Minor League Managers
Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:06 AM
Jake Mauer is the natural choice, but Dougie baseball has a lot more fire in his belly. Or does Ryan go outside the system?
Posted 21 July 2014 - 06:41 AM
New Britain - Jeff Smith
Ft. Myers - Doug Mientkiewicz
Cedar Rapids - Jake Mauer
Elizabethton - Ray Smith
My assumption is that Mientkiewicz would be offered the managerial job if/when it opens up and that Jake Mauer will also be part of his coaching staff. Both are very good. Jeff Smith has been around a long time in the game and organization. Gene Glynn is very respected around the game and has done very well with the Red Wings the last few years.
I think it would be someone from within, and if it's not, it'd be someone like Mike Redmond or Matt LeCroy or something.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 09:34 AM
By the way, I haven't watched Doug manage, but I wouldn't necessarily assume he has more "fire in his belly" than Jake Mauer does. Don't make the mistake of assuming that Jake has exactly the same temperment that little brother Joe does. There is definitely some fire there.
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Posted 21 July 2014 - 10:22 AM
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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:20 AM
Mike Redmond would be a huge win. He has done a great job with the young pitchers in Miami and the couple years of experience makes him a more desirable option in my opinion. Jake Mauer is a bit green still to be considered a viable candidate. I wouldn't doubt if Molitor has some sort of handshake agreement in place already, though.
Of course, Jake Mauer has about 7-8 years more managerial experience than Brad Ausmus of the Tigers has or Robin Ventura did before he became the White Sox manager.
I don't know if Molitor is or isn't a candidate to be the next Twins manager. For me, I don't think he would be just because he's older than Gardy. I'd prefer someone in the
Gardy's coaching staff (Vavra, Ullger, Liddle, etc) had been managers in the Twins farm system for years when they were promoted. That's why I think that the Twins next manager and coaching staff may be several of those in the minors. The players know and trust them, the way the players of the late-90s/early-00s respected and trusted Gardy and his staff.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 12:08 PM
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Posted 21 July 2014 - 12:26 PM
It is my belief that TR will stay until he has righted the ship - a team above .500 and a playoff contender. At that time he will step down. I feel at that time we need to look outside the organization for a new GM. My personal preference would be to look at the front office of a smaller market team with a long history of contending. I'd look at the front office of the Cardinals, and the guy I'd consider is Matt Slater, their director of player personnel. He's also spent time with Milwaukee, the Dodgers and Baltimore and is the chief talent evaluator for the Cards. He's also negotiated contracts. He's young, experienced and low profile enough to be a good catch. He's also spent some time in Japan. He knows how to build a contender and to keep it going.
Put that together with a fairly young manager such as Dougy Baseball or Reddog and our current farm system and we could end up with multiple championships. I do see our current minor league managers as team coaches. The same thing happened when TK became manager and he was made manager because of relationships built with players in the minors.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 12:39 PM
The only thing that is going to inject some life in to the younger guys or team is to remove Gardenhire, Anderson Ulger, Vavara et all. I would start Steinbach or Molitor as the interim manager tonight if I could. That and quit it with the retreads in Pino and Johnso and give May and Meyer a shot. Chances of any of this happening are zero to none anyways. We are stuck with "grumpy" Gardenhire and his bobo's for perpetutity it seems.
Twins need a fresh start and so does Gardenhire, he should have realized this last year. I think Twins ownership is starting to realize change is needed but the likelihood of them making any changes with TR recommending otherwise are slim to none. It is time past due for Gardenhire'sie to move on to his next ballclub.
Posted 21 July 2014 - 03:30 PM