07-24-2012, 12:24 PM #41
07-24-2012, 12:32 PM #42
Look at the Royals, plenty or young talent on the field and plenty of young arms that are hurt and having Tommy John surgery. Without building starting pitching in the minors, I am afraid the 2014 and 2015 Twins will look similar to the Royals this year with lots of young talent on the field and a bunch of young pitchers or mediocare veterans.
07-24-2012, 04:52 PM #43
It is probably impossible to radically turn over a MLB roster.
I think they have to make a change to the field staff after this season. I thought Gardy was a goner but I think he may hang on. It would be crazy to have two bad seasons and keep the exact same coaching staff. That will be the true test of whether this is an old boys club or not.Papers...business papers.
07-24-2012, 05:54 PM #44
But why did they fire the GM? Was it because of his mediocre job performance or was it because Bill Smith wasn't on board with cutting the payroll? Does this ownership and top management have a commitment to excellence or only a commitment to the almighty dollar?
(In fairness, they also changed the manager and pitching coach at Rochester although I think that was primarily about keeping the Rochester affiliate happy -- if they hadn't been complaining bitterly I'm not sure that would have happened.)
I wish I was convinced that the field staff would change after this season. I wish I was even more convinced that there would be front office changes. While turmoil in the staff isn't good, SOME change frequently creates a new vitality.
Finally, I wish that I felt like they were as committed to improving this team as they are to making a profit.
07-24-2012, 06:02 PM #45
07-24-2012, 06:19 PM #46
I'm by no means a Bill Smith defender, but I do believe he had a plan - it just simply failed miserably. The Santana trade should have netted us a minimum of a couple good young arms out of Humber/Mulvey/Guerra. And Gomez was billed as "5 tool" (as always - over used). Then giving up Bartlett/Garza for Delmon was going to be the the piece de resistance. Whoops. Santana/Garza/Bartlett where three pretty good players who netted little or nothing back. The combination of those failed trades and the injuries to M&M pretty much sunk the team for a couple years.
07-24-2012, 06:35 PM #47
While those trades definitely could have gone better, I'm not sure where Smith expected to find pitching in the short term.
07-24-2012, 06:45 PM #48
07-24-2012, 06:48 PM #49
07-24-2012, 08:04 PM #50
Why are there so many people that mention Wimmers and Gibson together on this board? Other than being 1st rd selections in consecutive years they have nothing in common. Gibson looks to have a nice MLB career while Wimmers has mountains to climb just to become a top 10 prospect again.
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07-24-2012, 08:15 PM #52
He certainly didn't trade off 40% (the best 40%, to boot) of the rotation in one offseason, that's for sure.
07-24-2012, 08:17 PM #53
07-24-2012, 08:22 PM #54
Wait a minute, bringing in heaps of free minor league players, in the hopes that you find some usable league minimum players, is a bad thing?"Maybe you could go grab a bat and ball… and learn something. Maybe you will get it."
- Strib commenter educating the elitists on the value of RBI's
07-24-2012, 08:34 PM #55
I'd say that the Twins did very, very well with their minor league free agents this year. They clearly had a plan of adding some arms who have had some upper-level success. He picked out a couple of position players that have helped.. Some won't work, and frankly, too many have contributed this year, but that's not a bad thing at all.
07-24-2012, 08:45 PM #56
07-24-2012, 10:25 PM #57
07-24-2012, 11:50 PM #58
They have a big board and TR writes stuff on it.
Underneath his wife's request to bring home Milk, Bread and Catfood is an organizational depth chart.
TR also has spread sheets and information on his computer with scouts projections, contract information, performance reviews and information that is compiled on players inside the organization and from other teams throughout the minor league system and outside of professional ball.
And if that wasnt enough... He has a personal secretary that keeps him on schedule and will hand him stuff if he has misplaced it.
He also has an assistant GM plus three special assistants to the GM (actually 8 special assistants if you count Molitor, Herbie, Oliva, Carew and Blyleven).
They also have a research manager and just plain ole researchers.
The Twins have a director of baseball operations and a minor league director and people who work under them.
They have a director or scouting and a pro scout coordinator and a boatload of plain ole scouts who go to multiple games at major league parks, minor league parks, along with college and high school fields. I should also mention that the scouting happens not only on American soil but also internationally. These scouts bring stopwatches and radar guns just to be equipped with thing a ma jigs that help in evaluation. Plus the scouts talk with coaches and find out information about a players makeup and they write stuff down with pen, pencil or type it on iPads or laptops or smart phones and send it off. If that wasn't enough... Scouts and their opinions are not just taken as gospel. They have cross checkers who reevaluate any lofty advocacy for a scout in the field to make sure the guy isn't out of his mind.
Terry Ryan also has an experienced major league manager, a manager at each level of the farm system, multiple coaches at all levels of the organization including pitching, hitting, base running, catching, infield and outfield defense specialists.
Heres the kicker. A bunch of these guys actually get together from time to time and hold meetings to communicate and they send email back and forth when they are not meeting and they talk on the phone as well. Numbers for everyone are saved on cell phones. If Terry Ryan needs to talk with his pro scouting coordinator. He just scrolls down his contact list on his phone to Vern or his secretary will call him and say "please hold for Terry Ryan and then transfers the call to Him.
With all of these people working for the owner, Terry Ryan and the good of the organization. I would be surprised if there is no plan in place.
The overwhelming majority on this board including me. Have Fangraphs and some internet reading material written by people not inside any organization and we use that to form opinions on players that we see occasionally at games we attend or watch on TV.
So let's hang em. Thats all the information I need. Fan Graphs and an opinion. I'm good to go.
Last edited by Riverbrian; 07-24-2012 at 11:56 PM.
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