PHOENIX — With the recent hiring of Molitor as manager, the Twins are looking for a bevy of coaches to fill out the staff. As it turns out, general manager Terry have a pitching coach right under the club’s own umbrella: fellow Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven. The always funny and loquacious Blyleven has been a Twins broadcaster since 1996. He entered the Hall 2011, his 14th year on the ballot. And during his 22-year League career, Blyleven played 11 seasons two stints for the Twins, inclusive of the 1987 team that defeated the Cardinals a seven-game World Series. Talk about homegrown talent., who is looking for everything except a hitting Wayne Gretzky Jersey coach at this point, wouldn’t discount the possibility of examining Blyleven. Everybody is fair game, I think. I ‘t think I should eliminate anybody, frankly, said on Tuesday during a media session at the General Managers Meetings.
He’s familiar with us. We’ve not had a discussion, but I’m not saying we won’t. We have a lot of guys who are interested this job. But there Amir Johnson Jersey is only one Blyleven. The only native of The Netherlands the hallowed Hall, Blyleven has been the pitching coach for the the last two World Baseball Classics — 2009 and ’13. The last time, his squad surprised many and advanced as far as the semifinals at San Francisco’s &T Park where they lost to the eventual champion Dominican Republic. Blyleven also managed the World the Futures Game this past during All- Game activities at Target Field — a 3 loss to the U.S. Blyleven loved both experiences and said last July that, at 63, he’d love to jump out of the booth and regularly offer his expertise on the field. God bless you, he said. I’ve never been offered that, I enjoy what I do on the broadcast side, but I also enjoy the teaching part. I feel like I have a lot to offer, but I offer it on the air right now, that’s fun. We’re talking about something that’s not there. Perhaps the opportunity now be there. How often does anyone baseball management have the chance of pairing a manager who smacked out 3 hits 21 seasons for three teams, including the Twins, with a pitcher who struck out 3 batters, fifth on the all-time list? is bringing back hitting coach and another former Twin, Brunansky, but like long-time manager Gardenhire, pitching coach Rick went out the door after last ‘s disappointing 70 finish. The Twins haven’t had a winning or made the playoffs since 2010, averaging 96 losses a year since then., who survived last year’s very serious bout with throat cancer, is intent on recapturing the old glory of six playoff slots nine seasons from 2002 through 2010. He knows that filling these coaching jobs are important to that task. Even though we’ve struggled of late there’s a lot of interest being with this club, said.
We should be on the upside. Hopefully our worst days be behind us and we’ll move forward. Ironically, we have some pitching that we’re encouraged about that’s on the surface. So whoever is, it’s going to be important. pitching has been ‘s clarion call since he returned to replace the dethroned Bill Smith after a 99-loss 2011. This past, had great success re-tooling former Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, a free-agent signee who went from a 4 for New 2013 to a 16 this past. How did Hughes do it? His dipped from 5 to 3 and his WHIP from 1 to 1. His control became impeccable. Hughes walked only 16 batters 209 3 innings. At first glance, the change of home venues from hitting-friendly Yankee Stadium to pitching-rich Target Field would seem to have been a huge contributing factor, but take note that Hughes’ splits were a shade better on the road then they were at home. Hughes had a nice year, there’s no question, said. Out of the people we went out and signed from the free-agent market, he certainly did everything on his part to help us get better. We’ve got to do a few things with a few others. Pitching is always our problem. We scored enough runs. Our defense is pretty decent. Around the diamond we have almost everybody back. Our starting rotation is a problem again. It’s put us a hole too often we need to take a look at that rotation. The question then becomes simple: is Blyleven the guy to help put Humpty Dumpty back together again? His resume is impressive: 287 wins, 242 complete 685 starts — 60 of them shutouts — over 4 innings. If anyone understands the nuances of teaching the of starting pitching, Blyleven does. He’s got a great personality and a great sense of humor, said. But he knows exactly when to put his thumb down on things as well. I talk to him? I ‘t know about that. I’m open to anything. I’ve got a lot of other guys who want, too. Ultimately, I have to make a decision on how fast to move forward.