Smith did not deserve to get fired today. I never thought I would type those words. Not only because I have been a big critic of Smith but I never though he would actually get sacked. However he was not fired for his trades, signings or alcoholism but was fired because he was too loyal.
Obviously I am reading in between the lines here, but I think he was fired because he would not make the changes the Polahds thought needed to be made. He would not hold folks like the trainers accountable for their mistakes. He would not rebuild and wanted to bring back the same team. He wanted to expand the payroll and not make players like Mauer work harder in the offseason. Smith only saw the good in folks and was just too optimistic. Basically he took the fall for folks like McWayne and Mauer who he was loyal to.
If Smith would have thrown those guys under the bus or even threw Gardy under the bus he might still have a job today. But from what it sounds like to me is the Pohlads wanted accountability and wanted a dynamic plan. Instead they got the same line that Smith spun to the media which was "without the injuries this is playoff team." Smith wanted the same team and the same organization that he has always been so loyal to. But the Pohlads said no. They saw how folks like Mauer took it easy in the offseason and they did not see Smith take a hard line against them. He was too loyal to the folks who worked for him and it cost him his job. So despite his bad decisions, poor trades and lack of baseball acumen, he might still be the Twins GM if only he had a plan that involved Accountability. Too bad for him it only involved loyalty. But it's good news for Twins fans as hopefully it would breath new life into an organization that was growing stale.