Check the ownership ranking...March 29 2007 at 4:55 PM
David Karki (Login DavidKarki)
Response to That's a very interesting article, Dave
...the Twins are at #77, well down in the pack. So it's not that the ownership is all that great, it's that the farm system and GM Terry Ryan make the Twins far better than they really ought to be. By all rights, they should be down there with the Royals and Pirates in perennial suckitude. (And Pohlad should get more credit than he does - i.e. none - for being willing to lose money to keep a good team together, even as he should and does get blamed for his ham-handed attempts to cajole a new stadium out of MN.)
That the Twins overachieve does not absolve the Dump of being the main culprit of both franchises' problems. Certainly the Vikes' ownership has been lacking (Gang of Ten, Pink McCheap, Zygi), but let's not allow that to obscure the issue. As the Twins demonstrate, even an excellent front office has to be a near miracle-worker on a regular basis to contend in that mausoleum...
GO VIKINGS!!! ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." --Thomas Jefferson)