Two Jim Thome homers wasted as Twins bullpen can't seal the deal

Jim Thome did his best to put the Twins on his aching, aging back Monday night, homering twice in his return from the disabled list, but even a Hall of Fame-bound slugger couldn't save this team. Full Story
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GETREAL

Anoka, MN

#1 May 23, 2011
Finished, over , done. whatever term you want to use this season is History. Mauer should stay in the Minors until next spring and Marilyn Morneau should be traded along with Young, Cudeyer and the rest. Blow the bullpen up and let all the youngsters we have in the minors take over and see what they can do. Obviously, we have no major league pitchers on our roster so why not use the minor leaguers. Total disgrace Minnesota Sports has become.and the Twins and Vikings are leading the Way.
Fred Fredrickson

Star Prairie, WI

#2 May 24, 2011
I am a season ticket holder, and this team is unwatchable. From the GM to the manager to the coaches to the players, the Twins are pathetic. I don't expect a division championship every year, but I also don't expect a 123 million dollar team to be playing like a bunch of lower tier Little Leaguers. Nine losses in a row at home?? This team should be embarrassed. It used to be that we would get our asses kicked each year by the Yankees, Blue Jays, Rays, and Red Sox, but now we could not even beat a decent AA team. After a melt down like Plouffe had in the field last night, TK would have had "the boys" taking infield practice after the game, instead of enjoying their buffet in the clubhouse. Time to step up and make players accountable, Gardy.
TWINS FAN

Mason City, IA

#3 May 24, 2011
Once again, a coach or manager can only do the planning, decision making as to who plays where, set the batting order, work the team during practices and send them out on the field to play the game....It all comes down to the players....The pride they have in themselves, their abilities on the field, their efforts and their desire to do their best and leave no doubt in the minds of the fans that they gave it their all....Perhaps a player or two have those qualities on this team....I'll always be a Twins fan.....This team disappoints greatly.....

“BeaglePower”

Since: Jul 09

St. Paul

#4 May 24, 2011
you get EXACTLY what you pay for, or in the Twins case, what you DON'T pay for. During the offseason the Twins played it typical Twins, being cheap. They let the core of their bullpen walk ( Crain, Guerrier) they left their middle infield walk ( Hudson, Hardy) and repalced them with nobody. They entered the season with no back up catcher to The Baby Jesus and the results are exactly what you see before you. The payroll is inflated mainly because of one "man", one "man" who is nowhere to be found. This team has painted itself into a real bad spot and I see little way out. They all suk so bad, have no leadership whatsoever and most recently, no bullpen at all. Is anyone else starting to think that Gardy sounds more and more like Klink these days? He says the same thing over and over every time you hear him speak. He, like the rest of the team is getting sickening. Time for a major overhaul, starting at the VERY top.
mr smooth

Fredericksburg, TX

#5 May 24, 2011
it's like a broken record---capps--then craps--then time to blow tapps. hey gardenhire--why don't you leave the starters complete a game like baseball used to do and quit counting pitches or would kelly give you a spanking? who knows you might win a game!!
Gas

Seneca Falls, NY

#6 May 24, 2011
Hey Gardy maybe its time to put Slowey back up to a starter put duesiung in as the closer and get rid of Capps and Nathan and bring up some young pitchers to replace them like maybe gibson, Manship, or others. Maybe its time to to crack down on the wimpy players who are out because of injury that is simply an excuse. This team just doesn't get it.
CamelTow

Calgary, Canada

#7 May 24, 2011
Just think. Last year the Twins were the FIRST team to clinch a post season spot. They were then the FIST team to be knocked out of post season play.....then this season they are the FIRST team to lose 30 games......and will soon be the FIRST team to be eliminated from post season contention. Gardenhoser Manager of The Year last year?...shows you what a joke that was.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#8 May 24, 2011
Although there are a lot of things wrong this season, there are a lot of things wrong with the Twins' attempted solutions. For one, Revere should have stayed with the team and Repko should have stayed in AAA as the career minor league player that he is. Why does Gardenhire insist on peopling his bench with reserve players who will never go anywhere instead of players who have the potential to become major league starters?

Swarzak is another mistake. He pitches as a starter in AAA and the Twins use him as a reliever. What do they expect? Why not bring up relievers if they need relief pitching? The Twins have several relievers who have pitched nothing but relief and who are doing okay, and some have big league experience. There are James, Gutierrez, Slama, and Waldrop. The Twins should try these guys instead of Hughes and Swarzak who have already proved themselves to be unreliable.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#9 May 24, 2011
mr smooth wrote:
it's like a broken record---capps--then craps--then time to blow tapps. hey gardenhire--why don't you leave the starters complete a game like baseball used to do and quit counting pitches or would kelly give you a spanking? who knows you might win a game!!
It's certainly true that Pavano suddenly got his act together in the 6th and 7th inning. It would have been a smart move to let him pitch the 8th, and he probably would have welcomed the chance. Then, the Twins could have put in Capps to get the three outs, which seems to be about the extent of his abilities.
Think of Everything

Elko, MN

#10 May 24, 2011
Nice to have Jim back. Is it too late to teach him how to pitch?
LDM

