So far the general manager Terry Ryan and the Twins have not done much to generate a lot of hype or hope that the 2012 baseball season will be a whole lot better than 2011. By doing no more, and probably less, than replacing what the Twins have lost the team should be improved—after all it cannot get much worse.
While the Twins success took an unprecedented drop in 2011, winning 31 fewer games than in 2010, it's not likely they will rebound to 94 wins again in 2012.
Surely 2011 was some sort of penance from the baseball gods for Twins fans. It's the only explanation for all of the bad luck bestowed upon the Minnesota nine.
Last year was the perfect storm of disasters for Minnesota. With previously unheard of maladies such as bilateral leg weakness, and the surprisingly high propensity of concussions and the numerous relapses.
Still, it's one of the greatest times of the year, when the prospects of every team are looking up, and there's always a chance that some unexpected rookie makes the most of his opportunity and gets the call to go North with the start of the regular season.
For some players, it's another year of experience at the major league level and the chance to improve, while for some aging veterans, it's another year past their prime and the opportunity to contribute for at least one more year.
Here are seven things to watch for during the Twins' Spring Training.