Posted at 8:05 PM on May 8, 2008
by David Zingler
Our friends at FOX Sports in conjunction with some hack from Askmen.com have decided that our Minnesota Twins are the 7th worst franchise in pro sports. I am not sure how prudish MPR is about curse words so I'll leave the last word out of this question: What the?!
According to some guy named Dave Golokhov:
"Moneyball" is to baseball what frugal is to cheap; it's a creative way of saying, "we're not going to pay for our stars or reward our veterans who have earned their keep." Sabermetrics and scientific stats are used to evaluate players and give a better indication of their worth, but teams like the Minnesota Twins use this strategy to kiss their superstars goodbye at the trade deadline or the first day of free agency. The Twins constantly sell proven veterans for prospects and draft picks, but when those youngsters finally develop, they get shipped away to start the cycle again. The Twins incessantly look to the future and winning now is not a priority. Translation: the Twins care more about the dollars than about winning."
The Timberwolves remarkably, are not on this list, neither are the Milwaukee Brewers or even our luckless Vikings. Then there's the NHL, where according to a commenter "they could have come up with a list of 15 or more trash teams". I guess if the point of the article was to get a reaction it worked. If it was supposed to be even semi-serious analysis, it failed miserably.
How this guy can put the Twins on the list instead of the Brewers is ridiculous. Does he realize the Brewers have not been in the playoffs since '82 and have made horrible player contract decisions many times over. There's a reason the 25 year drought continues and it starts with Brewer management.
Yeah, you don't have to be Sid Hartman to get worked up over this (and Dave Golokhov better hope he never runs into Sid). Any person with a decent knowledge of sports would recognize that the Twins track record is far better than the other teams on the list.
That's really weird. They've been competitive every year in the 21st century. So it's probably based on the assumption that the Twins aren't trying to win this year. I sure hope the players don't find out they aren't supposed to be wining. LOL. Actually - he probably is attracted by the cult of celebrity rather than quality play.
The big-shots in the sports media underestimate this team every single year. Maybe that's because most of the big shots don't actually know much about the game of baseball. IMO - they spend too much time following rosters and budgets and far to little time paying attention to what's happening in ballgames. Baseball is subtle and nuanced. I think perhaps Golokhov isn't that perceptive.
Btw/ the Twins aren't much of a saber-metrics team, either. They steal, hit & run, and field too well. That's more of a "fundamentals" perspective than saber-metrics, I think. If it's Billy-ball, then it's Billy Martin, not Billy Beane. LOL