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Twins likely to give Ron Gardenhire a contract extension

Oct 11, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

I co-hosted the postgame call-in show on 1500-ESPN here in Minnesota following the Twins’ season-ending loss to the Yankees on Saturday night and many of the callers wanted Ron Gardenhire fired, but not surprisingly the manager is in absolutely no danger of actually being let go.
Gardenhire is under contract through next season and Twins chief executive officer Jim Pohlad wasted no time saying that he’ll soon receive a contract extension that goes beyond 2011, calling it “a no-brainer.”
In nine seasons under Gardenhire the Twins are 18-57 against the Yankees, including nine straight losses to New York in the playoffs. However, he’s also managed the Twins to six division titles in nine years after the team had one winning season in the nine years before he took over for Tom Kelly and there’s a pretty good chance Gardenhire will be named Manager of the Year shortly.
I’ve been blogging about the Twins since 2002 and during that time I’ve often been accused of being overly critical of Gardenhire, in part because many of his lineup decisions and in-game strategies annoy me and in part because I think his regular season success has been somewhat overstated by virtue of playing in a weak division. On the other hand, I’ve never even come close to calling for him to be fired and certainly wouldn’t do so now.
Being dominated by the Yankees is extremely frustrating, but at no point were the Twins favored in those playoff series. Beyond that, the lack of success the Twins had during the decade before Gardenhire was infinitely more frustrating and there are probably 20 teams that would jump at the chance to go three-and-out in the playoffs in two of every three seasons. I’m far from the world’s biggest Gardenhire fan, but Pohlad is absolutely right when he says that keeping the manager around is a “no-brainer” for the Twins.

  1. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    I’m getting a deck extension next week. More length, more girth. Bigger is better.

  2. birdman6824 - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Enzyte ?

  3. birdman6824 - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    Enzyte, Jonny ?

  4. Jonny5 - Oct 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

    Nawww, More wood. The more people that can hang on your deck the better, I say.

  5. Trevor B - Oct 11, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    I think giving Gardy an extension is a good thing. I’m with you, Aaron, on his questionable line-up calls from time to time (see Punto, Nick to name only one) but the guy has brought the Twin’s to the playoffs multiple times which means good business for Pohlad because it means more tickets are being sold. Overall Gardy can manage a team of half scrubs pretty well and has been able to manage some mediocre pitching rotations to winning and play off bound seasons.

  6. NicoSamuelson2 - Oct 11, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    I, for one, am very glad they will be bringing Gardy back. Good move Twins.

  7. CRASHKOBRA - Oct 11, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Anyone that thinks Gardy should be fired, should be fired from being a Twins fan. He has worked so much magic with so little and this is the first year he had a good team and they never really gelled together and grew on field chemistry and they STILL FINISHED IN 3 TOP 3 FOR AL RECORD! GIVE THEM A CHANCE.

  8. TheFoo - Oct 11, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    So little? You mean when he had Santana? Hunter? A couple MVPs? And what magic? Winning a terrible division 6 of 9 years…or the magic of not winning a playoff game in 7 years? How do you make the playoff so often and do NOTHING with it?
    Four teams beat the Yankees in the playoffs with over a 100 million dollar difference in salary over the last decade, why is the Twins can’t even be competitive?

  9. ScottBravesfan - Oct 12, 2010 at 12:18 AM

    Twins haven’t had Morneau in their last two playoff series. That’s a huge loss. Twins would be foolish to let him go.

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