Hurry, Red Wings fans: Your favorites might be Twins soon

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 2, 2011 - 11:40 AM

In total, 14 players have been with both the Twins and the Red Wings this season.

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hockeydadmnJun. 1, 1110:51 PM

What happened to the Twins of old that had a deep pool of young developing players that would end up as major league stars? The days of picking up a aging player to add experience to the staff as a DH or rotation pitcher. Now the present doesn't look that good, even as they are depleting any talent they have in the minors.

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denverdanJun. 1, 1111:18 PM

Frontier Field is an awesome ballpark. Got to see Liriano throw 8 innings of 1 hit ball against the White Sox AAA affiliate in 2005. Good times!

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jplamp9Jun. 2, 11 3:38 AM

The farm system's cupboard is bare of impact players. Bill Smith's tenure in Minnesota in jeopardy with a $113 million payroll along with poor drafts & worse trades. Twins received nada for Santana & Smith unloaded both catchers Ramos & Morales which was inexcusable.

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hodgie999Jun. 2, 11 4:27 AM

You could tell last year in July this team was in trouble when they couldn't make any significant trades because we had no to little talent in the minors with which to deal with. This is Bill Smiths job and he has failed from day one. Drafts, trades, evaluating talent - you name it he has not done the job. Disappointed that more has not been written about his failure. Hope you have something in the works on that mr reusse.

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fcmleftyJun. 2, 11 6:04 AM

The AAA cupboard being bare right now does not fall on Bill Smith. The core of the AAA team this year should be guys from the 2006 and 2007 drafts (based on a drafted player moving up a level a year, on average) - the last two drafts run by Terry Ryan. They were absolutely gawd-awful. Valencia and Revere are the only two from those 2 drafts that are remotely close to even being MLB average. This team has tons of talent in the low minors - guys drafted and aquired during the Bill Smith regime. Place the blame where its due - Terry Ryan.

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shaunchicagoJun. 2, 11 6:24 AM

While I believe the Twins have better prospects in the low minors, I don't think I've heard people say they have "tons of talent."

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blasphemerJun. 2, 11 6:34 AM

hockeydadmn-What happened to the Twins of old. It doesn't really take a lot of research to figure it out...Bill Smith.

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minneg56Jun. 2, 11 6:37 AM

It's early and I was caught off guard by the headline. I thought Patrick meant the 'Detroit' Red Wings - although they won't be champs this year, they are sports franchise which is at a minimum committed to excellence. Something not seen in these parts for awhile.

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hv4everJun. 2, 11 7:07 AM

Wow, this is great news! We will get to see Zetterberg, Lindstrom, Mike Babcock can replace Gardy...oh, wait...Patrick didn't mean the Detroit Red Wings??? Darn - I think I would rather see Lindstrom wear #5 and play second base than the current owner of #5 for the Twins.

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rwoodyJun. 2, 11 7:08 AM

I have been a Twins fan since the early 60's. Interesting to watch how quickly the fans turn on a team that has been pretty successful the last decade. If you don't like a bumpy ride than find a hobby and let 'pure' baseball fans ride out the storm...that includes Reusse!

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