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In this week’s podcast I theorize the four main factors that have made the Twins a competitive team in the last five years or so (compared to the dark ages of the mid 1990′s) are:
1) Ron Gardenhire; a better manager than many give credit for.
2) Turf Grass; like the Rockies and their wet balls, making your home field more like your away games makes for more consistency and allows for more away game victories.
3) Joe Vavara; the Twins finally get power hitters to his for power instead of trying to force them to play stick ball thanks to this man.
4) Terry Ryan; the Twins GM doesn’t necessarily change a bad strategy, he gets better at implementing it. There’s a rule in the military that a good plan poorly executed is worse than a bad plan well executed. For Ryan I think it’s definitely the latter.
Thus my reasons why I think the latter five years of the last decade of the Minnesota Twins franchise are much better and a lot different than the former.