Twins coaches to return, perhaps in different roles

  • Article by: La Velle E. Neal III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 11:47 PM

An additional seventh Twins coach might also be hired; once that is decided, other positions could be re-evaluated and reassigned.

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minncoldSep. 30, 1310:33 PM

Well, aren't we just one big happy family... of LOSERS. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Based on this, we're NUTS.

stlynnSep. 30, 1310:51 PM

Oh, Minncold, you are spot on! Gardy said about his coaches...."If they weren't doing their jobs, we would know it." This isn't a business that is interested in's a love-fest of Losers. Good grief! It's sickening!

rick563Sep. 30, 1310:53 PM

I know the Twin's staring pitching has been chronically bad, but one thing that hasn't changed (besides the manager and pitching coach) is the tendency to give up way too many runs in the first inning. The Twins have been doing it for years, even when they were winning. Brad Radke comes to mind. Why do they give up so many first inning runs? Is it because the pitchers aren't prepared mentally or physically? Is the pitching coach to blame? Surely the Twins have identified this issue as a significant problem.

jachesteSep. 30, 1311:04 PM

I seriously cannot stop laughing about naming an "Assistant Hitting Coach". Maybe than can add "In charge of reducing strikeouts" to his title.

cjvirnigSep. 30, 1311:17 PM

Bringing back Rick Anderson is a serious mistake. With the case of Francisco Liriano, the proof is in the pudding. Rick Anderson's obsessive and dogmatic belief in pitching to contact so befuddled and confused Liriano during the 2011 and 2012 seasons that he even admitted that he was sometimes unsure of which pitch to throw while on the mound. Gardenhire and Anderson often bristled at Liriano for his unwillingness to adopt a pitch to contact mentality and eventually traded him to Chicago. Now with Pittsburgh, Liriano is a star. Clint Hurdle's staff took the reigns off and let Liriano use his natural abilities to strike guys out. And now he's had the best season of his career. Meanwhile, the Twins don't have a legitimate major league caliber starting pitcher on their entire 40 man roster. For as long as I've watched baseball, I've never seen a worse rotation than what the Twins threw out there in 2013. What's worse, Rick Anderson's "coaching" has created a bunch of guys who can't get anybody out. Scott Diamond and Andrew Albers are the exact same guy! Their repetoires are identical. They even look alike! They don't have any pitchers who can strike out 5 batters in a game other than the oft-injured Sam Deduno. Can somebody make an argument as to why Anderson should keep his job? I can't think of one single reason.

frostysnomanOct. 1, 13 8:13 AM

cjvirnig - it is obvious that it hasn't dawned on you that "andy" and "bruno" will be switching jobs in 2014.

charlieIAOct. 1, 13 8:59 AM

"But Twins pitchers were pleased when they learned Anderson was coming back. They believe he hasn’t had the talent in the rotation to be successful." So, the Twins pitchers know that they stink.... Wow.

Oakley32Oct. 1, 13 8:59 AM

Cjvirnig, you say Twins don't have one ML quality pitcher on their own 40man roster, then rip Anderson, I don't think that's his fault. I know Anderson has developed many pitcher over the years. I think Santana won 2 Cy Youngs under him, Nathan,Crain,Guerrier,Hawkins. You're only as good as your players

toosweet64Oct. 1, 13 9:34 AM

Rick Anderson does NOT deserve credit for Santana. That credit deserves to go to Bobby Cueller for teaching Johan a change up. Anderson has only ruined pitching prospects by his insistence on trying to ram a square peg into a round hole with the ''pitch to contact'' mentality. Just ask Liriano or Garza.

toosweet64Oct. 1, 13 9:37 AM

Also, the prevailing thought seems to be that Anderson failed with a bad rotation but thrived with the bullpen. Isn't that Cueller's job? If Anderson gets the credit then make him the bullpen coach and bring in a different pitching coach or let Cuellar have a shot at the rotation. Why bring Cueller in to help with Latin players and them stick him in the bullpen all game?


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