May 17, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins coach Paul Molitor looks on from the dug out in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Dealing With Change
While not an easy decision, Terry Ryan made the move to excuse Ron Gardenhire from his position as Twins manager. With that decision came the fallout that is moving on from the majority of the coaching staff as well. Although you’d find a hard argument to suggest that Gardenhire was the root of losing, he also hadn’t been the factor in turning the club around either. Rick Anderson had seemingly lost the pitching staff, and new voices needed to be brought in. Paul Molitor allows the organization some fresh perspective, even while having served in a limited capacity previously. Perhaps the biggest change was the Twins bringing in Neil Allen as pitching coach, formerly of the Tampa Bay Rays organization, to help turn around what has been the crux of recent seasons. All signs point to positive receptions thus far, and the Twins should find themselves continuing to adjust throughout Spring Training.