Gardy Gets Frustrated

We’re doing all this stuff so we don’t have to tell them. We shouldn’t have to. They should learn this in the Minor Leagues.

- Ron Gardenhire

John Shipley of TwinCities.com informs us that the Minnesota Twins manager is getting increasingly frustrated by the lack of baseball fundamentals currently on display from the younger players on his team this season.

This, of course, is kind of humourous considering that Gardenhire won the American League Manager of the Year last season based largely on his reputation as the leader of a team that plays baseball the right way. Apparently, “the right way” is best learned in the Minor Leagues while credit for it stays at the big league level.

With his twelve man pitching staff, plethora of middling middle infielders and a severe lack of understanding for when a platoon advantage is actually advantageous, perhaps Gardenhire himself could use a refresher on exactly what those fundamentals truly are.

Comments (6)

  1. The Platoon Advantage is ALWAYS advantageous!

  2. If anyone could spoil it, Gardy can.

  3. “With his twelve man pitching staff, plethora of middling middle infielders and a severe lack of understanding for when a platoon advantage is actually advantageous, perhaps Gardenhire himself could use a refresher on exactly what those fundamentals truly are.”

    wait a second, are we talking about gardenhire or farrell here?

    I remember last year when griffin wrote about how the jays need to build a team the twins way. funny how when a writer is completely humiliated he never mentions it again.

  4. He’s Probably right. The kids know how to play baseball, but they must be learning the right way in the minors. Lack of focus on the fundamentals at those levels leads to a false sense of confidence. Coaching generally takes place in the minors, mostly fine tuning in the bigs.

  5. It’s really amazing that every other organization in baseball continues to ignore the virtues of building their farm system to learn to play the game “the right way.”

  6. every minor leaguer knows that you don’t get to the big leagues with your defense, it’s with the stick, so why would you put any emphasis on it. not too hard to understand. take eric thames. snider is a much better defender but gets sent down anyways.

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