October 3, 2016

Yes, there is hope for these Minnesota Twins

Despite 103 losses, the poor pitching and error-prone defense, there is hope for the Twins after they beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Sunday to win the final game of the 2016 season.

And though the Twins’ young talent didn’t quite materialize as expected this season, they showed Sunday that next season could be a breakout year for Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Jose Berrios and Max Kepler.

Buxton put the American League on notice after he hit the first pitch from 17-game winner Chris Sale for an inside-the-park home run and showed off his incredible speed. And it wasn’t even close as he crossed home plate. Home-to-home took him 14 seconds, according to Statcast.

Buxton had two hits on Sunday, as did Kepler and Sano, including his 25th home run. And starter Berrios, who struggled all season, finally put together a decent outing, giving the Twins five innings while only giving up one run.

And Brandon Kintzler, who replaced Glen Perkins as the closer after Perkins had season-ending surgery, recorded his 17th save on Sunday.

Extra innings…

-The Twins finished 59-103 in 2016.

-Being the worst team in baseball means the Twins get the first pick in the 2017 draft. The last time the Twins had the No. 1 pick they selected Joe Mauer. Mauer is a six-time All-Star and the 2009 AL MVP. He hit .365 that season.

-The Twins had 11 players hit 10 or more home runs, including 42 from Brian Dozier and 25 from Sano.

-The Twins may have lost 103 games, but they hit 200 home runs as a team. That’s the third-most in club history, according to MLB.com.

-The Twins finished 7-12 vs. the Pale Hose.

Some reaction to Sunday’s win:




Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.