For those who stopped paying attention to the Twins season, major changes could be on the way. With the Twins quickly approaching 100 losses, one must wonder if Manager Paul Molitor’s job is safe. In 2015, the Twins had us thinking that they were on the right track by winning 83 games. However, the club took a nosedive into a dark dungeon in 2016. Here are two updates on this season and how they could play out at the beginning of the off-season.
- If it seems to you that the club has been riddled by injuries this month, you are right. Trevor Plouffe, Eddie Rosario, Danny Santana and Trevor May are all out for the year. Plouffe has a strained left oblique, Rosario broke his left thumb while sliding into first base, Santana injured his left shoulder in late August, and May has a stress fracture in his back. Meanwhile, Joe Mauer (quad soreness) and Miguel Sano (back injury) have been sidelined for just over a week. Sano was back in the line-up September 22, while Mauer is still out. It will be interesting to see how the Twins will handle these injured players, including Closer Glen Perkins, this winter. I believe most of these injured players will be back, except for Plouffe.
- The President of Baseball Operations and General Manager search are coming to a conclusion, as President Dave St. Peter said that the Baseball Ops president could be in place this month. However, while the Twins are squaring up candidates, they could very well be interviewing more candidates. Per ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cubs’ VP Jason McLeod is “well-regarded” and “well-positioned” among Twins bosses. Other candidates that the Twins have interviewed to be the head of Baseball Ops include the Rays’ Chaim Bloom, the Indians’ Derek Falvey, and the Royals’ J.J. Picollo, whom are all Assistant General Managers. Whoever the Twins hire will have the opportunity to pick his own General Manager and then be left with the difficulty on which coaches to fire or keep. Although the owners have told Molitor that his job is safe, don’t be surprised if that changes. No one knows who will go and who will stay! This could get interesting! Click here for more about the current unpredictability of the coaching staff.
Written by: Michael L.Sack