Minnesota Twins 2012 Offseason Recap and Preview

As a person who identifies himself as a Twins fan more than a fan of any other team, I would just like to forget that 2011 happened and be happy that Terry Ryan is back at GM to hopefully rebuild this shell of a team:

 

Grade: D+

 

Notable Additions:

Josh Willingham, Jason Marquis , Jamey Carroll, Ryan Doumit, and Joel Zumaya.

 

Notable Subtractions:

Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jose Mijares, Joe Nathan, and Matt Tolbert.

 

Why?: I just really don’t like that the Twins lost two of the most underrated Outfielders in baseball and their closer. This doesn’t seem like it went that well. To tell you the truth, I’m just still depressed that the Twins season was so bad and that I went to their stadium the one of the few series the whole year that it would be packed. I really can’t think straight anymore when it comes to the Twins. True, I did give the Twins a D- in this same entry last year, but I didn’t expect that losing most of their bullpen would result in a season of 30 fewer runs, and really, it didn’t. The whole team stunk last year. Michael Cuddyer was their All-Star rep and he ended the year with 20 HRs. This was a below-average season for him, but he was the best player on the team through the first half. They were just THAT bad.

 

I can’t explain at all what happened. It’s like the whole team just decided collectively to have the worst season of their careers. All I can say is that I really hope Terry Ryan can pick up where he left off and start getting the Twins back to the playoffs. Actually, the Twins never were a team for a big offseason haul. They really just didn’t lose too much in the offseason and  developed talent. For example, they still made the playoffs the year Johan Santana. True, Bill Smith messed up big time by only getting back Carlos Gomez and Phillip Humber for Santana, but they made the playoffs (I remember that the Red Sox were offering Buchholtz and another player while the Yankees were on the verge of offering Ian Kennedy and Melky Cabrera. Everything worked out well in retrospect for the Yankee fan in me as the Mets took their rightful spot loserville, but I would have liked to see the Twins get a little more back. Yay for parenthetical statements!).

 

Also I really don’t like Target Field for the Twins. As a person who went there this year, it *is* a really nice stadium, it’s friendly and absolutely gorgeous, but it seems to be a disadvantage to the Twins. Yes they did do really well in the first year at Target Field, but this seems more natural. I guess I should actually wait a few more years to get a broader sample base, but it just doesn’t scream home to me like the Metrodome did. The Twins were better at home, but only by three games. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the fact that I prefer domed stadiums, but I would have liked to see the Twins stay in the H.H.H Metrodome -or whatever it is they’re calling it these days.

 

Predicted Record Range: 65-70 wins. I know I have the Twins getting worse as a result of this offseason, but I just can’t imagine them being worse than last season.

 

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2 Comments

Hi Gilsdorf. Nice to hear (read?) from you on the blog itself this time. I guess I agree that Minnesota would be one of the two, maybe four MLB cities where the Metrodome wouldn’t be a better option than an outdoor stadium. Maybe it’s just that I’ve liked both domed stadiums I’ve been to, but the Metrodome was ABSOLUTE magic to me when I entered it that first game of the White Sox series with you. I agree that an outdoor stadium *is* best for Minnesota, but it’s just a shame that such a great atmosphere (even if the seats aren’t for baseball) and stadium isn’t being used. I would take the Metrodome over Citi Field any day, maybe even over Yankee Stadium. It was worth it to switch from domed to open for the fans, though. Except, it doesn’t help if they can’t bring anyone to the games, because they don’t win.

Mateo: If the Twins are going to stink this year, and I agree with you they will, than at least let me watch them outdoors and not in that dump the Met. You have to remember this is Minnesota where we spend the whole winter (except for this one) indoors. We should not have to spend our summers watching the Twins indoors. Baseball should be outside where I can see the sky, read the New Yorker and drink a bottle of beer — at least until the Twins get better.

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