FORT MYERS, Fla. Chartered flights. Five-star hotels. Tens of thousands of fans in state-of-the-art ballparks.
Yes, things are a bit nicer in the major leagues. For several Twins minor leaguers, last season was their first taste of the bigs. Numerous injuries and 99 losses meant several young players had an opportunity to show their stuff with Minnesota late in the 2011 season.
Several months later, those same players are trying to make a case to stay in the majors in 2012.
"Once you have a taste of the big leagues, you don't want to go back to the minor leagues," said outfielder Rene Tosoni, one of several Twins to make his major league debut in 2011. "But when you get back there, that's all you want to do is get back to the big leagues. Your goal is to stay out of the minor leagues. You want to be playing in the big leagues as long as you can."
Tosoni, 25, spent a decent part of 2011 with Minnesota, playing 60 total games in the majors and 73 with Triple-A Rochester. There w...