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I love it when I read the word "rebuilding". I do not see it on Twins Daily too much. It is the truth and reality that Twins fans need to face.
Ah, a thread from thrylos proclaiming that all the management and coaches should be fired. How original.
This is a rebuilding year. Anyone who saw it as anything different was being willfully optimistic. The Twins are battling through a tough early stretch and dealing with plenty of pitching issues that are out of their control (please don't tell me you're one of those people who think it's the coaching staff's fault that Liriano can't throw strikes). The season is not a month old, and they've played elite teams almost exclusively.
I don't know how much slack they should be cut but it's a lot more than this.
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An organization puts out a veteran Team, (average age 29) and this is considered Rebuilding?
See 1982 Twins.
Well, that's not really an odd concept in Major League Baseball. Talent is often stored safely below in the spring (or entire year) while "placeholders" get the innings above. Of course it's debatable whether the Twins are in this situation.
I cut the Twins organization some slack. The issue with Morneau, in particular, has been difficult - to say the least. He's a "build around" guy and for well over a year it's been one big question mark. Obviously Maurer is the other head scratcher whose struggles can change the complexion of an entire team. Also, our #1 starter and best starting pitching prospect both get Tommy John. While we can debate whether either of them deserve that classification, their injuries aren't on anybody.
But there are other points that are not so easily dismissed. The infield is one steaming pile of proven mediocrity. The pitching staff probably more so. The organization has attempted incremental improvements with both through the past several years, only to replace mediocrity (or worse - see Nishioka), with more proven mediocrity. I give them credit for giving Parmalee at bats. I was fully expecting them to have 3 catchers and rotating Butera into the 1B/C mix. Of course, it seems that still might come to fruition.
With the outfield, Willingham has been phenomenal this spring. The only problem is that we signed him to play RF and his inability to play RF has left us scrambling; and left one of our best young talents without a chair when the music stopped. So that means we hire another "placeholder" for a position that I'm not sure who he's holding if for - Benson, Hicks, and Revere have all been playing LF/CF. That leads me to Plouffe. I don't know what the plan is with him. It seems to me at some point you have to give him a role and see whether he's a viable option moving forward.
But in the end, it always circles back to pitching. That's been been by far the most frustrating part. I don't criticize the team for giving Liriano chances despite his continuous struggles. He's our best talent. But despite our concerns with him and everybody else, our rotation did not improve whatsoever in the offseason. A notable exception perhaps being Liam Hendricks. We'll see if he can elevate himself above the Nick Blackburn line of Major League mediocrity. I don't have it in me to even discuss the bullpen.
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