Aaron Gleeman

Padres offer bench coach job to Ron Gardenhire

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Ron Gardenhire finished runner-up to manage the Padres, who chose 38-year-old rookie manager Andy Green over the 58-year-old Gardenhire and his 13 seasons of experience with the Twins.

However, the Padres would still like Gardenhire involved in the team and Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that they’ve offered him the bench coach job on Green’s staff.

Gardenhire clearly wants to manage again, applying for no fewer than four jobs in the past few months and getting interviews at several places, but it’s unclear if he’s willing to take a coaching job under a rookie manager who beat him out for a gig.

On an unrelated note: I dressed up as Gardenhire for Halloween and the most common reaction I got at a party in Minneapolis was sadness that no other teams seem to want him as their manager, which is a very Minnesotan thing for sure.