Gardenhire waits until offseason to unwind from managing

  • Article by: LA VELLE E. NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 26, 2013 - 12:31 AM

The Twins manager tries not to worry about his team when he leaves the ballpark, but he often can’t sleep well.

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orbitingcowJul. 26, 13 1:54 AM

I know people in MN are fed up but I still feel bad for Gardy. He needs pitching and the damn owners will never pay for it unless they see the shining angel of light coming to the team.

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aphlolJul. 26, 13 8:15 AM

Are you kidding? Looks like he's unwinding every game in the dug out. Completely checked out.

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ronhextallJul. 26, 13 8:17 AM

These 90 loss season are not his fault. The horrible post season performances are on Gardy and he should have been fired several years ago. He gets wound up too tight in the playoffs and it rubs off on the players.

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larsoeriJul. 26, 13 8:38 AM

Gardenhire is simply not a good leader of men... the playoff failures are his fault and the complete lack of competitiveness and fight the last 2.5 years shows that his players tune him out... being terrible is one thing, but not hustling, making mental mistakes, giving away at bats, etc is another... His departure is LONG overdue...

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kev5115Jul. 26, 13 9:00 AM

The 06 season pretty much did it for me as far as Gardy goes. To get swept by a poor Oakland team or an average one when you have the Cy Young winner The MVP and batting champ is unacceptable. Gardy and Rick Anderson have had their chance and have been kept on the payroll way to long, time to move on.

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kindaliberalJul. 26, 1310:24 AM

Ryan and Pohlad supply the players BUT if you reward the guy when the team wins doesn't the reverse also apply? It just seems like a too comfortable operation where mediocrity and complacency seems OK. It is good that underperformers are getting sent down. Maybe something is changing if people who can't play continue to be moved/released.

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sawexlerJul. 26, 1310:37 AM

He can unwind all next season at his home. It is time for a change. Good manager or not, whatever players he's been given, good or not, there is little evidence that he or his pitching coach have made them any better. 63, 66 and 70-72 Wins this year are the best indicators that his time is up.

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tommyteeJul. 26, 1311:08 AM

You could hire any manager, past or present,and the results would probably be the same. You can't possibly field a winning major league team with minor league talent. If the best manager in the game were available, he'd turn down the offer to coach this bunch.

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marcus100254Jul. 26, 1311:41 AM

Managers of the stature and level of Gardy are just like players, they get their games to a certain level and then work to keep it there. Players gear their workout/practice activity to maintain the peak. Managers face a lot more variables then players do based upon ever changing rosters and talent. Certainly you can maintain that Gardy should have made this move or that move in a certain series and you may very well be right. And until the recent past, the Twins were stuck trying to compete(where the club did spend more on roster) in a league with a rigged financial system that MLB fails to do anything about because of the power of mainly one franchise, the Yankees. How would you like to be a "franchisee" in a business/corp that gives favor to their most financially powerful franchises (NY, BOS, LAD, etc) while others, (KC, MIL, MIN, etc) have to go up against clubs with payrolls of $150mil to $200mil?? Considering how the deck is stacked the Twins have not done too bad. However, I do also realize that spending gargantuan amounts on your roster won't guarantee championships, but can bring you a lot more opportunities then the rest. I see Gardy as basically the same guy that guided the club through a stretch whereby they were pretty competitve. The roster has changed and has not meshed and/or matured yet. When it does, and if Gardy is still the skip, they will do just fine again. I usually base my feelings about a coach mgr etc on what his peers think, not what I see on a news site blog, and Gardy has the respect of pretty much all of his contemporaries. Yes, there are fans that post here that have better then average knowledge of sports they post on, but I don't see Gardy as a weak link here, rather you have a roster in transition thats not quite there, with a front office working to correct that... **Proud Minnesota Twins Fan since 1961**

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johnnygringoJul. 26, 1312:00 PM

Terry is that you?

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