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Twins' Ron Gardenhire Records 1,000th Win as a Manager

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire hits infield practice before an opening day baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Monday, March 31, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Charles Rex Arbogast
Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffApril 7, 2014

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire picked up his 1,000th career regular-season win as a manager over the weekend, reaching the milestone in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians, per

Gardenhire became the 60th member of the 1,000-win club, and with another victory over the the Indians on Sunday, he moved past Charlie Manuel for sole possession of 59th place on the all-time managerial wins list.

With 1,001 career victories, the man affectionately known as "Gardy" in Minnesota ranks fifth among active managers, trailing only Bruce Bochy (1,535), Mike Scioscia (1,235), Buck Showalter (1,165) and Terry Francona (1,124), heading into Monday's slate of games.

Currently in his 13th season as the Twins manager, Gardenhire has skippered only 1,951 games, while each of the aforementioned bosses has handled more than 2,100.

Gardy's career .513 winning percentage is the worst of the bunch, but he's not far behind Bochy (.520) or Showalter (.515), though Scioscia (.543) and Francona (.532) have some distance.

Of course, Scioscia, Francona, Bochy and Showalter have all spent significant portions of their respective managerial careers working for big-market teams with financial advantages.

Gardenhire's Twins are far from penniless, but they can't match teams in New York, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco when it comes to spending.

That hasn't been a problem for most of Gardenhire's tenure, but the organizational-pitching well has dried up in recent seasons, and the Twins now have a three-year streak of losing at least 96 games.

That aforementioned .513 winning percentage isn't bad, but Gardenhire held an outstanding .550 mark at the end of 2010.

While Byron Buxton and a host of other prospects provide plenty of hope for the future, Gardenhire's record is going to dip further down before it starts going back up.

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