Back when the Timberwolves weren't so promising - you know, like two years ago - anyone doing an in-depth analysis of their woes had to come to the conclusion that they had experienced a remarkable mixture of bad management and bad luck. The two were intertwined.

Since 2010, the Twins have resembled the Timberwolves at their worst. They have made bad decisions that have been compounded by bad luck.

Spending lots of money on Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Ervin Santana has proven to be a mistake. And that mistake has been compounded by the inability of their top two prospects, their two superstars in waiting, to stay healthy and progress together.

Miguel Sano lost a season because of Tommy John surgery - which is highly unusual for position players. Byron Buxton has had numerous injuries that have set him back. The two rarely have been healthy and productive on the same team at the same time.

So on Tuesday, Byron Buxton gets recalled to the majors and reinserted into the Twins' lineup - and Sano leaves during that same game with a hamstring injury.

The Twins have made mistakes. When it comes to the two most important players in their organization, they, like the Timberwolves before them, have had their mistakes compounded by terrible luck.


One thing I've noticed about the Vikings' recent free-agent acquisitions: They tend to have great personalities.

Captain Munnerlyn is a joy to speak with,. So is Terence Newman. I met Andre Smith, the right tackle from Cincinnati, on Wednesday, and he was similarly agreeable and glib.

I don't know if there's anything to be made of this, but it's something that jumped out at me after speaking with Munnerlyn and Smith.


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