The Twins as an organization are all about consistency, be it in pitching philosophy, defensive standards or front office personnel. For those reasons, the idea of Ron Gardenhire being fired following the 17-37 start could not be taken seriously by myself.
Gardenhire, who won AL Manager of the Year in 2010, may be having his career's best managerial job this season.
The multitude of injuries (and that is an understatement), inconsistent play from healthy players and a fanbase that had all but given up on the season have only given Gardenhire more encouragement to show everyone wrong.
Gardenhire has gotten the Twins on track and back in contention. And once the Twins are in contention, Gardenhire knows how to close out a division.
A look back at the 2006, 2009 and 2010 (all division winning seasons) seasons, combined with 2011's second half (so far), shows that the Twins are one of the best, if not the best, second half team in all of baseball.
Over the mentioned seasons, the Twins went a combined 157-103 for a winning percentage of .656.
To put that in contrast, the best record in MLB this season is the Philadelphia Phillies with a 61-36 record, a winning percentage of .629, which falls 0.027 behind the Twins' second half performances.
Ron Gardenhire looks like he has the Twins rolling in the second half once again, going 11-5 since the season's midpoint.