Saturday, May 21, 2016
(5/21/2016 12:40:00 PM) - Al
Twins GM Terry Ryan still supports manager Paul Molitor despite the team’s 10-31 start, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press writes. “I’m in this with (Molitor); we’re joined at the hip,” says Ryan. “No one’s pointing fingers around here. I’ve got to do a better job. The club has to do a better job. It starts with my chair. I’m aware of that. I take that as serious as anything because I’m the one that makes the decisions.” Molitor, of course, took over the Twins managerial job last year and led the club to his first winning season since 2010, but this season, in which he’s presided over a club that’s last in the AL in both runs scored and runs allowed, has been a trying one.--MLBTR
The Twins were a hot mess last year, and still won 83 games, despite many of us not understanding why. This season, our doubts have been confirmed, and their decisions and complete lack of any plan whatsoever...their roster decisions are as of they have been decided by throwing darts, and they have been looking mighty foolish for their continued habit of throwing wads of cash at pedestrian, "gritty," "hard working," and "character" players. They not only overpay, but they overpay while handing out long term contracts, seemingly not competing against any other team for the player.
They have a very good farm system, but many are blocked by the mediocre vets discussed above, and others are given ridiculously short leashes, Byron Buxton is an incredible talent, showing phenomenal speed and defense, and after being rushed to the majors after just 59 AAA PA's; he was given less than 50 PA's and then sent down, only to be replaced by waiver wire fodder like Danny Santana and Darin Mastroianni. If Buxton was ready to play in the majors April 1st, he was ready May 1st.
Miguel Sano was all but told he was too fat to play 3B, and would have to learn how to play RF. So he did, and played nothing but RF all spring, had his ups and downs, as one would expect. Still, because of need, he's started 5 games at 3B.
Fail to plan, plan to fail.
5/21/2016 12:40:00 PM