Has Ron Gardenhire Reached His End with the Minnesota Twins?
"We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. We win one tomorrow… that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before." – Lou Brown
That quote has become a source of inspiration for the American League-worst Minnesota Twins. The goal in baseball is to take it one day at a time, win the game, move on to the next day and win it again. That’s easier said than done for a team that lost 99 games last season.
In the last season-and-a-fourth, the Twins have lost 133 games, making people question if Ron Gardenhire should still be the man in charge. You can’t get rid of the whole team, right?
That being said, Ron Gardenhire should keep his job as the manager of the Minnesota Twins. It’s easy to focus on the recent bad things, but let’s not forget that Gardenhire was the man who led the Twins to AL Central Division championships in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2010.
Gardenhire’s all-time record is 887-789, a winning percentage of .529. He’s winning more games than he is losing; 2012 is Gardenhire’s 11th year at the helm, with the only losing seasons coming in 2007 and 2011. If you count the one-game playoff that the Twins lost, Gardenhire has led the Twins to the postseason seven times. Granted, those playoff appearances haven’t panned out the way Twins fans have hoped for, but actually getting there is the first step.
If the Twins are even thinking about firing Ron Gardenhire, they should look over the right field wall to their neighbors who call the Target Center home.
Once upon a time, before Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love were even a twinkle in the eyes of Minnesota sports fans, the Minnesota Timberwolves were a legitimate NBA team that always made the playoffs under the direction of head coach Flip Saunders.
Saunders coached the Wolves for 9.5 seasons, and they only missed the playoffs in his first and last year at the helm. The Wolves haven’t come close to making it back to the postseason since, and have now run through five different coaches, the current being Rick Adelman.
What does this have to do with the Twins?
The Timberwolves screwed up greatly by firing the best coach they ever had, and they've paid for it with a streak of losing seasons over the last decade. Now, Ron Gardenhire isn’t the best manager the Twins have ever had (Tom Kelly will hold that title until someone else wins two World Series), but he is the best one available.
There is no point in leaving what you have if you’re not upgrading. If your house if falling down around you, you would leave. If that house is stable and you’re not sure if your other choice will stay standing, you stay in your own stable house.
People may complain that Ron Gardenhire isn’t doing his job, but is it really his fault? It’s not Gardenhire’s fault that the bats don’t get hits and the arms don’t get outs. There’s not much Ron Gardenhire and the Twins can do but sit back, develop their players and try to upgrade.
"Just a reminder, fans, comin' up is our 'Die-hard Night' here at the stadium. Free admission to anyone who was actually alive the last time the Indians won a pennant."
Let’s just hope that doesn’t turn into the Twins.
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