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The Twins' window

July 8, 2009 - Per Peterson
Sloppy baserunning, not making catches in foul territory, all All-Star catcher nearly throwing one into centerfield on a stolen base attempt. Why do the Yankees bring out the worst in the Twins? For some reason, the Minnesota Twins look more like Bad News Twins when they play the Evil Empire from New York. Could it be they're intimidated? Probably not. Just try to get them to admit it if they were. Nah. The answer is really simple: The Twins just aren't as good as the Yankees. Not even close, really. The Twins are an average team, have been all year. Their mediocrity is hidden a bit only because they play in a division filled with equally-inept teams. The Twins aren't good enough to play with teams like the Yankees and Red Sox. They're barely good enough to hang with the Tigers and White Sox — their two main average adversaries in the A.L. Central. The Twins can't win more than three games in a row and are bound to finish at or below .500. The Twins are currently in what has become known as a "window" — the timeframe a team has when the talent is there to be good enough to compete for and win a championship, otherwise known as the window of opportunity. They're in a window because of players like Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Joe Nathan and a couple of others. But these windows don't stay open forever, and eventually — even though the window is still on its way up — it WILL start to close; it does for all small-market teams. Morneau, Mauer and especially Nathan (the best closer in the game) won't be around forever. Imagine this team without one or two of them on it. Scary thought. And these are not easy players to replace. What they need to do is realize they're in this window, spend some big-time money on some big-time pitchers this offseason and build a playoff team for 2010 — the first year in the new stadium. Because if they don't, that window will slam on their fingers.


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