The Minnesota Twins are back in Fort Meyer’s meaning baseball is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers reported February 14th and the rest of the team reported February 18th. Today marks the second day of a full squad practice. The team already has its first spring training game against the Tampa Bay Rays on February 24th.
As Twins fans we know it has been tough the last handful of years. Winning ballgames and producing successful season has been a constant struggle. Whether it’s the inability to get runners in from third with less than two outs, the defensive struggles or the problems of closing out close games late in innings. Its always been something these past few seasons. Spring training is the time to straighten these problems out and give fans optimism for a winning season. The last time the twins made the playoffs was back in 2010.
Going into the 2017 season the question marks are endless. Is the aging Joe Mauer (33) ever going to be worth his huge contract and get back to MVP numbers? Is Brian Dozier (the most consistent player defensively and offensively) going to be traded away? Does Miguel Sano’s offensive promise outweigh his liability defensively in the field? Is Byron Buxton going to make the next step? Is our pitching staff going to keep us in the majority of games? The most important question of the season has to be: Do the Minnesota Twins have enough talent on the roster to make sure we are playing meaningful games in September and October?
The Twins open the regular season April 3rd at home against the Kansas City Royals