ok. Let's re-examine who was let go:
2 60+ year old guys and someone who was on the record saying that he will retire after this season.
sounds more like a stapler than a hatchet
Actually, I think some changes in the staff were a bit overdue. In fact, over the years Ryan used to bring a younger guy onto the staff every few years. He would often remove a guy who had gotten a little too old or maybe didn't fit as well as he should, or had left for a different opportunity. This staff had stayed almost intact for a long time. While that has some good points, a little change probably should of happened before now.
Clearly, all 3 guys basically fired, were pretty old. While being old shouldn't be an overriding reason for leaving, there are a lot of pretty active things generally required of coaches. Such as pitching batting practice, hitting fungos, etc. There are also communication issues, such as having a Spanish speeching coach, and maybe younger coaches who possibly can relate better to players.
My take is Ryan is taking this opportunity get his coaching staff a little younger, perhaps change a little too comfortable mix, and maybe put a man on the staff who could be a reasonable successor to Gardenhire, when he retires/is fired.
Now the factthat they are over 60 yrs old makes them a bad coach? Ageism is against the law you know
As it happens I am over 60 and can tell you about age and the workplace. Yes, age isn't going to be cited in the release of the various coaches by the Twins. Clearly, however it is a factor. The coaches are required to do any number of active things from throwing batting practice to hitting fungos, to running/hitting infield, etc. If you have too many coaches who are limited in what they can do, it becomes a problem.
I can see the need on the Twins staff for Spanish speaking members and perhaps someone who could be a successor to Gardenhire. Now the Twins aren't going to speak to openly about some of these things, but they likely should of have been addressed gradually over the last few years. Since they weren't, the poor play over the last 2 years offers some justification for doing it now.
Your comments in regards to age of coaches and managers to perform their jobs reflect a limitation of your ability to analyze a situation.
Beginning in 1987, Vavra coached in the Dodger's minor league system. While at Yakima, Washington in Class A, he was named Manager of the Year for 1994 and 1996 for the Northwest League after winning the Division title in 1994 and the League championship in 1996. Vavra coached for ten years in the minors before moving to the Dodgers major league staff. He served in special assignments and as a roving coach before becoming the permanent bunting and baserunning coach in 2000.
After a brief stint as the head coach of UW–Stout baseball, Vavra joined the Twins staff in 2002. On October 27, 2005, Vavra was named the Twins' hitting coach.
Vavra attended the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium to pitch for Justin Morneau. Morneau beat Josh Hamilton to win the Home Run Derby.
During Vavra's tenure in Minnesota, the Twins have consistently ranked among the best in the league for both individual and team hitting stats.
Let's start with an easy one: NBA officials. NBA officials generally get better with age. Many of them are in their late 50's and early 60's with no signs of slowing down. Heck, Dick Bavetta, considered one of the best refs in the league, turns 73 in December. Don't think they have to be physically fit in their jobs?
The list of D1 Baskteball coaches over the age of 60 is too long to list.
MLB: Jim Leyland, Davey Johnson, Charlie Manuel, Dusty Baker, Ron Washington...
Maybe you couldn't physically handle the rigors of professional sports at your age, but don't lump everybodyu into the same boat. I would much rather have a qualified individual in their 60's or 70's than a leeser one in their 40's. If anybody tells you otherwise, they are a poor decision maker.
The "bloodbath" seems to me to be a perfectly logical first step to regain the clubhouse. It's either this or you have a fire sale. It's essential for the on field staff, the players, and the FO to all be pulling in the same direction. There's a tremendous value in that synergy.