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Thursday, May 03, 2012

Twins manager Gardenhire says his team played like Little Leaguers

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Manager Ron Gardenhire was pacing behind his desk when the media entered his office.

“A terrible night for Twins baseball. We got dominated by a very good pitcher over there. But we played terrible. We didn’t pitch worth a darn. Not aggressive. Missed a play or two. And got no-hit by a very good pitcher over there, which doesn’t make it any easier for our baseball team.”

Gardenhire noted that the Twins had an off day Thursday to regroup before opening a three-game series in Seattle on Friday. Then he said, “Questions? And make them quick.”

Asked if Liam Hendriks’ performance (2.1 IP, 9 H, 6 ER) made it tougher on the offense, Gardenhire said, “He just didn’t pitch well. The kid didn’t get anything done. We didn’t hold runners. They ran all over the place on us. All the little things that a baseball team’s supposed to do, we didn’t do.

“Letting guys steal second, letting guys steal third. You go to the mound, you bring a pitcher in, tell him, ‘You’ve got to slide step. He’s going to steal third if we don’t.’ And and what do we do? The first pitch, pick your leg up and they take off running. If the guy hadn’t swung, he was standing up.

“That’s not acceptable. That’s not good baseball by any team. So we have to do a lot better. Running all over us. Looked like Little Leaguers out there, and that’s a bunch of bull.

“OK, that’s enough. I’m not going to go any further. Have a good night. Congratulations to Mr. Weaver.”

Repoz Posted: May 03, 2012 at 05:24 AM | 30 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Craig in MN Posted: May 03, 2012 at 08:15 AM (#4122365)
Two other interesting tidbits:

On Tuesday night, journeyman Jerome Williams tossed a three-hit shutout against the Twins. They didn’t get a hit after the third inning, so if you add in the futility against Weaver, the Twins have now gone 48 plate appearances over 15 innings without a hit.


Blech.


Gardenhire will rejoin the team on Monday, when the Angels return to Target Field. Weaver is scheduled to pitch that night, opposite Francisco Liriano.

Mental note: Might be a good time to brush up on my Johnny Vander Meer history.


Time for a terrible choice: Do I make plans to do something else for Monday, to avoid watching this trainwreck, or do I force myself to watch, in case history is made?

   2. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: May 03, 2012 at 09:09 AM (#4122373)
I have tickets for the Monday game, so I will be there. My brother was going to be in town so I bought them a while ago. Then he cancelled. Oh well a friend and I are going and I will enjoy myself.
   3. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq., LLC Posted: May 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM (#4122456)
Oh well a friend and I are going and I will enjoy myself.
Well, maybe.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4122479)
Chris Parmalee, Trevor Plouffe and Clete Thomas are getting major playing time - ugh. I thought the Twins looked like a lousy team before the year. If they lose Mauer and/or Morneau for an extended period of time, they could be facing 100 losses.
   5. DL from MN Posted: May 03, 2012 at 11:57 AM (#4122524)
If they lose Mauer and/or Morneau for an extended period of time, they could be facing 100 losses.


They had 99 losses last year and they're worse out of the gate this season. If they lose Mauer and Morneau again we're looking at a possible "worst Twins record ever" which would be > 102 losses. They're pretty much as bad as the 81-82 Twins already.
   6. A triple short of the cycle Posted: May 03, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4122531)
The Twins are still scoring half a run per game more than the Athletics.
   7. BDC Posted: May 03, 2012 at 12:35 PM (#4122556)
I think the Twins' problem is their names. "Joe Mauer" is still an OK name, but "Denard Span," "Trevor Plouffe," and "Ryan Doumit" sound like names from a bad science-fiction novel.
   8. Gamingboy Posted: May 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM (#4122582)
I think the Twins' problem is their names. "Joe Mauer" is still an OK name, but "Denard Span," "Trevor Plouffe," and "Ryan Doumit" sound like names from a bad science-fiction novel.


If Mauer were to de-German his last name, he'd be Joe Wall, which sounds like a hardboiled detective.


Oh, and if they lose Mauer and Morneau again, we're talking a historically bad team not seen since the Twins were the Washington Senators.
   9. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: May 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4122584)
Any day* at the ballpark is a good day. But yeah they look bad and it is (as suspected) pretty much a lost season already. Anyone great to draft - the next Bryce Harper?

* Night too, but weather matters. Seeing a terrible team while getting rained on and freezing is not my idea of fun.
   10. TVerik - Dr. Velocity Posted: May 03, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4122608)
Could Gardenhire have gone any further without pissing on Weaver's accomplishment? I think he was very careful not to do that, but he might have gone right up to the edge.
   11. Rants Mulliniks Posted: May 03, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4122618)
Chris Parmalee, Trevor Plouffe


Sorry, but those are two of the gayest names I've ever heard.
   12. Craig in MN Posted: May 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4122637)
Gardy was mostly complaining about Twins pitching and defense, not so much Twins hitting or Weaver. There's no disrespect in criticizing that. Plus Gardy is going to miss the next series for his daughters graduation.....it gives the team something to think about while he's gone and before his next game....against Weaver on Monday. He was just getting it out of his system in his only opportunity to do so.
   13. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 03, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4122638)
"Joe Mauer" is still an OK name, but "Denard Span," "Trevor Plouffe," and "Ryan Doumit" sound like names from a bad science-fiction novel.

