Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ron Gardenhire is out as the Twins' manager, now what?

The writing is pretty much on the wall.  From this to this, and everything in between, the biggest question in the Twins' Territory is not if this will be Ron Gardenhire's last season as the Twins' manager, it is when will he be replaced.   Enumerating reasons about Gardenhire's replacement right now will be pointless (it was not after the miserable 2006 post-season, when this place was one of the few week voices suggesting that this team will not go anywhere with Gardenhire and Ryan at its helm.   It took the four most miserable consecutive seasons in franchise history, since the move to Minnesota, to actually have some sort of a majority thinking that this might be the case.)  It did not had to take for Ron Gardenhire to accumulate 1000 losses and be one of only seven managers in baseball history to achieve this feat, for this to happen.

As far as the "when" goes, it looks like it will happen sooner than later.  It might happen as soon as this series is over or it might happen after this season.   I suspect that Gardenhire will be allowed to leave on his own terms and retire riding into the sunset like Clayton Moore, instead of being forced out.  This franchise does things this way (and it is fine.)   For the record, my bet is that Gardenhire does not finish the season and for practical reasons (like not enough bodies to sit in the dugout) they will wait until minor league play is over to do it.  It has a bit more oomph if it is done during the season and that's what I think they will do.  I have never seen so many main press sources either re-iterating how sick and tired Gardenhire is lately, or how sad and "remote" Ryan seems lately.  Something is about to happen, folks, in the land of ten thousand lakes, and it does not involve soaking cod in lye in a bathtub.

The "what" is more important:  What will happen after Gardy is gone?  Potentially, this would be another case of rearranging coaching chairs (c. 2012, when they blamed the lost season on Jerry and Stelly and did a round robin with the rest.)  If Tonto is still around when Kemo Sabe is gone (utterly love the sarcasm of the advertizing copy placement on that shot in so many levels, btw), it will be another failure.   It will also be a failure is Scotty and Vavry and Steiny and Bruno were kept.  They are part of the problem as well.  They need to go.  The jury is still out on Paul Molitor, who has instituted some improvements already, like the defensive shifts, and Bobby Cuellar, who I think has not given an opportunity to do what he can do with this staff in the shade of Anderson.

Fresh thoughts and ideas are needed in this Franchise.  And, of course, this starts in the front office.  I think that Terry Ryan will also retire after this season, and health issues will be sited.  He does have a bigger battle than the Twins' to fight at this point and wishing him the best.  If I were the Pohlads, I would offer someone like Joe Maddon a position similar to what Nolan Ryan had with the Rangers or Tony LaRussa has with the Diamondbacks and give him carte blanche to fix the team (and if he still likes to manage, let him manage as well.)

But this is another long story, better saved for later...





Friday, July 25, 2014

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 7/19-7/25/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Max Kepler below for example).

The transactions from 7/19 to now were:


 07/25/2014 LHP Jason Wheeler assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
07/25/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed RHP D.J. Baxendale (Twins prospect ranking: 37) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/25/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed RHP Kohl Stewart (Twins prospect ranking: 7) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/25/2014 LHP Josue Montanez assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/25/2014 LHP Stephen Gonsalves (Twins prospect ranking: 20) assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins designated RHP Matt Guerrier for assignment.
07/24/2014 MLB  Minnesota Twins traded 1B Kendrys Morales to Seattle Mariners for RHP Stephen Pryor.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled SS Jorge Polanco (Twins prospect ranking: 6) from Fort Myers Miracle.
07/24/2014 1B/OF Reynaldo Rodriguez assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Stephen Pryor to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/24/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled RHP Ryan Pressly from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/24/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated 2B Levi Michael (Twins prospect ranking: 38) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed LHP Reyson Zoquiel on the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed LHP Onas Farfan on the 7-day disabled list.
07/24/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed RHP Miguel Gonzalez on the 7-day disabled list.
07/23/2014    AA New Britain Rock Cats placed LHP Taylor Rogers on the 7-day disabled list.
07/23/2014    2B Rafael P Valera assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from Rk GCL Twins.
07/23/2014    A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed CF Max Kepler (Twins prospect ranking: 12) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/22/2014    MLB Minnesota Twins recalled Yohan Pino from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/22/2014    MLB Minnesota Twins optioned Kris Johnson to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/22/2014    AAA Rochester Red Wings placed RF/C Chris Herrmann on the 7-day disabled list with Right thumb contusion.
07/22/2014    RHP Alex Wimmers assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/22/2014    RHP Alex Muren assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/18/2014    MLB Minnesota Twins optioned Chris Herrmann to AAA Rochester Red Wings.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Twins' Ron Gardenhire is in a rare company among managers, and not because of the 1000 losses.

Today Ron Gardenhire achieved his 1000 loss as a Twins' manager.   In an interview with Mike Berardino, Gardenhire said that 1000 losses is an indicative of longevity, as is 1000 wins.   Is it so?

