For years the Minnesota Twins have been baseball's darlings, defying economics and exceeding expectations to pile up division championships.
Oh, how things can change in a year.
After the most disappointing season in franchise history - a 63-99 injury-filled embarrassment - the Twins are back to the role they're used to playing. They're the underdogs again, only this time it's not nearly as fun.
''I've been there when it was the norm here in the 90s, when we came in here every year trying to figure out a way not to get our (rear ends) kicked,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''And that's no fun. So once we started winning in the 2000s, that became the norm. And we don't ever want to go back to that.''
The last-place finish and a quiet offseason that included few new faces have fans restless in the Twin Cities and most analysts turning their eyes to other teams in the AL Central. The Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a mammoth new contract and the Cleveland Indians are expect...