According to one newspaper columnist, Minnesota Twins camp seems just a little too quiet this year. I suppose a 99-loss season in the rearview mirror will do that to a team.
The Twins front office didn’t take those struggles lightly, parting ways with general manager Bill Smithjust one year removed from back-to-back AL Central division titles.
So what would another bad season mean for the Twins? Could manager Ron Gardenhire be the next to go?
It’s a fair question. About a month ago, ESPN’s David Schoenfield put Gardy in his list of five managers on the hot seat. And the Twins’ brass showed last year that they’re not afraid to make a quick reaction, which is something they weren’t exactly known for prior to Smith’s dismissal.
Gardenhire has much more of a track record than Smith, having sprinkled in six division titles in his 10 seasons at the helm. But the playoff success just hasn’t been there, and an increased concerns about the team’s lack of fundamentals could put management’s focus on Gardenhire if the team comes up short again in 2012.
I think it will take more than just another bad year from the Twins for Gardenhire to get canned. But then again, if you had asked me that same question about Smith a year ago, I wouldn’t have seen that coming either.