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Twins CEO Jim Pohlad finds team’s play “embarrassing”

Sep 13, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

Josh Roenicke AP

The Twins enter tonight’s game against the Rays 63-82, meekly doggy-paddling to the end of the regular season. They have lost six of their last eight games, including a humiliating 18-3 loss to the first-place Athletics. CEO Jim Pohlad told the media that, given the way the team has played, “it’sĀ embarrassing to walk through the concourse”.

Pohlad promised to help GM Terry Ryan “however he wants me to help”, citing free agents as an example. However, he doesn’t intend to get involved with long-term contracts.

Via Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press:

“We would spend any amount of money in the current year, but in order to be able to spend that amount of money, you often have to obligate yourself so far out also.

“But there will be situations that will work. We’re not going to spend just for the heck of it, but, personally, I believe that could be a way to put some juice in there.”

There is an urgency, Pohlad said, to making the Twins a contender.

“We don’t want to wait,” he said. “I’m not saying we’re not going to do two- or three- or four-year contracts, but that seven-, eight-year stuff is a killer.”

It doesn’t seem like the Twins are a handful of free agents away from contention, but with their in-progress youth movement and with Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano progressing, dealing with veteran free agents on one- or two-year deals may not be such a bad idea. It certainly makes more sense than borrowing from the promising future to supplement an uncertain present.

  1. FlashPatterson - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    I don’t like it, but trading Mauer might be the best thing to do. Already dealt a former MVP this season.

    • Bryz - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      Good luck with that no-trade clause.

  2. andreweac - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    So basically he has no intention of flowing the disasters Arte Moreno has led. Good plan.

  3. ryanincowtown - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    I find it embarrassing that a billion dollar owner, with a brand new stadium, built on the taxpayers back, won’t go spend any money and bring some decent players in here. Owning a professional franchise should be somewhat of a hobby and fun. At least the other owners in this town spend money and try. You’re worth more than them combined probably, so don’t complain, spend a little money and try having fun!

  4. packhawk04 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    These comments should piss every twins fan off. Piss them right off. Heres a cheapass owner who refuses to spend money to put a decent product on the field calling his teams performance “embarrassing.” Screw you pohlad. The incredible thing is if he took half of the teams profit (not revenue, profit) he would DOUBLE the payroll. Pohlad probably needs a wheelbarrow to carry around his balls for saying its embarrassing.

  5. Bryz - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Yeah, money is going to solve this problem, meanwhile the Pirates and A’s are booking their flights home at the end of the month. Oh wait…

    • moogro - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      Nice try. If they even roughly followed Gleeman’s off-season blog recommendations, they’d be spending about 8-10 million more at the most for up to 6-8 more wins. Just a little bit of brain power plus modest cash could do a lot. More cash would do even more.

  6. mnwildfan15 - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Like father, like son. Cheap bastards, he’s looking at the crowds at his free ballpark and going oh sh!t the honeymoon is over.

  7. missthemexpos - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Cue the Blue Jays.

  8. dl3mk3 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Trading one of the games best players is not a path to being competitive, no matter what the ignorant “fans” say. The organization needs to get rid of all of management from Terry Ryan down to the bench coaches and get some people with modern day knowledge in the building. The reliance on outdated methods and an inability to spend money on free agents is setting this team further back from the rest of the league every year. No one should believe that ownership forced Ryan to stop spending money last off season,there was plenty of money available if he wanted it. The decisions made by management have been brutal, from rushing Hicks to the majors, botching injury diagnosis after injury diagnosis, to handing out multi year contracts on soft tossing retreads…there are too many mistakes being made. It would be an absolute shame to carry the same issues forward with one of the most exciting prospect groups coming up in the history of the game.

  9. bigal5888 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    Nice Pohlad. Call YOUR team embarrassing while you keep stashing your money away. Did it really take you 3 seasons to realize you might have to spend some of your “hard earned” money? You are a douche. You are the reason they are embarrassing this year. Give full GM power to Ryan, increase your payroll by at least $50 million, and you’ll see a better product on the field.

  10. rcali - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    This is why you don’t build stadiums for teams. I believe the profit sharing this year is between $50-75 million.

  11. teamo68 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Like father, like son. That’s what’s embarrassing.

  12. dcbona - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    Pohlad was recently asked about Gardenhire’s job security. He responded by saying GM Terry Ryan has full say in the matter…Yet, Ryan’s contract is up this winter as well. The easy decision is to not renew the GM; bring in someone from OUTSIDE the organization and let him decide the manager’s fate.

    I ultimately feel bad for Gardy. While he hasn’t been able to overcome the Yankees in the postseason, he’s done a lot with relatively little throughout his managing career. He’s lost a multitude of star players and had recently had to try to win with starting pitchers that Terry Ryan picked up from the Dorothy Day Center. A divorce seems inevitable and might just be the best thing for all involved.

  13. sknut - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Anyone blaming the Polads is missing the point they have given Ryan the green light to spend. But spending to go from 65 to 75 wins doesn’t make sense. Get mad at not developing pitchers not the payroll. The payroll is just an easy excuse without looking at the deeper issues.

  14. happytwinsfan - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    dozier has certainly been a nice development. on the whole, florimon doesn’t look too bad. hermann, pinto, collabera all look serviceable. albers has been a pleasant distraction, and although a realist might say it can’t last, i say keep him up here until he proves he can’t do it. getting alex pressly for a one month morneau rental at least so far looks like the first good twins trade in quite a while.

    • sadtwinsfan - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      hicks wasn’t able to stick and so far hasn’t mastered triple A. sano has been struggling at AA.

      but pitching is the main thing:
      trevor may no real progress this year. alex meyer pitched pretty well this year but had shoulder issues, oh oh. was there a reason why they were available for non exceptional center fielders?

      gibson, like hendriks, even after sustained success at aaa wasn’t able to stick. it’s starting to look like the twins have a problem identifying and developing pitching talent.

      surely, picking up some middle value free agents, if done well, could help. but if the organizational foundation isn’t there, it will just result in 475 ball instead of 440 ball.

      why can’t they do what the rays and cardinals do. oh why oh why?

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