There is no other way to describe the Minnesota Twins 2022 season than as a bitter disappointment.
It wasn’t necessarily an utter failure, because they had finished last in 2021 and jumped to third in 2022.
However, if we consider the circumstances, it represented a heartbreaking finish for Twins fans who followed the squad all year long.
They spent a total of 92 days in first place: that’s the equivalent of three months!
They led the AL Central until September 4, yet they finished a whopping 14 (!) games out of first place in the Central.
Talk about a September collapse.
On Tuesday, Twins fans were hanging onto a small ray of happiness, as they waited for the Gold Glove award announcements.
The Twins Were Shut Out In The Gold Glove Results
None of them won, completing another disappointing October-related piece of news.
“No Gold Glove winners for the #MNTwins this year. Jeremy Peña wins at SS over Correa. Vlad Jr. takes it at 1B over Arráez. And Kyle Tucker claims the award in RF over Kepler,” Twins insider Do-Hyoung Park tweeted.
No Gold Glove winners for the #MNTwins this year.
Jeremy Peña wins at SS over Correa. Vlad Jr. takes it at 1B over Arráez. And Kyle Tucker claims the award in RF over Kepler.
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) November 1, 2022
In reality, Pena deserved to win at the shortstop edition thanks to his impressive rookie campaign and Correa being more great than otherworldly.
Kepler had a much better case than Correa, as he was very much comparable to Tucker at the time of evaluating their fielding metrics.
Arraez was a better defensive first baseman than Guerrero but accumulated just over 500 innings there in 2022.
Twins fans, unfortunately, have nothing to celebrate at this point of the year.
There are reasons to believe 2023 could be better, however, so there is hope.