The Minnesota Twins, at one point not too long ago, were tied with the Cleveland Guardians for first place in the AL Central.
As of September 4 they were in first place.
But it all went downhill at that point.
Minnesota has a poor 9-17 record in the final month of the season, and that ended their chances of making the playoffs.
Poor play on all fronts and the absence of their best player, Byron Buxton, with a hip injury derailed their season.
The Twins weren’t competitive last year, and despite being on top for a while in 2022, they ended up collapsing and are now 76-80, out of playoff contention and 11.5 (!) games behind the Twins. Guards.
Those situations, unfortunately, are often reflected in support numbers.
Attendance has been a problem for the Twins this year.
Very few people go to the stadium for a game in late September when the team is already out.
“The #MNTtwins have announced an attendance today of 23,397, and a total of 1,801,128 for the season. It’s their lowest full-season attendance since 2001 (not counting the 2020 and 21 seasons affected by the pandemic),” MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, who covers the team for the league’s official site, tweeted Thursday.
the #MNTtwins have announced an attendance today of 23,397, and a total of 1,801,128 for the season.
It’s their lowest full-season attendance since 2001 (not counting the 2020 and 21 seasons affected by the pandemic).
— Park Do-Hyoung (@dohyoungpark) September 29, 2022
The attendance problems come down to one thing: the fans don’t trust the team.
The situation could certainly change in 2023, but the team will need to make the right moves to get back into contention.
They have money to spend, but retaining shortstop Carlos Correa or finding another worthy replacement should be top of the agenda.
They have some talented young players, but they need proper training to get off the ground: Jose Miranda, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach, Josh Winder, Joe Ryan, Royce Lewis and more.
If the team makes the right decisions, Minnesota will jump back into contention behind center fielder Byron Buxton.
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