Yesterday was the Minnesota Twins last regular season game, and they fell 3-0 to the David Price led Detroit Tigers. Coming to the end of the 2014 season, Minnesota found themselves owning yet another 90-loss season. Despite rumors suggesting the opposite, the Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire.
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Jerry Crasnick heard rumblings early this morning, but plugged in local writers Patrick Reusse and Phil Mackey broke the news first.
Thanks to the confirmation by both sources, it looks like the Twins are ready to usher in a new era. Despite an influx of talent heading to Target Field in the next year, Gardenhire won’t be around for it.
The former third base coach, who was promoted to replace Tom Kelly, had a very successful 14 seasons with the Twins. However, after multiple 90-loss seasons, a move had to be made.
Having covered the Twins for much of the past season, and following them for the entire Gardenhire tenure, I’m ok with this move. While Gardenhire was not to blame for the recent abysmal seasons, he also was not the reason that the Twins found success in the early 2000’s.
Look for the Twins to hold a press conference later today, and the move to be made official. Early indications are that former Twins player, and current staff member, Paul Molitor is the favorite to be the next manager.