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  • A Bad Year Starts a Promising Decade


    John Bonnes

    Were the Twins of 2000 a team with a lot of promise? Actually, yeah, but it wasn’t necessarily clear at the time. Nick Nelson and John Bonnes begin their three-part video conversation by reviewing the 2000 Twins and how a bad year ended up paving the way for an awfully good decade.

    However, Nick points out that lost in a 69-93 record was a fair amount of promise. Future cornerstones AJ Pierzysnki and Cristian Guzman established themselves as promising regulars, and Johan Santana was on the team all year, albeit without his deadly changeup. Yet.

    The prospects got a lot of playing time because the payroll level was truly abysmal. Nick give some context for just how ugly by comparing the whole team to just one of the Twins' current homegrown prospects.

    In retrospect, 2000 was the year that the Twins bottomed out and began their climb to the summit of the AL Central. But at the time, it just felt like another year in the basement. Still, it was not without players that stood out, or special moments. We’ll cover both of those in Parts 2 and 3 later this week.


    We’re following up on last year’s “Twins in 2000s” series with videos where Nick, John and others discuss the Twins' teams of the 21st century. Just play the video for the discussion. You can also:

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