1. Molitor Is Cut From A Different Cloth
For the many things Ron Gardenhire was praised for, he began to find himself criticized as his career as manager of the Twins drew to a close. Despite winning AL Central pennants in the early 2000’s, he seemed to employ many of the same tactics throughout the entirety of his career, hoping they would continue to work. As the reigns have now been turned over to manager Paul Molitor, so too has the structure of how the team will be handled.
Although Terry Ryan has a track record of promoting from within, Molitor comes from a different train of though. Yes, he was on Ron Gardenhire’s staff, but merely as a figurehead to be a manager in waiting. Not quite to the extreme of Doug Mientkiewicz, Paul Molitor is a no-nonsense type of manager, and that will be visible from day one. The Twins Way is a largely fabricated slogan that the club has played into, and based on Molitor’s efforts alone, it will be something that comes to die.
Expect more in-depth analysis, a better understanding of new age baseball principles, and a less tolerant train of thought from the new skipper. Paul Molitor knows what this organization and team have in front of them, and maximizing that opportunity will be something he appears to be the right man to undertake.
So, as 2014 draws to a close, and another chapter of Twins baseball is put behind us, look forward to 2015 as a new opportunity for steps forward. The next few years are going to lay the foundation for a team that once again stakes dominance in the AL Central, and it will be 2015 that begins that journey.
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