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Monday, March 05, 2012

Ron Gardenhire serious about Camp Zero Tolerance

Ya gotta learn to ketchum!

After watching some of his infielders kick the ball around in a split-squad loss Sunday against Boston, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire addressed the issue with his players prior to tonight’s game against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium.

“We spoke about it when we talked, before I sent them out, about controlling the baseball,” the manager said. “Yesterday, in one game, we didn’t control the baseball.”

Gardenhire has been candid about the team’s zero-tolerance policy on lackluster play, whether it’s a mental gaffe in a game or a failure to appreciate the details in a drill. For instance, he said, a number of coaches approached minor league left-hander Tyler Robertson because he wasn’t bringing his glove tight to his chest in pitcher fielding practice.

“He had six coaches who had him through the minor league system go tell him, ‘What the heck are you doing?’ ” Gardenhire said. “They’ve all had relationships with him; they’ve all dealt with him; they know he’s a good kid. So that’s good, that six people went up to him and said, ‘Get your head out of your back pocket.’ “

Repoz Posted: March 05, 2012 at 08:43 PM | 24 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The District Attorney Posted: March 05, 2012 at 08:52 PM (#4074649)
Zero tolerance always works. It's science.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 08:58 PM (#4074653)
Hypnotist: You are all very good players.
Team: We are all very good players.
Hypnotist: You will beat Shelbyville.
Team: We will beat Shelbyville.
Hypnotist: You will give 110 percent.
Team: That’s impossible no one can give more than 100 percent. By definition that’s the most any one can give.
   3. TVerik, the gum-snappin' hairdresser Posted: March 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM (#4074657)
It absolutely is interesting to see guys who have been playing this game for their whole lives looking really bad in the field due to rustiness or lack of conditioning. I watched some of the Yankees' ST game today, and there were a couple of plays in the field turned by major-leaguers which would have drawn a laugh on my softball team.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: March 05, 2012 at 09:26 PM (#4074679)
Why is he supposed to bring his glove tight to his chest?
   5. UCCF Posted: March 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4074685)
I bet Camp Zero Tolerance serves Krusty Brand Imitation Gruel ("9 out of 10 orphans can't tell the difference").
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 05, 2012 at 10:09 PM (#4074712)
So I'm guessing its the exact opposite of the Camp for Tolerance?
   7. Kurt Posted: March 05, 2012 at 10:25 PM (#4074724)
*Six* coaches had to tell him the same thing? Did they also ask him about his TPS reports?
   8. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: March 05, 2012 at 10:34 PM (#4074727)
We'll know Gardenhire really means business when he harpoons The Blob.
   9. Gamingboy Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:33 AM (#4074768)
If somebody went into Operation Shutdown at Camp Zero Tolerance, what would happen?
   10. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:15 AM (#4074784)
If somebody went into Operation Shutdown at Camp Zero Tolerance, what would happen?

A food fight.
   11. DA Baracus is a "bloodthirsty fan of Atlanta." Posted: March 06, 2012 at 07:20 AM (#4074813)
I bet Camp Zero Tolerance serves Krusty Brand Imitation Gruel ("9 out of 10 orphans can't tell the difference").


They probably reward good play with Partially Gelatinated Non-Dairy Gum-Based Beverages too.
   12. Bug Selig Posted: March 06, 2012 at 07:51 AM (#4074819)
Why is he supposed to bring his glove tight to his chest?


I can only think that he's talking about the simulated follow-thru to start a drill. Whatever they were doing, it must have been seen as really important to start with your hands in the right place.
   13. Cris E Posted: March 06, 2012 at 10:50 AM (#4074866)
*Six* coaches had to tell him the same thing?

Gardenhire and Kelly might be riding the coaches pretty hard as well, so they could be as scrutinized as the players.

It's been a funny year in Twins Country. Over the weekend was a piece on how Gardy isn't asking the guys how they're feeling and they're not offering any bad news. As long as no one actually gets hurt in the next six months it's kind of cute, but time will tell if things are changing in the trainers' room. The staff is the same, but they keep saying things will be different so time will tell what that means.
   14. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 10:57 AM (#4074871)
“He had six coaches who had him through the minor league system go tell him, ‘What the heck are you doing?’ ” Gardenhire said. “They’ve all had relationships with him; they’ve all dealt with him; they know he’s a good kid. So that’s good, that six people went up to him and said, ‘Get your head out of your back pocket.’ “
Tyler Robertson: It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and the Twins win a few extra games, I don't see another dime, so where's the motivation? And here's something else, Terry: I have eight different bosses right now.
Terry Ryan: I beg your pardon?
Tyler Robertson: Eight bosses.
Terry Ryan: Eight?
Tyler Robertson: Eight, Terry. So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get cut.
   15. Rants Mulliniks Posted: March 06, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4074884)
Why is he supposed to bring his glove tight to his chest?

I can only think that he's talking about the simulated follow-thru to start a drill. Whatever they were doing, it must have been seen as really important to start with your hands in the right place.


I would think its because his normal windup includes bringing his hands to his chest, so if he didn't do this in the drill he would be effectively committing a balk.

I hope Mauer and Morneau are back to their old selves this year, otherwise the Twins are going to suck really bad.
   16. Kurt Posted: March 06, 2012 at 11:36 AM (#4074899)
RB, I demand half a coke.
   17. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 11:46 AM (#4074904)
RB, I demand half a coke.
You deserve it. You want 6 ounces of regular or a whole can of Diet?
   18. DL from MN Posted: March 06, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4074908)
> Gardenhire and Kelly might be riding the coaches pretty hard as well

They fired the AAA staff in the offseason because the players coming up from the minors didn't know how to play defense (where to cutoff, who fields the bunts, etc).
   19. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:02 PM (#4074912)
So I'm guessing its the exact opposite of the Camp for Tolerance?

That link justifies the existence of this entire thread, in spite of the intolerable number of unavoidable commercials.
   20. Tim McCarver's Orange Marmalade Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4074923)
Zero tolerance? There are only two things I can't stand in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures... and the Dutch.
   21. Kurt Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM (#4074935)
You deserve it. You want 6 ounces of regular or a whole can of Diet?

Just give me my stapler back & we'll call it even.
   22. Nasty Nate Posted: March 06, 2012 at 12:49 PM (#4074946)
can you smoke the Objective Pipe at Camp Zero Tolerance?
   23. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:20 PM (#4074965)
Just give me my stapler back & we'll call it even.
I suppose we can do that. You're down in Storage Room B, right?
   24. Kurt Posted: March 06, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4074987)
[mumbles incoherently]

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