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Continued: Souhan: How Willingham can help the Twins -- and why he should stay

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 21, 2014 - 1:31 AM

“There’s something to be said about relationships,” he said. “Obviously, I have a family — three kids — they love it here. I think that’s important. From the owner all the way down, I love the people and my teammates.

“They’re not so far removed from winning. They won in 2010, right? They’ve got the same coaching staff here pretty much. A lot of people who are here know how to win, and they know how to put a winning team on the field.

“You have to trust that. This offseason they put a lot of pieces together that we didn’t have last year, in terms of pitching. When you play in the big leagues and play in our division and you’re facing, let’s say, the Tigers, and they’re throwing three or four front-line pitchers at you, you’ve got to be able to win a 2-1 game once in a while, or 3-2. I don’t think we’ve been equipped to do that over the last couple of years.”

Willingham regaining his form would dramatically improve this year’s lineup, and it might make him a fixture in future lineups.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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