Gardenhire to return as Twins manager
Long-time Twins’ skipper Ron Gardenhire will return as the team’s manager for next season, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. The Twins are expected to announce a two-year contract extension for Gardenhire later on today, according to Bollinger’s source. General Manager Terry Ryan will make the announcement. The entire coaching staff is expected back, as well.
Gardenhire started his career as a manager in 2002 with the Twins and has been with the club ever since. In his first three years with the team, Gardenhire led the Twins to three straight divisional titles before finishing third in 2005. The Twins came back strong in 2006 and won their fourth division title in five years.
After 2006, the Twins finished third and second in the division in 2007 and ’08, respectively. In 2009, they won the division after a nerve-racking Game 163 against the Tigers. They faced the Yankees in the ALDS and were swept.
In 2010, the Twins won the central division for the sixth time under Gardenhire’s watch, but were once again swept in the divisional series. Gardenhire was named American League Manager of the Year that season after enjoying what is now the last winning season for the Twins.
Tons of organizational problems have led the Twins to three straight miserable seasons, failing to win more than 66 games in each one. In 2011, after Gardenhire’s Manager of the Year season, the Twins fell one loss shy of their first 100-loss season since 1982. The team finished 5th in the division in both 2011 and 2012, and finished 4th this year, with a 66-96 record.
Due to Gardenhire’s success with the team throughout his tenure, he has been given another chance. He wasn’t expected to return to the team unless they gave him a multiyear extension, which they did. Expect the team’s front office to make some changes in order to get a better team on the field for the upcoming season.
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