The Twins Are Going to Be Great, and They Know It
Image courtesy of © Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsSpring training is officially underway, and for the Twins, things are a lot different than last season. Instead of coming off a disappointing 78-84 record with a new manager and questions everywhere, the Twins will begin this season as favorites to win the division. They are generating hype in the national media like Twins fans have never seen before and it’s still hard to believe this is happening to the Minnesota Twins we have all known for our whole lives.
With all the expectations surrounding the Twins, you may think there is a lot of added pressure. Fortunately, this team is embracing it all and they seem to be aware of how special of a season this could be.
Rocco Baldelli, who has openly said to the players that they are here to win a World Series, had this to say about unfinished business in 2019 per Phil Miller of the Star Tribune: “We proved ourselves a little bit going out there and having a very successful year. We want to go out and do more than that.”
Last spring it was a lot of Rocco putting together a successful blueprint with no real expectations laid out and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. It is already noticeable that this year the Twins mean business. Players like Jose Berrios, Nelson Cruz, Trevor May, and Marwin Gonzalez have spoken on what to expect this season.
Berrios commented on the message from Baldelli about getting to the World Series to the Star Tribune as well: “It was a good feeling to hear him say that. He said ‘We’re here to win a World Series’, and it makes you say, yeah, we can do that.”
Nelson Cruz, who was brought in last season to contribute both at the plate and in the clubhouse, also knows what this team can achieve. He said Baldelli’s message “was a great message. [The World Series] should be the goal.”
Marwin Gonzalez is someone who may have to win back some respect from the fans, but this quote from the Star Tribune should help: “The team we have right now is better than last year, and even though we got out in the first round, a lot of players saw what it’s like to play in the playoffs.”
Finally, my favorite quote from a player is what Trevor May said about the message from Baldelli to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com: “I think that now that we’ve had that experience, going into the playoff experience, we’ll have a lot more belief. A little bit more of a chip, a little bit more of a ‘We don’t want to go home right now.”
Ultimately what I get from all of these quotes is something we haven’t really seen from the Twins. It’s a mentality of "We know we’re good and we’re not scared of anyone." Watch out for the 2020 Twins. In previous seasons we have heard players saying they want to compete and fight for a playoff spot, but this is different. Everyone has their eyes on the World Series and anything less would be disappointing.
Players and coaches are not afraid of the challenge ahead of them. They are embracing it by aiming as high as they can.
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