By Jim Cain 9-30-14
The Minnesota Twins announced today manager Ron Gardenhire would not return next season.
Gardenhire, 56, had one season remaining on his contract. The Twins have failed to reach the postseason since 2010 and have lost at least 92 games each year since then.
He led the Twins to the playoffs six times during his 13-year tenure, the most by any manager in franchise history. His teams only advanced past the first round once. The Twins were 6-21 in the postseason under Gardenhire, with their last victory coming in 2004. Gardenhire was crucial to the team’s renaissance. Before his arrival in 2002, the team had not reached the postseason in 10 years.
The Twins won six division titles with Garndenhire at the helm, the most by a manager in franchise history. The 2010 American League Manager of the Year won 1,068 games as the Twins manager, trailing only his predecessor Tom Kelly (1,140). He is the 60th manager in major league history to win at least 1,000 games.
He finished second in the A.L. Manager of the Year voting five times. Gardenhire had the second longest active managerial tenure in the majors, only trailing Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Gardenhire joined the organization in 1987 as a manager and coach in the Twins minor league system. Kelly named Gardenhire the team’s third-base coach in 1991, a year in which they won the World Series.
Gardenhire held that position for 11 seasons before being named manager.