Through 30 games, the Minnesota Twins are off to one of their worst starts in over a half-century of baseball in the Twin Cities.
The team many picked to win another division title with a $125 million payroll has lost 19 games and only won 11. This is the second worst record in all of baseball.
Moreover, after Thursday’s loss, they have played seven extra inning games so far and lost all of them (no team in 100 years has done that). The team also has only scored one run in the ninth inning all season.
Politics has infested Major League Baseball this year. The season began with the league naively falling for left-wing bullying and presenting vacuous stances on a law they never read. Fans were irate.
And the Twins may be the worst offenders. Whether posting “End Racism,” “Justice for George Floyd” and other social justice signs on Target Field’s walls, or their manager making divisive statements since last summer, the Twins franchise leans hard left.
Twenty-five days ago, the Twins decided to cancel a game — with most fans already seated — due to a shooting in the suburbs the day before.
A week later, hours before the Derek Chauvin verdict came down, ownership went significantly farther and made a controversial, racial statement that could have been from Black Lives Matter.
It read in part:
“The events of this past year have shown just how toxic and prevalent systemic and individual racism are to our community. We understand more deeply than ever the need to listen, learn and empathize in order to find ways to move forward together to build a more just community for all. The eyes of the world have been on the Derek Chauvin trial and now on the tragic death of Daunte Wright. We are horrified and ashamed that this keeps happening to Black people in our community and many other cities across our country. As we await a verdict, we hope and pray our criminal justice system provides the justice George Floyd and his family deserve.”
Since the April 12 statement, the team is 6-15. Since the April 20 statement, they are 5-12.
Attendance has also been subpar at about 8,500 fans per game. Target Field allows 25% capacity, or 10,000 people, which the Twins cannot even fill.
A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.