The Twins sent their season-ticket holders an email earlier this week. The first paragraph read:
As the Minnesota Twins look to develop strategies that will shape future initiatives for our organization and brand, we’re looking for the feedback from our most valued fans. With season ticket holders being at the top of the list, we invite you to participate in an exclusive focus group session!
I offered the Twins my services on this one, but was turned down -- and quite appropriately -- one question into their check-me-out phone call because I work for one of the types of companies they don't want in the room.
The mosaic of Twins fans is made up of more than season-ticket holders, right? You can be a fan and be so miffed about things that you haven't attended a game since the first of the recent 90-loss seasons. Or you can be a fan who attends dozens of games per year by finding cheap tickets on the web. (My personal best is getting into the Legends Club for $17, by the way.)
I don't think you have to be a season-ticket holder to be important. If you know me, you know I'm not big on exclusive sessions, anyway.
So I'm convening the Section 219 Focus Mob right here. Use the comments section below to tell the Twins what you think, and react (respectfully, please) to other people's comments.
Here are a few (very general) rules that I'd like us to abide by:
1. No personal attacks. Criticize the performance ... the idea ... the whatever. Do better than "he's a jerk." I'm gonna have my finger on the bad-taste trigger.
2. Be reasonable. Joe Mauer isn't going to be released and he has a full no-trade clause. Serious to me would be a suggestion that he move to an outfield spot if you think Kennys Vargas should play first base. Serious to me would be that the Pohlads go after the highest-profile of the free agent pitchers this winter because, sometimes, throwing money at a problem can help -- and Twins ownership has money. I have a very inclusive view of what's reasonable.
3. Try not to write a novel. If you want to share a lot, send me an email. Those have a way of showing up on the blog from time to time, and could become a guest post.
4. Best comment (as judged by me 'n' me alone) gets my tickets for a game in September. I'll even give you a couple of choices. (No, second prize isn't two games in September -- but thanks for asking.)
As the Twins said in their Focus Group letter: Your time is deeply appreciated!
Have at it.
The Twins are spiraling toward fall yet again. As Phil Miller wrote for Thursday's Star Tribune, Minnesota is about to finish the season hoping not for playoffs but to be spoilers. Said manager Ron Gardenhire, the plan is to "irritate the living fire out of some people."
While it might be entertaining to douse the hopes of others, it's nothing like being in contention. And that's something the Twins haven't experienced while enduring three straight 96+ loss seasons. They're on pace for 88 losses this year.
The silver lining is the Twins lose ballgames at home in a beautiful ballpark and the promise of the All-Star game helped keep fans in the seats. Especially season ticket holders. Keep your seats, get the first chance to see the game's best.
Target Field remains shiny but isn't new anymore. The All-Star game has come and gone. So now what? Well, just like the team's record it's status quo for tickets. Despite no real promise on the immediate horizon the Twins sent an e-mail to season ticket holders Thursday saying prices will not change in 2015.
The more things change the more they stay the same.
Here's a snippet of the e-mail:
The last month of the baseball season is in front of us and we want to say thank you for your support of the Minnesota Twins ballclub. As always – we are incredibly grateful for your loyalty and support and we hope you enjoy the final weeks of the 2014 baseball season at Target Field.
The Minnesota Twins are committed to ensuring season tickets remain a great value while offering unique rewards and experiences, and we will continue to offer unparalleled service to our most loyal fans, all year long. To that end, we are pleased to announce that in 2015, your season ticket package price will remain unchanged for the fourth consecutive year. And while we have plenty of Twins baseball remaining this season, we are busy preparing for 2015.
Here's the video and radio play-by-play of the collision between Twins top prospect Byron Buxton and Mike Kvasnicka during Wednesday night's Class AA game between New Britain and Bowie.
Center fielder Byron Buxton had a home run and three RBI for Class A Fort Myers on Monday night and then was promoted to Class AA New Britain.
Twins media relations director Dustin Morse confirmed the move to the web site MiLB.com.
Writer Ashley Marshall reported: "Buxton, who turns 21 in December, will become the youngest position player on the team. Only right-handed pitcher Jose Berrios, who turned 20 in May, is younger. The Eastern League average is 24 years old."
Buxton was expected to start the 2014 season in New Britain, but sprained his wrist during spring training and has been limited to 30 games in Fort Myers, in which he hit .240, with four home runs and 33 strikeouts in 134 plate appearances.
Buxton was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft and has been ranked as the top prospect in the minor leagues.
You can read the full MiLB.com report here.
More than two weeks will pass before anything becomes official. But it certainly appears Kevin Love is on his way out of Minnesota and headed for Cleveland.
This Storify collected Thursday by Clevelabd.com shows just how popular Kevin Love was on Twitter in the hours after the initial report surfaced of the deal between the two teams.
Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer believes Love will be in a Cavs uniform next season, but points out 15 reasons why a long-term deal between the two parties won't happen ... yet.
Finally, of course it's all about the money. And Love in Cleveland alongside LeBron James will generate plenty, wrote Jeremy Pelzer of Cleveland.com.
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