September 2013

Source: Gardenhire to remain as Twins manager

MINNEAPOLIS — Ron Gardenhire will remain manager of the Twins and is expected to receive a two-year deal, according to a Major League source.

The Twins are officially set to make the announcement on Monday at a 2:30 p.m. press conference at Target Field with general manager Terry Ryan. The Twins are also expected to announce the entire coaching staff will return as well.

Gardenhire, who has managed the team since 2002, is the second-longest tenured manager in the Majors behind only Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.

He led Minnesota to six division titles in a nine-year span before the Twins fell into hard times over the last three years. The Twins have lost 95-plus games in each of the last three seasons, which cast doubt on Gardenhire’s future, as his contract expired at the end of the 2013 season.

But given Gardenhire’s overall success in his 12 years at the helm and his reputation around the league as a top manager, the Twins decided to stick with their longtime skipper.

He was named the 2010 American League Manager of the Year, and finished second in the balloting for that award in ’03, ’04, ’06, ’08 and ’09 with a third-place finish in ’02.

He has a career 998-947 record, as he fell just two victories short of win No. 1,000 this year. The Twins went just 8-20 in September en route to a 66-96 record, which was identical to the ’12 season.

Gardenhire says his preference is to stay with Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects to talk about his future with general manager Terry Ryan after Sunday’s season finale against the Indians.

Gardenhire, whose contract is set to expire at the end of the season, said a decision still hasn’t been reached on whether he’ll back next season. But he reiterated an announcement will be made before the postseason begins on Tuesday.

“We’re still discussing it — we’re still talking like we always do,” Gardenhire said. “Whatever happens, he’s going to make a decision and go with it. And I’m going to have to live with it one way or another. That’s where we’re at.”

Gardenhire, who is the second-longest tenured manager in the Majors behind the Angels’ Mike Scioscia, said he hasn’t thought about other managerial jobs, as his preference remains to stay with the Twins. He’s been the manager of the Twins since 2002, and led them to six division titles before suffering through three straight 90-plus loss seasons, including this year.

“I like where I’m at,” Gardenhire said. “I’d rather stay here. If it doesn’t work out here then you start thinking about other stuff. But I enjoy it here. It’s as good as it gets for me.”

Gardenhire added that he’s not thinking about Sunday’s game against the Indians like it’s his last game as Twins manager.

“I don’t worry about it,” Gardenhire said. “It’s not something I can control. I come in here like everybody else. It’s going to an emotional day but that’s because it’s the last day of the season. It’s not because of my situation. It’s not in the equation. I don’t think of it that way.”

Gardenhire talks about his future with the Twins

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, who doesn’t have a contract for next season, expects to know his situation early next week.

Gardenhire said he plans on meeting with general manager Terry Ryan shortly after the season ends to discuss his future with the club. That meeting and decision is expected to happen as soon as Monday, as the Twins don’t want to distract from baseball’s postseason, which begins on Tuesday.

Gardenhire, who has managed the team since 2002, is the second-longest tenured manager in baseball behind the Angels’ Mike Scioscia. He currently has 998 career victories with two more games to go this season. He’s led the franchise to six division titles but the Twins have lost more than 90 games in each of the last three seasons.

“We’ll talk,” Gardenhire said. “I don’t have an opinion on anything other than trying to get through two games and see if we can win a game or two and go from there. We’ll see how it all shakes out. I’m hoping to have a conversation with Terry about everything. I want to see what his plan is.”

Ryan said he still hasn’t made any decision regarding the club’s coaching staff next season. He said he’ll wait until after the year to talk to Gardenhire about his contract status, and if he’ll remain manager moving forward.

“We know the importance of that conversation,” Ryan said. “So it’ll happen, and it’ll happen soon.”

Mauer sent home with concussion-like symptoms

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins catcher Joe Mauer had to shut down his workout early on Wednesday, as he felt concussion-like symptoms and was sent home from Target Field.

It was the first setback for Mauer since suffering a concussion on Aug. 19, when he was hit by a foul tip while catching against the Mets.

Mauer took batting practice on the field over the weekend but worked out inside on Tuesday and Wednesday. But Wednesday was the first time that Mauer had to shut it down early, according to Twins general manager Terry Ryan.

“He didn’t have a good day,” Ryan said. “It’s a concern more than frustration. You gotta feel for the guy. He just didn’t feel good today so we went him home. This wasn’t a good day and I don’t want to hide that at all. So he’s home and hopefully he comes back tomorrow feeling better and he’ll get back on track here.”