The 2015 Turn Around Of The Minnesota Twins
After four straight seasons of losing at least ninety games, the Minnesota Twins started their 2015 campaign with a clean slate and a new approach.
They first started with the hiring of Hall of Famer and Minnesota native Paul Molitor as the newest Manager of the Twins.
The Twins also welcomed back outfielder Torii Hunter who had played earlier seasons of his career with the Twins. Along with Hunter the Twins also have seasoned pros Joe Mauer and Brian Dozier who complemented the additions of the outstanding rookies: Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario.
The season didn’t have a promising start as the Twins went 24 1/3 innings without scoring a run; earning their first win in the fourth game of the season.
Their starting rotation was solid for most of the season and Ace Phil Hughes as well as Kyle Gibson each won eleven games on the season. Their bullpen was also led by the stellar Glen Perkins who had a record setting season that sent him to the All-Star Game.
The Twins finished the 2015 season 83-79,a thirteen game improvement on the 2015 season and in second place of the American League Central Division behind the eventual World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.
This past offseason the Twins signed outstanding South Korean first baseman Byung Ho Park to a dour year deal reportedly worth $12 million. Park has already had an impressive spring, hitting .269 along with three homers and 13 RBIs.
Although the entire AL Central has made moves to stay competitive with the reigning Champs, the Twins definitely have the competitive edge to compete for the division title in 2016.