The Twins front office is among the worst in baseball, according to Sporting News. The publication recently ranked the Twins’ braintrust No. 28 out of 30 teams. Only the Los Angeles Angels (No. 29) and Cincinnati (No. 30) were worse.
The Twins front office is led by owner Jim Pohlad, but day-to-day operations fall to president Dave St. Peter and executive vice president/general manager Terry Ryan.
In the past, these rankings were focused on general managers alone, but Sporting News is convinced that “More and more, baseball operations departments are becoming a team effort, with someone in the corporate hierarchy above the GM.”
Here is why the publication believes the Twins’ leaderships is the third-worst in Major League Baseball:
This is what happens when you believe in your win-loss record instead of paying attention to the underlying numbers when you go about trying to build for the following season. It’s also what happens when you commit dollars and term to Phil Hughes, Ricky Nolasco and Ervin Santana with expectations that they will be staff leaders.
Meanwhile, the products of a once-ballyhooed farm system have largely failed to deliver, casting player development into question. Fun times.
The Twins’ 20-43 record is the worst in the American League and second-worst in both leagues. They won just their 20th game Monday night against the Angels and are 15 games behind first-place Cleveland in the Central Division.
The Twins pitching staff continues to underperform and the highly touted young talent (Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Eddie Rosario, Jose Berrios) have struggled to produce at the highest level.
The report said the principle behind these rankings is “To figure out who’s doing the best job, who’s got plans that make sense, who’s executing those plans. What was very clear in compiling this list is that major league teams are being run by smart people, and often what sets them apart from each other is simply whether or not fortune smiles upon them and allows the breaks to go their way.”
Fortune has not smiled on the Twins this season. However, results aren’t the only factor that determined where teams were ranked. The MLB-worst Atlanta Braves have the 12th-best front office, according to Sporting News. The Chicago Cubs, led by Theo Epstein, are No. 1. San Francisco, Texas, Boston and St. Louis round out the top five.