Ron Gardenhire reportedly receiving contract extension from Twins

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Gardy will return to the Twins for a 13th season next year.
Yesterday, the Twins concluded their third-consecutive 95-losses-or-more season. Those disastrous results, combined with the fact manager that Ron Gardenhire's contract was expiring, fueled speculation Gardy might not be long for Minnesota.

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Instead, the Twins are giving Gardy a contract extension, respected Fox baseball correspondent Ken Rosenthal reported this morning.

From Rosenthal: Named manager in January 2002, Gardy is already the second-longest tenured skipper in baseball. It now appears likely he'll have a shot to manage the Twins' upcoming crop of impressive prospects, including Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. But in order to break the string of 95-loss seasons, Gardy will have to find a way to improve the team's starting pitching, which has been among the worst in baseball the last two seasons.

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k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

Is it just me or are players getting better after leaving the Twins? 

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

Oh yeah, it will be better next season if we can g]finally get some starting pitching

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

Gardy taking over management of the Twins is one of the best things to happen to this club since Kirby took over center field. My opinion.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

I am so glad the Twins have Joe Mauer. One easy way to know when someone has absolutely no idea what they are talking about, is to ask them about their opinion on Mauer. If they say he sucks, and should be traded, or his contract is the reason the team is bad, then you know they are absolutely clueless.

Fred Johnston
Fred Johnston

I believe Gardy will be good as long as changes happen with the players he manages

Nathan Heiling
Nathan Heiling

Actually I believe mauer has no trade clause in his contact

Nathan Heiling
Nathan Heiling

Mauer won't get traded they only trade away our good players

Emily Summers Leabch
Emily Summers Leabch

Couldn't be too much worse, now could it? That said, I like him and would be sad to see him go.

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

The Twins organization and their dwindling fan base are the saddest story in professional sports. The organization stated they needed a new stadium to compete and continually issued threats to either move or fold if their desire for a new ballpark was not met.  Well, they got what they wanted have had one winning season since.  The diehard fans as well as the casual observers have been given the shaft and it irritates me.  Do yourselves a favor and stop supporting this nonsense.

Aaron Conway
Aaron Conway

Time to let him go... I like his style but...

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

I do not get this move. 

Gardy has had his shot with the talented power-team he helped build in `09 & `10, they couldn't get past the Yankees in the ALDS either time...not just beat, swept...twice. If you can't get past the Yankees with the best team you've fielded, it's time to look for new leadership. 

That combined with the pitching situation (watching pitchers that struggled here go to other organizations and gain the confidence to excel...making moves to get unproven prospects that never seem to pan-out) along with the poor trades, show a lack of vision for the entire organization. 

That's my take. Gardy seems like a good guy, but his job is to win pennants, not look like a guy I want to drink a beer with.

Sean Spaeth
Sean Spaeth

They won't trade Mauer. He has a contract with the Twins through 2018. And even if they did trade him, the Twins would still have to pay him his contract salary up until 2018. I personally think he's not a very valuable asset to this team. He's been injured too many times. Just my opinion :)

NRabe26
NRabe26

@atrupar fire him! Hasn't won in 12 years even with talent. Need change.

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

We will be fine as long as management don't trade away Joe Mauer

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