Ron Gardenhire to return to Twins with 2-year contract - KMSP-TV

Ron Gardenhire to return to Twins with 2-year contract

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MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Ron Gardenhire will remain manager of the Minnesota Twins under a two-year contract extension. The Twins announced the deal on Monday.

The Twins also announced the entire coaching staff has been invited to return as well.

"Leaving wasn't on my agenda," Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire managed the team during their playoff runs in the early 2000s, but the team has had three straight seasons with at least 96 losses, leaving his status in question.

"I don't think there's anyone else we want leading the team," closing pitcher Glen Perkins said Sunday. "There's no better guy to run this team, and I've said it once and will say it a thousand times, it's not his fault. He's doing the best he can with what he's given."

The Twins have had just two managers since 1986, and Gardenhire's 12 years in Minnesota make him the second-longest tenured manager in baseball.

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