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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Powers: Twins GM Bill Smith deserves his share of the blame for lost season

Whistling Bill Smith past the graveyard…

Players and managers have bad years. So do front offices. The Twins’ front office is having a terrible year. Not only have there been a series of questionable personnel moves, but Smith also probably has botched any chance of re-signing potential free agents Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.

He has handled their situations abysmally. Remember that glut of outfielders everyone was talking about? Well, it looks like the Twins will be down to Ben Revere and Denard Span next spring, with no minor leaguers ready to step in.

Fifteen days before dumping Young, who had become increasingly portly and lackadaisical, Smith stood pat at the non-waiver trade deadline. But he should have been either a buyer or a seller. The Twins were six games back but clearly on the slide. They’d lost eight of 14 heading into the deadline. But, OK, if he thought they were in it, he should have acquired help.

...What happened to that ability to evaluate talent?

- There has been no evidence that Tsuyoshi Nishioka is a major league player. Double A, maybe. People have said, well, he fractured his leg, so give him time. But a leg injury does not explain why he always is in the wrong place. Or why he tries to backhand balls he should get in front of and tries to get in front of balls he should backhand. Or why he bails out of the batter’s box as if the pitched baseball were some sort of explosive device. But it might explain why he is much slower than advertised.

Repoz Posted: August 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cabintwelve Posted: August 21, 2011 at 06:00 PM (#3905400)
Alright, Bill Smith hasn't shown himself to be a genius or anything, but injuries have done in the Twins more than anything. Games played through 125 games:

Mauer 67
Morneau 63
Span 65
Kubel 77
Young 84
Nishioka 60
Cuddyer 112
Thome 67 (55 starts)

Danny Valencia has been healthy and played 122. OPS+ = 88. He and Cuddyer are the only 2 that have played in 100 games.

Baker, Liriano, Slowey, Nathan and others on the pitching staff have missed various amounts of time as well.

AGM Rob Antony was quoted yesterday as saying Nishioka gets to take a mulligan this year. I think the org, from top to bottom, needs to take one.

They have far from a perfect roster, but when the best hitters in your lineup miss about half the season, you're gonna suck.
   2. saltfarmer Posted: August 21, 2011 at 07:14 PM (#3905442)
   3. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: August 21, 2011 at 07:34 PM (#3905453)
I can't open TFA, but from the excerpt:

They’d lost eight of 14 heading into the deadline.

Going 6-8 over a 14 game stretch really isn't something to panic about. I don't follow the AL Central enough to know whether the Twins were out of it, but that line stood out to me.

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