Sunday’s @TwinsDaily survey results surprised me. That night, after posting the latest Gleeman and the Geek podcast titled Buyers or Sellers, I posted a @TwinsDaily survey asking followers if the Twins should buy (trade prospects for players), sell (trade players for prospects) or stand pat.
If you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear very little debate about the strategy; both Aaron and I were in wait-and-see mode until the Twins get through a difficult stretch facing the Yankees and Dodgers. But for now, with the Twins within 1.5 games of Cleveland, both of us were leaning towards “buy”.
The Twins Daily community that replied - a whopping 2099 of them - were not:
Were Twins Daily followers mindful of the Twins true quality level? Wary that Cleveland would eventually run away with the division? Enamored by the prospects that could be acquired in a deal trading away Ervin Santana or Brian Dozier? Convinced that any postseason placement would likely end with a first round exit to Houston? Leery of giving up too much future value so soon into a competitive window? I don’t know, but the results ran counter to the media narrative.
The perception in the media is that Twins fans want the team to go all in, but this survey suggested that Twins faithful, even after the last seven years, were content to be patient. Was it possible that this view was unique to the Twins Daily community?
So Tuesday morning I asked AJ Mansour to post the same survey on the @KFAN1003 twitter account. They have a much larger following, and they’re certainly sports fans, but likely more passionate about the Vikings and more casual when it comes to the Twins.
They might be more casual. They are not more patient:
Perhaps the media perception that sport fans (or perhaps more accurately, Vikings fans) want the Twins to go for it this year is correct after all. But there is at least some evidence that the pressure to make a deal at the trade deadline is overstated, at least in regard to Twins fans. Or at least that Twins fans see both sides and, even with only 11 days until the trade deadline remaining, are willing to wait a bit longer.