The Filibuster

Once again the Twins beat up the AL Central and might even catch
the Yankees for the best record in baseball.  Can we reasonably say at
this point that the Twins are the best run team in baseball?
 
Rob

Duluth, MN
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chairman mauer.jpg

All biases aside, Rob, to say the Twins “beat up” the AL Central sorta glides over the fact that, outside of the White Sox, the Twins really had no competition going into the season to begin with; that the White Sox totally derailed (twice!) only made the Twins look more dominant.

But I understand your want, your desire, your dream to cast the Twins in a plushy role like that of the highfalutin, media-darling Yankees.  Well, brother, dream on… ‘cuz, reasonably speaking, the Twins ain’t the Yankees. 

Nor are they the Rays.

Nor the Phils.

Hell, they’re not even close!

In my opinion (which happens to be right), those three are the best teams in baseball right now.  And when you add the qualifier of “best run”, well, sorry.  I really can’t look any further than the best teams.  Period.

Are the Twins good?  Yes.  Are they capable of going all the way?  Sure.  Can I slot them in as the best run team in baseball?  No way!

Believe me, I tip my cap to the entire Twins organization.  They build from the ground up.  They instill in their players the concept of playing the game the right way.  They do the little things well and fundamentally, they are as sound as a team can possibly be.

But when the pressure is on, they fail.  When they need to win the big game, they don’t.  Not yet, at least.  And going into a short series with Liriano, Pavano and Duensing isn’t quite as mortifying to the opposition as going in with Hamels, Halladay and Oswalt (lookout!).

To me, being the best run team in baseball would require, at the very least, a track record of winning when it matters the most — a trip to the World Series would be even better.  But the Twins haven’t been in that situation since Danny Gladden hit leadoff and Barry Bonds had a normal sized forehead.  And despite all the good things the Twins’ brass has done in recent years, can I really celebrate a front office that let Johan Santana go for Deolis Guerra, Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey?!?!?!?

No way.

I love me some Joe Mauer and Delmon Young just as much as the next baseball dork, but, let’s be honest with ourselves: they ain’t scarin’ anybody.

Yet.

Hate me ‘cuz I think the Twins’ are the weakest playoff link, just don’t hate me ‘cuz I’m right.

Peace,

Jeff

(Chairman Mauer image courtesy of Twinkie Town)

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Something on your mind?  Want to see Jeff and Al sweat (separately, not together, eww)?  Think you got a real stumper?  Send us your Filibuster question(s) by commenting or emailing them to us at kraulung@gmail.com. 

***Information that pins Mr. Krause as a closet Tea Bagger also welcome (he won’t stop talking about Christine O’Donnell, you know. Just sayin).

9 Comments

Ouch! It’s raining little pieces of shattered dreams around this way. I was wondering what happened. I’d like to see the ‘Ol Senators do well in the playoffs, and they do, do things very well; if not right. But so many of their best players play some where else and retention has to be one of the factors to judge an organization by. Just sayin’.. Go Twins!
mike
http://thebrooklyntrolleyblogger.mlblogs.com/

The Best Run Team… whats that ? like a prize for the best winning losers! or maybe a prize for the team has the best chance to exit post season play first…

Kudos to Jeff for answering the question with minimum heart-break to the sender of the question…

-peter
http://devilabrit.mlbogs.com

I’m scared of the Twins. They seem rejuvenated in their new ballpark and while they play in a weaker division than the AL East I think they’re formidable – Pavano and all.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Mike — I’ll root for ‘em (sorta) but only if they’re not playing the Rays.
Peter — I have no idea what that is… and yes, ordinarily speaking, I am a heart breaker ;-)
Jane — Formidable, yes. The best? Not even close.
–Jeff

The Twins are on a mission this year and people are ignoring them or hoping to play them at their own risk.
http://www.paullebowitz.com/
http://princeofny.blogspot.com/

Prince — I’ll believe it when I see it. So far, this team hasn’t had to face any real pressure.
–Jeff

Jeff,
How dumb were the White Sox to take Manny off the Dodgers hand and pay him close to $4 million?
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Emma — I doubt they thought Manny would hit singles all of September. It was a good move that didn’t pay off.
–Jeff

If I read this Filibuster when it was up – I would’ve agreed 100% of this assessment. After this week, I’m not so certain about their endurance in the Postseason.

Call it fatalism, but as long as I lived in the Twin Cities, the Twinkies never made it out of the ALDS. They reached the ALCS in 2002 under Gardy, but not so since then.

I’ll stand by what I said about the 2010 team being the best I’ve witnessed in my seventh season in Twins Territory. Yet, without Morneau in the lineup (for the second Postseason in a row) and the slight uncertainty of Thome and Mauer after their bouts with pain recently – I have every reason to be concerned about their upcoming performance in the ALDS. Regardless if it’s the Yanks or the Rays, you cannot rely on walk-off dramatics to get to the next level.

And, Jeff, I always knew there was something up with Allan…yeah, he has a jones for O’Donnell alright. Bachmann, too. :)

http://heirloom.mlblogs.com

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