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Wes Johnson hired away by LSU/Pete Maki to be promoted


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There is definitely a back story here.  To walk out in the middle of the season during a pennant race is a bit unprofessional.  MLTR indicates that the Twins didn't even know he was negotiating with LSU until yesterday.  So much for being upfront.  Either he doesn't like or agree with Rocco's pitching philosophy, or vice versa.  

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1 minute ago, Hosken Bombo Disco said:

Yeah, not sure.

my only guess at this point is that there is more prestige in a top college job like this than we would assume. 

is Wes Johnson from that area? 

He's from Arkansas. He was the pitching coach at Arkansas before coming to the Twins.

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Sounds like more money and fewer hours worked in college. Certainly makes sense to consider that move, but really shocking nonetheless. Will be interesting to see where the Twins go from here and what this does to pitching performances going forward.

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27 minutes ago, lecroy24fan said:

He's from Arkansas. He was the pitching coach at Arkansas before coming to the Twins.

Maybe there is a concise resume online for him, but the Wikipedia page is only a sketch.  Piecing together also from this source:

  • Abundant Life School (Sherwood AR): 4 seasons
  • U of Central Arkansas: 3 seasons
  • Dallas Baptist U: 4 seasons
  • Mississippi State U: 1 season
  • U of Arkansas: 2 seasons
  • Minnesota Twins: 3.5 seasons

I could be off by a year on any of these, and I'm not gonna cross check any further.  Anyway, my purpose in looking has been satisfied.  About three or four years might be all you get out of the man.  Good luck to him.

 

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Hayes is reporting Johnson did not ask for a counter offer from the Twins, which means it is not necessarily about money. Johnson began his career at LSU, and there is obviously it is a Top 5 baseball program. Baseball America noted that Detroit had some pitching staff leave for college jobs, but what is surprising here is (a) timing in the middle of the season and (b) the fact Johnson is not leaving for a head coaching job. I wouldn't necessarily put this all on what might be happening with the Twins org as much as LSU obviously has a lot of cultural and financial power and prestige...

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