The Twins Are Always Interesting
Image courtesy of Betsy Bissen (photo of Jose Berrios)This is exactly how I feel about Minnesota Twins baseball. That feeling is never stronger for a team than when pitchers and catchers report.
The latter took place on February 13th for the Twin Cities nine. While those who make up the pitchers and catchers are particularly exciting, unless you're a Jason Castro fan, it is still a great feeling whenever the group arrives in Fort Myers, Florida.
Optimism will likely be hard to come by for the fan base. A record-setting 103 losses will do that.
That'll also happen when last season's biggest off-season signing had a slash line of .191/.275/.409.
What exactly could be interesting about the Twins this year? Especially something so interesting that I should start paying attention to the team in mid-February?
For starters, the making of the roster. A large part of who will make up the 25-man roster on Opening Day is decided in February and March. We know that Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano each have a spot. We're not entirely sure who will back up catch Jason Castro.
We also want to know if Kennys Vargas will beat out Byung Ho Park for the DH spot.
There's the filling out of the starting rotation and the bullpen. For me, I want to see if Jose Berrios will show up as a mainstay of the rotation. (Twins Daily's Cody Christie breaks down the early headlines brilliantly.)
That's the biggest spring training story line I'll be watching as the Twins roster gets shaped and ready for April 3. Opening Day for the Twins.
That would be 50 more days. Fifty more days that will be filled with intrigue for Twins fans.
This team may not always be good but they are, at the very least, interesting.