MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins may be more loyal than any other franchise in baseball, sometimes to a fault. But on Monday that loyalty led to the Twins giving manager Ron Gardenhire a contract extension fresh off the heels of a third straight losing season.
Minnesota signed Gardenhire, 55, to a two-year extension, meaning he'll be on board to lead the troops through 2015. Gardenhire's entire coaching staff will also be back for the 2014 season, and there's a good chance Minnesota adds a seventh coach to the staff.
On the same day the Chicago Cubs fired manager Dale Sveum after two losing seasons, the Twins extended their manager after his third, believing Gardenhire is the man for the job as they attempt to turn things around at Target Field.
"Nobody's pretending that everything has gone well the last three years, frankly," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday. "We need to clean it up and we think we have the right man in-house to do that and I'm very happy he's deci...