Are the Twins the New Braves?

Chappy brought up a good point the other day. The Minnesota Twins are the new Atlanta Braves. The Braves gained notoriety for not just winning 14 division titles in 15 years, but only winning ONE World Series during their run of domination. The Twins aren’t quite on that level, but they are starting to put together quite a streak of postseason futility. Being an A’s fan, I can’t say I don’t know what it feels like, but with today’s ALDS series loss to the Yankees, that makes 5 LDS losses in the last 8 years. What’s worse is they only have TWO wins to their name during that stretch. This is their third consecutive time being swept in the LDS, including one at the hands of the Oakland Athletics in 2006. They seem to have their nucleus locked up for a few years to come, but will they ever taste postseason success? Much like the A’s, their defeats seem to come often at the hands of the Yankees. You can’t help but feel like they’re destined to reach the playoffs year after year, only to be tossed aside by whichever team draws them in the opening round. But hey, most can only hope for a taste of the postseason. I can appreciate the Twins’ low-budget success. But really, I can’t help but think they’re the Braves of this era.

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6 responses to “Are the Twins the New Braves?

  • classic17

    It’s a good question. The Twins just have the unfortunate task of taking down the Yankees in a 5 game series, (Four of those five losses were at the hands of New York)

    Then again, they’re running Brian Duensing out there in an elimination game and expecting to win. Doesn’t seem like a sound strategy to me.

    • Chappy81

      Haha you were right in your preview Bryan, Duensing blew… Didn’t need to watch that series just needed to read your preview!

      I feel bad for the Twins, it would suck to get into the playoffs every year just to get swept. At least the A’s gave them a run for their money a couple times. When you watch the Twins during the regular season opposed to the playoffs, they look like different teams. They are pressing and way to tight every time they get to the playoffs. During the season they play loose and seem to be having fun. I guess losing so many games isn’t fun after awhile!

  • tophatal


    Haven’t the Twins got to at least turn up and try before that comparison can be made ? At least the Braves won a World Series and made multiple playoff runs over an elongated span.

    The Twins are merely pretenders instead contenders !

    tophatal 🙂

  • Chris Humpherys

    I think only the ’90s Buffalo Bills can compare to those Braves teams, beating relatively title-less with all that talent. I don’t think the Twins are there yet. (Ironically, it was the Twins who beat the Braves in that ’91 World Series).

    This Twins team doesn’t have the starting pitching Atlanta had (Smoltz, Avery, Glavine, Maddux, etc.) and they haven’t developed quite the years of heartbreak.

    Give it another couple years and we’ll see.

    • mceezy

      I’m just saying they’re on their way. It doesn’t look like anyone is really gonna challenge them for the AL Central anytime soon.

  • tophatal


    If you’re Brooks Conrad of the Braves would you return back home to Atlanta after letting down your team like that ? Hell there’s a probably a lynch mob waiting for the kid right now back in Atlanta !

    tophatal 🙂

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