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    glunn reacted to Peter Labuza in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Fwiw, this story from The Athletic in May does not sound like someone particularly upset with his job. It may just be a preference for college ball: 
    Baldelli has one rule: Respect your teammates. Johnson has only one, too: He can’t be the only one in that dugout believing in you. It’s one of the first things he said to Paddack when he came over: You’re one of the best in the world, don’t forget that. It resonated.
    “The past few years I’ve been searching with a little doubt on the mound not having that conviction and confidence every single pitch. Getting hit around a little bit you can search up there on the mound,” Paddack said. “(Johnson) was like, ‘Look at what you did in ’19 before you had a curveball and a slider.’ He said, you’re a better pitcher than you were in ’19. Our goal is to put it all together now.”
    Paddack calls Johnson “a little firecracker” infusing the clubhouse with positive energy. Johnson is quick to credit the staff Baldelli has assembled and the way all the new pitchers have quickly bought into what the Twins are doing. The learning is just beginning. The competition to constantly one-up the last guy and push the Twins rotation and the team forward — what Buxton dubs the “bulldog mentality” — is something Minnesota’s starters aim to continue all season.
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    glunn reacted to BH67 in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Apparently Wes needs routine visits to Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa during the baseball season.  Yes, it's THAT good.
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    glunn reacted to jimbo92107 in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I think he helped revive the careers of a few Twins pitchers, including Duffey and Thielbar. Got a few more ticks on Jax's heater, too. He knows how to teach that specific kinetic chain required to throw a baseball in the mid to upper 90's. Maybe he even taught Duran to throw 103 without his arm falling off, I don't know. 
    Anyway, a good pitching coach, but there are others. Not too worried. Good luck to Johnson at LSU. 
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    glunn reacted to ashbury in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Also, even if the contract wording were iron-clad, and even if they are angry at some level, the Twins likely invoke enlightened self-interest to decide that continuing to employ someone who doesn't want to be there anymore isn't good for anybody.
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    glunn reacted to Peter Labuza in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Two teams fired managers in the middle of the season already. These are jobs and workers have as much right to leave as the employer has to fire them. 
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    glunn reacted to Mike Sixel in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Would you not let him go, if you were them? He's made it clear he wants to go, he's getting double the pay.... What kind of employer would stand in his way? Would you want to work at such a place? I wouldn't. 
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    glunn reacted to ashbury in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    The college season calendar is sufficiently different than the pros', that I wonder if (at least at the big time college programs) your principle would mean never leaving one, for the other.
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    glunn reacted to Kevin H in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I don't understand. Doesn't he have a contract through the end of the MLB season? How can coach resign in the middle of the season if Twins don't let him out of his contract?
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    glunn reacted to jorgenswest in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I can respect Wes wanted a different job. I have changed jobs. There was no dirty laundry. I don’t think we should expect there was dirty laundry. Unfortunately when no dirty laundry is found people will start making stuff up.
    I can’t respect leaving in the middle of a big project… in this case a major league season. 
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    glunn reacted to Mike Sixel in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    You don't get to choose to start a job three or four months later than needed. I have no issue with the timing. It's when the job was offered.
    I have an issue with the lower pay at the MLB level. Penny wise, pound foolish, imo. 
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    glunn reacted to ashbury in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I don't think I've seen this mentioned yet but recruiting season in the college ranks may have a lot to do with the timing.
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    glunn reacted to Cris E in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    It appears LSU was charging hard. In the Tweets up above it's reported his salary went from $350k to $750k, so that maaaaay have factored into his decision. 
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    glunn reacted to LastOnePicked in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    I respected what he did here, but I do not respect leaving the team midseason with no warning. This is a high-profile position that requires a full season commitment. That must have been clear, right?
    The job either meant something here, or it didn't. Apparently, it didn't ... or it didn't mean much. For the players who built a relationship with Wes, this leaves them - and the team - in a tough spot.
    Might want to clarify expectations of the job for the next pitching coach.
     
