With just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, the Detroit Tigers are hopelessly buried in last place, while the Minnesota Twins find themselves just one game out of the final playoff spot. Few would have predicted such a scenario when the 2015 season began.
We talked with Jesse Lund, head writer and editor at Twinkie Town, SB Nation's Twin cities baseball affiliate, about the Twins resurgence and the reasons for their success. We snuck in a question about their second year manager, and a certain former Twins' manager's name naturally cropped up. Here is the discussion:
2: The Twins have not been relevant in the standings this late in the season over the past few years. They’re on the verge of drawing two million fans for the season. Is there a buzz of excitement among the fan base, being involved in the playoff chase once again?
3: The Twins rank in the bottom third of the American league in most offensive categories such as batting average, slugging, and home runs, and they’re dead last in on base percentage. How are they scoring enough runs to stay above .500?
5: Is there a player or two on the Twins’ roster who you would say is a key to their success as they make a push for the final playoff spot?
6: Brad Ausmus is in his second season as Tigers’ manager and his job is very much in jeopardy. Paul Molitor is in his first season as Twins’ manager and seems to be faring much better. Both took their jobs with no managerial experience. What would you say have been some attributes that make Molitor successful as a manager?