Originally Posted by Will M
IMO the Twins are a good model for the Reds to emulate. (with one exception: when the Twins go outside their team to spend money they often don't do it wisely). i would like for the Reds to try & build a team than can contend year after year. set the bar at 85 or more wins. any year you don't win 85 games is a failure & something went wrong. the current Reds seem to set the bar a lot lower.
The Twins model is the exact model I do NOT want to follow. They build to be competitive, not to win the World Series. Sure, they get to the playoffs regularly, but they never have a legit WS contender. They really have no chance once they get there.
They've won all of ONE playoff series in the past 18 years. The've been bouced 4 straight times in the first round, being swept twice and winning only one game the other two. The one time they did make to the ALCS back in 2002, they were manhandled and lost 4 games to 1. In other words, they've benefitted from being in a bad division and slipped into the playoffs but have been demolished once they got there.
No thanks. I haven't the slightest interest in that model. Dare to be just good enough but never great. I've lived in Minnesota the past 5 baseball seasons and their team has held little interest for me. Not once have I ever watched them thinking this is what I want for the Reds.