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#1 Cody Christie

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 08:31 PM

Earlier in the week, I looked at the top internal candidates for the Twins open managerial job. Since Tom Kelly was hired in the 1980’s, the club has only hired managers with internal connections to the organization. Derek Falvey and Thad Levine might have a different plan in mind this time around.

There are currently six open managerial positions (Angels, Orioles, Blue Jays, Rangers, and Reds), so the Twins will have competition for some of the top managerial candidates. If the Twins are going to look at external candidates, the club will need to make some swift decisions.

Here is a look at some of the external candidates tied to the Twins.Brad Mills
Current Role: Indians bench coach
Qualifications: Mills spent eleven seasons managing in the minor league system of the Cubs, Rockies and Dodgers. He has deep ties to Terry Francona as he was his first base coach in Philadelphia and his bench coach with the Boston Red Sox. Mills was manager of the Astros from 2010-2012, which included two straight 100 loss seasons as the club looked to rebuild.

Sandy Alomar Jr
Current Role: Indians first-base coach
Qualifications: His coaching career started as the catching instructor for the New York Mets organization. He has been on the Indians staff since the 2010 season and served as the interim manager at the end of the 2012 campaign. He had been rumored to be in the running for previous managerial jobs in Toronto, Chicago, and Boston.

Joe Espada
Current Role: Astros bench coach
Qualifications: Espada spent eight seasons managing and coaching in the Marlins organization. From there, he took a special assistant job with Brian Cashman, the Yankees GM. For two seasons, he was the Yankees infield coach and third base coach. In the last two World Baseball Classics, he has coached for the Puerto Rican team and he manages in the Puerto Rican winter league.

Brandon Hyde
Current Role: Cubs bench coach
Qualifications: Hyde coached and managed in the Marlins organization for the better part of a decade. This included stints as the acting manager and the team’s MLB bench coach. He’s served as bench coach and first base coach under the last two Cubs managers, Rick Reneria and Joe Maddon. Last off-season, he was offered a job with the Mets but decided to stay with the Cubs.

Mark DeRosa
Current Role: MLB Network studio analyst
Qualifications: Derosa retired from baseball in 2013 and accepted a studio analyst position with MLB Network. He has no professional coaching experience. The Star Tribune wrote of the club’s interest in him last weekend.

David Ross
Current Role: ESPN baseball color analyst
Qualifications: He famously retired after the Cubs run to the 2016 World Series title. Since his retirement, he has appeared on shows like Dancing with the Stars and Saturday Night Live. He has also written a book and worked closely with charities in the Chicago area. He has no professional coaching experience. The Star Tribune wrote of the club’s interest in him last weekend.

Which external candidate seems like the best fit for the Twins? Or will the club go with another internal candidate? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 08:37 PM

I think Alomar jr or Espada.Twins need a manager to connect with the Latin players, and this may work.It is worth a try.

Both are good baseball men, but do not know philosophy of this front office.

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 08:59 PM

Any of the candidates would be wonderful. The Twins are going in a...new direction. That's fer sure! Do see a couple holdovers from the current coaching staff and maybe Tommy Watkins elevated from the minors.

 

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:41 PM

I’m concerned that the two candidates that seem to be “in the lead” have zero coaching or managing experience at any level.

No thanks.
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Posted 10 October 2018 - 09:57 PM

I don't think at this point that anybody is "in the lead".

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:00 PM

 

I think Alomar jr or Espada.Twins need a manager to connect with the Latin players, and this may work.It is worth a try.

Both are good baseball men, but do not know philosophy of this front office.

 

Alomar was with Cleveland when Falvey was there so is enough there to get past that.


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Posted 10 October 2018 - 10:14 PM

I thought the mention of Mark DeRosa in another article was just a revival of the old Mark DeRosa jokes here. (He was going to be the free agent signing to put us over the top for about 5 years.) 

 

I still hope that's the case.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:28 AM

Whoever it is, I hope it is someone that embraces analytics and can relate to the younger players.The new manager needs to be able to connect with Buxton, Sano, Polanco, Kepler, etc.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 06:53 AM

I really don't know if any of them are any good I do know they don't excite me.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:23 AM

 

Whoever it is, I hope it is someone that embraces analytics and can relate to the younger players.The new manager needs to be able to connect with Buxton, Sano, Polanco, Kepler, etc.