Here is a list of all managers who have lost 1000 games in their career, with Gardenhire being the 50th:

1 Connie Mack (HOF) 3948 - 9 AL Championships, 5 World Championships
2 Tony La Russa (HOF) 2365 - 3 AL Championships, 3 NL Championships, 3 World Championships   
3 Bucky Harris (HOF) 2219 - 3 AL Championships, 2 World Championships   
4 Gene Mauch 2037 -----    Minnesota Twins (1976–1980)   
5 Bobby Cox (HOF) 2001 5 NL Championships, 1 World Championship               
6 Joe Torre (HOF) 1997 6 AL Championships, 4 World Championships
7 John McGraw (HOF) 1948 10 NL Championships, 3 World Championships   
8 Casey Stengel (HOF) 1843 10 AL Championships, 7 World Championships   
9 Sparky Anderson (HOF)    1834 4 NL Championsips, 1 AL Championship, 3 World Championships   
10 Jim Leyland 1769 1 NL Championship, 2 AL Championships, 1 World Championship   
11 Bill McKechnie (HOF)    1723 4 NL Championships, 2 World Championships
12 Lou Piniella    1713  1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship   
13 Leo Durocher (HOF) 1709 3 NL Championships, 1 World Championship
14 Walter Alston (HOF) 1613 74 NL Championships, 4 World Championships   
15 Bruce Bochy    1573  3 NL Championships, 2 World Championships
16 Jimmy Dykes    1541 -----
17 Ralph Houk 1531 3 AL Championships, 2 World Championships   
18 Dusty Baker 1504 1 NL Championship
19 Dick Williams (HOF)     1451 3 AL Championsips, 1 NL Championship, 2 World Championships
20 Tom Lasorda (HOF) 1439 4 NL Championships, 2 World Championships
21 Wilbert Robinson (HOF) 1398    2 NL Championships
22 Chuck Tanner     1381 1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship   
23 Clark Griffith (HOF) 1367  1 AL Championship   
24 Joe McCarthy (HOF) 1333 8 AL Championsips, 1 NL Championship, 7 World Championships   
25 Bill Rigney 1321 ------ Minnesota Twins (1970–1972)   
26 Tom Kelly 1244 2 AL Championships, 2 World Championships       
27 John McNamara 1233 1 AL Championship       
28 Lou Boudreau (HOF) 1224 1 AL Championship, 1 World Championship
29 Fred Clarke (HOF) 1181  4 NL Championships, 1 World Championship
30 Frank Robinson (HOF)     1176 -----
31 Mike Hargrove  1173 2 AL Championships,    
32 Bobby Valentine 1165     1 NL Championship   
33 Ned Hanlon (HOF) 1164 5 NL Championships
34 Buck Showalter 1138 -------
35 Art Howe 1137 --------
36 Miller Huggins (HOF)    1134 6 AL Championships, 3 World Championships
37 Whitey Herzog (HOF)    1125 3 NL Championships, 1 World Championship   
38 Jim Fregosi 1094 1 NL Championship       
39 Frankie Frisch (HOF) 1078  1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship
40 Mike Scioscia 1072  1 AL Championship, 1 World Championship    
41 Davey Johnson 1071 1 NL Championship, 1 World Championship    
42 Charlie Grimm 1067 3 NL Championships
43 Earl Weaver (HOF) 1060 4 AL Championships, 1 World Championship    
44 Joe Cronin (HOF)  1055 2 AL Championships
45 Phil Garner 1054 1 NL Championship   
46 Terry Francona 1032    2 AL Championships, 2 World Championships
47 Felipe Alou 1021 -------
48 Billy Martin    1013 2 AL Championships, 1 World Championship
49 Al Lopez (HOF) 1004    2 AL Championships   
50 Ron Gardenhire  1000 ------  

So Ron Gardenhire is the 7th among 50 managers who managed long enough to lose 1000 and have never led their team to a World Series.   This dubious company includes Gene Mauch, Jimmy Dykes, Bill Rigney (along with Mauch, former Twins' managers,) Buck Showalter, Art Howe and Felipe Alou.

For his 1000th win, Ron Gardenhire received a custom humidor as an award.  Being in this select company among the 7 biggest loser managers, Gardenhire deserves another award:

Friday, July 18, 2014

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 7/12-7/18/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Engelb Vielma below for example).

The transactions from 7/5 to now were:

07/18/14 MLB Minnesota Twins activated SS Danny Santana from the 15-day disabled list.
07/18/14  MLB Minnesota Twins optioned C/OF Chris Herrmann to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/17/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed OF Lance Ray on the 7-day disabled list.
07/17/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats activated RHP Matthew Summers from the 7-day disabled list.
07/17/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle sent SS Levi Michael (Twins prospect ranking: 38) on a rehab assignment to Rk GCL Twins.
07/16/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated SS Engelb Vielma (Twins prospect ranking: 21) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/16/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels released C Bo Altobelli.
07/14/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins sent SS Danny Santana on a rehab assignment to A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/13/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings activated RHP Trevor May (Twins prospect ranking: 4) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/13/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed RHP Matthew Summers on the 7-day disabled list.
07/13/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats activated C Matt Koch (Twins prospect ranking: 28) from the temporarily inactive list.
07/12/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings released LHP Scott Diamond. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 7/5-7/11/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Fernando Romero below for example).

