Gardy At The Helm
The Minnesota Twins organization announced today that manager Ron Gardenhire (who has been in that capacity since the start of the 2002 season) sign a two-year extension, pushing his tenure to the end of the 2011 baseball season. This will assure Gardy an office in the Twins’ new stadium, Target Field, come 2010.
This was a no-brainer move for the Twins to make. While I often disagree with Gardy’s careful handling of his starting pitchers and his careful playing of the lefty-righty numbers, he has proved me wrong more times than not. His real talent, though, is in cultivating young players, as he has found the right balance of treating the youngsters with respect but showing them some tough love as well. This year (2008) might have been his greatest achievement yet, taking a team that absolutely no one thought would contend and taking it within a few innings of a playoff berth. I wouldn’t want anyone else manning the end spot in the dugout!
-In other Gardy news, he again finished second in the Manager of the Year award voting to the Tampa Bay Rays’ Joe Maddon. Although Gardy deserved the award as much as anyone, how could it not go to Maddon for what he did for the Rays’ franchise?! This is one of those awards where it’s better to be lucky than good, and Gardy has never been very lucky! I doubt he cares though…he’ll probably go bowl a few games and forget about it!