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    glunn reacted to Seth Stohs in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Most likely, LSU gave him a deadline. They don't want to wait until after the Twins season to have a pitching coach. Also, I would imagine that the LSU job would be significantly more. So, it was pretty much now or never for this opportunity. 
    So yeah, it stinks for the Twins right now. Maki will be fine. He knows all the same stuff. Luis Ramirez is good. They may just have someone fill is as a bullpen coach for the rest of this season and take their time hiring the replacement. The Twins front office has done a great job of hiring coaches as shown by so many getting taken by other schools and organizations. 
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    glunn reacted to MN_ExPat in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Just updated.  Pete Maki (bullpen coach) will be promoted to ptiching coach.
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    glunn reacted to Rosterman in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    Interesting. You would think collegiate ball would pretty much be winding down.
    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/06/twins-pitching-coach-wes-johnson-hired-as-lsu-pitching-coach.html
     
    Basically the Twins have duo coaches at both of their top levels in the minors. Virgil Vasquez or Cibney Bello could easily advance, as they have worked with a number of the pitchers in the system. Pete Larson and Dan Urbina are at AA Wichita. Justin Willard could also advance out of the complex. There's four coaches now with the Complex team, plus assistant Zach Bove.
     
    Be interesting to see what happens.
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    glunn reacted to blindeke in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    This is very probably bad news.
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    glunn reacted to John Bonnes in Pitching Coach Wes Johnson to Abruptly Leave Twins   
    In a surprise move, Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson will be leaving the Minnesota Twins to become LSU's pitching coach. 
    D1 Baseball's Kendall Rogers broke news today that LSU has hired Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson as their new pitching coach, resulting in a midseason change of one of the Twins' most important coaches. Johnson was hired prior to the 2019 season from Arkansas, where he was the pitching coach, a trailblazing move for a MLB team. Now he will return to that same conference as a rival team's pitching coach. 
    Losing Johnson during the offseason would be a story in and of itself. The Twins pitching staff ranked 22nd in ERA (4.50) in 2018, the year before Johnson replace Garvin Alston. In 2019, they improved to 8th in the league with a 4.18 ERA. This year, the team ERA is 3.79, ranking 11th in the majors, despite pitching being perceived as the team's Achilles heal heading into the season. At the very least, he's been seen as a cornerstone in the organization's renewed focus on pitching over the last several years. 
    Having the move happen in the middle of the baseball season, especially when the team is in first place in the AL Central, makes it a major story.  Per Dan Hayes, the Twins just found out about his talks with LSU on Saturday. He also reports that his talks with the Twins did not include a request for more money. With the news being so unexpected, it is not clear what factors played into this sudden decision.
    Hayes does add that LSU was very aggressive, so it may be that he is just interested in LSU. They just completed their first season with new coach Jay Johnson, who guided them to a 40-22 record in the SEC, good for third place in the West. 
    Aaron Gleeman reports that Johnson's tenure will end after this week's 5-game series versus the Cleveland Guardians. At that time his role will be filled by bullpen coach Pete Maki, although fully replacing him will be a group effort. Maki has been with the coaching staff since 2020, and been in the organization since 2017 when he joined them as their minor league pitching coordinator. 
    More to come. Feel free to comment as additional news breaks. 

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    glunn got a reaction from wabene in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    Nice inning by Duran and a nice win for the Twins.
    Let's enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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    glunn got a reaction from SwainZag in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    Nice inning by Duran and a nice win for the Twins.
    Let's enjoy the rest of the weekend.
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    glunn reacted to Mill1634 in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    Twins win!
    This seemed like such a disappointing homestand after whatever the hell the Cleveland series was and then laying an offensive egg against Colorado on Friday, but the Twins just put together two really good games against a bad team that they badly needed and are now catching a scuffling Cleveland team with a larger division lead than what they entered the homestand with. Hard to be too disappointed in that.
    until tomorrow,
    ENJOY YOUR CHICKEN!
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    glunn reacted to IndianaTwin in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    Sorry for breaking the rules, folks, but there were T-bones thawed out in the fridge. Beef is what's for dinner. 
    I hope I don't mismanage the grill.
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    glunn reacted to ashbury in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    Did you also winn the spellinng bee? 
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    glunn reacted to mrtwinsfan in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    Mr, Duran we have seen all we need of Buxton today , lets go Quietly to Cleveland, 
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    glunn reacted to gil4 in Game Thread: Colorado Rockies vs. Minnesota Twins, 6/26/22 @ 1:10 PM CT   
    That would be nice. I just want two baserunners so we can get Buxton to the plate again.
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