Souhan: Twins must open checkbook for pitching, or losing will go on

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 18, 2013 - 7:58 AM

There is little correlation between spending and winning in Major League Baseball.

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BallFourSep. 17, 13 9:57 PM

Garza? C'mon. He's well traveled at a relatively young age for a reason. One is he's a .500 pitcher everywhere he goes. And sub-.500 for his career.

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sidhartmannSep. 17, 1310:01 PM

"The perception that the Pohlads are content to lose games and rake in cash is incorrect, but it exists"......they just pocketed an extra 30 million this year by slashing payroll. It is not perception, it is reality. Please explain, Souhan.

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jastkeSep. 17, 1310:04 PM

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have pitching, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have pitching, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have pitching, I gain nothing.

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patman683Sep. 17, 1310:05 PM

A pub with outdoor seating and one hell of a cover charge

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gseabergSep. 17, 1310:06 PM

I'm a lifelong baseball fan. First the Dodgers, then the Cubs, now the Twins. But this is not competitive Major League Baseball. This is simply business, where profit is more important than winning.

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bearcat22Sep. 17, 1310:54 PM

The Twins said they needed a new stadium to compete. Since building TF they have cut payroll each year. A complete lie and scam.

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william16Sep. 17, 1311:05 PM

No shopping for quality major league pitching unless the Twins also have the courage to employ a quality major league manager and pitching coach. Otherwise, it's like shopping for fine furniture at Ethan Allen and sticking it in an Oklahoma trailer park home. It's no accident that this year's All-Star Game featured what could have been nearly an entire line-up of former Twins (Cuddyer, Hunter, Nathan, Crain, Balfour, Ortiz, Hardy, and Gomez). It indicates players simply don't thrive in the Twins ML system; they bloom with other teams. Ron Washington would be great if Texas is dumb enough to let him go; he's great with developing players and vets, and has an 18-16 playoff record vs. Gardy's dismal 6-21 playoff mark.

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cjvirnigSep. 17, 1311:09 PM

Let's not forget that Rick Anderson absolutely, positively MUST go, even if Gardy is retained. Francisco Liriano has made it blatantly obvious that not only are Anderson's pitching philosophies unsound, but he's also a terrible teacher and mentor. Remember how Liriano's biggest problem was the six inches between his ears? Personally, I'd love it if the Angels fired Mike Scoscia. It's unlikely and even if it were to happen, there'd be a slew of other teams wanting to hire him. But he's a teacher of the game and would be perfect for a team like the Twins who will soon have an influx of young kids. Regardless of whether it's Gardy or a new manager, I'd like to see the Twins bring in a sound pitching mind to replace Anderson, somebody like Buddy Black if the Padres fire him.

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elcerritoSep. 17, 1311:13 PM

As has been said here already, it's not about baseball with the Twins. It's a business designed to make money and maximize profit, nothing more. Whether the team's owners are selling cars, making widgets, loaning money, or selling overpriced tickets to baseball games, it matters not to them. It's only about each enterprise making as much money as possible.

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tcstunnerSep. 18, 1312:21 AM

I think the Twins should go after Tim Lincecom. He's still young and coming off of a down year, so maybe they can get him a little cheaper than normal.

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