The Twins are hoping Joe Mauer can, once again, be one of the best players in the game.
But even if Mauer stays healthy, plays in most games and is lights-out at the plate, it won't be enough to make the Twins competitive and a playoff contender. The Twins need Mauer and Justin Morneau to compete, to be relevant, to be more than a W for opponents.
And for the Twins to have a chance at success, Morneau has to buck a trend. He has to do what Sidney Crosby and some members of the Wild have been unable to do, and that's play regularly despite a history of concussions.
If there is one thing you can count on it's this: You can't count on athletes with concussion issues. The Pittsburgh Penguins are finding that out with Crosby, just as the Wild have been learning it with Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Guillaume Latendresse.
Unlike a sprain or pulled muscle, there is no timetable to recover from a concussion, and it's even more unpredictable when there have been multiple concussions -- which ...