Minnesota Twins Season Preview: Building a Home Atop the AL Central

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Minnesota Twins Season Preview: Building a Home Atop the AL Central
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The Twins repeatedly make it to October, only to lose quickly year after year.

I’ll continue my previews of the upcoming seasons of each major league team with the Twins. I’m trying a different format for this one. My previews for the Reds, Phillies, Yankees and Giants were long, sprawling, analyses/rants/speculations that seem to read too much like research papers and not enough like journalistic pieces, so I’m going to go the slideshow route here.

The Twins have been successful over the past decade due largely to their ability to develop and harness homegrown talent and supplement it with the right, low-budget, free agent pieces. This team seems to have a knack for avoiding the horrible off-season deal that plagues nearly every franchise once in a while, and that’s saying a lot since they employ Carl Pavano.

Missing two of their stars, the Twins still won 94 games in 2010 and took the division, and they have the talent to do it again. If Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan can stay healthy, this team should be around in October. Or they might anyway.

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