Hartman: St. Peter affirms his Gardenhire support

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 13, 2012 - 6:34 AM

Like CEO Jim Pohlad, the Twins president said the team's problems are not with its longtime manager.

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omahajamesJul. 12, 12 9:27 PM

Gardenhire's Twins won division chapmionships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010. The Twins almost went out of existence after the 2001 season. From that ash heap came a team that won the division six times in eleven years. Many of those years the team salary ranked very low and Gardenhire helped them achieve above their "on paper" abilities.

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bassillJul. 12, 12 9:46 PM

I HAVE nothing against GARDY he needs players to work with which he hasnt had.POHLAD needs to step up and give GARDY better players most of the twins pitchers dont even belong in the majors.EVERY spring GARDY must be shaking his head at what he has to work with,he must look at POHLAD and say REALLY YOU EXPECT ME TO WIN WITH THESE GUYS GET REAL.

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lindy_frank123Jul. 12, 12 9:47 PM

Even if this clown losses 100? Wow mediocrity reigns with the Twins. Cheap gig for the Twins...don't have to pay a quality baseball man to come in. St. Peter is just like Ryan and Pohlad, a cheap company man. Nothing ever changes.

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lindy_frank123Jul. 12, 12 9:49 PM

@omahajames and he's lost 12+ in the post season and that's all that matters my friend...what do you do when the game is on the line/nothing in Gardy's case

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lindy_frank123Jul. 12, 12 9:52 PM

Why not "give him away"? Give Capps away too and Morneu...I mean you'll get prospects and from those "rebuild" this team. Why do the Twins brass try to camoflage their rebuilding job. Be honest with these fans. They're honest with you on these blogs.

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jrg003Jul. 12, 1210:35 PM

Remember, there is no "Salary Cap". There is a "Luxury Tax" a team must pay if payroll exceeds a certain level. Therefore no Mauer contract bashing is necessary regarding the talent Gardenhire has to work with. The Twins are first and foremost running the team to make a profit at present, with winning currently a secondary priority. The main purpose of Target Field was to provide revenue for the team to be competitive, and the Twins currently are operating on a reduced payroll when compared to last season. So, either there are no players good enough or available to spend money on, or the Twins are making a choice to spend less money regardless of the talent available. Either way, the 2012 Twins are stale to the point of growing mold. Some impact moves need to be made for 2013 right now.

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kenw1952wJul. 12, 1211:03 PM

Pohlad+St.Peter+Ryan+Gardenhire = 4 wrongs making it right. Be a homer all you want Sid, this combo running the Twins is only interested in providing "sports entertainment" with the bottom line being the focus. If a division title etc. happens....great but it isn't the objective. Because the Twins were the Twin Cities first real professional sports franchise, they get too many free passes when it comes to a "committment to winning". The Twins love to remind us how they are a "small market team".....guess what boys, so are the Wild, the Vikes and the TWolves and all three of them are more than willing to sign high-priced free agents. When was the last time the Twins did this....answer, NEVER.

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kenw1952wJul. 12, 1211:09 PM

I don't like to keep reminding everyone, but I predicted 2 years before Target Field that the Pohlad's promise to spend an additional $20M per year on "big name free agents" was nothing more than an empty promise to get the new stadium. I predicted they would increase payroll for the first year or two, then start cutting payroll, milk the new stadium for about 4-5 years and then sell the team after they have striped payroll to the bone but yet the new stadium will increase the overall value of the team when they sell it. They increased payroll with Mauer/Morneau, then started slashing payroll, the "newness" of the stadium is starting to wear off after 3 years and get ready for the sale within 2 years. Take it to the bank......just not Pohlad's bank.

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kennyrogersJul. 12, 1211:11 PM

Well, the Vikings and T-Wolves change owners, GM's and coaches and don't do much better. Gotta buy some better players, that's all there is to it.

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furweathrfnJul. 12, 1211:16 PM

No 2-ways about it the Pohlad's run the Twins like any other business. PROFIT PROFIT PROFIT. That's all their after. All of you who supported public financing for the new stadium should be ashamed or at least be willing to admit you were duped to help the filthy rich get even filthier.

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