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Minnesota's 'Camp Cupcake' needs leaders

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08:08 AM ET 02.29 | Minnesota takes pride in baseball's fundamentals, but the franchise hasn't always been devoid of big personalities. The Twins should nominate their current team for an Oscar, because this camp has been one long silent movie. One member of the organization calls it "Camp Cupcake." The roster is a mixture of players who last year either failed or got hurt, and a bunch of players who still are introducing themselves. The biggest names on the roster are not the biggest personalities. Joe Mauer requires subtitles. Justin Morneau is worried about concussion symptoms. The roles typically reserved for alpha males, such as closer, cleanup hitter and ace, are either unfilled or manned by people uncertain about their careers.

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February 29, 2012  08:37 AM ET

The Twins are MLB's version of M.A.S.H.

February 29, 2012  08:50 AM ET

Lead all you want, that dog will not hunt. They need better players.

February 29, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Lead all you want, that dog will not hunt. They need better players.

But they have Danny Valencia!!

February 29, 2012  09:44 AM ET

Well at least they have hometown Baby Jesus Mauer....good thing they kept him.

February 29, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well at least they have hometown Baby Jesus Mauer....good thing they kept him.

Imagine the backlash if they didn't?

February 29, 2012  02:11 PM ET

What does "Joe Mauer requires subtitles" mean?

February 29, 2012  02:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Well at least they have hometown Baby Jesus Mauer....good thing they kept him.

Wow. How quickly you've swept him under the rug. One bad season and he's all the suddent an albatros, huh?

I have a feeling he's going to have a big year at the plate.

February 29, 2012  02:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

What does "Joe Mauer requires subtitles" mean?

I think it means he's quiet like the silent movies needs the words at the bottom.

February 29, 2012  02:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Wow. How quickly you've swept him under the rug. One bad season and he's all the suddent an albatros, huh?I have a feeling he's going to have a big year at the plate.

More so than the bad season (which he rebounded nicely with a post AS break .800+ OPS), it is the contract coupled with poor farm system, poor rotation and a market size (15th largest) that I don't think can support a contract of that size. Mauer's salary accounted for 21% of the team's total payroll last season. They cut payroll for 2012 so that percentage will tick up to about 23%.

February 29, 2012  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Wow. How quickly you've swept him under the rug. One bad season and he's all the suddent an albatros, huh?I have a feeling he's going to have a big year at the plate.

yeah. mauer isn't the problem. the problem is that the gm who replaced terry ryan managed to squander a substantial number of assets. gonna take a few yrs to rebuild i'm afraid.

February 29, 2012  03:30 PM ET
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More so than the bad season (which he rebounded nicely with a post AS break .800+ OPS), it is the contract coupled with poor farm system, poor rotation and a market size (15th largest) that I don't think can support a contract of that size. Mauer's salary accounted for 21% of the team's total payroll last season. They cut payroll for 2012 so that percentage will tick up to about 23%.

i'm not worried about them paying mauer's contract. pohlad family can afford it. and believe it or not, twins drew well till the end last year and apparently already the word is if you wanna go to a game this summer better get your tickets cuz they are going fast. so the revenue will continue to come in. as for the rest of your concerns, you're right. them's some big problems. not optimistic about this or next year unfortunately.

February 29, 2012  03:53 PM ET
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i'm not worried about them paying mauer's contract. pohlad family can afford it. and believe it or not, twins drew well till the end last year and apparently already the word is if you wanna go to a game this summer better get your tickets cuz they are going fast. so the revenue will continue to come in. as for the rest of your concerns, you're right. them's some big problems. not optimistic about this or next year unfortunately.

In my opinion....for most teams it matters little how much the owner is worth in regards to team payroll (Tigers owner Mr. Illitch being one of the exceptions), they aren't going to spend money on the payroll to a loss. I agree with you the attendance has been great, but how big is their TV contract, etc. since the size of the TV market is 15th in the country?

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February 29, 2012  04:12 PM ET
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This team has lacked personality since they let Torii walk. No clubhouse leaders that speak up or light fires.

Kind of a mundane bunch.

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February 29, 2012  05:11 PM ET

You want boisterous in the clubhouse? Sign Manny. These guys are pros. I don't know that they need a cheerleader -- or a distraction.

 
February 29, 2012  05:38 PM ET

that's the other place the loss of morneau hurts. he's been one of the guys to speak up and to hold other guys accountable to professionalism and he's just been away from the team a lot.

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