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Gardenhire to get an extension

Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 11:21 pm
 
Ron Gardenhire Ron Gardenhire got a trophy Wednesday. Thursday, he'll likely get something more valuable.

The Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen reports the Twins will announce a new two-year deal for Gardenhire that will keep him under contract through 2013. The team's coaches and training staff will also get two-year deals, through 2012.

Gardenhire replaced Tom Kelly in January of 2002 and has gone 803-656 in nine seasons, with six division titles.

It was the first time Gardenhire won the Manager of the Year award, finishing second in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

"It's good for my wife," Gardenhire said Wednesday. "She was the one jumping up and down when we found out about it. For me, it's exciting, I'm pretty fired up, and it gives me a chance to recognize my coaches, who have busted their tails, and our front office, and our organization, the minor league coaches that develop these players."

Gardenhire noted in the Sporting News ' voting, he voted for Rangers manager Ron Washington.

"He's a good friend of mine," Gardenhire said. "I love the guy dearly."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 11, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2010 1:42 pm
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

 Congratulations to the Twinkies - I admire their franchise (all the way up BUT NOT INCLUDING the owner.

Gotta do your research before you post. Our current owner is doing an excellent job and the Twins will be a top 7 (at least) payroll in the MLB next year. You're speaking of an owner that died a couple years ago.




Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:55 am
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

Which owner are you not including in your admiration?  The one who died or the son who took over and spent the most money the Twins have ever spent?  Hopefully the younger Pohlad continues to spend money and keep the team competitive.  You see Twins gear everywhere in this state.  Gardenhire is a good guy who does a good job as a manager.  He makes a few decisions we all question, but we would question anyone if the players don't perform.  For example, it is not his fault Crain gives up a homer in game 1 against the Yankees.  Who else would you have brought in?  But he did leave Liriano in too long. 



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:32 am
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

    Gardenhire does an excellant job working with the GM to fill the lineup with capable players. They (Minnesota) has been so successful - Gardenhire has found a way to develope teamwork and togetherness. Minnesota has quality players at every position. The pitching staff iss an overachieving bunch after Liriano. They did well last year without Nathan.
    Congratulations to the Twinkies - I admire their franchise (all the way up BUT NOT INCLUDING the owner.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:30 am
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

By the way.. I don't dislike Gardenhire at all.
I just don't think ANYONE should have a lifetime contract (even unspoken).



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:27 am
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

but in reality he has a contract for life if he wants.

A contract for life?
Are the Twins management happy to be swept out of the playoffs?
They're ok with just "making the playoffs"?? Because that's what Minnesota has been VERY capable of the last 15 years.
I'm not trying to cut the Twins or their fans down. All I'm saying is, for Gardenhire to have a so called lifetime contract doesn't speak very highly of the Twins Front Office desire to actually win a WS title. They seem happy to win the Central.
Joe Torre led the Yankees to the playoffs 15 straight times and still wasn't wanted in the end.
I venture to say that if Phil Jackson was swept out of the 1st round 2 or 3 years in a row, the Lakers would grow tired of him.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:15 am
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

I'm really happy for Gardy, and the rest of the Twins organization, that he finally got what he deserves.  If for no other reason finishing #2 so many times.  I'm glad about the extension, but in reality he has a contract for life if he wants.  I loved Tom Kelly as the manager, but like Gardy a hair more, just because of his willingness to get "booted" from a game to show his team were his heart is!  Congrats, and hopefully many more....



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

In actuality this might have been one of Gardy's poorest managing years.  The team was stacked with talent and even though Morneau was out 1/2 the year there was depth to cover it.  Thome got hot, Cuddy played well in Morny's absence and the pitching was good enought to win a weak division. 

I would say 2002, 2003 were better jobs since the taletn was much lighter.  2006 was also well done and possibly the comeback in 2009.

He deserved more than one trophy from all these runs.


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