Saw this - giggled a bit. Gardy always loved Punto more than the fans did. And you know what? By the middle of last year, I read more than a few 'wish we still had Punto' tweets.
All in all, it will be interesting to see how reuniting Gardy with Ryan will work out. It is clear he clashed quite a bit with Bill smith.
It's true, but really, what the team needed was ANY MLB-caliber shortstop that could at least field the position with some range. This organization seems to limit themselves to white guys at SS and C, when many of the skilled players at those positions happen to be Latin players. I really don't get it. I don't think there's a conscious discrimination on the Twins part, but it's literally been 20 years without them establishing a long-term relationship with a player at either of those positions that didn't fit the "mold", which is "white, humble, and toolsy". Players like Jose Morales, Wilson Ramos, Orlando Cabrera, Orlando Hudson, and Luis Castillo (the latter two of which are second basemen) got barely a look with us and then were just discarded in favor of the next Butera, Punto, Tolbert, Redmond, Bartlett, Plouffe, and so on.
Look at what Rafael Belliard did as the "Punto" of the Braves for all those teams in the 90's, he was insanely valuable as a defensive replacement.
Yes, Sano is a Latin American prospect and the best prospect in the system, but he won't be a SS either. This organization should be stocked with guys who can at least field the position at the AAA level, but they seem more preoccupied with finding the next Greg Gagne or Brian Harper, and it baffles me.
Edited by StormJH1, 23 February 2012 - 10:15 AM.