Doug Mientkiewicz, who followed his seven seasons as a player with the Twins with five seasons as a manager in the organization, was fired by the organization on Friday. “I wasn’t shocked, because I had a message that changes were taking place,” Mientkiewicz said. “I feel bad for the kids who played for me, including the ones I managed that are helping the Twins make a run for the playoffs right now. Ask any of them about me as a manager.” Mientkiewicz’s teams finished in first place in four of his five seasons at the helm. He led the Class A Fort Myers Miracle to first-place finishes and postseason berths in 2013, 2014 and this summer, winning the Florida State League championship in 2014, and his Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts won the Southern League championship 2015. He posted winning records in all five seasons as a manager, and compiled a winning percentage of .563 (385-299) overall. But the 42-year-old Mientkiewicz was informed of his firing on Friday, as part of an overall reorganization of the team’s minor league and scouting system, as he cleared debris left by Hurricane Irma from his Florida Keys neighborhood. “I’ve been cutting down trees up and down the block, cleaning up after the hurricane, and watching the National Guard go up and down the street. My cellphone was out for several days, and then I got a call today,” said Mientkiewicz, known throughout the organization as “Dougie Baseball” for his intensity about the game. “I’m out here working my rear end off, dealing with the remnants of the hurricane, and they call to tell me I’m fired. You think they will ever do something professional as an organization?” Twins General Manager Thad Levine, though, said he and Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey were acting in Mientkiewicz’s interest by giving him as much notice as possible that he wouldn’t be back in 2018.
Twins fire minors skip Mientkiewicz while he was cleaning up after Irma
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Sep 16