Minneapolis, MN

#11 May 24, 2011
Just a beautiful night at the ball yard. Face it - this team has to fail in order to improve enough to compete with the Yankees. Mauer knows it, and knew it would be a lost season, so why struggle at 75%? Cuddyer, Nathan, Capps, Kubel coming off payroll next year-- Young, Slowey, Mijares, Liriano are trade bait this year the minute they show any value. Build around Mauer, a healthier Morneau, Span, Valencia, add some free agents from all of our hard earned target field beer money that do more than pitch to contact successfully in Rochester.
brachiosaurus

Taunton, MA

#12 May 24, 2011
LDM wrote:
Just a beautiful night at the ball yard. Face it - this team has to fail in order to improve enough to compete with the Yankees. Mauer knows it, and knew it would be a lost season, so why struggle at 75%? Cuddyer, Nathan, Capps, Kubel coming off payroll next year-- Young, Slowey, Mijares, Liriano are trade bait this year the minute they show any value. Build around Mauer, a healthier Morneau, Span, Valencia, add some free agents from all of our hard earned target field beer money that do more than pitch to contact successfully in Rochester.
What you say is simple and makes a lot of sense. Two glitches, however, are Mauer and Morneau. Will Mauer ever be able to play at 100 percent and through a full season? Will Morneau ever return to form? Another problem is in letting go fan (and manager) favorites like Cuddyer, Nathan and even Pavano. All three will probably retire as Twins unless the Twins fire Gardenhire, and we know that won't happen. It might be time to seriously evaluate Gardenhire's coaching staff. This season should give the front office an excuse for at least doing that.
twins fan

Roseau, MN

#13 May 24, 2011
GO TWINS...lets get 'em tonight!!!
Langers

Minneapolis, MN

#14 May 24, 2011
This team has some problems. The Pohlads need to start seriously spending on this team now. Bill Smith is out of his mind and needs to get let go. Gardenhire is one of the best coaches in baseball because he makes good players out of nothing.

Keep Cuddyer, Span, Thome, and Mauer at minimum. Delmon Young isn't cutting it anymore.
jerseyjeffviaohi o

Dover, NJ

#15 May 24, 2011
I hope Big Jim gets #600 before the trading deadline, as the Twins will be unloading lots of players -- this season is DOA! Time to rebuild, get lots of young prospects from the trades and look to see what managers are available come October.
HeyMoron

Minneapolis, MN

#16 May 24, 2011
Langers wrote:
This team has some problems. The Pohlads need to start seriously spending on this team now. Bill Smith is out of his mind and needs to get let go. Gardenhire is one of the best coaches in baseball because he makes good players out of nothing.
Keep Cuddyer, Span, Thome, and Mauer at minimum. Delmon Young isn't cutting it anymore.
The Pohlads are spending money,#9 in total payroll. The HIGHEST payroll for a Twins team ever. Bill Smith is just spending it on the wrong players. The Gardy isn't coaching anyone and neither is his hitting or pitching coach along with the third base coach. Hey, hey, ho, ho it's time for Gardy and his 'pitch count/pitch to contact' to go!
HeyMoron

Minneapolis, MN

#18 May 24, 2011
jerseyjeffviaohio wrote:
I hope Big Jim gets #600 before the trading deadline, as the Twins will be unloading lots of players -- this season is DOA! Time to rebuild, get lots of young prospects from the trades and look to see what managers are available come October.
Yes, managers especially! Manager's that have pitching coaches that don't stress that "pitch to contact" garbage.
meemaa

Slayton, MN

#19 May 24, 2011
Bill Smith hasn't made a decent trade yet. What makes anyone think that the trade deadline is going to help anything? He gives away our players and gets nothing in return. So, we can unload all our players but don't expect much improvement.
Gardenhire shoves his least favorite players down the order, regardless of whether they can hit. He won't leave his starters in, even though he knows his bullpen is horrible. It's this "scripted" kind of logic that will be a permenent hurdle for Gardenhire. He has it in his head that you MUST have a starter/reliever/closer.
Anderson...he was quoted last week as saying that it's not his job to teach the pitchers how to pitch. it's his job to keep them positive. Wow???
This team is bad from top to bottom.
meemaa

Slayton, MN

#20 May 24, 2011
p.s. I'm embarassed for Thome that he has to be on this team!
x GAME

United States

#21 May 24, 2011
what a joke - save time and money stay away from this bunch of overpaid losers. THEY ARE DONE ! spoke with a fello fan and he has been selling his tickets to ( fans ) at the gate for a big discount ! We want a refund on our season tickets !!
DannyBoy 50 wrote:
you get EXACTLY what you pay for, or in the Twins case, what you DON'T pay for. During the offseason the Twins played it typical Twins, being cheap. They let the core of their bullpen walk ( Crain, Guerrier) they left their middle infield walk ( Hudson, Hardy) and repalced them with nobody. They entered the season with no back up catcher to The Baby Jesus and the results are exactly what you see before you. The payroll is inflated mainly because of one "man", one "man" who is nowhere to be found. This team has painted itself into a real bad spot and I see little way out. They all suk so bad, have no leadership whatsoever and most recently, no bullpen at all. Is anyone else starting to think that Gardy sounds more and more like Klink these days? He says the same thing over and over every time you hear him speak. He, like the rest of the team is getting sickening. Time for a major overhaul, starting at the VERY top.

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