The last ten years haven’t exactly been filled with fun and excitement. There have been three playoff appearances, and a lot of just awful seasons. Here’s how they went in order. I’m sure most of you have seen the ten year challenge on Twitter or somewhere else, so I’m gonna give it a shot here.
2009: (87-76) 1st in AL Central *Playoffs* [Swept in ALDS]
2010: (94-68) 1st in AL Central *Playoffs* [Swept in ALDS]
2011: (63-99) 5th in AL Central
2012: (66-96) 5th in AL Central
2013: (66-96) 4th in AL Central
2014: (70-92) 5th in AL Central
2015: (83-79) 2nd in AL Central
2016: (59-103) 5th in AL Central
2017: (85-77) 2nd in AL Central *Playoffs* [Lost in WC]
2018: (78-84) 2nd in AL Central
*Average: (75-87) 3rd in AL Central
2019: Upcoming this year
Obviously these weren’t the best ten seasons in Twins history, but everything looks so much different than ten years ago so let’s take a look.
2009 opening day lineup: ———————————– 2019 opening day lineup (projected):
1.) Denard Span LF. ——————————————– 1.) Jorge Polanco SS
2.) Alexi Casilla 2B. ——————————————— 2.) C.J. Cron 1B
3.) Michael Cuddyer RF. ————————————- 3.) Nelson Cruz DH
4.) Justin Morneau 1B. —————————————- 4.) Miguel Sano 3B
5.) Jason Kubel DH. ——————————————– 5.) Eddie Rosario LF
6.) Joe Crede 3B. ————————————————-6.) Jonathan Schoop 2B
7.) Carlos Gomez CF. —————————————— 7.) Max Kepler RF
8.) Mike Redmond C. —————————————— 8.) Jason Castro C
9.) Nick Punto SS. ———————————————– 9.) Byron Buxton CF
Pitcher: Francisco Liriano. ——————————— Pitcher: Jose Berrios
Obviously there’s a pretty huge difference there with no players left from that team (Only Span, Gomez and Liriano still playing.). There’s also one big difference. Neither lineup has Joe Mauer. I think the Twins team as of right now has officially entered into the new era of analytical baseball. Back in 2009, Twins baseball was different. There was a different manager, different front office and a different style of play. The new leadership (Falvine and Baldelli) will make sure the Twins are ready for 2019 baseball.
Let’s take a look back at the accomplishments and greatest moments from over the years.
2009: Both Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle. Joe Mauer, Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau make the ASG. Joe Mauer won his third batting title (.365 AVG), the gold glove, silver slugger and the American League MVP Award. The Twins won the division in game 163.
2010: The first season in Target Field. New uniforms were introduced. Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau made the All Star Game. Ron Gardenhire named AL Manger of the year. Joe Mauer wins gold glove and silver slugger. Twins win the division.
2011: Bert Blyleven (Twins pitcher and broadcaster) inducted to Hall of Fame on July 24th. Francisco Liriano throws no hitter on May 3rd. Michael Cuddyer represented the Twins at the All Star Game. Jim Thome hit home run number 599 and 600 on August 15th. Joe Nathan finished with 260 career saves, anew Twins record.
2012: Twins are no hit by Jered Weaver on May 2nd. Joe Mauer is the Twin to make the All Star game. Twins retire Tom Kelly’s number 10 on September 8th. Josh Willingham wins the silver slugger award.
2013: Ok I literally couldn’t find anything that recorded good things in 2013. I swear Twins fans just died off of were extremely depressed in that horrible year. Read this for an insight to life in 2013.
2014: The All Star game is announced to be in Minnesota. Glen Perkins and Kurt Suzuki made the All Star game. The longest 9 inning twins game was played in a 13-4 loss to the tigers….yup. Phil Hughes finished one out away from a $500,000 bonus. Ron Gardenhire was fried and Paul Molitor was hired as his replacement.
2015: Molitor makes his season debut and gets his first win on the fourth day. Eddie Rosario hit a home run in his first major league at bat. Brian Dozier hit two walk off homers before the All Star game, then he hit one in the ASG. Twins finished over .500 for the first time since 2010.
2016: Ok so a year after they went 83-79, the twins went and lost 102 games so let’s skip this part…..ok first watch this masterpiece.
2017: The Twins actually came back with a good 85 win season and made the Wild Card. They lost to the Yankees 8-4. The young players that the Twins will be relying on in 2019 really shined (Berrios, Sano, Buxton etc)
2018: Joe Mauer. The hometown kid played his final game in a Twins uniform. Soon I’ll be writing about him being inducted to the Hall of Fame. Again, after a successful season everything went wrong for the Twins in 2018. Read about that here. The Twins just had an overly frustrating season riddled with injuries and underperformance. Will the twins sign a big name free agent? Possibly. Here is why they will bounce back in 2019 and make a fun conclusion to the 10 year challenge.
Alright Twins fans, this took a lot out of me and was actually quite depressing to write for like 4 of the years so do me a favor and retweet/follow me on Twitter @EverydayTwins.
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