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Who is the Twins next manager?

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I am very pro Gardenhire, overall. Though he and I do butt heads on occasion. Though I suppose he doesn't realize this on a daily basis or concern himself much with it.

At 56, Gardy is still a relatively young man. I see no relative signs of slowing down. But he has made comment in the recent past about wanting to manage the Twins, at least, until the signs of rebuilding and turnaround are apparent. In theory, the talent on the roster now, the deep talent in the minors that will hopefully explode on the scene soon, along with a little bit better luck in the health category, and the overall better competitive nature of this years team, has had some conjecturing when that step-down date for Gardy might be.

Now, he might pull a TK this season, or next, and say its time; the team and it's future is solid and it's time to move on. Or, the team might be playing well, the top prospects are healthy and playing well, and he might stick around a little longer. Who could blame him?

But since the subject has been broached, whether it be at the end of this season...next..or another season or two, who is the next Twins manager?

I think Molitor would be an excellent choice, but didn't realize until recently that he's actually a year older than Gardenhire. And while I wouldn't say he couldn't or wouldn't do/take the job, I wonder at his past few years and wonder if he wouldn't just be happier as a coach or instructor now vs being the guy.

Brunansky is 53 and a well respected hitting coach with a seeming ability to connect to his players.

Doug Mientkiewicz, 39, and Jake Mauer, 35, are a pair of young former Twins, managing in A ball, who have shown success, moxy, and baseball management/coaching skills that could have them both fast tracking.

The Twins may have missed the boat on Mike Redmond, who is already a big league manager with the Marlins at 41. Still, if things sour in Miami, as they have been known to do in the past, he may be an option.

Matthew LeCroy is another former Twin who slipped through our fingers. The former C/DH is currently the Nationals bullpen coach. I believe he could be someone to watch.

You can scoff all you want at the Twins general philosophy of staying and promoting from within, but most of the track history the past 25 years indicates that they generally surround themselves with pretty smart talent.
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  1. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Ozzie Guillen would provide the most entertaining post game press conferences. I wouldn't turn off the game until I heard what he had to say.
  2. strumdatjag's Avatar
    Doug Mientkiewicz would also be entertaining and maybe I'd finally learn how to spell his name.
  3. gunnarthor's Avatar
    I think the next manager will be Mientkiewicz although I don't know when. I suspect he'll be a bench coach next year.
  4. Otwins's Avatar
    I vote for Redmond. He does very well with young players. His young pitchers seem to do well. Uses his roster well. He is young enough for the rebuild and a long run of success.
  5. TKGuy's Avatar
    What about Ron Washington, seems like the Twins kind of manager and not appreciated in Texas
  6. tarheeltwinsfan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest
    Ozzie Guillen would provide the most entertaining post game press conferences. I wouldn't turn off the game until I heard what he had to say.
    If we sign Ozzie as manager, does Hawk become our tv announcer? If so, I'm gone!
  7. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tarheeltwinsfan
    If we sign Ozzie as manager, does Hawk become our tv announcer? If so, I'm gone!
    He Gone!
  8. Hosken Bombo Disco's Avatar
    No one on this thread has cheerleaded for Molitor yet, so let me be that guy.

    Molitor falls more into the TK temperament than the Gardy temperament. Which would also rule out Ozzie, Douggie, and Redmond for me. That's not to say TK didn't have an edginess, but Gardy's just got too much personality and clubhouse presence for my taste.

    I'd like to see the next manager just fade into the background, someone who lets the young guys put their own stamp on the next winning Twins teams. Also, someone already close to the team who knows the Twins community inside out. Seems like Molitor could be the guy, though I'm not wedded to him.
  9. Sam Morley's Avatar
    "You can scoff all you want at the Twins general philosophy of staying and promoting from within, but most of the track history the past 25 years indicates that they generally surround themselves with pretty smart talent."

    I agree, and additionally, I think the Twins 'family' organizational approach makes the team more fun to follow. I like that individuals define the Twins as much as the team colors. I think Jerry Seinfeld once joked that sports fans are cheering for cloth in reference to the high turnover in the pro arena. The Twins seem to defy this without sacrificing quality.

    I hope Gardy's replacement is in-house, or has some past connection to the organization.

    A handful of former catchers mentioned here, but no Terry Steinbach?

    I definitely would love to see Mientkiewitcz take over.

    Or maybe the broadcast teams should just switch with the coaching staff.
  10. tarheeltwinsfan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Morley
    "You can scoff all you want at the Twins general philosophy of staying and promoting from within, but most of the track history the past 25 years indicates that they generally surround themselves with pretty smart talent."

    I agree, and additionally, I think the Twins 'family' organizational approach makes the team more fun to follow. I like that individuals define the Twins as much as the team colors. I think Jerry Seinfeld once joked that sports fans are cheering for cloth in reference to the high turnover in the pro arena. The Twins seem to defy this without sacrificing quality.

    I hope Gardy's replacement is in-house, or has some past connection to the organization.

    A handful of former catchers mentioned here, but no Terry Steinbach?

    I definitely would love to see Mientkiewitcz take over.

    Or maybe the broadcast teams should just switch with the coaching staff.
    I liked the statement: "Cheering for cloth."
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