Patrick Reusse: The Twins must build roster or forget building the brand

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 1, 2012 - 8:45 AM

Attendance at Target Field already is down and will plummet even further, if the Twins don't buy some talent and fast.

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metaltesterJun. 30, 12 9:07 PM

I agree on the Twins, Wild and Vikings...but disagree on the Wolves...giving up too much for an old over paid Pau Gasol that the Lakers don't even want would be disastrous. Beasley (in sign and trade) and Wes Johnson straight up for Pau then ok...but NOT Pek or DWill please!!!!! I haven't waited this long for the Wolves to become fun again...for them to just trade half that fun away...

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stanbobJun. 30, 12 9:17 PM

still failing to go after the real culprits in the twins orginization Pat, but maybe someday...

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BallFourJun. 30, 1210:37 PM

There's no way that Jim Pohlad isn't concerned with keeping that place full. We'll see some money spent this off-season.

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rjtinmnJun. 30, 1211:10 PM

I'd like to think the Doumit extension is an indication that the Twins are not planning to just totally keep bottoming out for another five years & actually have designs on competing again NEXT year. But to do that, they need to sign at least one of the big time free agent pitchers this offseason. Even if this team next year has Diamond, a consistent Liriano, a healthy Baker & Gibson, and probably still Blackburn, that's not enough. Put a Greinke or Haren or Hamels in front of that & then you have a possible contender.

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highaboveJul. 1, 1212:00 AM

Pat, before the season, you wrote a column praising the Pohlad's for cutting the payroll. I'm confused.

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mickeymentalJul. 1, 1212:00 AM

brandon roy? seriously? tony oliva's knees have a better chance of making a comeback.

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twinsfanwy1Jul. 1, 12 1:11 AM

Good article. Your conclusion, however, is the same criticism we fans have been saying for years, Which is, the Twins have needed to go out and sign top-tier starting pitching. Bad decisions and poor judgement from the front office are internal problems the Twins need to fix. While TR's offseason acquisitions of Carroll, Doumit, and Willingham have made the Twins better defensively, and more competitive, not enough was done to fix the pitching. TR's gamble that signing Terry Doyle and Jason Marquis to be the answer for a under-performing, injury-plagued starting staff was downright foolish. The Twins need a shakeup. Ryan needs to re-retire, and Gardy and his entire staff needs to be shown the door. Finally, the Pohlads need to open their pocketbooks and bring in some talent soon. The fans will flock back if we see the light at the end of the tunnel isn't too distant.

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northhillJul. 1, 12 6:57 AM

We have almost lost the Minnesota Twins twice Pat because of attendance.They came very close to moving in 1984 and again when Pohlad's daddy wanted to contract them in 1999.Today baseball teams expect to draw at least 2 million fans.When the Twins moved here in 1961 it was 1 million.In 1964 the New York Yankees drew 1.4 million fans.Today if the Yankees drew that the headline would be New York is a terrible sports town.In 1973 the Twins drew 45,000 for a July 4th game against Kansas City at old Met Stadium.They got a huge walk up crowd that night,but for most of the year had poor gates.The 1973 Twins were much better than the 2012 Twins.They at least had pitching.They drew less than a million fans that year.The Twins of 2012 are drawing much better than they deserve to.Minnesota forgot about the Twins after July 4th and couldn't wait for Vikings training camp to open.

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zippo12Jul. 1, 12 7:09 AM

Building the brand must include making the experience better at Target Field. I was at the first game Saturday. In many ways it was an enjoyable game (we won), but I left wishing I hadn't gone. Why? Other than the cramped uncomfortable seats, I wanted to see replays of some great plays that happened. Yet, you only rarely get replays, even of great plays. The Twins are far more concerned with starting the "Kissing Cam" or "Kids in the Stands," or having people dressed up in costumes race around the field (Bullseye beat Skeeter!!!) than showing a diving catch, etc. If I wanted to go to a Saints game, I would. My advice: focus on the game, and stop trying to be cute. At least for me, I am not buying it.

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podman64Jul. 1, 12 7:39 AM

The Twins past owners never went out of their way to improve the teams. The years in the 2000s, many of those years the Twins were a player or 2 of making a solid run in the play offs, but never bought. This winter could be make or break for the team with free agency.

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