The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday, ending his 13-year tenure with the team.
“The reason for this change. I think it’s safe to say, is the last couple of years we just haven’t won enough games,” general manager Terry Ryan said at the news conference announcing the change.
Gardenhire led the Twins to six division titles in his first nine seasons in Minnesota, but the team has lost 90 games each of the last four years, convincing management to go in a different direction. The American League Manager of the Year in 2010, when Minnesota captured the AL Central with a 94-68 record, Gardenhire oversaw the primes of Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer.
Gardenhire, who has never managed any team but the Twins, is the organization’s second-winningest manager of all time, trailing only his immediate predecessor, Tom Kelly, with a career 1,068-1,039 record.
The Twins said in their announcement that they will commence searching for a new manager immediately, both internally and externally.