Gardenhire Will Manage Twins Beyond 2011

2:16pm: Backing up what we've already heard, Kelsie Smith from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press spoke with Twins' GM Bill Smith, who says Gardenhire's postseason track record won't affect his job security at all (Twitter link). Gardenhire is just 6-21 in his postseason career.

1:49pm: The Twins saw their postseason hopes swept away by the Yankees yet again last night, but it appears Twins CEO Jim Pohlad hasn't lost faith in manager Ron Gardenhire as a result. The Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III and Joe Christensen write that Ron Gardenhire will receive an extension beyond his current contract, which runs through 2011.

''That's just such a nonissue,'' Pohlad said. ''We all know that's a no-brainer. We are going to get something done.''

Since becoming the Twins' manager, Gardenhire has racked up an impressive regular season record of 803-656, placing him 71st on the all-time wins list for managers. He's led the Twins to six AL Central Division titles and has seen his team notch 90 or more wins five times.

Gardenhire's Twins have only managed one postseason series win, however, back in 2002 against the Oakland A's. They wound up losing to the Angels in the ALCS that season, with the Angels going on to win the World Series. Following their 2010 sweep, the Twins have lost 12 consecutive postseason games, dating back to 2004.

Pohlad says Gardenhire has yet to bring up the issue and ask for a new contract, and according to the article, he's content to wait for the Twins to approach him about his extension:

''I have a contract next year… I'm happy about that part.''

For all of the praise he's received, Gardenhire has yet to win the American League Manager of the Year award, but he's considered to be a leading candidate for the honor in 2010.

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