Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 3/23/13
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The Twins, they do things differently. One veteran player still can't believe that the team essentially fired bench coach Scott Ulger and hitting coach Joe Vavra at the end of last season ... then turned around and made Ulger the first-base coach and Vavra the third-base coach. Hey, this is an outfit that fired Bill Smith as general manager after the 2011 season ... then rehired him as a special assistant one month later. With most organizations, when you're gone, you're gone. But the Twins are more loyal than most organizations, which is why their refusal to award manager Ron Gardenhire a contract extension is so curious. The party line, one embraced by even Gardenhire as he enters the final year of his current deal, is that a manager doesn't merit an extension coming off back-to-back seasons of 99 and 96 losses. Fair enough, except for one thing: The team's decline isn't Gardenhire's fault, and another season of 95-plus losses -- which is entirely possible -- won't be his fault...
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