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Gardenhire not taking any Twins 'bull'

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09:39 AM ET 02.18 | Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and his staff have a more difficult job than simply filling out a 25-man active roster. They need to recalibrate the organization. And it might not be pleasant. "There's a good chance," Gardenhire said this week, "some guys might have their feelings hurt in spring training, because I saw things I really didn't like. I pay attention to how players are handling situations, and there were parts of last season I didn't like at all. When something went wrong and you got that, 'Oh, boy, here we go again, he's going to say something to us.' That's a bunch of bull. I say something because I want you to be a better player. It's when I don't say something that you ought to be worried."

St. Paul Pioneer Press

Ron Gardenhire, Icon SMI Ron Gardenhire, Icon SMI
February 18, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Long season ahead for the Twins and White Sox.

February 18, 2012  09:56 AM ET

Woo Hoo...

Give the Twins credit - they did a lot with a little for many years...

But it caught up to them last year and with their pitching staff it's not gonna happen this year.

February 18, 2012  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Long season ahead for the Twins and White Sox.

Beat me by 4 mins :-/

February 18, 2012  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Beat me by 4 mins :-/

Being first is no great shakes. I just happen to be working.

February 18, 2012  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Being first is no great shakes. I just happen to be working.

Then keep doing a fine job :-)

February 18, 2012  10:32 AM ET

OK, but you can't make chicken salad out of chickensh#t.

February 18, 2012  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Woo Hoo...Give the Twins credit - they did a lot with a little for many years...But it caught up to them last year and with their pitching staff it's not gonna happen this year.

the players had to have some type of a plan A, in general every single player or pitcher, needs to be more disciplined in their way of approaching every game, you get to do more than just a simple routine play, show some respect for your shirt or uniform that you are wearing every season, and if you don't like nobody tell you anything, then you should do your job!!!

February 18, 2012  01:36 PM ET

It's 9 Years Since Gary Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Mets have yet to retire his number, like they have a multitude of HOF Players. Be sure they will have a Gary Carter day this year, but not to honor Gary but to fill up the park so that they can make money on him!
God Bless Gary Carter, I don't think he's going to bless them!

February 18, 2012  03:23 PM ET
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It's 9 Years Since Gary Carter was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the Mets have yet to retire his number, like they have a multitude of HOF Players. Be sure they will have a Gary Carter day this year, but not to honor Gary but to fill up the park so that they can make money on him! God Bless Gary Carter, I don't think he's going to bless them!

WE GET IT! WE GET IT! WE GET IT! WE GET IT! WE GET IT!

February 18, 2012  03:53 PM ET

Recalibrate? They destroyed this team about two years ago. When they were winning the division and could have gone farther in the playoffs, they never added anyone who could have helped them. Now that they are in the new stadium they have overpaid for players who aren't contributing and they got rid of the foundation of the teams that use to compete every year. They traded away the best prospect for a average closer/reliever, signed a Japanese player who can't play in the USA, They have to fragile superstars in Morneau and Mauer, the middle relief is gone, the two players who were worth the money Cuddyer and Kuebel are gone. Love Joe Nathan but he was overpaid also for someone who pitched a inning every 2 or 3 days. I don't see this team getting back to contending for another 5 years.

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February 19, 2012  12:56 AM ET

Gardenhire should have been shown the door. New blood all around. At least GM Billy Smith is gone! But yea, it's going to be a looong season for us Twins fans.

February 19, 2012  06:38 AM ET

Time for Gardy to go and the Twins to clean house and actually get some players that can stay on the field AND who can hit and pitch. But thanks to our cheapskate scamming owners - who got their beloved stadium so now they can lay low and put out a crappy product - we're going to be outta luck. Fail.

February 19, 2012  06:41 AM ET
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Recalibrate? They destroyed this team about two years ago. When they were winning the division and could have gone farther in the playoffs, they never added anyone who could have helped them. Now that they are in the new stadium they have overpaid for players who aren't contributing and they got rid of the foundation of the teams that use to compete every year. They traded away the best prospect for a average closer/reliever, signed a Japanese player who can't play in the USA, They have to fragile superstars in Morneau and Mauer, the middle relief is gone, the two players who were worth the money Cuddyer and Kuebel are gone. Love Joe Nathan but he was overpaid also for someone who pitched a inning every 2 or 3 days. I don't see this team getting back to contending for another 5 years.

Very well said and spot on the money. TWINS = DOWNWARD SPIRAL (sadly). I'm not sure what's worse, actually: our cheap skate owners, our clueless front office, or the mindless upper-middle class Twins fans who spoon up home games with little regard for how the ownership handles the team. Even if I was back home in Minnesota, I doubt I'd attend a single game until the ownership can show that they actually want to support a winning team.

February 19, 2012  04:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Recalibrate? They destroyed this team about two years ago. When they were winning the division and could have gone farther in the playoffs, they never added anyone who could have helped them. Now that they are in the new stadium they have overpaid for players who aren't contributing and they got rid of the foundation of the teams that use to compete every year. They traded away the best prospect for a average closer/reliever, signed a Japanese player who can't play in the USA, They have to fragile superstars in Morneau and Mauer, the middle relief is gone, the two players who were worth the money Cuddyer and Kuebel are gone. Love Joe Nathan but he was overpaid also for someone who pitched a inning every 2 or 3 days. I don't see this team getting back to contending for another 5 years.

Couldnt agree more. We lost most of the bullpen w no options in AAA, we dont have any great starters or prospect pitchers. Our hitting is a shame unless the M & M boys can come back this year. The next few years are gonna be bad.

Hate to admit it, but we overpaid Mauer. But I'd still rather see him in Minny than play anywhere else.

February 19, 2012  04:10 PM ET

Still havent gotten over the Ramos for Capps deal, or Garza for Bartlett & Young. WTF were they thinking?

February 21, 2012  06:13 AM ET

They traded away the best prospect for a average closer/reliever, signed a Japanese player who can't play in the USA.

 
February 21, 2012  06:13 AM ET

They traded away the best prospect for a average closer/reliever, signed a Japanese player who can't play in the USA.

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