Tipsheet: Twins fans feel real pain as their team collapses, starts over

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Minnesota Twins relief pitcher John Gant (33) pitches to St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) during the fourth inning of a MLB game against the Twins at Busch Stadium on Sunday, August 1, 2021. The Cardinals are trying to win the third game in a three game home series against the Minnesota Twins. Photo by Daniel Shular, dshular@post-dispatch.com

Daniel Shular

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After winning back-to-back American League Central titles, the Minnesota Twins entered this season with great expectations.

Then they crashed and burned – staggering to 44-62 record that prompted their fire sale ahead of Friday’s trade deadline.

Even if the Twins won the rest of their games this season, they could not match the 101-61 record they posted in 2019.

So while Cardinals fans lament their team’s fate – scuffling around .500, caught between contending and bailing – imagine the agony Twins fans are enduring as their team starts over again.

They even traded away their best home-grown commodity, pitcher Jose Berrios, as part of the long-haul rebuild.

“Our view of this is sustainability,” president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said. “We know what this year has been. I’ve talked about that at length. It has not been what we wanted, but we still feel, even as José walked out the door here . . . we have a lot of talent in that clubhouse coming back in ’22 and ’23 and beyond.

“So how do…

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