Tag:Ron Gardenhire
Posted on: March 6, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2011 12:59 pm
 

With Blackburn in is Slowey out?

By C. Trent Rosecrans

With Nick Blackburn in the Twins' rotation, so Kevin Slowey may be out -- not just out of the rotation, but out of Minnesota.

Blackburn has been told by manager Ron Gardenhire that he's earned a spot in the rotation, Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes, leaving Slowey and Scott Baker to compete for the fifth spot. Gardenhire said he'd like to add top prospect Kyle Gibson to that list, but doesn't believe the front office will let him.

Kevin SloweyAccording to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the Twins are open to offers for Slowey (pictured). Slowey, 26, was 13-6 with a 4.45 ERA in 28 starts (and two relief appearances last season. Slowey is making $2.7 million this season and has two more years of arbitration remaining and is 39-21 with a 4.41 ERA in his four years in the big leagues.

Slowey has made two starts this spring, allowing four hits and three runs in five innings. On Friday, Slowey threw three scoreless innings. 

Baker, 29, had arthroscopic elbow surgery in October and is scheduled to make his second spring appearance on Monday.  He gave up two hits and a run in 1 2/3 innings in his first outing. Baker is in the third year of a four-year, $15.25 million deal, with a team option for 2013. Last season he was 12-9 with a 4.49 ERA and he's one at least 10 games in each of the last three seasons. He's 55-42 with a 4.32 ERA in his six seasons with the Twins.

Slowey's age and contract situation make him more attractive to other teams.

Gibson has made two outings this spring, giving up three hits and two runs in two innings. The 23-year-old right-hander pitched at three levels last season, going 11-6 with a 2.96 ERA, with the bulk of his work (16 of 26 starts) coming at Double-A, where he was 7-5 with a 3.68. He made three Triple-A starts, going 0-0 with a 1.72 ERA there.

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 4:22 pm
 

La Russa now longest-tenured pro coach

Tony La Russa With Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan resigning , Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is now the longest-tenured coach with the same team in major professional American sports.

La Russa was named manager of the Cardinals following the 1995 season and is entering his 16th season at the helm of the Cardinals. Sloan had coached the Jazz since 1988.

The Angels' Mike Scioscia is second among current baseball skippers with th same team (1999), followed by the Twins' Ron Gardenhire (2002).

La Russa is under contract through this season with a mutual option for 2012.

The list of the longest-tenured coaches and when they took over (from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch 's Derrick Goold ):

Tony La Russa, Cardinals -- Oct. 23, 1995
Gregg Popovich, Spurs -- Dec. 10, 1996
Lindy Ruff, Sabres -- July 21, 1997
Barry Trotz, Predators -- Aug. 6, 1997
Andy Reid, Eagles -- Jan. 11, 1999
Mike Scioscia, Angels -- Nov. 17, 1999
Bill Belichick, Patriots -- Jan. 27, 2000
Ron Gardenhire, Twins -- Jan. 4, 2002

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 4:47 pm
Edited on: December 20, 2010 5:39 pm
 

Gardy, Nishioka and the Sluggie

Tsuyoshi Nishioka
As if Tsuyoshi Nishioka didn't have enough culture shock to absorb the day of his introductory news conference with the Twins, he got to experience the Sluggie.

The Sluggie is the "blanket with sleeves" being marketed by Twins slugger Justin Morneau, featuring him swinging a bat in the middle of a maple leaf from his native Canada. It is NOT to be confused with that other million-selling product whose name is just one letter different (at least, Morneau hopes Snuggie lawyers don't think so).

A Twins employee snapped this picture of Nishioka with manager Ron Gardenhire just before the Japanese infielder was introduced at Target Field. Don't you wish you could have been inside Nishioka's head?

"So, American ballplayers walk around wearing backwards bathrobes in the clubhouse?"

"Have I signed on with a cult?"

"I had heard it was cold here, but I don't think these new uniforms are going to be easy to run in."


I wish I could tell you that Sluggies are available to take care of all your last-minute holiday shopping needs, but they appear to be sold out on Morneau's website.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 11:16 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 11:21 pm
 

Gardenhire to get an extension

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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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 9, 2010 10:27 am
Edited on: November 9, 2010 11:05 am
 

MLB Facts & Rumors Managers of the Year

Ron Washington The major baseball awards will be announced next week, and the staff at MLB Facts and Rumors is making our choices this week. Today, David, Evan and Trent name their Manager of the Year selections. As with the BBWAA awards, a first-place vote is worth three points, second place two and third place one.

The outcome of the American League race is considered fairly clear, while the National League seems to have several possibilities. Manager of the year is always the toughest award to forecast, because voters value different things.

AMERICAN LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen

1. Ron Washington, TEX
2. Joe Maddon, TB
3. Ron Gardenhire, MIN

Washington was lucky to even have a job after testing positive for cocaine last year, but he rehabbed his reputation while making a good team great. Much of the credit for the team’s easy, confident vibe goes to him, and his players are very loyal to him. Maddon used a bunch of kids to best a team with three times the payroll, and Gardenhire won his sixth division title in nine years.

