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Thursday Twins: Does anyone want to win the AL Central? Yes? No? Okay then

Really dumb superstar rankings, a Jaime Garcia retrospective, the pitchers who make Minnesota a contender, and Ehire Adrianza’s famous godfather.

MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Minnesota Twins Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Links, they are here:

  • Does anyone want to win the AL Central? The records seem to scream “NO!” But at least our Twins are trending in the right direction. Jay Jaffe took a deep dive into the stats behind why the division is just so darn bad, and I think it looks even worse after reading the stats.
  • Bleacher Report ranked every MLB team’s biggest star. I don’t think they’ve been paying attention to the Twins, because they picked Brian Dozier as our guy, and rated him pretty low. Do they not know that Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Jose Berrios exist? Then again, they picked Giancarlo Stanton for the Yankees, and ranked him at 21, even though Aaron Judge is pretty much the only baseball thing ESPN talked about for months. [Editor’s Note: JOE MAUER? WHAT ABOUT JOE MAUER!?!?!?”]
  • Jaime Garcia pitched once for the Twins last season, before being flipped to the Yankees. Mike Berardino caught up with Garcia, and they had a fun look back at his week as a Twin. Garcia really liked it here apparently, even though he never stepped into Target Field for the home team. Apparently his stint with the Twins was even more unique than we realized.
  • Jose Berrios is growing as a pitcher in front of our eyes, and Fernando Romero has been electric in two starts. Stephen Gonsalves hasn’t made his MLB debut yet, but is tearing up the highest levels of the Minor Leagues. Michael Rand thinks these three pitchers are the key to making the Twins a legitimate World Series contender.
  • Ehire Adrianza’s godfather was a pretty good baseball player, and a memorable manager. Former shortstop and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen grew up in the same neighborhood as Adrianza’s father, and apparently the families are close. Thanks to a recent trade, Guillen will now be Adrianza’s manager in the Venezuelan Winter League.