After a successful All-Star week, Jim Pohlad seeks more wins
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MINNEAPOLIS - Coming off a major victory in its own right, Twins owner Jim Pohlad is looking for more.
By many accounts, this week's All-Star Game at Target Field was a success, a win for the Twins organization and the city of Minneapolis. Pohlad called it a 10, for the weather, the game and the handling of Derek Jeter's final All-Star moments. And while that win is nice, it's probably not the one he's most concerned with now.
What he's looking for out of the break from the Twins is simple.
"Win. That's what it comes down to," Pohlad said before Friday's game, while watching the Twins take batting practice on the field.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan, manager Ron Gardenhire and several players have said that this 10-game home stand will be critical in determining if the Twins should make a push this season for the playoffs, or sell off parts to aid any futures runs. Some feel the question remains unanswered whether they will be "buyers" or "sellers" at this year's non-waiver trade deadline.
Given that the deadline is less than two weeks away, does Pohlad think this is a critical home stand?
"No. ... Is this a pivotal home stand? I don't see it that way. Maybe those guys see it that way, I don't know."
He hasn't been in contact with Ryan since before the All-Star break, but that's not atypical, he said.
"Things will heat up, if he's got something he wants to talk about, he'll call," Pohlad said. "I'm not going to call him and bug him, 'Hey what's going on?'"
Ryan and Gardenhire, perhaps understandably, see this home stand as an important one.
"[The players] are talking about trying to keep this thing together and all that stuff. That's a normal conversation after the All-Star break for every team. They don't want to lose their teammates," Gardenhire said.
"They know it all goes to how we play on the field. ... They're all good buddies and everything but we've got to win baseball games. Whatever it takes to get this organization in the right shape and the right place."
With the roster he was given, did Gardenhire think they could have had a better first half?
"Yeah, I really did. I just thought we were a little inconsistent," Gardenhire said. He mentioned the starting pitching, some individual underperforming and injuries as reasons the Twins were six games below .500 entering the All-Star break.
"We have to figure out a way to make it better."