Welcome to today's Twins Live Chat with Phil Miller. He'll be here at noon to answer questions and field comments about Terry Ryan's firing, the search for a new general manager and roster moves that could take place over the next few weeks. You can start leaving questions now.
Welcome everyone! We've all had a day to let the Twins' big news sink in. Let's see what's on your minds.
Obviously any new GM will have to make his own evaluation. Molitor has spent a lot of time trying to help Park, and I'm certain he'll be back this season. As for the future? New guy will decide.
Don't know about this division, necessarily, but the Twins officials, Jim Pohlad and Dave St. Peter, sounded open to hiring a search firm to help identify and sort through candidates. If they follow through with that, I'm sure they'll essentially go team by team, looking for possible fits. It's really their best hope.
Decent chance, though the connection to Terry Ryan is now gone. A new GM probably won't have the, um, appreciation for the team's history as much as the current regime. I didn't get the feeling from Torii last week that he's bored, though.
JT Chargois resumed his excellent season after his two-day visit to the majors, I can't imagine it'll be long before he's back. As for the rest: Meyer and Burdi are hurt, Mason Melotakis, Jake Reed and Trevor Hildenberger are all at AA Chattanooga and doing well (Hildenberger especially). I'd say a couple of those players will be up in September, but I guess now we'll have to see who's in charge then.
Well, I guess you're talking about Randy Bush, the former Twin who's now assistant GM. I would guess the Twins will consider him if he's interested. Though if you worked for the Cubs this year, would you really want to leave before you see how this season comes out? Seems like if they break the curse and win it all, job offers will be numerous.
No, doesn't kill it, but his tough season doesn't help, and certainly delays it. Teams might be interested, but they'll be looking for bargains. Twins might have missed their best opportunity to move him.
My first reaction was: Gimme a break. He turned down the Red Sox. But it's been pointed out that he was uncomfortable with the market size, and might consider a move now, after some bad luck in Oakland. It's hard for me to picture the Twins offering the kind of contract someone like that might require.
Get Berrios comfortable in the majors. Figure out where Sano plays, and make it happen, no matter the cost. Sort out the half-dozen outfielders. (OK, a fourth: Help Byron Buxton learn to hit inside fastballs.)
Sure felt like it yesterday. There was some talk about the "new ways of doing things" and that certainly sounds like they'll choose someone new. As for local ties, I can't imagine that counts much in such an important job.
Can a team really fire it's GM after 22 years and hire someone with ZERO experience? No way.
OK, lots of stuff here. As to timing: It seems weird, but only because there was some lag time -- Pohlad said he decided to make the change at the end of the season, but didn't want to wait to tell Terry because "that's not how we do things," which I can respect. It happened yesterday because Terry decided it was best to get on with it. The Molitor part: I've seen Jim Pohlad speak to Molitor several times, and I can tell you in talking to the manager every day, you come away impressed with his approach and work ethic. He thinks through everything, and works hard. I'm not surprised Pohlad is impressed with him and believes he can make it work. As for Jed Hoyer: Again, you think any Cubs executive wants to leave right now? If it turns out like they think it will, they'll get to experience that, and then choose among about 20 different job offers.
I don't know the details about their disagreement, nor do I know if that was the reason for Pohlad's decision.But it's an intriguing part of the story, because Jim Pohlad has always stayed out of baseball decisions. It's also possible that we're simply talking about two different interpretations of the same meeting -- that their disagreement was basically over whether Terry should remain in charge.
More broadly, his inability for years and years now to construct a competent pitching staff is the root of his firing. The specific pitch-to-contact issue, maybe that's a subset. Believe me, they were looking for good pitchers of any sort the past few years and mostly didn't choose well.
Thanks. It didn't seem out of the realm of possibility, put it that way.
I really don't think inspiration is the problem. Gardy was fiery, Molitor more cerebral, but neither of them can pitch. That's a bigger problem than anything else.
I suspect there will be two or three trades, but they will all seem minor, especially since Antony doesn't figure to be shopping for major leaguers, at least not prominent ones. Brandon Kintzler and Eduardo Nunez, perhaps Kurt Suzuki -- none of them were really in the team's longterm plans anyway.
I would imagine so, though Terry was always something of a consensus-builder about choosing players. Can't offhand think of anyone he was an obvious booster of.
Yes. And that's usually the best role for an owner. The best employees will demand that sort of autonomy anyway. And Jim Pohlad makes to claims to baseball expertise, quite the opposite, actually.
It's an interesting point, and one thing we don't really know is whether everything is on hold now, until a new leader is in place. Eating big money like it would take to move Nolasco or Ervin Santana is almost an ownership-level decision, and I don't know if Rob Antony is eager to make those sort of calls, particularly if he intends to pursue the job himself.
Jim Pohlad was adamant: Molitor is the manager. And it sounds like Molitor intends to stay. So, no. (Though I've heard that Mientkiewicz might be considered for the major league staff.)
He USUALLY has a green light, though the Twins are working with him on learning to recognize opportunities, read pitchers' windups, pick pitches. Buxton is breathtakingly fast, but he's not an accomplished base stealer yet. It's been impressive to watch how smart Eduardo Nunez is in stealing bases. Buxton isn't there yet.