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No, the decline is attributable to a number of factors — a failure to develop pitching, injuries to catcher Joe Mauer and first baseman Justin Morneau, the defections of key relievers after the 2010 season, the losses of high-character types such as outfielder Michael Cuddyer.
4. Cuddyer was adequately replaced by Josh Willingham, and Rosenthal doesn't name anyone else in his "high-character" list.
At least it's not the previous year's washout at SS.
I don't entirely disagree with the premise - Gardenhire's probably the least of Minnesota's problems - but on the other hand I don't think he should just be treated as an innocent bystander.
BTW - By "gone" I mean "not in charge anymore". The other remarkable thing about the Twins is when they fire a guy they still keep him around. Most other people would not have taken the demotion and stayed with the team.
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