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Ron Gardenhire | Catcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (57) / 10/24/1957
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
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Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins plan to introduce Paul Molitor as their new manager at a press conference on Tuesday.
Miller notes that this is assuming the club doesn't have "a last-minute change of heart" or there is "a snag in negotiations over financial terms and coaching staff." Molitor was the runner-up when Ron Gardenhire was named manager in 2002, was the first candidate to be interviewed when Gardy was fired and has been seen as the favorite for the gig all along. He beat out Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo for the job. Sun, Nov 2, 2014 08:48:00 AM

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A source with direct knowledge tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the Twins have yet to make an offer for their vacant managerial position.

The Twins and Rays are the last organizations still in search of a manager, so there isn't a huge rush to get someone under contract. A report Monday said Twins owner Jim Pohlad has spent recent days meeting with "multiple" candidates, so it's not as though the team has been inactive. Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo and Twins bench coach Paul Molitor appear to be the two frontrunners for the position.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 08:17:00 PM

According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Twins owner Jim Pohlad has spent recent days meeting with "multiple" candidates for the team's managerial vacancy.

This would seem to indicate that the club is close to making a decision. It's believed that Pohlad has at least met with Twins coach Paul Molitor and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo. For what it's worth, Neal speculates that the Twins will announce their new manager by the end of the week.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 04:40:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins will interview Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo a second time for their managerial opening.

Paul Molitor still seems to be the favorite to take over for Ron Gardenhire, who was let go on September 29, but the Minnesota front office is continuing to speak to other candidates. Doug Mientkiewicz is also believed to be among the finalists for the gig, and the Twins plan to contact Joe Maddon to gauge his interest.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 02:25:00 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins plan to contact Joe Maddon regarding their managerial vacancy.

The Twins narrowed down their list of finalists to three earlier in the week, but with Maddon opting out of his deal with the Rays on Friday it would be foolish to not do their due diligence and at least speak to him. Paul Molitor is still believed to be the favorite for the position.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 08:20:00 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that the club has yet to offer it's manager job to any candidates just yet.

Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo are the three finalists for the position as successor to Ron Gardenhire, with Molitor the believed favorite. Look for this situation to before the winter meetings begin in December.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 07:53:00 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins have three finalists for their manager job in Paul Molitor, Doug Mientkiewicz and Torey Lovullo.

That means Gene Glynn, Sandy Alomar Jr., Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale have been eliminated. The feeling all along has been that Molitor is the favorite for the job, and there's been no indication that that's changed. Lovullo, who is the Red Sox' bench coach, is the lone finalist from outside the organization.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:00:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that it "doesn't sound like" the Twins are ready to offer Paul Molitor their manager job just yet.

Berardino says that "more due diligence remains." Molitor is viewed as the odds-on favorite for the gig, with Berardino adding that he has a leg up because he sat in on the team's organizational meetings last week. The Twins could still conduct additional interviews, though, with Orioles bench coach John Russell reportedly on the radar. In addition to Molitor, other candidates for the job include Torey Lovullo, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and Sandy Alomar Jr. Joe McEwing and DeMarlo Hale interviewed but have reportedly been told they will not get the job.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing is "out of the mix" for the Twins' manager job.

McEwing was the last to interview and apparently didn't make a good enough impression to be a finalist. Paul Molitor has had multiple interviews appears to be the leading candidate to replace Ron Gardenhire. Torey Lovullo, Doug Mientkiewicz, Gene Glynn and Sandy Alomar Jr. have also interviewed, and John Russell is also expected to get an interview.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 03:18:00 PM

White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing interviewed for the Twins managerial vacancy on Friday.

The Twins are certainly being diligent in their search to replace Ron Gardenhire, with McEwing the seventh candidate to interview already. Before joining the White Sox staff, McEwing served as the manager at Triple-A Charlotte for one season in 2011. The Twins aren't expected to make a decision on their next manager until the end of the month.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 11:52:00 PM

Paul Molitor has had multiple interviews for the Twins managerial vacancy and appears to be the leading candidate to replace Ron Gardenhire.

Molitor spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach for the Twins, with a focus on base running, bunting, infield instruction and positioning, and in-game strategy. While he has no managerial experience, he spent three seasons as a bench coach with the organization and also served as the hitting instructor for the Mariners in 2004.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 08:51:00 AM

Patrick Reusse of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was first to imply that Gardenhire was likely finished, and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune now adds that the entire coaching staff has been let go. It's what typically happens after four consecutive seasons of 90-plus losses. Gardenhire guided the Twins to American League Central championships in four of his first five years on the job -- he was hired in 2002 -- but the club is now in the middle of a forced rebuild and they'll find a new skipper to lead the rapidly-changing roster. Gardenhire managed the Twins for 13 seasons.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 01:07:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick is hearing that "the word is not good" on Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

It sounds like the longtime Twins skipper is about to be let go. Gardenhire had tremendous success in his early years in Minnesota -- winning the American League Central in 2002, 2003, and 2004 -- but he has now managed the club to four straight 90-loss seasons. There may be a new captain leading the youth movement in 2015.
Mon, Sep 29, 2014 12:53:00 PM

Ron Gardenhire was ejected from Saturday's contest against the Yankees after a disagreement with home plate umpire Marty Foster.

Gardenhire believed that balk should've been called on Yankees hurler David Phelps, and defended his point for as long as Foster allowed him to. It's the third ejection of the season for Gardenhire, and the 70th of his career.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 03:06:00 PM

The Twins have added Hall of Famer Paul Molitor to their coaching staff.

Molitor, who played his final three seasons in the majors with the Twins, will oversee baserunning, bunting, infield instruction, and positioning. He'll also assist with in-game strategy. Molitor was a bench coach with the Twins immediately following his playing career and was a hitting coach with the Mariners in 2004.
Tue, Oct 22, 2013 11:23:00 AM