With a record of 129-195 over the past two seasons, could we really blame them if they opt for the glass-half-empty mentality?
For perspective, the Twins have not suffered consecutive losing seasons since Gardenhire’s arrival in 2002. They had lost 80-plus games just once before 2010.
But now they are mired in a two-year funk that seems entirely too attracted to the dishonor of 100-loss campaigns. Respective seasons of 99 and 96 are much too close for comfort.
Then again, could these unfortunate win-loss records be attributed completely to Gardenhire’s managing? What about the personnel, injuries and perhaps other unforeseen circumstances?
Take the Boston Red Sox. This franchise had an astronomical $175 million payroll and still lost 93 games. Sometimes a collection of talent just doesn’t generate productive chemistry.
Conversely, Minnesota spent $75 million less than Boston and lost just three more games, despite an overwhelming dearth of talent.
On which manager do you think this season’s losses reflect worse?
Let’s now provide the three reasons why Gardenhire should remain at the helm of the Minnesota Twins in 2013.