Posted 11 June 2014 - 05:20 PM
I am happy with the job as he has plugged players in who have responded and produced. at first it was Colabello and Kubel then Dozier, then Arcia and Willingham. Escobar picked up for Florimon and Danny Santana of all people in CF and thriving. Suzuki has consistently hit .300 all year. Hughes has made it back to prominence, the bullpen is above average despite Burton being terrible. we even have a few decent bench options now, Fuld with speed when healthy, Pinto and occasionally Parmelee with power and Nunez who is hitting .290
there has been the debacle with CF at the beginning of the season and it looks like Santana wants it. Hicks is coming around after dropping switch hitting. So more often then not he has put players into situations where they would succeed and the team hasn't wasted too much time when they lost effectiveness in replacing them.
But mostly I am happy the Twins are playing competitive baseball. I don't see them get blown out too often and they are in the .500 range. If all breaks right They could contend for the playoffs. They were 8 games back at the all star break before and made the playoffs right now we are maybe a reliever and starting pitcher away from doing it again.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:18 PM
Posted 11 June 2014 - 06:40 PM
Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:01 PM
The Front office is to blame for the CF confusion, but Gardy coached the team thru that and has given Santana the confidence to go out there and learn on-the-job.
We, the fans, can't see the inside stuff that goes on. We can see some of Pinto's problems and I think Gardy pulled him out of the regular lineup at the right time. Gardy can better see Hicks's struggles than any of us. When u combine the injuries, the low BA and his switching to hitting RH, the manager is the best person to judge if Hicks should be in MLB.
The shortstop situation has been a problem. When Florimon proved to be hopeless at bat, Gardy stayed flexible and fortunately Escobar has been a revelation.
Gardy seems to trust his players and the players can feel that. He stays flexible in difficult situations. He and the coaches seem to have the locker room on his side. I'd give Gardy a B (no manager ever deserves an A. They always make some mistakes.)
Posted 11 June 2014 - 07:51 PM
My argument would be, hitters suck more in spring training than the regular season and mostly progress with playing time. Pinto had a stretch of two weeks where he played once, and a month where he played like 5 times.
Then suddenly he's gotten some more playing time and sucked, and Gardy has become the savior from Pinto's ineptitude? I think he's the cause in this case.
He's stuck with Guerrier and Burton far too long.
on the other hand, he's stuck by Plouffe, Santana, and Willingham who have paid big dividends. Willingham was stone cold in his rehab assignment, was immediately inserted into the big league lineup and has since been very very good.
overall mixed results, but much better than I anticipated.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 08:38 PM
More Pinto would be a complaint but I understand the reasoning for the time being.
He's definitely had more to work with this year and he's taken some advantage of it.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:17 PM
Two clubs released him! I close my eyes every time Burton pitches. I have no way of knowing if any of the guys in the minors would be better, but the Twins are never going to be a serious contender with those 2 pitching in crucial situations.
Posted 11 June 2014 - 09:26 PM
Another one of my gripes is his weird obsession with infielders in the outfield. He's trotted out some of the weirdest lineups that I can ever remember, with Nunez and Santana in the outfield, and he doesn't seem to make any point of avoiding this when Phil Hughes is starting, as having competent outfielders during his starts is especially important due to his profile as a flyball pitcher.
Posted 12 June 2014 - 05:45 AM
* end rant*
Posted 12 June 2014 - 07:07 AM
I think Gardy has done pretty well, but then I don't have any idea how managers should be evaluated beyond bullpen and PH decisions.
Posted 12 June 2014 - 07:49 AM