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Why the Minnesota Twins Need to Keep Ron Gardenhire Despite Terrible Rut

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 9: Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins in the dugout during the second inning against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field on September 9, 2012 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Marilyn Indahl/Getty Images)
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Collin KottkeCorrespondent IIISeptember 18, 2012

There always tends to be a sense of "what have you done for me lately" in today’s media-centric culture. If you haven’t done anything too impressive over the recent past, usually someone is calling for your head. This is definitely seen in the sports world.

Look at the Boston Red Sox the past two seasons. In 2011, Boston imploded down the stretch and missed the playoffs. It was rumored that then manager Terry Francona had lost the clubhouse. Francona may have with the rumored fast food chicken and beer in the clubhouse, but that’s really neither here nor there.

In 2012, the Red Sox find themselves in last place and nowhere near playoff contention. Now it’s Bobby Valentine at the helm instead of Terry Francona and it looks like Valentine won’t keep his job at the end of the year. This is what the Twins want to avoid.

Yes, the Twins have had two straight losing seasons, but it doesn’t mean Ron Gardenhire should be fired. Look at his whole body of work and it’s hard to find someone with more credentials than him. Gardenhire has lead the Twins team to six division titles in his 10 years as manager. He won the AL Manager of the Year Award in 2010.

So I pose this question: is there a better alternative out there to manage the Twins than Ron Gardenhire?

Even if the guard is changed, there is no guarantee that a new manager is an instant fix. In fact, chances are great that it doesn’t fix it quick at all. The Twins are more likely to be turned around quicker if Gardenhire stays on as manager.

He’s a good manager and he’s had a couple bad breaks go his way the past two years. No manager should have to deal with replacing your whole opening day starting rotation during the duration of one season. It’s not really his fault the past two seasons have been sub par to say the least.

Ron Gardenhire deserves to keep his job. The Twins are a much better franchise with him as skipper. Six division titles in a decade isn’t a fluke.

Just ask Boston fans: wouldn’t they rather still have Terry Francona?

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