Also Liam Hendriks, who I believe was the star of a long-running science-fiction TV show. And someone named "Clete" must have come here through a wormhole from the 1940s.
   14. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 02:10 PM (#4122650)
"Brian Dinkelman" sounds like the nerdy protagonist of an 80s movie.
   15. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: May 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM (#4122662)
Twins manager Gardenhire says his team played like Little Leaguers


Clete Thomas lunged awkwardly for a fly ball that rolled past him to the fence. As he threw it back to the infield he could be seen bursting into tears. He then put his glove over his face and sobbed into his mitt while Gardenhire told him to "keep his chin up." AFter the inning, Clete's mom handed him a bottle of grape powerade, his favorite, in an effort to cheer him up.
   16. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: May 03, 2012 at 02:38 PM (#4122679)
Thank god Tom Brunansky didn't act like that! Just imagine what baseball would be like today if he'd given up after getting no hit early in his career.
   17. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 03, 2012 at 02:51 PM (#4122693)
Sorry, but those are two of the gayest names I've ever heard.
Benjamin Gay and Rudy Gay have the two gayest names of any athlete I've ever heard.
   18. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: May 03, 2012 at 02:54 PM (#4122697)
   19. BDC Posted: May 03, 2012 at 02:55 PM (#4122701)
In Texas, there are lots of names like "Chris Parmelee." They usually turn out to be old guys with goatees, in denim jackets, who keep starving Rottweilers in the beds of their El Caminos.
   20. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 03, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4122709)
Benjamin Gay and Rudy Gay have the two gayest names of any athlete I've ever heard.


I still can't believe there was an NFL player named Blenda Gay.
   21. Wayne Newton's pet monkey (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4122711)
A quick glance at BB-Ref shows, by my count, 23 players surnamed "Gay" who've played in the minors, & none in the minors.

Homophobia!
   22. Wayne Newton's pet monkey (gef, talking mongoose) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 03:11 PM (#4122716)
I still can't believe that someone's parents gave the name "Hardin" to a former newspaper co-worker of mine with the surname "Little." Yes, he was short (as well as alternatively lifestyled, but then so was about half the copy desk; I think it's a rule in the biz).
   23. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 04:14 PM (#4122816)
If Mauer were to de-German his last name, he'd be Joe Wall, which sounds like a hardboiled detective.

Little Nicky's shout of warning came too late, and the running man's shoulder hit my liver like a shot of rotgut whiskey. I rammed my left mitt into his brisket and tried to stand my ground, but I'd taken too much of a beating over too many long nights, and my body whispered, "No mas." The world spun, and went hazy.

While I lay on my back and my knees considered their options, the sky was blocked out by the body of one of the boys in blue, distinguishable only as a dull roaring sound. I turned my mush away from the hateful noise, and as consciousness faded, my eyes came to rest on the familiar, lovely, hateful visage of a woman in a red dress, sardonically smiling to herself at a seat in the third row. Annie. Of course it'd be Annie. It was always Annie, and always would be, as long as I stayed a sucker.
   24. Walt Davis Posted: May 03, 2012 at 04:33 PM (#4122834)
Clete Thomas is a great baseball name, too bad he sucks.

Man, just yesterday the Twins had a 97 OPS+; get no-hit once and it's down to 90. Holy crap they're playing Plouffe in RF? It's not clear that guy can hit well enough to be a SS, you play him in RF? Anyway, Mauer's hitting, Morneau is doing OK, Span is hitting and Willingham is crushing the ball so the offense has been the least of their worries. The 71 ERA+ with the best starter having a 4.91 ERA is mighty ugly. The Twins need to get some of whatever the Astros are smoking.
   25. Tippecanoe Posted: May 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM (#4122868)
I still can't believe that someone's parents gave the name "Hardin" to a former newspaper co-worker of mine with the surname "Little."


Turns out Rich Harden's first name is actually James; his middle name is Richard. Still, I would accuse his parents of tempting fate.

EDIT: Though at least his name isn't "Peter Rose".
   26. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 05:26 PM (#4122879)
Turns out Rich Harden's first name is actually James; his middle name is Richard. Still, I would accuse his parents of tempting fate.

If your last name is Harden, John Wesley is the only appropriate name for a son.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 03, 2012 at 06:36 PM (#4122933)
Wait, Gardy, your team got NO hits for an entire game and you're harping on slide steps? Man, some people will go to amazing lengths to maintain the "little things" mythology.
   28. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 03, 2012 at 06:41 PM (#4122936)
Vlad's #23 deserves much dap.
   29. Forsch 10 From Navarone (Dayn) Posted: May 03, 2012 at 06:44 PM (#4122937)
   30. Eddo Posted: May 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM (#4122968)
In baseball!? Right now!? I nominate that name for best in English-speaking history! It's at least in the top two dozen, no?

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