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Twins Lose Key Member of Coaching Staff to LSU

Devon Platana
The Minnesota Twins have lost a key member of their coaching staff to LSU.
The Minnesota Twins have lost a key member of their coaching staff to LSU. / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins have been the best team in the AL Central division to start the 2022 MLB season, sitting at a 41-33 record through 74 games. Their coaching staff has been instrumental to their early success, however, they've now lost one of its members to college baseball.

D1 Baseball's Kendall Rogers is reporting that Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson has left the organization to join the LSU Tigers. He will also be the pitching coach at LSU after holding the same position for the last four seasons in Minnesota.

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Johnson won't immediately join the Tigers. Instead, he's going to finish the Twins' five-game series against the Cleveland Guardians, which ends on Thursday.

Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey had nothing but kind things to say about Johnson in a press release. He said that the coach "has been an integral part of our organization" and that "his influence and impact will continue to be realized in Minnesota."

Some fans are rightfully confused about Johnson's departure, especially with the Twins leading their division. The Athletic is reporting that one reason for his job change is that LSU is reportedly paying him $750,000 per season compared to the $350,000 he was making in the Majors.

Johnson played a key role in the development of Twins pitchers such as Devin Smeltzer (4-1, 3.05 ERA in 2022), as well as in bounce-back seasons by Dylan Bundy (4-4, 5.80 ERA) and Chris Archer (2-3, 3.14 ERA). It'll be interesting to see how the pitching room fares without him.

Twins World Series Odds

Fans will be watching closely to see if Johnson's departure has an impact on Minnesota's championship odds down the road. For the time being, the Twins are available at +3600 (T-No. 14) to win the 2022 World Series on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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