Chart: Five Twins who failed to meet expectations

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  • Updated: August 19, 2013 - 11:27 PM

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rzieskeAug. 19, 1310:16 PM

Poor talent evaluators, poor development of players, poor free agent talent, poor ownership/ fan perception. What does this organization do right?

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gowildcatsAug. 19, 1310:55 PM

Left out the most important element of this whole Twins equation- Gardenshire needs to go. Twins have had many players leave and move on to much improved performances elsewhere.

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dlb1946Aug. 20, 1312:11 AM

Projected future stars Sano and Buxton could be another Maris and Mantle but without starting pitching???

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BCanniffAug. 20, 13 1:25 AM

You could add every player on the team to that list except Maurer and Perkins. Florimon is a complete bust at short stop making the JJ Hardy trade look idiotic. Plouffe is almost as bad at third. The entire outfield is a complete mess after tossing Span and Revere away for nothing in return. They have no reliable starting pitchers, and are reduced to calling up minor leaguers to fill in. Morneau may never return to the player he was before he was kicked in the head. This team needs a complete overhaul before they will even contend in their own division, which will take several more losing seasons using the draft without spending for quality veterans.

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zoilovAug. 20, 13 7:00 AM

Mauer, Perkins, and I'll add Dozier to the list of capable players. Calling the rest of the team "failing to meet expectations" is not quite the way I see it. Who's expectations??? Does someone actually expect these players to be productive? With the lack of talent I think they're playing right to their expectations. Hey, as long as 30,000 fans show up, the business organization is exceeding expectations. It's all about the dollars!

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emdurksAug. 20, 13 7:02 AM

only 5?

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skeptikAug. 20, 13 7:44 AM

I am inclined to agree with a couple of posters that question the list of underachievers stops at only five. Fans should ask the question of how many players on this Twins team would actually be a desirable addition to a currently competitive baseball organization. The answer is only Mauer,Perkins and possibly Dozier. So we have three quality players surrounded with a collection of castoffs,rehabbers and wannabes which is the usual recipe for last place teams. (ie Houston,Cubs,Kansas City before this season, etc) Sad days for an organization that, before the construction of Target Field, prided itself on fielding a quality product. Sad indeed.

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lehun14Aug. 20, 13 8:38 AM

The article was about about failed expectations and Hicks certainly didn't have a good year, but I remember people saying the same thing about Torri Hunter when he first came up. Had the Twins not traded Span and Revere, Hicks wouldn't have been forced to play here this year.

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rhbush2003Aug. 20, 13 8:39 AM

Give me a break. Other teams would leap at the chance to add Hicks, Diamond and Gibson. Just because our position coaches can't make them pop doesn't mean someone who actually has the capabilities to develop talent can't do so. Based on the performance of a host of "examples" out there that made this year's All-Star game, does anyone doubt that perspective? Who really cares about Worley -- he was a throwaway anyway. Parmelee is a 'tweener for me, but he wouldn't last long on the waiver wire. These guys are all cheap and all have the tools -- they just need the right coaching to capitalize on it.

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hame0058Aug. 20, 13 8:47 AM

And 5 players who exceeded expectations are....

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