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#21 nicksaviking

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 01:59 PM

Why exactly isn't Paul Molitor a fit for the coaching staff? He was shot down as a candidate about two seconds after he said he was interested.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:01 PM

I'd like to know what qualifications Vavra has to be an infield coach?


I believe he was an infielder in the minors.


Yup, a utility IF...just the guy you want instructing our guys...since those are the kind of IFs we have and those seem to be the kind the team covets. Wouldn't want to decide who is best at each position and then PLAY them there as much as possible. Gardy has to move them all around to try and make himself look like a genius. It does the opposite. Gardy even said, before Hardy was traded, that even if Hardy was still on the team, Casilla would compete for the starting job at shortstop with him AND others..

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#23 Teflon

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:02 PM

Q: Why do the Twins insist on playing Ben Revere in the outfield position that takes the least advantage of his elite range and puts the most emphasis on his weak arm?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 02:12 PM

I'd be happy to get any non-generic answers out of JR.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:03 PM

Question: Mr. Ryan, let's go back to 1987. That was a great year for all of us because the motion picture "Three Men and a Baby" hit the theaters. If you were a woman, which of the 3 stars appearing in that film would you like to have a romantic tryst with - Ted Danson, Tom Selleck, or Steve Guttenberg? I know it's a difficult question because all three of them are super appealing in different ways. What else happened in 1987? I feel like I am missing something.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:14 PM

I'd like to ask you about accountability. Many of us worry that the recent dismissals and reshuffling of the front office and major league staff represent a form of (and pardon the phrase) scapegoating. Perhaps you can ease our worries by walking us through the thinking of the front office; what were the coaching problems that can be remedied as a result of the moves, how can we improve in that area? How has the front office changed in the past year with you back at the healm, how does it differ from your first tenure with the team? Lastly, in what ways are the Twins medical and training staffs improving?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:17 PM

Two words: Anthony Slama

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:42 PM

Two words: Anthony Slama


Three words: Anthony Slama Petition

Why has there been zero response?
If Twins can't re-sign Hunter, plans are to trade, sign a FA or go in-house to find a replacement.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 03:52 PM

I'd like to ask you about accountability. Many of us worry that the recent dismissals and reshuffling of the front office and major league staff represent a form of (and pardon the phrase) scapegoating. Perhaps you can easy our worries by walking us through the thinking of the front office; what were the coaching problems that can be remedied as a result of the moves, how can we improve in that area? How has the front office changed in the past year with you back at the healm, how does it differ from your first tenure with the team? Lastly, in what ways are the Twins medical and training staffs improving?


Excellent question. This gets my vote.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 04:29 PM

Any chance the opening day line up includes Mauer @ 3rd and Plouffe @ 2nd?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

Ask him whether he holds himself accountable after a 96 loss season. Or, in other words, does he think that leading the team to 96 losses last season was successful enough to warrant removing the "interim" tag?
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#32 TheLeviathan

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:29 PM

Second Psuedo's question - it's absolutely excellent.

#33 East Coast Twin

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 06:43 PM

1. Was the drafting of "power" arms in 2012 the beginning of a change in team philosophy?

2. What caused the failure of the "Tsuyoshi Nishioka experiment"?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 08:37 PM

Ask him whether he holds himself accountable after a 96 loss season. Or, in other words, does he think that leading the team to 96 losses last season was successful enough to warrant removing the "interim" tag?


Yep, his acquisitions of players like Willingham, Doumit, Carroll and Burton certainly led this team right down the tubes. He should not only fire himself but commit seppuku on the mound at Target Field.

Do you ever get bored of posting some variation of the same "fire everyone" comment on every thread?

#35 Jeremy Nygaard

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 09:23 PM

Will all four of Butera's arbitration years be bought out with a long-term deal? Or just a couple?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:50 PM

I am interested in Ryan's thoughts on his legacy. Maybe something like:

"You left the team on a high note and were regarded as one of the best GMs in the league. Now you are back at the same job but expectations are higher, and the cupboard is not exactly overflowing.
In this new situation, how do you hope you are remembered by the fanbase when you decide to step down in the future?"

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:52 PM

Ask him whether he holds himself accountable after a 96 loss season. Or, in other words, does he think that leading the team to 96 losses last season was successful enough to warrant removing the "interim" tag?


Yep, his acquisitions of players like Willingham, Doumit, Carroll and Burton certainly led this team right down the tubes. He should not only fire himself but commit seppuku on the mound at Target Field.

Do you ever get bored of posting some variation of the same "fire everyone" comment on every thread?


Here's the thing. Willingham and Doumit were brought in to replace the departing Cuddyer and Doumit. They weren't adding Willingham and Doumit and keeping Cuddy and Kubel. They were looking for a cheaper alternative to Cuddy and Kubel.and hoping it worked it. It did, which is nice, but they were replacing often productive players, not adding on to our list of productive players to improve the team. They didn't take the money saved and go get pitching, for example. Now, I was all for signing Willingham and Doumit. In fact, before last season's postseason was done, there were quite a few of us over on another site saying those two players were the exact two we needed to get. It was a pretty obvious move that needed to be made. But it was what it was.

Truth is, the pitching has been a problem for awhile, specifically starting pitching. THAT needed to be addressed, and it wasn't. And really, we all need to remember, Ryan wasn't exactly gone when Smith was GM. He was Smith's special assistant. He's also a big reason why our starting pitching staff is where it is today. Many of those guys are his guys.

So maybe his question isn't such a bad one...even if it is a common type post from him.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 10:52 PM

Two words: Anthony Slama


YES. With direct, follow up questionss to get a real answer out him.

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:16 PM

does he still think boof bonser was the key player in the a.j. trade? and 2 what kind of photos does he have of jimmy pohlad that allows him to keep his job?

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Posted 17 October 2012 - 11:20 PM

does curly ryan still think boof bonser was the key player in the a.j. trade? and what kind of photos does he have to blackmail jimmy pohlad with to keep his job?