The transactions from 7/5 to now were:

 07/11/2014 AAA Pino Minnesota Twins optioned RHP Yohan Pino to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/11/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled LHP Kris Johnson from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/10/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed C Matt Koch  (Twins prospect ranking: 28) on the temporarily inactive list.
07/10/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats activated 1B Kennys Vargas  (Twins prospect ranking: 5) from the temporarily inactive list.
07/10/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels sent LF Zack Larson (Twins prospect ranking: 29) on a rehab assignment to Rk GCL Twins.
07/10/2014 Rk GCL Twins placed RHP Wilfredy Liranzo on the 7-day disabled list.
07/09/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated 2B Logan Wade from the 7-day disabled list.
07/08/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins placed RHP Ricky Nolasco on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 7, 2014 with Right elbow strain
07/08/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings activated C Josmil Pinto from the 7-day disabled list
07/08/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled C/OF Chris Herrmann from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/08/2014  C Jairo Rodriguez assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/08/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated SS Aderlin Mejia from the 7-day disabled list.
07/07/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed 1B Kennys Vargas (Twins prospect ranking: 5) on the temporarily inactive list.
07/07/2014 RHP Jose Berrios  (Twins prospect ranking: 9) assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/07/2014 LHP Mason Melotakis assigned to AA A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/07/2014 RHP Todd Van Steensel assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/07/2014 RHP Ethan Mildren assigned to A+ Fort Myers Miracle from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/07/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed SS Engelb Vielma (Twins prospect ranking: 21) on the 7-day disabled list.
07/07/2014 OF Jeremias Pineda assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins from A Cedar Rapids Kernels.
07/07/2014 RHP Chih-Wei Hu assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/07/2014 RHP Jake Reed assigned to A Cedar Rapids Kernels from Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/07/2014 LHP Matt Batts assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins from Rk GCL Twins.
07/06/2014 RHP Mark Hamburger assigned to AAA Rochester Red Wings from AA New Britain Rock Cats.
07/06/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated CF Byron Buxton (Twins prospect ranking: 2) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/05/2014 OF Lance Ray assigned to AA New Britain Rock Cats from A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
07/05/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated C Mitch Garver (Twins prospect ranking: 17) from the 7-day disabled list.
07/05/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels placed CF Zack Granite on the 7-day disabled list with a left quad strain
07/05/2014 Rk GCL Twins activated RHP Jhon Silva from the 7-day disabled list.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Can the people who are running the Minnesota Twins fall any lower?

This is what has been happening at Target Field this weekend.  The Twins' staff who made that decision and the ones who are running this team should really be ashamed of what they did to an once proud franchise, just to get $100 or so.

I hope that the Twins' fans are paying attention. 


Friday, July 4, 2014

Twins' weekly organizational transactions: 6/28-7/4/2014

Here are this week's Twins' organization transactions.  All these weekly transaction lists are here.  When transactions involve a Twins top 40 prospect from my most current prospect list (here), that will be indicated next to the player's name by his ranking (see Fernando Romero below for example).

The transactions from 6/28 to now were:

07/03/2014 RHP John Curtiss assigned to Rk+ Elizabethton Twins.
07/02/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins recalled 1B/DH Chris Colabello from AAA Rochester Red Wings.
07/02/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins placed 1B Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list. Right oblique strain.
07/01/2014 AA New Britain Rock Cats placed OF Corey Wimberly on the 7-day disabled list with a hamstring injury
07/01/2014 A Cedar Rapids Kernels activated C Michael Quesada from the 7-day disabled list.
07/01/2014 Rk+ Elizabethton Twins activated C Jorge Fernandez from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/14 MLB Minnesota Twins activated LF Eduardo Nunez from the 15-day disabled list.
06/30/14 MLB Minnesota Twins activated 3B Trevor Plouffe from the 15-day disabled list.
06/30/2014 AAA Rochester Red Wings activated RF Wilkin Ramirez from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned SS Pedro Florimon to AAA Rochester Red Wings.
06/30/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle placed SS Aderlin Mejia on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 29, 2014.
06/30/2014 A+ Fort Myers Miracle activated LHP Brett Lee from the 7-day disabled list.
06/30/2014 MLB Minnesota Twins optioned SS Jorge Polanco (Twins prospect ranking: 6) to A+ Fort Myers Miracle.
06/30/2014 3B Rafael P Valera assigned to Rk GCL Twins from A+ Fort Myers Miracle. 

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