Hartman: Pohlad expects better times ahead for Twins

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 9, 2013 - 12:23 AM

The club’s CEO backs GM Terry Ryan’s efforts but remains noncommital on Ron Gardenhire’s future.

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suprpoleAug. 8, 13 9:46 PM

Sid, did you really expect him to tell the truth. He doesn't care as long as he makes money.

sidhartmannAug. 8, 13 9:50 PM

How can Pohlad make these comments with a straight face? His words say one thing, his actions another.

sidhartmannAug. 8, 13 9:55 PM

Of course Pohlad is pleased with 'yes man' Ryan. Ryan is the fall guy for the plummeting payroll. Smilin Jim is laughing all the way to the bank.

misterbutchAug. 8, 13 9:56 PM

"Is there any reason he won’t be back?" i can think of a couple: 2011 - Manager: Ron Gardenhire (63-99) Scored 619 runs, Allowed 804 runs. 2012 - Manager: Ron Gardenhire (66-96) Scored 701 runs, Allowed 832 runs. 2013 - Manager: Ron Gardenhire (49-62) Scored 442 runs, Allowed 506 runs.

drudgemonkeyAug. 8, 1310:04 PM

If they think Molitor is the answer, then keep Gardenhire. And I think Gardenhire stinks. Give ol' Jimmy Pohlad 7 or 8 years, and he will figure out he needs to clean house from St. Peter on down. By then, they will be averaging 12,000 a game, losing season after losing season. What a shambles of an organization.

drudgemonkeyAug. 8, 1310:14 PM

Ol' Jimmy Pohlad is 60. He will never figure out how to run an MLB club. He and the family ought to sell. The next 5 plus years are doomed at best to mediocrity, more likely, complete failure.

BallFourAug. 8, 1310:47 PM

Well, sure. Eventually, better times are ahead. Even the Cubs and Astros can't be this bad eternally.

datelessnerdAug. 9, 1312:05 AM

Sure, Pohlad prefers to develop talent because it's cost-effective. But when that fails, he has a choice -- either pay for quality free agents or don't attempt to put a competitive team on the field. Clearly, Pohlad has chosen the latter. The Twins' payroll is lowest in the AL Central, and without the M&M contracts, would be at the bottom with Houston and Miami. The Target Field money the Pohlads promised to spend on a competitive team is going straight into their back pockets.

The Master speaksAug. 9, 1312:54 AM

My Yankees LOVE the fact that the Pohlad's own the Twins....it means easy wins every year. Keep buying those tickets and watch "pitch to contact"........hee hee hee....

flogicAug. 9, 13 1:16 AM

BallFour nailed this one! Times cannot get worse, even accidentally a team could win more than this squad has the last three years.


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