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Ron Gardenhire doesn’t like when writers “just fire it through the internet” on Twitter

Mar 14, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

Ron Gardenhire

For some reason Ron Gardenhire is becoming increasingly annoyed with how quickly and efficiently reporters are able to relay his words to the Twins-loving public via Twitter.

Here’s an amusing note from Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

When manager Ron Gardenhire announced Saturday that Nick Blackburn had made the rotation, it caused a mild stir in the Twins clubhouse.

“All you guys … tweeted and blogged and all those things,” Gardenhire told reporters Monday. “Before I could get back on the field, it was already back in here that we have a fourth starter.  So [the other pitchers] went right to [pitching coach Rick Anderson]. It’s under control, Andy’s talked to them. We knew going in that they were fighting for a job.”

Gardenhire seems less than thrilled with how fast news travels these days, but he’s keeping his sense of humor. When asked if Matt Tolbert, Trevor Plouffe and Luke Hughes were on equal footing in their battle for a utility spot, the manager said: “Yes, equal footing. You can tweet that. Just tweet it. You don’t even have to write it. Just fire it through the Internet.”

Gardenhire also got angry when he told a room of people about Justin Morneau‘s doctor visit and the news was actually reported by, you know, reporters. It used to take a day for news to be printed in a newspaper. Then it took an hour for news to be posted on a blog. Now it takes a minute for news to be tweeted. Like many 53-year-olds Gardenhire isn’t embracing Twitter, but media reporting what he says about the team they cover hasn’t changed. It’s just a new method.

With that said, “just fire it through the internet” is comedy gold. Put it on a t-shirt, someone.

Also, you should all follow me on Twitter. Gardenhire would want it that way and I’m constantly just firing things through the internet on there.

  1. wonkypenguin - Mar 14, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    I wish he was angry because someone wrongly posted that Nick Blackburn is in the rotation. Instead, that is truth and that makes me less than happy.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Mar 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

      If he could just pitch lights out like he did down the stretch in 2009 again, we’d be all set.

      Maybe when Pavano grew in that ‘stache it stole all of the power and mystique from Blacky’s beard?!

  2. schrutebeetfarms - Mar 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Gardy is under a lot of stress. With the NFL lockout happening, he’s worried that people in Minnesota finally will notice his abysmal playoff record. This is the first sign of him cracking under the pressure.

    • kellyb9 - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:09 PM

      As opposed to the Vikings stellar playoff record?

      • schrutebeetfarms - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:22 PM

        Uh as opposed to most any other manager. His 22% isn’t impressive especially since he’s 2-15 since 2003. But even if you want to rip on the vikings (and go ahead) they’re playoff record is 42% so Gardy would gladly take that I’m sure.

      • kellyb9 - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:28 PM

        All I’m saying is I wouldn’t use the lack of football in Minnesota as a reason for fans finally taking notice of the Twins poor playoff performance. One way or another, baseball might be the only sport Minnesota fans are going to watch… unless they also relocate to LA with their team.

    • Andrew - Mar 14, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      His dismal playoff record has been noticed for years.

  3. yankeesgameday - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    In all seriousness, Gardenhire should open his own twitter account and/or blog and stop talking to the media entirely. Beat them at their own game and tweet the news yourself from your cell phone. Just do this:

    Nick Blackburn is now the 4th starter #twins, #nickblackburnsmom, #yankeessuck

    • luckywi - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      Ok, THAT’S comedy gold! Honestly as crabby as he can be, I think he enjoys the media sometimes. His biggest problem is ripping the umps and getting fined.

  4. minnesconsin - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Gardy is going mad. His caustic reactions to being quoted by the media after speaking with, you know, the media, are coming off as borderline demented. what did you expect would happen, Ron? the media’s job is to disseminate the best info as quickly as possible. Twitter was launched in 2006, this is hardly new ground. If you want your guys to have the info first, then don’t give it to the media until after the guys have been briefed.

    This would be like Craig tweeting that Gleeman was fired, then getting mad at all of his followers for re-tweeting it before he had a chance to tell Gleeman in person.

    ok, that’s kind of a stretch.

    • luckywi - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM

      So imagine Tom Kelly (former Twins manager,noted media hater) haveing to deal with Twitter. he got ticked off about the message on two players ANSWERING MACHINE! Great song, too. Your welcome, Westerberg.

  5. BC - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    It’s all Al Gore’s fault for inventing the Internet.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

      And Ted Stevens’ fault for spawning Twitter on that series of tubes that isn’t a dump truck.

      Hey…this sounds vaguely familiar.

  6. luckywi - Mar 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Geez, Gleeman, that was LAST Saturday. I said it before, I’ll say it again, I like, and respect your reporting, but you just found that?

    • Jeremiah Graves - Mar 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      slow news day?

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