As Bill Smith said many year ago…“I don’t use the term ‘Twins Way,’ I use the term ‘Right Way,’”
The place where the Twins have emphatically decided to undermine the defense is in the infield. The overwhelming consensus out of Fort Myers this spring was that Brian Dozier was the team’s best defensive shortstop.
But Dozier is in Rochester, and a 38-year-old is the shortstop — and there is no real backup.
In the final days of the exhibition season, Trevor Plouffe started games at second base and shortstop — the same Plouffe who washed out in ugly fashion as a middle infielder last season, the same Plouffe who was so atrocious that he was told to play outfield.
So he spent his winter shagging fly balls, spent his spring camp in the outfield — and now, suddenly, he’s in the middle infield again.
Failure is always an option.
I really don’t want to disparage the intelligence of the Twins decision makers. Terry Ryan, Ron Gardenhire and Co. have seen more baseball than I have, and they have far more on the line than I do. I’m absolutely certain they have reasons for what they’re doing, even if I can’t identify those reasons.