Gardenhire expected to return to Twins

Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire (35) asks first base umpire David Rackley (86) for a video replay during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Twins, who have lost 95-plus games in three straight seasons and are on pace to lose 90 this year, expect to bring back manager Ron Gardenhire in 2015.

General manager Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Thursday that Gardenhire will return for his 14th season as manager.

The Twins were 63-99 in 2011 and were 66-96 in the following two seasons. Under Gardenhire, the Twins have won six American League Central titles.

Ryan, who had surgery to remove cancer from his neck in February and radiation treatments before returning to work full-time in June, was asked if he wants to come back next season.

"Let me get through the year," he told the newspaper. "Like everything around this organization, we usually wait until the end of the year before we make any decisions."


Ryan was then asked about Gardenhire's future.

"Same stuff. He is signed for next year, so you don't have to worry about him," Ryan said, adding, "Yeah, yeah, I would say he'll be back.

"We can all do better. We're not where we need to be. We can all do a better job. He has to, I have to, as an organization, we all have to. We're just not playing up to what we're wishing we were, consequently we're not playing games that mean much in September."

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