Sid Hartman: Call-ups have been a big boost to Twins

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 19, 2012 - 11:33 PM

Players such as Brian Dozier, Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters -- and even Drew Butera -- have helped shine a little light on what had been a dreary Twins season.

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drsageMay. 19, 1210:33 PM

This story just confirms what everybody already knows....Gardenhire and his staff are very poor judges of young talent. For whatever reasons, they don't seem to be able to tell who has the ability to improve OR who has the most talent...... period. In addition, they have no idea how to manage a pitching staff OR properly condition their players. This all adds up to another frustrating season. They might get lucky this year if some of the veterans they added can stay healthy, like Carroll and Willingham. I don't have high hopes though because the coaching staff will piss away 15-20 games with their crappy decisions.

tmwinkel1May. 20, 12 1:53 AM

How, how, HOW is lack of talent Gardy's fault? I'm not saying he hasn't made some poor decisions but the guy has an incredibly weak pitching staff this year and was decimated by injuries last year. The guys (kids) called up simply weren't ready. Most of the top tier prospects were traded. Those are a lot of excuses but they are also facts. If anybody should be let go first is the conditioning coaches.

ActTwoMay. 20, 12 7:30 AM

Gardenhire has always gotten the most out of the least but he also gets the least out of the most.

ActTwoMay. 20, 12 7:46 AM

If Parise gets out of Minnesota this summer, the Wild should leave with him.

earthandskyMay. 20, 12 8:33 AM

This is a rather perplexing quote - "We've got a few pitchers down there that are doing well," he said. "We don't need that right now. We're looking for something offensively. I think if we could get this pitching staff to settle down and start giving us opportunities to win, we'd be more in tune to probably looking position-wise down there." Gardenhire might not have the greatest cards in his hand right now, but even when he did, he was responsible for 10-15 losses every year... many more than he was responsible for winning from the dugout. Blaming the trainers is comical. BTW, there are only 5 teams in MLB with less players on the disabled list than the Twins (4), and 10 teams have twice as many players as the Twins on the list, including Boston (13) and the Yankees (11) who arguably should have the best trainers. Blaming trainers for subpar baseball is a "stretch".

bhindtheyesMay. 20, 12 8:51 AM

What does Butera have on the Twins organization??? Why is he up here??? Doumut can catch and call someone up that can hit!!!! His defense isn't good enough to make up for his lack of offense. Especially when the Twins don;t score any runs. I would seriously let the pitcher bat and use the DH to hit for Butera.

skeptikMay. 20, 12 9:25 AM

Ryan and Gardenhire, It is OK to play individuals on this team at one position exclusively. Regarding newcomer Dozier, it is just fine to leave him at shortstop instead of moving him around the infield at the whim of a manager that sometimes runs his team like a group of softball players on a summer night in a beer league. I am sure that Dozier could play some third or second but what is the point. This team needs a shortstop so let Dozier play it. If moving players to different positions every few games makes such a positive difference why don't good teams like, yes the Yankees, have Jeter or Arod switching it up now and then? Or have them take a game or two in the outfield. Maybe this team could use a bit of consistency in the lineup and a bit less "creativity".

woodbury777May. 20, 1210:32 AM

*drsage* is right on. Why is it that the call-ups have to have the greatest impact on this team...The good managers within MLB have already forgotten more than Gardenhire will ever know....

gcrackerMay. 20, 1210:55 AM

@bhindtheyes. Let's review the facts again. Butera is hitting .360 since being called up and is an excellent defensive catcher. You really think it would be better to let the pitchers hit in his place? Right now Butera is the best catcher on the roster. Right now he's even better than a certain high-profile, former All-Star who makes about $22-million more per season and leads the league in 4-6-3 double plays.

ellinalMay. 20, 1212:04 PM

Hmmm...reminds me of last year's 3 week spell of winning play, wasn't that also due to rookie callups WHO WERE ALLOWED TO PLAY DAILY? Without the 23 million dollar rally-killing albatross in the lineup every day? Allowed a slip up in the field that wasn't automatically turned into 3 weeks of bench-riding?


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