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  1. boney's Avatar
    I want to see how this offseason goes because we all know that TR is a very good baseball guy. I want to see this org. pick a direction either they find a way to trade assets for what they're looking for or they attempt to spend good money on marquee not Marquis pitching if they think this lineup can compete. Besides if the Twins were to replace they would probably have to hire some firm like colleges do for a coaching vacancy because they are probably not familiar with anyone outside of their own org. , only half joking on that.
  2. johnnydakota's Avatar
    dave duncan and his special advisor tony l.
  3. MWLFan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by LastOnePicked
    I don't have a name, but here's what I'd like to see:

    Somebody's who has had MLB experience.
    Somebody who is competitive nearly to an extreme.
    Somebody who cares more about winning than phony perceptions of loyalty.
    Somebody who detests the phrase "what my gut tells me."
    Somebody who hasn't spend a day with the Twins organization in the last decade, at least.
    Somebody who seeks out and promotes smart people who get results.

    TR is by all accounts a good man, but I wouldn't say he fits any of the criteria above.
    Thanks for posting some requirements. I find that helpful in seeing how people percieve the job of GM.

    I agree with 1-3-6. (Though I find 1 and 6 to be givens for anyone in a management position.) In particularI agree with the loyalty piece. Loyalty is great in a Boy Scout, but in American business it means squat now. (Sadness.) And lets be honest this is a business and looking at these requirements I believe you think it should be run as one and not as a "ball team".

    2- How I take this, and correct me if I am wrong, is that you would prefer someone focused solely on winning at the Major League Level rigth now and will make any and all accomadations to do so becasue of the urge to win. Now I prefer someone not driven by emotions, almost dispassionate in public and able to make hard calls with a focus instead of being so overwhelmed by the urge to win now and the future be damned. I think a guy who runs the Yankees or another team with big pockets, and even with Target Field the Twins are not in that League of Extraordinary Spenders, can afford to look at only the short term. Is that TR? Probably but there is a difference between dispassionate and comatose. Sometimes TR comes across as the later which is disheartening.

    4- I like someone not afraid to go with his instinct. Get the facts, look at the numbers and balance the options. But in the end it comes down to one person putting themselves out there to make a call. Now if you are talking being more Sabermetrics based then the Traditional Scouting school, I understand the frustration. Once again I prefer balance. I hope the Twins are using advanced metrics more and more, but you still need people on the ground eyeing the player and looking for flaws or beyond the numbers for plus factors. (I can look at Sano and see all his errors and say he is a bust at 3rd and should be made a 19 year old DH in Low A ball, but then I see him and see a good athlete growing into his body and needing to work harder on some defensive aspects.)

    5- Once again I understand the frustration with the Twins organization in 2012. Two years of awful play and 2013 is not looking much better. But this is also the group that gave the fans of Minnesota the most sustained success of any team since the Vikings of the late 60's and 70's. Like that group the Twins could not capture the ultimate goal, but unlike the revered Vikings two years after that run people are ready to cast that aside and block it out of their mind. When the Vikings started their downfall in the late 70's Bud Grant was still seen as a icon and god like man. TR and Gardy have been for the most part left alone by calmer heads, but due to the change in media from the 70's to today, we get a lot more opinions from people who just get a kick out of seeing their words cast out for the world to digest or words and half thoughts spewed forth from talk radio. (That includes the not so humble starter of this thread I guess.) They need to turn it around, I bet they know it. But if there was a uber talented exec within the organization I would not cast him out from the womb just to make a point. Is there one? No idea. But you need to look at all possibilities and not shut down a avenue out of anger or disgust.

    Again thanks for participating!
  4. TKGuy's Avatar
    Terry Ryan is my man.
  5. LastOnePicked's Avatar
    I don't have a name, but here's what I'd like to see:

    Somebody's who has had MLB experience.
    Somebody who is competitive nearly to an extreme.
    Somebody who cares more about winning than phony perceptions of loyalty.
    Somebody who detests the phrase "what my gut tells me."
    Somebody who hasn't spend a day with the Twins organization in the last decade, at least.
    Somebody who seeks out and promotes smart people who get results.

    TR is by all accounts a good man, but I wouldn't say he fits any of the criteria above.
  6. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MWLFan
    How would Gleeman see a minor league afflilate? Unless the Twins place all their affliates in St. Louis Park, Richfield, Bloomington and maybe Robbinsdale. Spring training would be a bitch in Apple Valley and that is across the river, not sure he would travel lthat far.
    Good point. Obviously the Geek would get all the travel assignments. Not sure how TVOR would feel about that. Then again, she might like the idea.
  7. Highabove's Avatar
    Andrew Friedman General Manager Tampa Rays (not available)
    Updated 08-01-2012 at 05:36 PM by Highabove
  8. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
    That really is the point, isn't it. Some of us don't like Terry Ryan (not me, I like him), but none of them can say anyone that is available that would be better than Ryan.
  9. MWLFan's Avatar
    How would Gleeman see a minor league afflilate? Unless the Twins place all their affliates in St. Louis Park, Richfield, Bloomington and maybe Robbinsdale. Spring training would be a bitch in Apple Valley and that is across the river, not sure he would travel lthat far.
  10. Jim Crikket's Avatar
    Gleeman and the Geek, of course! They solve all the Twins' problems within the time it takes to do a podcast every Sunday, so imagine what they could do if they shared the GM gig on a full time basis!

    Of course, I'm not sure they'd both live through the first month of sharing the job.
  11. jtrinaldi's Avatar
    Niko will be in Beloit next year to start, and Max will be here early in May
  12. MWLFan's Avatar
    Good for Liddle, but as a person going to the games this weekend I do have to say I am a bit disappointed.
  13. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
    They activated Liddle instead - he was on the DL.
  14. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
    Yes to both.....michaels im fine with where hes at.....these guys need to be challenged
  15. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
    Thanks for the updates!
  16. MWLFan's Avatar
    Sano was 2-2 with a HBP and a Walk. Just struck out looking. Announcer said it was a curve that fooled him.
  17. MWLFan's Avatar
    Dayton has a outfielder named Kyle Waldrop, had to do a double take on that one. Thought I had missed something.
  18. MWLFan's Avatar
    Jairo grounds out. End of the 7th.
  19. MWLFan's Avatar
    The Aussie comes through with a sharp single and drives into two. 7 to 0 Snappers.
  20. MWLFan's Avatar
    Rosario walks on 4 pitches, brining up Adam Bryant. Ortiz would have been here protecting Rosario. Bryant grounds into a 5-3 Fielders Choice scoring one. Goncalves up. 5-0 Snappers.
    Goncalves grounds out 5-3, Rory Rhodes up. 2nd and 3rd. Two out.
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