Twins have found themselves videoconferencing from some, well, interesting places two seasons. → Read More

Longball bites Griffin Jax, Twins in 5-2 loss to Blue Jays

The first ball landed just past an outstretched Nick Gordon, who raced back from his position at shortstop to try to nab it. The second dropped in between center field Byron Buxton, second baseman … → Read More

Justin Morneau ready for Twins Hall of Fame induction

Justin Morneau came to Minnesota as a teenager — 14 or 15 — for a hockey tournament. He stayed at the University of Minnesota and, with his time off, he attended a Twins game at the Metrodome, sitt… → Read More

Nick Gordon’s four-RBI day leads Twins over Blue Jays – Twin Cities

The question has been asked and answered multiple times as the season winds down: the Twins aren’t so interested in playing the role of spoilers. They’re focused on winning as many games as they ca… → Read More