Ben Goessling, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. –
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he and general manager Terry Ryan talked with Joe Mauer on Wednesday, Aug. 29, about the FoxSports.com report that the Twins had put the catcher on waivers, but a day later, Gardenhire was still amazed at the reaction to a routine move.
Most teams place players on revocable waivers after July 31 to gauge interest in potential trade partners or free themselves up to trade players to any team if the player clears waivers. Occasionally, the process results in a blockbuster deal — like the one the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers made last week — but most of the time, the process is purely a procedural move.
But putting the words “Mauer” and “waivers” in the same sentence produced a strong reaction from Twins fans. Gardenhire heard much of it — starting with the colorfully worded emails pouring into his inbox at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
He got one from a friend that read, “What’s this Mauer thing?”
“I told him to go back to work,” Gardenhire said.
The waiver process is supposed to be confidential, but Gardenhire said, “I think we’ve all learned everybody knows everything,” adding that because agents have access to the waiver wire, players know if they’ve been placed on waivers almost immediately.
“If you were to just do something, knowing you’re going to make a roster move, there’s no way (the player wouldn’t find out),” Gardenhire said. “It’s incredible. You see it. I walk out (into the clubhouse) and say (to a player),
‘Hey, how we doing?’ and (players mumble), ‘Hi, Gardy.’ I didn’t do anything! It’s not me. They put their head down and don’t even meet you eye to eye. They know. Everybody knows. It’s a whole different way of life around here.”