Minnesota Twins: 5 things the Twins must do to make the playoffs next season

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The Twins must get their managerial hiring right. If they do not the losing will continue.

Who will become the next manager of the Twins?

That is a question that has been on the minds of Twins fans and baseball scribes. Most people saw Paul Molitor getting a chance to go forward with the team, nevertheless, the Twins’ front office had other plans. They opted to go with a different approach in terms of the leadership in the clubhouse. Determining who the will take over the reigns will say a lot about the Twins’ new direction.

A list of managerial candidates was released and there are some ideal names on the ledger. Thus far only two known candidates, Brad Ausmus, and Jeff Bannister have managerial experience. Other names emerged as well.

The most intriguing name to make the Twins’ reported list is former MLB catcher David Ross.

Ross earned much of his acclaim as one of the heroes for the Chicago Cubs‘ World Series team. He has been praised for his understanding of the game and his communication with younger players. Another attribute Ross would bring to the table is his background breaking down the strengths and weaknesses of the players he faced.

If the Twins want a manager who can relate to their young core, Ross sounds perfect for the job.

Another interesting candidate for the Twins is Jayce Tingler.

At 37-years-old, Tingler is close in age to the players he would manage. The relatability goes a long way. If hired, Tingler can coax the young Twins’ hitters in the same vein as a veteran player does. It also helps that he has ties with the Twins’ front office.

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If the Twins get this hire correctly they will have someone in the clubhouse who can grow with the team. In many aspects, it would allow the Twins some time to learn each other as they look to build a perennial contender. That is the plan in Minnesota.