A few thoughts:
- Management has no real need to win -- the new ballpark will have nearly 3 million fans every year, because, the new park is so damn nice! We could easily become/are the Cubs of the AL (fans will show up no matter what)
Welcome, OP! I appreciate the effort you put into your first post and the tone you aimed for (and frequently struck ). Attempting to keep with that tone, I do have a few questions for you based on your statements above.
Before I begin: I understand and share your frustration with team performance and the results obtained on the field over the last three seasons. I think there are substantial holes in the way Gardy manages (platoons, for example) and some measure (though exactly how much is debatable) of the pitching failure rests on the shoulders of Anderson. With that being said, I reject a number of the statements you presented as factual. Most of those have been covered ad nauseum in thread and on the forum generally, so I'll direct this differently.
Question 1: Do you believe that fans who continue to attend games at Target Field are complicit in the on field failures of the team?
I apologize if this comes off accusatory, I just find disapproval of the inverse of your action to be the implied subtext (or occasional explicit text) I see when I come across posts like yours on various websites, forums and comment sections-and I'm wondering if you intend it as such.
Also a note-The Twins haven't drawn more than 3 million fans in either of the last two seasons, according to BB-Ref, which I believe works off of box scores, which is paid attendance rather than in-stadium and thus inflating the numbers.
[quote name='Vikesfan47']Perhaps the most egregious mgmt disaster is the treatement of Spanish speaking players. They do not have a Spanish speaking dugout coach!!! The twins daycare for players do not have a Spanish speaking staff member (I knew a former player who could not bring his family/child to the daycare on Sunday family day games b/c of this). Does the organization think they are still in 1965?! Do you really think a guy like Ervin Santana would come here on a fair market deal when he would be treated as such!? What about guys like Arcia, Sano, Rosario, Florimon and others... Is the organization doing all it can to help these players assimilate and be part of the organization and the community!?
Question 2: Are you familiar with the language programs throughout the minor league system and in the GCL? Is providing players with a second language (a system that Arcia, Sano and Rosario would have all gone through-Florimon likely less so) an insufficient means of easing assimilation? What about the presence of bilingual teammates (Wilkin apparently served as unofficial translator for most clubhouse interviews for those who didn't feel their English was up to par last season)? What of Bobby Cuellar's presence in the clubhouse and during all periods except for the game itself? And I hope you to take this in the inoffensive, genuinely curious manner in which it's asked: Does he not count because he's not Latino?
Question 3 (group topic!): Why is this discussion point so exclusively discussed in terms of Latin America? Do African American players need African American coaches? Are white players expected to not mesh as well with Latin coaches, or is it only an issue in the other direction? It's something that always strikes me about these conversations and I'd be curious on how others feel.
Maybe Pohlad was serious. Maybe he'll go talk to Garza himself. Or Kazmir. Because I cannot imagine TR doing anything involving a really good pitcher and free agency that would actually help build a future for this club.[/QUOTE]
I usually enjoy your posts, Oldgoat, but I have to ask-why can't you imagine TR attempting to build a future for this club? From the way you've worded it, I can't tell if you feel like it's a matter of competence or a matter of apathy. I disagree with both, but for vastly different reasons, so I'm curious.