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Updated: October 5th, 2012 5:27pm
With one year left on deal, Gardenhire will not get contract extension

With one year left on deal, Gardenhire will not get contract extension

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Job security has not been much of a concern for Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire since he took over for Tom Kelly in 2002.

It will be a concern in 2013.

Gardenhire has only one year remaining on his contract, and general manager Terry Ryan said Friday there will be no extension for now.

"We are not going to do that (an extension)," Ryan said. "And I explained that to Ron, and he has accepted that and said he didn't deserve a contract extension. That's been discussed."

In the wake of the largest wave of coaching changes implemented by the organization in three decades, Gardenhire remained standing. Despite losing 195 games over the past two seasons, Gardenhire's overall regular season record (932-851) remains well above .500.

Gardenhire has not won a playoff game, however, since 2004.

Ryan said Gardenhire -- the 2010 American League Manager of the Year -- never wavered on wanting to come back in 2013, even though it became clear major changes would be made to his coaching staff.

"All this decision-making has been with Gardy's information," Ryan said. "He knows what's going on. He doesn't like losing friends any more than I do, but he also knows it's a part of the business. ...

"We're committed to Ron, and he did not waver on coming back. I know he didn't like losing his friends, people that have been with him and loyal, but he also understands change in this business is inevitable."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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