Hartman: Twins improve, but still have a ways to go

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 12, 2013 - 11:40 PM

Manager Ron Gardenhire is encouraged by progress, but he wants better starting pitching and a set lineup.

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twinsfanwy1May. 12, 1311:07 PM

Gardenhire isn't the person to criticize for the Twins' shortcomings. Terry Ryan IS! Trading Span for Meyer was a good, sensible trade. It appears Meyer has the makings of a #1 or #2 starter. No complaint there. But to then trade Revere for Worley and May-well, that's another matter. Hicks may have won the CF job in ST, but should he have been put in that position to begin with? Hicks has been a slow learner in the minors. I think Ryan's assumption Hicks could make the jump from AA to the majors was reckless, to say the least. I'm not saying Hicks isn't talented, or won't become a good major leaguer. I am saying he should have been sent to Rochester, and not put in a pressure-packed situation like he was. I hope Trevor May can turn into a good SP for us, but he's had a history of control issues. And as far as Worley goes, I thin k he's terrible. His pitches are up, they are flat, he lacks talent in being able to put hitters away. Our radio, TV announcers, and our local press are being way too kind to Worley. He's been awful...Try calling a spade a spade for once. My point here is Gardy's had the deck stacked against him by Terry Ryan, who did a very poor job this past offseason.

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lindy_frank123May. 13, 1312:30 AM

Gardy isn't the person to criticize? who is? he's got the job of motivating, managing his pitching staff, make sure his lineup is right...and he not responsible? what is going on in Minnesota? accountability anymore

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lindy_frank123May. 13, 1312:34 AM

even if he's hitting a buck thirty..."the kids gotta play"...Gardy never changes unfortunately...never

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meegwichMay. 13, 13 6:01 AM

Agree with you completely *lindy* Unfortunately a lot of people can't separate Gardo's personality from his performance. He may well be a likable sort but that doesn't equate to more wins than losses. He's never truly led this team anywhere, abbreviated playoff appearances and sent home with your tail between your legs has been his legacy. The really good managers realize that respect is something you earn by performance, not popularity.

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justincase12May. 13, 13 6:19 AM

Gardy used to look likable now he kinda looks grumpy. All that losing will do that.

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woodbury777May. 13, 13 6:54 AM

meegwich@ spot on. The late, great Earl Weaver was often quoted saying: "A manager should stay as far away as possible from his players. I don't know if I said ten words to Frank Robinson while he played for me." and "maybe thirty words to Brooks Robinson." Gardenhire and his "y's" for every player is beyond childish.

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wingophersMay. 13, 13 8:27 AM

Hey Sid you don't point out in your article that JJ Hardy was traded by that genius Billy Smith for Jim Hoey (remember him). We give up an everyday shortstop because (1) Gardy doesn't like Hardy or thinks he is injury prone or (2) Billy Smith didn't have a clue that Baltimore was taking him for a ride. Sure Hoey could throw hard but he couldn't find the strike zone. Also look how many homeruns Hardy hits. While your looking at stats look at Carlos Gomez he was leading the NL in hitting. That is who the Twins traded to get JJ Hardy.

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hjlazniMay. 13, 13 8:50 AM

Maybe Saunders can convince Washington to trade him a high draft choice for two less than average veterans.

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timandtiaMay. 13, 13 8:52 AM

Another interesting fact, no retrackable roof. Seems to me, these things should have been figured out before the state/Vikings/etc. voted on a new stadium. Why is everyone now thinking about a retrackable roof? Anyhow, I hope they build a permanent roof on the stadium - remember this is Minnesota!

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hjlazniMay. 13, 13 8:56 AM

The Twins coaches have convinced Plouffe to hit the pitch later resulting in more outs to center and right field and less home runs to left field so he is through. They changed Valencia's swing to "quiet" his hands and hit the pitch later resulting in more outs to center and right field and less home runs and he is through. Do you see a problem here.

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