Mikelink45 has a good point. Exactly what does TC Bear have to do with the Twins? Secret Hamms Beer reference? Or, for a decade we couldn't "bear" to watch the team? And, why was the previous bear actor dumped? What does a bear do in the woods? And do we know about it? There's too many unanswered questions regarding the TC Bear. As for the Smurf Blue? Ugh! UGh! UGH,
Right now they're at $119, which is about $10MM under. It's also Opening Day payroll that was a record last year. It'd be great if the Twins are in a position to add as the season goes on, but it's starting out committed that's more impressive to me.
One of the biggest problems the Twins had starting in 2011 was that Ron Gardenhire was the manager. I get that they were not going to fire him after the 2010 94 win season. That was probably a very good managerial job.
The problem was after the 2011 63-99 season it was so obvious that the team needed a manager that could rebuild the squad and Gardenhire wasn't it. Keeping him on the job for 4 consecutive 90+ loss seasons was a huge mistake that set this franchise back.
Where is Aaron Hicks career if he doesn't start with a manager that had absolutely zero patience for young players and their mistakes?
I would also argue that even though Molitor pulled 80+ win seasons in 15 and 17, almost miracles, he also wasn't the right guy for the job for a rebuilding team either.
So, the fact is, the Twins for the past 8 seasons have not hired correctly at the top. I think they finally have this season, but that remains to be seen.