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With victory over the Indians, Ron Gardenhire joins the 1,000-win club

Apr 5, 2014, 8:15 PM EDT

Ron Gardenhire

With the Twins’ 7-3 victory over the Indians on Saturday afternoon, Ron Gardenhire became the 60th manager in baseball history to join the 1,000-win club. As MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger notes, Gardenhire is only the eighth manager to join the 1,000-win club having compiled all of those victories with the same club.

Gardenhire, 56, has been at the helm of some ugly Twins teams in recent years, but also helped manage them to some of the organization’s best seasons, winning the AL Central with 90-plus victories in three consecutive seasons. Overall, Gardenhire is 1,000-950 in 13 seasons as manager of the Twins, dating back to 2002.

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, with 782 career wins, is now the closest to the 1,000-win milestone. He is followed by Ned Yost at 742, Bob Melvin at 732, and Joe Maddon at 707. Bruce Bochy leads active managers with 1,534 wins.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:25 PM

    Pops from Minnesota so I follow the Twins. Good for Gardy but it feels like this just isn’t the right job for him anymore.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      agreed, and i love that you love your dad.

      • jcmeyer10 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        Thanks man. The guy ain’t perfect but he is the man who raised me and continues to support me. The least I could do is follow his sports teams so I can guarantee he has someone to talk to about the teams he loves.

        I am Pats fan who, at 12 years old, went to the 2000 NFC Championship game in NY in a Randy Moss jersey and Helga horns, in part for that man. Those Gints fans were beeerutalll. Somewhere there is a picture of me with a Randy Moss effigy shot when the score was 0-41.

        The Twins got unlucky in facing the Yanks a couple years in a row or two out of three years they were a playoff team. That being said, Mauer is good but a guy they overpaid because he is a MN guy and Morneau was just SOL when it came to the head injuries. They had great pitching they traded away but couldn’t keep coming up with gems like the Rays do.

      • happytwinsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        my dad wasn’t anywhere near perfect either, but he gave everything he had. he died about 10 years ago and i’m still working on that. i try to know about at least a little about basketball because that’s my son’s favorite sport, and he tries to know at least a little about baseball because he knows that’s mine. i know you know your dad loves you, but unless you have a son of your own, you have no idea how much.

        carry on righteous young dude.

  2. hardkor07mn - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    I don’t believe for a second that its Gardys fault the twins can’t win anymore. Since the Twins got their new ballpark, the tight a$$ Pohlads closed their checkbook. You can’t expect a manager to compete with a team full of “B” players.

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      from what i’ve heard the current situation isn’t caused by pohlad cheapness. it’s because terry ryan and his crew refuse to overpay for free agent rentals. they made sensible competitive offers to santana and garza, which were turned down because somebody else decided to overpay and over commit. if anything this restrained sensibility wasn’t because of the pohlads it was in spite of it.

      • twinfan24 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:32 PM

        I had no interest in the Twins bringing in Garza, regardless of price. He doesn’t pitch enough innings well enough for his price (for my taste). But, that being said, if there were multiple teams willing to pay more, then technically it isn’t an “overpay” by supply and demand terms. The teams make a lot of money, and while they have to be smart about spending it, if every other team is willing to pay it, then the lone hold out is cheap and/or not recognizing the market whether any of us think it is a ludicrous amount of money or not.

  3. mnsadsportsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Who cares? And what is his playoff record?

    • happytwinsfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:50 PM

      disagree. the play offs are a crapshoot. the overall outcome of the six month regular season isn’t.

  4. stephenolszewski - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Gardenhire’s had bad luck with Mauer, Morneau, Santana, and Liriano all having injuries sometimes all at once.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      Can’t ignore that but the great ones overcome.

      • twinfan24 - Apr 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

        No manager can win consistently without talent. Some can win with a little less talent, but none of them win without either a couple stars or a handful of guys having a career year.

  5. natocoles - Apr 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

    Congratulations to Gardy!

    I have to say something about the Twins relating to the Pohlads and their perceived unwillingness to spend on free agents. Matt Garza or Ervin Santana were not going to be the difference between making the postseason or not this year. There’s no point in winning 82 games instead of 78. This is a team that is primed to win in 2015. When Sano, Buxton, Rosario, and Meyer are up, now, THAT is the time to strike. And that’s 2015, not this year, under any plausible scenario.

    In 2015, the Twins can win the AL Central with the talent they have right now, period. If the Pohlads are unwilling to open the checkbook to sign – and yes, possibly overspend for – one more Garza/Santana/etc. type free agent to put them over the top, then I’ll join in the griper’s chorus.

    And last thing: Terry Ryan has made almost all good decisions. It’s previos GM Bill Smith that sent the Twins into the tank for a couple years with bad moves.

    • billyboots - Apr 7, 2014 at 12:44 PM

      Sorry, but I couldn’t disagree with you more about Ryan. Everyone seems to act like he is untouchable and such a great GM, but when was the last time we drafted a dominate ace starter? We have missed on so many pitchers over years it is ridiculous.

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