Last year was the first time in over a decade that the Minnesota Twins experienced a 90-loss season. The Twins had to beat the Kansas City Royals on the last day of the 2011 season to avoid losing 100 games for just the second time in franchise history.
One year later, things haven't been much better for Minnesota, which again flirted with the notion of 100 losses. With just two games remaining in the season, that won't happen to the 66-94 Twins in 2012. Still, the truth remains: two 90-loss seasons is not acceptable for a franchise that has won six division titles since 2002.
With that said, the 2012 season hasn't felt as frustrating as last year's losing season, the Twins say.
"I like this group. I've said that all along. I like the guys in the clubhouse," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, whose job appears safe for next year despite back-to-back 90-loss seasons. "I like the way they go about their business. I like their effort, and overall, ...