Good News/Bad News for Twins Fans
Twins fans have to have mixed emotions over this weekend’s developments. Joe Nathan tested his elbow and confirmed people’s fears. He will have Tommy John surgery, which will knock him out for the year. It’s not all bad news for Nathan fans. Once recovered from the surgery, pitchers can come back even stronger. This very well could have extended Nathan’s career.
That brings us to the other Twins news. If Nathan can stick around a while longer he can play with Joe Mauer, the Twins catcher that just signed a ten-year $189 million contract. He’s a heck of a ballplayer, but I fear it will just keep the Twins in mediocrity. With such a big amount locked up on one player, the Twins could struggle to put the pieces around him. That same concept failed miserably with the Timberwolves and Kevin Garnett. Mauer will get the praises for sticking with his hometown team, but do note that Mauer did not give his club the hometown discount. In fact, he never has. That doesn’t make him a bad person, but just make sure you are giving him credit for what he deserves.