COMMENTARY | Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has been with the organization since 1986. He has seen two World Series championships as a third base coach and five American League Central division championships as the successor for Tom Kelly.
However, he headed into the 2013 season on the hot seat after the Twins recorded back-to-back last-place finishes in the division. With a 129-195 record during that stretch, it was questionable whether the team would renew Gardenhire's contract as it entered the final year.
The Twins decided to wait, and the 13-15 start entering May 7 may have saved his job, according to Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com.
According to the report, the Twins have seen enough improvements on the field that the team would not rule out giving Gardenhire an extension sometime before the season ends.
Many things have been said about Gardenhire in the past two seasons, but signing him to a two- or three-year extension is a solid idea for the Twins. Gardenhire is able to work with younger players as he won the division in 2002 with a nucleus that blossomed into a powerhouse for much of the 2000s.
A similar roster is going to take shape over the next couple years with several top prospects making their way to Minneapolis in the near future. Having the guy who developed Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau and Johan Santana into perennial All-Stars at the helm will do nothing but help the growth of a young organization.
When you take away all the postseason failures, Gardenhire has the second-highest winning percentage in franchise history since the team arrived in Minnesota. Whether you find him to be annoying with his "Twins Way" approach, he still is able to win ballgames and is capable of getting his team to overachieve.
Chris Schad is a lifelong Twins follower that has spent a majority of his life cheering the Twins on through the dark '90s and success of five American League Central championships in the 2000s. His work has been published on Bleacher Report.
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