Evan Brunell
1. Terry Francona, BOS
2. Ron Washington, TEX
3. Joe Maddon, TB

Francona somehow kept Boston in contention up until the final week, an amazing success given the team was besieged by injuries so much it became almost comical each time there was an injury. Factor in Tampa Bay finishing with 96 wins, New York with 85 and Toronto with 85, and you appreciate how stiff the competition was.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Ron Gardenhire, MIN
2. Ron Washington, TEX
3. Joe Maddon, TB

I really believe Washington will win it, and it's hard to argue against it. Many were shocked he made it out of spring training after word of a failed drug test surfaced, and then Washington led his Rangers to their first-ever World Series. Washington's players love him and he was rewarded with a new contract and will also win the award, but my nod goes to Gardenhire. Yeah, it seems boring that the Twins win year after year, and Gardenhire has a big part in that. I'm one of those that believes 70 percent of managing is stuff other than in-game moves, and that's where all three of these excel.

Bud Black NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR

David Andriesen
1. Bud Black, SD
2. Bobby Cox, ATL
3. Brad Mills, HOU

A lot of ways to go here, but Black and Cox both won with teams that shouldn’t have. The Padres fell short of the playoffs, but they won 90 games when a lot of people picked them to finish last. The Astros stumbled horribly out of the gate, but first-year skipper Mills guided them to a 59-53 record after June 1 even with Roy Oswalt and Lance Berkman traded away.

Evan Brunell
1. Bobby Cox, ATL
2. Bud Black, SD
3. Dusty Baker, CIN

Cox did perhaps his finest managerial job in the offseason, taking a ragtag bunch of players and getting them into the postseason. San Francisco got a lot of credit in the playoffs as "outcasts" and "misfits" ... the Braves were the more misfit team.

C. Trent Rosecrans
1. Bud Black, SD
2. Dusty Baker, CIN
3. Bobby Cox, ATL

To be so close to the playoffs with only one legitimate hitter, Black deserves more than just a trophy. Will Venable was the only hitter on the Padres besides Adrian Gonzalez with 400 plate appearances and an OPS+ better than 100. Everyone expected the Padres to fade long before they ever did, and a lot of that to go to Black. Baker did a hell of a job in Cincinnati as well, and who wouldn't like to see Cox win it in his last year? But Black is the most deserving.

MLB Facts and Rumors AL Manager of the Year
Ron Washington takes this one in a rout, tallying eight points to four apiece for Maddon and Gardenhire. It'll be a surprise if he doesn't win the BBWAA award.

MLB Facts and Rumors NL Manager of the Year
Black gets the nod with eight points, as Cox finishes with six. It will be interesting to see whether a guy who didn't make the playoffs wins the real award, which is not common.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:13 pm
 

Postseason managers in history

Bill Virdon
History teacher and baseball manager-ophile Chris Jaffe has a lengthy breakdown of managerial history in the postseason over at hardballtimes.com, including a complete list of the records of everyone ever to manage in the playoffs.

Jaffe also did some analysis of all-time highs and lows, with some interesting results:

* The three all-time winningest and losingest posteason managers are the same people: Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. The landmarks for total games are obviously dominated by managers in the wild-card era.

* Only four men have won all their career postseason games, and eleven have lost them all. Joe Morgan is the biggest loser in that group, going 0-for-8.

* The longest winning streak in the postseason is 12, shared by Torre (1998-99) and Sparky Anderson (1975 and 1984). The longest losing streak is current: Ron Gardenhire has dropped 11 straight.

* Mike Hargrove has won by far the most postseason games (27) without winning a championship. Yogi Berra has the most wins (6) in the World Series without winning one.

* Bill Virdon (pictured) might have the record for postseason heartbreak. The Pirates and Astros manager needed one win to advance to the World Series seven times and went 0-for-7.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 4:00 pm
 

Gardenhire will still get extension

Ron Gardenhire
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is 6-21 in the postseason, but being on the wrong end of the latest sweep won't cost him his job. Not only that, it won't affect owner Carl Pohlad's plans to give Gardenhire an extension on his contract, which runs through next year.

''That's just such a nonissue,'' Pohlad told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune prior to Saturday's Game 3. ''We all know that's a no-brainer. We are going to get something done.''

Yeah, but that was before the Yankees finished sweeping the Twins out of the first round for the second straight year. Did the disappointing result change anything? Not according to general manager Bill Smith, who told Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Sunday that Gardenhire's postseason track record would not effect his future with the Twins.

Gardenhire has managed the Twins since 2002 and has a 803-656 regular-season record and six American League Central titles.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:52 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Morneau to work out with Twins

Justin Morneau Twins manager Ron Gardenhire warns not to read too much into the fact Justin Morneau will work out with the team on Thursday, but it does have to be a positive sign.

"He's going to work with us not he field and take some ground balls and hit some BP, and there's no sense in going any farther than that," Gardenhire told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press ' Kelsie Smith . "People want to know [when he'll be back]. We want to know, too. But let's let him work out.

"Does it make a difference if he's with us? That's an obvious. Goodness gracious, if you had a Justin Morneau in your lineup, that'd be wonderful. BUt he hasn't played in 2 1/2 months and all of a sudden he's going to make the playoff roster and play? You're jumping the gun."

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7. He is expected to take batting practice and field ground balls before Thursday's game against Toronto at Target Field. The Twins return from Kansas City tonight.

The Twins could certainly use a healthy Morneau in the playoffs, but at this point, it seems tough to expect him to be in MVP form after not playing for nearly three months. Gardenhire said Morneau still has "a long way to go."

However, the Twins should be applauded for taking every precaution with Morneau and his injury, especially since it isn't his first concussion, and so much is still unknown about the effects of concussions.

The Twins also expect to get Joe Mauer back in the lineup on Thursday. He worked out with the team and expects to serve as the team's designated hitter against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Robert Falkoff writes .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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