I guess you are satisfied with the status quo as far as the Twins are concerned. Its up to those 4 to connect with the baseball, not the manager to connect with them. Maybe the Twins should hire a shrink as manager. As far as analytics are concerned, as ND-fan wrote, they are just an excuse to save money and not do the old fashioned leg work necessary to actually scout a player in person. Please don't use either of these "new age" criteria. This is still baseball. As Dick Williams said to a new team in spring training, "I am not here to be your friend. You are here to help me feed my family". (paraphrase)

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 07:52 AM

None of the people reported to be on the internal or external lists are blowing up my kilt. Looks like another yawner and another extension of the 20-year rebuilding plan to me. Think I'll stock up on paint. I hear its pretty exciting watching it dry.


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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:39 AM

I'm a big advocate for a latino manager, especially one with a Puerto Rican background, to vibe with our younger players. I don't have a problem with most other candidates, and I think that David Ross has a great personality for the job.

 

The one I'd be most avidly against is Mark DeRosa. I've never taken DeRosa as being that smart of a person. He seems to have a lot of opinions and can get quite talkative and lippy, but I don't hear much insight/facts/evidence in his arguments. He can stay at MLB Network.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:49 AM

Billy Martin. Oh . . . wait. :)

Edited by AceWrigley, 11 October 2018 - 08:49 AM.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:57 AM

Funny how everyone had an opinion about firing Molitor, but no one has a definitive opinion about the replacements. It's almost like we don't have a way to quantify who is a good manager.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:12 AM

Funny how everyone had an opinion about firing Molitor, but no one has a definitive opinion about the replacements. It's almost like we don't have a way to quantify who is a good manager.

Managers are pretty replaceable. A few are downright terrible and cost their team wins, but most (of those who make it that far) are pretty much care-takers; precious few can be thought of as difference makers. And they have a short shelf-life, in terms of the players hearing the same message over and over for several seasons. Nothing wrong with trying someone with a little different personal style.

 

Molitor wasn't finding answers. So moving on seems fine with me, and I generally was in the mood for change before the axe fell. Doesn't mean I have insight into the clubhouse to guess who should be tried next. I'd be inclined toward a tough-love disciplinarian, and I don't know which of the candidates are that, but where it comes to managers change-for-change's-sake is enough.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 10:36 AM

Managers are pretty replaceable. A few are downright terrible and cost their team wins, but most (of those who make it that far) are pretty much care-takers; precious few can be thought of as difference makers. And they have a short shelf-life, in terms of the players hearing the same message over and over for several seasons. Nothing wrong with trying someone with a little different personal style.

Molitor wasn't finding answers. So moving on seems fine with me, and I generally was in the mood for change before the axe fell. Doesn't mean I have insight into the clubhouse to guess who should be tried next. I'd be inclined toward a tough-love disciplinarian, and I don't know which of the candidates are that, but where it comes to managers change-for-change's-sake is enough.


Agreed, we seem to have the same viewpoint of managers. Honestly I don't care all that much about Molitor being fired. There's certainly an expiration date for all managers delivering the same message year after year.

I do find it ironic that he was blamed for various things this season such as:

- Wearing out bullpen arms
- Not developing players
- Submitting bad lineups
- Not reminding TD members we were supposed to pick up milk on our way home from work

And now that we're in this spot, and people who complained all season long has an outlet to give their opinion who is a better candidate are no where to be found.
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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:02 AM

Not sure about the interest in DeRosa or Ross. Neither leaps off the page as being a must-hire. Maybe those are the smoke screens.

 

Espada is a pretty interesting candidate, I think.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 11:04 AM

- Not reminding TD members we were supposed to pick up milk on our way home from work

Mrs Ash was also on record as favoring Molitor's firing.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 12:09 PM

Forget those guys. Let's just back up an armored truck and hire Terry Francona. Assuming the Indians hire either Mills or Alomar as his replacement, we still probably get one of them coming with Tito. It's a two-fer and you know how this team loves a bargain.

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 12:17 PM

 

I’m concerned that the two candidates that seem to be “in the lead” have zero coaching or managing experience at any level.

No thanks.

 

I'm not sure that it's a coincidence that the two guys who are in broadcasting are said to have drawn interest from the Twins.

 

Maybe the Twins are interested, or maybe these two just want to get their name out there and have the connections to do so. I'll buy the Twins interest in those two when I read that they're sitting down for an actual interview.