A nice story, very good signings. As a sometimes critic of this team the past several years, I'm much happier this year and willing to give the players, coaches, and FO much more leeway now.
But this stuck out:
[FONT=Arial]Anderson did his homework as well, calling Marlins manager and former Twins catcher Mike Redmond. The two Washington state natives reveled in Seattle’s Super Bowl shellacking of Denver before Anderson asked what to expect from Nolasco.
“He said, ‘Andy, you are going to love him,’ ” Anderson said. “He works his tail off. He’s a gamer. And he battles.”[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Over time, LENIII has really insulated himself imo and does no favors to his cause by running this quote. It's almost a parody to me, and I know many others, that all Gardenhire can say about a player anymore is that he "gets after it" and "battles" so I'd really have preferred LENIII was aware that this quote was almost a self caricature of how the coaching staff is performing right now. That's my perception anyway. Would be happy to be proved wrong this year.
[/FONT][FONT=Verdana]Out on the practice field the conversations are much different and much more technical than in a sound bite. I'm sure Anderson had much more intelligent stuff to say and that LENIII just wanted to work Redmond into the story somehow. But this quote just resurrects those old concerns that players struggling through slumps are mainly being told to "keep battling" and that long-tenured coaches like ours are no longer adapting, need a long break to clear their heads and come back to the game fresh. [/FONT][FONT=Verdana]
Anyway, those are one person's thoughts. I'm excited about Nolasco and the new rotation, am optimistic this year, and ready to eat up news stories about the Twins again.[/FONT]