11:41 PM EDT, Sat October 25, 2014

Twinsights: Joe Maddon 'looking for a big challenge,' agent says

Former Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is prepared to sit out the 2015 season as he waits for the right opportunity to return to the dugout, agent Alan Nero told a Chicago radio station on Saturday morning. Maddon opted out of his contract with Rays after taking them to the postseason four times in nine seasons, including a World Series runner-up finish in 2008. “There’s no deadline,” Nero told 670 The Score. “We’re going to go about our business and be very careful to not get out of sorts with this. If someone comes at us full force and […] The post Twinsights: Joe Maddon...

Twinsights: Tom Brunansky, Twins coaches in 'limbo' during manager search

In recent days the New York Mets hired Kevin Long, becoming the fifth big-league team to fill an open hitting coach position since the season ended. Meanwhile, former Twins all-star and World Series champion Tom Brunansky and the rest of Ron Gardenhire’s former coaching staff remain in limbo while the Twins’ manager search reached Day 27 on Saturday. According to Brunansky, the Twins’ hitting coach the past two seasons, he hasn’t been informed of any interview requests that may have been submitted by other clubs. The Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers...

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St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 24, 2014

Twins GM Terry Ryan: Team will do 'due diligence' on ex-Rays manager Joe Maddon

Friday marked Day 26 of the Twins' exhaustive manager search, and suddenly there was a fascinating new candidate on the market.

Maddon suddenly an appealing option for Twins manager

The longtime Tampa Bay manager left his job and is interested in talking to the Twins about their vacancy.

Twinsights: Winter ball out for Miguel Sano, in for Chris Parmelee

Miguel Sano will not play winter ball in his native Dominican Republic this offseason, Twins general manager Terry Ryan confirmed Friday. The slugging third baseman, who underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in March, remains on track for the start of spring training. He has not experienced any setbacks, Ryan said, but team doctors are wary of a freak accident that could land him back on the shelf. “The doctors do not want him to play,” Ryan said. “We were always hoping he might be able to play, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. The […] The post...

Twinsights: Terry Ryan says Joe Maddon news 'caught my eye'

Friday marked Day 26 of the Twins’ exhaustive manager search, and suddenly there was a fascinating new candidate on the market. Highly regarded Joe Maddon exercised an opt-out clause to escape the final year on his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Early speculation had Maddon potentially heading to the Chicago Cubs and seeking a deal in the range of five years and $25 million, but the process is likely to take some time. Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who confirmed he has yet to offer the job to anyone, made it sound as if the Maddon news stopped him […] The post Twinsights: Terry...

Rand: Would Joe Maddon consider managing the Twins?

The respected manager opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay

Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, and Twins fans are going crazy

Joe Maddon, the very successful longtime manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, has exercised an out clause in his contract and is essentially a managerial free agent. This is a stunning development in that folks like Buster Olney of ESPN, someone quite plugged in, didn’t even know he had that clause in his contract. So suddenly one of the five best managers in baseball is available at a time when only one other team (aside from Tampa, now) has an active managerial opening: the Twins. The first bit of speculation had Maddon going to the Dodgers to follow Andrew Friedman, but Fox’s Ken Rosenthal...

Twinsights: Could Joe Maddon be the next Twins manager?

Back on Sept. 29, Day 1 of a Minnesota Twins manager search that has now reached 26 days, I asked Twins CEO Jim Pohlad about the value of managers in the modern game. If you want to know if there's ANY chance whatsoever that the Twins will get into the bidding for Joe Maddon, who opted out of the last year of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, it seems this is the best way to read the tea leaves. Increasingly, there is a belief around the analytics-soaked sport that even the finest manager can only add […] The post Twinsights: Could Joe Maddon be the next Twins manager?...

TFD: Twins' Colabello played through pain after torrid start

Chris Colabello set a Twins record for RBI in April, breaking Kirby Puckett’s mark. It was a startling beginning to a season from the journeyman first baseman/outfielder, and many figured he would cool off quickly. He did, eventually landing in the minors. But was there more to it than just the league catching up to him? In a story published at telegram.com, out of Worcester, Mass., this came to light: Something that happened on April 23 contributed to Colabello’s drop off in production. Tampa Bay reliever Grant Balfour jammed him with a fastball, numbing Colabello’s right thumb. The...
St. Paul Pioneer Press Oct 23, 2014
Twins: Ron Gardenhire raves about Paul Molitor as potential successor

Twins: Ron Gardenhire raves about Paul Molitor as potential successor

Making his first public comments since Sept. 29, the day he was fired after 13 seasons as Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire gave what sounded like an endorsement of Paul Molitor as his replacement.

Twinsights: Ron Gardenhire raves about Paul Molitor as potential successor

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has made his first public comments since Sept. 29, the day he was fired after 13 seasons. Those comments came on MLB Network Radio, where Gardenhire has made frequent appearances over the years. Thursday, he was asked about hall of famer Paul Molitor as a potential replacement, and Gardenhire gave what sure sounded like an endorsement of his long-rumored successor. Asked to cite Molitor’s primary strengths as a potential manager, Gardenhire started by mentioning Molitor’s “intelligence of the game.” “He played the game at the highest level,”...

Thursday (An extended Twins managerial search) edition: Wha' Happened?

The Twins fired Ron Gardenhire more than three weeks ago. At the time, GM Terry Ryan said there was no timetable for how long the process of finding a successor would take, but the best guess now is that it won’t happen until after the World Series — meaning it will be at least four weeks from Gardy’s firing date of Monday, Sept. 29. How fast the Twins move ultimately won’t matter. But the most recent update offered by La Velle E. Neal on Wednesday makes us wonder: are the Twins taking their time and making sure they make a thorough decision at this point, or are they stalled? We ask...

Twinsights: Mientkiewicz family eyeing another championship

While waiting for the Twins’ marathon manager search to reach its conclusion, Doug Mientkiewicz is hard at work in South Florida, plotting his next championship course. Steel Mientkiewicz, his 9-year-old son, plays on a U-10 youth soccer team that is off to a 7-0 start. His father is the head coach. “I know I’m coaching a soccer game on Saturday for my son,” Doug Mientkiewicz said this week in a phone interview. “We’re undefeated, and I don’t know anything about soccer. I’m learning.” In previous years, Mientkiewicz said he has served as an assistant for Steel’s teams....

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