Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.

The Forums

Stick a fork in Hunter, he is done.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:16 PM
Terrible signing. Hopefully the Twins find a way to trade him or cut bait before to long. Or he could do the honorable thing and just ret...
Full topic ›

To trade or not to trade Plouffe this offseason.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:14 PM
I think legitimate cases could be made for either side of this argument. Plouffe is 12th among qualified MLB 3rd basemen in both OPS and...
Full topic ›

First Wave of September Call Ups

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:15 PM
Though the Twins will not confirm any promotions until Tuesday (probably because they can't call anyone up before September 1), Kevin Okl...
Full topic ›

Article: Twins 8, White Sox 6: The Good, The Bad & Th...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:15 PM
This game had almost everything a Twins fan would want and a lot they would not. The Twins beat up White Sox ace Chris Sale, blew that le...
Full topic ›

So who here would start Santana in center over Buxton ton...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:03 PM
This for me is only a question because of who the Twins are facing tonight in Chris Sale, do you let Buxton face the ace of the White Sox...
Full topic ›
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email


Bloodbath

Attached Image: axe.jpg After approaching 100 losses in back-to-back seasons, the Twins clearly needed to make some changes. As we put it when introducing our Offseason Handbook yesterday, complacency was not going to be an option this winter.

They wasted little time shaking things up, parting with their entire coaching staff – save for pitching coach Rick Anderson and manager Ron Gardenhire – in the very first day after the season came to an end.

Bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, third base coach Steve Liddle and first base coach Jerry White were all told that their expiring contracts will not be renewed.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Head trainer Rick McWane also is gone, which comes as no surprise given the iffy handling of injuries over the past couple years. Hitting coach Joe Vavra and bench coach Scott Ullger will be reassigned within the organization.

For a team that has maintained remarkable field staff stability over the past decade, this is an enormous development. It's also warranted, because while I doubt that each departing coach was blatantly incompetent at his job, a change in clubhouse culture and a message that all this losing is not acceptable both were necessary.

Some fans are already voicing frustration that Anderson and Gardenhire were left alone for the time being, given that the pitching staff was clearly the leading issue this year and ultimately the manager should assume responsibility for a team failure as miserable as we've seen.

Yet, there have undeniably been challenging circumstances beyond the control of those two, and I think it's fair to say that they are on thin ice at this point. Gardenhire will almost certainly enter the next season as a "lame duck manager," with only one year left on his contract. The writing is on the wall that if things don't turn around, Gardy and his right-hand man are probably going to follow the rest of the coaching staff out the door.

Personally, I'm OK with giving them both another chance, considering their strong track records prior to 2011. But it's refreshing to see the organization sending a strong message, and I'll be interested to see how the the vacant spots are filled (or the spots that open up in Rochester, assuming that Gene Glynn, Bobby Cuellar and Tom Brunansky are brought up as expected).


  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

0 Comments