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Is Kirilloff going to get called up?

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A rant

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I've been on about this for two years now, but Baldelli really needs to get over the idea that his best players need a game off every wee...
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Navigating this forum

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Twins Roster Moves - 2021

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I recall last year we had a thread that tracked roster moves the Twins made throughout the 2020 season, and I'm like to have another thre...
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Nothing Good Can Happen the Next Six Months

Accept this and enjoy the season.
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The Twins are the New York Yankees.

Now, this is a bold statement. And out of context, there are countless reasons to dispute this. To name just one example, the Twins are good and I like them. The Yankees, on the other hand, are monsters and their fans are goblins* and they should level Yankee Stadium and make it into a skate park for the wayward youths.

However, both teams share a very particular challenge: the regular season does not matter.

For New York, it’s all about expectations. The limitless payroll and franchise reputation mean anything less than a ring is a failure.

For Minnesota, it’s about just winning a frigging playoff game.

As a fan, you may be aware that the Twins have had no trouble reaching the postseason in the last two decades. What happens when they get there is like a baseball version of NBC’s This Is Us, in which Jess from Gilmore Girls dies in every episode (I haven’t seen the show, but I am told it’s very sad, and I would personally be gutted if Jess, Rory’s only good boyfriend, died all the time). After a long summer of winning baseball and genuine excitement, the playoffs snuff out every trace of joy with a devastating efficiency. The best thing about winter is that it gives us the time necessary to confront this grief, or at least compartmentalize it.

With the season upon us, we must reckon as a fanbase with the undeniable truth that nothing good can happen for six months. They can underperform and/or get waylaid by injuries, which would be awful. (Yes, I'm aware of what happened in Game 1. Repeat the phrase "small sample size" to yourself until the trembling subsides.) They can win 103 games, which would be meaningless. All that matters is October.

Take some time. Breathe deep. Center yourself like Willie Norwood under a lazy pop fly. There.

You’ve made peace with it now.

There’s so much to look forward to this year, and you should enjoy every minute of it. Most importantly, you’re going to be able to see them play in person at one of America’s great ballparks (or their minor leaguers in another fantastic venue). The lineup is stacked. Last year’s Cy Young runner-up still might not be the best starting pitcher, which is a frankly astonishing development for a team that has had generational problems building a rotation. The rest of the division is a couple travesties, doing whatever Cleveland is doing, and Chicago.

Barring catastrophe or the infinite mysteries of baseball, the Twins are well positioned to hurt us all over again.

But it would be cool if they didn’t.

*My friend Greg is a Yankees fan but he's alright. I stand by the statement otherwise.

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“They can win 103 games, which would be meaningless. All that matters is October.“

That’s what I was thinking. Why should we care if we enter the playoffs as a division winner or a wild card, as long as we make it in? Records become 0-0 in the playoffs. Wild Card teams have won the World Series. Back in 2016, a wild card team SWEPT the top seed. We’d be underdogs in our first series even as a top seed so why do we care about what seed we get?
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Apr 02 2021 09:00 AM
We are the Underdog?

Problem solved.

All we need to do is speak in rhyming couplets.

"Never fear,
Underdog is here!"

To start with, and vary onwards.

"A timely bunt
and we're in the hunt"

"Then hit the ball
over the wall"

"beat the shift
with uber or lyft"

Buxton is on a pace to be the first 162/162 (HR/SB) player.

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To put things in context......... 

Yes, I know this is an article about the Twins and Yankees but even if the Twins were some how able to miraculously end their playoff drought, over-come the Yankees and make the World Series they'd probably face the defending WS Champs, the Dodgers, who couldn't find room in their rotation for Maeda, who is the Twins "Ace".

Winning a playoff game isn’t the marker of a successful season for me (for some it may be, which is perfectly fine).

I agree that nothing that happens in the regular season matters - aside from not making the playoffs, that would matter - and would call into question the competence of the FO and Baldelli in a significant way.

For me, making the ALCS is the threshold. That is a satisfactory outcome. Anything less is a failure and an indictment on the status quo. Making the World Series is considered a success.

The FO has had long enough to get their system in place. It’s time to raise the bar of expectation, or be resigned to mediocrity. I’m not convinced the current personnel can move us out of the latter category (also not convinced they can’t). This is a big year in terms of the perception of the fan base. If they find success this year, fans are allowed back in the ballpark, etc., 2022 could be off the charts in terms of attendance, revenue, national prominence/reputation.

 

I’m not convinced the current personnel can move us out of the latter category (also not convinced they can’t).

 

By personnel, do you mean players or management?