Hartman: Kelly says rotation, defense need work

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 18, 2012 - 9:31 PM

The former Twins manager likes the team's offense, but it is giving up too many runs in other areas.

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kenw1952wJul. 18, 1210:30 PM

It only took Ryan half the season to figure out what the rest of us knew at the end of April. Talk is cheap, it takes money (Mr. Pohlad)to build a winner.

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woodbury777Jul. 19, 12 8:09 AM

Tom Kelly still works for the Twins and handed the managers job over to Gardenhire. Do you really think he would now be critical of the job Gardenhire is doing? Kelly at least succeed when he had the teams..that's something Gardenhire has failed miserably at. No comparison.

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thrillhouse1Jul. 19, 12 8:16 AM

In other news, the sky is blue.

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razzlerJul. 19, 12 8:45 AM

in time, a starting four of liriano, diamond, walters and deduno could be impressive....

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gulfcoastJul. 19, 1210:11 AM

jozell...my friendly advise to you would be...if the comments on here make you sad...quit reading them!!!

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rzieskeJul. 19, 1211:11 AM

Geez Sid. Ask some questions. 1) Do you think Liriano should be signed? 2) Is Baker worth holding on to. 3) Pavano? 4) Who do the Twins expect to be their #1 pitcher next year.5) Who have you seen on opposing teams that would be a good pitching aquisition? We know the facts. Is their anyone in the Twins organization willing to speak about improvement?

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phmontagJul. 19, 1211:11 AM

I enjoy hearing Tom Kelly announce the games, and I wish he would do so more often. Commentating is an art, and for my money there seem to be quite few who are especially good at it. Even though TK's delivery is suspect, his level of insight is off the charts, and a pleasure to listen to. Reminds me some of when Jim Kaat used to announce for the Twins in the early 90's. I learned so much listening to him. But unfortunately announcers who are a pleasure to listen to because of either their style of delivery, or their level of insight, or both, are on the verge of extinction. I like Dick Bremer, because like David Letterman, in the world of late night talk shows he's easy to take in night after night. However, the down side of Bremer, and the rest of the FSN staff is that they have obviously been told to keep it positive; and I wish they understood that this cheerfulness in the face of obvious disaster is an inhuman approach, lacks dignity and respect for the audience, and reeks of the dumbing down effect so prominent in our culture. I'm fairly convinced when I look at aspects of the sports industry, entertainment and politics, that there is a strong tendency for the powers at be to want us all stupid and unthinking and swallowing the kool-aid that networks like FSN give. It is for reasons such as this I believe that the best, smartest announcing team in baseball in recent memory - Jon Miller and Joe Morgan - were not re-signed by ESPN Sunday night baseball. What do we get in place of that sophisticated worldly pair, who provided moment after moment of insight and artistry? Mr. Nice Guy Hershiser, a former skipper who kind of like Eric Dickerson doesn't speak very well, and a play by play man who sounds like every other joker on ESPN, who make the insubstantial seem substantial, thereby stealing any real drama from the play call. All of this is to say that the world of baseball needs Jon Millers, Joe Morgans, and, yes, I 'll say it, Tom Kelly's, in the booth, who provide learning and pleasure to the audience by their calls, rather than cheerleaders and propagandists like most everyone else on FSN, or dullards who are concerned with their own image more than anything else like Joe Buck.

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blackhammerJul. 19, 1212:18 PM

What is TK a fine hundred manager at best?A company man living in the past.Defense and a running game that's how teams win championships give me a break. If I hear that smug has been call Bremer ,Richard one more time. I will puke.

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nshoreJul. 19, 12 2:54 PM

blackhammer - get the bucket ready, cuz he's going to do it. In terms of announcers, I liked the Herb Carneal days when they didn't feel they had to fill every single second with talking. It's kind of like being at Target Field now - there's rarely such a thing as a quiet moment - they have to fill it with the sound of roaring music or the PA guy or telling you when to cheer. To say that it's all over-kill is putting it mildly.

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nighteJul. 19, 12 4:19 PM

Biggest understatement since Noah said, "It looks like rain".

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