MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins starting rotation has been the biggest reason the franchise has plummeted to the big league basement with four straight seasons of at least 92 losses.
The group's monumental struggles have caused the fan base to clamor for a fresh voice from outside the organization to fill the role of pitching coach on new manager Paul Molitor's staff. After filling several spots candidates who have strong ties to the Twins, Molitor and general manager Terry Ryan went with an unfamiliar face for arguably the most important position.
Neil Allen, the pitching coach for Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate in Durham for the past four seasons, was appointed as Twins pitching coach on Tuesday. He's never been a pitching coach in the majors but did play a big role in helping to shepherd several of the Rays' top prospects up to the big leagues, including Alex Cobb, Chris Archer and Matt Moore.