Souhan: Ryan sees himself, manager in same boat

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 28, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Yes, Ron Gardenhire's future could depend on how the Twins perform this season, but the same can be said for the GM.

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StarquestJan. 27, 1310:10 PM

OK, yeah, you can't blame Gardy for a hamstring injury. We all get that. On the other hand, the language I hear from Terry Ryan just smacks of low expectations. Exactly what is the team's goal here? What does it mean to "play with professionalism?" Where can I find that statistic in the standings? Last I checked, the idea is to get to the World Series and win it. I don't hear anything even approaching that lofty goal in Twins Territory. The team used to be so satisfied with winning the division, then going three and out in the playoffs. Now it appears like they don't even care about winning games as long as they're "professional."

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lindy_frank123Jan. 27, 1310:31 PM

Ryan and Gardy both need to go this year....but Jimmy doesn't have the guts.

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boneyardJan. 27, 1310:47 PM

Ryan should be on the hotseat. The team is not positioned any better for 2013 than it was in 2012. Normally, I'd say have patiences and wait for the young arms and position players. But after 195 losses in 2 years in a new ballpark with steadily declining payroll, I think Ryan should be on the hotseat.

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sidhartmannJan. 27, 1310:55 PM

Marcum just signed a one year contract for 4M plus incentives. A very disappointing offseason for Ryan and the Twins. Looks like they are going to bank an extra 20M this year. I guess the honeymoon is over for the taxpayers ballpark.

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sidhartmannJan. 27, 1310:57 PM

When GM Doug Risbrough complained that expectations are too high, he was fired.

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swmnguyJan. 28, 13 6:01 AM

I don't blame Ryan for working toward 2015 rather than 2013. I blame Jim Pohlad for putting all the Twin's eggs in the 2010 basket. In 2009 and 2010 the Twins made a number of questionable short-term decisions aimed at winning big in the first year at Target Field, to make that deal more palatable to taxpayers and fans. It's a great ballpark, and they had to sign Mauer, but the overall plan didn't work. Would you rather have Wilson Ramos or Matt Capps? Say no more about that. And every team has lean times in the draft. Put it all together, though, and you see a team that went against its long-term philosophy and got exposed in 2011 and 2012, and is going to keep paying the price in 2013 until help starts arriving in 2014. Short-term greed, illustrated by taking all the games off of free TV, has a price.

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starterchoeJan. 28, 13 6:14 AM

When I hear the Twins front office talk all I hear is blah blah blah. Get some guts guys.

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voner26Jan. 28, 13 6:20 AM

Three straight losing seasons and teams that have gone away from good basic fundamentals lays on the back of the manager. Poor pitching, no centerfielder, and no number two hitter to get on ahead of M & M or steal a base is gone. Looking for a tough year with Gardenhire still at the helm.

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srchampJan. 28, 13 6:43 AM

Get rid of them BOTH!!!!!!!

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wndwmkrJan. 28, 13 6:47 AM

Twins coaching this year will include the statement that a "quality start" will now be 4 complete innings. This will require a pitcher to only throw 50 pitches and then will be able to work with 2 days rest thus being able to baffle the other teams with this "new" rotation. Of course "pitch to contact" will still be in use.

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