Here are some interesting nuggets from the LaVelle story from a year ago that I linked earlier.
First, the headline: "Miguel Sano promises to do better this offseason but Twins know 'he has a ways to go' "
One of the building blocks to the Twins’ future, Sano said Thursday that he’s thought a lot about what has happened this year and wants to take the necessary steps to be more than what he’s been.
“My plans for next year are to work harder during the offseason, try to lose weight and come back next year and play the whole season at third base,” Sano said.
Hmm, interesting. Two out of three didn't happen, and I don't have the knowledge to speak of the third.
If this sounds similar to what he said nearly a year ago, it is. Sano wanted to lose 20 pounds last offseason but only lost a few by the time he reported to spring training.
Teammates, from spring training into the regular season, have had to stay on him about getting in his workouts.
This is concerning, at a minimum. Maybe this is the point I hope things about 'being a pro,' and maturing as a player will eventually happen with Sano. A year later, these questions seem more prevalent than ever.
Sano, at one point this season, was pushing 280 pounds. He was 276 in late July. He said on Thursday that he’s been 268-270 recently.
“The team doesn’t want me to lose that much,” Sano said. “They want me to lose 10. But I’m going to lose 20.”
Direct quote from Sano talking about his weight. Actions speak louder.
“We all know it is going to be a big part of my thoughts going forward, about how we can keep him on the field for 140 to 150 games,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said “He’s an unique body type. He’s going to have to find a way to do that, and that has to deal with the day-to-day things he has to deal with, including being ready when he comes into camp.”
Anyone remember if Sano was said to have reported to camp in good shape this spring? I honestly can't recall. Interesting to hear the manager's thoughts with some time since he said that.
“I hope that the time in New York is well spent and that he stays focused on what he needs to do,” Twins interim general manager Rob Antony said. “That’s not the easiest place to maintain focus.”
There's your concern from Twins management right there.
“I didn’t hit good enough,” Sano said. “I don’t feel it’s a good season for me this year. But I’m going to try to make an adjustment about my weight and my swing. When I get back to the Dominican I’m going to work really hard with the pitchers and hit breaking balls better.”
There it is, from the man himself.
“I think he’s maturing, but he still has a ways to go,” Antony said. “I think he thought it was just going to happen because he has so much talent. It doesn’t happen without the work, the dedication, the focus.
“I think his intentions are good. I’m not sure he always showed the ability to follow through on what he knows is the right thing to do.’’
Some pretty frontal criticism from the front office right there. So, nearly 365 days later, does the front office feel any better about Sano? I will be watching very curiously to see how this plays out.
Edited by Doubles, 20 September 2017 - 10:45 AM.