|2014-09-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Ron Gardenhire has just been dismissed. Thoughts? |
(Twins Fan from DC)
|Having just turned 24 in August, I can barely remember any Twins games pre-Gardenhire, but I think it was time for a change there, especially with a youth movement coming soon. It is crazy to think that whoever takes over will only be Minnesota's third manager since 1986-following a decade in which they had four different managers. (Daniel Rathman)|
|2013-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)||What team do you believe will be the surprise of 2013?|
(Alex from Anaheim)
|Thanks for your question, Alex. How is the OC today? Two teams come to mind immediately, but keep in mind that there is a lot of roster building still to do between now and Opening Day. I think Terry Francona will immediately impact the Indians, as i respect him immensely - they'll be better. I also believe the Twins will make a lot of improvement in 2013, and they have too much core talent to have another year like 2013, plus I think Ron Gardenhire is outstanding. In another 30 days, we might have another team or two to discuss. (Dan Evans)|
|2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Have you seen anything to make you worry about Nishioka as of yet? How badly do the Twins need some IF depth. Watching Matt Tolbert play makes me yearn for Steve Lombardozzi. |
(paulbellows from Calgary)
|I wrote about Nishioka and all things Twins infielder in today's TA (linked above). Suffice it to say that I'm not a believer. Even if you mean "other than a fractured fibula" and would be inclined to disregard his slow start at the plate, I just don't think Nishioka's cut out to be a productive major leaguer, based on his skill set and track record in Japan.
The Twins need IF depth badly, but I don't know if they'd agree. History suggests that Ron Gardenhire has no problem living and dying with the Tolberts of the world. (Ben Lindbergh)
|2010-10-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)||I think the Reds may be screwed, but because they are facing 2 more pitchers nearly as good as Halladay...
How about the Twins? Are they ever going to be able to beat the Yankees in a playoff series? |
(AutomatedTeller from Boston, MA)
|I really believe the Twins are good enough to beat the Yankees and I picked them to win the series. That being said, I've got to believe the Yankees are in the Twins' heads, especially since they are now a remarkable 55-18 against Minnesota since Ron Gardenhire replaced Tom Kelly as manager. I'm not a big believer in emotion or momentum but the game is played by humans and we all have our doubts and fears. The Twins have to have both when they play the Yankees. (John Perrotto)|
|2010-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)||In much the same way that King Felix deserves the AL Cy Young award, does Terry Francona deserve the AL Manager of the Year award?|
(Cambridge from Cambridge)
|In that he's been let down by his supporting cast, but still turned in a good season? I guess so, if you absolve him of any blame for the injuries. But if we're using that framework, doesn't Ron Gardenhire come out smelling even rosier? Honestly, since we can't really isolate a manager's performance, I don't know who deserved the MotY award. It's a stab in the dark. (Ben Lindbergh)|
|2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Bill Smith says he expects that Ron Gardenhire will keep Nick Punto in the lineup somewhere.
This guy is supposed to be Gardenhire's boss. Can't he make him see sense? I'm tired of this cycle where Punto is handed an opening day job, fails miserably, gets replaced by even worse players, gets the job back for the last month, hits decently, and gets a job again the next year.
And since it also seems that the Twins are considering bringing back Joe Crede at third or Orlando Cabrera at second (in order to keep Punto somewhere), which is the better alternative?
Finally, wouldn't someone like Felipe Lopez be great for the Twins?|
(russadams from Target Center)
|I'm not sure Nick Punto is so much the problem as an inability to put real players at third base and left field is the problem. If Punto can bat ninth, hit what he hits and play plus defense, he's an acceptable solution on a team with seven or eight actual hitters. Punto is better, relative to his position, than Delmon Young or the collective nightmare at third base or what Alexi Casilla (who I like) did this year. Focusing on him and not those problems is a mistake.
Lopez is a good player who brings more offense than defense, and that's always been a good path to the bench in Minnesota. (Joe Sheehan)
|2009-02-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)||Do you think Carlos Gomez becomes that Alex Rios or Carlos Beltran type of player this year. You talked about Gomez in 2007 on a chat?|
(mwashuc06 from Utica,NY)
|Yeah, I think Gomez is very talented. He's a wild stallion at this point but he'll learn under a guy like Ron Gardenhire and that Twins' coaching staff. Gomez is going to be very very good. (John Perrotto)|