I watch every Red Wings game. It was revealed to me that the Twins called 'every shot' this year. Apparently Skinner had very little input...but you can be sure this is not what the public will hear. I found Skinner to be a very sterile manager. Didn't get the least bit involved with the fans and we didn't see much of him anywhere else. He has a good pedigree but he wasn't the best fit in Rochester..with the caveat that perhaps he had very little control of anything.
Cliburn also a very accomplished coach...who was a failure this year. Our pitching staff was a nightmare. Guys were carrying ERA's of over 6 to 10 deep into the season. It wasn't until the very end when dobnak, Smeltzer and Stashak came up from AA, that we got some decent innings. So letting him go is probably justified. The hitting coach...I have no opinion on. The Wings were a hitting machine this season.A lot of k;s...but also a lot of clutch hits. Had our pitching been even middle of the pack, we would have won our division. The pitchers cost us many games...emphasis on many. The one that really sticks in our minds was the 20-18 loss to Lehigh early on. There were no words for that mess.
As far as analytics go....personally (and this is just my old man opinion), there are far too many..and they are killing the game part of the game. Its a game...not rocket science...per se. It has gone way overboard. Does the average fan see a HR and immediately go....ooooh what was the launch angle and exit velocity? How many fans know about WAR..with all the little initials in front?
It will be interesting to see who they hire going forward. Will they stay within the organization or look outside? A minor league baseball team is quite different than a major league one...in the way it presents to the community.Many major league fans don't understand this. We have a strong history; we value winning; we also understand our role as a farm team. Its a very tender balance...when it all works.
While Minnesota Twins have pretty much zero footprint in our community as far as a team they root for...and much of this is because the media is so in love with all things Yankee...they have been a good parent and have provided us with decent talent. While we haven't won anything during the Twins Era..we remain hopeful. I would love to see a manager who has some personality; and a real desire to win a Governor's Cup here....AND one who gets to push a few buttons and make decisions. If that isn't the case...thats a huge MINUS against the Twins here.
Guess we'll have to see. Last thing...someone mentioned defense. It was only so-so in 2019. Could be better but not horrible.