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.