Minnesota Twins fans’ love affair with centerfielder Byron Buxton is defined by what most evolving and committed relationships typically experience — a number of ups and downs. On the positive side, Buxton, who won a Gold Glove in 2017, has unquestionably proven to be a gifted athlete with a superb glove and elite speed, and a difference-maker in the field. Need a spectacular play tracking down a ball in the gap? He’s your guy. Buxton’s defense? Give him an A. Leadership and team-first attitude? Another A. Getty Images His hitting? A work in progress. Twins’ fans know this. It’s been…

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Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens is a writer in Midland, Mich., who has covered the Class A Great Lakes Loons, a Dodgers farm club.

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