Yesterday, I wrote an article eulogizing the 2010 Twins, and I was none too flattering in my assessment of the team's postseason performance.
It was tough to write. It's difficult to speak so coldly about the team I've cheered on all season. Difficult to come to terms with how quickly and unceremoniously they were ousted from contention. Difficult to acknowledge that we'll have to wait at least a year for another shot.
There's comfort in numbers, though, and the post did solicit some 49 responses in the comments section (29 more on the TwinsCentric blog on StarTribune.com, where the entry was reproduced). I didn't agree with a lot of the comments -- heck, some of it was just aimless venting -- but I appreciate everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and feelings. Thank you all, for your participation yesterday and throughout the season. As always, it's the readers who have made this time-consuming hobby worthwhile.
It's been a long and crazy ride that we've shared this season, and while the Twins are done playing for the year, I will of course continue updating the blog throughout the fall and winter until spring training rolls around once again. Many of those updates will center on the team's offseason moves, and you can get a jump start on that conversation by pre-ordering your copy of the TwinsCentric 2010-11 Offseason GM Handbook today.
We published our first GM Handbook when the Twins' season concluded last year and to this day it's my favorite product we've released. For one thing, I loved the concept -- putting the reader in the role of Twins' general manager and providing all the information necessary to craft your own offseason blueprint. In addition, I think we executed it really well. I'm quite proud of how accurate the Handbook was; for example, the first trade target we listed was JJ Hardy and the top free agent second baseman listed was Orlando Hudson.
A lot of hard work goes into these projects, and as a result, the final products contain a lot of valuable information and entertaining content. We sold last year's version for $9.95 and had a lot of satisfied customers. This year, we'll sell the e-book at that same price.
To reward the loyalty of our readers, we're announcing a special offer on our blogs for a limited time only. If you're one of the first 500 people to pre-order your copy, you'll get it at a special price of $4.95, and you'll receive it a week or two before it becomes available to the general public. Feel free to share this offer with as many people as you like, but it's aimed at rewarding those who've checked in on the blogs regularly.
For all the details, head over the TwinsCentric site, where you'll be able to pre-order with quickness and ease. As we did last year, we'll hold a contest wherein people can submit their offseason predictions using the Handbook and the one that ultimately proves most accurate will take home a prize next spring. I look forward to seeing your submissions.
The GM Handbook is not a necessary companion to my offseason coverage here (nor at the other TwinsCentric blogs), but I'll refer to it often and I have no doubt that any Twins fan will get a ton of mileage out of it. Not to mention that, in purchasing a copy this week, you'll be supporting this labor of love and doing so at a special price.
Yesterday's comments section would seem to indicate that many of you disagree with Jim Pohlad's use of the term regarding a contract extension for Ron Gardenhire, but I really do believe this deal is a "no-brainer." Whether or not you choose to take advantage of it, thanks -- as always -- for stopping by.