awstafki5 has written 14 posts for Minnesota Sports Hub

Minnesota Wild: Realistic Expectations

Welcome back to relevancy Minnesota Wild, now go win a Stanley Cup! Okay, maybe I’m over exaggerating the new found expectations that have been placed on the Minnesota Wild since they pulled off the unthinkable and signed Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in the offseason. It’s safe to say that the majority of Wild fans … Continue reading

Minnesota Wild 2012-2013 Preview: 2nd Line Possibilities

For the first time in what seems like an eternity the Minnesota Wild are relevant. With the signings of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, as well as Mikael Granlund joining the organization, the Wild have not only given their fans something to be excited about, but has put the rest of the NHL on notice … Continue reading

Liam Hendriks’ 2012 Season: With Great Success Comes Great Expectations

It’s safe to say that the Minnesota Twins faithful have grown accustomed to the frustration that has surrounded the franchise since opening day of the 2011 season. Whether it was Joe Mauer’s bilateral leg weakness, Justin Morneau’s never ending concussion symptoms or the entire starting rotations lackluster beginning to the 2012 season, there has always … Continue reading

2012 Twins Draft: A Closer Look at the First Five Rounds

Byron Buxton Position: OF Age: 18 Drafted: 1st Round, 2nd pick The Twins have always been infatuated with toolsy outfielders so it’ wasn’t a surprise when they passed on several high end collegiate pitchers in order to grab Buxton with the 2nd overall pick. Even without that infatuation it would have been hard to pass … Continue reading

Starting Pitching for 2013 and Beyond

2012 has been a rough year for the Minnesota Twins starting rotation. Ineffectiveness and injuries have led to the worst ERA in the American League and with Nick Blackburn pitching every five games that’s likely not going to change. With the trade deadline nearing and the likelihood that the Twins will swap major leaguers for … Continue reading

The Road Ahead for the 2012 Minnesota Twins

The trading deadline is on the horizon, the time to buy or sell is near. Rumors are emerging from the mystical land of unnamed sources, mostly revolving around Justin Morneau and the Toronto Blue Jays, and they will only grow louder as the days pass by. It’s rather clear that the Twins will be sellers … Continue reading

2010 Twins: If Only Morneau were Healthy

The 2010 Minnesota Twins season will always be remembered for what it could have been rather than what it was. Dreams of grandeur floated around Target Field as the Twins ended the regular season with a 94-68 record and home field advantage against the New York Yankees in the ALDS. Even the most pessimistic of … Continue reading

The Search for the Elusive Ace

Ever since the Twins traded away Johan Santana before the 2008 season the organization has been searching for the all important ace of their pitching staff. For four seasons they have rummaged through their minor league system in order to pinpoint who this mystery ace would be and every name that emerged was struck down … Continue reading

The Twins of the Future

With the Twins recent resurgence there is a renewed hope throughout Twins Territory that the 2012 season is not completely hopeless. Winning ten out of their last thirteen games and playing in a weak Central division definitely helps to build that hope but there is a possibility that we are just being teased into believing … Continue reading

The Curious Case of Trevor Plouffe

The Twins have returned from the land of the dead (winners of nine of their past twelve games) and are feasting on the perennial basement dwellers of the MLB. Optimism is at a season high in Twins Territory as everyone wonders if this team can replicate the magic of the 2006 season where the Twins … Continue reading