AP source: Twins fire Gardenhire after 13 seasons
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of decision tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the team had not yet announced the decision to end the second-longest active tenure in the major leagues behind Mike Scioscia of the Angels.
Gardenhire played an integral role in the franchise’s renaissance, guiding the Twins to their first of six American League Central division titles in 2002 in his first year on the job. But Gardenhire’s teams only got out of the first round of the postseason once in those six trips. He had one year left on his contract, but the fourth straight year with at least 92 losses sealed his fate.