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Monday, March 25, 2013
Just as I was about to play Avant Gardener. I’m having trouble managin’...
Even the Baseball Prospectus annual, a sabermetric publication that in the past tended to dismiss intangibles, acknowledged that while Gardenhire is not “some kind of tactical genius,” he “excels in the clubhouse, where he remains popular and has successfully minimized squabbles among players” and “deserves recognition for that.”
I don’t want to be too hard on the Twins — too often people in baseball lack accountability, so it’s difficult to criticize a club for holding employees responsible. On the other hand, this is all sort of silly. The Twins are foolish to even risk Gardenhire becoming a free agent, particularly when so many managers are entering the final years of contracts.
Such an outcome still seems far-fetched, given Gardenhire’s popularity in the Twin Cities. But know this: If the Twins allowed Gardenhire to depart, he’d probably be unemployed for about 10 minutes. And they’d probably spend 10 years trying to find another like him.
Posted: March 25, 2013 at 03:58 AM | 26 comment(s)
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