New to here... opinionated, but respectful.
I will play nice, but I certainly have my views. I am pretty fed up with losing 90+ games and the "twins way." I put my money where my mouth is and b/c of it, I cancelled my season tickets. I know things are not necessarily all Gardy's fault but I am blown away by the fact that the team made ZERO changes to the coaching staff after a third year of 90+ losses (as an aside, I believe Gardy is the only mgr to have never gotten to a world series, to lose 90+ games three years in a row, and not be fired). To me, Rick Anderson is the real culprit -- i cannot name one pitcher who has truly developed and excelled under his guidance. In fact, most pitchers have blossomed after leaving the twins -- unless they had injury issues.
I simply want a decent product on the field -- one that plays intelligent, runs balls out, advances runners, and at least does all the little things (ie what winning teams do).
A few thoughts:
- Management has no real need to win -- the new ballpark will have nearly 3 million fans every year, because, the new park is so damn nice! We could easily become/are the Cubs of the AL (fans will show up no matter what)
- All of these decisions in the past have led us to where we are now: getting nothing for Torii (keeping him too long), holding Santana a year too long (getting low value), Hardy for Hoey, Ramos for Capps, Nishioka debacle, NOT developing or keeping at least one of these guys: Lohse, Garza, Liriano, Dickey, Crain, Breslow, Balfour... BOTTOM LINE is they had some currency to keep the flow of young talent coming in and they have made bad decisions regarding that currency.
- Perhaps the most egregious mgmt disaster is the treatement of Spanish speaking players. They do not have a Spanish speaking dugout coach!!! The twins daycare for players do not have a Spanish speaking staff member (I knew a former player who could not bring his family/child to the daycare on Sunday family day games b/c of this). Does the organization think they are still in 1965?! Do you really think a guy like Ervin Santana would come here on a fair market deal when he would be treated as such!? What about guys like Arcia, Sano, Rosario, Florimon and others... Is the organization doing all it can to help these players assimilate and be part of the organization and the community!?
- Ryan recently said that Willingham's $21 million contract ($7 mil a yr) is HUGE! If that's what mgmt thinks is the high end of free agency, then I am CERTAIN my decision to cancel tickets was a wise one!
My soapbox is perhaps too high -- and I apologize, but it just saddens me to see a team I want to love just do things wrong time and time again!
Again, I'll play nice -- will never insult anyone directly and hide behind the internet, but will certainly give my opinion!