Twins Players Can't Handle Responsibilty; Coach Thinks They're Dopes

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Ron Gardenhire. Now here's a guy that understands that sometimes (rarely, but sometimes) a manager actually has to do stuff to get his team back to winning. You see there was more to the Twins nightmare weekend in the Bronx than just late inning walkoff ding dongs set to sweeping orchestral music and the approving grunts of bleacher bums. Gardy says the Identicals' hitters weren't executing. Especially when it came time for them to make decisions on 2-0 counts.

"We're just going to have to start giving the take sign," Gardenhire said. "You want them to understand the game and not be robots. That's what this game's all about, but it happened two or three times today, where we're 2-0 counts. We need to get a guy on base, and we swing and pop it up.

"That can't keep happening. You give them leeway and then you have to start telling them this is what we're gong to do. Those are the disappointing parts of this, but we've gotta learn from it. So we'll talk to them, like we always do. Continue to make them understand the game of baseball."

Gardenhire noted that (Carlos) Gomez not only swung at the 2-0 pitch but "almost fell down doing it."

Give em an inch and they'll take a mile. It's the same thing with the band of 6 year olds I have selling Chiklets on the streets of Tijuana. I practically have to push them at the gringo tourists while they sit around picking their nose. But I digress.

The Twins are 6th in the AL in team OBP. That leaves them right about the middle of the pack. They're fifth in team WHIP, also right in that meaty part of the curve. Could the Twins benefit from seeing more pitches, tiring out opposing pitchers and possibly gaining some more baserunners in the process? As a matter of fact, yes, every single team in creation can benefit from that. Reinstate the take sign for your 21 year old players, Ron.


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Ron Gardenhire's keys to the game for the Twins:

1) See more pitches
2) Tire out other pitchers
3) Get Mauer to return borrowed copy of Frampton Comes Alive

Does anyone know Jeff Francoeur's email address? I want to forward this to him.

please shoot me

I think Gardy's need to have a "gritty",sub mendoza hitting middle infelder who "battles his tail off" hit in the two hole infront of Mauer, Monreau, and Kubel is the real reason why the Twins are not doing better this year.

FREE ALEXI CASILLA

Dude found his swing in Triple-A...

@Ed
I agree 100 percent. I don't think he needs to be thrown in the two hole though.

YEAH MATT ITS FRENCH-FRY-DADDY @ GMAIL.BIZ OH AND COPY JORDAN ON THERE TOO HIS IS CHAFIN_SCHAFEN @ YAHOO.ORG BUT WHY ARE YOU SENDING IT TO THEM I DONT THINK THEY READ MUCH BLOGS OH WAIT IS IT BECAUSE THEY NEED TO TAKE A PITCH LIKE THEIR BIG BRO-SKI CHIP-DOG YEAH THATS PROBABLY WHY GOOD THINKING SEE I TUTOR THEM IN HITTING BUT THEN THEY GET TO THE PLATE AND FORGET EVERYTHING I TOLD THEM YOU THINK THEYD LISTEN I HIT 400 LAST YEAR

@bc

Yeah, Casilla might not be suited well for the two hole. But if he's hitting near .360 and OPS-ing in the .800's in a pitcher-friendly ballpark (the "power" alley in left-center is 390 ft in Rochester), then that bat of his could prove quite useful to the Twins again.

That might be my favorite Chipper post ever.

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