We are gathered here today to pay our final respects to the 2013 Minnesota Twins.It was a team that was flawed from the start, tried to ignore those flaws and ended up being more flawed by the end of the season.
I see many of you have come here and would like to share some remarks about the life and times of the 2013 Minnesota Twins. We shall begin....
Not very. Ownership and the front office know they dealt this man an awful hand to play. I know it goes against modern sports team management. In most cases, a few people take the fall on behalf of many. Managers get canned on teams in which they had no chance to win with.
In the Twins' case, the players like playing for Gardy. He had not lost the clubhouse. Glen Perkins went into Gardy's office during the rain delay on Saturday and told him, ``we want to play for you.'' other players told him the same thing. If his message was getting old and the players weren't willing to play hard for him, I think he would have been let go
They are talking like they are. I asked Jim Pohlad on Sunday, ``Are you prepared to go harder after free agents than you have in recent offseasons?" he said. `Yes, and I have given those instructions to Terry that if that's what needs to be done we were willing to do it.'' NOW, what does that mean? Actions speak louder than words.
No Mike. While you showed some improvement during the second half of the season. We aren't ready for that commitment. Here's two years and $15 million. We need to hold back some dough for other free agents and, after two years, Alex Meyer and Kyle Gibson will be the leaders of the rotation anway.
Well, keep in mind that there are now spending limits on international signings. The only real bidding wars are for Cuban players who have been declared free agents and Japanese players who are available through the posting system. Doesn't sound like the Twins are going to get heavily involved in Cubans Alexander Guerrero and Jorge Abreu. They did speak to Guerrero's agent, Scott Boras. There's a stud pitcher coming over from Japan this offseason, Masahiro Tanaka (22-0, 1.22 ERA) . I would like to see the Twins get involved in the bidding for him,.
Sorry. My last answer was for the question below
You saw a lot of inexperienced hitters - and a few hitters who just aren't very good. Gardy and Terry have spen the last month complaining about the high number of strikeouts. The Twins have always supported swinging at strikes no matter what the count is, even while we entered a work-the-count stage in the game. You see some of the young players improve on this as they gain experience.
Nope. I'm hearing one will have new duties next season when they finally hire a seventh coach. That will be an interesting hire. My theory: Now that Gardy has a two-year deal, Paul Molitor can join the staff without being considered the replacement manager - at least for awhile. But the players really like Gene Glynn, who is one if the smartest baseball people I've met,
One reason the payroll is down is because they made bad decisions on players they though would develop into core players. The Baker-Blackburn-Slowey group is one. Trading for Delmon Young. If he develops the way the Twins hoped he would, he would either be making $12 million a year here or dealt for good players and prospects. If they had held on to J.J. Hardy he would have been locked up as the shortstop of the present. These moves did not work out. And the Twins found themseleves trying to plug these holes, in most cases, with young players who don't make a lot.
I'm with you there. Dozier looks like he can hit 15-20 homers a year, but most second basemen should not strike out over 100 times a season. He knows that and he plans to work on it. Florimon has to shorten his righthanded swing
No chance. Andy knows what he's doing. Doesn't he deserve credit for holding a bullpen - with two rookies and one guy who can hit 95 consistently - together for most of the year. LaTroy Hawkins is stil pitching today because of Andy. Didn't Deduno get better before he was injured? Doesn't he get credit for Santana Cy Youngs or Pavano winning 17 games one season. Andy is a good pitching coach
I think he believes he can turn this thing around. He remains widely respected around the league and has a loyal staff around him. That said (or written), Terry needs to win the offseason. He can't sign the same tier of free agents as he did last year, and he's going to have to consider dealing a prospect for someone to fill a hole on the major league roster (Rosario?)
It's too early to start throwing around names. The Twins meet next week in Florida to plot their offseason and should have an idea of what they want to do then. I do know that at least one players believes that Phil Hughes would be great here if he can get out of New York. He was 1-10 IIRC at Yankee Stadium this season
I've never seen the words LEADERSHIP and AJ in the same sentence...
It might be tough to land a good starter that way. But, again, I want to see them go after Tanaka
3. Sign Hughes or Ublaldo (if option isn't picked up) or trade a top ten prospect not named Buxton or Sano for help.
4. Plan to split catching between Pinto and Mauer with Mauer playing first base half the time.
Once again, I forgot to post the question first. I was asked for three moves I would make this offseason. I like Scott Feldman because he doesn't give up home runs. I like Cruz because the Twins need offense
Look at the lineups the Twins trotted out during the second lineup. Not exactly polished hitters
They WILL add another coach. Teams can carry seven now