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Really enjoyed this article, thank you!
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I hardly knew ye...
I’m relatively new here, but you’ve been entirely supportive and helpful, I can’t argue with any of the other good things written above here….so I won’t. Be well, and all the best on new endeavors on and off of the worldwide web.
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A-Rod to "clean things up"....say that one time fast, without grimacing
Indeed…when we think of squeaky clean and integrity and all of that….most of us immediately leap to A-Rod…it would be funny, were it not so sad. Irony has been beaten to death and killed so many times in the past few years, that it’s almost impossible to appreciate it anymore. Still, for any of us to be looking to A-Rod to "clean things up" is…well…ironic. Today, he assured us the T-Wolves aren’t moving…and why would we ever doubt A-Rod?
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Great discussion, thank you...
I think I agree with many, if not most, of your points, and those with which I don’t, I nevertheless find them well presented and reasonable. My only dissent is likely that while executives who get canned do indeed often have their dirty laundry aired….and that can be piling on unnecessarily…it seems like the Twolves situation was different. At least insofar as the dirty laundry didn’t get aired after a firing for losing or bad drafts, etc….the dirty laundry may have been the entire reason for the firing, as the last draft, for example, was almost universally lauded. So….it just seems like without giving salacious details, or naming people, if a culture of dysfunction (beyond losing) is in the air, then reporters should say so. In my opinion. Similarly, as a fan, I’d equally enjoy reading about incredibly successful cultures in which workers felt valued, undiminished, and in which the front office atmosphere was positive. I always envisioned the Twins front office….at least mostly that way. There seemed to be genuine admiration and mutual respect among Terry Ryan, the scouts, and even the secretaries, and day-to-day workers. I think that allowed Terry Ryan, appropriately, to survive some truly bad seasons, and even some truly bad decisions. Social capital being what it is. I am hopeful that is true of the office atmosphere under Falvey and Levine as well. I have no reason to believe otherwise. At any rate, I truly appreciate and enjoy the civility of Twinkietown discussions and the thought provoking commentary of the readers…sincerely.
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I appreciate the criticism
I didn’t intend for the article to suggest that "every salacious rumor" be reported. It appeared, to me at least, that the level of dysfunction in the Twolves front office ran deep. Not only the salacious stuff, but dissension on many levels. I think reporters could report that a front office runs like a well-oiled machine with everyone on the same page, just as they could report that "dysfunction runs deep." To tell us neither, particularly when the reporters know….just seems, generally speaking, to be not doing one’s job…to be, to use your term, "lazy." But, as always, I appreciate the criticism, I shall reflect upon it, I certainly don’t dismiss it, and I could very well be wrong on my take here.
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I appreciate all the comments
I will especially review my use of "do better" as that definitely pushed some buttons out there. I do very much appreciate the points made, and I agree that it is a delicate balance between telling us what they "know" and slandering people. I get that, I do. Some, might even be surprised what I do for a living, that makes me acutely aware of that balance. That said, in all honesty….couldn’t a reporter say something like "given the high level of dysfunction and innuendo that surrounds the T-wolves front office, it’s difficult to get a handle on what’s going on at Target Center, whether it involves a potential trade for Ben Simmons, or any other basketball related story." Wouldn’t that at least "warn" all of us that things are happening that suggest a "middle of the night" firing wouldn’t be all that surprising. I know that "unnamed sources" and all of that can be infuriating….to me too…but it just seems like true reporting would mean that we would very rarely be completely surprised by something happening to a team, and certainly the Twolves situation totally surprised me. I’m not suggesting I’m somehow entitled to be informed of extramarital affairs, or any other sordid information concerning a team, management, players, etc….I’m fine with that being none of my business. That’s why I stated in the article that I don’t need names, photos, or dates….but I do feel like I deserve something other than being blindsided when those with access know things….but, I certainly agree with the point that I too, can "do better." I can’t promise I will, of course, but I can certainly try.
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older, but good, as opposed to older, but damaged
I should have clarified. I’m not opposed to older but solid pitchers, I’m opposed to taking leaps of faith on guys who haven’t been that good, even when they should have been.
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Great article, Jonathan
Love the analysis…and I agree that re-signing Pineda is a strong possibility and should be done. I am also hopeful, as you are, that perhaps Falvey and Levine have learned their lessons about bargain shopping for older pitchers….but I feel like we’ve said some of that before.