Lesson from Minnesota United: The Minnesota Twins must do the little things right and give it time
Minnesota United is about as textbook as it gets for a new team joining a league. In their first two years in 2017 and 2018, they finished 19th and 18th overall in the league. That’s expected for a new team playing in an established league. The two following years after that, they finished fourth in their conference and seventh and ninth in the league overall.
Steady improvement through locking down a core group of players, building around them and giving the coach a chance to see his vision through, even when things start off slow.That is exactly what the Twins must do moving forward.
They have been in and out of the cusps of the playoffs. Their last series win came in 2002, and since then they have been knocked out in the first round eight consecutive times while only winning one single game.
The Twins do not have to take it slow by any means, because the team is talented and no fan wants to wait around forever for a rebuild, but they need to do the little things right. They need to build around their core, which it seems they are starting to do after the Buxton contract.
They should let Rocco Baldelli do his thing and manage the free market and farm system in a way that allows them to compete in the near future. This does not mean strip the team down or go on a buying spree, but little by little graduate to the next steps and give the Twins fans some sort of optimism that things are on the right path.