Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/6/12
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - This just in: Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau played a baseball game Monday night. I saw them in the flesh at Hammond Stadium. Mauer singled twice and caught five innings. Morneau went 0-for-2. They are preparing for the 2012 season, just like the rest of their Minnesota Twins teammates.To say Mauer and Morneau have returned is accurate. To say the 2009 and 2006 American League MVPs are "back" is premature. A wide chasm exists between the two statements. The near-term future of a proud organization lies somewhere in the middle.Paradoxically, last year's 99-loss debacle revealed much about why the Twins had been so good for so long. Turns out, it wasn't the Metrodome or the mysticism of Ron Gardenhire's goateed grin. It was, instead, the union of superstars (Johan Santana once among them) with a sound supporting cast. That was enough for the Twins to win the AL Central six times in Gardenhire's first nine seasons.But take away the icons, and you wind up with the worst...
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