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Gardy Willing to Play the Youngsters

Gardenhire has long disliked young players, preferring low quality veterans over promising youngsters. Is it possible that he’s changing is mind as the team gets even younger than usual?

“There are some veterans out there coming off injuries and so forth that we could take a look at, but we’ve tried that route,” Gardenhire said. “I would rather take my shot with some of these young guys than some of the guys coming off injuries.

“We really haven’t seen people out there that are better than our young guys. We’ve got a young lineup and some young pitchers and there is no sense that they can’t go together. We have to give some of those young guys a chance, and they can help us.”

Those sound like the words of someone who realizes we have a young team, and has learned from the mistakes of the recent past (namely, ROrtiz and Ponson). It certainly doesn’t sound like Gardy. I still expect him to jerk the pitchers around, inexplicably skip starts, and completely mismanage the rotation, but it might be more difficult for him this year. He no longer has an ace, so he can’t say “it all depends on what Johan wants,” and he no longer has a pathetic veteran who loses all his confidence if any of his starts are skipped.

If Wild Bill doesn’t sign any crappy veterans to waste space in the rotation, I’ll be satisfied.

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  1. FunBobby January 31st, 2008 9:54 am

    This is very un Gardy-like. I’m guessing Wild Bill had some input here. Unlike TR he doesn’t feel the need to say “See! I told you Sidney Ponson would be good” if some washed up veteran nobody wants turns out to be decent. I’ve always said that a lot of those signing had to do with TR’s ego for being the best judege of pitching talent out there. Whether its a low-level minor leaguer or a supposedly washed up veteran. This path also had an easy copout. If it didn’t work he could say “Well, it was a low risk move” the onyl risk was we lost a bunch of games we could have won. Yeah, real low-risk.

  2. sirsean January 31st, 2008 9:58 am

    While I agree that Wild Bill must have had some input on this … I’m starting to wonder just how much input he’s exercising on the team right now. Things are changing fast, whether it’s personnel, managerial style, or organizational strategy. And Wild Bill seems to be at the center of it all.

    I don’t think anybody saw that coming when “Mr No” was promoted to be the new GM. Although it’s what we’d all hoped for, I’m sure.

    TR never took any real risks. That’s why they weren’t working out. Thus far, WB has taken nothing but risks, including NOT signing any over-the-hill pieces of crap. I like it.

  3. Grizz January 31st, 2008 3:33 pm

    I like Bill’s approach as well, I just hope that the media, Twins personnel and fans won’t jump all over him if we fall on difficult times over the next couple of years. Having 38 games against two of MLB’s elite (Indians and Tigers) coupled with a young, rebuilding roster could see losses pile up like we haven’t seen in MN since 2000. An semi-unproven pitching staff in a tough division could make for a long season. I think it is important over these next couple of years to see genuine improvement by the players, even if the record still stinks. I just hope the club isn’t terrible for opening day, 2010. I feel like the trades we’ve made have been setting us up to be solid for that season. I hope it works

  4. FunBobby January 31st, 2008 7:04 pm

    I’ve read we’ve been looking into Josh Fog to stablize the rotation. This isn’t as bad as ROrtiz or Sir Sidney, but if we are going to lose i would prefer to have a rotation consisting of Baker, Slowey, Bonser, Liriano, Blackburn and Perkins. And is Joe Nathan by far the highest paid pitcher on the team?

  5. sirsean January 31st, 2008 7:45 pm

    Josh Fogg … over 30, has never thrown 200 innings, career ERA of almost 5, coming off a World Series season (so he’ll come at a big price). I’d rather not. Although his nickname is the Dragon Slayer, which is pretty awesome.

    And yes, Nathan is by far our most expensive pitcher. Rincon is second. Then Guerrier, I believe.

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