Minnesota Twins Daily Morning Dip for September 29th, 2017

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CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: Starting pitcher Ervin Santana /
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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, September 29th, 2017

Welcome to the September 29th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond. You’ll find the scores and a quick summary of every level of the Minnesota Twins organization and links to any information you need to know to follow the Minnesota Twins here every morning!

News and Notes

Cleveland Indians 5, Minnesota Twins 2

With a “hangover” lineup of mostly non-starters on the day, the Twins and Indians both were scoreless going into the bottom of the 6th inning. Ervin Santana went 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and no walks, striking out 1. Max Kepler had a pair of singles. Mitch Garver had a triple. Jorge Polanco had a single and a walk.

September 29th Probable Starter: @ Cleveland Indians, 11:10AM CT

Wild Card Game Standings

  • Boston Red Sox, 92-67, —
  • New York Yankees, 89-70, -3.0
  • Minnesota Twins, 83-76, —

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One Last Thing

Three years ago today, the Twins made the move to fire Ron Gardenhire. As the Twins are in the after-glow of clinching their first playoff appearance since 2010, it’s something that may disturb Twins fans, but a similar move may happen this offseason.

While the Twins have had a tremendous run under Paul Molitor, it is interesting to consider the legacy he holds currently among Twins managers.

Molitor currently holds a 225-258 record as the Minnesota Twins manager, good for a .466 winning percentage. Among the 12 managers since the move to Minnesota, that ranks him 10th in winning percentage. His 225 wins currently places him 7th among the 12, with no real shot to reach 6th place on the list, as he’s currently 43 wins behind Billy Gardner.

Molitor will not win the division this year, though he will make the playoffs. That puts him behind 5 other managers who have all won either a league or division title as manager at least once with the Twins.

Of course, none of that past really matters in this decision, and neither does Molitor’s playing resume or “local boy” background. The new front office that was hired last offseason was required by ownership to keep Molitor for one season. That’s a wise business move in general to come in and see how things are running with current staff before making sweeping changes when tasked to take over an organization.

We’ve seen the moves that have been made in the minor league and among scouts. While this season should be cheered and Molitor deserves any honor he receives for the team’s play this year, he simply may not fit with the goals of Falvey and Levine, and that could mean he’s out the door.

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