Reported first by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Twins have fired manager Ron Gardenhire after 13 seasons on the job.
Gardenhire replaced Tom Kelly in 2002 and had immediate success, winning six division titles in nine seasons. However, those teams went 6-21 in the playoffs. And now the Twins have lost 90 or more games in four consecutive seasons and only the Astros have fewer total wins since 2011.
Only two managers in the history of baseball have avoided being fired following four straight 90-loss seasons. One is Connie Mack, who literally owned the team. And the other is Kelly, who won a pair of World Series titles in Minnesota. Gardenhire will not be the third.