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Tuesday Twins: ESPN doesn’t expect much from the 2018 Twins

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ESPN’s latest power rankings are bogus! Plus, other notes on new hires, free agents, the Hall of Fame, and more.

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins
Only 19th? Pssshht.
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  • ESPN already did power rankings for the 2018 MLB season, and the Twins only made it to 19th! The author apparently thinks the 2017 Twins were just a fluke? Looking at all the young, talented guys on the roster, I’m not sure I agree with that assessment.
  • Puckett’s Pond ranked the top five Twins mustaches of all time to celebrate “movember”. Neither Tom Brunansky nor Jack Morris made the list.
  • Speaking of Jack Morris, he’s on the Modern Era Hall of Fame ballot this off season, so we get to do the whole “Is Jack Morris really a Hall of Famer?” thing again.
  • Hey! The Twins hired a new minor league catching coordinator. His name is Tanner Swanson. That’s about all I know about him.
  • FoxSports went over some of the potential free agent targets for the Twins, including one guy TJ already signed on the very first day of SB Nation’s GM Simulation.
  • Meanwhile, Brandon Warne wrote about how the Twins should copy the Astros’ formula for success — but only kind of.