Toby Gardenhire thought he would finally get his chance to play big league baseball this past season. As he watched numerous teammates at Triple-A Rochester get called up to the injury-plagued Minnesota Twins, Gardenhire figured his turn would be coming soon.
"There was a few times where I looked at it and said, 'I'm the guy, I'm the guy,' and it just never happened," Gardenhire said. "But I guess that's the life of a baseball player."
Now, Gardenhire's days as a baseball player are over as the son of Twins manager Ron Gardenhire follows in his dad's footsteps as a baseball coach. Toby Gardenhire, 29, was hired Tuesday as the head coach of the University of Wisconsin-Stout baseball team.
Gardenhire spent seven seasons as an infielder in the Twins' minor league system, including the past two years in Rochester. He hit .247 in 2011 with 40 RBIs in 103 games. Minnesota didn't sign him back after the season, however, and no other teams showed much interest.
But Gardenhire wanted to ...