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Twins on target for franchise collapse?

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08:12 AM ET 04.11 | After a 99-loss season, the Twins cut payroll back by $15 million to $100 million. The Pohlads always have stated that their spending would be based on revenue. If the Twins flop this April and are effectively eliminated from contention, attendance figures [could] dramatically drop. That could mean a smaller payroll for 2013 and an angry fan base that believes Target Field should fund well-paid teams. ... The Pirates and Orioles are former model franchises with two of the best ballparks in America. The Pirates haven't had a winning season since 1992. The Orioles haven't had a winning season since 1997. For the Twins, a bad April will raise the specter of franchise collapse.

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April 11, 2012  08:28 AM ET

The Pirates are the model here...


I'm going to let that sink in.

April 11, 2012  08:31 AM ET

They've done so well in the Central for many years, it's their turn to take a seat in the cellar for a while. The farm system will be the key to their rebound and from what I've read, it's average at best.

April 11, 2012  08:48 AM ET

Vikings and Twins. From first to last

April 11, 2012  08:54 AM ET

What??? ... no Yankmee thread? no BoSox thread?

I'm severly disappointed TnR ... :(

April 11, 2012  09:11 AM ET

I don't think I'd lump the Twins with the Pirates and the Orioles. They have have made the playoffs 6 times in this millenium alone.

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April 11, 2012  09:40 AM ET

I wonder how much of this has to do with Terry Ryan resigning in 2007?

Interestingly, he signed back on last November.

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April 11, 2012  10:08 AM ET

Good management drives revenues, good moves, good team.
They should try putting a better team on the field and let that drive revenue, then get a cable contract, it is all the rage.

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April 11, 2012  10:49 AM ET
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Mr. Pohlad died

I don't believe you.

<flips quarter to my mother ****ing self>

April 11, 2012  11:12 AM ET

THE TWINS FRANCHISE, THE PADRES FRANCHISE, THE CUBS FRANCHISE, THE ORIOLES FRANCHISE, THE METS FRANCHISE, THE ASTROS FRANCHISE, THE A's FRANCHISE, DID I MISS ANY OTHER LOWLY TEAM,,, ALL THIS TEAMS ARE IN THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE AT ANY TIME!!!

April 11, 2012  11:15 AM ET

the twins need to hired magic jonshon, since he was able to buy the dodgers for 2,15 billions, he my have the right medicine for the twins!!!

April 11, 2012  11:15 AM ET

It doesn't help them that the other teams in their division stopped suuuccckking so bad. That really was a major reason for their success the last few years.

April 11, 2012  11:22 AM ET
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It doesn't help them that the other teams in their division stopped suuuccckking so bad. That really was a major reason for their success the last few years.

I completely disagree with that.

The last couple years, the central has been weak. A strong case could be made that in the ten years prior to that, it was the second best division in the majors.

April 11, 2012  12:17 PM ET

The Polhad's got their Taxpayer stadium, that's all they wanted

 
April 11, 2012  01:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

THE TWINS FRANCHISE, THE PADRES FRANCHISE, THE CUBS FRANCHISE, THE ORIOLES FRANCHISE, THE METS FRANCHISE, THE ASTROS FRANCHISE, THE A's FRANCHISE, DID I MISS ANY OTHER LOWLY TEAM,,, ALL THIS TEAMS ARE IN THE VERGE OF COLLAPSE AT ANY TIME!!!

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