Saturday, February 2, 2008

That's A Lotta If's

Jim Souhan, Twins columnist and resident optimist believes 2010 will be the year for Twins fans. He lists all the reasons why Minnesota will make major steps forward during that season, and even if the stars align, there's always the possibility of Cleveland and Detroit outpacing them two years from now.

This is the year Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Michael Cuddyer, Delmon Young and Francisco Liriano will all be under contract. This is the year you can expect to see the Twins' squadron of young pitchers and center fielder Carlos Gomez grow up and contend.

“This" year is not 2008. It’s 2010, the realistic target season for the Twins to take a run at another division title.

In 2010, the Twins will enter their new stadium. They should be willing to expand their payroll. Most of their best young pitchers will have three or four years of big-league experience. Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer and Young should have sorted themselves into the middle of a dynamic lineup.

Raw youngsters such as Alexi Casilla and Gomez might have turned into star-quality everyday players. And the teams currently ruling the AL Central—Detroit and Cleveland—might have come back to earth, because of the Tigers’ aging position players and Cleveland’s imminent payroll problems.

"This year" sounds great. Too bad Souhan's crystal ball doesn't include lotto numbers, innings caps or Iraqi exit strategies.


Twins will blow said...

Souhan is a Twins bootlicker. He's been writing fawning Twins stories all winter. He gets paid to be part of their broadcasts....maybe there's a little something extra in the paychecks.

Bronx Liaison said...

Did not know that Souhan was so entrenched in the Twins brand, thanks for the info.