The Minnesota Twins are expected to keep Manager Ron Gardenhire with the team as he will agree to a new contract with the organization sometime today. Gardenhire has finished in the Top three in Manager of the Year voting seven times in his first nine seasons, while winning the award in 2010.
However since that time Minnesota has gone 195-291 with three consecutive seasons of losing 95 games. This is somewhat of a surprise that a team would keep a manager that long with the club not performing well. It goes to show you the loyalty that General Manager Terry Ryan and ownership have showed him. They have faith that he can turn the team into a winner again.
We are in an age that teams want to win now and they have little patience to wait for the talent to develop.
There is reason for optimism with the team having a farm system that is stacked with talented players across the board. They will need someone that can teach these young players the right way to play the game of baseball and they believe that Gardenhire is that person.
They are probably another three years out from being able to contend in American League Central division, but the future does look bright for the team. Minnesota could have one of the better teams in the AL in the next several years with the core group they are building for the future.
He is the second-longest tenured manager in baseball 12 seasons in Minnesota going 998-947 overall.