Posted at 1:48 PM on October 3, 2005
by Josh Lee
The Twins were witness to a lot of changes this season: chaos in the infield, injuries in the outfield, shifts of power in the AL Central. The clubhouse didn't seem to be the happy home it used to be, as intergenerational frustration led to cliquey conflict. One reliever had more wins than four of the starters, while another had to deal with the consequences of taking the red pill instead of the blue one. The hitting was notable for mostly not being. And just when we had all gotten used to seeing them in the playoffs, all those changes added up to a Minnesota team looking in from the outside.
At least the Twins got to end the season with a relaxing six-game homestand against Kansas City and Detroit, winning five of six and giving us glimpses of more, happier changes in the future with strong outings by Liriano and Baker — not to mention that sweet, sweet Morneau grand slam. Even with all the changes that have occurred, beating up on less fortunate teams is a tradition that never gets old. Hopefully something will happen in the offseason to keep the Twins from becoming one of those clubs that other teams pick on to feel better about themselves.
OK, so now the season is over...
Is Justin Morneau aware that he had a terrible season? His comments suggest that he is not. Is there any chance that he will try something to improve his hitting? Did he alter _anything_ in his stance or swing this year, or even try a different bat?
Did anyone give him any useful advice? Has Scott Ullger ever given anyone any useful advice?
It's clear to me that somebody should have beaned Justin in the head again right after the all-star break... he would have missed a couple of games (didn't he do that anyway?) but he would have come out swinging.
Thanks to the bums for great extra coverage throughout the season... I'll keep clicking over to check in on off-season moves and the chances for a stadium...
...and in the hopes that we're not becoming the Royals.
There's always next year,