Twins owner Pohlad has '100 percent confidence' in Ryan, Gardenhire
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins owner Jim Pohlad made an appearance on the field during pre-game batting practice prior to the team's contest against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday evening.
It's not often -- rare, in fact -- that Pohlad observes the team from so close prior to a game. But don't read into his appearance as a sign that jobs are in jeopardy.
Pohlad said watching the Twins sputter to a 7-20 start has been difficult, but "no more difficult for me than it is for (GM) Terry (Ryan) or (manager Ron) Gardenhire. ...
"I'm sure it's worse for them."
Pohlad spent a few minutes chatting privately with Gardenhire in foul territory behind first base in what appeared to be a light-hearted conversation.
Asked whether he has 100 percent confidence in the job Gardenhire is doing, Pohlad said "I do. ... I know Terry does too. That wouldn't be my decision anyways, but I know that he does (have confidence)."
What about the job Ryan has done during the early part of his second stint as Twins GM?
"We're pleased," he said. "We have 100 percent confidence in Terry."
After losing five of six on a west coast road trip the Twins return home for a nine-game homestand, starting with the Los Angeles Angels and Jered Weaver, whose no-hitter may have marked the low point in Gardenhire's tenure as manager.
But Pohlad dismissed the notion that Gardenhire's job was in trouble.
"If we play the next 20 percent (of our games) the opposite we'll be at .500," Pohlad said. "So yes, the season is technically salvagable. ...
"But I suppose (calling for someone's job) would be the natural (reaction) for somebody who's not really part of the organization might say. A frustrated fan might say that."