Minnesota Twins fans, dejected as they might be this week, received their money's worth this season. Not only did they get to cheer their young lads in a 163rd-game tiebreaker that decided the division title, they also watched a collection of resilient no-names win more games than anyone in Major League Baseball expected this year.
After the 2007 season the Twins lost two of their best players, pitcher Johan Santana and outfielder Torii Hunter. To the surprise of almost everyone in baseball Twins manager Ron Gardenhire put together a scrappy team of youngsters who won with good fundamental skills, speed and clutch hitting. The future looks bright with a solid starting pitching staff under contract for 2009 and proven stars such as Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer. With the addition of a power hitter the Twins could be even more exciting to watch in 2009.
How soon before the Twins' pitchers and catchers report to spring training anyway?
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