Ron Gardenhire's situation is no different. While the last couple seasons of lackluster Twins baseball can't be blamed entirely on Gardy, his future in Minnesota—as well as that of GM Terry Ryan—may depend on the success of the team in 2013.
With a track record as one of the best managers in baseball throughout the 2000's, including a run of six division titles in nine years, some are questioning the leadership of Mr. Gardenhire after the last two seasons totaled a disastrous 195 losses.
Some point to Gardy, some point to the front office and others point to injuries as the reasons for the team's recent failures. One thing is for sure: Minnesota is in a funk.
However, bright days may loom ahead for the frozen fans in the Midwest. With one of the top farm systems in baseball, the Twins may only be a couple of years away from legitimate contention.
The only question is: Who will manage the next youth movement in Minnesota?
Here's a blueprint for success as Gardenhire enters the twilight of his tenure in Minneapolis.