The Minnesota Twins had an awful season last year — they finished with a record of 59-103 — the worst in Twins franchise history and the worst record in the majors last year. This performance by the club prompted a front office overhaul with Derek Falvey hired from the Cleveland Indians as the Chief Baseball Officer and Phad Levine hired from the Texas Rangers as General Manager.
Rewind time 17 months. End of March. 2015.
It’d been a rough four year stretch at 1 Twins Way entering the 2015 campaign. Since finishing 94-68 and making the playoffs in 2010, the Twins had lost 90+ games in each of the next four years, becoming all too familiar with the cellar in the AL Central Division — they finished in last three out of those four seasons.
Enter Hall of Famer (and former Twin/Gopher great) Paul Molitor, who took over as the Twins’ manager for the 2015 season.
Before Monday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, fans in Twins Territory were debating whether or not Byron Buxton was overmatched in the Major Leagues. Buxton, who was rated the #1 prospect in all of baseball before the start of the season, had been called up from double-A Chattanooga over a week ago because of a shortage of outfielders on the big league club.
While in Texas, Torii Hunter decided to serve his two-game suspension for throwing things onto the field after his ejection during the Twins last home stand since he wasn’t feeling well. At the same time, Aaron Hicks, who had been playing in center field since mid-May, suffered a sore elbow.