Lesson from the Wild: The Minnesota Twins should have a good mix of vets and young talent
Both the Minnesota Wild and the Minnesota Twins have veteran rosters that were built for the playoffs. Hockey and baseball are slightly different, but the Wild are first in their division while the Twins didn’t finish first in anything. What happened?
A good mix of age for their star players may be the key. Kirill Kaprizov leads the team with 33 points, while the next highest is Mats Zucarello, who has 22. The difference in age between the two is 10 years!
The two best players on the Minnesota Twins are aged 28 and 36 (Buxton and Josh Donaldson), which is also a pretty wide difference, but the team doesn’t have much electric young talent. I know that baseball and hockey are two extremely different sports in terms of peak ages, when guys get called up etc. But the Twins need their young talent to come up soon.
The Twins could use a “soft rebuild” to start calling some guys up who are at least on the fringe of being ready and letting the veterans who have been in the league and on the team guide them through the big league process and get them ready to jump in and compete as soon as possible.