Minnesota Twins: Ron Gardenhire's Fate Looming

By Caroline Ponessa
Ron Gardenhire
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Within the next few days, Ron Gardenhire should know if he will return as the manager for the Minnesota Twins in 2014.

1500ESPN expects that the Twins will make a decision on Gardenhire’s fate either today or tomorrow. In the case that Gardy loses his job, it is rumored that he could possibly replace outgoing Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge. If the Twins keep Gardenhire, he will likely sign a contract for only one or two years. This is not a surprise, considering the uncertainty Minnesota currently has in their skipper.

A short contract would really be the only right decision the Twins organization could make if they decide to give Gardenhire another shot. The longtime Minnesota manager has become too comfortable in his current position, and giving him a long deal would only encourage him to continue his lackluster performances.

Signing Gardy to one or two years would pressure him to step up. Gardenhire knows Minnesota isn’t thrilled about the job he has done over the past three seasons, and maybe this is what it will take to knock him back into shape.

It would be interesting to see the Twins make a major move here. Gardenhire has been the only manager for the Twins since Tom Kelly retired in 2001, and has been with the organization since 1991. Minnesota is used to consistency in the management spot. If the organization decided to go in a different direction for 2014, it would be only their third manager in 28 years.

Whether the Twins give Gardenhire another run or not, fans should expect to see some major changes in 2014. Either Gardenhire will be forced to step up his game, or a new manager will be stepping in to do it for him.

Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline

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