I’m all in favor of front offices making decisions without excessive deference to the fan base. The truth of the matter is that most fans have other things on their minds than the inner workings of baseball.
As of this writing, the Twins are 3.5 games out of first in the AL Central. This despite the performances of the perpetually disappointing Mike Cuddyer, and the not disappointing but merely awful Livan Hernandez. Hernandez has posted an ERA of 5.31 for the year, and outside of the Metrodome, he’s pitched something like Jose Lima would if he were still in the bigs.
Meanwhile, down at AAA, Francisco Liriano, while the Twins are ostensibly in the thick of a pennant race, has posted an ERA of 0.26 over his last five starts, while demonstrating excellent velocity and command. He’s healthy, clearly ready to come back to the big club, and yet, he’ll be starting for Rochester tomorrow, in all probability, while the Twins hope they’re not trying to break a six game losing streak on the same day.
For the sake of asking your fans for patience and having them buy into some long-term goals, couldn’t you at least *pretend* to care about winning more than saving literally a few weeks off of Liriano’s service time clock? Letting Hunter go was the right move. Fans get that. Letting a potential postseason appearance slip away on the vagaries of a few bucks and lots of fan loyalty is just outright ludicrous.